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

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