Saturday, July 30, 2011

Digital Newspaper Initiative Receives NEH Grant:

UK Libraries has been awarded a unique fourth award in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) that funds digitizing of Kentucky’s historic newspapers. The $175,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow Program Manager Kopana Terry to create the highly successful film-to-digital institute – meta
morphosis – as an online series of learning tutorials for NDNP recipients across the United States. UK Libraries was the only original (of six) NDNP participant to receive a fourth award.

The National Digital Newspaper Program is a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gift Will Help Provide Access to Women’s Collections:

A recent gift from former UK Professors Carolyn Bratt and Susan Scollay will allow UK Libraries Special Collections to make a large amount of archival materials available to researchers. Specifically, UK archivist will use the gift to arrange, describe, and, when appropriate, digitize collections relating to the UK Senate Council Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women. The committee’s original report issued in 1990 and the ten-year update in 2001 addressed critical gender equity issues at the University of Kentucky. Professor Bratt chaired the original committee and Dr. Scollay chaired the committee for the ten-year update.

Professor Bratt was the W.L. Matthews Professor of Law and the Executive Associate Dean at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she taught for 33 years.

Dr. Scollay's career as a professional educator spanned service as a faculty member at several different colleges and universities, including 15 years as an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky with joint appointments in the Departments of Educational Leadership Studies and Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation.

Following their retirement from UK, Professors Bratt and Scollay began life as sailors on their boat Sojourner’s. You can follow their adventures here:


Thank you Carolyn and Susan! Wishing you smooth sailing.

Novelist Francine Prose to Headline Women Writers Event:

Bestselling novelist Francine Prose will be the featured keynote speaker at the 33rd annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference this September. As the headliner of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Prose has handpicked fiction writer Danzy Senna to join her for the conference's Hardwick/Jones Reading, a mentor/mentee keynote address, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall.

The free public reading is modeled after the influential relationship between writers and Lexington natives Elizabeth Hardwick and Gayl Jones. The Hardwick/Jones Reading honors the roles of influence, mentoring and friendship in women writers’ lives. The premier event, co-sponsored by University of Kentucky Libraries, brings a renowned established writer into conversation with the emerging writer of her choice.

Registration for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is September 15-18 and information on these authors is available on the conference website. For more information on any of these events, contact Julie Wrinn, conference director, at (859) 257-2874.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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