Thursday, July 17, 2014

Special Collections Research Center hosts UK Summer Youth Program

Students from the UK Summer Youth Program
On Wednesday, July 1, 2014, archivists in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) hosted the UK Summer Youth Program. The archivists shared their work experiences and current projects, while answering the students' questions about what it means to be an archivist by explaining the varied aspects of the field including technology skills, research skills, critical thinking, and data analysis. 

Students toured archival processing areas, the Breckinridge Research Room, and specialized areas like the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the Digital Lab.  After their orientation to the SCRC the students performed active learning mini-projects utilizing archival processing skills. 

Coordinated by Chuck Emps, UK HR/Student Employment Office, and funded by the Office of the President, this year’s annual Summer Youth Program consists of a six-week agenda introducing approximately 15 minority high school students to academic and work environments at the University of Kentucky. The students also gain valuable work readiness skills. During the past 13 years, more than 100 young people have participated in the program, with many attending classes at UK following their experiences in the program. Other areas within UK Libraries, Little Fine Arts Library and Shaver Engineering Library,  also sponsored students in the program.

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