Did you know there was an OPS lending library??!!
I didn't, until I was asked to write this article about it . . . . Sooooo, we shall discover it together, how does that sound?
To learn of the what/where/how I went to the source, Barbara McCalley. She filled me in on all the details about the library - and now I forward them on to all of you.
First, some background... The library was founded back in 1997 when Patrick Saine and Marshall Tyler donated the first textbook. The initial plan was developed by Patrick Saine when he was on the Board of Directors, but was eventually turned over to Lon Dowell (BOE member), who worked to get more materials donated. For the last eight years however, Barbara McCalley has been working with the library, with very little help.
PS: If anyone is interested in lending her a hand with the library she would be ever so grateful!
PPS: Thanks Barbara for the history lesson!
I received a list of the books/articles/journals/video available at the library.
The material is rather dated - the earliest from 1975, newest 2009.
There is something to be said about knowing where you came from (so you know where you are going). These sources allow for a better appreciation of the how/why of ophthalmology and ophthalmic imaging today. How can we wonder at the advances in image capture, drug treatments/deliveries, electronic storage options
, new equipment/technologies, etc, if there is no sense of how things once were?
History is important for sure - but if you are studying for an exam or trying to learn/brush up on some new skills/techniques - you need the newest and best info out there. Many of us did not have the good fortune of going through the ophthalmic photo program at Rochester Institute of Tehnology, but that doesn't mean floundering alone. Also, the world continues spinning after graduation
and RIT alums need to keep up on the info as well.
But how and where to find it?!
I see questions posted all the time on the Optimal message board, about standard techniques for various imaging situations. Questions about new technology, equipment, procedures and techniques. People asking for help with photo shop, computer questions, data management
Lots of questions!
Lots of answers given!! Lots of links/books/articles referenced as well.
Here is an idea . . . face lift
for the OPS lending library!
The library has a great foundation - solid resources - cornerstones to life as we know it today in ophthalmology.
But it has been left behind, forgotten, starved for affection - and thus, is woefully behind the times.
The answer . . . DONATIONS!
Donate those helpful books/articles/whatever that were vital when studying for your exams (CRA/OCT...). Mail them to the library. Have an amazing on-line resource – send in the link!
You all get the idea . . . We are in sore need of new, up to date material.
Oh! How does one access
the material in the library? Why, let me tell you - sorry, I had almost forgotten, thanks for the reminder!
At the moment, the procedure is as follows:
- contact Barbara McCalley (firstname.lastname@example.org), let her know what you would like to check out.
- Hand over credit card info in-case your dog eats the book
- She will ship the material to you, (shipping to you is on the OPS tab)
- The material is all yours for 60 days (return date reminder included with the material).
- Return shipping cost is on you.
That's it - simple!
** You can also contact Barbara if you have material to donate or if you are willing to volunteer some time/energy into the library itself. **
Click here to download a PDF
of the current inventory list, hopefully, with all of your help, it will grow into the amazing resource it has the potential to be.
About the author:
Rachel Hollar is a CRA and has been a member of the OPS Professional Development committee since 2011. She transfered into the biomedical photo program from photo advertising at RIT. Rachel started working at the University of Rochester Eye Institute following graduation in 2007.