Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekly Review

Grant Supports Expansion of Asian Studies Collection:

Thanks to the efforts of UK Librarians Kazuko Hioki and Gordon Hogg and Doug Slaymaker in Japan Studies, The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources has awarded UK Libraries a Multi-Volume Sets (MVS) grant for 2010-11. The award, one of ten MVS grants awarded to U.S. institutions this year, allows UK Libraries to acquire Raiburari, Nihonjin no Furansu Taike, an important multi-volume resource for students and researchers working in Japanese Studies. This new resource is expected to be added to UK Libraries by July 1.

Through grant programs and by working with collaborating organizations in North America, Japan, and elsewhere, the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources works to expand and improve access among North American library collections to library resources dealing with Japan.

UK Libraries National Advisory Board Annual Dinner:

April 13, 2011
The Signature Club
Featured Speaker, Dr. Eric Moyen, Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky: A Progressive President and the Modernization of a Southern University

Presentation of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement to Adalin Wichman

For reservations please contact Sherree Osborne, (859) 257-0500, 2158

Troy Martin Receives “Make the Difference” Award:

Since 2004 UK has recognized employees who suggest new and better approaches to completing work tasks and solving work related problems. Earlier this month UK recognized Troy Martin who handles UK Libraries payroll for his suggestion regarding the payroll process.

Troy submitted a suggestion to lock out multiple cells in the timesheet spreadsheet so that the formulas could not be edited. This would prevent errors and mistakes if a user accidentally entered a number in those cells. He also suggested they put the time stamp on the timesheet so one could tell which version was the latest if you received multiple copies.

Stephen Sizemore, UK Libraries Budget Officer and Troy’s supervisor, noted, “This is just another example of how Troy continues to try different ways to improve the payroll process and help UK Libraries improve efficiencies.”

Remembering Margaret Isadora King:

During women’s history month I encourage you to consider the contributions of Margaret Isadora King (1879-1966) to the University of Kentucky. She graduated from UK in 1898 as salutatorian of her class and became UK’s first librarian in 1912. King received a B.S. degree in librarianship from Columbia University in 1929. She served as president of the Kentucky Library Association (1926-27) and as a member of the board of trustees of the Lexington Public Library. King was a part-time instructor in both library science and English at UK.

In June 1948, the main UK Library building was named in her honor. The Margaret I. King Building is now home to both Special Collections and the Science Library. King retired as librarian on September 1, 1949.

State of the Libraries, 2011:

I presented the “State of the UK Libraries” to the University Senate this past Monday. I have placed the PowerPoint presentation on SharePoint (Office of the Dean, State of the Libraries) and will discuss the document at next week’s faculty meeting. I am also sending copies of the presentation to UK Libraries National Advisory Board.

Major Changes to UK Undergraduate Education Underway:

In a very informative video,, Provost Kumble Subbaswamy discusses the importance of recent changes in UK’s general education program. He also encourages the campus to get involved in developing a name for these critically important reforms in undergraduate education.

UK Libraries continues to be integrally involved in the reform process as we look to improve library service and instruction to UK undergraduates.

Special Collections announces upcoming exhibit opening:

'Our only hope was in Kentucky': The Civil War Sesquicentennial

Exhibit Opening

& Lecture

“The Civil War in Black and White”

Rynetta Davis

Department of English

21 April 2011, 4:00 p.m.

Margaret I. King Building, Special Collections

RSVP by Friday, 15 April 2011

859.257.1742 or

Reception and exhibition viewing to follow

Thanks to Heath Martin and Stephen Sizemore for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell

Dean of Libraries

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