Graduate student Bell one of six recipients of the 2014 National Network of Libraries of Medicine Library Student Outreach Award


LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s School of Library and Information Science graduate student Megan Bell was recently named one of only six recipients in the United States of the 2014 National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region Library Student Outreach Award. This award provides funding for students to attend the Quint Chapter Medical Library Association Meeting October 12-16, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

“I was very happy to learn my planning and persistence resulted in being selected for this award,” said Bell. “I look forward to meeting my future colleagues and gaining wisdom from their knowledge and experience. If I am able to visit a museum and the Denver Public Library that will be an added bonus!”

Bell involves herself in outreach activities, including teaching information literacy instruction at a community center. She will attend the Quint Essential joint meeting of five Medical Library Association Chapters in Denver, Colorado in October, where she will also be presenting her paper Tractors, Trailers & Stethoscopes: Information Needs of Health Professionals in Rural Areas.This presentation will cover a preliminary literature review of articles published between 2000 and 2013. The articles describe the search methods as well as the barriers faced by rural health professionals in satisfying their knowledge-based information needs. 

By participating in this meeting and conference sessions, Bell will gain knowledge about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

“SLIS provides a supportive and encouraging environment,” said Bell. “My academic advisor, Dr. Michelynn McKnight, encouraged me to spend this summer demonstrating my interest in outreach. In addition, several SLIS students gave me lots of encouragement as well!”


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 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.

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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.

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