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Introducing… Brandon Patterson, Technology Engagement Librarian

Brandon Patterson connects students, faculty and staff in the health sciences to digital tools and emerging technologies. He joined as faculty at the Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) in July 2017. His duties include engaging the University of Utah Health Sciences community with technology, and assisting with instruction and advancement of library resources.

During his first six months at the Library, he is helping to form centers of technology in the Library that include virtual reality, 3D printing and prototyping, multimedia production, and a digital anatomy table. He has joined a research project with three other Utah higher education institutions to better understand information practices of professional nurses to help inform information literacy instruction. In addition to teaching regularly to classes in the health sciences, he teaches first-year students about health information literacy and how to access library resources for two sessions of the exploratory health professions LEAP course. He is on the University’s academic senate and an emerging technology workgroup formed as part of the Health Sciences academic integration initiative. He is also a member of the Library Innovation Team (LIT) where he is currently writing a book chapter on virtual reality in libraries with fellow members of the LIT.

Prior to coming to EHSL, Brandon was at the University of Michigan where he studied Education Technology and received a dual degree in Information Science (MIS) and Higher Education (MA).  While studying, he found ways to fit in his passions for community engagement, international education and instructional technology. He worked at the University of Michigan’s Shapiro Undergraduate Library, serving as a program assistant for the Design Lab and ePortfolio program. He also worked for the Office of Global Engagement for the School of Social Work assisting students in developing independent studies abroad. He traveled to Bangalore, India to create a Learning Management System for flexible learning and to Brazil and Paraguay to research makerspaces.

Brandon is excited to return to University of Utah community. Prior to moving to Michigan for graduate school, Brandon worked as an international student advisor for the University of Utah’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services. He also completed his undergraduate degree at the U, where he majored in international studies and communication. He looks forward to the many outdoor endeavors Utah provides including skiing, biking and running.

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