Lori Fitterling, M.L.S
Digital Services and Reference Librarian
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, D’Angelo Library
Kansas City, Missouri
1. How are you effectively marketing your library and library holdings among your patrons? What tips can you share with your colleagues that you found to be successful?
This year at the D’Angelo Library, we have worked hard to “embed” our library and library resources into course curriculum. Specifically, we have created a presence in courses by generating direct links to e-resources in course syllabi, including many textbook links available through ClinicalKey.
We have also monitored class assignments and blogs, with some success in pushing out helpful information when it was appropriate. Having a presence on Blackboard and being able to reach out to students through avenues they use regularly, has allowed us to reach students with resource help at the point of need. This would be my tip – reach out to patrons in their own environments, on their terms. Take library resources to them. It really does work.
2. If you weren’t a medical librarian, what would you be?
No question about this, I would be a children’s book writer. It is my dream job and I fully expect to re-invent myself as an author in the future.
3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have always wanted to live in Maine, by the ocean. I can see myself hiking in Acadia National Park and walking my dog along the rocky shores.
4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to have the power to heal people. I do a lot of research on medical topics and I know that there is a lot of pain in this world. I would like to be able to alleviate some if it.
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