Friday, October 24, 2014

Open Access Week draws participants to learn about research openness

Mary Molinaro (L), F. Douglas Scutchfield, and Matthew Zook
To celebrate Open Access Week, more than 40 participants attended a panel titled  "Generation Open: Researchers' Roles in the Age of Openness," sponsored by UK Libraries and held October 23 in William T. Young Library. Jen Bartlett served as moderator, with presentations by Mary Molinaro, Director of the Research Data Center for UK Libraries, F. Douglas Scutchfield of the UK College of Public Health, and Matthew Zook of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Also during Open Access Week, a program at the Medical Center Library drew 15 attendees to “Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal.” Adrian Ho, Director of Digital Scholarship for UK Libraries, addressed participants on how to select an open access journal to host their research.

Other events featured during Open Access week included a webcast kickoff event and an electronic thesis and dissertation information session.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brittany Netherton presents at Rutgers iSchool Research Invitational

Brittany Netherton and her research poster
Brittany Netherton, graduate assistant in Reference Services at William T. Young Library, recently presented a poster at the Rutgers iSchool Research Invitational in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Brittany’s poster, based on her research, was titled Information Needs and Information-Seeking Behaviors of Undergraduate Education Abroad Students. Her presentation focused on how libraries can use the results of a survey she conducted to improve outreach to education abroad students.

Only 14 students with in-progress or recently completed masters degrees from iSchools across the United States and Canada were chosen to participate in the Research Invitational.

While at Rutgers, Brittany had the opportunity to network with peers in LIS programs at other universities, discuss current LIS topics with top researchers in the field, and learn about the Ph.D. programs offered by Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information.

STEAM students visit Education Library

Students from the STEAM Academy met with
Education Librarian Sarah Vaughn 
Students from the STEAM Academy in Lexington visited the Education Library on UK’s campus last week. The students toured the library, met with faculty and staff, and learned about resources available to them through the partnership between UK and Fayette County Public Schools.

Special thanks go to Sarah Vaughn and Emily Bayma at the Education Library for hosting these students.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Special Collections Research Center receives Gray Family Collection

Members of the Gray family with Deirdre
Scaggs. Photo credit: Lewis Warden
On October 14, the Special Collections Research Center accepted the gift of the Gray family collection. The collection consists largely of the papers of Lois Howard Gray who was very supportive of the University of Kentucky. The materials document her civic and artistic activities - including her enlistment in the WAVES during World War II - as well the activities of her immediate family, most notably her parents, C.C. Howard and Julia Franklin Howard.

The Howards were prominent residents of Glasgow, Kentucky. C.C. Howard was a World War I veteran and established a tuberculosis hospital in Barren County. The collection also contains expansive family history files, including a significant number of original documents and photographs that date back to the late 18th century. The Howards trace their lineage back to the Mulkey family, who established the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse, the oldest log meetinghouse in Kentucky (built around 1804).

In attendance at the gift ceremony were Franklin, Stephen, Jim (Mayor of Lexington), and Howard Gray, along with UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center faculty and staff.

Open Access Week events planned

To mark Open Access Week 2014, October 20 – 26, UK Libraries is sponsoring a series of free events on campus.

The week of opportunities will begin with the Kickoff Event Webcast from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Niles Gallery, at Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The panel is moderated by early career researcher, Meredith Niles of Harvard University. The discussion will focus on early career researchers and their institutions supporting and rewarding open access research.

Another event, "Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal," will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, in the Medical Center Library Computer Lab. This workshop is designed to help researchers evaluate which open access journals to consider when getting their research published.

Adrian Ho
"Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Information Session" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Alumni Gallery, Young Library. The information session will assist graduate students with the process of submitting a thesis or dissertation. Graduate School and UK Libraries representatives will be available to answer questions at this session.

Finally, a panel discussion titled "Generation Open: Researchers' Roles in the Age of Openness," will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in William T. Young Library. A reception will follow at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Gallery.

Special thanks go to Adrian Ho, along with Mary Beth Thomson, Mary Molinaro, Jason Boczar, Jen Bartlett, Rick Brewer, Mary Congleton, Carla Cantagallo, and Susan Foster-Harper for organizing OA week!