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.
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
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
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
How do you spend your free
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.
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
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
Billions – Lisa, Deputy Director
Dumb & Dumber – Lynn T., Access Services
Game of Thrones – Jeff, IT (and several other
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!
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.
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.