Library Science Student Conference Hits Record Numbers


This Fall's student conference was bigger than ever.

This Fall 2016 semester, the Library Science student organizations held one of their largest Student Conferences to date. The conference was held in William T. Young Library on December 3rd, 2016 and was attended by students, members of UK Libraries, and UK SIS faculty and staff. The event, which was organized by leaders from the Library and Information Science Student Organization (LISSO), Special Libraries Association (SLA), and American Libraries Association (ALA) student chapters featured a record number of presenters.

"We had a goal this semester of getting ten presenters," said LISSO President Lauren Farmer, "and we were able to achieve that. We were also able to have a keynote speaker."


Karyn Hinkle, UK Visual Resources & Art Librarian delivered the keynote speech entitled "Library School: On How and Why, and Especially with Whom, One Becomes a Librarian." This was followed by poster sessions, an oral presentation, and short lightning round presentations by the student organizations.

The Student Conference is designed to encourage student involvement in professional conferences, specifically in the role of presenter. Aspects of the Student Conference are the same as one would find at any national level conference: presenters submit presentation proposals for consideration, design and deliver poster presentations on their work and research, and network with others in the field (including their peers). This semester's conference included an oral presentation in addition to the ten poster sessions entitled "Do You Have A Stapler?" which discussed the changing nature of reference services at William T. Young Library.

"I was very impressed with the caliber of the presentations today," Heather Burke (Student Affairs Officer) commented. "There were at least two instances where students had worked on similar topics and not only covered different aspects of the area they researched, but could also point to their peers' research and say, 'That's a great question. While I looked more at this aspect, my fellow presenter right over there actually examined that aspect.' They had clearly examined their work with critical eyes and were prepared to answer questions. I could see any of these students presenting their work at a regional or national conference."

Below are images and descriptions from the Student Conference. The presentations will also be digitized and available in the UKnowledge database.


The Special Collections Research Center's Education Program: A Reflection on Success- Natalie Bishop

"The Special Collections Research Center's education program offers students across all departments and disciplines the opportunity to learn from primary sources. By demystifying the research process, students are provided with powerful learning opportunities. As the Education Archivist Graduate Assistant, I plan and create activities for students visiting the SCRC to facilitate student learning and improve information literacy. This fast-growing, innovative program reached 2,038 students during the 2015-2016 academic year, and this is only one of many pieces of evidence pointing to the program's success."


The Teen Toolkit: Providing Reliable Resources to Students– Jaclyn Spraetz

"This poster highlights the Community Resource Audit I created on teenagers’ information seeking behaviors. By conducting a literature review as well as distributing a survey to teens, I found that while they want to be informed, they often do not seek out many different types of informational resources. To respond, I created an online guide that presents reliable open resources to help students with class projects and additional outlets to help them stay informed on current events."


A Resource Guide for Hispanic Immigrants in Lexington, Kentucky– Lynn Robertson

"Immigrating to a new country can be difficult. While finalizing my Community Resource Audit for LIS601, I found several resources in the Lexington, Kentucky area that benefit healthy immersion of Spanish and English languages for the sake of allowing immigrated people to thrive and give back to society. I also found studies that show a positive educational growth and success from Hispanic students and adults who utilize these resources. Promoting these resources is crucial to expanding our local society and making a change for currently underperforming public schools in Hispanic-impacted areas."


Diabetes Patients: Information Needs and Seeking Behaviors– Lauren Colburn

"Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in America. Currently, 9.3% of the American population has diabetes, and self-management is a crucial step in managing the disease well. Therefore, this community resource audit focuses on the information needs and seeking behaviors of these patients as they navigate life with diabetes."


The Democracy Divide– Lisa von Wiegen

"The Democracy Divide is meant to frame the issues in terms of the digital divide; however, unlike the digital divide, which is attributable to a population, the democracy divide affects most citizens. Indeed, as federal and increasing state cases are moved to entirely electronic systems, individuals have become less able to access what is often thought of as basic legal documents that ensure public oversight of their democracy. The federal court system utilizes an online system of access that requires payment for services, a break with traditional ideas of access, which had been free. Thus my poster session will discuss the increase in the appearance of access to court documents and materials while the actual ability to access such materials has decreased. I will discuss the legal underpinnings for public access and the current state of federal court access, with a brief overview. The discussion will highlight some of the logistical, social, economic, and privacy barriers that exist to public online accessibility."


The Invisible: Serving Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, A Sensitivity Training– Rachel Combs

"According to the CDC, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability (2008). In the US, the prevalence is estimated at 1 in 68 births. Academic libraries need to be aware of this growing population so that we can educate library staff and be prepared to help people who learn and communicate differently. College students with disabilities face inequity when using the academic library, including the physical space, the library website, programming or lack thereof, restrictive loan periods, and resources that aren’t available in formats that they need. Academic libraries must be proactive and learn to recognize and minimize barriers, educate library staff, and improve services by using a universal design approach."


Community Resource Audit: Teen Users– Ashley Householder

"This poster presents the findings from my Community Resource Audit in LIS 601, which focused on teen library users. During my research, I found that teens usually seek information on the following topics: Health, Career Information, Homework Help, Reading Material, News, and General Curiosity. Along with addressing these needs, my presentation will also discuss barriers to teen access, including reasons why they might choose not to seek information. Finally, I will present my "Teen Resource Guide," which was designed to help teens conduct research on each of the aforementioned topics."


Physicians’ Information Needs and Information Seeking– William E. Burchfield, II

"Physicians range in age from their early twenties to their nineties. These same physicians care for people many times, from before their birth until their end of life experiences. Physicians must provide the best possible care to these patients. In order to do this, physicians need information. This poster presentation explores the information needs of physicians as well as the information seeking behavior these physicians follow."


Community Resource Audit of Low-income and Poor Children– Jesse Caldwell

"Poverty is on the rise within the United States. Public Libraries located in large cities and rural communities may be seeing an increase in usage from children who identify as low-income or poor. Using national statistics from the United States and local statistics from Lawrenceburg, Indiana , I will explain how poverty is on the rise within the United States. I will then outline how to discover local poverty statistics and how those statistics can be used to directly engage the low-income and poor population within a library district."


Practicum in a Medical Library– Emily Elkind

"Sharing my work that I have done during my practicum in the St. Joseph Hospital Medical library, including lists of both print and digital resources, and a potential list of helpful resources for the tentative consumer health resources center."


Do You Have a Stapler?

Katie E. Smith, Library Specialist and Lauren Farmer, Graduate Assistant from W.T. Young Reference Services present "Do You Have a Stapler?: Evenings at the Reference Desk."


Congratulations to all of the participants and organizers of this semester's conference.

The Library Science student organizations hold the Student Conference each semester. Students are able to present in-person or over the internet. All students are invited to participate. For more information, contact a Library Science student organization leader (contact information is available here). LISSO has also created a great student guide here.