Facets of Librarianship: Hospital Library Services Program
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022
10:30 am to 11:30 am

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Online via Zoom


Facets in librarianship are the unique aspects and characteristics of a subject. Librarianship is made up of multiple specialized careers, each one catering to a specific population. In this series, we will explore these areas of specialized librarianship and come away with a greater understanding of how these librarians serve their communities, build their collections, and what got them into this specialization in the first place.

WNYLRC’s Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) provides medical information services to participating hospitals throughout the six counties in the Western New York region. Have you ever wondered how this program is funded or what it is like to be a hospital librarian? Join Grace Di Virgilio and Olivia Helfer, co-coordinators of HLSP, as they share about the program’s history, structure, and current challenges. If they don’t answer your burning questions, there will be a time for Q&A at the end of the session. Looking forward to seeing you there!

This workshop will be recorded and sent out to all registrants, regardless of attendance.

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Grace DiVirgilio and Olivia Helfer
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Grace DiVirgilio has been with the WNYLRC/HLSP since 1995. She did not intend to be a medical librarian but answered a newspaper "Help wanted" advertisement out of curiosity. 

Grace is the mother of three adult children: Louis, Nina, and Michelangelo and three cats: Chim, Noobie, and Rosie.

She is interested in lifelong learning, people, places, art, music, culture, all things historical, the Natural World, and the built environment.

Olivia Helfer is a circuit librarian and co-coordinator for the Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) at the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC). She is also liaison to the Committee for Health Information Access (CHIA), a WNYLRC standing committee that strives to educate people on where to find reliable health information. Outside of work, Olivia is always looking forward to her next travel adventure, which usually means spending time with family and close friends wherever they may be.

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