Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Libraries Cultural Diversity Events:

UK Libraries celebrates cultural diversity on campus by offering a number of displays and exhibits in several libraries. In William T. Young Library two displays are presented in the Hub.

A Century of African American Photographs 1880s-1980s on the video windows

The World@UK Libraries, a PowerPoint presentation of the cultural diverse resources both created and offered by UK Libraries. This presentation runs continuously on the monitor in Core 4

Other UK Library exhibits include:

• The Cultural Diversity of Special Collections in the lobby of the Margaret I. King Building

• Promoting Health Literacy Locally and Globally in display cases outside the Medical Center Library

• Asian Arts and Performance lobby of the Little Fine Arts Library beginning on March 7th

• On March 18th, an exhibit opens in the Art Museum of French and American World War I posters from the Special Collections Library. This exhibit will run through May 8th and is sponsored jointly with the UK English Department and the Art Museum

Work of English Romantics Exhibit at UK Libraries:

The Special Collections Library holds one of the world's most distinguished collections of original letters from the early English Romantics and they are currently being displayed for the public. From now through the month of March visitors can view some of the original work from the foremost British writers of the 19th century. The free exhibition, "The English Romantics in First Editions and Manuscripts: An Exhibition," is being displayed in the Great Hall of the Special Collections Library located on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Building.

This new exhibit, prepared by Dr. James D. Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books, showcases original manuscripts and first editions of various English Romantic writers. Included are Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelly, Maria Edgeworth, and others.

The pieces featured in "The English Romantics in First Editions and Manuscripts" were a gift from W. Hugh Peal, a 1922 graduate of the UK's School of Business (now part of the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics). Peal worked under UK’s first librarian, Margaret I. King, as a student and went on to become one of Kentucky's first Rhodes Scholars at England's Oxford University. He then practiced law in New York.

Peal donated his important collection to the UK Libraries in 1982. An endowment funds occasional additions to the W. Hugh Peal Collection.

The entire press release can be found at:

Mary Molinaro Invited to National Digital Library Session at Harvard:

At a meeting this week at Harvard University Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, and other digital library leaders from across the United States explored best practices for capturing published and archival collections into a National Digital Library.

Historic newspaper collections will be an important part of any National Digital Library and UK Libraries has been a national leader in newspaper digitization.

Mary notes that the Kentuckiana Digital Library, administered by UK Libraries, will provide an excellent framework for how Kentucky and other states can best organize their collections for inclusion into a National Digital Library.

Below are links to additional information regarding the need for a National Digital Library:

Thanks to for their Whitney Hale and Toni Greider for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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