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.
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"