Friday, October 9, 2015

UK Libraries National Advisory Board holds Fall 2015 meeting

The UK Libraries National Advisory Board held their Fall 2015 meeting on September 25, 2015, at the Hilary J. Boone center on campus. During the meeting, Dr. Stacey Greenwell, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Research, and Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean, spoke about student success initiatives and UK Libraries’ international partnerships. Board members also heard updates from NAB President Dr. LuAnnette Butler, Dean Terry Birdwhistell, and the Marketing and Development directors.

The board deliberated in a closed session on the recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement. The recipient of the medallion will be announced later in the academic year, and will be honored at the 2016 UK Libraries Spring Gala. The NAB will provide support and sponsorship of the 2016 Gala.

Members of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board are:

President LuAnnette Butler
Vice President Billy Lanter
Bess Abell
Martha-Ann Alito
Jonathan Allison
W. Clay Ford
Michelle Gardner
Gail Hart
Marie E. Hochstrasser
Brenda Lampton
Jan Miles
William Miles
Jennie Lou Penn
Angela Rice
Anne G. Ritchie
Wood Simpson
Alan Sullivan
Laurance B. VanMeter
Charles T. Wethington
Harvie Wilkinson
John van Willigen

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UK Librarians lead at KLA/KASL conference

UK librarians took an active role in the recent Kentucky Library Association and Kentucky Association of Special Libraries joint conference held in Louisville, Kentucky last month.

Laura Whayne, head of the UK Transportation Center Library, presided as current president of KLA.

Valerie Perry, left, receives an award from
KLA President Laura Whayne
Valerie Perry, director of Branch Libraries and the Agricultural Information Center, received the prestigious Carol J. Parris Mentoring Award from the KLA. The Parris Mentoring Award is “presented to a Kentucky librarian who has exemplified the ability to assist and advise new members to the profession.” From the awards program: “…it is clear that Valerie has encouraged and inspired many…Valerie was described as genuine, generous, and supportive, but her ability to empower her colleagues seems to be her greatest gift.”

Jen Bartlett, head of William T. Young Reference, attended as outgoing chair of the Resource Sharing Round Table. Marsha Seamans, director of Cataloging & Database Integrity, attended as chair of the Academic Section Professional Development Committee. Sandee McAninch, head of the Federal Depository Unit, attended to give the Regional Depository report at the Government Documents Round Table meeting. Laura Hall, Young Library reference and periodicals, attended as a conference participant.

Judy Sackett, oral history librarian, and Peter Hesseldenz, reference librarian and business and economics liaison, presented on: Innovating for Diversity: UK Libraries Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Internship Program.”

Beth Kraemer, information literacy librarian, and Beth Fuchs, undergraduate learning librarian, presented on: “We’ll Show You Ours if You Show Us Yours! Favorite Technologies to Support Information Literacy.”

Julene Jones, head of Database Integrity, gave the talk: “Many Hands Make Light Work, part II: NACO at UK Libraries.”

Stacie Williams co-authors chapter in archival studies book

Stacie Williams
Stacie Williams, manager of the Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab, co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming book Critical Archival Studies, edited by Michelle Caswell  of the University of California, Los Angeles and T-Kay Sangwand of the University of Texas, Austin. The book highlights how archivists and archival scholars have incorporated critical theory - including Marxist, feminist, deconstructionist, postcolonial, queer, and civil rights theories -into their work. Stacie is co-author of a chapter with Jarrett Drake, digital archivist at Princeton University. The chapter details a community oral history project the authors facilitated to document police violence in Cleveland in August, 2015. The book will be published by Libraries Unlimited in 2016.

New Learning Lab interns begin work and research

Learning Lab interns Daria Goncharova and
Aaron Mueller work on the blueprint collections
The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center recently welcomed a new class of interns to the Learning Lab program. The internships, supervised by Learning Lab Manager Stacie Williams, take place over the course of the academic year and target undergraduates interested in primary document research.

Interns process archival collections and produce scholarly projects related to the collections and their own research interests. The 2015-2016 interns will process 10 cubic feet of blueprints from Lexington, Kentucky, architectural firm Frankel and Curtis. The students will work on scholarly projects examining the economic development of Lexington through construction and development.

The Learning Lab interns are: sophomore architecture major and environmental studies and sustainability minor Nick Hodge; sophomore architecture major Sommer Cade; sophomore architecture major and French minor Steve Ngandu-Sankayi; sophomore history and classics major Abby King; senior English and linguistics major Daria Goncharova; and sophomore computer science and linguistics major Aaron Mueller.

Learning Lab interns attend "Description Camp"
SCRC Director of Archives Ruth Bryan led interns in a "Description Camp" to learn about proper handling of archival documents. The interns also received training on ArchivesSpace and had the opportunity to practice describing collections.

Students will present their final projects in April 2016.

Ruth Bryan speaks at Kentucky Association of Teachers of History

Ruth Bryan
Ruth Bryan, director of Technical Services and university archivist in the Special Collections Research Center, gave a workshop on “Meaning in the Spaces: Archivists' Impact on the Historical Record” at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History on October 3, 2015. The meeting took place at the Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky. Workshop participants explored the role archivists play in selecting, describing, and making accessible historical records.

Kopana Terry speaks on newspaper digitization

Kopana Terry
Kopana Terry, oral history archivist and historic newspapers curator in the Special Collections Research Center, presented on a panel on newspaper digitization October 8, 2015. The panel, sponsored by Lyrasis, included three experts discussing the past, present, and future of newspaper digitization projects. Topics included: selecting content, copyright, paper versus film, scanning, vendor selection, software platforms, metadata, promotion, fundraising, and participation in statewide programs.

Kopana presented along with John Herbert of Lyrasis and Shelia Rabun of the University of Oregon.

Keith Barbour receives Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award

Keith Barbour
Keith Barbour, evening technician at the Medical Center Library, received a Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association on October 2, 2015. The award recognizes Keith as a respected team member with an outstanding customer service focus. Keith has worked at the MCL since December 2009. 

From Keith’s nomination: “[h]e consistently goes above and beyond to help patrons with their information needs, treating everyone with respect and professionalism while remaining extremely friendly and welcoming…[h]e excels in training the student workers, ensuring that they provide exceptional customer service, as well as keeping up morale.”

Congratulations, Keith.