Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Review

Kentucky Library Association Fall Meeting:

UK Libraries was well-represented at the September 28 - October 1 Kentucky Library Association/Kentucky School Media Association Joint Conference in Louisville. Terri Brown and Jen Bartlett presented a session on the importance of Circulation and Reference services working together efficiently. Reinette Jones joined with Kelli Scott of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library on a program describing how their libraries partnered on an oral history/community history project. Jason Keinsley spoke on the considerable issues Library Technologies has successfully dealt with in upgrading 700 computers, 100 printers, and associated software - all in one calendar year. Additionally, Peter Hesseldenz, Business Librarian, gave a poster session reporting his exploration of a fee-based service for business information.

A highlight of the conference was a session titled "KLA Speed Geek", facilitated by Beth Kraemer, featuring informal and interactive demonstrations of numerous electronic projects similar to the session experienced at UK Libraries’ fall faculty retreat. Those participating, some on multiple demos, included Julene Jones, Kathryn Lybarger, Kelly Vickery, Jen Bartlett, Carla Cantagallo, Jason Keinsley, Beth Kraemer, Laura Davison, Mary Congleton, Peter Hesseldenz, Susan Foster-Harper, Tag Heister, Rick Brewer, Sara Abdmishani Price, Doug Boyd, and Katie Henningsen.

Medical Center Library Receives Health Literacy Grant:

MCL has received a $25,000 grant to support "Kentucky Health Literacy for the Community." The grant runs through August 31, 2012. Funds will be used to purchase iPads and small projectors for training. The grant will also cover a percentage of Jane Bryant’s (Health Literacy Librarian) time and her travel to four partner sites in Rockcastle County, Calloway County, Jefferson County, and Fayette County.

Mary Molinaro Named to Library of Congress Steering Committee:

Associate Dean for Library Technologies Mary Molinaro has been appointed a member of the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Initiative Steering Committee for the Library of Congress. LC officials noted that they hope to draw upon Mary’s “experience and insight as the Library of Congress moves forward with this nationwide effort to promote digital preservation.”

The mission of DPOE is to foster national outreach and education to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content, building on a collaborative network of instructors, contributors, and institutional partners.

Thanks to Judy Sackett and Janet Stith for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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