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JoVE Announces Winners of 2019 Librarian Travel Awards

Three Librarians Honored for Supporting Science Lab Productivity

Cambridge, MA – (April, 19, 2019) JoVE announced the winners today of its third annual Librarian Travel Awards. Three librarians each took first prize for their essays describing how they are helping students or researchers become more productive in a scientific laboratory.

Each winner will receive a $1,500 travel stipend to attend a North American librarian or science conference of their choice. Essays were evaluated by an independent committee of six librarians, each award-winners in previous years.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate librarians who are improving productivity in the lab,” said JoVE CEO Dr. Moshe Pritsker. “We hope sharing these winning essays equips all STEM librarians to use their unique position — at the nexus of technology, data science, and knowledge transfer — to advance scientific education and research.”


Kelly Grossmann Getz, MS Information, MS Bioinformatics, STEM Librarian, Eastern Michigan University

  • By re-locating her training services to the university’s science tutoring program, Kelly raised the number of students receiving science librarian assistance on lab protocols and scholarly scientific writing by 150%. She also constructed an online compendium for upper-level researchers on scientific methods, protocols, reproducibility, replicability, and laboratory best practices. essay and librarian info

Daureen Nesdill, MS Zoology, MLIS Library & Information Science, Associate Librarian, University of Utah

  • Daureen instituted enterprise-wide use of an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), a type of project management software designed for lab research. She also established a program to train and advise researchers in ELN best practices, increasing the productivity of university labs in medicine, engineering, chemistry, biology, and geology. essay and librarian info

Jodi Coalter, M.A, Library and Information Science, Information Management, STEM Librarian, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Jodi designed a program that leverages a data librarian to offer discipline-specific scientific workshops that train students in best practices for field research, data collection, and data management. The program aims to empower students to engage in productive data collection, while also leveraging library resources to optimize data management and analysis. essay and librarian info

“Our winners exemplify opportunities for STEM librarians to serve as educators, consultants, and innovators to advance science,” said awards judge Bertha Chang, Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy, North Carolina State University. “These essays can inspire STEM librarians to create their own impactful programs to support students and researchers.”

Winners’ Comments and Conference Plans

Jodi Coalter wIll use her Librarian Travel Award to attend the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries 2020 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 5/14-18.

“I am so grateful for the support JoVE has shown to libraries and to me in particular. As a new librarian, I am just understanding my place in the greater library world, so having a chance to learn at a conference from those who have been in the field longer is invaluable. This is especially true in the quickly changing world of science librarianship.”

Daureen Nesdill will use her Librarian Travel Award to attend the Annual IAMSLIC Conference (Int’l Association of Marine and Aquatic Science Libraries and Information Centers), Port Aransas, Texas, 10/20-25, 2019.

“Winning this award will assist with my own research. I am working with marine biologists to develop a data and tools platform for studying southern right whales. Attending the 45th Annual IAMSLIC Conference will introduce me to marine biology librarians so I can learn from others collecting data on right whales and how data is organized, documented and described. This will help ensure that data in my project is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).”

Kelly Grossmann Getz

Kelly has used her Librarian Travel Award to attend the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Annual Conference. “This award has enabled me to expand my research interests into new areas. Through my attendance at ACRL, I have been able to gain insight about how academic libraries and librarians work with neurodiversity in modern student populations.”

Awards Committee

The JoVE Librarian Travel Award judges committee was comprised of six previous winners:

Lutishoor (Luti) Salisbury, M.Sc., Information Science, Distinguished Professor / Librarian, Head, Chemistry and Biochemistry Library, University of Arkansas;

Cynthia Thomes, M.S., Library Science, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland University College;

Lucie Tryoen, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Evry-Val d’Essonne (France);

Jen Park, MLIS, Library and Information Science, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, Mount Saint Mary College;

Bertha Chang, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, M.S., Library and Information Science, Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy, North Carolina State University;

Linda Hasman, MSLS Library and Information Science, Assistant Director, Research and Clinical Information Services, Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center

About JoVE
JoVE is the leading producer and provider of scientific videos, with the mission of increasing the productivity of scientific, medical, and engineering research and education. Since its founding in 2006, JoVE has produced nearly 10,000 videos depicting experiments filmed at top research institutions, and delivered online to millions of scientists, educators, and students worldwide. JoVE’s clients are comprised of 1,000-plus institutional subscribers including universities, colleges and biopharma companies. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, JoVE maintains offices in the United States, Europe and Australia.

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