Strauss Library Welcomes Cecelia Vetter!

Strauss Library is happy to announce that Cecelia Vetter, a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, will be completing the second year of her fellowship here at Strauss Library as an Education Librarian.

Cecelia spent the last year at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland learning about products and services provided by the National Library of Medicine and working on projects that included analyzing MEDLINE application data, researching computational reproducibility, and providing PubMed instruction.

Having begun her fellowship year at Strauss Library in September, Cecelia is excited to jump right into library instruction and reference.

Cecelia is from St. Louis, Missouri and received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Outside of work Cecelia enjoys playing cello in a community orchestra, spending time outside, and caring for her two guinea pigs, Ben and Jerry.

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

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.

Spring Picks from the Strauss Library Staff

This spring, we asked the employees of the Strauss Health Sciences Library about some of their favorite springtime books, movies, podcasts, and other media. Here’s the collected list from our staff and faculty. If any of these catch your eye, you can request them via Prospector—the regional catalog connecting you to a wide range of libraries throughout Colorado and Wyoming—a free service for CU Anschutz students, staff, and faculty. Order your item on Prospector today, and we’ll let you know when it arrives! For more information, and to start using Prospector, visit: https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/prospector

Four books displayed on a counter with a bookmark: Lovecraft Country, Into Thin Air, Slaughterhouse 90210, Consider Phlebas

Books

  • American Hippo by Sarah Gailey – Jason, Access Services
  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman – Danielle, Collection Management
  • Garden books – Shelley, Collection Management
  • Harry Potter (Books & Movies) – Kristin, IT
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – Lynn S., Access Services
  • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff – Wlad, Education & Reference
  • Once Upon a River by Dianne Setterfield – Jessica, Collection Management
  • PG Wodehouse, the Culture Series by Iain Banks, Philip Pullman – Paul, Collection Management
  • Slaughterhouse 90210 by Maris Kreizman – Yumin, Collection Management
  • What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri, MD – Lisa, Deputy Director

Movies/TV

  • Billions – Lisa, Deputy Director
  • Dumb & Dumber – Lynn T., Access Services
  • Game of Thrones – Jeff, IT (and several other people, too!)
  • Harry Potter! – Kristin, IT
  • Inconceivable – Mike, IT
  • The Americans – Melissa, Director
  • The Entire James Bond Collection – Rob, IT
  • The Passion of the Christ – Thinh, IT
  • The Sandlot – Brittany, Access Services
  • Weekend at Bernie’s – Douglas, Access Services

Podcasts

Magazines

  • Men’s Health – Kevin, IT
  • Rock & Gem – Emily, Collection Management

Strauss librarians elected to professional associations

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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.

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.

Christi Piper

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.

Student Staff Bio: Tori Snell

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Tori is a Physical Therapy student here at CU Anschutz who will be graduating soon! She’s been working with us for over two years and has just come back from her rotation to spend time at the desk again. Tori’s hobbies include music, nutrition, and exercise. Her favoritie part of working at the Health Sciences Library is, “hanging out with the wonderful staff and participating in the consumption of free left-overs!”

Student Staff Bio: Tyler B. Matlock

Tyler_HeadshotThis week we are featuring Tyler B. Matlock, one of our most senior student workers. Tyler is in the Anatomy program here at CU Anschutz and enjoys sewing, action sports, and 3D Modeling. His favorite part of working at the library is being able to help students find the resources they need for a particular class and helping with some on the fly tutoring at the desk if students are having trouble in a particular subject.