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Learning Lab Exhibit Opening and Reception


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Special Collections is pleased to present an opening exhibit and reception highlighting work done by undergraduate students during 2013-2014 Learning Lab cohort. The event, which will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m, in the Great Hall at the Margaret I. King building, will feature presentations from all of the Learning Lab interns, including commentary on their scholarly projects and an exhibit with items from their processed collections.

The Learning Lab internship, now in its second year, is an experiential learning program that introduces undergraduate students to archival processing and theory using rare and unique resources in the Special Collections Library. The program is designed to increase the accessibility of those resources and also research output by mandating that all students complete a scholarly project during the internship.

Nicole Priest (B.A. ’14) and Qaaim Stainback (B.A. ’14) have processed three separate collections covering Kentucky history, women and gender studies, and mental health care in the 20th century. Their scholarly project involved creating an information literacy-based curriculum that introduced students to primary source material and assessed learning outcomes and teaching methodology.

Dominique Luster processed two theater-related collections—one related to gender and women’s studies and the other related to African-American history—and a timely hemp manufacturing collection, all of which had previously been unavailable to researchers. Luster’s scholarly project involved presenting a poster on the Ron Nickell Playbill Collection at the Harvard University National Collegiate Undergraduate Conference in January 2014.

Katie Elmore (B.A. ’15) processed a medical history-related collection and will be working with University Archivist Ruth Bryan on a military history collection through the summer. Elmore’s scholarly project on the Dr. Daniel Drake Carter papers is a digital humanities timeline project using emerging technology that she will present at the College of Charleston (S.C.)’s Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library conference in June 2014.

The Learning Lab exhibit will run from April 10 through June 1.

The project is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Libraries. For additional questions, contact Stacie Williams, Learning Lab Manager, Special Collections, at (859) 257-8371 or

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