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  • 1. Solo hospital librarians: Dealing with downsizing and the library’s place within the hospital Eric Blum, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Objectives Methods Results Discussion Examples References How are solo librarians in hospitals dealing with hospital downsizing and where does the library fit into the hospital? • Literature Review • Medlib-l search for “solo librian”, “hospital downsizing”, “hospital librarian”, “hospital reengineering”. • Searched Journal of Hospital librarianship and Medical Reference Services Quarterly Inclusion: solo hospital librarian. • Solo hospital librarians have converted to digital collec2on to cope with space downsizing. • Advocated their services to the ins2tu2on‐Let administrators know what they will be gaining or losing. • Formed partnerships with JCAHOs, physicians, organizations-Anyone who can help speak on behalf of the library. • Constantly reinvented the library’s image. • Many administrators do not understand the func2on of the library‐lump together with other departments such as IT. • Solo hospital librarians use the reinvention of the library image, alliances, reorganization of space, and advocacy of services. • Administrators learn distinction of libraries from other departments by using tactics mentioned Please refer to handout for complete references. • A librarian in Norman, Oklahoma marketed their services and the library was later expanded instead of downsized. • Another librarian learned HTML. • A librarian converted to digital resources to stay ahead of Downsizing.

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