Welcome to Sam Kennefick and Ellie Svoboda!

In June, we had 2 new Graduate Assistants join the Education and Reference Department. Read more about them below and say hi next time you’re on AskUs!

Sam Kennefick is a Graduate Student Intern in the Education and Reference Department. She will be helping to answer reference questions via AskUs!, teaching courses, and working on fun projects here at the library. Sam attends San Jose State’s online MLIS program and is very excited to start her new library career! Prior to working at Strauss Health Sciences Library, Sam taught science at the K-12 level for four years. When not working or attending school, you’ll find Sam hiking with her dog, Nala, traveling, and rock climbing with her partner.

What is your position title and what is your interest in libraries?

I am the Open Educational Resources Graduate Assistant. I love that libraries are dedicated to connecting people to information and are welcoming spaces for everyone.

What do you like most about it so far?

I’m enjoying learning how to search for things efficiently. It is also exciting to be a part of the OER initiatives on the Anschutz campus and exploring the amazing resources that are freely available to the public.

What is your educational background?

I have bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. I will be pursuing my MLIS at the University of Denver starting this September.

What are some other jobs you have had?

For the last seven years I have taught high school students at Compass Montessori. I taught subjects as diverse as math, English, film, college prep, play writing, screenwriting, and theatre.

What’s an interesting tidbit that you would like others to know about you?

My last name means freedom in Czech as well as several other Slavic languages.

How do you spend your free time?

I enjoy baking and cooking and throwing dinner parties. I am a movie buff and watch around 100 films per year. I also spend my time hiking, running, reading, and playing trivia.

What do you hope to gain from working at HSL?

I hope to gain confidence in my reference abilities as well as a good understanding of how to share OER with diverse student bodies.

This was written by Christi Piper, you can contact AskUs with questions.