University of Arizona mini Career event Jessica Hernandez


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Mini Careers in federal libraries event organized by Tatiana Hladky, these slides are from Jessica Hernandez, UA alum who current works at the FDA bioscience library

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  • I’m a December 2009 SIRLS graduate. I’m also a Knowledge River alumna. While in grad school, I served as the Editor of BiblioTech, LSO’s online magazine. I also worked as a GA at SIRLS, and as a Substitute Librarian at PCPL. During my last year, I also interned for Librarian Marti Lindsey at the College of Pharmacy’s Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center. I also served as VP of the Tucson REFORMA Chapter, and was very active in this dynamic organization. I was also named an ALA Reach21 Scholar and ALA Emerging Leader while in grad school, and that served as a vehicle for me to broaden my involvement in ALA, NMRT and ASCLA, as well as greatly expand my professional network. I took a broad range of classes while at SIRLS, and had a very positive experience in the program. I’m currently enrolled in the DigIn Program, but found it more relevant to pursue a MS in Educational Technology through UA South. You can take this program entirely online, and they allow you to transfer credits from your SIRLS degree, as well as take additional SIRLS classes as part of your coursework. I began this program in the summer of 2010 to continue my education while I was on the job market, and will complete this degree in December 2011. I would be happy to discuss this degree, or the efficacy of having a 2 nd graduate degree during our FAQ.
  • The FDA is a research and regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We have over 8,000 employees that range from medical researchers, scientists, pharmacists, policy analysts, counsel, food inspectors, criminal investigators- you name it! Our main campus is located in Silver Spring, MD outside of Washington, DC, and we also have offices all over the world. The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation, and by regulating the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods, and to reduce tobacco use to improve health. The FDA has a very large and important role. As a result, it is controversial and often in the news.
  • About Us -Support the public health mission of the FDA through research and information services -3 branches and 1 contracting library Staff -20 Librarians, 8 Library Technicians -Diverse professional backgrounds and areas of expertise Collection -Very broad, general collection that represents the function and purview of the FDA -Special Collection
  • Services Research and references services Literature Searches Information Consulting Training In person, virtual and one-on-one classes; database vendor trainings Examples: PubMed, Reference Manager, Research Tools on the Desktop (intro to key library resources), etc.
  • Working in a federal library -Unique characteristics -Challenges Special Opportunities -Training -Career Advancement -What I Wish I Had Known
  • University of Arizona mini Career event Jessica Hernandez

    1. 1. A Wildcat Goes to Washington My Journey from SIRLS to a Federal Library By Jessica Hernandez
    2. 2. My SIRLS Story
    3. 3. Landing the “Big L” <ul><li>A note on today’s job market </li></ul><ul><li>My job searching story </li></ul>
    4. 4. U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) <ul><li>About FDA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science & Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory Mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Health Focus </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    5. 5. The FDA Biosciences Library <ul><li>About Us </li></ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Collection </li></ul>
    6. 6. (Cont.) <ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><li>Library Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul>
    7. 7. My Work @ FDA <ul><li>Public Services Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference/Information Consulting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing and Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical Services Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Technology </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. (Cont.) <ul><li>Special Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traction (wiki knowledge base) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New library classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch & Learn workshop series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Committees </li></ul>
    9. 9. Insider’s Perspective <ul><li>Working in a federal library </li></ul><ul><li>Special opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit of hindsight </li></ul>
    10. 10. See you @ ALA! <ul><li>2011 ALA Annual Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Careers in Federal Libraries” FAFLRT Preconference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friday, June 24 th 9am- 3pm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How I Landed My First Librarian Position, And What I Did ‘In Between’” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monday, June 27th 10:30am-12pm </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Conclusion and Acknowledgements <ul><li>Thank you to Tatiana Hladky, Nancy Faget, and my co-presenters for coordinating this webinar. </li></ul><ul><li>Feel Free to keep in touch! [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>FaceBook: “Jessica N. Hernandez” </li></ul>