Friday, August 12, 2011

Adalin Wichman to Receive Kentucky Art’s Council Award:

This year’s recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, Adalin Wichman, has also won the Milner Award, the most prestigious of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This award is another well deserved honor for an outstanding artist, an exceptional citizen of the commonwealth, and a great friend of UK Libraries.


President Capilouto Says UK Play “Puts a Face on Humanity:”

UK President Eli Capilouto had some great things to say about the Monday's performance of "Civilian," the play based on the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History's From Combat to Kentucky Project. “President Capilouto — who attended Monday’s show at the Guignol Theater — called the production something that ‘reaches the soul of all of us.’”

The play will be performed in New York City beginning Sunday, August 14th as a part of the 15th Annual International Fringe Festival.

Demolition of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity House Near Young Library Begins:

 Prior to the dedication of the William T. Young Library, UK made an agreement with donor William T. Young that no new buildings would be constructed for 50 years on the land surrounding the library. Furthermore, as leases expired for the remaining fraternity houses on Woodland, UK would demolish them. This week, the last house began coming down. The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity first moved into their house in 1961. Constructed at a cost of $150, 000, the building contained space for 48 students and an apartment for a house mother.

We can enjoy the park-like setting Mr. Young envisioned for 37 more years!

Library Faculty Hold Annual Retreat:

UK Librarians spent a day together this week thinking and talking about the future. This year’s retreat at Lexington’s Signature Club featured “Two Minute Lighting Sparks” during which librarians introduced and explained new trends in discovering and accessing information in just two minutes. The afternoon featured a one-hour “Speed Geeks” during which major trends in the profession were presented as poster-like sessions at various tables.

University of Kentucky Press Director Stephen Wrinn gave the luncheon address focusing on the economics of academic publishing in a digital environment and the close partnerships needed between research libraries and university presses.

Special thanks to Laura Whayne, Beth Kraemer, and Robert Shapiro for their creative work in planning the retreat.

ASERL Civil War Initiative Update:

John Burger, Executive Director of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, issued an update on the association’s Civil War in the American South initiative. The portal, which went live this past spring, links digitized civil war holdings from among 22 of ASERL’s 38 libraries including UK Libraries.

• Nearly 9000 digitized items are available via the portal.

• The site has received nearly 4100 visits; most from Georgia, Florida and


• Most visitors arrive from a direct link to the site, not via search engines

• The site is a prominent “additional resource” link on Wikipedia's

"American Civil War" Webpage

Save These Dates:

• September 6: Nation of Nations Program in Young Library

• September 14: President Eli Capilouto visit with UK Libraries

• October 28: UK Libraries National Advisory Board meeting

• November 11: “Key to Unlocking Scholarship: Institutional Repositories”

Thanks to Judy Sackett for her contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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