Recap of May PrISM meetup

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our second monthly PrISM meetup, this past Wednesday the 25th.  Once again we had a full house — nearly 40 people present — from departments across the Health Science Center and University Health System.  Cliff Despres of the Institute for Health Promotion Research kicked things off with a great overview of his work on the IHPR’s SaludToday project to inform and improve Latino health, which just this month received a couple of Web Health Awards in the blog and website divisions.  The SaludToday website is actually just one piece of a multi-channel strategy that includes a WordPress-based blog, Facebook page, Twitter stream, and YouTube channel.  Cliff described the research that supports their online outreach, and then gave us a very informative inside view of his strategy for balancing his work on these social media channels efficiently and effectively with the rest of his work.  You can see Cliff’s slides here:

In addition, librarians Kelley Minars and Eric Willman gave a show-and-tell demonstration of the social bookmarking tool Delicious, and discussed some of the practical ways the Health Science Center Libraries have used Delicious to collaborate and share materials in support of the Libraries’ educational programs.  Other topics of discussion that arose during the meetup included:

  • RSS feeds — what they are and how to use them effectively to both monitor and share information
  • Engagement — how do we develop our social media presences from broadcast/informational media into engaging spaces for authentic conversation with our communites?
  • Professionalism & professional identity
  • Policy, guidelines & governance

Update: I have posted Susan Hallmark’s notes from the meeting here. Thanks, Susan!

So join us for more discussion at future meetups — we’ll be sticking with the 4th Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 3:30pm, so check your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday the 22nd of June for our next PrISM meetup.


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