If you are unable to commit to an internship, volunteering at local libraries and/or museums is one great way to get experience in a library setting. Although the experiences may be more limited than what you would find in an internship, it is still worth checking out these opportunities. Check with your local public library or academic library for more information.
Listed below are a few local options to check into close to UK.
Lexington Public Library Northside Branch and Village Branch
- These branches always need people to volunteer to help with homework and tutoring. Volunteer one night a week to help students with their homework. This is especially good if you want to become a school librarian, or if you need additional experience teaching.
Jessamine County Public Library
- With JCPL, located only a short drive from Lexington, you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule will allow and participate in various facets of the library.
The Pride Library
- Located close to the UK campus, this is a library that LIS students frequently volunteer with. You can fill out the form on their website, or contact the UK ALA student chapter President, for more information.
Baptist Health Lexington Medical Library
- This library frequently provides opportunities for the LIS 672 Practicum or for students with a desire to develop library skills in a hospital library environment. Contact Lonnie Wright for more information.