Friday, June 24, 2016

InfoKat Discovery adds New Citation Feature


InfoKat Discovery, a great research tool for searching multiple library resources from one interface, adds a new feature called Citation TrailsAccording to Ex Libris, it adds “cited” and “cited by” relations to many articles, and enables users to view these relations by clicking the new citations and cited by links in the brief and full view of an item. From citation lists, users can browse between lists to follow a chain of citations and to learn more about the intended topic. The original title will appear at the top of each citation list to provide context for users. Because the citation lists are not comprehensive and are to be used as an exploratory service, the total number of citations will not appear in the citation lists. For more, please watch the Ex Libris two minute video.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

U.S. Government Publishing Office cites UK Libraries for WPA Preservation Work


Since 2008, UK has been working to preserve and increase accessibility to publications from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) according to the latest Federal Depository Library Program newsletter, Connections. The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO’s) also cited UK Libraries as its newest partner.

UK’s WPA collection dates from the early 1930s to the late 1970s and currently has over 2,600 items that were published by the WPA. As an Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Center of Excellence for the WPA, UK has undertaken a number of actions to preserve and promote WPA material. In addition, UK digitized its collection of over 450 WPA publications from Kentucky and other southeastern states. Highlights from the digital collection include:
  • Federal archives inventories for various states including Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee
  • A publication on commercial fisheries of Georgia
  • A transcript of radio programs on nature in Kentucky
  • A publication on rock drilling from the Maryland WPA
  • A procedures manual on wage rates, hours of work, occupational classifications, and labor policies from 1938.

Sandee McAninch, head of the Federal Depository Unit and Regional Depository Librarian, joined with depository coordinators Marie Concannon and Kristine Stilwell, for a webinar on how to use the WPA Historical Records Survey. Please see UK Libraries WPA Collection for more information.

Stacey Greenwell begins Sabbatical on July 1


Stacey Greenwell, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Research, will be on sabbatical leave for the next six months to complete work on the second edition of “Academic Librarianship,” co-authored with G. Edward Evans. This is one of two texts frequently used for academic libraries’ graduate program courses in library and information science. The book is essentially one about higher education and how the academic library supports the mission of a college or university through its staffing, services, collections, and facilities. Given its practical focus, the second edition will also serve as a handbook for new academic librarians.

During Greenwell’s sabbatical through December 31, her responsibilities will be divided between Shawn Livingston, director of the William T. Young Library (branch libraries and international programs) and Jen Bartlett, head of Reference Services (assessment and information literacy).

Nancy DeMarcus elected Lexington-Bluegrass chapter ARMA International President


Nancy DeMarcus, records manager in the Special Collections Research Center, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Lexington-Bluegrass chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International). Nancy is well known and highly regarded across the campus for her outstanding work in assisting offices with their records management.

SCRC celebrates an Archiving Milestone for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington Collection


University Archivist Ruth Bryan, director of Technical Services, and Mary Brinkman, historiographer for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, completed several years of dedicated work preserving and cataloging Churches and Cathedrals, the first part of the extensive collection housed in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).

The work on Churches and Cathedrals began with the survey and inventory of the original 150 boxes donated by the diocese to Special Collections. The “Churches and Cathedrals” records include historic documents and photographs, correspondence, bulletins, registers, newspaper clippings, and objects such as church banners, for 58 individual churches and cathedrals. The next record group to be processed is Bishops and Priests. There are 13 record groups in all.

The collection is available for research in the Breckinridge Research Room on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Library, the home of the Special Collections Research Center.

UPK Title Honored by Army Historical Foundation


The Army Historical Foundation recently recognized outstanding contributions to U.S. Army history that were published in 2015. Among those select works honored by the foundation was "Jacob L. Devers: A General's Life" by University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author James Scott Wheeler which won in the category of biography.

The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) is a member-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier. Established in 1983, the foundation funds projects such as educational programs, research, publication of relevant historical materials, and the acquisition and preservation of Army artifacts.

Wheeler's win marks the ninth time a UPK title has won an award from the AHF and fourth win in the biography category. UPK’s previous winners in the category are "Beetle: The Life of Walter Bedell Smith" by D.K.R. Crosswell, "Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany" by Henry G. Gole, and "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne" by Douglas V. Mastriano.

For more, please see the UKNow article published June 17.

Valerie Perry named Special Libraries Association Fellow


Valerie Perry, director of Branch Libraries and head of the Agricultural Information Center, has been named a Special Libraries Association (SLA) Fellow. The SLA Fellowship recognizes mid-career information professionals for their past, present and future service to the association and the profession. No more than five SLA members may be selected for the fellowship each year. 

SLA Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association's board of directors and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving the honor may use the title “Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.” Perry's SLA Fellowship was conferred during the 2016 SLA Annual Conference, held June 12-14, in Philadelphia.

As much as her colleagues admire her extensive knowledge of agricultural and biological sciences, Perry is equally revered for her outgoing personality and eagerness to help and teach others. She has been honored several times for her many contributions to SLA and the information profession. The Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Division gave her its Distinguished Member Award in 2007, and the Kentucky chapter of SLA honored her with the Kentucky Chapter Professional Award (2007) and the Larry Besant Professional Award (2014).

For more on Valerie Perry and the SLA, please read the  UKNow article published June 22.