PSRML Hosts Spring Quarter 2012 Intern: Lynn Kysh!
By Lynn Kysh
Department of Information Studies student
UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
My name is Lynn Kysh and I am excited to be joining the Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library for my internship during the 2012 Spring Quarter.
I am currently enrolled in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, working towards my Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS). During the past year, I have completed two other quarter-long internships; one in education and research services at the USC Norris Medical Library, and the other at the Children’s Services Department at Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.
I entered the MLIS program at UCLA because I believe in the role information plays in empowering individuals and communities. Through coursework, internships, and volunteering opportunities, I have developed several professional interests. I am interested in health sciences librarianship, particularly in the fields of social work and public health and consumer health information. I am also drawn to the health sciences because of how the profession works with emerging technology to meet the information needs of their community of users, including both professionals and patients.
I am pleased that I will have several opportunities in the Regional Medical Library to work on projects that reflect my growing interests. I plan to organize a presentation for a future Midday at the Oasis session focusing on sexual violence prevention, to share available resources for PSR Network member organizations and their staff members. I will also be assisting on a project focused on providing workshops for social workers at the UCLA Medical Center, by facilitating a session highlighting MedlinePlus as a professional information resource and patient education tool. Additionally, I will be working to create a toolkit for trainers to educate low literacy populations about how to access and evaluate online health information resources.
I’m looking forward to all these projects, as well as observing and learning from the RML staff. I appreciate the opportunity and am certain I will learn a great deal about health sciences librarianship and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine!