Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekly Review

Mary Molinaro on Panel with NEH Chairman:

Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities visited UK and Lexington this week. During a panel discussion on civil discourse with Chairman Leach in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, Mary Molinaro spoke about the importance of libraries in providing information to citizens so that they can make more informed decisions.

Grants from NEH over the past twenty years have been very important to the growth and development of UK Libraries. An NEH challenge grant in the late 1980s to “Pack the Stacks” and build our collections began the fundraising efforts that ultimately resulted in the new William T. Young Library and the Young Endowment.

More recently NEH grants have provided the necessary funds for UK Libraries to begin digitizing Kentucky’s historic newspapers.

Chinese Librarians Have Busy First Week at UK Libraries:

Dr. Pi Jiezheng and Mr. Kou Yuantao, visiting scholars from China’s National Agricultural Library, completed a busy first week of activities with UK Libraries. If you have not met Pi and Kou I hope you will take the opportunity during their visit. Thanks to Toni Greider for arranging and coordinating the visit.

Clements Fellow Featured at RCTF Celebration:

Mark Wetherington, the Earle C. Clements Graduate Fellow in Special Collections discussed his work at a recent celebration of the Research Challenge Trust Fund RCTF). RCTF allowed UK to match private gifts with state funds to create endowed chairs, professorships, and graduate fellowships. The Clements Fellowship was made possible by a gift from Bess and Tyler Abell. Bess, a UK graduate and daughter of former Governor and United States Senator Earle C. Clements, lives in Potomac, Maryland and is also a member of UK Libraries National Advisory Board.

Richard Maiti To Begin New Assignment:

Richard Maiti, who joined UK Libraries in November 2010, has accepted a new Server Administrator/Programmer I position with Digital Library Services in Library Technologies. He will begin his new assignment on May 1.

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