This is a guest post from scholarship recipient Dede Rios, PhD, MLS, AHIP, Director of Optometric & Clinical Library Services at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry and a member of the Design for Learning community.
I had a wonderful experience at the MLA ’17 Conference this year. I really appreciate the financial support from the D4L grant! During this conference I met with another library director to discuss possible future writing collaborations, caught up with librarian friends from all over, and attended some wonderful sessions. I concentrated mostly on learning about data management, metrics and reproducibility. Our University has a new president, and it is said that we may shift focus from primarily education to more of a research university, and I want to be prepared.
I attended some technology specific sessions on gamification, and iPad innovations, and what’s new and unique in EndNote. I tried to focus on the posters and papers, because I’m at a point in my career where I need to begin creating, sharing, and being more engaged with my professional associations. I would like to support scholarly communications on our campus, and tried to learn about the librarian’s role in developing faculty scholarly metrics services, developing resident writing programs, and promoting this scholarship. This will all serve me greatly as our university recently purchased a repository, and I want to be sure our UIW community is prepared.
I am co-chair of the MLA special interest group – AVSL – Association of Vision Science Librarians. My co-chair was not able to attend MLA this year, so I facilitated our bi-annual meeting. I presented the information on D4L, and shared my experience as a student from the first cohort. I also shared that I did partake in the focus group for the latest upgrades, and that the updated modules were available on WebJunction for FREE. My group was very excited, and they took multiple flyers with them to share with other librarians at their institutions. One of them also asked for copies to take to her regional area meeting, and I obliged.
In addition to sharing D4L in my meeting, I also shared the program with my friends and colleagues. I spoke to people whose posters dealt with technology and online teaching. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the program, so I hope I was a worthy representative for D4L. I do appreciate the opportunity to attend the conference, and your financial support made it all possible. Thank you!