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.

Interview: Get to Know Lynn!

Have you seen the newest employee at HSL, Lynn Triefus?  She just started Monday, April 16, 2018, and has been training on the circulation desk.  I sat down with her and asked her some questions to get to know her better.

Jessica (interviewer): What interested you in this position here at HSL?

Lynn: One of the reason I applied was that my mom has had four types of cancer, and was treated here at Anschutz. I wanted to help the future of health care (Med Students, etc) in any small way. 

J: Would you like to talk about your family?

L: I am married with two kids; my husband works for the state in Human Services. He is a trainer, and he does things like employee training. We met at Lookout Mountain Youth Services facility where we both worked there 25 years ago. My kids joke that we met in juvie.

I have a son at Western State, who is a state wrestling champion, and a daughter who is a junior in high school and involved in speech and debate.

J: Do you have any hobbies and would you like to talk about your interests?

L: I am a movie-quoting crazy person, and a big movie-goer.

J: Would you like to talk about where you are from?

L:  I am from south-east Denver, a native; I went to George Washington high school.

I went to CU for a psychology degree, and I worked at Westminster Public Library in my previous job.  I worked in ILL and worked with kids: I can make any storytime a fun storytime, and I like hanging out with kids.

I like training — continuing ed — and meeting new people; I am excited for new challenges.  I  like to collect friends: I have friends from every part of life and from everywhere I go.  I am a social person and I like to go out with different people.

 

I asked Lynn to take a fun photo, and she wanted to take a photo with one of the skeletons for student use. She joked that it is her new work boyfriend, Skeletor!

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Welcome to Jason Wardell

Please welcome the newest employee in Education and Reference, Jason Wardell. Jason started on November 15th! If you see him around the library or hear from him on AskUs make sure to give him a warm welcome!

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Learn a little bit more about Jason in his short biography:

I was born in Chicago, but have called Colorado my home since 1996. I graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with a BA in English Literature, and again from Metropolitan State University in 2011 with a BA in Journalism. Today, I live in Denver with my wife, Mindi, and our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Penny. I’m presently enrolled in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University in the 2017 Denver cohort, and I aspire to work in an academic library to fulfill my dream of never leaving school. Outside of the library, I host a weekly pub quiz for Geeks Who Drink, provide website and marketing support for Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, and am very passionate about certain flavors of La Croix.

 

Welcome to Christi Piper!

HSL is welcoming a new reference librarian to the Education and Reference department, Christi Piper.  Her first day was Monday, July 24, and her contact information is already on the Staff Directory web page.

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Here is a brief bio about her background and duties:

After a brief hiatus, Christi Piper has returned to the Health Sciences Library as a Reference Librarian in the Education and Reference Department. Christi received her Masters of Library and Information Science in 2013 from the University of Washington iSchool online program. After graduating, she volunteered for the Health Sciences Library for two years staffing the AskUs service and working on other projects in the department. She then went to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Kraemer Family Library and worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian who worked specifically with the Nursing and Health Sciences College for three years. But the commute from Denver to Colorado Springs was not so fun, so she returned to the Health Sciences Library in July. Christi will be working on making the AskUs service the best that it can be and helping teach some of the regular library classes, along with other new and exciting projects. If you have a research need or question for the library, don’t hesitate to ask!

When not answering research questions at the library, Christi and her husband enjoy traveling, hiking, and trying to keep up with their two hyperactive dogs. You can also find Christi rereading Harry Potter frequently and pondering the effectiveness of the Marauder’s Map and wondering just what is in the Restricted Section of the Library.