Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekly Review

UK Libraries International Initiatives:

• On August 1, Toni Greider was named Director of International Initiatives for UK Libraries. This is a new position that seeks to:

     o support externally focused international projects
     o support international activities on campus
     o Increase the visibility and access to UK Libraries’ international collections
     o Initiate international projects for UK Libraries
     o Provide intercultural programs for UK Libraries faculty and staff

• During the past two months, Toni has responded to a proposal for a project in Afghanistan, ensured UK Libraries involvement in a project with Iraq, worked with the College of Arts and Sciences on their South African Project, began working on a guide to our international collections, explored programming that includes hosting librarians from other countries, and explored campus contacts to develop intercultural programming.

• This is an opportune time to be exploring international possibilities and Toni brings tremendous experience to this assignment. Anyone with questions or suggestions for Toni should contact her at or stop by her office in the Dean’s Office.

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History:

The Nunn Center just uploaded the Anne Braden Oral History Project online in conjunction with HIS351 "Sisters in the Struggle: History of Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era, 1920s-1970s". This class is examining components of the Anne Braden story in class this semester. Braden was a civil rights activist in Louisville. These interviews were conducted for historian Cate Fosl's award-winning book Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South (Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century), University Press of Kentucky, 2002.;page=simple

Edward F. Prichard Lecture:

UK Libraries and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History would like to invite you to attend the 27th Edward F. Prichard Lecture with Alessandro Portelli, University of Rome, on Tuesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium, William T. Young Library. A reception will follow the program.

Professor 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.

The press release can be viewed at:

The UK Libraries Weekly Review is also available as a blog:

Thanks to Esther Edwards, Toni Greider, Beth Kraemer, and Doug Boyd for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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