This spring the Friends of the Libraries sponsored three Undergraduate Friends of the Libraries Fellows: Ben Allen, Julia Kim, and Kelly Dinneen. The Fellowship introduces undergraduates to careers in academic librarianship. Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with library staff and a library faculty member as part of a mentor team. In the past, one finalist has been awarded the Fellowship. This year, the Recruitment to the Profession Committee, which coordinates the Fellowship, had three outstanding finalists. They asked the Friends of the Libraries to support all three students as Fellows, and the Friends agreed.
Ben Allen is graduating this spring as a double major in French and Linguistics with a TESOL certificate, and plans to spend the next year teaching English in France as part of the TAPIF exchange program. He worked with the Libraries’ User Experience Working Group to conduct surveys, focus groups, and interviews to better understand the needs of nontraditional students.
Julia Kim is an accounting major and resident advisor whose passion for music led her to a Fellowship in the Music Library. Kim’s project explored three library areas: circulation, cataloging, and outreach, to better understand the connections among these departments. Among other achievements this spring, she helped catalog about 800 books for Special Collections, designed buttons for finals week outreach, and maintained 10 aisles of music materials.
Kelly Dinneen is double-majoring in philosophy and neuroscience and was inspired to work on information literacy after taking Professor Rolf Norgaard’s honors writing course. Dineen worked closely with Caroline Sinkinson, the Libraries’ Head of Teaching and Learning, to design an undergraduate curriculum and library guide to information literacy with the theme of humility as a touchstone.
The Fellowship awards a stipend of $1500 in exchange for the Fellows completing 120 hours of work on special projects with Libraries mentors. This year the Fellows participated in discussion groups hosted by the Libraries’ Recruitment to the Profession Committee around library topics such as diversity and inclusion, information literacy, intellectual freedom, attended Friends of the Libraries meetings, and completed digital posters to communicate their work during the semester. We are pleased that the Friends of the Libraries plans to continue to support three students as Fellows the future!