Monday, November 7, 2011

UK Libraries Weekly Review

ASERL Accepts Two New Members:

John Burger, Executive Director of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries announced this week that the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University are joining ASERL. With 40 members in 11 states, ASERL is the largest regional research library consortium in the United Sates. Maryland and Johns Hopkins are the first new ASERL members since 2004. The complete press release can be found here:

Lunch with the Dean:

I am continually impressed with the work of UK Libraries staff and I would like to have the opportunity to learn more about you and your work. I also want to hear your ideas and suggestions about how we might improve UK Libraries. So, once a month, beginning in December, I will host a “Lunch with the Dean” event. Each month, three staff members will be invited to join me for lunch in my office. Box lunches will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, please send your name to Sherree Osborne. Once collected, names will be randomly drawn each month.

I look forward to this opportunity.

More Year of China Activities:

UK librarians and staff continue creative work in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences Year of China. In the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library Meg Shaw has assembled an exhibit on Chinese calligraphy which includes the tools that they use and books on calligraphy. With the help of Brad Carrington and Susan Daole in the Education Library and Kitty Taylor in Acquisitions, she has put together a smaller exhibit on the Monkey King which includes illustrations from some of the children’s books in our collection

For the past several months Chris Worland and Toni Greider have been working on a China research guide. The guide is intended as a starting point for anyone doing a research project on China but it is also meant to promote the expertise of our subject librarians in the various areas of study. With the help of Matt Wells in the Chinese Studies Program, Chris Worland created a Chinese interface for the starting page that parallels the English page. You can find the Chinese interface at:

November 14 – 18 is International Education Week and UK Libraries will participate again this year running a Vexillology contest using the flags in the atrium and exhibiting a video display in the Hub. The video display will feature the UK – China connection in both Education Abroad and students coming to campus. Seth Ricker of the Education Abroad office is assisting us with the video display.

Provost Meets with EC:

Provost Kumble Subbaswamy joined the UK Libraries Executive Committee for a 90 minute discussion over lunch this past Wednesday. Topics discussed in addition to budget issues included open access, library instruction, data curation, digitizing, partnerships, and unique collections.

Library Technician Senior Position Filled:

Courtney Crepeau, Library Technician in Young Library, has accepted the Library Technician Sr. position in Inter-Library Loan/Document Delivery, Academic Affairs and Research Division. Courtney, who has a Master's in Library Science from UK, has worked in ILL in the borrowing unit since October 2007. We
congratulate her on her promotion and wish her much success in her new position.

Thanks to John Burger, Toni Greider, and Judy Sackett for their contributions.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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