Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekly Review

Bartlett Named Editor:

Jennifer Bartlett has been named the new column editor of “New and Noteworthy,” a professional reading column for the national journal Library Leadership & Management, the official journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).

LL&M focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries.

Tag Heister Contributes to College of Medicine Curricular Reform:

The College of Medicine Curriculum Committee is proceeding with a curricular revision design process. The Dean of Medicine has implemented a three-tiered planning structure which will involve students, faculty, and Dean's office personnel.

Tag has been selected to serve on the Pre-Clerkship Prep Committee by Dean of Medicine Fred de Beer, citing Tag’s “expertise and commitment to…medical education.

Cheri Daniels Accepts Position at KHS Library:

Cheri Daniels, Senior Library Technician in Inter-Library Loans will become Senior Librarian/ Reference Specialist at the Kentucky Historical Society. Cheri completed both her Bachelor's in History and her Master's in Library and Information Science at UK while employed full-time, utilizing the Employee Education Program. She joined UK Libraries as a Library Technician in 2000 and was promoted to her current position in 2006. Cheri's last day at UK will be October 3.

We thank Cheri for her many contributions to ILL and UK Libraries and wish her much success in her future endeavors.

Andrew McGraw Accepts Senior Tech Position in Archives:

Andrew McGraw, who has worked as a temporary Project Archivist in the Archives since 2009, has accepted a Senior Tech position in Special Collections. In addition to a Bachelor's in History from Earlham College and a Master's in Library and Information Science from UK, Andrew also has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh. His first day in his new position will be Monday, September 26. Congratulations, Andrew!

Ralph Barker Richlawn Farm Film Now Available at Curiosities & Wonders:

The Ralph Barker, Richlawn Farm Film Collection, ca. 1935-1964 consists of 121 films; 47, 8mm films and 74, 16mm films. The bulk of the collection is amateur home and vacation movies in color and black and white; there are also two Castle Films News Parade reels. The amateur films document the family life of Ralph M. Barker, his friends, and family on Richlawn farm in Carrollton, Kentucky. Common scenes include: Mr. Barker and his dogs; visiting friends; scenes around the home; floods and high water; the Kentucky River and river transportation; Easter activities; Christmas scenes; farm work and activities; setting tobacco; Birthday parties; and Fourth of July celebrations.

The films also document Cincinnati Reds baseball games, Florida training sessions and other baseball games and players including: The 1939 World Series; Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh; Boston Bees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, 1940; the Yankees and Cardinals in 1940; Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer, Don Lang, Whitey Moore (Lloyd Albert Moore), and others.

Curiosities and Wonders is a blog that brings news and interesting items from the UK Archives and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

Thanks to Stacey Greenwell, Judy Sackett, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Review

Ag Roundup 2011:

The Agricultural Information Center showcased their new AIC website and Research Guides at Ag Roundup during September 7-10. This is the major College of Agriculture outreach event held each year and is an excellent opportunity for the AIC to reach nearly 3000 persons. Attendees during the 4 day event included:

• 800 staff from throughout the state for Staff Appreciation Day
• 500 Rotarians & LFUCG Officials and 200 high school student recruits for Rotary Day
• 600 attendees for the campus Student/Faculty/Staff Picnic
• 175 State Legislators, Farm Bureau Officials, Ag Development Board members, and Tobacco Task Force members for Ag Leadership Day
• 700 alumni for department reunions and the closing Roundup festivities before kickoff on Saturday

The AIC exhibit was created by Stephanie Warden (AIC Graduate Intern), Brandon Daniels (Engineering Library STEPS employee), and Simone Heath (AIC Student Worker). Exhibit staffing included Amelie Charron, Stephanie Warden and Valerie Perry.

Flags in William T. Young Library Atrium:

The international flags in the William T. Young Library atrium not only add color to the area but they also support the Nation of Nations exhibit. The flags on display are from countries that have one of the languages represented in Nation of Nations as their national language. If you want to test your knowledge, you can pick up a quiz at the security desk to see if you can match the language and the country.

This display was weeks in the making and a team effort. Rick Garrett designed the flag holders and Scott Swift, Curt Miller and Mike Howard put up the flags. Palmer Grigsby, a student from Circulation, spent an afternoon steaming the flags with a steamer provided by Sherree Osborne. Gail Kennedy assisted in choosing the flags.

Stephanie Aken Honored by Academy of Health Information Professionals:

Stephanie Aken, Electronic Resources Coordinator in Collections and Technical Services, has been approved for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Distinguished Level. The Academy of Health Information Professionals is MLA's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition credentialing program.

AHIP promotes lifelong learning and exemplary professional performance by recognizing achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession. The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in tht field of health care information and must be renewed every five years.

Kopana Terry Presented at 6th National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) Annual Meeting:

In late August Mary Molinaro and Kopana Terry attended the 6th National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) annual partners meeting held at the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the Library of Congress. University of Kentucky Libraries was one of the first six participating institutions with NDNP and is the only one of those six institutions that received continuing funding. During this last phase of UK’s NDNP participation, UK Libraries will be turning the successful Meta Morphosis Institute into an online learning environment for anyone to use.

At the partners meeting Kopana Terry, Program Manager for UK Libraries National Digital Newspaper Program (KY-NDNP) in Digital Library Services, gave two presentations – one on the workflow that we have used and how that has changed over time and the other on the new learning environment. There was also an iArchives User group meeting held in conjunction with the NDNP meeting and Kopana did a presentation to that group about the Newspaper Evaluation Database (NED) that we developed.

UK Libraries Benefits from Highly Qualified, Hard Working Staff:

UK Libraries’ success is made possible in large part by the skill and creativity of 56 Library Technicians and Library Senior Technicians.

Among the 25 Library Technicians, all exceed minimum requirements of an AA degree plus 1 year of related experience. Fourteen of the 25 hold Bachelor’s degrees and an additional 7 have Master’s degrees in various fields. They have a combined 423 years of experience with an average of almost 17 years each.

All Senior Library Technicians also exceed the minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s degree plus two years related experience. Thirteen senior technicians hold Master’s degrees and the group has an average 20 years experience working in libraries.

Thank you!

Mary Molinaro Selected by Library of Congress to Provide Digital Preservation Instruction:

The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program at the Library of Congress will hold its first invitation only national train-the-trainer workshop on September 20-23, 2011, in Washington, DC. The DPOE Baseline Workshop will produce a corps of trainers who are equipped to teach others, in their home regions across the U.S., the basic principles and practices of preserving digital materials. Examples of such materials include websites; emails; digital photos, music, and videos; and official records.

The 24 students in the workshop (first in a projected series) are professionals from a variety of backgrounds who were selected from a nationwide applicant pool to represent their home regions, and who have at least some familiarity with community-based training and with digital preservation. Molinaro, Associate Dean of Library Technologies, will serve as one of six instructors.

The intent of the workshop is to share high-quality training in digital preservation, based upon a standardized set of core principles, across the nation. In time, the goal is to make the training available and affordable to virtually any interested organization or individual.

State of the University Address September 26:

Please join University of Kentucky
President Eli I. Capilouto
Student Government President
Micah Fielden
for the
State of the University Address
Monday, September 26, 2011
12:30 p.m.
Patterson Office Tower Plaza

Rain Location – Main Building Lexmark Room
**A free lunch will be served in the Patterson Office Tower Plaza beginning at Noon

Thanks to Stacey Greenwell, Toni Greider, Mary Molinaro, and Judy Sackett for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekly Review

Nation of Nations/UK Core Celebration Highlights Week:

art gallery
In honor of UK’s new general education requirements, Young Library is hosting a major 10-panel art work by Lexington artist Marjorie Guyon.

Guyon's "Nation of Nations" is a series of 10 paintings with each panel depicting a 6-foot-8-inch figure. On each one, the phrase, “Have Mercy on Us,” is written in a different language: Cherokee, Chinese, Spanish, Swahili, Cyrillic, Haitian, English, Arabic, Hindi and Hebrew. In addition the titles of the 10 paintings echo the anthems, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and "America the Beautiful."

Also, check out Professor Buck Ryan’s (School of Journalism) interpretation of the celebration:   

New Book by Henry Clay Simpson:

Henry Clay Simpson, a member of UK Libraries National Advisory Board, is the author of Colonel William H. Russell, Sir. He will give a presentation and book signing at Ashland, the home of Henry Clay, at 4:30 p.m. on September 25.

Simpson is a native of Lexington and direct descendent of Henry Clay. He studied at University of North Carolina (AB) and Columbia Graduate School of Business (MBA). After an international career at Bank of America, he moved to London to help design the first industry clearing-house for foreign exchange (CLS Bank) and served as its first Executive Vice President. He is a trustee and supporter of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and has loaned the museum an extensive collection of Clay family artifacts. In 2005, he donated the Henry Clay family papers to UK Libraries. He lives in Hanover, NH where he writes historical books and articles and is currently teaching a course on the financial crisis for Dartmouth's extension program.

He is also the author of Josephine Clay: Pioneer Horsewoman of the Bluegrass published in 2005.

UK Libraries Acquire Early Henry Clay Letter:

Special Collections has recently acquired one of the earliest known letters of Henry Clay. Unpublished, it was written in Virginia, over a year before his move to Lexington in November of 1797. Dated July 16, 1796, it is addressed to Peter Tinsley, clerk of the High Court of Chancery of Virginia and was written when Clay would have been only nineteen years old. The letter, in which Clay discusses his poor health, is a revealing one. Young Clay states that he has “unwrapt his soul” and wishes to make amends for a misunderstanding in his terms of employment with Tinsley.

From his appointment with Tinsley, Clay moves on to work with Chancellor George Wythe, the teacher of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, and is granted a license to practice law in Virginia in 1797. He was soon afterwards admitted to practice in the Fayette County circuit court, taking the oath on March 20, 1798.

The UK Libraries housed the Papers of Henry Clay editorial project, which produced eleven volumes of Clay documents over a forty year period. The earliest item in the first volume dates to August 22, 1797 and is a legal paper. The first piece of correspondence in the edition dates to December 27, 1798. This new acquisition prefigures all of the printed material in the published Clay papers and sheds significant light on Clay’s precocity and his early association with an important figure in Virginia’s public life. U.K. Libraries holds one of the largest collections of Henry Clay letters, rivaled only by the Library of Congress.

UK Libraries Host SAA Workshop:

The Society of American Archivists’ Managing Electronic Records in Special Collections and Archives workshop was hosted by UK Libraries on September 8 and 9. The workshop reviewed and discussed electronic record issues facing colleges and universities. The workshop also provided opportunities for small group discussions of case studies and report findings. Day two of the workshop demonstrated tools supporting electronic records workflows including Archivematica, HTTrack, and forensic tools. Participants also learned about and use open source tools for ingest and management of electronic records.

MCL Director Appointed to Regional Advisory Council:

Janet Stith, Associate Dean and Director of the Medical Center Library, has been appointed to the Regional Advisory Council of the Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine for a five year term. The Regional Advisory Council (RAC) provides guidance in developing and evaluating programs and services that meet the needs of the region. The RAC is composed of representatives from key constituency groups within the region and includes the ten State Representatives.

Jewish Archives Lecture:

The UK Judaic Studies program’s first lecture of the year will be Monday, September 26. Lisa Leff, a history professor from American University, will be speaking on the treatment of Jewish archives after the Holocaust. Her presentation, “Rescue or Theft? The Salvaging of French Jewish Archives after World War II,” will be in the President’s Room of the Singletary Center at 8:00 p.m. The lecture, sponsored by the UK Judaic Studies Program and the UK History Department is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeremy Popkin, director, UK Jewish Studies program,

Director of Archives:

Ruth Bryant joined UK Libraries as Director of Archives this month. Welcome Ruth!

ASERL Selects Paula Sullenger as Visiting Program Officer for Cooperative Journal Retention:

ASERL Executive Director, John Burger, announced this week that the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has selected Paula Sullenger, Head of Electronic Resources and Serials for Auburn University Libraries, to serve as the organization’s next Visiting Program Officer (VPO). Ms. Sullenger will lead the expansion of ASERL’s cooperative print journal retention program. Her work with ASERL will be a six month assignment, starting October 15, 2011.

Thanks to John Burger, Erin Holaday Ziegler, Whitney Hale, Buck Ryan, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

Friday, September 2, 2011

Weekly Review

New UK Libraries Development Officer:

Greg Casey

Greg Casey has been named Development Officer for UK Libraries. Currently Associate Director of Annual Giving with UK Office of Development, Greg will join UK Libraries October 3. One of his responsibilities in Annual Giving has been Chairing the UK Historic Marker Committee which works closely with the UK Archives in selecting the markers and preparing the text.

Greg has degrees in both Political Science and Journalism from UK and has previous reporting and producing experience with WUKY-FM, WNKU-FM, and WCPO-TV. We are very pleased to welcome Greg to UK Libraries.

Personnel Changes:

Beginning in October, several personnel changes are being implemented to address UK Libraries priorities and basic services. Mary McLaren, now in charge of facilities, will assume a key role in helping UK Libraries meet its obligations to ASERL’s Federal Documents initiative and our role as a Federal Depository Library. Over the past several years Mary has directed major collections shifts and maintained a wide array of facilities services. While thanking her for her past service we also appreciate her willingness to assist UK Libraries where we have pressing needs.

Responsibility for facilities will be shifted to Stephen Sizemore, UK Business Officer, who will report to Terry Birdwhistell. During the transition we will be reviewing the essential services facilities provide and reassessing how to meet those needs. Rick Garrett will take a greater daily role in the management of facilities operations and will report to Stephen. Other facilities-related activities may also be reassigned within Stephen’s unit.

During the past year the loss of the HR staff position has made it increasingly difficult to address the myriad HR needs within UK Libraries. The moves outlined above are making it possible for Judy Sackett to give her full attention to personnel issues including recruitment and hiring, faculty affairs, diversity initiatives, and general HR issues. Judy will continue to report to Terry Birdwhistell and we anticipate filling the now vacant staff position in HR.

I want to thank everyone for their willingness to adjust individual assignments for the overall good of UK Libraries.

Josh Harris Accepts Position at University of Illinois:

Josh Harris, Senior Library Technician in Electronic Resources (CTS), has accepted a position at the University of Illinois Libraries in media preservation. Josh has worked for UK Libraries since March, 2009 and his last day at UK Libraries will be September 21. We wish Josh great personal and professional success for the future.

Deirdre Scaggs Promotes Kentucky Photographs on Historypin:

Ashland the Henry Clay estate

Associate Dean for Special Collections, Deirdre Scaggs, is making Kentucky photographs from the UK Archives available via Historypin. “Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories.”

“Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world.

“Historypin has been developed by the not-for-profit company We Are What We Do, in partnership with Google." from the Historypin site.”

Explore historic images of Kentucky through Historypin,-84.484/zoom:7/date_from:1840-01-01/date_to:2001-12-31/

Thanks Again for Hubbub Help!

Last week’s Hubbub event would not have been possible without the help of numerous UK Libraries students, staff, and faculty. Thank you again for all of your help!

Jen Bartlett
Jason Boczar
Ed Brown
Terri Brown
Susan Daole
Esta Day
Bridget Farrell
Jason Flahardy
Rick Garrett
Shirley Greene
Stacey Greenwell
Toni Greider
Crystal Heis
Miranda Hines
Mike Howard
Jason Keinsley
Beth Kraemer
Shawn Livingston
Debbi Lloyd
Jen Martin
Curt Miller
Mary Molinaro
Valerie Perry
Peggy Phillips
Carrie Poll
Jennifer Richmond
Kate Seago
Debbie Sharp
James Sparks
Scott Swift
Kopana Terry
Julie VanHoose
Sarah Vaughn

C-SPAN’s Book-TV in Frankfort, Kentucky:

Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History director Doug Boyd was featured on C-Span's Book-TV last week discussing his new book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community. To view portions of the segment go to:

To read more about C-Span's feature on Frankfort see:

Thanks Stacey Greenwell, Judy Sackett, and Deirdre Scaggs for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries