Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekly Review

Thank you President Todd and Welcome President Capilouto:

I want to take this opportunity to thank President Lee T. Todd for his support of UK Libraries over the past ten years. During President Todd’s tenure the Science Library opened, we celebrated Dr. Thomas D. Clark’s 100th birthday and UK’s 3 millionth volume, and we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the William T. Young Library, Also, President Todd featured several UK Libraries initiatives in his weekly radio broadcasts, UK Perspectives. Thank you Dr. Todd for your support of UK Libraries

We welcome President Eli Capilouto and wish him well as he begins this important chapter in his career and the University of Kentucky

Debbie Sharp Chosen to Participate in ACRL Program:

Debbie Sharp, Information Literacy Librarian, has been chosen to participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries Immersion ‘11 Assessment Track. ACRL noted that the “quality” of Debbie’s personal statement “in conjunction with evidence of strong institutional support distinguished your application.” ACRL's Immersion Program provides instruction librarians with the opportunity to work intensively on all aspects of information literacy.

Stacey Greenwell Receives Outstanding Division Member Award:

The Special Library Association’s Academic Division presented its first Outstanding Division Member Award to Stacey Greenwell at its national conference last month in Philadelphia. Stacey served as the Division’s first chair and was the person who initiated the creation of the Division in 2009. In addition to being a highly regarded member of the Division, she has served on the boards of both the Kentucky Chapter of SLA and the SLA Instructional Technology Division, as well as numerous other workgroups, committees, and commissions. She is an SLA Fellow and received the Lyrasis NextGen Librarian Award for Leadership in 2009 as well as the Dow Jones Leadership award last year.

In addition, SLA named the award in Stacey’s honor and will be known as the Stacey Greenwell Outstanding Division Member Award.

Mary Molinaro Named Co-Chair of ASERL Group:

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Board has named Mary Molinaro the next co-chair of ASERL’s IT/Digitization Initiatives Interest Group (ITDIIG) for a two year term. Jason Battles, University of Alabama, will serve as the other co-chair.

Established in 2009, the ASERL Information Technology and Digital Initiatives Interest Group (ITDIIG) is charged with exploring cooperative ventures between member libraries and to implement mechanisms for sharing knowledge and best professional practices in the fields of library information technology and digital libraries and archives. The ASERL ITDIIG will identify areas of interest for research and exploration, investigate potential collaborative/cooperative ventures based on that research, and periodically recommend specific ventures to ASERL’s leadership for implementation.

Keeneland Partnership Continues:

UK Libraries’ partnership with Keeneland began its second year today. Becky Ryder is assigned to the Keeneland Library for another year where she will direct several important initiatives. We continue to seek private funds to establish an ongoing partnership in which UK Libraries manages the Keeneland Library as a major component of our Special Collections.

I hope that everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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