Meet your 2015-2016 UK ALA Student Chapter Officers!

Hi everyone,

Now that we’re getting into the swing of the semester, I thought it might be a good time to introduce your UK ALA Student Chapter officers for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Lori Miller, President

TwitterAvatarLori Miller, a second-year SIS student, grew up in Missouri but now calls Lexington home (with stops in four other states and the United Kingdom in between). She currently works as a Corporate and Foundation Prospect Researcher in UK’s Office of Development. Her professional interests include academic libraries, philanthropy and higher education, library consortia, and models of LIS education. When she’s not working or doing coursework, you can probably find her carrying out cat servant duties or watching baseball.

Teresa McGinley, Vice-President/Social Media Officer

IMG_1946I am a second year SLIS student on the health sciences track. I hail from Nederland, CO (home of the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival), but currently live in Lexington with my husband, a PhD student, our 3 year-old son, a dog, and an unruly fern. My library-related interests are open access, scholarly communication, instruction, reference, and data management. I currently work as a reference intern at the Medical Center Library at UK and a part-time instructor for the College of Communication & Information. My other interests include video games, reading (fantasy/sci-fi), and pretending to be a taco truck with my son.

Matthew Noe, Secretary/Treasurer:

rems_presentations_081215_031Hello all! I am currently a 2nd year MLIS student at UK, working as a Part-Time Instructor and as a Student Archive Assistant with UK Special Collections. I am taking coursework all over the library world, but am primarily focusing on preparing for work in health librarianship, literacy, and building skills for research. Upon graduation, I am considering either pursuing a PhD or trying to land a position in a library that will allow me to work in building collections in Graphic Medicine – a field where comics are used to convey medical information in a narrative form. In my non-library time, I am an avid reader of comics and a wide array of fiction (sci-fi and fantasy) and non-fiction (philosophy and social issues), the caretaker for two obnoxious dogs (Luna and Belle), and do my best to remain a child by watching old cartoons, Disney movies, and even the horribly-awesome soap opera that is professional wrestling.

Rachel Lebo, Distance Learning Representative

20150505_000756I will be graduating in December with my MLIS with an emphasis in health sciences.  I live with my husband, my daughter (2 years old), and our two cats in South Dakota.  I play bassoon in a woodwind ensemble. My favorite teams are: DC United (MLS), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) Packers (NFL), Detroit Tigers (MLB), Iowa State Cyclones, and (of course) UKY Wildcats!

Stay tuned for more exciting information from your Student ALA Chapter!



Meet The New Officers!

Meet the ALA Officers for the 2014-2015 school year.


Melinda Borie is the current President of the ALA Student Chapter. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she graduated from Transylvania University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology. When she isn’t working at the Agricultural Information Center on campus, she enjoys brisk walks and reviewing books and movies.

Brittany Netherton is the current Vice President of the ALA Student Chapter. She is a second year SLIS student from Tompkinsville, KY. She is a Graduate Assistant in Reference Services at William T. Young Library and a Content Management Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her interests include public service, digitization, and library history. When she’s not in the library, you’ll likely find her outside with either a book or sweet tea in hand.

Tyler Nix is the current Secretary of the ALA Student Chapter. He works as a research assistant for the UK School of Library and Information Science and also works with the digital repository at Frontier Nursing University in Lexington. His academic interests include digital repositories and health science libraries. Tyler moved to Lexington last summer from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is into running, music and travel.

Lauren Bio

Lauren Robinson is the current Treasurer of the ALA Student Chapter. She is a second year SLIS student who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Health Science in 2012. Last summer, Lauren started working at UK Libraries’ Agricultural Information Center (AIC) as the Marketing and Extension Graduate Intern. She works primarily with the Agriculture Librarian, providing reference assistance and library instruction to UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s students, faculty, and staff as well as to their extension personnel located throughout Kentucky. For the upcoming school year, Lauren will continue working as a Graduate Assistant at the AIC. Lauren’s professional interests include library instruction, library marketing, health librarianship, and data analysis and curation. Lauren enjoys drawing and painting. During her most recent Alaskan fishing expedition, Lauren allowed a local bear to consume her fresh catch as it still wriggled on the line.


Carly Budzynski is the current Social Media Engineer for the ALA Student Chapter. She is a second year SLIS student, and has a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in History and Library Science. Carly is the current graduate assistant in the Cataloging and Database Integrity unit of William T. Young Library, as well as the Library Science Graduate Intern for the Council of State Governments in Lexington. She is also the current social media engineer for LISSO. She was the graduate assistant last year for the Engineering and Science Libraries on the UK Campus. Her professional interests include Cataloging, Digital Libraries, and Collection Management. Carly is originally from Mukwonago, Wisconsin. She enjoys mystery novels, UK Basketball, the Green Bay Packers, and a nice chai latte.Whitney

Whitney Waddell is the current Distance Student Representative for the ALA Student Chapter. She is starting her second year in the library and information science program at the University of Kentucky. In her spare time she reviews books for her book blog and blogs about library school. She is looking forward to graduating in May 2015 and pursuing a fulfilling career in librarianship.

2014-2015 Officer Elections

New Officer Candidates – 2014-2015

Melinda Borie
Positions of interest: President, Vice President
I am organized and principled. I believe in libraries and in serving others more generally. I am an honorable person and always strive to fulfill my duties in a timely and complete manner. I would love to be a part of building a community among the LIS students.

Carly Budzynski
Position of interest: Social Media Engineer
I have experience running Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest pages for the UK Engineering Library, UK LISSO, and UK ALA. I feel that social media is the best way to market the UK SLIS program and to keep people informed of what is going on at the university. I am dedicated to the program, and have really enjoyed working with ALA as their current social media engineer.

Brittany Netherton
Positions of interest: President, Vice President
The UK ALA Chapter is very important to me, and I feel I could serve our chapter members well. I have experience in event planning and fundraising, and over 10 years experience in leading various groups and organizations.  I am currently the interim Secretary, but would love the opportunity to put my leadership skills to work in a more planning and execution oriented aspect of UK ALA. I am involved in many other organizations around campus and the state and feel I could incorporate my growing network to serve as an ambassador for this program.

Tyler Nix
Positions of interest: Vice President, Secretary
I am interested in serving as the UK ALA Student Chapter Vice President or Secretary and feel that I can contribute to the strength of the chapter based on my previous work experience, my experience in professional organizations, and my current role as a graduate research assistant in SLIS. 

For example, I have hands-on experience in event planning and volunteer coordination through working in university fundraising. 

I have also served as a scholarship selection committee member of a national fundraising research organization (Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement) and served as volunteer webmaster for my home state’s chapter of the same organization. 

Working in volunteer and professional organizations has always been enjoyable and a great way to get involved, and as the current LISSO Treasurer here at UK, I’m looking for another opportunity to be better connected to the department.

Finally, as a grad assistant with SLIS, I am on campus and almost every day of the week and can be available to participate actively in future ALA meetings and events.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Lauren Robinson
Position of interest: Treasurer
As an undergraduate I was the Vice President of my student organization and as such I handled the majority of the fundraising and financial matters of the organization.  I created and led two large fundraising initiatives (a blank and hospital gown creation drive for Operation Smile as well as a Tervis Tumbler/Apparel drive) and in conjunction I handled the profits and expenditures of these fundraisers.  I think this experience will provide me with the background to excel as ALA Treasurer.

Whitney Waddell
Position of interest: Social Media Engineer
I have a passion for social media, specifically blogging and tweeting (or microblogging), and am also familiar with Facebook. One of the first things I would do as social media officer would be to streamline the chapter’s social media applications by linking accounts. For instance, if the chapter has a Facebook page and a Twitter account, then I would sync those accounts so that every tweet I made would simultaneously crosspost to Facebook. I believe that this would enable me to help grow the chapter’s social media presence by posting thoughtful, professional related tweets/blogs/FB statuses on a consistent basis.

SLIS Student Conference this Friday!

Don’t forget to come to the SLIS Student Conference this Friday to discuss up-and-coming LIS topics, socialize, and support SLIS students practicing their professional development skills!

 Topics include: Web archiving/disaster preparation; mobile reference and iPads; intellectual property issues and metadata; improving legal research skills; keeping LIS students informed and relevant; and more!

 When: Friday, April 18th, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 Where: Niles Gallery, Little Library Bldg. (UK Main Campus)

This event is free, and snacks and drinks will be provided. After the Student Conference, don’t forget you can head over to Country Boy Brewing with LISSO afterward from 5-7 p.m.

 We hope to see you there!

Free Conference Prep for Students – Sign up for the UK SLIS Student Conference now!

SLIS Students,

Want to practice conference presentation skills? Need some conference experience on your CV or resume? Want to discuss LIS topics with peers and professionals?

This year, the UK SLIS student organizations are joining together to hold their first Student Conference on Friday, April 18th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. On-campus and distance students are encouraged to submit proposals. SLIS students (past and present), SLIS faculty/staff, library professionals, etc. are invited to attend.

Students interested in submitting a proposal or attending should fill out this form by 11:59p.m., March 31.

The Student Conference will be an open (no bell-ringing) Speed Geek event, consisting of 5-15 minute presentations. Students are encouraged to submit brief summaries of topics/papers/projects they have already completed for the proposals.

Presenters will be provided a table so they can present in any format, such as: PowerPoint, Prezi, SlideRocket, poster, or discussion with handouts. Presenters are invited to use laptops, iPads, etc. to present, but should plan for technology not being provided. Distance students will have the opportunity to present through Adobe Connect. Distance students must have Internet access at their locations to present, but technology will be provided at the conference for attendees to view distance students’ presentations through Adobe Connect.

We hope to see you there!

UK SLIS Student Organizations


ALA Membership Drawing


Join ALA and be entered into a drawing to have your membership paid for by UK ALA!!!!
Join ALA and send confirmation of your receipt to UK ALA by March 14th and you will be entered into a drawing to win $34 to cover the cost of your dues. UK ALA will be choosing TWO students on March 14th who will win $34 in cash!
Let us know you joined ALA by sending us a screenshot of your confirmation or by forwarding your confirmation email to You can also print and mail a confirmation of your receipt to :
UK ALA Student Chapter
C/O Ashley DeWitt 
320 Little Library Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0224
Just make sure we receive your confirmation by March 14th!
Joining ALA National for $34 will get you a one year membership with the benefits listed below. You will also be supporting your UK ALA chapter! 
Benefits of joining ALA national:
  • Automatically becoming a due paying member of the UK ALA student chapter
  • Registering with 2 Round Tables at no additional cost
  • Having the opportunity to join ALA divisions, such as the Public Library Association (PLA) and the         Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) at a discounted rate
  • Taking advantage of discount rates for conference registration
  • Networking with other library school students and information professional
  • Accessing American Libraries magazine (11 issues per year) and AL Direct (via email) for free
  • Being eligible to receive grants, scholarships, and awards
Thank you for all your support!
*Please send questions to Kristen Hanny at