Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekly Review

UK Libraries Celebrates Launch of UKnowledge:

UK Libraries celebrated the launch of its new institutional repository (UKnowledge) with a one day conference on Friday entitled “Key to Unlocking Scholarship: Institutional Repositories.” Following welcoming remarks by Provost Kumble Subbaswamy, Sarah Shreeves, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, began the program with a keynote addressing the state of the art in repository development, and the challenges facing institutions as they work to store and provide access to local scholarship on a global level. Other sSpeaers discussed digital institutional repositories from implementation to the issues of developing and maintaining an established repository. Sessions examined the nuts and bolts of IR set-up, offered examples of creative and innovative uses for an IR beyond faculty scholarship, and generated discussions of how the availability of an IR can improve undergraduate education.

Thanks to Mary Beth Thomson, Pat Wilson and everyone who made the day a great success.

Women Veterans Focus of Jeff Suchanek’s New Book:

“Star Spangled Hearts" American Women Veterans of World War II by Jeffrey S. Suchanek with Jeanne Ontko Suchanek has just been published by Broadstone Books. Based on first-hand interviews he conducted with women veterans from all of the service branches, Jeff Suchanek presents the memoirs of twenty women who collectively demonstrate that the honor of "Greatest Generation" does not belong to their male counterparts alone. The original interviews are in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History collection. Congratulations Jeff and Jeanne.

UK Librarians Contribute to Newly Published Resource in Education:

UK Libraries faculty members Heath Martin and Peter Hesseldenz recently contributed a chapter to Computer-Mediated Communication: Issues and Approaches in Education, published in October by IGI Global. The chapter, entitled “Library Resources and Services in 21st Century Online Education,” analyzes “the roles of academic libraries in computer-mediated instruction through examination of past and current practices, existing opportunities and challenges, and emerging trends.” By looking at issues such as access to resources, scholarly publishing, information and communication technologies, information literacy, and emerging models of collaboration, Martin and Hesseldenz’s work highlights the ways in which academic libraries remain central to the mission of the university and maps many of the associated challenges which lie ahead.

More information on Computer-Mediated Communication (including another chapter co-authored by Laurie A. Henry from UK’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction) may be found at

Robert W. Tebbs and his 1927 Kentucky Architectural Photographs Exhibit:

Jim Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books in Special Collections, has curated an exhibit, "Robert W. Tebbs and his 1927 Kentucky Architectural Photographs," on display now in the foyer of Special Collections in the Margaret I. King Building. In the later 1920s, Tebbs was one of the nation's leading architectural photographers. Some of the finest images of nineteenth-century Kentucky buildings were produced in the summer of 1927 by the British-born photographer Robert William Tebbs. Tebbs (1875-1945) was brought to Kentucky by the architectural historian Rexford Newcomb for the purpose of illustrating the book Old Kentucky Architecture (1940). The project was proposed by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1925. The exhibit will be on display through January 2012.

College of Communications and Information Studies Honors Lois Chan:

A conference room in the College of Communications and Information Studies has been named in honor of Dr. Lois Chan who is retiring at the end of the fall semester. Dr. Chan began her UK career as a serials cataloger for UK Libraries in 1966. She moved over to the UK School of Library and Information Science in 1970 and became one of the most highly regarded professors of cataloging in the world. In her “retirement” she plans to do some teaching and work on several book projects.

Veteran Memories Featured this week on WUKY’s Saving Stories:

In this week’s edition of "Saving Stories" Dr. Doug Boyd from UK Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History shared a stirring account of one on one combat from a World War II Veteran.

Thanks to Heath Martin, Deirdre Scaggs, and Konstantin Tovstiadi for their contributions.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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