In this week’s episode, we’re excited to feature another honorable mention from the 2017 Charleston Fast Pitch Competition, an application submitted by the University of Florida Foundation. Speaking with us today from the University of Florida are Maggie Ansell and Ariel Pomputius. Maggie is the Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian, and Ariel is the Health Sciences Liaison Librarian.
The Fast Pitch Competition asked for applications from libraries and non-profits across the country to present their new, innovative, and implementable ideas to improve their academic libraries or related organizations. Modeled on venture capital funding competitions, the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition provides two monetary awards of $2,500 to further support the development and implementation of compelling library innovations. Finalists presented their projects to a panel of experts and the 2017 Charleston Conference attendees. Although only four finalists were invited to present at the conference, we had a group of honorable mentions with wonderful ideas and innovative projects that we wanted to highlight as well, so we’re bringing those to our listeners as podcast episodes.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.