Free webinar today, Dec 14, 10am – Campus Connections: A Solo Librarian’s Journey Launching a Satellite Health Science Library (sponsored by NNLM Region 3)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 3, housed at the Gibson D. Lewis Library, would like to invite you to join us for the next session of our monthly webinar series. Health Bytes is a monthly 1 hour series that focuses on topics of interest to clinicians, researchers, faculty and information professionals.

Details on joining the meeting are available at the event link below. The session is free to any interested parties.

Webinar Description:
With the almost paradoxical shift towards decreasing physical footprints and funding and increasing satellite campuses (and thus constituencies), academic libraries are facing pressure to – in any combination – consolidate, launch, or close physical spaces and move towards digital collections. In the health sciences, this situation is compounded by the rapidly rising cost and amount of electronic health information, the urgency to open academic medical centers in areas with needs for health professionals, and pressures of programs and their professional learners. Karina Kletscher was hired as the solo librarian charged with launching a satellite library on Creighton University’s new regional Health Sciences Campus in Arizona, several states away from Creighton’s Nebraska campus. While solo and distance librarianship are not new, these models with various versions of their own aren’t well understood outside of librarianship, especially as they evolve alongside the rapidly changing environment. Kletscher will share her experience as a solo librarian through her journey developing a primarily digital library with a self-service model.

Presenter Description:
Karina Kletscher, MLIS, AHIP, is the Reference and Instruction Librarian on the Creighton University Health Sciences Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Karina earned her MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include critical pedagogies, the medical humanities, and the intersection of information literacy and cultural programming and its impact on belonging in the academic library. She has previously written and presented on gamified library instruction, spaces in the academic library, and librarians’ roles in adolescent sexual health literacy. When outside of the library, you can find Karina digging around a vintage market or trying a new DIY project.

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