Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mary Beth Thomson Selected for Prestigious UCLA Program:

UCLA announced this week that “fifteen top managers of academic research libraries have been appointed UCLA Senior Fellows for 2012 following an international competition. As Senior Fellows, the fifteen will attend the three-week program conducted at UCLA on July 30 – August 17.”

Mary Beth Thomson, Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services, says that she “welcomes the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing deans and directors of research libraries and to discuss these and other issues impacting the future of academic libraries.” Mary Beth has played a key administrative role in the development of UKnowledge and is leading UK Libraries in the move towards open access for academic scholarship and research library collections.

The program was first established in 1982 with the support of the Council on Library Resources, UCLA, and the institutions represented by the participating fellows. Over 225 academic library leaders have participated in the program. 2012 marks the sixteenth year the program has been held.

Paul Willis, former Director of UK Libraries, participated in the first class of UCLA Fellows in 1982.

Congratulations Mary Beth.

UK Libraries Phonathon Exceeds Expectations:

Director of Development for UK Libraries, Greg Casey, announced this week the results of the most recent UK Libraries phonathon. Total gifts were down after the fall phonathon and UK Libraries decided to participate in UK’s phonathon expansion into the spring which provided the following increases:

• 9.3% increase in dollars
• Only 11 pledges shy of last year’s total
• 6.3% increase in credit card gifts
• 26.2% increase in credit card dollars
• percentage of those contacted who made a pledge increased by 10 points

Greg Laur, Director of UK Annual giving noted that the percentage increase in giving “not only represents success of our callers and their high quality, but I also think this shows that there must be a bit of a buzz about what is going on at UK Libraries.” Thanks to all of UK Libraries donors including our own faculty and staff! And a special thanks to the UK students who spend evenings in Central Development talking with our donors and sharing the exciting developments within UK Libraries!

New African-American History Resource Available:

Heath Martin, Director of Collections for UK Libraries, announced this week a valuable new digital collections, Black Thought and Culture, being featured on UK Libraries homepage during Black History Month.

“Speeches, essays, articles, letters, leaflets, trials, interviews, monographs and periodicals written by leaders within the black community from 1700 to 2005. Over 100,000 pages illustrate the evolution of what it means to "be black." Authors include teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, and entertainers. Find influences and read history in their words.”

UK Libraries Special Collections Highlight Black History Month:

Oliver Street Colored School
Winchester, Kentucky
1923 Blue Grass League Champions under Coach E. J. Hooper (#7)

UK Special Collections Audio-Visual Archives
See Coach Hooper entry in the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database:

Rita Tobin Announces Retirement:

Rita Tobin, Library Technician Senior in the Medical Center Library, will retire from UK Libraries on May 18 after more than 23 years of service. Many of her years were spent providing excellent assistance in the MCL A/V Library. She was named the Chandler Medical Center Chancellor's Division Employee of the Quarter for October-December 1999, and was nominated for the Dean's Staff Award in 2009. We thank Rita for her many contributions to UK Libraries and wish her much happiness in her retirement.

Deirdre Scaggs Profiles “Smiley Pete” for Archival Publication:

In "Our Beloved Friend: Life in a Newspaper Photographic Morgue," Associate Dean for Special Collections Deirdre Scaggs shares the story of Smiley Pete, a stray dog that became a downtown Lexington institution. Deirdre “discovered” Smiley Pete several years ago while serving as Project Archivist for the Lexington Herald-Leader Photographic Collection. The article is in the most recent issue of Views, Newsletter of the Visual Materials Section of the Society of American Archivists.

UK Libraries Co-Sponsors Documentary:

Toni Greider, Director of International Programs, has arranged for UK Libraries to join with Latin American Studies and the College of Communications and Information Studies to present a screening of Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo & the Search for Identity. This award winning documentary was produced by University of North Carolina journalism professor C.T. Tuggle and his two daughters and tells the story of Argentinian grandmothers (Las Abuelas) who are looking for their grandchildren.

The viewing is scheduled for Friday, February 24th from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Worsham Theater and is free and open to the public. More detailed information about Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and biographies of the people interviewed can be found at their website and viewer comments can be found on their Facebook event page

ARL Joins Nine Organizations in Supporting FRPAA:

This week the Association of Research Libraries partnered with nine other organizations on letters to Congress in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). On February 9, 2012, Sens. Cornyn (R-TX), Wyden (D-OR), and Hutchinson (R-TX) and Reps. Doyle (D-PA), Yoder (R-KS), and Clay (D-MO) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S. 2096 and H.R. 4004), companion bills that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by 11 US federal agencies.

Sesquicentennial Plans Featured on WUKY:

On UK Perspectives, Station Manager Tom Godell talked with Deirdre Scaggs, Co-Chair of UK’s Sesquicentennial Committee about upcoming events for UK150. You can find the entire program here:

Good Advice:

Jeff Suchanek, Special Collections, shared the following quote this week: "If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less." General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Thanks to Greg Casey, Toni Greider, Heath Martin, Judy Sackett and Jeff Suchanek for their contributions to this week’s review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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