Library All Sites: 2011

October 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Mayo Clinic Libraries held its 15th Annual Library All Sites meeting from September 26-28, 2011. This year’s theme was “We are the Links to Solutions and Innovation” with a focus on Mayo’s research shield. Dr. Amit Sood, an Associate Professor of Medicine, and Director of Research and Practice in the Mayo Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo, spoke to us about different kinds of stress and how we can train ourselves to relieve or mitigate the negative stresses in our lives. Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, a resident in the Family Medicine program, discussed her research project on the Transparent Man. Dr. Thomas Viggiano, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Mayo Medical School and Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, gave us an overview of Mayo’s Office of Education Research, and explained how critical it is to do qualitative research in medical education. Dr. Robert Rizza, Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean of Research, outlined the strategic plan for Research and how it supports Mayo’s mission. Dr. Lynn Hartman, Professor of Oncology, explained her research in breast and ovarian cancers. All of these researchers spoke about how they couldn’t have done their research without the assistance of Mayo librarians. Lorna Ross, a design researcher in the Center for Innovation, explained how her group works with the clinical practice in designing better patient care experiences.

On the practical side, Lois Peterson highlighted tips for using our library management system in a more efficient manner.  Dawn Littleton broke down copyright in such a way that we came away with a better understanding of how to apply copyright in the education setting.  Library staff also had the opportunity to take classes on emotional intelligence and writing.  Mary Ann Djonne and Marilyn Smith from Human Resources took us through the importance of emotional intelligence and how to apply it in the workforce.  Debbie Fuehrer led two writing sessions, giving us the opportunity to write and to see what the differences were between creative writing and business writing.

On the fun side, three of our staff (Marilyn Pitzen, Stephanie Wentz and Mark Wentz) creatively put together “Library Feud”– a take on the TV series “Family Feud”– in which four teams competed for a “grand” prize.  Michael Homan, Director of Mayo Libraries, even cut short his annual State of the Library presentation so that his team “Library Liberators” could take on the “The Clickers” for the championship.  (The Library Liberators won.) Staff also prepared creative infomercials, highlighting significant events that took place during the past year.  These were shown or performed during “Library Feud.”  Finally, we did something different for our social event.  We were able to reserve the Center for Innovation space in Gonda 16 — a light and airy space, with a view of southwest Rochester.  And we asked a former colleague and her husband — both excellent ballroom dancers — to show us a how to swing, rumba and salsa.  A good time was had by all — even those of us with two left feet and no sense of rhythm!

Ann Farrell
Reference Librarian

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