Presentation Title: An Internship to Remember: Planning a Science Library at the Dian Fossey Center in Rwanda
Presenter(s): Joy Nieman, School of Information
Abstract: This presentation will highlight my student internship working with a Fulbright Scholar to plan for a science library at the new Ellen DeGeneres campus at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF) in Rwanda. A scientific research center that is committed to carrying on the work and vision of Dian Fossey, the center focuses its studies on gorilla protection, biodiversity, and conservation, but also hosts university students and tourists. This requires a multi-functional library that can act as a repository for the research coming out of the center, offer books and materials for research and studies, and provide a space for children in the local community to learn about the importance of conservation. A truly one-of-a-kind experience, my responsibilities on this project include documenting new policies, creating procedures for tasks ranging from materials acquisition to circulation, researching networking and collaboration opportunities for the center, and creating a website for the library. Working with people in different parts of the country and world has been an incredible, eye-opening experience that has given me the opportunity to consider cultural norms that differ from my own; however, I have also found that much of what I have learned in my graduate studies thus far apply on a global level, further cementing my stance that libraries and librarianship are an integral part of fostering communication on an international scale. Additionally, my presentation will include a reflection on my experience as co-presenter at the Charleston Conference in November 2022, which details the scope, goals, and progress of the project.
Link to Recorded Presentation: https://my.visme.co/view/jwgpg891-z4p5zzxom8zx57n1?playRec=1#s1