Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Librarians Attend Conferences:

Several UK Librarians attended the 2011 Joint Spring Conference of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) Academic Library Section, the KLA Special Library Section, and the Special Library Association Kentucky Chapter held this week at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Kickin’ It Up A Notch: Improving Our Professional Image.”  Jennifer Bartlett, Head of Reference Services in the William T. Young Library spoke at the conference on the topic, “’But You’re Not REAL Faculty!’: The Issue of Librarian Image on the College Campus.”

Meanwhile, librarians from the Medical Center Library participated in the 2011 Keeneland Conference sponsored by UK’s Center for Public Health Systems & Services Research (CPHSSR).  MCL prepared an exhibit highlighting their services for the over 300 attendees from across the United States.

It was announced during the conference that the UK College of Public Health will be the new National Coordinating Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research.  The announcement was made by Debra Perez, Senior Program Officer in Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Historical Marker Dedicated:

On Monday UK dedicated its 17th historical marker in memory of Thomas Hunt Morgan, an 1886 UK graduate and pioneering geneticist who discovered the basic mechanisms of heredity and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933. 

Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for Special Collections, serves on the historical marker committee and spoke at the marker dedication ceremony.  Faculty and staff in the Archives suggest marker topics and provide the historical research for the text of each marker.

New U of L Dean Will Visit UK on May 25:

Bob Fox, the new Dean of Libraries at the University of Louisville will be here on Monday, April 25th.  He will attend the UK Libraries Faculty meeting that afternoon which will be followed by a reception in his honor.

UK Libraries National Advisory Board Annual Dinner:

Over 100 friends of UK Libraries attended the National Advisory Board’s Annual Dinner on Thursday at the Signature Club.  Provost Kumble Subbaswamy attended and spoke to the group.  The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement was presented to Adalin Wichman.  Gail Kennedy presented an overview of her life and career and Doug Boyd produced a brief video interview with Ms. Wichman. 

The featured speaker, Dr. Eric Moyen, discussed his new biography of UK’s third president, Frank L. McVey, with particular focus on President McVey’s efforts in building the Margaret I. King Library during the Great Depression.

Gail Hart completed her two-year term as president of the Advisory Board.  Brenda Lampton is the new Advisory Board president and Harvie Wilkinson is vice-president.


Tribute to President Todd:

The Student Government Association paid tribute to President and Mrs. Todd at a ceremony this past Tuesday in the Main Building.  I was asked to provide an overview of the Todd administration.  If you missed it and are interested here is the link:

Thanks to Janet Stith for her contribution to the Weekly Review.


Terry Birdwhistell

Dean of Libraries


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