Long time readers may remember that I was in the Spring 2009 MBL/NLM BioMedical Informatics cohort and I blogged my brains out about it. Back then I intermittently used Twitter to connect with a few people during it mostly as an additional information seeking tool to clarify or expand on the subjects we were learning about.
My stated purpose in attending there was to create the online class Making Connections: Librarians & EHRs. The
problem new development that happened in the meantime and caused an enormous delay in launching the class until this year was that a whole new political angle emerged (see the week 2 module) that medical librarians need to understand as part of their involvement with electronic health records.
From what I’ve seen from our medical librarian colleagues on twitter (#BMISpring2011) attending the Spring 2011 MBL/NLM BioMedical Informatics cohort, the curriculum there has been substantially overhauled since Fall 2010 to include a wealth of information about the current political background and specific EHR components. Their group project involves hands-on work with an EHR system. This is so exciting!
Also exciting is the evolution of how the medical librarians there, recently fueled by connecting with the greatly expanded use of the #mlanet11 Twitter at the recent Medical Library Association annual meeting in Minneapolis, have taken it a step further with sharing information from Woods Hole. I caution them to not burn out in the process as information overload hits heavily right about now, and am resurrecting one of my concluding statements from when I was there in 2009:
A commenter kindly pointed out that was an over & done project but my question remains: Why is the collective energy of medical librarian Woods Hole alumni not being tapped to help share our knowledge with the field? What kind of change agents are we if we’re not, you know, out there changing things together?
Do I need to spell it out in MLA meeting themes that the ReThink has already happened and we’re supposed to be Growing Opportunities and Changing Our Game now?
You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. ~Mahatma Gandhi
I’m trying. Who’s with me?