MLS Students Awarded Spring 2015 Travel Awards

MLS Students Awarded Spring 2015 Travel Awards

Becky Baltich Nelson

Becky Baltich Nelson and Talia Guzman-Gonzalez have been awarded the Spring 2015 “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Awards. Each winner will receive $500 to present posters at conferences this spring. 

Becky Baltich Nelson (MLS) will be presenting a poster at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Austin, TX on May 15-20. Her poster, titled “Navigating a Path toward a Career in Medical Librarianship”, is based on research she did last year to create a website as a resource for people interested in medical librarianship.

The website “would allow MLS students to supplement their education with other learning opportunities as coursework in this specialization is limited in many MLS programs,” she said. In addition to presenting her poster, Becky will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of events and sessions that will provide information about medical librarianship and trending topics in the field.Talia Guzman-Gonzalez

At the REFORMA National Conference in San Diego, CA on April 1-4, Talia Guzman-Gonzalez (MLS) will give a poster presentation about her experience interning with the Association of Research Libraries’ Career Enhancement Program at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor.  REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latino and the Spanish Speaking, will host a number of professionals working on issues of diversity and information.

“Since taking a course on Information and Human Rights with Professor Jaeger during my first semester in the MLS program, I’ve been interested in discussions of access to information and the importance of creating a diverse library workforce that can be truly representative of a diversity of users and their information needs,” she said.

 The “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Award was established in 2012. This fund provides financial support to allow students from any program at the College of Information Studies to attend local and national conferences, present research, and gain experience and exposure to professionals in the field.

Pictured: Becky Baltich Nelson (top) and Talia Guzman-Gonzalez (bottom)