What I Did: During my time at UNCG, I worked on numerous projects with a variety of individuals and organizations. During the fall of 2018, I created a virtual resource center and professional learning network for Dr. Nancy Ruppert at UNC Asheville. In October, I began a graduate assistantship with the EnACTeD program, launching their social media presences and maintaining their website, which I continued to work on until my graduation in May 2020. In the spring of 2019, I worked with HorseFriends on their social media and website for my LIS 691 practicum and participated in Alternative Spring Break at Jackson Library with Amy Harris Houk. During the spring and summer session, I worked with Dr. Chow on a research project on the information needs of academic and public library patrons. As a result of this research and Jackson internship, I presented a talk and two poster presentations at the 63rd Biennial NCLA Conference with Dr. Chow and Amy. Finally, during the summer of 2019 and 2020, I worked with Dr. Denise Côté-Arsenault, Dr. Erin Denney-Koelsch, and Dr. Chow on the Perinatal Palliative Care Coordinator Training, an interactive website and training course for those interested in supporting families during a very difficult time.
What I Learned: Collaboration has been emphasized and utilized in one way or another throughout every course and professional experience I had in my time at UNC Greensboro. During my time at UNCG, I worked collaboratively with other students, organization members, professors, and professionals on a variety of topics and projects. The impact this has had on my personal life, professional life, professional network, and goals has been substantial. Working through the LIS program in various positions has shown me that the collaborative aspect of librarianship is incredibly substantial; if not one of the important aspects of librarianship. As I move into my career and continue to work on projects and goals that I have started at UNCG, I am certain that the impact of these collaborations from UNCG and the iLab on my career will be significant.