Friday, December 16, 2011

Building Partnerships across the Campus:

Kate Black, Jeff Suchanek, and Katie Henningsen, archivists in Special Collections led an information session for graduate teaching assistants in the History Department.  During the session the TA’s were introduced to primary sources in Special Collections which would be beneficial to their teaching and research. 

UK Participates in E-Science Institute:

Mary Beth Thomson, Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services, Kathleen Grzech, Associate Director, Proposal Development Office and Sue Smith, Head of the Science and Engineering  Libraries attended the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Digital Library Foundation (DLF) E-Science Institute Capstone in Atlanta, Georgia November 30 through December 2, 2011.

 The ARL/DLF E-Science Institute (ESI) designed a set of learning experiences that take small teams of individuals chosen by research libraries though a process that strengthens and advances their e-science support role. UK is one of 76 Association of Research Libraries participants. The institute began in July 2011 with assignments for the UK team which were worked on at UK and coordinated through the program and culminating in the Atlanta capstone event.  During the capstone event over 12 university teams began creating strategic agendas for e-research support for their institutions. 

 E-research refers to the use of information technology to support existing and new forms of scholarly research in all academic disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences.  

Advisory Board Member Martha-Ann Alito on NPR Report:

“At The High Court, A Tribute to a 'Chef Supreme,'” an NPR report by Nina Totenberg featured a cookbook assembled by the spouses of the Supreme Court justices.  The book, Chef Supreme: Martin Ginsburg, was Martha-Ann’s idea and is a tribute to a master chef, the late Martin Ginsburg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 You can listen to the entire segment here:

Valerie Perry Appointed to College Program Review Committee:

Valerie Perry has been asked to serve as a member of the External Review Committee of the College of Communications and Information Studies.  The purpose of the committee is to provide the college with an external perspective regarding the quality and effectiveness of its programs, services, resources, processes, and operations, using the college’s self-study as a starting point.  The periodic review of a college provides an opportunity for a group of colleagues and the Provost to evaluate the college’s current condition, progress toward college and university goals, and future direction.

Highlights from the Collection:

In a letter dated 1869 August 30 Mary Todd Lincoln writes about her grief, " daily prayer is that the time of my terrible probation here on earth may be short-ere we are united - never more to part."

Recent Acquisitions:

University Archives recently acquired the William Chambliss papers (5 cubic feet, 1944-1988). Dr. Chambliss, a specialist in East Asian history and Japanese, was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky from 1959-1988, first in the School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and then in the History Department.  Prior to his appointment at UK, he was a Fulbright fellow in Japan (1956-1958) and during World War II, served in the Military Intelligence Service Language School at the University of Michigan, teaching Japanese (1944-1945).  From 1966-1967, he spent another year in Japan on another Fulbright scholarship.  He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1959.  He was a graduate of Male High School in Louisville, KY (1941).

The papers document his role in the UK History Department and development of Asian studies, particularly in Japan and China.  It also includes original research for his dissertation on the history of the silk trade; for an English translation of a Japanese history of the Meiji Era; and a handbook on translating Japanese into English.  It also includes textbooks and other course information documenting the Japanese courses he taught in the Military Intelligence Service Language School.

Five Libraries worth a Visit:            

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Alumni Gallery:

New signage has been placed outside of Alumni Gallery.  The UK Alumni Association played a crucial role in the funding formula for the construction of the William T. Young Library.  Alumni Gallery is one of the busiest rooms in the building.  We appreciate the ongoing support of the UK Alumni Association for UK Libraries.

Paula Hickner Elected to MLA Board of Directors:

Paula Hicker has been elected as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for the Music Library Association.  Her two year term begins at the close of MLA's annual meeting next February. Each board member has a special assignment and Paula’s will be as the organization's Fiscal Officer.

Paula received master’s degrees in Library Science and Musicology from Indiana University and has been music librarian at UK Libraries since 1993.  She also teaches in the UK School of Library and Information Science.

 Congratulations Paula!


Robert Holland, Server Administrator/Programmer I, started his position in Digital Library Services, Library Technologies Division, on December 8, 2011.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from UK and has previous work experience as a web developer, IT Director, database analyst, and firmware test engineer. Robert is located in the Margaret I. King Building. Welcome, Robert!

Abbye Tackett has accepted the position of Library Technician Senior in Special Formats, Collections and Technical Services Division.  Abbye earned a Masters of Music Performance in addition to a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, both from UK.  She is very familiar with the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, having previously worked there as a student assistant and temporary staff member.  Abbye's start date will be January 9, 2012.  We look forward to her return to UK Libraries!

SACS Update:

UK Libraries learned this week that we are 100% compliant in both Student Learning Outcomes and Strategic Planning and Annual Programs.  This is an important milestone for UK Libraries as we prepare for next year’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation visit.

Many thanks to Judy Wiza, Assessment Librarian, for all of her hard work in guiding us through the SACS reports.  Thanks as well to Sarah Vaughn, Jen Bartlett, and Toni Greider for their assistance in preparing the UK Libraries SACS reports.

Meg Shaw Selected to Lead Lucille Little Fine Arts Library:

Meg Shaw, Art and Theatre Librarian, has been named Head of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, effective February 1, 2012. Reporting to UK Libraries Director of Branches, Valerie Perry, she will be responsible for the administration and operation of the Fine Arts Library, including library services, collections, and personnel, and for establishing priorities in support of strategic initiatives. 

Additionally, Meg will be responsible for other Little Library activities including developing special programming and assisting with donor relations.  Meg will continue her liaison activities, contribute to an active instruction program focused on subject-related information literacy instruction, and contribute to the reference services in the Little Library.  

With 32 years of professional experience, Meg is well-prepared to lead the Fine Arts Library. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and served as Head of the Art Library from 1982 until it merged with the Music Library into the Little Fine Arts Library in 2000. Her research interest includes Kentucky artist Harlan Hubbard and she has developed a notable collection of artists' books for the Fine Arts Library.

Meg replaces Gail Kennedy, who will relocate to Special Collections on February 1 and then begin a half-time phased retirement assignment in Special collections on July 1, 2012.  

UK Libraries National Advisory Board:

Greg Casey, Director of Development for UK Libraries, and I had the opportunity this week to visit with three UK Libraries National Advisory Board members in Washington, D.C.;  Bess Clements Abell, Anne Ritchie, and Martha-Ann Alito. 

Bess Clements Abell is a UK graduate and served as Lady Bird Johnson’s White House Social Secretary.  Later, she served as Executive Assistant to Joan Mondale.  She and her husband Tyler Abell developed Merry-Go-Round Farm, a unique residential community near Potomac, Maryland.  Bess and Tyler established the Earle C. Clements Endowment in honor of Bess’s father, a former Kentucky Governor and Unites States Senator.  The endowment supports a graduate assistantship in UK Libraries.

Anne G. Ritchie received Master of Arts degrees in History and Library & Information Science from the University of Kentucky. While working at the University of Kentucky Libraries from 1977 to 1988, she began the Appalachian Collection in Special Collections and directed oral history projects on a variety of topics including the Frontier Nursing Service, John Jacob Niles and the Christian Appalachian Project. Since 1990, she has been the oral historian at the National Gallery of Art and is a past president of the National Oral History Association.

Martha-Ann Alito completed a B.A. in comparative literature in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, and an M.A. in library science in the School of Library and Information Science. She worked as a reference librarian at Neptune Public Library in Neptune, New Jersey; a librarian at the United States Attorney's Office in Newark, New Jersey; Head of Reference at the U.S. Department of Justice; and Library Director at Congressional Quarterly.  In addition to her service on the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, Martha-Ann is active in volunteer activities including the Wounded Warriors program with Walter Reed Hospital, participating as a judge in the Ethics Bowl at Marymount College, and serving on the Board of the Children’s Inn at NIH.  

Thanks to our Advisory Board for their support of UK Libraries.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Faith Harders Appointed to Historic Preservation Commission:

Faith Harders, Head of the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, has been appointed by Mayor Jim Gray to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Historic Preservation Commission.  The commission helps conserve historic structures, districts and resources in Lexington-Fayette County by providing technical assistance to owners of historic properties, working with property owners in the historic districts to assist them with the design review process and other preservation concerns.

Julene Jones Completes UK's Essential Leader Program:

The Essential Leader Program (ELP) is for employees wanting to become better leaders and learn key leadership skills.  Participants complete 80 hours of classroom work over a two year period.  The program focuses on seven leadership competencies, including communication, teamwork, creative problem solving and flexibility, interpersonal skills, professionalism, resolving conflicts and leadership.

Congratulations Julene!

Anglican Prayer Book Collection Dedication:

The Abbitt-DuPriest Collection of Anglican Prayer Books at the University of Kentucky will be unveiled as part of a dedication ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Great Hall, of the Margaret I. King Building. The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public.

 This collection of prayer books, dating back to 1592, is a gift to the UK Special Collections from the Rev. Travis T. DuPriest, former director of the Dekoven Retreat and Conference Center in Racine, Wis., and UK alumnus.              

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Celebrating Harriette Arnow:

A program and exhibit launching the opening of the Harriette Arnow Collection was a huge success. On November 17, a standing room only crowd gathered in the Great Hall in Special Collections for a fascinating overview of Harriette Arnow’s life and career by Arnow biographer and scholar, Sandy Ballard. Professor Ballard shared insights into the Appalachian author’s publications including The Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn, Seedtime on the Cumberland, Flowering of the Cumberland, and Old Burnside. Appalachian writer Gurney Norman shared personal memories of Arnow and Dennis Bender and Ron Penn provided music.

In 1977 with the creation of UK’s Appalachian Center, UK Libraries initiated a special focus on collecting materials to support Appalachian research. Currently Special Collections contains more than 14,000 books and over 30,000 linear feet of manuscripts and audio visual materials documenting reformers, the War on Poverty, public policy, folk music, coal mining, health care, the environment, and education. The Harriette Arnow Collection joins those of other prominent Appalachian authors such as James Still and Harry Caudill.

The exhibit was co-curated by Kate Black, Curator of UK Libraries’ Appalachian Collection, and Amber Surface, a graduate student in UK’s School of Library and Information Science who will receive her M.A. in December. Amber is also preparing a forthcoming digital exhibit and utilized this archival experience to gain field placement graduate credit. Thanks to Kate and Amber for all of their creativity and hard work that made this wonderful event possible!

Photo by Lewis Warden.

UK Professor Wins National Book Award:

In case anyone has not already heard, University of Kentucky creative writing Professor Nikky Finney has won the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry for her recent work, Head Off & Split. Congratulations Professor Finney!

UK Undergraduate Research Journal Added to UKnowledge:

UK’s undergraduate research journal, Kaleidoscope, is now being published in UKnowledge. In announcing this achievement Danica Kubly thanked UK Libraries for making this initiative possible. Kubly noted that “volume nine (2010) is the first issue available but the process of uploading all back volumes is underway. Each new edition of Kaleidoscope will appear in UKnowledge. The new format provides a unique URL for each submission and all articles will be searchable through worldwide search engines such as Google and Bing. To view volume 9 (2010), please visit “

News from Fall ASERL Meeting:

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries met in Atlanta November 14 and 15. ASERL Executive Director John Burger reported on several important topics that were covered during the two day meeting:

ASERL-SURA Data Policy Collaboration. Tyler Walters (Virginia Tech) described a new collaboration with Southeast Universities Research Association (SURA) to monitor changes in federal data management policies, offer models of local policies, and discuss emerging issues. ASERL’s Board has approved this concept. Collaboration will be via online tools and a first step in fostering more shared programming between ASERL and SURA. Several ASERL Deans and Directors indicated an interest in their libraries participating. Walters will work with John Burger to draft a formal charge for the group. A call for volunteers will be posted in December and the group will convene in early 2012.

Berlin 9 Convention. Many ASERL members had representatives at the recent Berlin 9 Convention in Bethesda. ASERL members noted some progress in signing-on at their home institutions in support of “open access” to scholarly materials. ASERL unanimously voted to support the Berlin Declaration as a means of creating momentum for gaining signatories at member institutions. John Burger will communicate with Max Planck Society and create publicity to foster additional support within ASERL institutions. UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy has sent UK’s request to become a signatory to the Berlin Declaration

HathiTrust Constitutional Convention. Nine ASERL libraries are members of HathiTrust. There is interest in linking ASERL’s collection management programs with Hathi’s expanding array of programs. Hathi may also be exploring new models for membership/content providers and ASERL will continue to monitor these options.

Thanks to John Burger, Danica Kubly and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Libraries Celebrates Launch of UKnowledge:

UK Libraries celebrated the launch of its new institutional repository (UKnowledge) with a one day conference on Friday entitled “Key to Unlocking Scholarship: Institutional Repositories.” Following welcoming remarks by Provost Kumble Subbaswamy, Sarah Shreeves, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, began the program with a keynote addressing the state of the art in repository development, and the challenges facing institutions as they work to store and provide access to local scholarship on a global level. Other sSpeaers discussed digital institutional repositories from implementation to the issues of developing and maintaining an established repository. Sessions examined the nuts and bolts of IR set-up, offered examples of creative and innovative uses for an IR beyond faculty scholarship, and generated discussions of how the availability of an IR can improve undergraduate education.

Thanks to Mary Beth Thomson, Pat Wilson and everyone who made the day a great success.

Women Veterans Focus of Jeff Suchanek’s New Book:

“Star Spangled Hearts" American Women Veterans of World War II by Jeffrey S. Suchanek with Jeanne Ontko Suchanek has just been published by Broadstone Books. Based on first-hand interviews he conducted with women veterans from all of the service branches, Jeff Suchanek presents the memoirs of twenty women who collectively demonstrate that the honor of "Greatest Generation" does not belong to their male counterparts alone. The original interviews are in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History collection. Congratulations Jeff and Jeanne.

UK Librarians Contribute to Newly Published Resource in Education:

UK Libraries faculty members Heath Martin and Peter Hesseldenz recently contributed a chapter to Computer-Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education, published in October by IGI Global. The chapter, entitled “Library Resources and Services in 21st Century Online Education,” analyzes “the roles of academic libraries in computer-mediated instruction through examination of past and current practices, existing opportunities and challenges, and emerging trends.” By looking at issues such as access to resources, scholarly publishing, information and communication technologies, information literacy, and emerging models of collaboration, Martin and Hesseldenz’s work highlights the ways in which academic libraries remain central to the mission of the university and maps many of the associated challenges which lie ahead.

More information on Computer-Mediated Communication (including another chapter co-authored by Laurie A. Henry from UK’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction) may be found at

Robert W. Tebbs and his 1927 Kentucky Architectural Photographs Exhibit:

Jim Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books in Special Collections, has curated an exhibit, "Robert W. Tebbs and his 1927 Kentucky Architectural Photographs," on display now in the foyer of Special Collections in the Margaret I. King Building. In the later 1920s, Tebbs was one of the nation's leading architectural photographers. Some of the finest images of nineteenth-century Kentucky buildings were produced in the summer of 1927 by the British-born photographer Robert William Tebbs. Tebbs (1875-1945) was brought to Kentucky by the architectural historian Rexford Newcomb for the purpose of illustrating the book Old Kentucky Architecture (1940). The project was proposed by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1925. The exhibit will be on display through January 2012.

College of Communications and Information Studies Honors Lois Chan:

A conference room in the College of Communications and Information Studies has been named in honor of Dr. Lois Chan who is retiring at the end of the fall semester. Dr. Chan began her UK career as a serials cataloger for UK Libraries in 1966. She moved over to the UK School of Library and Information Science in 1970 and became one of the most highly regarded professors of cataloging in the world. In her “retirement” she plans to do some teaching and work on several book projects.

Veteran Memories Featured this week on WUKY’s Saving Stories:

In this week’s edition of "Saving Stories" Dr. Doug Boyd from UK Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History shared a stirring account of one on one combat from a World War II Veteran.

Thanks to Heath Martin, Deirdre Scaggs, and Konstantin Tovstiadi for their contributions.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, November 7, 2011

UK Libraries Weekly Review

ASERL Accepts Two New Members:

John Burger, Executive Director of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries announced this week that the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University are joining ASERL. With 40 members in 11 states, ASERL is the largest regional research library consortium in the United Sates. Maryland and Johns Hopkins are the first new ASERL members since 2004. The complete press release can be found here:

Lunch with the Dean:

I am continually impressed with the work of UK Libraries staff and I would like to have the opportunity to learn more about you and your work. I also want to hear your ideas and suggestions about how we might improve UK Libraries. So, once a month, beginning in December, I will host a “Lunch with the Dean” event. Each month, three staff members will be invited to join me for lunch in my office. Box lunches will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, please send your name to Sherree Osborne. Once collected, names will be randomly drawn each month.

I look forward to this opportunity.

More Year of China Activities:

UK librarians and staff continue creative work in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences Year of China. In the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library Meg Shaw has assembled an exhibit on Chinese calligraphy which includes the tools that they use and books on calligraphy. With the help of Brad Carrington and Susan Daole in the Education Library and Kitty Taylor in Acquisitions, she has put together a smaller exhibit on the Monkey King which includes illustrations from some of the children’s books in our collection

For the past several months Chris Worland and Toni Greider have been working on a China research guide. The guide is intended as a starting point for anyone doing a research project on China but it is also meant to promote the expertise of our subject librarians in the various areas of study. With the help of Matt Wells in the Chinese Studies Program, Chris Worland created a Chinese interface for the starting page that parallels the English page. You can find the Chinese interface at:

November 14 – 18 is International Education Week and UK Libraries will participate again this year running a Vexillology contest using the flags in the atrium and exhibiting a video display in the Hub. The video display will feature the UK – China connection in both Education Abroad and students coming to campus. Seth Ricker of the Education Abroad office is assisting us with the video display.

Provost Meets with EC:

Provost Kumble Subbaswamy joined the UK Libraries Executive Committee for a 90 minute discussion over lunch this past Wednesday. Topics discussed in addition to budget issues included open access, library instruction, data curation, digitizing, partnerships, and unique collections.

Library Technician Senior Position Filled:

Courtney Crepeau, Library Technician in Young Library, has accepted the Library Technician Sr. position in Inter-Library Loan/Document Delivery, Academic Affairs and Research Division. Courtney, who has a Master's in Library Science from UK, has worked in ILL in the borrowing unit since October 2007. We
congratulate her on her promotion and wish her much success in her new position.

Thanks to John Burger, Toni Greider, and Judy Sackett for their contributions.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Libraries National Advisory Board Fall Meeting:

During its fall meeting this week the UK Libraries National Advisory Board had an opportunity to learn more about UK Libraries strategic goals and special initiatives. Mary Molinaro, Deirdre Scaggs, and Eric Weig made a presentation on several digital projects underway including upgrades to the KY Digital Library and Exploring UK. They also emphasized the important role that digitized unique materials play in both research and undergraduate education.

Greg Casey discussed with the board his goals as Director of Development and stressed the important role that board members play in the success of UK Libraries development.

President Eli Capilouto joined the board for lunch in the Boone Center and afterwards thanked the board for their service to UK Libraries and reviewed his goals as president.

Gail Kennedy Will Begin Phased Retirement:

Gail Kennedy will begin phased retirement beginning July 1, 2012 when she begins a half-time assignment in Special Collections focusing on unique fine arts collections.

To facilitate a smooth transition in the Fine Arts Library, Gail will step down from her current position as Director of the Fine Arts Library on February 1, 2012. An internal search will be conducted for a Head of the Fine Arts Library.

Since 1974 Gail has helped lead UK Libraries from the era of manual typewriters and catalog cards to the current digital world of librarianship. She has been a positive force for change while always keeping the needs of library users in mind. She has serve as Head of Acquisitions, Head of Circulation, Assistant Director for Technical Services, Associate Director of Libraries, Director of Branch Libraries, and Director of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library

In every position Gail Kennedy has been innovative and a mentor and role model for generations of librarians. Beyond her specific library positions Gail found time to serve as adjunct faculty in the UK School of Library and Information Science for nearly ten years teaching cataloging, Library Networks, and Technical Services.

Gail has taught UK101 for UK freshmen since 2008. She has served on the University Appeals Board and recently chaired the College of Fine Arts External Review Committee. Gail has held numerous posts in the American Library Association and served as President of the Library Leadership and Management Association. She served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) during a crucial time of development for online cataloging.

In 1991 Gail was recognized as the Outstanding Academic Librarian of the Year by the Kentucky Library Association. This year she received the Outstanding Alumna award from UK’s School of Library and Information Science.

We appreciate Gail’s contributions during her career at UK and are pleased that she will continue half-time during her phased retirement in this important assignment.

UK Libraries Well Represented in Presidents Report to the Board:

Each meeting of the UK Board of Trustees, President Capilouto highlights recent accomplishments within the university. This week the President’s Report contained nine items that described initiatives and activities within UK Libraries and accomplishments by UK faculty and staff.

Year of China:

In a recent press release, Whitney Hale focused on how UK’s Year of China initiative sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences relies on campus collaboration including UK Libraries:

UK Libraries Director of International Programs Toni Greider began seriously thinking about the Year of China last April when she had two visiting Chinese scholars in the library. UK Libraries serve the entire campus and has a unique opportunity to collaborate, said Greider.

UK subject librarians work closely with their respective units, University Archives preserves the campus history and the William T. Young Library provides a space for interaction by faculty and students from all areas of campus.

"This was an initiative that was a good match for what we have to offer," she said. "What makes it unique is the blending of classes focusing on China along with cultural events and public venues. This blending of the academic with the extracurricular makes these types of initiatives more integrated into the campus community."

UK Libraries has quite an ambitious Year of China agenda, from exhibits of Chinese literature, instruments and video, to presentations on Chinese medicine and an electronic research guide for beginning research on China.

The entire press release can be found here:

Thanks to Whitney Hale, Judy Sackett, and Lewis Warden for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekly Review

Presidential Investiture:

I want to thank all UK Libraries faculty and staff who participated in the investiture activities this week. Several faculty marched in academic regalia for the investiture and many other faculty and staff attended the event.

On Wednesday morning President Eli Capilouto and Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto were joined by over fifty family members and close friends for a tour of the William T. Young Library. Several UK Libraries faculty and staff were present to greet the group. After a brief orientation near the tapestry which included a welcome by former President Charles Wethington, our guests were divided into two groups led by Stacey Greenwell and Shawn Livingston.

Map Cataloging Project Completed:

UK Libraries faculty and staff in Collections and Technical Services (CTS) work hard to provide access to our collections. These are often very large projects that require skill, creativity, and persistence.

October 6, 2011 saw the completion of a map cataloging project that started nine years ago. Beginning in 2002, Mary Spencer, Geological Sciences Academic Liaison, identified and sent over 15,000 shelf list cards for geology maps to OCLC for retrospective conversion. OCLC found records for nearly 12,500 of the maps. In 2004, Gwen Curtis, Maps Selector and Cataloger, took over the project. Gwen solved the problems that were left over from OCLC’s work and cataloged the remaining 3,272 maps. Records for UK Libraries’ state, national, and international geologic map resources are now available to researchers via WorldCat.

White House Calligrapher:

Rick Paulus, former chief calligrapher of the White House and protocol officer for the U.S. Department of State, spoke Friday on the role the beautifully designed, hand-created graphics played at America’s Executive Mansion. "From the White House to the Sea," was sponsored by the King Library Press and UK Libraries.

Paulus also conducted a workshop during his visit. The King Library Press is devoted to the tradition of fine printing and produces books and broadsides. Recent publications available from KLP include a portfolio of five poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry Vance, Necia Harkless's "Heart to Heart" and Abraham Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address."

Estate of Professor John Keller Donates Large Collection to UK Libraries:

UK Libraries received a major gift from the estate of Dr. John Esten Keller, professor emeritus in Hispanic Studies and medieval Spanish scholar. Professor Keller is credited with the establishment of UK’s Hispanic Studies Department in 1967 when he returned to UK from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill bringing six other professors and 25 graduate students with him. He became the Director of UK's College of Letters and Languages and chair of the Spanish and Italian Department. Over the years, this department has always been one of UK’s top programs and we are certainly fortunate to have had Professor Keller's leadership and now to have his important book collection as well.

Professor Keller was known as a medieval scholar and lectured in English and Spanish on the Canticles of Alfonso X, the Learned, a 13th century Spanish king at more than 60 institutions throughout the world. In 1985, King Juan Carlos conferred the Order of Alfonso X, one of Spain's oldest and prestigious awards, for his work on Spanish literature and culture. In addition, he served on the board of the Medieval Academy of America and served on the editorial board of its publication "Speculum." He served on the editorial board of the "Studies in Romance Languages", "Kentucky Romance Quarterly", and president of South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

The gift to UK Libraries exceeds 3,000 volumes and will contribute additional strength to the collections, particularly in the areas of history and Hispanic studies.

Information Literacy and QEP:

UK's Quality Enhancement Plan embraces the concepts of teaching information literacy skills and “interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning through collaboration.” Translated into a classroom experience, Instruction Librarians Debbie Sharp and Robert Shapiro recently developed and co-taught an information literacy instructional session for an undergraduate writing class.

In an excellent example of interdisciplinary collaboration, Robert, who normally teaches medical students, teamed with Debbie to teach research skills to students in English 205, Intermediate Writing: The Rhetoric(s) of Disease, in which students were asked to interpret, analyze, and evaluate the rhetorical strategies surrounding disease.

The cross-campus collaboration was a success on all accounts. Instructor Katherine Carpenter called the session "outstanding library instruction" and added, "The information and activities you provided were a tremendous help to my students and the reference guide is fantastic."

UK Libraries are committed to undergraduate education and look forward to more opportunities for successful collaborations.

East Meets West in The Hub:

This past Wednesday UK faculty, staff, and students along with UK’s Confucius Center staff and invited guests participated in the unveiling of the Chinese Cultural Exhibit located in Core 1 of The Hub in the William T. Young Library. The exhibit was made possible by a grant from Haban (The Office of the Chinese Language Council) in Beijing, China and is designed to introduce Chinese calligraphy, opera, music and other cultural arts from China to American students.

The exhibit contains two kiosks which provide interactive opportunities to be a Beijing Opera performer or to learn Chinese calligraphy as well as displays regarding Chinese cuisine and paper cutting along with a Chinese dynasty timeline. Following the dedication four Chinese visitors (three from University of Shanghai and one from the Haban Office in Detroit) toured Young Library.

Jen Bartlett, Head of Reference Services, worked with the Confucius Center in designing and installing the display. The exhibit will be in Core 1 for the remainder of the academic year. Special thanks to Jennifer Richmond for creating the Chinese Art Exhibit currently running on The Hub’s video windows.

Oral History Association Annual Meeting:

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History was well represented last week at the Oral History Association's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. The conference theme was “Memories of Conflict and Disaster: Oral History and the Politics of Truth, Trauma, and Reconciliation." Dr. Doug Boyd served as the keynote speaker on Friday speaking about oral history in the digital age and the recent work of the Nunn Center. Doug and Sara Abdmishani Price taught a pre-conference workshop for 40 participants about digital preservation of oral history and they both served on the panel “From Combat to Kentucky: Student Veteran Oral History Project.” Sara also chaired the panel “Community, Conquest, and Childlessness: The Role of Oral History in Gambia's Past and Present” and served on the conference program committee as well.

Personnel Update:

Lyndsey Calico has been promoted from Library Technician to Library Technician Senior and starts her new position in Digital Scholarship, Collections and Technical Services, October 24. Lyndsey, who has a Master's in Library & Information Science from UK, has been with UK Libraries since 2006.

Jennifer Richmond has resigned her position in The Hub to accept the Library Technician position in Cataloging and Metadata, Collections and Technical Services Division. Jennifer has been with UK Libraries since 2007 and will begin her new position on November 7.

Open Access Week October 24 – 30, 2011:

• A global event, now in its 5th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Thanks to Kerri Scannell Baunach, Lyndsey Calico, Gwen Curtis, Toni Greider, Judy Fugate, Judy Sackett, and Debbie Sharp for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekly Review

Lexington Bungalows Featured:

Dr. James D. Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books, has a new article in the fall 2011 issue of American Bungalow entitled; “The Bungalow Charm of Lexington, Ky.” The article notes that “From horse farms to family homes, bungalow style is a perfect match to Lexington’s longstanding air of Southern hospitality.”

Dr. Birchfield is also the author of, Clay Lancaster's Kentucky: Architectural Photographs of a Preservation Pioneer (University Press of Kentucky, 2007)

Toni Greider Named Chair of Education Abroad Committee:

UK Libraries Director of International Programs Toni Greider has been named chair the Education Abroad committee of the UK International Advisory Council. The committee has an ambitious agenda that includes not only management of travel to State Department-warning countries but also new models for operating education-abroad programs. The committee seeks to gain open faculty input.

In making the appointment Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost for International Programs, noted Toni’s “experience and commitment” to international programs and her “recognized leadership role.”

Information Literacy Update:

This is the first of regular updates from UK Libraries Information Literacy Committee comprised of Debbie Sharp, Chair, Valerie Perry, Sara Abdmishani Price, Sarah Vaughn, and Chris Worland.

Creating re-usable content is invaluable when all of us are so busy. Chris Worland recently took an idea adapted from one of last May's LOEX presentations and turned it into a creative and engaging Prezi. LOEX (referred to by its acronym because its original name lost all meaning a long time ago) is the premier conference for instruction librarians.

Chris took the idea from "Gun Control is Not a Research Question" by Beverly Kutz at UT-Chattanooga and turned it into a creative and engaging Prezi. Sue Smith and Kathryne LeFevre saw it and immediately realized the potential and re-usability. Chris re-worked the content with their assistance and created a Prezi they used for their freshman civil engineering class.

See them for yourself:

This is an excellent example of collaboration between information literacy services and academic liaisons. It also enables us to deliver consistent content across disciplines. And oh, by the way, Chris shared his Prezi with Beverly Kutz. She was so pleased with it that she said she would now use his Prezi in her presentations. Collaboration goes full circle.

Great Lakes eSummit:

Esta Day, technician in the Electronic Resources Unit, attended the Great Lakes eSummit October 9-11. The conference focused on strategies for resolving e-resource access issues and sought to foster collaboration between information professionals. Sessions were conducted in a “workshop format” which combined group discussion of issues with presentations from regional experts. Attendees included a diverse mix of librarians from public, health and academic libraries and a number of publisher and vendor representatives.

Thanks to Kate Seago, Deirdre Scaggs, and Debbie Sharp for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Review

Kentucky Library Association Fall Meeting:

UK Libraries was well-represented at the September 28 - October 1 Kentucky Library Association/Kentucky School Media Association Joint Conference in Louisville. Terri Brown and Jen Bartlett presented a session on the importance of Circulation and Reference services working together efficiently. Reinette Jones joined with Kelli Scott of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library on a program describing how their libraries partnered on an oral history/community history project. Jason Keinsley spoke on the considerable issues Library Technologies has successfully dealt with in upgrading 700 computers, 100 printers, and associated software - all in one calendar year. Additionally, Peter Hesseldenz, Business Librarian, gave a poster session reporting his exploration of a fee-based service for business information.

A highlight of the conference was a session titled "KLA Speed Geek", facilitated by Beth Kraemer, featuring informal and interactive demonstrations of numerous electronic projects similar to the session experienced at UK Libraries’ fall faculty retreat. Those participating, some on multiple demos, included Julene Jones, Kathryn Lybarger, Kelly Vickery, Jen Bartlett, Carla Cantagallo, Jason Keinsley, Beth Kraemer, Laura Davison, Mary Congleton, Peter Hesseldenz, Susan Foster-Harper, Tag Heister, Rick Brewer, Sara Abdmishani Price, Doug Boyd, and Katie Henningsen.

Medical Center Library Receives Health Literacy Grant:

MCL has received a $25,000 grant to support "Kentucky Health Literacy for the Community." The grant runs through August 31, 2012. Funds will be used to purchase iPads and small projectors for training. The grant will also cover a percentage of Jane Bryant’s (Health Literacy Librarian) time and her travel to four partner sites in Rockcastle County, Calloway County, Jefferson County, and Fayette County.

Mary Molinaro Named to Library of Congress Steering Committee:

Associate Dean for Library Technologies Mary Molinaro has been appointed a member of the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Initiative Steering Committee for the Library of Congress. LC officials noted that they hope to draw upon Mary’s “experience and insight as the Library of Congress moves forward with this nationwide effort to promote digital preservation.”

The mission of DPOE is to foster national outreach and education to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content, building on a collaborative network of instructors, contributors, and institutional partners.

Thanks to Judy Sackett and Janet Stith for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Libraries Receives IMLS Grant for Advancing Digital Resources:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)announced this week a $195,853 grant to UK Libraries. UK Library Technologies and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History have created an Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool that allows users to search more easily for specific terms within recorded interviews, and to go to the place in the interview where these terms occur.

The project team which includes Mary Molinaro, Eric Weig and Doug Boyd, will further develop OHMS into an open-source software tool that will develop compatibility with open source content management systems such as OMEKA and KORA, and larger scale commercial systems such as CONTENTdm.

The team will work directly with multiple institutions including Michigan State University, Baylor University, Oklahoma State University and Cleveland State University that employ different content management systems in order to test the different layers of compatibility with OHMS. This tool will enable a wide variety of libraries and archives to enrich the use of digital oral history collections. The project team also will produce multimedia tutorials on the use, installation, and deployment of the OHMS tool.

Bequest Received From Former Librarian Cheryl Jones:

Many of us fondly remember Cheryl Jones, who joined UK Libraries in 1975 as Public Services Librarian in the Law Library, where she worked for the majority of her career, and served as Interim Director on more than one occasion. Later she transferred to Special Collections, where she worked until her retirement in January 2001. Cheryl became interested in preservation and did an internship in Book Preservation at the Yale University Library while on sabbatical in 1982, later serving on and chairing the Preservation Committee in its early days.

Cheryl died this past July and we recently learned that she left a bequest to UK Libraries that has been placed in the Enrichment Fund.

Personnel Changes:

Zachary Hays has been hired for the Inter-Library Loan Technician position in the Medical Center Library.
He has worked as a student assistant in the MCL since 2009 and last year was honored as one of UK Libraries' student assistants of the year. Zach is completing a Sociology degree at UK. He will transfer to his regular staff position on October 10.

Carrie Wallis, Library Technician Senior in Special Formats, Collections and Technical Services Division, has resigned her position. Carrie has been employed with UK Libraries since March 2008 and her last day will be October 7. We thank her for her good work and many contributions to the Little Fine Arts Library and to Special Collections.

Mike Howard in Facilities has given notice of his retirement, after 29 years of service to UK. Before joining UK Libraries 18 years ago, Mike worked in UK Stores and the UK Bookstore. His last day will be January 3, 2012.

As previously announced, we also say good-bye next week to Kathy Franklin who is retiring, and to Cheri Daniels, who is going to the Kentucky Historical Society.

Best wishes and congratulations to you all!

Provost Will Meet with UK Libraries Executive Committee on October 5:

Provost Subbaswamy will join the Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 5 for a lunch meeting in Young Library to discuss UK Libraries initiatives.

UK Archives YouTube Channel:

UK Archives has digitized another historical film, this one featuring President Frank Dickey and offering a glimpse of UK during the late 50’ss and early 60’s:

All of the historical films can be found on UK Archives’ YouTube Channel:

The films were digitized by the MediaPreserve at Preservation Technologies.

Fayette County UK Alumni Club Big Blue Basketball Tip-Off Will Feature Doug Boyd:

UK alumni and friends will tip-off the 2011-12 basketball season with Coach Matthew Mitchell and a trip down Wildcat Memory Lane with Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. The October 6 event will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in the King Alumni House. Guests will enjoy a special Big Blue Archive video presentation featuring Kentucky greats including Coach Adolph Rupp, Bill Keightly and Claude Sullivan. Coach Mitchell will get the evening started with updates on UK Hoops!

Cost is $20 for a UK Alumni Association member and $25 for a nonmember and includes admission to the event, hors d'oevres and a chance to win two lower arena UNC vs. UK men's basketball tickets.

Open Access:

Mary Beth Thomson and Terry Birdwhistell met recently with the University Senate Council to discuss promoting open access at UK. This issue will also be the on the agenda of an upcoming Senate Library Committee to discuss a process for campus-wide conversations regarding the move towards open access. Last week Princeton University made a bold move towards open access by requiring their faculty not to give up copyright to publishers. The entire story can be found in the Chronicle:

Thanks to Mary Molinaro, Judy Sackett, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekly Review

Bartlett Named Editor:

Jennifer Bartlett has been named the new column editor of “New and Noteworthy,” a professional reading column for the national journal Library Leadership & Management, the official journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).

LL&M focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries.

Tag Heister Contributes to College of Medicine Curricular Reform:

The College of Medicine Curriculum Committee is proceeding with a curricular revision design process. The Dean of Medicine has implemented a three-tiered planning structure which will involve students, faculty, and Dean's office personnel.

Tag has been selected to serve on the Pre-Clerkship Prep Committee by Dean of Medicine Fred de Beer, citing Tag’s “expertise and commitment to…medical education.

Cheri Daniels Accepts Position at KHS Library:

Cheri Daniels, Senior Library Technician in Inter-Library Loans will become Senior Librarian/ Reference Specialist at the Kentucky Historical Society. Cheri completed both her Bachelor's in History and her Master's in Library and Information Science at UK while employed full-time, utilizing the Employee Education Program. She joined UK Libraries as a Library Technician in 2000 and was promoted to her current position in 2006. Cheri's last day at UK will be October 3.

We thank Cheri for her many contributions to ILL and UK Libraries and wish her much success in her future endeavors.

Andrew McGraw Accepts Senior Tech Position in Archives:

Andrew McGraw, who has worked as a temporary Project Archivist in the Archives since 2009, has accepted a Senior Tech position in Special Collections. In addition to a Bachelor's in History from Earlham College and a Master's in Library and Information Science from UK, Andrew also has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh. His first day in his new position will be Monday, September 26. Congratulations, Andrew!

Ralph Barker Richlawn Farm Film Now Available at Curiosities & Wonders:

The Ralph Barker, Richlawn Farm Film Collection, ca. 1935-1964 consists of 121 films; 47, 8mm films and 74, 16mm films. The bulk of the collection is amateur home and vacation movies in color and black and white; there are also two Castle Films News Parade reels. The amateur films document the family life of Ralph M. Barker, his friends, and family on Richlawn farm in Carrollton, Kentucky. Common scenes include: Mr. Barker and his dogs; visiting friends; scenes around the home; floods and high water; the Kentucky River and river transportation; Easter activities; Christmas scenes; farm work and activities; setting tobacco; Birthday parties; and Fourth of July celebrations.

The films also document Cincinnati Reds baseball games, Florida training sessions and other baseball games and players including: The 1939 World Series; Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh; Boston Bees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1940; the Yankees and Cardinals in 1940; Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer, Don Lang, Whitey Moore (Lloyd Albert Moore), and others.

Curiosities and Wonders is a blog that brings news and interesting items from the UK Archives and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

Thanks to Stacey Greenwell, Judy Sackett, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Review

Ag Roundup 2011:

The Agricultural Information Center showcased their new AIC website and Research Guides at Ag Roundup during September 7-10. This is the major College of Agriculture outreach event held each year and is an excellent opportunity for the AIC to reach nearly 3000 persons. Attendees during the 4 day event included:

• 800 staff from throughout the state for Staff Appreciation Day
• 500 Rotarians & LFUCG Officials and 200 high school student recruits for Rotary Day
• 600 attendees for the campus Student/Faculty/Staff Picnic
• 175 State Legislators, Farm Bureau Officials, Ag Development Board members, and Tobacco Task Force members for Ag Leadership Day
• 700 alumni for department reunions and the closing Roundup festivities before kickoff on Saturday

The AIC exhibit was created by Stephanie Warden (AIC Graduate Intern), Brandon Daniels (Engineering Library STEPS employee), and Simone Heath (AIC Student Worker). Exhibit staffing included Amelie Charron, Stephanie Warden and Valerie Perry.

Flags in William T. Young Library Atrium:

The international flags in the William T. Young Library atrium not only add color to the area but they also support the Nation of Nations exhibit. The flags on display are from countries that have one of the languages represented in Nation of Nations as their national language. If you want to test your knowledge, you can pick up a quiz at the security desk to see if you can match the language and the country.

This display was weeks in the making and a team effort. Rick Garrett designed the flag holders and Scott Swift, Curt Miller and Mike Howard put up the flags. Palmer Grigsby, a student from Circulation, spent an afternoon steaming the flags with a steamer provided by Sherree Osborne. Gail Kennedy assisted in choosing the flags.

Stephanie Aken Honored by Academy of Health Information Professionals:

Stephanie Aken, Electronic Resources Coordinator in Collections and Technical Services, has been approved for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Distinguished Level. The Academy of Health Information Professionals is MLA's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition credentialing program.

AHIP promotes lifelong learning and exemplary professional performance by recognizing achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession. The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in tht field of health care information and must be renewed every five years.

Kopana Terry Presented at 6th National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) Annual Meeting:

In late August Mary Molinaro and Kopana Terry attended the 6th National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) annual partners meeting held at the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the Library of Congress. University of Kentucky Libraries was one of the first six participating institutions with NDNP and is the only one of those six institutions that received continuing funding. During this last phase of UK’s NDNP participation, UK Libraries will be turning the successful Meta Morphosis Institute into an online learning environment for anyone to use.

At the partners meeting Kopana Terry, Program Manager for UK Libraries National Digital Newspaper Program (KY-NDNP) in Digital Library Services, gave two presentations – one on the workflow that we have used and how that has changed over time and the other on the new learning environment. There was also an iArchives User group meeting held in conjunction with the NDNP meeting and Kopana did a presentation to that group about the Newspaper Evaluation Database (NED) that we developed.

UK Libraries Benefits from Highly Qualified, Hard Working Staff:

UK Libraries’ success is made possible in large part by the skill and creativity of 56 Library Technicians and Library Senior Technicians.

Among the 25 Library Technicians, all exceed minimum requirements of an AA degree plus 1 year of related experience. Fourteen of the 25 hold Bachelor’s degrees and an additional 7 have Master’s degrees in various fields. They have a combined 423 years of experience with an average of almost 17 years each.

All Senior Library Technicians also exceed the minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s degree plus two years related experience. Thirteen senior technicians hold Master’s degrees and the group has an average 20 years experience working in libraries.

Thank you!

Mary Molinaro Selected by Library of Congress to Provide Digital Preservation Instruction:

The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program at the Library of Congress will hold its first invitation only national train-the-trainer workshop on September 20-23, 2011, in Washington, DC. The DPOE Baseline Workshop will produce a corps of trainers who are equipped to teach others, in their home regions across the U.S., the basic principles and practices of preserving digital materials. Examples of such materials include websites; emails; digital photos, music, and videos; and official records.

The 24 students in the workshop (first in a projected series) are professionals from a variety of backgrounds who were selected from a nationwide applicant pool to represent their home regions, and who have at least some familiarity with community-based training and with digital preservation. Molinaro, Associate Dean of Library Technologies, will serve as one of six instructors.

The intent of the workshop is to share high-quality training in digital preservation, based upon a standardized set of core principles, across the nation. In time, the goal is to make the training available and affordable to virtually any interested organization or individual.

State of the University Address September 26:

Please join University of Kentucky
President Eli I. Capilouto
Student Government President
Micah Fielden
for the
State of the University Address
Monday, September 26, 2011
12:30 p.m.
Patterson Office Tower Plaza

Rain Location – Main Building Lexmark Room
**A free lunch will be served in the Patterson Office Tower Plaza beginning at Noon

Thanks to Stacey Greenwell, Toni Greider, Mary Molinaro, and Judy Sackett for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries