Two Health Science & STEM Librarianship students receive award out of five-state region


Congratulations to SLIS students Megan Bell and Stephanie Holloway for receiving the Mayo Drake Award from the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). It is a great honor for LSU and the School of Library & Information Science to have two winners out of the five-state region.

This award enables Bell and Holloway to attend the Annual Meeting of the South Central (five-state) Chapter of the Medical Library Association this October in Little Rock, Arkansas.

SLIS at LSU offers 10 specializations, with Health Science and STEM Librarianship being one of them. This specialization allows librarians specializing in science, technology, engineering, medicine, or related health sciences disciplines to gain insight into many kinds of organizations such as hospital libraries, research centers, and engineering firms. Both award recipients are interested in a career as health science librarians, a very broad field.

According to Holloway, this specialization has helped her prepare for her career by framing her research-based medical and health knowledge. Her dream is to one day work for the National Library of Medicine as an information managing medical librarian.

Bell is interested in a consumer health librarian career, specifically to teach information literacy classes to help the general public find and evaluate health information, thus improving health literacy.

“The Health Science and STEM librarianship specialization has prepared me for my career because it included classes, topics and class discussions relevant to health sciences librarianship,” said Bell. “For example, in the Health Sciences Centers class Dr. McKnight invited practicing health sciences librarians to speak.  The speakers shared strategies to search databases, gave tips on preparing resume and cover letters, and shared their insight about being successful in the field of health sciences librarianship.”

The Mayo Drake Award is named after the late director of the LSU Health Sciences Center Library in Shreveport who was a major contributor to the growth of medical librarianship in Louisiana.


About SLIS

The LSU School of Library & Information Science prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the field of library and information service and strives to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.


About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.