Fall 2020 LIS Scholarship Recipients

The School of Information Science would like to congratulate these students on recieving LIS scholarships for the Fall 2020 semester.


Baker, Taylon


Taylon Baker is a University of Kentucky class of 2020 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She comes from the small town of Pineville, Kentucky (Bell County). Her  favorite things to do are sew, read, and play with her sweet dog. Her biggest goal is to be a public librarian. She wants to be able to bring higher literacy rates into rural areas, show an elder person how to use the computer to learn a new language, guide those laid off from the coal industry to apply online for jobs, and ultimately serve her community for a higher purpose.


Ball, Johannah


Johannah is a second semester master’s degree in library science student pursuing a concentration in academic libraries. She currently works as an Archives Assistant at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and volunteers her time to Friends of the Lexington Public Library. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky in Political Science with a Spanish minor in 2019. She is fluent in English and Spanish and in her free time enjoys reading and swimming. Johannah is also a proud member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, University of Kentucky chapter. 


Beard, Robert


Robert Beard has been a high school English and social studies teacher in Louisiana for nearly a decade. He currently lives and teaches in the New Orleans area. He is an incoming student to the University of Kentucky’s library science program. He hopes to become an instruction librarian who helps college students achieve their academic goals. He is also trying to visit all 61 of America’s national parks.


Blair, Gregory 


Gregory Blair is a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College where he works in the Katie Murrell Library. He has been a library assistant for twenty years.  He will be part of the Master of Library Science Program with emphasis on Youth Service and Literature. He is also involved in numerous community theater productions where he acts, directs, and sings. 


Buchanan, Heather


Heather Buchanan is a first-year student at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information currently in the Library Science Program. Heather has a BS degree in History with a minor in Anthropology from King University. With a love for public service, Heather plans to focus on public librarianship with an emphasis on civic and community engagement.  


Carrigan, Kelly


Kelly Carrigan lives in North Bend, Ohio and is a graduate student with a concentration in academic libraries in the online Master’s in Library Science program at the University of Kentucky. She has undergraduate degrees in Humanistic Studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and Library Informatics from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati. 


Choate, Sarah


Sarah Choate is based in Lexington, Kentucky and works as the Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator for the Jessamine County Public Library. In her spare time, she works as the visual designer for the popular book recommendation podcast "What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel." Sarah is interested in the intersection of marketing and library science and hopes to one day work as a children's or teen librarian in a public library setting. She is expected to graduate with her Master’s in Library Science from UK in May 2021.


Consley, Hunter


Hunter Consley started the Master’s in Library and Information Science program in Fall 2019. He currently works at the Trimble County Public Library in Bedford, KY as a library assistant, and his responsibilities include metadata and technical services and working the circulation desk.  He loves his job, the work environment, and his coworkers and he’s excited for the future career possibilities that await him. His ultimate career goal is to work for a government organization such as the Library of Congress.  He expects to graduate from the MSLS program in Fall 2021.


Harper, Katie


Katie Harper is a first year graduate student at the University of Kentucky receiving her Master's degree in Library Science. Her concentration of study is Health Information. Katie has worked in university libraries in departments such as, Stack Maintenance and Research Assistance and Instruction. She was awarded the opportunity to participate in The Honor's Board of Overseers Mentoring Program at the University of Louisville, where she was mentored by the University of Louisville's head research librarian. Katie has recently received her Bachelor degree in science from the University of Louisville in May 2020, majoring in Elementary Education (K-5).


Horn, Kaylee


Kaylee Horn is a recent alum of Berea College and will be attending UK for Library Science this fall. She was raised in Madison County, Kentucky and has resided there here whole life. Thank you for this opportunity!


Malone, Meghan (Meg)


Meg Malone is a student in the library science program, with an interest in serving young people in a public library setting. She loves captivating storytelling that celebrates complex emotions and identities, and then getting to talk all about those stories with others. Her professional background is in journalism, and she sees her move to librarianship as a way to continue empowering local communities with access to information. She lives in Vermont.


Massie, Elizabeth (Liz)


Elizabeth Massie currently works at Northern Kentucky University’s Steely Library as their Reserves Specialist. After she finishes her degree, her professional ambition is to become a Systems Librarian.  She lives in Alexandria, Kentucky with her adorable Goldendoodle, Bilbo. She is a lifelong Kentucky resident.  In her free time, she loves being outdoors or curled up with a good book.


Pierce, Lauren (Wren)


Wren Pierce is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in Library Science. She is 21 years old and was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Western Kentucky University, and she is excited to continue her education at the University of Kentucky! Libraries are sacred spaces to her. Everyone is equal in a library. No matter your age, race, gender, sexuality, or religion all people are given the same access to information. She believes libraries can help educate all people and shape younger generations.


Sayre, Alice


Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Alice Sayre now calls Henderson, Kentucky her home. She is a seventh grade math and social studies teacher in Henderson County, Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications from Murray State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Spalding University.


Schuster, Corrie


Corrie Schuster is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky's School of Information. She is working towards her Master's in Library Science, with a focus in youth services. Before attending the University of Kentucky, Corrie attended Miami University, receiving a bachelor’s in Nonprofit and Community Studies. Corrie currently works for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as a Library Services Assistant. Some of her accomplishments include being the 2019 scholarship winner for the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute, the recipient of an internal staff award for teamwork and cooperation, and being named as the co-chair of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Black Events & Exhibits Committee. Corrie is passionate about diversity within libraries and better connecting people with their local libraries. Outside of work, Corrie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats.  


Sisko, Adriana


Smith, Annabelle


Annabelle Smith is originally from the mountains of Manchester, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently works at both the Lexington Public Library and the Jessamine County Public Library. Since working with these libraries, Annabelle has found a way to share her passion for finding information with the communities she serves. Annabelle is excited to learn how to better serve her community by pursuing her MS in Library Science this year. 


Smith, Miranda


Miranda Smith is from Matewan, WV, and graduated from Marshall in 2020 with a B.A. in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Humanities with a concentration with Classics. She will begin the University of Kentucky's Library Science program during the Fall 2020 semester with the intent of becoming an academic librarian and one day working in a university library. 


Underhill, Danielle


Danielle Underhill attended Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Music.  Her love of books and learning made the decision to continue her education in the Library Sciences an obvious choice after realizing the music industry was not where her heart truly belonged.  She plans to work in the youth services department of a public library upon graduating with her Master's in Library Science and hopes to make a difference in the lives of the youth of tomorrow.