I’ll admit it – 2011 has been a very challenging year for me both personally and professionally, and no one except the members of my household knows the full scope although it is a miracle we’ve all survived with our sanity somewhat intact. When life demands increase time is reallocated to priorities, and while my family & work are the top ones my blog has not been very often. I’m exhausted. I thought two weeks off from work at the end of the year would be enough to recharge (well ok, maybe not with Christmas & painting!), but mentally I’m still quietly staring at the marble along with Dean in Quiet Contemplation.
Am I stopping blogging in 2012? Of course not. If anything I see the increased value of writing only when I’ve developed something purposeful to say vs. increasing the noise for the sake of frequency in order to keep to a schedule or repeating information that’s announced elsewhere.
I try to have an eye out on the Twitter #medlibs/@medlibs communities to help but with work demands sharply increasing (I have not one but two major surveys to develop simultaneously when I return) my time for social media seems to be decreasing as well. I’m encouraged by seeing more medical librarians getting involved with Twitter hashtag chats, and was frustrated in November that the Medical Library Association still doesn’t seem to get the value of them. I agree with Carol Perryman’s reflections in What is the role of the Medical Library Association in a time of crisis? I have echoed this several times too – for example, why isn’t MLA tapping Woods Hole alumni for a task force or related activity, especially with the recent curriculum change there heavily involving electronic health records (EHRs)? So many are being highly effective change agents on their own and/or at their institutions. Surely more can be done on a national level to bring their collective energy together for the benefit of all especially now with the rapid implementation of EHRs to meet meaningful use incentives.
I’m hopeful we’ll see more progress in these directions and am looking forward to 2012 for many reasons, not the least of which is welcoming everyone to Seattle to attend MLA 2012 either in person or virtually. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes by many great people and I can’t wait to share more once the website is further developed for the Local Assistance Committee to show what we’ve got!