Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Jennifer Herron calls herself half medical librarian and half techie. As the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Herron tests out new technologies to see how they can be incorporated into learning. “I am a nerd at heart and love testing out the latest tech that comes out, even if it still has flaws,” she said. “I think technology creates so many possibilities.”
Herron has attended two Techie Women Have More… conferences with CEWiT and this year presented on how to incorporate technology into work and personal lives. “I love to share my tech findings and discover ways that it can help others,” said Herron. “You don’t have to have a strong background in technology to use it, you just have to be willing to try.”
The medical library recently opened a collaborative learning lab, the Nexus, which houses three 3D printers. “I am most proud of what I have been able to do with 3D printing,” said Herron. “It was something I have never done and had no experience in.”
When Herron is not at work, she says she is still doing the same things: playing around with technology and finding uses for it. “Technology is advancing very fast, and students and faculty want to have the opportunity to play around with it themselves,” she said.
In her years working in technology, Herron has built a lot of patience. “Things might not work out the first, second or umpteenth time, but if you keep at it then you will get it sooner or later,” she said. “I have found that IU has great people working in tech fields; we’ve created our own little tech support group.”