Congratulations to our recipients of the 2018 MAC Student Vision Scholarship! Please welcome the future health professionals and meet them at the conference, October 28-30, 2018 in Ocean City, MD. Register today!
Brittni Ballard is a second-year Master of Library and Information Science student at University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a Libraries Research and Teaching Fellow. Brittni practices critical, feminist, open pedagogy, and her current research interests include game-based learning, information literacy, and young adults. Past projects include online resource guides and visual novel video games that develop adolescent and young adult digital health literacy.
In her application, Brittni wrote: “Although I have great interest in health sciences librarianship, no formal learning opportunities by way of certifications or classes exist at UMD. Attending this conference is one action I can take to develop both my understanding of the field and network of colleagues. […] Thank you for supporting library school students by providing both the means and the opportunity to participate in professional development while learning more about issues in the field of health sciences librarianship. […] With your assistance, I hope to advance what has thus far been a primarily solo venture in pursuit of the best health information research and evidence-based practices in this shared quest to promote healthy lifestyles and choices through quality information.”
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Jordan Wrigley is a graduate student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) as well as the Research & Education intern at the Duke University Medical Center Library. She is currently pursuing an interest in medical librarianship and, specifically, in rural and poverty health information and practices as well as integrative and complementary medicine information. When not in school she also teaches yoga for seniors and stress-reduction.
In her application she wrote: “By attending the 2018 Annual Meeting, I will ground my previous and current experience in events such as keynote speakers, update interactions with current field leadership, and informative exhibits. In the future, I am also interested in opportunities to take on leadership roles in the library field and associations. Interaction with current MAC members will help me gain an understanding of the trajectory of medical librarianship and what are the main issues being brought forward for solution-finding by health information professionals.”