I began contacting potential mentors in 2014, before I even started my MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School (iSchool). I found Sally Gore, a health sciences informationist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, from her posts on the Medical Library Association listserv and her blog, "A Librarian by Any Other Name". Sally graciously spent a ton of time with me and then referred me to several incredible librarians. Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, a health sciences librarian at DIMRC, is one of these librarians.
Siobhan has been an amazing mentor to me. In person, on the phone, and by email, she has not only provided me answers and advice that has helped me tailor my coursework, but she has provided me this phenomenal opportunity to conduct this directed fieldwork. And, as I recently told her, her name is GOLD. Anyone to whom she refers me is enthusiastic to help.
To top it off, I am lucky to be working with Michelle Eberle, an equally friendly, helpful and respected librarian at the National Network of Libraries, New England Region. Michelle is the Education and Outreach Coordinator. Everyone I have spoken to seems to have worked with Michelle with great success and has responded to my requests happily.
The only downside to this directed fieldwork is that I only have the summer to work on the project. My hope is that I have opportunities to continue this work and my association with Michelle and Siobhan. I have already learned so much from them--and have so much more to learn!
A third year MLIS student conducting fieldwork with NLM, NN/LM NER, and Massachusetts Libraries.