Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Nicole Karem, May 3, 2018

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:00 - How the job relates to her majors

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Partial Transcript: So, the first thing I would like is for you to say your name--

Segment Synopsis: Karem discusses how working at the Special Collections Research Center relates to her majors.

Keywords: Anthropology; Cultural practices; Ethnography; Historical documents; History; Interesting; Internships; Jobs; Spanish; Special Collections Library; Special Collections Research Center; Stress; Theater; Themes

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Jobs & careers; Louisville (Ky.); University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:03:59 - Research topics

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Partial Transcript: Uh, were there any particular researchers that you interacted with over the course of your time that really stand out as interesting people--

Segment Synopsis: Karem discusses some of the interesting research topics that she has been presented with during her time at the Special Collections Research Center. She also discusses some of the changes in the documents that she has noticed throughout time.

Keywords: Armenian Genocide; Broad; Databases; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Interesting; Job skills; Keeneland; Kentucky; Letters; Moments; Podcasts; Progression; Research topics; Scanning; Typewriters

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Jobs & careers; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:08:33 - What she will miss most about her job

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Partial Transcript: Uh, do you have any questions?

Segment Synopsis: Karem discusses what she is going to miss most about her time working at the Special Collections Research Center, as well as how working there bettered her understanding of the research process.

Keywords: Atmosphere; Attitudes; Breckenridge Research Room; Campus; Customer service jobs; Details; Experience; Law schools; Patience; People; Perspective; Professors; Research process; Responsibility; Special Collections Research Center; Students; Terms

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Jobs & careers; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:13:26 - Post-graduation plans

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, can you tell us a little bit about your plans after you graduate and if you, uh, can maybe talk about how your feel like your experience here, um, has helped prepare you for, for that next step after graduation?

Segment Synopsis: Karem discusses what she plans to do after graduation, as well as how working at the Special Collections Research Center has helped her prepare for pursuing the next step of her life.

Keywords: Camp High Ho; Future; Graduation; Jobs; Law schools; Peace Corps; People; Problem solving; Professors; Research; Research library; Students

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Jobs & careers; Universities and colleges--Research

00:15:54 - Making the library more accessible to students

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Partial Transcript: Since you're both a student and, uh, and, and a worker here, um, can you, can you give us any sort of insight on how, um, from both of those perspectives...

Segment Synopsis: Karem discusses how the Special Collections Library could make themselves more accessible to students, as well as how they could restore the building to have a more historic feel but modern function to suit student study needs.

Keywords: Chairs; Coffee shops; Common Grounds Coffee Shop; Contemporary; Descriptions; Exhibits; Functions; Great Hall; Historic buildings; Houses; Humanities; K-Week; Marker boards; Mimic; Mobile; Permanent; Quiet; Resources; Secure; Sign-in process; Signs; Special Collections Library; Students; Value; William T. Young Library; Workers

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College facilities.; Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration; Jobs & careers; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:24:44 - Spreading the word about the library

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Partial Transcript: Since we can't always, uh, rely on word-of-mouth, uh, to get new student workers in--

Segment Synopsis: Karem discusses ways the Special Collections Library could spread the word about upcoming student worker positions.

Keywords: Application; Departments; Fine Arts Library; Humanities; Job openings; Job opportunities; Jobs; Opportunities; Special Collections Library; Student workers; William T. Young Library; Word-of-mouth

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Jobs & careers; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives