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Librarians Share Knowledge at Regional Meeting

The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association recently held its annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians presented their work at the conference:

Will Olmstadt, Interim Director of the Library, presented a contributed paper on “A Modified Scoping Review of Burnout in Library Personnel.” This award-winning presentation reviewed the literature on burnout among library personnel. 

Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, presented the contributed paper “From Thought to Liftoff: The Hidden Figures from Research to Launch a Community Project.”  This paper was co-written with Dr. Lois Anderson and Dr. Afaf Abdulbaki from the University Health Pharmacy Department; Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, Dr. Meher Mavuram, and Dr. Eric Thomas from the Department of Internal Medicine; high school student Grace Dodd; and college students Derrick Murcia and Jessica Sims.

David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, presented a Lightning Round session on “What I Learned in Three Months on the Faculty Senate.”  In this presentation, Mr. Duggar described his experiences and encouraged librarians to get involved in campus activities.

David Duggar also presented the contributed paper “The Invisible Ceiling: Success and Failure in the ‘Teaching Science through Gamification’ Project.”  This paper was co-written with Julia Esparza; Mararia Adams, the Library’s Assistant Director of Systems; and Katrina Bell, Library Associate in Systems.  This paper highlighted the results of a recent study of game-based resources for science education, which was funded by an outreach award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

David Duggar also presented the contributed paper “Live United or Die Hard!  Lessons Learned from the Front.”  The paper was co-written with Barbara Reilly, Interlibrary Loan Librarian and a former United Way campaign co-chair, and Mr. Duggar’s 2017 campaign co-chairs, Sue Johnson and Themessia Fenceroy.  This paper described the Library’s involvement with the institution’s United Way campaign.