By Lisa R. Aguilera, KR Scholar (Cohort 10)
I have been working at the AHSL and it has been a great learning experience. I have had the pleasure of working with experienced and knowledgeable people who are friendly and always willing to help. When I started my graduate assistantship I knew nothing about medical librarianship. I have been given many and different opportunities to experience this area of librarianship from different perspectives. I had the opportunity to work on two digitization projects, one a converting Prescription for Health videos to mp4 and working with the metadata, and the other digitizing the Arizona Medical Journal. Each project pertaining to medical history in Arizona and we hope will eventually become a part of the Arizona Memory Project. I have spent some time working at the AHSL reference desk, attending webinars, attending classes given by AHSL outreach librarians, attending meetings of the Pima County Community Health Task Force, and collaborating with the Interlibrary Loan department (ILL) and learning a little bit about what they do. Recently, Jacob and I were able to visit the medical libraries at TMC, the Veteran’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, and in doing so had the chance to meet the librarians that work there and learn a little about what they do. There are so many people to thank, so many people that were so great to work with and be around on a daily basis, and really a wide range of opportunities and areas of medical librarianship to learn about. Now I am looking forward to May 18th when I will be attending the 2012 Medical Library Association Conference in Seattle. I feel very fortunate for the experience and grateful for all of the great people I have had the opportunity to work with. Those that I worked most closely with were Mary Holcomb, Dave Piper, Amanda Escalante, Jacob Metoxen, Diana Almader-Douglas, thank you for making each day a pleasant learning experience and for all of your support. Thanks to Jeanette Ryan and Gary Freiburger for facilitating these opportunities. Also thanks to Yamila, Annabelle, Brooke, Nga, Hannah, Linda, Mikel, Diana, Kathy, Laura, Jose, Ricky, Skip, Tessie, Mary, Javad and Joan. It has been a pleasure!