Health Sciences Library Access Services Librarian Tina Moser has received a 2011 University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for Faculty Leadership. The award honors Ms. Moser’s extraordinary leadership and commitment to diversity efforts on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Ms. Moser and other Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award winners were recognized at a luncheon on Friday, April 15 featuring Chancellor Jerry Wartgow and Provost Rod Nairn. According to HSL Director Jerry Perry, “Tina Moser is a rock star to the many middle and high school students with whom she works with every year. “
Ms. Moser is the Library’s liaison to the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). Between 2005 and 2009, the Health Sciences Library and ODI participated in the US Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded partnership “High School to Health Sciences,” introducing traditionally underrepresented students to health information careers. As part of that program, starting in 2008 Ms. Moser developed a health information literacy curriculum that was incorporated into a range of ODI pipeline initiatives. These programs – and the relationship with the ODI – proved to be such a success that the Library has continued to support and participate in the ODI’s pipeline programs ever since, offering health information literacy instruction at strategic points throughout the various pipeline programs’ curricula.
Perhaps the highlight of Ms. Moser’s commitment to diversity, and of her contribution to this strategic priority for the Anschutz Medical Campus, is her recruitment and hiring every summer of high school students to work at the Library. Ms. Moser selects two students to take under her wing, teaching them research skills and how to use social networking media to teach and learn. These skills are valuable assets, and having them will benefit the students in their future college careers. The students are recruited from the ODI’s pipeline cohorts, and are deployed in the Library’s Access Department. After their employment, the students have typically elected to stay in touch with Ms. Moser and asked her to serve as a reference. They’ve friended her on Facebook and maintained the kind of connection that can only be described as mentee to mentor.
We are proud of Ms. Moser’s commitment to diversity, to librarianship, and to young people from all backgrounds. She exemplifies the best in her dedication to enriching the academic potential of the students.