“Getting Better…Together”: 2009 Library All Sites Retreat
The annual Mayo Library System all sites retreat, “Getting Better…Together” was held in the Plummer Library in Rochester, Minnesota from September 21-23, 2009. An annual retreat aimed at providing the best possible service to Mayo Clinic users has been held for many years and helps to facilitate joint management and development of the Library’s information systems, provides a venue for important continuing education opportunities, and enhances communication among the distributed libraries of the Mayo Clinic. The 2.5 day retreat attracted 72 participants, including speakers. Attendees from the Mayo Clinic group practice sites in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota, and Mayo Health System sites participated in a variety of continuing educational sessions, exercises, and updates emphasizing two themes — teamwork in healthcare and library support of nursing. Sessions included a timely update on health reform by the executive director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center, and a description of the teamwork involved in the planning and surgical process to separate conjoined twins by the chief pediatric surgeon and team leader. In all, the retreat featured 14 speakers from Mayo’s clinical practice, nursing, human resources, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, education administration, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, the Library, and the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center. Participants greatly appreciated special invited guest Margaret “Peg” Allen, developer of the Medical Library Association courses “Expert Searching for Evidence Based Nursing” and “Getting Magnetized” who significantly contributed to the retreat’s nursing theme.