GAship at Arizona Health and Sciences Library (AHSL)

Submitted by anaelisa on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 16:24

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!

760 hours later...

Submitted by anaelisa on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 16:08

By Belen Bustamante, KR Scholar (Cohort 10)

For the last two semesters, I spent a great deal of my time at Woods Memorial branch Library working as a graduate assistant.  The experience I gained is immeasurable.  I learned about the many tasks involved in the daily operation of a public library.  I assisted in planning/presenting programs, and I spent many hours in daily operations. It was interesting to learn about circulation issues, how to conduct a reference interview, weeding the collection, and many other tasks.  I believe the most important thing I have learned is the importance of creating relationships with patrons and staff in an effort to provide the best possible customer service.  I enjoyed my time at Woods, and am grateful for the time spent there.  I am leaving Woods with a much greater awareness of the public library and feel that the experience I gained will help me make future career decisions.  At Woods the possibilities are endless.

Football NOT Soccer in the USA

Submitted by anaelisa on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:23

By Irlanda Jacinto, KR 10 Scholar


“I think it is important for all those young out there, who someday hope to play real football, where you throw it and kick it and run with it and put it in your hands, a distinction should be made that football is democratic, capitalism, whereas soccer is a European socialist sport”