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July 19, 2011 / Christian M.

A Hospital Library Adapts Services to Stay Relevant

A combination of budget cuts and the “everything is online” mentality keep us struggling to stay afloat and in the forefront of information services. In response, we continually reexamine and adapt our services and collections to meet the changing needs of the hospital faculty and staff.

I wanted to share this article: Staying Relevant in a Changing Evironment. It is an interview of a librarian from the Harrison Medical Library at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. The librarian shares how they have enhanced their services in order to remain relevant to their institution.

The issue of how to remain relevant and needed is being dealt with by many libraries and librarians today. The public  library system I work for is currently starting the process for strategic long range planning as to what type of organization we want to be by 2020. I was selected to serve on the steering committee, and so far there has been two full days of meetings and discussions about the vision statement, mission statement, key functions of the library, and how our services are perceived by the customers and the staff. It’s really interesting, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

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  1. Variegated Stacks / Jul 19 2011 2:22 pm

    I am always excited to read about the cool things that you are doing. I hope that more communities are taking care to do the same with making ‘future’ plans so that their information needs meet the needs of their community members.

  2. LibGirl09 / Jul 20 2011 2:42 pm

    Thanks Ge Ge, I just need to make more time to write about all that I’m involved in or learning.

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