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A social media manual for Canadian health librarians, by Dean Giustini > Slideshare

About Dean Giustini. I am the UBC Biomedical Branch librarian at Vancouver hospital. I teach at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and the School of Population and Public Health.




"An introduction to social media

Background This online session is an introduction to the use of social media tools such as Facebook,LinkedIn & Twitterfor health librarians.

The instructors are bloggers and regular users of social media in their daily information practices – they also use social media via their desktops and mobile devices.

Various methods to using social media will be discussed for beginners and more advanced users during theworkshop, which will consist of lectures, powerpoint presentationsand group discussions (and, if technically possible from your location, hands-on learning). During the workshop, several social media trends will be discussed and made relevantfor participants. These trends include social networking, blogging, microblogging and content generation using social media. The pros and cons of using social media in health care will bediscussed, and a range of resources and weblinks to reading and research will be provided.

Learning objectives:

To introduce social media including blogs, wikis, Twitter and Facebook and outline their use in health libraries in 2012

To provide examples of social media used by health librarians in Canada and the US

To engage health librarians in discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of social media using practical examples from health care and health library contexts

To begin a discussion about best practices in using social media in health libraries

Skills gained during workshop:

By the end of this course, participants will:

• Be able to list and understand the core components of major social media tools useful for health librarians and their patrons

• Have practical examples of ways to implement social media effectively in health libraries

• Understand issues in social media implementation such as audiences, goal setting, measurement and

• Discuss the impact of new social awareness services in health and medicine, and engage in thinking about future trends"







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What academic librarians do…. | The Search Principle blog > health librarians

What academic librarians do…. | The Search Principle blog > health librarians | The Information Professional |

by Dean Giustini

"Health librarians assume a number of important roles within the university and academic health community. For example, they evaluate, collect and curate print and electronic resources for the purposes of delivering reference and information services to their users. They evaluate the information needs of users. They are responsible for the provision of liaison – face-to-face & digital for a variety of disciplines and professions. They provide expertise in the area of systematic review searching. They monitor information trends such as data curation, data visualization and social network analysis. They teach courses and workshops on a range of information technology topics to academics, clinicians and health care managers. Even though health professionals are increasingly self-sufficient in locating information, due to easy access to information on the web via search engines, and because health librarians have increased their teaching in information literacy, there is still much teaching to be provided. With so much information, some concern has been expressed that health librarians are not teaching the necessary skills for users to be self-reliant. Health librarians need to do some creative strategic planning to assess these deficits."

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