Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Librarians Showcase Services to Graduate Students:

Teaching Assistant Orientation

UK Libraries was represented at the orientation for 415 new graduate teaching assistants held August 15-16. Presentations on a variety of library services important to graduate students included: Special Collections; Academic Liaisons; Interlibrary Loan, Book Express, and the Center for Research Libraries; Information Literacy Instruction and Research Guides; EndNote Training; and Academic Integrity.

Thanks to Jen Bartlett, Heath Martin, Shawn Livingston, Cheri Daniels, Debbie Sharp, Brad Carrington, Frank Davis, Valerie Perry, and Judy Prats, Director of the Writing Center, for joining together to make this a successful event. Thanks also to Jennifer Richmond for all the hard work she put into the Graduate Student Survival Kit which was used in the presentations.

Graduate Student Resource Fair

Gail Kennedy, coordinator of UK Libraries presence at the Graduate Student Fair, described it as a “mega-booth,” and indeed it was! In two short hours, UK Libraries demonstrated library resources, answered questions, and shared information about UK Libraries. Many UK Libraries faculty, staff, and students helped at the booth or with setup: Gail Kennedy, Sarah Vaughn, Peter Hesseldenz, Brad Carrington, Meg Shaw, Jan Carver, Faith Harders, Lalana Powell, Debbie Sharp, Laura Whayne, Sue Smith, Brandon Daniels, Kathryne LeFevre, Rachel Staub, Shawn Livingston, Toni Greider, Mary Beth Thomson, Heath Martin, Katie Henningsen, Rick Brewer, Susan Foster-Harper, and the entire mailroom staff.

Thank you for representing UK Libraries in what, if there was a contest, would have been the “Best in Show” booth!

Residence Life Resource Fair

Once again, UK Libraries staffed a table at the resource fair for 180 Resident Advisors (RAs). We provided information about library services and resources and answered student questions. The new RAs were particularly interested in UK Libraries’ fifth annual Hubbub party, scheduled for Monday, August 22, 4-6 pm. Many of the juniors and seniors remembered the event from years past and planned to let their advisees know this is a must-attend K Week event. Thanks to Cindy Cline, Shawn Livingston, and Stacey Greenwell for staffing the table.

A Library Note:

This summer several talented library employees began an initiative to develop a “one minute” video on LibGuides inspired by the Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries’ “The Library Minute” series. These are focused, eye-catching video snapshots which capture the essence of campus libraries, resources, and more.

UK Libraries’ first installment, A Library Note, debuted at this year’s New Graduate Student Fair in the Student Center. Starring graduate assistant Rachel Staub, the video focuses on Research Guides. Written by Kathryne LeFevre and Sue Smith, it was directed and produced by Brandon Daniels. Thanks to all who assisted in creating this fun and informative video!

Kentucky Garden Stories:

 Kate Black’s “Kentucky Garden Stories: Planting Resistance” has been published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Kate, curator of the UK Libraries Appalachian Collection, recently completed interviews with forty home vegetable gardeners. Her project, Kentucky Garden Stories, took her to every corner of the commonwealth. Currently, she is working on a book, based on these interviews. Kate has been a gardener since she was six years old. Last year she started keeping bees.

Heath Martin Will Participate in TRLN Management Academy:

The focus of this year’s TRLN Management Academy will be “The Business of Libraries.” Sponsored by the Triangle Research Library Network consortia of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, The TRLN Management Academy is an experiential learning program to prepare aspiring and current mid-level managers in academic libraries for the demands associated with the management of resources. Among TRLN's current strategic initiatives is the preparation and development of managers for libraries in the digital age.

Heath is one of 32 participants selected from an exceptionally strong pool of nearly 60 applicants for the five day academy that begins October 24.

 Health Literacy at Kentucky State Fair:

Next week Jane Bryant, Health Literacy Librarian will host an exhibit on Kentucky Health Literacy, the UK Medical Center Library and the National Library of Medicine resources for consumers at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.

New Binding Contract Completed:

The RFP Selection Committee for UK Libraries Binding Services recently completed their work of writing a request for proposal, reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted by binderies. Thanks to Kathy Franklin, chair, Sharon Clark, Kazuko Hioki, Julene Jones, Kathryne LeFevre, Marsha Seamans, and Carrie Wallis for their contribution to this important contract process.

Graduate Student Reflects on Summer Work in UK Archives:

Ashley Sorrell, doctoral student in history at UK, spent this past summer working in the UK Archives. Reflecting back on her experience Ashley noted that “the experience under the direction and guidance of Jeff Suchanek was, and will remain, invaluable to me as a historian, researcher, and teaching assistant.”

Ashley added, “It is my humble opinion that the archival collections are one of, if not the most, valuable part of the libraries at UK. These treasured materials would not be as valuable to the university if it were not for the archivists who hold a passion and knowledge of the collections. I am proud to have had this opportunity to work in their company. Thanks to my time here and the guidance of Mr. Suchanek, I leave my summer position in Special Collections a more rounded historian and researchers.”

Thank you Ashley and UK Libraries wishes you good luck in your graduate program.

Thanks to Stacey Greenwell, Deirdre Scaggs, Sue Smith, and Janet Stith for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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