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January 26, 2012 / Christian M.

First Day of My Internship!

Monday I started the first day of my internship at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at University of Maryland Baltimore. I will be working there every Monday until May. I am required to keep a journal of my activities, so for this post I’ll just include excerpts from my journal.

8:00 am – I met with my supervisor, Ryan. We went over my schedule for the day – he had a printed schedule for me, which I really appreciated. After reviewing the schedule, I went to pick up my staff I.D. This I.D. grants me access to the campus buildings and medical center. Ryan says it might allow me remote access to the library’s online databases as well. I haven’t tried it out yet.

9:00 am – I shadowed Ryan on the reference desk. It was pretty quiet, and only four patrons needed assistance during this hour. One feature that I like about the HS/HSL reference desk is that each computer has two monitors attached. One monitor faces the librarian, and the other monitor faces the customer. This allows the customer to follow along as the librarian searches the catalog or databases.

10:00 am – I had an informal meet & greet with some of the reference and liaison librarians.

10:30 am – I met one-on-one with Alexa Mayo (Director of Services). We talked a little about my background and interests. We also talked about HS/HSL and I was able to ask her questions about the library’s services and user groups.

11:00 am – Thom, (Instructional Technology Specialist), came and helped me set up my PC and gave me a brief orientation (file storage/sharing, email, etc). He also took my picture for the staff directory.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – I reviewed the HS/HSL websites and LibGuides on my own.

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Graduate Research Day Brainstorm Meeting. I attended a meeting with Ryan and several liaison librarians to discuss preparations for the Graduate Research Day in April. This is an event for Ph.D. students to give presentations on research they have done. For the first time, HS/HSL will have a table at the event with information on library resources for students. They discussed logistics for set-up, and what type of posters and handouts are needed. I have been assigned to create a flyer about the library’s Presentation Studio. This flyer will go out in advance of Graduate Research Day to encourage students to use the studio as they prepare for their presentations.

2:00 pm – Ryan gave me a tour of HS/HSL and introduced me to staff in the various departments.

3:00 pm – Ryan gave me an introduction to LibAnswers. One of my projects will be to populate questions & answers for the liaison librarians (specific to their discipline). These questions can then be embedded into their LibGuides.

3:30 –4:30 pm – I reviewed some of the HS/HSL online tutorials, and looked over the webpage for the presentation studio to take note of what information should be included on the handout.


It was a long day and I felt my energy fading a little towards the end. Note to self: go to bed early on Sunday nights from now on. My day wasn’t over though. After leaving HS/HSL, I headed to my campus for a 2.5 hour class. Fun times. 😉 Can’t wait until next week!



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  1. Variegated Stacks / Jan 26 2012 2:38 pm

    Yep…sounds like an eventful day. This internship has great potential. Can’t wait to read future post! Good Luck LibGirl09.

    • LibGirl09 / Jan 26 2012 4:26 pm

      Thanks GeGe! I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can. 🙂

  2. Lesley / Jan 26 2012 4:54 pm

    Wow, what a busy, great day! Kudos on getting this internship! I’m looking forward to hearing more about it too!

    • LibGirl09 / Jan 26 2012 5:09 pm

      Thanks Lesley!

  3. Evelyn N. Alfred / Jan 27 2012 7:34 am

    Aww snap, you’re in the directory. Nice.

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