Friday, July 29, 2016

Meet the Officers- President Lauren Farmer

I’m Lauren Farmer and I am your LISSO President! I am embarking on my second year as a Reference Graduate Assistant at William T. Young Library. In this position I work at the reference desk on the second floor of Young. I will also be assisting the academic liaison to the history department  with collection development and outreach.  This Fall I will be completing a practicum in Information Literacy in which I will gain continued experience in instruction and assessment.
I attended UK for my undergraduate degree in Education. My senior year I was an intern in the Learning Lab at the Special Collections Research Center. This internship sparked my interest in pursuing librarianship as a career, as up to that point I had planned on becoming a high school Social Studies teacher.  My current career goal is to work in an academic library in Reference and/or Information Literacy. You will often find me walking around campus looking at trees and saying hello to birds.
As LISSO President I want to do everything in my power to make your library school experience as fruitful as possible. I encourage you to participate in our events whenever you can, and never hesitate to approach me with any questions or concerns that you have. Please check out the libguide that I created ( and fill out the program suvey so that LISSO can offer you ideal events.

Meet the Officers- Vice President and Social Media Coordinator Megan Lucy

My name is Megan Lucy and I am the Vice President and Social Media Coordinator of LISSO for the 2016-2017 Academic year. This is my second year in the Master of Science in Library Science program, and I am working on the Information Systems academic track. So far my favorite class has been LIS 602: Information Representation and Access, because I really enjoyed building a thesaurus of fan fiction terms.
In Spring 2016, I participated in the Alternative Spring Break program in Washington, D.C. I worked in the Scholarly Communications and Information Technology department of the Smithsonian Libraries. This experience helped me to choose Information Systems as my academic track because I received firsthand experience working with information systems in a large academic library and saw how important they are to ensuring public access to information.
I am also a full time employee of the University of Kentucky. I work as an administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office in the College of Agriculture Food and Environment, managing faculty personnel files and the faculty personnel information database for the college. My plans after graduation are to pair this experience in university administration with my knowledge of library and information science to help universities find innovative ways to use information systems.
When I have free time (not often between school and work!) Megan likes to do arts and crafts. She particularly enjoys digital painting, embroidery and needle felting.
As LISSO Vice President, I am responsible for coordinating Book Club and volunteer work at the PCSO Pride Library in Lexington. As social media coordinator, I update this blog and the LISSO Facebook page.

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Meet the Officers- Secretary Sarah Coblentz

Hi everyone, I’m Sarah Coblentz, the secretary for LISSO. I’m currently entering the second half of my first year in the MSLS program here at UK and work in the Special Collections Research Center as the graduate assistant. Currently in SCRC, I process donated collections from people and organizations that are relevant to the university, the state of Kentucky, and occasionally the US. I plan on focusing my MSLS path onto an archival and preservation one, I would love to work at NARA or the Smithsonian or any large archive (I’m a big history nerd if you couldn’t tell). I can’t wait to meet everyone over the course of this year!