Social technology in health library practice and
outreach



     Presented for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

      ...
Goals of this session



 Introduce social software to health information professionals

 Provide and share personal exper...
Why use technology at all? My view…

Hospital library days as space with journals and books are
almost over (I give it 7-1...
Physio outreach project – whom do we serve?



We serve 1,700 practicing physiotherapists in BC

The challenge is to serve...
Social tools to be covered…



    Blogs
    RSS feeds
    Podcasting / Audiocasting
    Instant messaging
    Wikis



**...
What is blog?



A frequent, chronological, and personalized publication of web
content


Pros of blogs:
   No need to kno...
How we use a blog?



UBC Physio Info-blog is the central communication tool for the
physio outreach librarian (http://web...
What is RSS?



Pushed vs. pulled content from blogs and websites


Instead of you going to check for new info – the info ...
How we use RSS feeds?



Physio Blog RSS feed
Mix RSS from medical databases (PubMed and CINAHL) -
http://www.feeddigest.c...
How we use RSS feeds?




Feed to JavaScript -
http://feed2js.org/            10
What is podcasting?



Audio files, thrown on RSS feed

Download themselves to the subscribers’ machines


Average size of...
How we use podcasting?


Record local rehabilitation sciences workshops and seminars
[http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/phys...
How we use podcasting?




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What is Instant Messaging (IM)?



A system which allows instant text communication between two
or more people through a n...
How we use IM:


An IM gadget (MeeboMe) is installed on the blog

Personalization with a photo

Found to be pretty popular...
What is wiki?


An online resource which allows users to add and edit content
collectively

   Wikipedia - http://en.wikip...
How we use wiki?



Create and share new health information for health librarians -
UBC HealthLib-Wiki - http://hlwiki.sla...
Questions?




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** photo credit - nikalway
Contact info


Eugene Barsky, MLIS
Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
University of British...
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Physio Outreach Librarian, I.K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

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  1. 1. Social technology in health library practice and outreach Presented for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Eugene Barsky Physio Outreach Librarian, I.K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC July 9, 2007 eugene.barsky@ubc.ca http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/
  2. 2. Goals of this session Introduce social software to health information professionals Provide and share personal experiences 2
  3. 3. Why use technology at all? My view… Hospital library days as space with journals and books are almost over (I give it 7-10 years…) Hospital library mission is to facilitate access and use of evidence to improve the quality of care Library needs to train clinicians to access and use evidence Clinicians don’t have time and resources to locate and evaluate primary literature – frequently they need help or literature digests (point-of-care tools) Hospital librarians become technologists and work closer with the IT departments Champions: Stephen Abram, Dean Giustini, David Rothman… 3
  4. 4. Physio outreach project – whom do we serve? We serve 1,700 practicing physiotherapists in BC The challenge is to serve diverse information needs of practicing health professionals: clinical and research 4
  5. 5. Social tools to be covered… Blogs RSS feeds Podcasting / Audiocasting Instant messaging Wikis ** For more social software in health libraries, see Guistini & Barsky CE class on social software (2007) >> http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca 5
  6. 6. What is blog? A frequent, chronological, and personalized publication of web content Pros of blogs: No need to know html coding No need to find server space Usually free Allow interactivity and sharing 6
  7. 7. How we use a blog? UBC Physio Info-blog is the central communication tool for the physio outreach librarian (http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/): Workshops Audiocasts Tutorials New services and tools, etc. 7
  8. 8. What is RSS? Pushed vs. pulled content from blogs and websites Instead of you going to check for new info – the info comes to you 8
  9. 9. How we use RSS feeds? Physio Blog RSS feed Mix RSS from medical databases (PubMed and CINAHL) - http://www.feeddigest.com/ RSS feed mixing for Health & Science info (CBC, BBC, NYT, IHT) 9
  10. 10. How we use RSS feeds? Feed to JavaScript - http://feed2js.org/ 10
  11. 11. What is podcasting? Audio files, thrown on RSS feed Download themselves to the subscribers’ machines Average size of recording into mp3 is 1MB for one minute Because of the file sizes (50-60MB), we also use audiocasting – no automatic downloads Don’t need iPod 11
  12. 12. How we use podcasting? Record local rehabilitation sciences workshops and seminars [http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/podcasts/] Support UBC Physio School systematic reviews course by recording students’ presentations Store and preserve the content on UBC institutional repository [https://dspace.library.ubc.ca] We use Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ – free open source software (can run from USB memory) 12
  13. 13. How we use podcasting? 13
  14. 14. What is Instant Messaging (IM)? A system which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network Very popular with NextGens, Generations Y and X (young health professionals) 14
  15. 15. How we use IM: An IM gadget (MeeboMe) is installed on the blog Personalization with a photo Found to be pretty popular Messages are private 15
  16. 16. What is wiki? An online resource which allows users to add and edit content collectively Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org Medicine - http://davidrothman.net/list-of-medical-wikis/ (by David Rothman) 16
  17. 17. How we use wiki? Create and share new health information for health librarians - UBC HealthLib-Wiki - http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca 17
  18. 18. Questions? 18 ** photo credit - nikalway
  19. 19. Contact info Eugene Barsky, MLIS Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian Irving K. Barber Learning Centre University of British Columbia Phone: (604) 827-4088 Fax: (604) 822-9122 Email: eugene.barsky@ubc.ca MSN/Meebo: eugene.barsky@ubc.ca Blog: http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/ Web: http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/ 19

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