While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I needed to find a position where I worked only nights and weekends. I was lucky enough to land a position at a public library, and continued to work there another 13 years. During those years, I earned my Masters in Library Science, worked in nearly every library department, and held supervisory and management positions. After leaving the public library, I worked for several years in drug testing and served as a library consultant.
For the past 10 years I have worked for the Health Sciences Library in a program sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) called the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). I am a regional coordinator for community engagement, which means I work with those who need health information – from physicians, to librarians, to community-based organizations, to community members. I travel throughout the state, learning about communities and developing ways to address their health information needs.
I never thought about a career in libraries, but was glad I stayed in the library field!
Madison began her foray into library work the summer before her senior year of high school through an internship at the University of Miami’s Louis Calder Memorial Library and quickly fell in love with it. She volunteered in libraries until she graduated from The University of Georgia with her Bachelors in English. While at UGA, she was a member of the International English Honors Society and was an officer in the Ancient Germanic Studies Society. She concentrated in Advanced Studies in English and participated in the British and Irish Studies program – through which she studied for a semester at Balliol College at Oxford. For her, part of the thrill of attending Oxford was knowing that in certain parts of the city she was standing above thousands of archived materials from the Bodleian Library.
She moved to Colorado over 2 years ago and began working at Boulder Public Library and, a year later, at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. At HSL she is a part of the Access Services team, works with the Course Reserves, and supervises the Work Study Students. She is thrilled to be in an academic library once again and is even more excited to be working in a library that so thoughtfully caters to its users’ experiences. She truly feels in her element when assisting patrons and is grateful to have the necessary tools and support from the library and her team.
When she is not filling out applications to Library School, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, watching terrible tv shows about aliens and conspiracy theories (which are totally fabricated… or are they?), practicing her Italian, and eating tacos with her husband while their cat and dogs drool at their feet.
Jessica Gerber, MLS
I came to the library because I was interested in moving to Denver and I looked for a position at the University of Colorado. I moved to Denver from Laramie, WY, where I worked for a community college in the area as their librarian. I had moved to Laramie recently for family reasons from Bloomington, IN, where I attended Indiana University for my MLS and worked for IU’s main research library.
In my current position as a cataloger, I am working on cataloging one of the special collections, the Bartecchi Southeast Asia Conflict Medical Collection. It is a collection centered on the events during the Vietnam Conflict, and features books about physicians who went to Vietnam. I am also helping out with the transition to ALMA, and I have been editing records so they can be sent in to be uploaded.
In my personal life, I enjoy collecting comics, watching anime, reading science fiction, and I am interested in films from all genres. I see my sister frequently on weekends, and watch my nephew Henry, who is now 1 ½. He has a lot of energy and is interested in everything.
MEDLINE Complete (EBSCO) is a full-text database that provides access to top-tier biomedical and health journals. You can also find a link on the library’s database page.
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Come visit the Library’s table this Wednesday, September 14th, at the 4th Annual Anschutz Block Party! We’ll be spinning the prize wheel, playing trivia, and slinging schwag! You won’t want to miss it!
The Block Party will be held at Bonfils Circle, directly south of Building 500, from 11AM to 2PM. Get ready to rock out to some fantastic music and stuff your belly with tasty bites from some of your favorite food trucks!
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On trial until October 6th, 2016
The Health Sciences Library’s group study room reservation system has been expanded for the Fall 2016 semester, with the addition of Rooms 1205 & 1303 (both contain LCD screens & can hold up to six people), located in the Information Commons computing area on the library’s 1st floor. Room 1305, which has an LCD screen & a capacity of up to 12 people, is also available for reservation.
On the 3rd floor, Room 3301, which seats up to eight people, has been added to Rooms 3205 & 3303 as part of the study room reservation service.
Booking a room is FAST & EASY- just go to http://hslibrary.ucdenver.libcal.com/booking/groupstudy. You can also find the reservation page by going to the library’s web page (http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu), selecting “Services”, and then clicking on “Reserve a Group Study Room”.