Strauss librarians elected to professional associations

Elections

Melissa De Santis (left), Dana Abbey (center), and Lisa Traditi

A number of Strauss Health Sciences Librarians were recently elected to officer positions within their professional associations.

Lisa Traditi (Deputy Director) was elected President-Elect of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  MLA is an international association of information professionals focused on enhancing the quality of health care, education, and research throughout the world.  Ms. Traditi has been elected to a three year term that will begin in June 2019.  She will serve as President-Elect, President, and Past President.

MLA has regional chapters, and Colorado is part of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA (MCMLA).  Dana Abbey (Community Engagement Coordinator) was elected Recording Secretary (a one year term) and Melissa De Santis (Director) was elected Chair-Elect (a three year term).  Ms. Abbey and Ms. De Santis will begin their positions November 2019.

Congratulations to these librarians for their service to the profession and for representing the Strauss Health Sciences Library!

Welcome to Kristin White!

Kristin White recently joined us here at Strauss library in the IT department. Her co-worker Kevin interviewed her to find out more about our new staff member:

1.What is your position title and/or interest in libraries?
My title is Web Applications Developer. I am interested in areas of libraries and information access.

2. What do you like most about it so far?
Everything! 😊

3. What is your educational background and what schools did you attend?
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver and my Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.

4. What is your previous work experience?
I have been working as a Digital or Web Services Librarian since 2012. Website development piqued my interest while I was attending DU for my Masters. I have been working with websites and library access ever since.

5. What’s a fun/unique/interesting tidbit that you would like others to know about you?
My favorite places include Denver, The Netherlands, and Costa Rica. And, I think that dogs, alpacas, and llamas are the coolest animals!

6. How do you spend your free time?
I spend a ton of time with my dog, Charlie. We are outside as much as possible. I also enjoy traveling, hiking, baking and cooking, reading, and watching movies.

7. Is there any additional information you would like to share about yourself?
I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and love to dance (not well, I am sure!) as much as I can.

8. What do you hope to gain from working at HSL?
I hope to gain a more in-depth understanding of the digital needs of the faculty, staff, students, and researchers at HSL. I also have a strong interest in web accessibility, so I would like to continue gaining more knowledge in this area as well as help HSL continue to ensure that the website is meeting the requirements of accessibility.

Welcome to Ty’Esha at Pascal!

Strauss Health Sciences Library is happy to welcome our new PASCAL employee, Ty’Easha Fenderson! Check out her photo and some questions we asked her to get to know her better.

  • Would you like to talk about where you are from?

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany due to my family being in the service. I was raised in Denver, Colorado but I just moved from Colorado Springs back to Denver.

  • Would you like to talk about your family?

I am married with two kids. My babies are 3 years old (Lailah) and 1 year old (Ty’Len). I have been with my husband Quinn for 8 years and married 5 years.

  • What things do you NOT like to do?

I do not like to do anything concerning ANY type of insect and that includes killing them. I hate bugs.

  • What’s your favorite movie?

I have many favorite movies so choosing one will definitely be hard. I absolutely love Norbit, The Little Rascals, and Hocus Pocus.

  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Germany of course, it looks beautiful and I’d like to participate in some of their traditions, taste the food just visit their culture for a little while since I was born there and have no idea what it’s like.

Ty’Esha will be at the PASCAL location on campus. If you’re curious about what PASCAL is, you can read more about it here, or visit their website here.

HSL Welcomes Angélica Candelaria

We are happy to welcome our newest Education and Reference intern, Angélica Candelaria, to the Health Sciences Library. Be sure to say “hi!” next time you see her around the library or on AskUs.

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We recently asked her a few questions:

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

Education and Reference Assistant, my interest in libraries is the constant learning and helping others learn

What do you like most about it so far?

The enthusiasm of learning as well as offering opportunities to learn and participate in projects.

What is your educational background?

My background is in Biology and American Studies. I attended the University of New Mexico for both of my undergraduate degrees and currently at DU for my masters.

What are some other jobs you have had?

Server, Vet Tech, Student Employee for disability organizations, Administrative Assistant for a Dental Clinic and tutor

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

I am a certified archery instructor and have instructed children with Autism

How do you spend your free time?

I read A LOT. If I’m not reading I’m bothering my cat Yuki or baking.

Is there any additional information you would like to share about yourself?

I am a book reviewer, mainly for young adult novels, because I have an addiction to literature and it can get expensive. I am a long distance runner and have done 3 half marathons (2 in NM, 1 in FL).

What do you hope to gain from being working at HSL?

I hope to gain experience in teaching, which I have never done in a formal setting. Also get to know the inner workings of a Science Library and how collaboration is done with the rest of campus.

Kristina’s Tech Services Practicum at HSL

My name is Kristina and I have worked at the Anschutz Health Sciences Library two days a week for the past two and a half years as a library student intern in the Education and Reference Department. This internship is for people who are currently working on completing the Masters of Library Science (MLS) degree that is required for most librarian jobs. One of the requirements of many MLS degree programs is a practicum. My school requires me to complete 120 hours of unpaid professional level work in a library department that I don’t also work in to complete my practicum and so this semester I have moved upstairs to the Technical Services Department in the library.

So what does the Tech Services Department do? Just like many areas of the college and many businesses the library is split into different departments. When you walk into the library the people working the front desk are the Access Services Department they are the front line staff who can help you find books and put the books away when you are done as well as answer basic questions about the library and materials. If Access Services can’t answer the question they might call in someone from the Education and Reference department. This department answers more in-depth questions teaches the classes offered by the library and mans the AskUs chat during the week.  These are the two departments you most likely interact with when you visit the library. Tech services does a lot of the behind the scenes work.

When you put in a request for a new item to be added to the collection Tech Services is the one looking at the request. When there is a problem with connecting to an e-resource the Tech Services department does the troubleshooting. Anytime anything new is added to the collection Tech services catalogs it so that you can find it easily and does all the processing such as adding bar codes and call labels. Tech Services does all of the behind the scenes work that keeps the library running smoothly.

Up until this internship, most of my library experience has been patron-facing I work with the people coming into the library to make sure they get the most out of it that they can. And so when given the opportunity to learn more about a new area of librarianship I decided to do some time in Tech Services and learn exactly what happens to books from when they are ordered to when they arrive. Since this part of the library is not one that many people know about I’ll be sharing some of my experiences in Tech Services on the blog.

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P.S. you might have seen me at the block party I was handing out popcorn at the libraries tent.

HSL Welcomes Brandon Kennedy to Access Services!

The Health Sciences Library is happy to welcome our new access services specialist, Brandon Kennedy. Brandon will be helping out at the service desk and facilitating our incoming and outgoing items with Prospector.

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To welcome him to the library, we asked Brandon a few questions:

What is your interest in libraries?

I’ve been volunteering and working in libraries ever since I was in middle school. I enjoy the calm/safe environment that libraries give. I always feel at home when I’m inside a library!

What do you like most about the HSL so far?

What I like the most about working here so far is that I’ve been learning almost non-stop. I enjoy the challenges being brought to me!

What is your educational background?

I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and was a photography major with a minor in art history. I was very into commercial photography: specifically fashion photography. I was also really big indo the history of marketing/commercial photography, which sparked my interest in archiving/digitizing film.

What is your previous work experience?

One of my first “official” jobs was actually working at one of my university’s branch libraries, the Teacher Development and Resources Library. I worked there from my first week of my undergrad up until graduation. I also had a huge interest in graphic design during the first half of my undergrad so I worked with UNLV’s Athletic Department designing billboards, flyers, posters, media guides, etc. Working there also gave me the experience and opportunity to land an internship at UFC where I worked with their U.S. creative team (can you believe there’s only 7 members).

What’s a fun/unique/interesting tidbit that you would like others to know about you?

I’m new to Colorado, I moved here from Las Vegas in May. I’ll be adopting a female poodle puppy in December, still iffy on names. (Welcome to a few suggestions.)

How do you spend your free time?

Aside from photography, I’m a huge MMO gamer, currently my favorite games to play are Fate/Grand Order and Final Fantasy 14. I also like watching a bunch of anime from the 90s.

Is there any additional information you’d like to share about yourself?

I’m currently looking into grad schools that offer a MLIS, archiving, special collections, and digitization are my biggest interests.

What do you hope to gain from working at HSL?

I hope to gain a more in depth work experience at HSL, I want to learn more on what happens behind the service desk. I would also like to gain knowledge on how my background in photography/graphic design could be integrated in a library setting and what I could do to help.


Be sure to welcome Brandon to the library when you see him around!

HSL Welcomes the New ERL, Danielle!

HSL is happy to welcome the new electronic resources librarian (ERL), Danielle Ostendorf. She is joining the Collection Management team.

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The New ERL, Danielle Ostendorf

Danielle recieved her MLIS from Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2014. She worked for 4 years at the University of Minnesota in Duluth as their electronic resources librarian.

Danielle just adopted a new cat, Aspen, an eleven-month old who is tortoiseshell colored.  She has a lot of energy!

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Danielle’s Cat Aspen

Danielle is a big movie buff and loves watching movies. Her favorite movie is Casablanca and the last movie she saw in theaters was Call Me By Your Name. She also likes cooking and going to new restaurants to try new food.

While her interview was only her second visit to Colorado, Danielle moved to Congress Park neighborhood and she is very drawn to Denver as a large city with lots of exciting events and activities to explore.

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The new Collection Management Team

Danielle will be managing electronic resources and troubleshooting access issues. Please use the Report a Problem link to report any issues.