Kristen Borysewicz, Merete Christianson, Jessica D. Gilbert-Redman, Dawn Hackman, Erika Johnson, and Laura Trude
NDLA’s Health Science Information and Academic & Special Libraries Sections held its inaugural fully online “un-conference” using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. A fully online conference can be a robust, low-cost alternative to a traditional conference that could be an advantage to librarians looking for professional development opportunities in this rural state. In this session, the planners will discuss creating this experience and lessons learned.
Holly Gabriel, Dawn Hackman, and Renee Nilsen
Financial literacy is increasingly important for all college students, but none more so than students in professional health or medical programs. Many of them are in uncharted territory, facing new and unique financial decisions and obligations that accompany these costly degrees, such as lengthy unpaid internships and expensive certification processes. Academic librarians are well situated to be able to meet these needs, not by teaching financial literacy themselves, but by connecting the students with subject experts. This has been done at the University of North Dakota through a partnership between campus librarians and UND’s Financial Wellness office. For example, the Harley E. Library of the Health Sciences collaborated with the Financial Wellness Office to provide study-break (“de-stress”) programming that included financial literacy topics. Other opportunities for involvement include leveraging the librarian’s liaison relationships to provide access to the target audience. For example, librarians have facilitated meetings between their liaison departments and the Financial Wellness Program Coordinator to discuss ways in which financial literacy can be integrated into their curricula or offered to their students as an extracurricular service. The Financial Wellness Program Coordinator has also been involved in small group discussions on financial literacy topics, such as the Native Behavioral Health Research Team, coordinated by the team’s embedded librarian. Librarians can advocate for their involvement as a mutually beneficial exchange. The subject experts benefit from access to a challenging audience, i.e. professional degree students, while the librarians contribute to the well-being of their students.
Have you ever presented a poster at a conference? No? Want to try? It's an easily implementable initial entry into conference presenting in a more intimate, low-key and low-threshold environment than it would be to start off with a formal presentation to a huge audience. Sometimes, conference fees are even waived. Regardless, the experience can bring about valuable partnerships. View this poster to learn tricks of the trade for powerful poster presentations. Remember, it's really easy to make a bad poster, but not too difficult to make a great poster, especially if you follow these practical tips.
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