Sunday, February 27, 2011

UK Libraries National Advisory Board Annual Dinner Meeting

SAVE THE DATE! April 13. Annual Dinner Meeting of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board. Soon to be announced featured speaker and the awarding of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Review

Gail Kennedy Named SLIS Outstanding Alumna:

Gail Kennedy, Director of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, will receive the 2011 School of Library and Information Science Outstanding Alumna Award. It will be presented during the SLIS alumni and awards banquet, to be held Friday, April 29. Gail was nominated by Professor Lois Chan, who wrote in her nominating letter: “In addition to her numerous important assignments in UK Libraries, Gail Kennedy has an extensive record of university service, including adjunct faculty member to what was then the College of Library and Information Science, when she taught cataloging and classification, library networks, and technical services.

Nationally, she has been active in ALA’s Library Leadership and Management Association, and currently is President of LLAMA. She has served as Chair of the Resources Section of the Resources and Technical Services Division received the KLA Outstanding Academic Librarian of the Year Award and has been President of the Kentucky Library network.”

For additional information and to make a reservation for the April 29th awards dinner please visit:

UK Libraries Supports DanceBlue:

In a last-minute effort that was far beyond the typical laptop loan service, UK Libraries Audio-Visual Services provided laptops for students participating in the annual DanceBlue 24-hour dance marathon on February 18-19. The laptops allowed participants to connect with the outside world and share experiences from marathon. Nearly 700 dancers completed DanceBlue, and the sixth annual no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon raised $673,976.60 to benefit children with cancer and their families and cancer research.

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History Receives War on Poverty Oral History Transcription Grant:

This grant from the Kentucky Oral History Commission will fund transcriptions for the War on Poverty Oral History Project which helps document the War on Poverty in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Topics include the Appalachian Volunteers, Head Start programs, the Volunteers in Service to America, the Community Action Program, conflicts between natives and “outsiders” and charges that volunteers were spreading communism, among other things. The War on Poverty was an important period in Kentucky history and this project has effectively documented many different facets of that major economic and cultural initiative.

UK Libraries Help Host Chinese Students and Faculty:

This past Tuesday UK Librarians Carla Cantagallo and Toni Greider hosted a group of faculty and students from Yangzhou University for a tour of the William T. Young Library. The group is part of the Yangzhou University Art Troupe visiting Lexington to celebrate the Spring Festival, which is the end of the Chinese New Year. On Tuesday evening the group performed at the Lyric Theater and before the performance UK Libraries was thanked for providing the official university gift to the President of Yangzhou University, a hand printed page from a woodcut by Victor Hammer of Lao Tzu along with a verse from the poem Tao Te Ching. The gift was much appreciated by our Chinese visitors and after the performance Toni Greider was greeted by the student who expressed their appreciation for the tour and the time they spent in Young Library.

Nancy Lewis Leaving UK Libraries:

Nancy Lewis has resigned from her position of Database Integrity & Special Projects Coordinator in the Collections and Technical Services Division. She heads the Binding and Shelf Prep Unit as well as the Database Integrity/Special Projects Unit. Nancy has a long and successful record of planning, managing, and implementing major technical processing projects with the goal of providing users with accurate bibliographic records and holdings information for UK Libraries collections. She makes the process of keeping track of our nearly 4 million volumes invisible as materials are transferred from one location to another within UK Libraries as well as the Print Archives. We thank her for her 15 years of excellent work for UK Libraries. Nancy's last day will be May 9.

Kate Hesseldenz Begins New Position In Special Collections:

Kate Hesseldenz has accepted the position of Staff Support Associate II in Special Collections and began work February 28. Kate is not new to Special Collections, where she was an editor in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History since 2009 and, most recently, has been assisting with administrative duties for the division. She came to UK Libraries from the Kentucky Historical Society where she worked with education programs. Kate holds a B.A. in Art History from Indiana University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Denver. Welcome, Kate!

Hold the Phone for InfoKat:

Two new features Tari Keller has recently added to InfoKat for patrons with mobile phones are a mobile interface for searching the catalog, and QR codes for searching the stacks. Users wishing to run a quick search on InfoKat from their mobile devices may now use a mobile friendly interface for running quick keyword, title, journal, author or subject searches which provides functions and results formatted for handheld screens. Patrons may also use their mobile devices to check their accounts for convenient, quick renewals on items already charged out. For QR codes, if users are searching InfoKat on a computer and cannot find a pen, pencil or paper to scrawl the location and call number on, now when viewing a record of the desired item they can use their QR enabled mobile device to quickly pull that location and call number onto their mobile device from the computer's screen. They may now point, click and dash to the stacks to pull their desired research material.

Thanks to Kelly Vickery, Toni Greider, Judy Sackett, Doug Boyd, Stacey Greenwell and SLIS for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Alum and Oscar Winner Bub Asman Acknowledges Important Role of UK Libraries:

Kentucky native Bub Asman is a film editor and sound effects editor. He and his colleagues on Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) won the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, and were nominated the same year for Flags of Our Fathers. In a recent interview UK Public Relations Asman recalls the important role that UK Libraries played in his success:

"In college, I know it seemed like I was doing research all the time. It felt like I spent half my college career in the King Library researching papers and whatever subject matter I had to look up and sound effects is a lot about research."

The full story and video can be found here:

Recent Saving Stories Segment features Martin Luther King and Malcolm X:

In this special Black History Month installment of Saving Stories, Alan Lytle chats with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral Histories in the UK Libraries about its collection of interviews with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and their different approaches to Civil Rights. © Copyright 2011, wuky

Founders Day 2011 at UK: A Celebration of Faculty Achievements:

The Provost invites all faculty members to join the President and the deans in acknowledging the recipients of many university-wide awards. Please help us congratulate our colleagues on their achievements.

Time: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Recital Hall, Singletary Center for the Arts
Dress: Academic regalia encouraged, not required

A Reception will follow in the President’s Room of the Singletary Center

Research Challenge Trust Fund Celebration, March 30:

UK Development will sponsor an all-day celebration on March 30 to thank and recognize UK donors and members of the Kentucky General Assembly who have helped to make the Research Challenge Trust Fund so successful.

During the day guests will have an opportunity to visit various UK colleges to see first-hand how the RCTF is supporting UK research. UK Libraries benefits tremendously from RCTF funding including the Young Collections Endowment, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

SAVE THE DATE: UK Libraries National Advisory Board Annual Dinner April 13.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekly Review

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in planning a possible move of the Engineering Library into the Science Library. While the timing of the move remains unresolved, your willingness to plan contingencies and to always keep the best interest of UK Libraries users at the top of our agenda is appreciated very much.

UK Phonathon Records Set in 10/11 Fiscal Year:

During the 10/11 fiscal year, new all-time records were set in the following Colleges and Programs for dollars pledged in a phonathon in one fiscal year.
• College of Design $24,425
• College of Business and Economics $154,134
• College of Health Sciences $21,820
• UK Libraries $48,370
• College of Social Work $15,325

UK Libraries Annual Phonathon is an important part of our annual giving efforts. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year a record setting total!

University Press of Kentucky Publishes New Biography of UK President:

The University Press of Kentucky and UK Libraries Special Collections Cordially invite you to a reception in celebration of Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky
A Progressive President and the Modernization of a Southern University by Eric Moyen

Monday, February 21, 2011
2:30 pm
Main Building- Lexmark Room

Books available for review and purchase

Refreshments will be served

“Moyen succeeds well, positioning McVey as a significant historical figure not only within the University of Kentucky but also beyond his immediate institution and state as a leader among southern university presidents who was highly regarded nationwide.”—John Thelin, author of A History of American Higher Education

The University Press of Kentucky • 663 South Limestone • Lexington, KY 40508

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly Review

Canadian Collections Grant:

UK Libraries, through the services of Judy Fugate, has received a matching grant of approximately $4,800 to acquire library collections that support teaching and research in Canadian Studies. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade through the International Council for Canadian Studies will contribute half of the funds for the purchases of collections relating to the study of Canada and/or Canadian culture and published by Canadian publishers.

Chris Worland Joining Reference Services:

Beginning March 21, Chris Worland, Library Technician, will relocate to References Services within Academic Affairs and Research. Chris will assist with information literacy support and instruction. Information literacy is one of UK Libraries’ strategic goals and Chris will provide much needed support. Since 2002, Chris has been with Serials Acquisition within Collections and Technical Services.

International Professional Service Opportunities:

The Association of Research Libraries is seeking interested librarians to nominate to the Standing Committees of the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA). The deadline for submission of nominations is February 9. If you are interested, please contact Toni Greider by February 7. Committee members serve for five years and are expected to attend the annual conference.

Political Cartoon Exhibit Explores History via Satire:

Since the mid-19th century, political cartoonists have strived to inform, ridicule and, most importantly, induce a public reaction by shedding light on major social or political issues through cartoons. UK Libraries Public Policy Archives houses the political artwork of many 20th century cartoonists and pieces of the collection are part of an exhibition of political cartoons in UK Libraries Special Collections. The free public exhibit, which includes the work of the late political cartoonist and Kentuckian, Clifford Berryman, and his late son James Berryman, is on display in the King Building foyer through March 31. Jeff Suchanek, Lewis Warden, and Mark Wetherington curated the exhibit

Thanks to Jen Bartlett, Toni Greider, Whitney Hale, Beth Kraemer, Judy Sackett, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.