Friday, April 11, 2014

Julene Jones appointed to Ex Libris Voyager Product Working Group

Julene Jones, Head of Database Integrity, has been appointed to the Ex Libris Voyager Product Working Group for a two-year term, which will begin at the close of the ELUNA conference in May 2014.  

The Voyager PWG serves as the primary voice for Voyager issues within the ELUNA organization, liaising with Ex Libris Product Management on development and enhancement of the Voyager product.

Nation of Nations

“Nation of Nations,” the monumental artwork by Marjorie Guyon, is leaving William T. Young Library after a three-year loan to UK Libraries. Join us to celebrate “Nation of Nations,” and for a presentation about the artwork as an exploration of people, place, and promise. The 
program will be held at 7 PM, Thursday, April 17, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in William T. Young Library. Reception to follow.

THATCamp Kentucky May 28-30 at UK

THATCamp Kentucky 2014 takes place on May 28-30 here at UK.  It is a free “unconference” open to all who are interested in technology and humanities:

Some of the ideas already generated by the steering team include topics, forums, and workshops such as: social media in and around the classroom, GIS mapping and community-based service-learning projects, virtual worlds and simulations for undergraduate research projects (e.g., UK island in Second Life), a Hackathon or a Maker's Fair with youth from the FCPS STEAM Academy, Wikipedia editing and article writing with Kentucky WikiProject members, and data visualization (geospatial mapping, social network analysis, and statistical visualizations).

Registration is now open at  

UPK book receives Weatherford Award

University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author T.R.C. Hutton has been named the recipient of the 2013 Weatherford Award for nonfiction for his book "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South." 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 the Appalachian South.

Established in 1970, the Weatherford Award commemorates the lives of W.D. Weatherford Sr., a prominent Appalachian leader, and his son Willis D. Weatherford Jr., late president of Berea College. The award was presented March 29, at the Appalachian Studies Association Meeting held at Marshall University.

Special Collections Clements GA accepts position in West Virginia

Seth Newell, a native of northeast Ohio, attended  Oklahoma Christian University.  In January 2013, he moved to Lexington upon his acceptance into UK’s School of Library and Information Science .  From January to August, 2013, Seth worked in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History digitizing interviews, assisting with reference requests and in metadata and collection management.  

In August, Seth was awarded the Earle C. Clements Graduate Assistantship during which he worked with the National Archives to create a learning module using primary sources.  He also processed the Congressman Andrew J. May Collection.  Starting this summer, Seth will begin a new position as the Technical Systems and Services Librarian for the Marion County (WV) Public Library system.  This new opportunity will allow Seth to work with cataloging, project management, database management, and technology education.  Congratulations to Seth.