Friday, July 22, 2016

Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award Presentation will be August 9

Please save the date for the 2nd annual Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award presentation on Aug. 9, 4 p.m., Special Collections Research Center Great Hall, Margaret I. King Library. The award recognizing innovative teaching of Kentucky high school history or civics will be presented to Margaret Lynn Brewer, Scott County High School.

David S. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, will present the prestigious award to Brewer, who has been teaching for the past 16 years and is currently working on her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at UK.

UK President Eli Capilouto and Provost Tim Tracy will also participate in the award presentation, as well as Bess Clements Abell, Earle Clements' daughter and a member of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board. Bess and her husband, Tyler, made a gift to the National Archives to support the award.

The National Archives and the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center sponsor the award to honor the life and career of Earle Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service.

Clements’ long political career began in local service as a county sheriff, clerk and judge. He served in the Kentucky Senate and as governor of Kentucky (1947–1950); and he represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he became a close colleague to then Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson.  

UK Libraries Exhibit explores 'Courtly Pastimes'

UK Libraries will present an exhibition of archival materials related to “Courtly Pastimes” in honor of the 15th International Courtly Literature Society Congress, being held on the UK campus July 24-29. The free public exhibition opens Monday, July 25, and runs through Friday, August 5, in the Great Hall, located on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Library Building at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).

First proposed in 1973, the International Courtly Literature Society (ICLS) promotes the study of courts and court-related cultures. Areas of study include medieval vernacular genres (lay, romance, lyric poetry, drama, etc.), medieval Latin literature, the historical background to court life, and medieval art, architecture and music. The society currently has branches in North America, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Tunisia and the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, bibliographical correspondents represent Denmark, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

A triennial event, the ICLS Congress only meets in North America every six years. As part of the 2016 congress, presented by the UK College of Arts and Sciences, more than 90 scholars from around the world, including UK, will come together in Lexington. The sessions are made possible with support from the UK Office of the Vice President for Research.

The corresponding exhibition presented in UK’s Great Hall will feature a collection of illuminated manuscripts, print books and codex facsimiles related to the conference theme “Courtly Pastimes” during the medieval period and early Renaissance from the holdings of UK's SCRC and Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library Learning Center. It will include a copy of Leonardo Bruni’s “Historie Fiorentine” owned by Giulio Romano, a facsimile of “Il codice Squarcialupi,” an illuminated book of hours purportedly owned by Filippo-Maria de Visconti, and distinctive French and Spanish documents of the era, with imagery and textual references to courtly activities.

The exhibition will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on the UK exhibition of “Courtly Pastimes,” contact Jaime Marie Burton, the director of Research Services and Education for the SCRC, at


Library Instruction and Information Literacy featured at Kentucky Library Association’s Annual Round Table

Beth Fuchs
More than 50 librarians from Kentucky and surrounding states attended the Kentucky Library Association’s Library Instruction Round Table (KLA LIRT) Retreat on July 15. KLA LIRT Chair Beth Fuchs, UK’s undergraduate learning librarian, and two other officers, organized the retreat, which showcased innovative approaches to library instruction and information literacy, and included presentations on assessment, active learning and other topics.

Others from UK Libraries who attended were Debbie Sharp, Beth Kraemer, Jo Staggs-Neel, Valerie Perry, Karyn Hinkle, Katie Smith, and graduate students Lauren Farmer, Jaclyn Spraetz and Andy Johnson.

Christopher Little joins the Cataloging and Database Integrity’s Special Formats Unit

Christopher Little will begin a newly created temporary position in the Cataloging and Database Integrity’s Special Formats Unit focusing on copy cataloging and several special projects.

Christopher first worked for UK Libraries in the summer of 2009 as a student assistant in the Fine Arts Library and later in the Special Formats Unit.

Christopher entered UK in 2008 to pursue a Master of Music in clarinet performance and this summer completed a doctorate in musicology. His dissertation connects five neglected early twentieth century British composers in a school of English Romanticism based upon shared use of the chromatic harmonies of Wagner and Strauss and their collective interest in musical exoticism.

Friday, July 15, 2016

MCL Helps Students Conduct Research during Summer Health Career Camp

Medical Center Librarian Mary Congleton worked with high school students from across Kentucky during UK's Health Researcher’s Youth Academy. Hosted by the UK Area Health Education Center, the two-week residential summer camp introduces the students to the college experience, and provides an opportunity to learn about careers in health care research. The students attend orientations and lectures, tour facilities, and interact with researches in health-related disciplines. 

In addition, the students conduct research and develop a poster presentation. Mary provided the group of 27 students a session on conducting research using UK Libraries information resources. And, she demonstrated various databases, including PubMed and MedlinePlus.

Libraries Participates in GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0 Summer Academy @UK

UK Libraries is participating in the GEAR UP Summer Academy, a residential college readiness program for Kentucky high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from 22 Kentucky high schools. Designed to prepare high school students for success in college, GEAR UP 3.0 runs from July 10 through July 30 and offers courses taught by UK instructors as well as a full schedule of co-curricular activities.

During the first week, librarians Debbie Sharp, Beth Fuchs and Karyn Hinkle presented a library orientation session, “Research and Library Resources,” for all participants. Several librarians and staff are helping students with their research assignments through an online Library Help module, with links to library resources.

Education Librarian Sarah Vaughan is working with 11 middle and high school teachers in a four-day Gear-Up Teacher & Leader Academy. The teachers are working in the Education Library on individual research related to classroom management improvements, or their teaching discipline – either English or Social Studies.

Click on GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0 Summer Academy @UK for more information.

Nominations Open for 2017 UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement

Nominations are now open through August 19 for the 2017 UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, one of UK's most prestigious awards. The medallion was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by Kentuckians, encourage education and promote creative thought.

Individual candidates may be nominated with completion of the application and a nominating statement that describes the intellectual achievement realized in a scientific, artistic, literary, social, or humanitarian field; significance of the achievement; and endorsements or verification of the work. Final selection of the medallion recipient is determined by majority vote of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board. 

Past recipients of the honor include: James Klotter, John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman, John Egerton, Karl Raitz, and George C. Wright.

To be eligible, nominees must be a Kentucky native or had more than three years of study, work or residency in Kentucky.

Members of the general public are welcome to submit nominations. More information can be found online at, along with the 2017 nomination form