Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly Review

Information Literacy Committee Appointed:

With the increasing importance of information literacy instruction and assessment, UK Libraries has established a permanent committee to help coordinate library instruction activities

The Information Literacy Committee is charged with coordinating the planning, development, and promotion of the UK Libraries information literacy program. The committee will:

• Lead development of instructional materials, activities, and classes which support information literacy competencies at all academic levels and in varying formats;

• Develop and implement information literacy training materials and activities for Library faculty and staff;

• Provide campus librarians and library staff with a forum to share information, ideas, techniques, and instructional materials;

• Coordinate assessment of library instruction throughout UK Libraries, including collecting data, organizing results, and developing reports; and

• Participate in the development of UK Libraries information literacy policies.

I am pleased to announce the members of the committee:

• Debbie Sharp, Chair

• Valerie Perry

• Sara Abdmishani Price

• Sarah Vaughn

• Chris Worland

ASERL Partners with Duke University as Host Organization:

For several months, members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) have been considering the benefits of locating ASERL’s office within a member library to provide staff with ongoing, day-to-day contact with the people and issues research libraries encounter. At their Spring 2011 Annual Meeting, ASERL’s Board and membership agreed to partner with Duke University (Durham, NC) to serve as ASERL’s new host organization. ASERL’s Executive Director will be located at Duke University effective July 1, 2011.

“ASERL continues to grow and provide tremendous benefits to its member libraries,” commented Sarah Michalak, ASERL Board President and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We believe moving ASERL’s staff inside a research library will greatly enhance our ability to provide pragmatic, innovative programming for the future.”

John Ulmschneider, ASERL’s Immediate Past President and University Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, added, “ASERL members are excited about this move, but also embrace our long-standing fruitful relationship with LYRASIS. SOLINET and LYRASIS have been key supporters of ASERL’s growth, and we look forward to new opportunities for partnering with LYRASIS in the future.”

Founded in 1956, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries is the largest regional academic library cooperative in the country, with 38 members in ten states. ASERL operates numerous projects designed to foster a high standard of library excellence through inter-institutional resource sharing and other collaborative efforts. By working together, ASERL members continue to provide and maintain top quality resources and services for the students, faculty, and citizens of their respective communities. More information about ASERL can be found at

New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation—Webcast Video Online

Watch this recent ARL webcast hosted by Tyler Walters of Virginia Tech, featuring a panel composed of Martha Anderson of the Library of Congress/NDIIPP, Jeremy York of HathiTrust, Oya Rieger of Cornell, and Trisha Cruse of the California Digital Library...

No Room for Books:

University of Denver's plan to remove 80 percent of volumes from its library upsets some professors and renews debate over how best to store and share information:

Congratulations to Recipients of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service:

Each year UK Libraries recognizes three staff members who have made exemplary contributions. This year’s recipients, Jeff Rion, Rick Garrett, and Kevin Campbell, represent the talent, creativity, and dedication that is essential to making UK Libraries successful. Thank you again for all that you do for UK Libraries!

Thanks to Stacey Greenwell for her contribution to the Weekly Review.

UK Libraries Weekly Review is also available as a blog:

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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