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Bake Sale


Want to help out a SLIS student organization or get more involved? The UK ALA Student Chapter will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for programs and events. The bake sale will take place onOctober 22nd and 23rd from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at the Student Center.


We need baked good donations! We would love cookies, brownies, rice krispie treats, cupcakes, cake pops, and layer bars. No cakes or pies, please. If you would like to donate baked goods, please drop them off at the SLIS office (3rd floor, Little Library Building) on Monday, October 21st between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or contact Ashley DeWitt to make other arrangements. If you are interested, please fill out this quick form so we can keep track of donations: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Zye84Cg1etyZUC-jq43JNl-K14OSuBKk0YAHtHTom7E/viewform


We need volunteers! SLIS students, this is your chance to start getting involved! We will need help with set-up, running the bake sale, and breaking it down. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by filling out this quick form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ynolw9Q4N8e-Idqn5I4fGzxEyL8X_7RyM5-Xy43Lt0E/viewform

Want to help, but can’t get to the SLIS office on Oct. 21st or volunteer? Please e-mail Ashley DeWitt at ashdewitt@uky.edu or one of the other UK ALA officers to see how you can help.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Spring Break at the Library of Congress

Alternative Spring Break Program
Library of Congress 
Application Deadline:  October 21, 2013
The University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science is currently soliciting applications for our 2014 Alternative Spring Break program at the Library of Congress. (Note that there will be a later call for programs at other institutions.) 
 This is an excellent opportunity for experience, leadership development and networking. Each student selected will be paired with a professional librarian who will serve as a mentor.
For each student selected, UK SLIS will make $1000 available to help with the cost of transportation and lodging (both will be the responsibility of the student). Possible housing accommodations might be found through Hotel Harrington – http://www.hotel-harrington.com/index.htm – or DC Lofty – http://www.dclofty.com/index.html.  Spring break 2013 for UK runs March 17-March 22. 
Attached to this email is a complete list of projects available to selected students at Library of Congress.
To apply to the Library of Congress Alternative Spring Break, please send a cover letter and a resume to: will.buntin@uky.edu.
Your cover letter must include 
  • name
  • home state
  • a list of courses you will complete by the end of fall 2013
  • general areas of interest
  • projects you are interested in (minimum of two; maximum of three)
  • why you are interested in those particular projects
Please submit all materials electronically to Will Buntin, will.buntin@uky.edu, no later than Noon on Monday, October 21.
For more about the alternative spring break program, go to https://ci.uky.edu/lis/asb

Meet Your Officers

The 2013-14 school year is fast approaching. Before we start talking about events and workshops, we’d like to take a moment to introduce ourselves.

President: Ashley DeWitt


Before moving to Lexington four years ago, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Georgia. I originally moved here to pursue a Master’s degree in History, which I finished in the fall of 2011. While I do miss many aspects of History as a discipline, I have never been happier than I am in the field of Library and Information Science. 

My strong desire to help others has only been strengthened through my work at the UK Writing Center and my role as instructor for two of UK’s Core Curriculum classes. I never imagined I would enjoy teaching as much as I do, and the experience has encouraged me to pursue a career as a reference and instructional services librarian in an academic library. Eventually, I hope to earn a Ph.D. in Communications or Education in order to teach in a Library and Information Science program. 

A few weeks into my first semester, a fellow student advised me to take advantage of all opportunities, and I have tried to follow her advice. I have greatly enjoyed the service I have been able to provide as Vice President and now President of our ALA student chapter. Additionally, I have participated in Kentucky Library Legislative Day and the Alternative Spring Break Program, which has been the pinnacle of my education thus far.

On a more personal note, I have always loved plants and gardens, and I do my best to bring that love indoors by tending to a very hearty peace lily and philodendron. My other interests include baking and handcrafts. I enjoy the process of making something by hand, whether for consumption, use, or display.

Vice President: Renae Newhouse


I am entering my last year in the LIS program. Before entering the LIS program, I was pursuing a Ph.D. in English and teaching first-year composition (writing, rhetoric, and digital media) here at UK. After a year in the program, and some realizations, I decided to switch into the LIS program and pursue a second master’s degree, instead. I have not once regretted my decision; the more I come to know about the library world, the more I love it. Being a graduate assistant at the Agricultural Information Center on campus has only encouraged this feeling, as I have had the chance to experience multiple areas of information science all in one space. I have become particularly interested in collection development and information literacy while working here.

This year, I have been granted the opportunity to serve as Vice President of the UK ALA Student Chapter. I will act as program coordinator, which means I will oversee the Student Mentorship Program, the Portfolio Workshop, and many more of the wonderful programs we are planning for the upcoming year. In those spare moments of free time I get as a graduate student, I spend time with my son (this often involves Legos, video games, and reading) or crochet.

You can contact me about program ideas and more at renae.newhouse@uky.edu.

Secretary: Alexa Clark

I am a second year student in the MLIS program at UK. After I graduate I hope to find a position working in archives at an academic library. I am interested in digital preservation of documents as well as other medial formats like video and audio.

I graduated from NKU in the fall of 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media. My classes at NKU gave me skills such as: video editing, operating a camera; photo editing, and more.

As secretary of the UK ALA Student Chapter my job is to keep records of our meetings by taking down minutes. I am also responsible for planning our meetings, which I do with the help of Doodle, a handy dandy scheduling website.  I’m looking forward to the start of a new semester, we are planning some pretty awesome events and I’m so excited to be a part of it.

Treasurer: Kristen Hanny


I have always loved reading, learning and helping others. Those interests lead me to obtain a degree in elementary education. However, upon graduating I decided I enjoy teaching best in small sessions as opposed to a full time teaching position. A couple years later it occurred to me there are times when I feel more at home in a library than in my own house.

So here I am entering my final year in the MLS program at UK. I am the Treasurer of the UK ALA Student Chapter. It’s my job to take care of all the monetary needs of the organization. I am interested in all aspects of information science, but I have a particular interest in how technology can be used to unite all people with information. I work in electronic resources on the 2nd floor of Young Library. Feel free to stop by and chat anytime! I’m always up for exchanging recipes, watching TV shows (super excited about the Veronica Mars movie in the works), and doing anything outdoors.
You can contact me at kristen.hanny@gmail.com and on Google+ username Kristen Hanny.

Social Media Engineer: Karalea Lane


I’m a second year student in the MLS program at UK. There has never been a time in my life that I didn’t want to be a librarian. On my eighth birthday a librarian at my local branch let me stamp books with the date due for an hour. There have been very few gifts that have been so kind or satisfying. It made up for having my bike taken away the previous summer for riding to the library unattended.

Believing all librarians are English majors, I have a strong background in literature, with a heavy focus in Shakespeare. After becoming a student assistant at Ohio University library, I realized librarians have a variety of interests that help form their specialization. I then focused on art and obtained my BFA from Ohio University in 2012.

As social media offer of the UK ALA Student Chapter my job is to manage the internet presence the group, keeping it current and interesting. This is just more than status updates and event notifications. As  distance student. I’m aware that for many of us the internet becomes our university.  Therefore, our group activity would be internet based as well. My position is to ensure everyone feels involved and a part of the group, even of they live in a different time zone.

You can contact me at karalea.lane@uky.edu.

Louisville Representative: Rebecca Freihaut


I returned to UK to work on my LIS degree after a ten year break from school.  During that time I worked as a Realtor and started a family.  When I decided to leave real estate and pursue a second career, I immediately knew it would be in Library and Information Sciences.  I’d worked at an academic library throughout my undergraduate years, and after trying another career path, I knew that I belonged back in an academic setting!  My areas of interest are medical librarianship and web archiving.  The UK LIS program has given me many opportunities, including a weeklong internship at the National Library of Medicine, and a summer internship at Kornhauser Health Sciences Library (University of Louisville’s medical library).  I’m excited to be serving as the Louisville area representative for UK’s student chapter of ALA this year.  As a distance learner, I realize the importance of staying connected, and being part of ALA is a great way to accomplish that.

Welcome to our Incoming Officers!

Congratulations and welcome to our new incoming officers:

Jon Tennent – President
Ashley Dewitt – Vice President
Jenny Harris – Secretary/Treasurer
Whitney Motley – Social Media Engineer

We are so excited to have a new team on board for the 2012-2013 school year. Be on the lookout for great things to come!