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Kenlee Ray Library & Archive Fellows Overview
About the Kenlee Ray Library & Archives Fellows Program
The Kenlee Ray '67 Library & Archives Fellows program advances career discovery. Every spring semester the program accepts an Earlham student interested in the library, archives, or related library information science (LIS) professions. The student undertakes a 135-hour practicum and a one-credit tutorial under the supervision of Earlham Libraries administrative faculty. They also network with Earlham LIS alumni. Upon successful completion of the semester, the student receives $1500 less taxes withheld. The Kenlee Ray Library & Archives Fellows program is funded by generous donor support that yields positive outcomes for both students and the College.
Student learning goals:
- Gain experience in the LIS workplace.
- Explore LIS professional associations and issues.
- Initiate a network of LIS professional contacts.
- Develop a significant vocational relationship with an adult in the LIS profession at Earlham.
- Refine interviewing, resume, and cover-letter writing skills.
- Recognize the power of self-reflection and planning in terms of career aspirations.
Upon completion of the fellowship, the student will be able to:
- Articulate the ways in which Earlham Libraries and Archives supports the College's mission.
- Demonstrate understanding of the complex inner workings of Earlham Libraries and Archives.
- Recognize the rewards of librarianship.
- Address the challenges facing academic libraries and the profession of academic librarianship.
- Identify the variety of career options in academic librarianship and archival work.
- Express his/her own aptitudes and preferences among types of librarianship.
- Pursue ongoing professional relationships within Earlham Libraries and Archives, within Earlham's librarian alumni community, and beyond to the larger network of librarians.
- Cultivate future professional leaders with Earlham connections.
- Link current students to Earlham LIS alumni, and LIS alumni to Earlham.
- Demonstrate the value of the Earlham Libraries to College recruitment and retention.
- Align the Earlham Libraries with the College focus on post-graduate success.
Modalities during Spring Semester:
- 9 hours weekly for 15 weeks: an experiential immersion with units in reference, archives, technical services, and information literacy instruction.
- 1 hour weekly for 15 weeks: a text-based, one-credit conversation with a librarian or archivist about an assigned reading.
- Job-Seeker Training
- Learn about interviewing, resume-writing, and other vocational skills.
- Journaling and the option for a clearness committee.
- Alumni Engagement
- Meetings with LIS alumni.
- Current Earlham students eligible to apply.
- Juniors/seniors preferred.
- Complete the online application form, including personal statement and the names of references.
- Deadline for November 18, 2016
- For more information contact Neal Baker, Library Director.
Previous Kenlee Ray Fellows
2013 - Sarah Brown-Anson, Brian Foreman
2014 - Colin Andrews, Ann MacNamara
2015 - Aaron Falsetto, Michael Grathwohl
2016 - Mollie Goldblum, William Henry, Lara Miller, Allison Muterspaw
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