Friday, April 17, 2015

Robert Shapiro receives Wethington Award

Robert Shapiro
Robert Shapiro, public health librarian at the Medical Center Library, is the recipient of a Wethington Award. The university-wide award program, named for former UK President Charles T. Wethington, recognizes the success of individual faculty in contributing to the university’s research program by competitively obtaining extramural funding. The criteria for the selection of nominees must include evidence of scholarly productivity and excellence such as:

  • number of grants submitted and funded as PI or co-PI;
  • percent of salary funded from grants;
  • refereed publications and quality of journals;
  • training of graduate students or postdoctoral fellows;
  • regional or national awards; or
  • patents or commercialization activity.  

 Congratulations Robert.

2014-2015 Learning Lab Interns present scholarly projects

Left to right: Lauren Farmer, Kristin Thornsberry, Ann Baillie, and Faith VanMeter.
The 2014-2015 Learning Lab Interns presented their projects at an event hosted by the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center on April 16. Lauren Farmer, Kristen Thornsberry, Ann Baillie, and Faith VanMeter shared their scholarly projects based on two semesters spent processing and researching SCRC collections. Stacie Williams, Learning Lab Manager, mentored all four students.

For more on the students and their projects, read last week’s story on The Bird’s Eye View.

Congratulations to the Learning Lab Interns on a job well done.

Special Collections Research Center: digital collections update

Photo from the Jim Curtis collection on Civil Rights
The Special Collections Research Center recently digitized the Jim Curtis Photograph Collection on Civil Rights in Kentucky, which is now available on ExploreUK. The collection comprises 13 photographs documenting the March on Frankfort, Kentucky, held on March 5, 1964, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jackie Robinson. Other figures depicted in the photographs include Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, Frank Stanley, Jr., and Kentucky Governor Edward T. Breathitt. For more information about the collection and to view the photographs, visit

Other recent additions to ExploreUK include the following.
Many thanks to everyone who helped provide online access to these collections.

UPK author receives Marine Corps Heritage Award

University Press of Kentucky author David J. Bettez is the recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for his book Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC.

The Marine Corps Heritage Awards are presented by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation annually to both Marines and civilians in recognition of outstanding work aiding in the expansion and preservation of Marine Corps history.

The Colonel Joseph Alexander Award commemorates the life of Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, a combat veteran, prominent military historian, and author of numerous books. It is awarded to those who write an excellent biographical or autobiographical piece of literature on the life of a Marine. Each winner receives a cash prize and a medallion along with an engraved brick placed in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Bettez will receive the award April 2 at the Heritage Foundation’s annual award ceremony, held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia.

For more, read the complete news release.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The UK Libraries Spring Gala: You Are Invited

The University of Kentucky Libraries Spring Gala will take place at William T. Young Library on May 12, 2015. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a program including remarks from Dr. George C. Wright, recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement. Dr. Doug Boyd will receive the Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty award. A reception will follow. 

Tickets are $25 per person. We hope many of our UK Libraries faculty and staff, along with our friends and supporters, can join us for this special occasion.

RSVP to Amanda Jewell, (859) 218-1221 or

Christie Peters is new head of Science Library

Christie Peters
Christie Peters will join the UK Libraries faculty as Director of the Science Library and eScience Initiatives effective July 1. She earned her Masters of Library and Information Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Christie previously worked at the University of Houston as Coordinator of Research Support Services.

Many thanks to the members of the search committee: Valerie Perry (Chair), Mary Molinaro, Shawn Livingston, Frank Davis, and Susan Smith.

UPK book receives Special Weatherford Award

University Press of Kentucky book Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, a collection of the writings of Jim Wayne Miller (1936–1996), is the recipient of the 2014 Special Weatherford Award. The book was edited by his widow Mary Ellen Miller and UK alumnus and Graduate School Assistant Dean Morris Allen Grubbs. The Weatherford Award is presented by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association annually to honor books in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that highlight different characteristics of Appalachian culture. Morris Grubbs accepted the award on March 27 at the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at East Tennessee State University. 

Established in 1970, the Weatherford Awards commemorate the lives of W.D. Weatherford Sr., a prominent Appalachian leader, and his son Willis D. Weatherford Jr., late president of Berea College. 

For more information, read the complete news release.