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05 August 2010

UB Graduate Student Presents Poster at SLA Annual Conference

In June, University at Buffalo graduate student, Elaine Dean, had the opportunity to present a poster session at the SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Below she describes her experience:

Last summer was my first time attending the SLA Annual Conference and I enjoyed every minute of the experience.  This year I was eager to return, especially since I was presenting a poster for the first time.            

The poster, titled “Developing a User Instruction Workshop on PubMed,” was a collaborative effort between myself and Kerry Cotter.  We are both Graduate Reference Assistants at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, and we had the opportunity to develop and teach the workshop during the Spring 2010 semester.  Based on the experience we created the poster to present at the Graduate School of Education Student Research Symposium in May.  Following the presentation I was encouraged to present the poster at other conferences and I chose to submit it to the Social Science, Academic, Education, and Museum, Arts, & Humanities Division Joint Poster Session for the SLA Annual Conference this summer.

I felt that the poster was well received at the conference and it was a wonderful experience.  I was thrilled by the number of people who stopped to speak with me and their positive comments regarding the poster and the workshop format.  Many were interested in learning more about PubMed and the materials created for the workshop.  I also received some suggestions for follow up work and further evaluation of the workshop’s success that I may try to pursue in the future.  The supportive environment was very encouraging and makes me more inclined to continue looking for opportunities to present professionally in the future.  I really enjoyed learning about projects that others are involved with and am excited to pursue other opportunities in the future.  I was able to attend the conference because I received the DBIO travel stipend and I am extremely gratefully for their support.
  Elaine at SLA


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