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UK SIS and the University of Kentucky Libraries partnered in the Spring of 2016 to offer a unique, local internship and experiential learning opportunity to our Library Science students called LEX Week. As with the Alternative Spring Break in D.C. program, students who are selected to participate in the LEX Week program spend the week working on a project in a specific area with a library professional as their mentor.
About UK Libraries: As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science Library, the Shaver Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.
Click here to read reflections from the Spring 2016 participants (PDF file).
Spring 2016's LEX Week group was our first ever and included four students in the Library Science program. From left to right: Andy Johnson worked with Sarah Dorpinghuas, digital archivist at the UK Special Collections Research Center (UKSRC); Emily Elkind and Rachel Hugenberg worked in Young Library's Reference Services Department with Peter Hesseldenz and Head of Reference Services, Jen Bartlett; Ryan Dowell also worked in the UKSRC, specifically the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History with director Doug Boyd. Organizers of Spring 2016's LEX Week are: SIS lecturer Ashley DeWitt, UK Libraries Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Stacey Greenwell, UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center Associate Dean Deirdre Scaggs, and Jen Bartlett.
Students presented their experiences in a closing certificate ceremony held in the Special Collections Research Center and attended by the UK SIS Director Dr. Jeff Huber and Dean Dan O'Hair of the College of Communication and Information.