Library All Sites Retreat 2013: Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe

October 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

All Sites ImageThe 2013 Library All Sites Retreat was held in the Plummer Hall Reading Room, Plummer Library in Rochester on October 7-8, 2013. Staff from the Mayo Library System including Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Florida, and the Mayo Clinic Health System joined Rochester library colleagues and guest speakers from Mayo Clinic. The annual retreat is an opportunity for shared decision making, site and information system updates, and continuing education which this year was structured around the theme “Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe”.  Colleagues from Mayo Clinic Proceedings editorial office, Section of Scientific Publications, and Mayo Legal Department provided valuable insights and sparked discussion into the current and future state of journal and book publishing, editorial assistance including text-matching systems, and intellectual property and copyright in the digital age.  Attendees were briefed on the research and development of Mayo Clinic personas (standardized categories of employees and students – Mayo intranet) which help inform development and modification of key information systems such as the Library’s website.  A special feature for the 2013 All Sites Meeting was a panel of students and faculty members who were asked to address “What is a typical day like for you, from an information seeking perspective?” which provided an opportunity to hear a variety of learner and faculty perspectives.  The panel included students in the Mayo School of Health Sciences (physical therapy and nurse anesthesia programs), the MD/PhD program (Mayo Medical School, Mayo Graduate School), Department of Nursing, and Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS).  Updates were provided in the form of a “State of the Library” presentation from the director of libraries, and presentations on planning for Mayo Clinic’s 150th anniversary and Mayo Clinic Education’s “Top Priorities”. The retreat ended with a highly competitive Library Trivia Contest.

J. Michael Homan
Director of Libraries

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