This fall, NER and MAR are jointly hosting two virtual MLIS student interns from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT, Bennie Finch and Jacqueline Fonseca-Ramos. We are thrilled to have them working with us on several exciting projects and learning about NNLM, NLM, and health sciences librarianship! They have each written a brief introduction to themselves and what they are working on this fall.
Hello! My name is Bennie Finch and I come to library and information science after many years working as a social worker with children and families.
I truly do feel that this internship with NNLM is a privilege because I am meeting so many great people and learning about so many resources; AND having the opportunity to work virtually has made this internship possible, as I don’t live near one of the regional offices.
I have enjoyed getting to know people around the country through NNLM and learning about some of the amazing work happening through the network. I have also been able to attend a number of trainings offered by NNLM.
The internship project I am working on is with the #CiteNLM Wikipedia edit-a-thon this October, which is focusing on Maternal and Child Health. I’m reaching out to LIS schools to encourage student participation and working on ways to further engage LIS students and schools in these campaigns. I am very excited about this topic and am looking forward to this event. If you aren’t already signed up for the #CiteNLM virtual editing event, it looks really fun!
I am a mother of two teenagers who keep me fairly busy. I enjoy time outside, gardening or walking with family and friends. I enjoy reading (and listening) to many genres but some favorites are history and historical fiction. I also love seeing movies and attending plays and musicals when I am able.
Hola, my name is Jacqueline Fonseca-Ramos. I have over 13 years of experience working in the federal government, within different agencies. I began this career when I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and becoming a mother, I decided to separate from the Marines. After serving 8 years, it was time to focus on my educational career. In doing so, I earned my BS in Criminal Justice and my Master of Social Work (MSW).
During my time at the UConn School of Social Work, I worked as the Community Liaison for United States Senator Richard Blumenthal. My focus was conducting targeted outreach to the military and veteran community of Connecticut, to help introduce federal legislation to assist these groups. Currently, I work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where I hope to learn more about health science librarianship.
As an NNLM intern, I am working on a few different projects. First, I am really looking forward to taking the Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship Course from Library Juice Academy, since this is the library field I see myself working in. Second, I have been introduced to the world of graphic medicine and am now seeing how we can utilize graphic medicine to help improve veteran healthcare. Lastly, I am working on putting together a veteran resource’s toolkit for distribution, to help folks who interact with the veteran population navigate through the veteran resources available.
I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to intern with the NNLM this semester!