Friday, February 3, 2012

Toni Greider’s International Initiatives Featured in Global KY:

The current issue of Global KY, a quarterly publication highlighting interna¬tional initiatives at the University of Kentucky, features Toni Greider’s work supporting international education at UK. Toni has developed The China Portal, a new research guide, connecting faculty and students with all things Chinese available in UK Libraries. Developed over the past several months, the China Portal “provides an interface in both English and Chinese that helps researchers studying a particular aspect of China navigate UK Libraries print and digital material, find useful resources, and, perhaps most importantly, be connected with a subject specialist who can provide more information than they could ever want.”

The entire article can be found here:

Kathryn Lybarger Offers Insights into Cataloging Challenges at National Meeting:

At the recent American Library Association Mid-Winter Meeting in Dallas, Kathryn Lybarger, Coordinator for Cataloging and Metadata, spoke to the Cataloging & Classification Interest Group. In her talk, "Fast But Accurate? Pitfalls of Batch Metadata Editing", she reviewed problems and inconsistencies in MARC records for electronic resource packages that may be unexpected and difficult to reconcile using batch processes. She also shared tips on how to process record batches to help maintain an accurate catalog, while taking advantage of the efficiency enabled by batch editing.

Senate Library Committee Meets:

At this week’s Senate Library Committee meeting members heard updates from Stephen Sizemore regarding UK Libraries’ budget and from Greg Casey about development initiatives. The Senate Library Committee is charged by the University Senate Council “with the responsibility for recommending to the University Senate policies to promote the educational interests of the University as a whole with respect to UK Libraries.”

The committee is chaired by Dr. Tracy Campbell (History). Other members include Beverly Hilton (UK Libraries), Dr. Armando Prats (English), Dr. Margaret Bausch (Special Education), Dr. Al Lederer (Management), Dr. Matt Webster (Behavioral Science), Dr. Aaron Yelowitz (Economics), Dr. Terry
Conners (Forestry), Dr. Jonathan Allison (English), and Dr. Julia Smyth-Pinney (Architecture).

Gail Kennedy Begins New Position in Special Collections:

Gail Kennedy began her new position this week as the Arts and Outreach Librarian for Special Collections. Her initial focus will be on a variety of arts-related primary source material. Specific projects will include processing the John Arthur Dearinger Theater Collection, indexing 40 hours of the John Jacob Niles Oral History Collection, and organizing an exhibit and other dedicatory events in support of the Joseph Baber Collection (UK music department faculty member and composer).

Generally, Gail will be creating and coordinating opportunities to connect Special Collections to arts-related UK students, faculty, and other groups. Her new office will be on the fourth floor of Special Collections (401B). Gail will be full-time until July 1 when she begins phased retirement at half time.

UK Libraries Joins National Digital Preservation Initiative:

Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, participated in an invitation-only meeting last week to explore creation of a Digital Preservation Network (DPN) comprised of the leading research universities and libraries nationally. DPN is an initiative to build a digital preservation framework to insure very long term preservation (100s of years). Flexibility and the ability to adapt over time and to still preserve the intellectual output of the academy is a fundamental assumption in this plan.

DPN seeks to ensure that the objects and meta-data of research and scholarship are replicated and preserved across diverse:

• software architectures
 • organizations
• geographic regions
• political environments (after first launching within U.S.)

The system will seek to insure sustainability and longevity by building a framework that can scale and evolve over time, formats, and organizations. UK Libraries participation in DPN is made possible by financial support from Provost Kumble Subbaswamy.

Becky Ryder Named Director of Keeneland Library:

Becky Ryder will take early retirement from UK to become Director of the Keeneland Library. Becky has been on special assignment to Keeneland for the last two years as we partnered to improve library services at Keeneland.

Becky administered Preservation Services from 1992-2010 and also served as a preservation resource for other state and regional institutions. She was the principal investigator for several major grants including the "Daily Racing Form Preservation Project," and the IMLS- funded "Beyond the Shelf: Serving Historic Kentuckiana Through Virtual Access." She also directed the SOLINET Cooperative Preservation Microfilming Project, 1992-2004.

We thank Becky for her service to UK Libraries and wish her well in her new position. Her last day with UK Libraries will be May 2.

Library Manager for Digital Projects:

Sarah Dorpinghaus will begin her new position as Library Manager for Digital Projects in Digital Library Services on March 1. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, she is currently the Jewish Heritage Collection Project Archivist at the College of Charleston. Previously Sarah served as an NHPRC-funded Project Archivist at the Chicago History Museum, a John M. Presson Archival Fellow at the College of William and Mary, and a Graduate Assistant in Digital Library Services for the Iowa Digital Library.

Library Technician Hired in ILL:

Sarah Conn will join the Inter-Library Loan Department February 20. A graduate of Transylvania University, Sarah gained library experience working in the Transylvania Library and Archives.

ASERL Signs Berlin Declaration on Open Access:

At its recent Membership meeting in Atlanta, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) endorsed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Of the approximately 360 signatories, ASERL became only the 25th US academic organization – and the 14th library consortium – to officially endorse the Berlin Declaration.

The Berlin Declaration was first authored in 2003 and has attracted more than 350 signatories from around the world. Its creators seek the deposit of scholarly works and supporting materials in a sustainable, online repository that enables “open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.” See for the full text of the Berlin Declaration and the complete list of signatories. See for the ASERL Berlin Declaration press release.

Provost Kumble Subbaswamy signed the declaration on behalf of the University of Kentucky several weeks ago.

Doug Boyd Named Editor for National Journal:

Dr. Kathryn Nasstrom, Associate Professor of History at the University of San Francisco and Editor of the Oral History Review, announced this week that Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, has been named Digital Initiatives Editor for the OHR. According to Dr. Nasstrom, Doug will “take the lead in transforming the Review into a multimedia journal.” Dr. Nasstrom added that the new position “requires the knowledge and skills of both an oral historian and a digital scholar—exactly what you (Doug) offer us.”

Congratulations Doug.

Thanks to John Burger, Mary Molinaro, Judy Sackett, and Mary Beth Thomson for their contributions to this week’s review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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