Friday, November 12, 2010

Weekly Review

Informal Chat with Provost:

Faculty, staff, faculty and students are cordially invited to attend an informal chat with Provost Kumble Subbaswamy Friday, November 12, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 230 Student Center. This is an opportunity for members of UK's community to talk with the Provost about a variety of issues in an informal setting.

Jointly sponsored for employees and students by the Staff Senate and University Senate, this is the first in a new series of informal chats with administrators across campus.

King Library Press Showcased in The Hub @ WT’s:

The Hub @ WT’s in the William T. Young Library is currently featuring two continuous video presentations on the work of the King Library Press.

The presentation visually explores the history of the King Library Press. The Press was founded in 1956 by Curator of Rare Books Carolyn Hammer as a creative laboratory for the book arts and a venue for demonstrating historical printing methods. Well-equipped with a variety of presses and other materials largely donated for its use, the King Library Press continues to explore the graphic arts, paper making, marbling, bookbinding, and illustration. The images included in the Hub’s presentation show the people, the equipment, and the products that make the Press so important and unique. In addition to the visual history, the presentation displays the exquisite art that has been made in the King Library Press.

The success of the King Library Press, part of the Special Collections Library, is the result of the work of Dr. James D. Birchfield, Curator of Books at UK Libraries and Dr. Paul Holbrook, Director of the King Press.

Weekly Tech Tip from UK Libraries Desktop Support:

Have you checked out the "My Site" section of SharePoint? This feature is new to us since moving to the campus SharePoint server. When you are on a SharePoint page, look in the upper right of the screen for the links to My Site and My Links. My Site has some Facebook-ish features, allowing you to upload a picture and a personal description. You can also store documents in My Site, either for your own use or for access by others at UK. The My Links section lets you bookmark your division or committee SharePoint site, for easier access. These bookmarks travel with you if you log in from a different computer.

Play Features Oral Histories from the Louie B. Nunn Center:

In honor of Veterans Day, the UK Department of Theatre presented "Bringing it Home: Voices of Student Veterans," at the Buell Armory. Another opportunity to see the play will be Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the UK Veterans Resource Center, the Department of Theatre, and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. The play is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required by emailing

Weekly LibGuide Feature:

The featured guide this week comes from Gwen Curtis. The Maps LibGuide provides access to the extensive map collection housed in the Science Library on the 4th floor. This guide highlights both print and electronic resources.

Wednesday Fire Alarm Evacuates William T. Young Library:

The fire alarm Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. was evidently set off by dust created during the process of cleaning out an elevator shaft. The building was evacuated safely thanks to the preparation and execution of safety plans by Mary McLaren and the entire faculty and staff within the Young Library.

It was very impressive to see the large number of students outside the building early on a Wednesday morning following the evacuation. The Young Library plays a central role in teaching and learning at UK and the presence of so many students is a good reminder of the important role we play in their academic success.

Thanks to Beth Kraemer, Sue Smith, Mary McLaren, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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