SLIS Student Christine Vivian Presents at ALA

SLIS Student Christine Vivian Presents at ALA

At this year’s ALA Annual conference, held in Chicago, SLIS student Christine M. Vivian was among those chosen to present a poster session. Working with a longtime friend, she collaborated on a project exploring professional development through social media. The poster session, entitled “The Frugal Liaison Librarian: Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise Though Social Media,” presented the preliminary results of a study conducted with her colleague, Brian K. Kooy, a librarian at Georgia State University. They examined whether information obtained from free social media web sites could be effectively used by subject area librarians to stay informed in their assigned disciplines, an idea that sprang from Kooy’s own experiences working as a liaison librarian to four separate departments.

While presenting a poster was a new experience for Vivian, she was able to draw upon the knowledge she had gained by attending the poster sessions presented by the 2013 SLIS graduating class. “The information Professor Hsieh had provided about designing a poster was a valuable resource,” said Vivian, whose contributions to the project included creating the poster for the presentation. The poster session was well-attended, and Vivian was thankful for the support she received from her fellow SLIS students and her mentor, Steve Ostrem, who were in attendance at ALA. “Having the chance to present at a national conference was a rewarding experience,” said Vivian, “and I would encourage other SLIS students to pursue these types of opportunities.”

For more information about the poster session and the related research, please visit the project’s webpage at http://thefrugalliaison.wordpress.com/