Assistant teaching professor of physical therapy Brad Willis found out about the Fridays @ the Library workshop series after enrolling in the educational leadership and policy analysis program through the College of Education. He became full-time faculty in 2015 after several years of practice as a physical therapist. He teaches advanced courses on geriatric rehabilitation as well as foundational science courses in the doctoral program. He says, “As I grow into my new academic role, I hope to investigate curricular assessment strategies for allied health programs.”
In September, he attended “Staying Ahead of the Curve,” taught by Kimberly Moeller. Brad says, “During my previous coursework and early career as a faculty member at MU, I did not fully appreciate the scope of resources available to students and employees.” The workshop provided him with an overview of library resources and services, ranging from the vast array of specialized databases to “the individualized attention and subject expertise of trained library science staff” to “ways young and experienced scholars may increase the visibility of their work and tools to greatly improve the efficiency of academic writing.”
Kimberly enjoys the opportunity to show that Mizzou Libraries have a lot more to offer than just books and articles. She says, “Sharing the different resources is a pleasure.”
Impressed by Kimberly’s teaching and audience engagement, Brad admits, “It was apparent that we were only skimming the surface during this session.” He says he will use her tips and tricks for years to come in his dual role as a faculty member and PhD student. Brad recommends getting to know your subject librarian and attending programming targeted to your interests and needs. His only regret is not attending a Fridays @ the Library workshop sooner.
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Did you miss a Fridays @ the Library Workshop this semester? If so, you are in luck! Simply visit the MizzouLibraries YouTube page or go to Recordings and Tutorials: Workshop Recordings on the Libraries website. There you can find session recordings for workshops offered in Spring 2017 (this does not include in-person only workshops) as well as from past semesters. This semester featured many interesting and informative presentations including:
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Be Aware of What Your Library Offers You
The Literature Review: What It Is and How to Search
Maximizing Your Research Identity and Impact
Creating a Research Poster
Fake or Real? How to Fact-Check & Verify the News
What’s in the Archives?
So go online to check out these great lectures put on by our wonderful library staff, and remember that Fridays @ the Library Workshops are offered both online live and face-to-face every semester. We hope to see you there in the future!