Taking an Earth Day Program Winning Hand to the Next Level

Join a team of two librarians, a faculty member and one of their support staff as they discuss the ins and outs of creating a well-attended group of library programming events about Earth Day and local habitat awareness. Attend this session if you want to learn more about how to create winning partnerships and make your programming a hit around campus or in your local community!

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Adult Programming or Services

Presenters

Sandy Avila, University of Central Florida

Sandy Avila is the Science Librarian in the Research and Information Services Department at the University of Central Florida John C. Hitt Library. She is the subject librarian for the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics departments, the College of Optics and Photonics and their Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, and the NanoScience Technology Center. Sandy handles reference service, research consultations, collection development, and library instruction for her assigned areas and works to develop engaging programming to benefit STEM initiatives around campus. Sandy is an active member of FLA, FACRL, ACRL, and ALA and has presented at international, national, and state level conferences. Her research interests include: emerging technologies in education, online learning, and STEM-related programming and instruction and as an Orlando native, Sandy enjoys boating, the outdoors, traveling, and seeking adventure!

Jennifer Elliott, University of Central Florida

Jennifer (Jen) Elliott is the Assistant Director of the University of Central Florida Arboretum and Natural Resource Programs. In this position she is responsible for overseeing all Arboretum research and educational initiatives, experience-based learning including volunteer engagement, and fostering an inclusive environment that supports human connections with ecosystems and landscapes along with the development of sustainable urban environments. Additionally, Jen oversees the Natural Resources programs on campus including all land management and urban forestry initiatives. The majority of Jen’s academic work as an undergraduate and graduate alumna of UCF focused on marine turtle biology, ecology, and habitat conservation. Jen has been a member of the Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CF CISMA) since 2009, and a member of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) since 2010.

Kelsie Johnson, University of Central Florida

Kelsie is currently the Coordinator for the Arboretum Program. She began her journey with the Arboretum in October of 2016 as the Garden and Greenhouse Manager and then became the Coordinator in December of 2017. Kelsie graduated from UCF in May of 2016 with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Environmental Science. Her main focus was biology related courses. Among her favorites were Intro to Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Tropical Ecology, and Animal Behavior. Throughout her time as an undergrad, Kelsie worked with the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group (MTRG) in Melbourne Beach, FL on the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge during the summers from 2014-2016. While with the MTRG, she collected samples from nesting female sea turtles and studied their reproductive success. In addition to biology, Kelsie is also very interested in communal and personal gardens as well as the natural systems in and around the UCF community. She hopes to further engage and educate students on the importance of the sustainable growth of food and natural systems.

Christina C. Wray, University of Central Florida

Christina C. Wray is the Digital Learning & Engagement Librarian at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) John C. Hitt Library. Much of her work focuses on developing online library instruction to support UCF’s growing student population. Her research interests include informal learning in higher education environments, effective online learning design, and improving student outcomes through librarian/faculty collaborations. Christina is a committed lifelong learner who enjoys exploring Florida’s natural habitats, traveling to new places and following wherever her curiosity leads.

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