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6/20/10 10:45 A

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well - I've been in school, full time, for the past 9 years now. 2 for master's, the rest phd. and yep, now I'm actually a prof (sans phd of course) teaching full time - I got hired while still working on my lit review. I teach completely online, which I find challenging! though I'm older I consider myself more or less a digital native - librarians (especially medical) are hardwired :) you're right, I do love the field. for 22 years I've loved about 90% of what I do - challenge, constant growth, interaction with all sorts of people.

it is hard to take time but I do. in fact we just got back from a little drive in the country! we have evolved a sort of routine - 7 days a week, I work. but I also watch tv sometimes (well, netflix - watching boston legal, which I'd never seen). the elliptical trainer is wonderful as a way to de-stress and focus elsewhere (it's set up so we can see the back garden area). while I was getting my mls I finally had to 'allow' myself to read fiction & other non-research literature at night because I found that reading work stuff kept my mind hopping, not what you want when you're trying to get rested!

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6/20/10 9:09 A

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Interesting. It seems like you really have a passion for the topic. Thank you for taking the time to explain that to me.

Do you have any time to slow down and enjoy yourself? I found that when I was going to school full time it was hard to really take off enough time for myself. With your work and school, it's got to be hard for you to find time for yourself.

Did you say that you're an instructor as well? Is that what you do for work?

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6/19/10 8:39 P

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not all hospitals have libraries, no. the larger ones usually do but within the past few years the trend has been for administrators (in cost-savings efforts) to close libraries, assuming that online access to full text is adequate.

university hospitals usually also have libraries that serve both academic & clinical functions. lately there have been efforts to put librarians out in their communities - working with practitioners on the unit, for example. what I did as a hospital librarian (and this won't be a complete listing, mind!):
- conducted lit searches for the best evidence in support of patient care in all areas of med practice
- help consumers & patients with health information needs
- support standards development and compliance throughout the hospital and the system for evidence-based practice
- teach clinicians, residents, nursing staff, and all allied health staff members about finding information to support practice
- teach all staff about new information resources
- reach out to practitioners to collaborate on new programs (e.g., I put together information packets on alt med ways to deal with menopause, so that a physician in our womens' health center could provide them in response to questions. I also taught hospice volunteers and supported parrish nursing needs)
- lots more. I loved it!

my topic probably does sound obscure! but I started out thinking: do we even use our own databases, and looked at that. I wanted to know if the research that happens in practice settings is actually the same as academic research, if that makes sense? and then I realized I was assuming a lot, and took it to a sort of micro-level, asking individuals about their practices.

ps don't be embarrassed :) we used to get people all the time asking 'can I come in???'

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6/19/10 8:22 P

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That's a very interesting topic. And very obscure -- at least in terms of what I'm familiar with.

And I'm going to sound really naive here, but it never even dawned on me that hospitals had libraries. Are you talking about teaching hospitals? Do all hospitals have libraries? I'm probably embarrassing myself, but this really is a totally new topic to me.

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6/19/10 8:00 P

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I don't know that I will go for that 2nd master's at this point - I'm kind of out of steam! but I am truly intrigued by the topic.

and you're right - he definitely DOES rock! I'm lucky, I know it. what's wonderful (along with the rest of it) is that we have some common or overlapping interests. his studies in philosophy informed my own research (I'm very weak in that area), for example. we're certainly not bored! but wanting to get healthy (or healthier) is why we're here at sparks, so we can enjoy our time together even more.

my dissertation. well, I'm a medical librarian and I'm going to be looking at how hospital librarians make their decisions. we spend a lot of time on patron needs - looking at the info behaviors of scientists, teachers, lawyers, students, etc - but never at our selves. and right now, we're looking at some major change in libraries, and especially hospital libraries. I should say that librarians do teach a lot - one on one and small group, so the objective of shaping librarian ed & continuing ed in order to help us be involved in our own future change - underlies my interest.

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6/19/10 5:52 P

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Yeah, wow, he cooks. Very nice. And he does the house work. And he gardens. And he provides you with emotional support. Sounds good. Actually, good for you; that sounds more than good; he obviously totally rocks!

I can understand about needing more depth. I am about to begin the research portion of my TESOL Masters and can only now, after a few semesters in, really understand and grasp the theory behind second language acquisition, which I find to be extremely interesting.j

I am presently interviewing for ESL teaching positions, and I enjoy the field very much. I hope I will enjoy it as much from a practical sense when I actually start working.

A Masters in Education for you on top of the rest of your workload. Interesting. I guess you get bored easily. Clearly you do. I think I would like teaching adults but I want to get into the NYS retirement system, which isn't as available to teach adults.

I love to have conversations with people who have a lot of depth. It's good that you're with a husband who appears to be on your level. My husband is extremely intelligent and I enjoy my conversations with him.

On what are you doing your discertation?

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6/19/10 2:24 P

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thanks - and best of luck to you as well! you know, at one point in the not-too-distant past I seriously considered adding a master's in edu - specifically, adult work-place education. I love the topic and there's much to be done.

with regard to the idea of you going for your phd. hmm, what to say. I went for mine because I've been working in my field for 22 years and really was ready for more depth, you know? it became frustrating to me that colleagues were not all that interested in discussing the actual profession and advances in the field. I did all those years PRIOR to earning my master's - so when I did go eto earn that I found the coursework shallow and almost equally frustrating. this drove me to take more theory-based courses, etc. and eventually to research. I don't know if I'd do it again, but the teaching part rocks. there are rewards.

balance - well, by now I am seriously unbalanced :) the truth is that my husband is unbelievably supportive. he does 99% of housework, 95% of cooking, and is very much there for me (aside from being the resident computer geek, well-versed in philosophy, and a full time student himself. oh, and he put in a lovely garden so we get to enjoy the flowers and produce!). I think I'll keep him.

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6/19/10 1:19 P

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Wow, good for you for attacking that PhD program. I'm getting a Masters in Education in TESOL right now, and one of my professors thinks I should go on for my PhD, but I don't think so...

Another year at this point must seem like a dream to you. And what a balancing thing: marriage, full time job with school and research, etc.

I really wish you luck with everything.

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6/19/10 9:37 A

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hi all! I'm just prepping my research proposal - and have been teaching full time in a library program for the past year. I'm also married to franklyamused, who is a library student in the OTHER library program in town! I've been in the phd program for SEVEN years and have another year to finish. I'm so glad to see this board here!

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