Summer 2014 Internships: Michelle Bass

IMG_1798This is the first in a series of blogs posts written by the 2014-2015 ALA board members, where we talk about the different internships we participated in during the summer of 2014. This entry was written by Michelle Bass concerning her internship at the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan.

Having spent the first year of my 2-year long University Library Associate assistantship familiarizing myself with Health Sciences databases and participating in projects with each unique library unit, this summer I was given opportunities to transfer my knowledge into action through the successful completion of multiple deliverables. These included curriculum development and instruction, heuristic analysis of similar content databases, a comparative analysis of social media presence in academic health science libraries, and transitioning data to a new content management software and cataloging records with a new controlled vocabulary.

A few highlights from the summer:

  • I worked with Ruti Volk, Patient Education Librarian for the University of Michigan Health System, to move the Patient Education Clearinghouse items from Sitemaker to a Drupal platform.   We will also be adding additional metadata fields to each record. While tedious, adding subject headings to 2700 records has been rewarding as I can “see” the results of my work.
  • I have become quite proficient with Camtasia and the creation process for tutorial videos about library resources and information gathering skills.
  • I worked with Preet Rana, the Global Health Coordinator at the library, on a curriculum toolkit for the Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence faculty.  During my pursuits for interesting items to include in the tool kit, I came across some fantastic data visualization tools, some open source and free to use by all while others were subscription only.  The beautiful quality of these tool, besides their graphics and analytical power, is that they just need to be found, we do not have to recreate the visualization wheel every time someone wants to run an analysis.  The importance of information literacy can not be overlooked in the case of visualizations tools; these tools are only powerful if the consumer understands what kind of information is available in any data set AND how to manipulate the data to produce a visualization that is meaningful for solving their question.

Please visit my Seelio Portfolio to see some of my deliverables and learn more about my summer internship.  


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