Friday, April 18, 2014

Tari Keller and Karl Raitz honored at UK Libraries Annual Dinner

At the 2014 UK Libraries Annual Dinner, held at the Marriott Griffin Gate on April 11, Tari Keller accepted the Paul A. Willis Award for Outstanding Faculty. Karl Raitz, recently retired from the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography, accepted the 2014 UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement and gave the keynote address.

Tari Keller received the Paul A. Willis Award for Outstanding Faculty

The evening was punctuated by remarks from Special Collections Learning Lab interns Nicole Priest and Qaaim Stainback, as well as from President Eli Capilouto. We were also honored by the presence of Provost Christine Riordan and former UK President Lee Todd.  The 121 friends who joined us for the evening enjoyed dinner and a night of celebration of all that puts UK Libraries at the heart of this campus.

Karl Raitz received the UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement

New JSTOR collections available through UK Libraries

University of Kentucky Libraries has acquired two new collections of scholarly journals for the JSTOR platform.  The Arts and Sciences IX collection includes 262 academic journal titles from more than 25 countries, with an emphasis on business, economics, and political science and additional content in archaeology, anthropology, and sociology. 

UK Libraries also provides access to JSTOR Arts and Sciences collections I-VIII.  The second newly acquired collection, Business IV, currently includes 36 academic journal titles in the areas of economics, finance, management, industrial relations, and international business.  Business IV builds on the three previous dedicated JSTOR business collections, which are also held by UK Libraries.  Access to JSTOR for UK faculty, staff, and students is available at

JSTOR is a not-for-profit shared digital library created in 1995 to digitize, preserve, and expand access to scholarly content.  The organization has digitized over 50 million pages since its founding and offers content from more than 2,000 academic journals.

Deirdre Scaggs participates in Harvard workshop

Deirdre Scaggs
On April 3-4, 2014, Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for Special Collections, attended the invitation-only Radcliffe Workshop on Technology and Archival Processing at Harvard University.  The two day workshop brought together archivists and technologists to examine and discuss how new technologies including facial, speech, and handwriting recognition can aid the archival process.  “It was an incredible opportunity to look deeply into the 21st century Special Collections,” said Deirdre.

“Circ2Go” brings services to Patterson Office Tower

The end of the semester is a busy time for faculty and staff, who currently have to bring books to a physical UK Libraries location to extend their borrowing period when electronic renewals have been exhausted. To expedite the process, the “Circ2Go” team from UK Libraries will set up shop in Patterson Office Tower from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 23, 24, 30, and May 1. Faculty and staff may renew or return UK Libraries materials at this pop-up circulation desk.

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.