Friday, November 20, 2015

Twenty UPK authors attend Kentucky Book Fair

By Whitney Hale, UK Public Relations and Marketing

The 34th annual Kentucky Book Fair took place in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The fair featured more than 200 authors and editors showcasing their most recent books, including several writers from University Press of Kentucky (UPK). Twenty of the 2015 authors were from University Press of Kentucky.

UPK authors participating in the Kentucky Book Fair included:

Sponsored by The State-Journal, and co-sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and ArchivesJoseph-Beth Booksellers, UPK and the Kentucky Humanities Council, the Kentucky Book Fair attracts thousands of avid readers and patrons from across the country. Founded in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair is the state's leading literary event. Since its inception, the fair has recognized outstanding Kentucky authors and editors. The largest and oldest event of its kind in the state, the Kentucky Book Fair has three key goals:

· to honor the profession of writing in the form of a one-day celebration;
· to provide a format for authors to meet their reading public; and
· to raise money through the sale of books and donate all profits to mostly school and public libraries throughout Kentucky

The proceeds benefit libraries that have few resources to expand collections, replace old books or fund literacy-related causes. Those contributions to date total more than $375,000.

Excerpted with permission from UKNow.

Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records now available at SCRC

Student workers Matthew Noe and Ashley Keith rehouse and create the inventory of blueprints
related to grant applications in the Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records.
Here is the blueprint for a proposed addition to Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Kentucky.
In 2014 the UK Libraries Special Collections  Research Center received Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funding to process "Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center." This processing project is now well underway and the first collection, records of Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc., is newly housed, arranged, and described. This collection provides unique documentation for researchers of public health efforts in rural Kentucky during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records’ finding aid is now available on ExploreUK.


Kazuko Hioki attends Harvard workshop on digital scholarship in Japanese Studies

Kazuko Hioki
Kazuko Hioki, UK Libraries conservation librarian and Asian Studies liaison, attended the two-day workshop “Advancing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies: Innovations and Challenges,” organized by the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. Kazuko received a scholarship for the workshop, which took place at Harvard University November 6-7, 2015. 

The workshop included presentations by information technology experts, academics in the humanities and social sciences fields, librarians, and museum curators. Topics included: the concept of digital scholarship, teaching courses and research projects, cloud editing, and nurturing object collections and museums within virtual communities.

Throughout the workshop experts emphasized the role of libraries as central players in digital scholarship. Presenters frequently used phrases such as: “the library is the place interdisciplinary collaboration happens,” “librarians bridge various disciplines,” and "[libraries assist in] achieving greater success by helping others.”

The workshop program and presentations are accessible online at:

Friday, November 13, 2015

UK Libraries welcomes Diversity Scholar Interns

Left to right: Peter Hesseldenz, Aleica Johnson, Dean Birdwhistell
(not pictured: Gabe Tomlin)

The 2015-2016 UK Libraries Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Interns are Alecia Johnson and Gabe Tomlin. Alecia and Gabe are learning different facets of the library profession in addition to their studies as undergraduate students at UK. 

Alecia is from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and is a sophomore majoring in marketing with minors in psychology and international business. She is in the Global Scholars program, and previously interned with United Way of the Bluegrass.

Gabe is from Louisville, Kentucky, and is a sophomore majoring in English and African-American/Africana Studies.

Peter Hesseldenz, Young Library Reference, is their supervisor. The Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Intern program is an initiative of the UK Libraries Diversity Task Force.

University Press of Kentucky authors recognized by Association of the United States Army

UPK display at Association of the United States Army annual meeting
The University Press of Kentucky published, or will soon publish, eight out of the nine books featured at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). UPK authors: Major General David Zabecki, Kathleen Galvin (attending for her father, the late General John R. Galvin), Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, Lieutenant Colonel Brian R. McEnany, and Colonel James Scott Wheeler attended the AUSA meeting in October, along with UPK staff.

Major General Zabecki and Colonel Mastriano both received special recognition from the AUSA for their contributions to military historiography as part of the program. 

From left to right: Major General David Zabecki, Kathleen Galvin (attending for her father, the late General John R. Galvin), Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, Lieutenant Colonel Brian R. McEnany, and Colonel James Scott Wheeler

Dr. Gerald Smith represents UPK and KAEE on "UK at the Half"

Dr. Gerald Smith
Dr. Gerald Smith, UK professor of history, spoke on the radio segment "UK at the Half" during the recent Kentucky/Tennessee football game. He was interviewed about The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia—which received the 2015 Thomas D. Clark Medallion, awarded by the Thomas D. Clark Foundation to honor a book most representative of Dr. Clark’s vision for the University Press of Kentucky. The Encyclopedia is published by University Press of Kentucky.

Janet Layman to retire

Janet Layman
Janet Layman, librarian technician senior in Cataloging and Metadata, has announced her plans to retire from UK. Her last working day will be January 4, 2016. In 2015, Janet received an  Outstanding Staff Award from UK Libraries. A celebration for Janet's retirement will be scheduled soon.