Thursday, April 9, 2015

Learning Lab interns present their scholarly work

A reception hosted by the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center will highlight four undergraduate students' Learning Lab internship projects from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Library Building. The free public exhibit will showcase items from collections processed by the interns. The interns will also give presentations on their work. 

The Learning Lab internship program, now in its third year, is an experiential learning program that introduces undergraduate students to archival processing and theory using rare and unique resources in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

Learning Lab intern Ann Baillie, a sophomore English major from the greater Chicago area, processed The Cakes and Ale Club records belonging to library advocate and lawyer Samuel M. Wilson. Baillie's scholarly project is an article to be published in the journal The Reading Room, published by the University of Buffalo. Publication is expected for Summer 2015.

Faith VanMeter, a junior majoring in psychology and piano from Greensburg, Kentucky, created a digital humanities rendering of the history of Lexington's Narcotics Farm, which closed in 1974. VanMeter's project dovetails with STEM research she has done as a Chellgren Fellow, studying correlations between substance abuse, socioeconomic status, and child abuse. VanMeter's scholarly project will be a poster presentation at the 2015 Kentucky Library Association conference in Louisville. The conference is in September, 2015.

Lauren Farmer, a graduating history and secondary social studies education major from Lexington, and Kristen Thornsberry, a junior history major from Richmond, Kentucky, processed the Faulconer, Johnstone, Shelby, Tevis and Potter papers. The papers deal with the Kentucky-related topics of the hemp industry, Southern economics, slavery, and genealogy. Their scholarly project is a digital humanities research tool integrating GIS and primary source documents from the collection to explore various aspects of Kentucky and broader Southern history.

The Learning Lab projects will be available online by April 20, 2015. Learning Lab Manager Stacie Williams supervised all projects.

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