Saturday, October 9, 2010

Weekly Review

Little/Gaines Artist Series:

• On Tuesday, October 5, the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library had the first event of this year’s Little/Gaines Artist Series. Guest artist Ed Franklin is known for his “Doll a Day” scavenger hunt events in Lexington. Franklin creates interesting and often offbeat figures—animals and humans—from found materials in and around downtown Lexington. His art is influenced by 60's and 70's French, Brazilian, and Scandinavian popular culture. Last year he began placing his “dolls” in various locations around Lexington for people to discover. Friends soon encouraged him to provide clues to the dolls’ locations on his Facebook page and interest in the project expanded rapidly.

• Franklin has a dedicated and diverse following from all age groups. Nearly 50 people attended the Little/Gaines event to hear Franklin describe his creative process and his passion for “discovering” Lexington by immersing ourselves in the city through art. Little/Gaines focuses on artistic collaboration and at this event the audience collaborated with the artist in creating “polite graffiti” that can make an impact without defacing the community. The program ended with a doll hunt designed just for the Little/Gaines audience. Dolls were hidden in Little Library and other campus locations nearby.

• The next Little/Gaines Artist program will be Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Niles Gallery featuring Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow Bianca Spriggs. A freelance instructor of composition, literature, and creative writing, her program is entitled “Out of Body” and her collaborating artist will be Kremena Todorova, assistant professor and program director of English at Transylvania University.

Regional IEEE Xplore Users Group Meeting:

• On Wednesday, October 6th, UK Libraries hosted the Regional IEEE Xplore Users Group meeting. This included librarians from Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, Lexmark, CE Power Solutions, University of Louisville, and several from UK. The meeting gave the IEEE representatives a chance to update users on new features and upcoming developments as well as gather feedback on desired features, applications and issues.

• Following the meeting Barry Holquist and Jalyn Kelley gave two IEEE Xplore training workshops at the Shaver Engineering Library – one for graduate students and faculty and the second for the UK student section and local chapter of IEEE. Both were well attended.

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Senate Library Committee Will Meet October 22:

• University Senate Council Chair Hollie Swanson will convene this year’s first meeting of the University Senate Library Committee. The SLC is charged with the responsibility for recommending to the University Senate policies to promote the educational interests of the University as a whole with respect to UK Libraries, the faculty body of which is equivalent to the faculty of a college (GR VII.A.1). The SLC is responsible for consultation and advising with faculty of UK Libraries or the Dean of Libraries, on such matters as are referred to it by the by UK Libraries faculty, by the Dean, or by other University personnel, which pertain to improving the effectiveness of UK Libraries as a part of the broad academic program of the University of Kentucky.

• Members of the committee are: Blair Kidwell (BE/Management), Richard Andreatta (HS/Rehabilitation Sciences), Brian Murphy (ME/Internal Medicine), Margaret Bausch (ED/Special Ed & Rehab Cnsl), and Tracy Campbell (AS/History). The Dean of Libraries serves as an Ex Officio member of the committee.

27th Edward F. Prichard Lecture:

• Harlan County has a rich history from its pioneer period, to the mining strikes, to present day. The county's evolution intrigues not only citizens of the Commonwealth, but spectators and scholars abroad as well, including noted oral historian Alessandro Portelli. Portelli will share his findings on the county from multiple interviews with its citizens at the 27th Edward F. Prichard Lecture scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the auditorium at the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Thirty years of field work in Harlan County: oral history and dialogue."

• Alessandro Portelli is professor of American literature at the University of Rome. His most recent book, "They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History," is based on more than 30 years of interviews with 150 Harlan County men and women who tell the story of their region from pioneer times, through the dramatic mining strikes of the 1930s and 1970s, up to the present.

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Thanks to Beth Kraemer, Susan Smith, Esther Edwards, Whitney Hale and Gail Kennedy for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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