Friday, October 17, 2014

Special Collections Research Center receives Gray Family Collection

Members of the Gray family with Deirdre
Scaggs. Photo credit: Lewis Warden
On October 14, the Special Collections Research Center accepted the gift of the Gray family collection. The collection consists largely of the papers of Lois Howard Gray who was very supportive of the University of Kentucky. The materials document her civic and artistic activities - including her enlistment in the WAVES during World War II - as well the activities of her immediate family, most notably her parents, C.C. Howard and Julia Franklin Howard.

The Howards were prominent residents of Glasgow, Kentucky. C.C. Howard was a World War I veteran and established a tuberculosis hospital in Barren County. The collection also contains expansive family history files, including a significant number of original documents and photographs that date back to the late 18th century. The Howards trace their lineage back to the Mulkey family, who established the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse, the oldest log meetinghouse in Kentucky (built around 1804).

In attendance at the gift ceremony were Franklin, Stephen, Jim (Mayor of Lexington), and Howard Gray, along with UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center faculty and staff.

Open Access Week events planned

To mark Open Access Week 2014, October 20 – 26, UK Libraries is sponsoring a series of free events on campus.

The week of opportunities will begin with the Kickoff Event Webcast from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Niles Gallery, at Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The panel is moderated by early career researcher, Meredith Niles of Harvard University. The discussion will focus on early career researchers and their institutions supporting and rewarding open access research.

Another event, "Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal," will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, in the Medical Center Library Computer Lab. This workshop is designed to help researchers evaluate which open access journals to consider when getting their research published.

Adrian Ho
"Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Information Session" will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Alumni Gallery, Young Library. The information session will assist graduate students with the process of submitting a thesis or dissertation. Graduate School and UK Libraries representatives will be available to answer questions at this session.

Finally, a panel discussion titled "Generation Open: Researchers' Roles in the Age of Openness," will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, in the UK Athletics Auditorium in William T. Young Library. A reception will follow at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Gallery.

Special thanks go to Adrian Ho, along with Mary Beth Thomson, Mary Molinaro, Jason Boczar, Jen Bartlett, Rick Brewer, Mary Congleton, Carla Cantagallo, and Susan Foster-Harper for organizing OA week!

"Arab Spring" and social media focus of talk

Todd Presner
Photo credit: Lewis Warden
University of Kentucky Libraries, along with the UK College of Arts and Sciences, hosted “The ‘Arab Spring’ and Social Media: Possibilities and Perils in a Networked Age,” on Tuesday, October 14, at William T. Young Library.

Todd Presner, chair of the UCLA Digital Humanities Program and the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, discussed his research that focuses on European intellectual history, the history of media, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography. 

Presner discussed a series of projects analyzing the role of social media in the Middle East, starting with the 2009 Tehran election protests and going up to the 2011 "Arab Spring."

 “The ‘Arab Spring’ and Social Media” presentation addressed library and archival concerns regarding data collection and preservation, as well as scholarly use of social media. The talk was held in conjunction with Year of the Middle East, part of the Passport to the World initiative based in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

Melissa Barlow is Director of Finance and Administration

Melissa Barlow
Melissa Barlow is the new UK LIbraries Director of Finance and Administration. She has been with UK Libraries for 17 years, beginning as a student assistant in the Medical Center AV Library, and later taking on a full-time role in the Fines office. After working in an administrative support role in the Dean’s office, she became Business Services Manager in 2011. Melissa began her new position as director on October 15.

Congratulations and many thanks to Melissa for her years of service to UK Libraries. We look forward to her leadership in this new role.

More honors for "Bloody Breathitt"

Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South is now the most decorated book published by University Press of Kentucky in many years.

Most recently, Bloody Breathitt author T.R.C. Hutton received the 2014 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society. The Appalachian Writers Association selected the book as the 2014 Nonfiction Book of the Year. Previously, the Bloody Breathitt received the 2013 Weatherford Award for Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Wiley-Silver Prize.

“The announcement of these two awards makes 'Bloody Breathitt' the press’ most decorated book in my tenure,” said UPK Director Stephen M. Wrinn.

The Kentucky History Awards ceremony will be Friday, November 7, at the Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. The ceremony is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big opening for Little Free Library

The Little Free Library is in front
of Taylor Education Building
The Little Free Library movement has come to the University of Kentucky campus. Faculty in the UK College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with the support of the Education Library, recently installed one of the brightly-decorated free book exchange stations in front of Taylor Education Building. Located next to the Upper Street bus stop, the box will offer a rotating selection of books that may be borrowed on the honor system, with the understanding that borrowers will also leave books for others when they are able.

The grand opening of the Little Free Library is set for Wednesday, October 22 (rain date October 29), from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and encouraged to bring a book to exchange. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the Little Free Library, contact Kristen Perry (