Sunday, February 26, 2012

WPA Demonstration Project:

University of Kentucky senior Angelia Pulley, a history major working under the direction of Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education, has joined several UK Libraries’ faculty and staff working with Works Progress Administration and Work Projects Administration (WPA) materials.

As part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded demonstration project, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) is leading the development of “Centers of Excellence” (COE) which will manage, preserve, and provide access to collections of U.S. Government information from each Federal government agency. UK serves as a COE for the WPA.

Part of the project requires the COEs to “provide expert reference service for and promote the use of their collection.” Angelia’s work includes showcasing the historical importance of the WPA along with UK Libraries’ actual collections. Angelia will do this via the production of video displays in The Hub in Young Library along with physical and virtual library exhibits. She is also working toward the further development and expanded use of the WPA Research Guide, an instructional tool which is available for use by faculty and students alike. Additionally, Angelia will be involved in activities surrounding the culmination of the grant in September 2012.

More information about the project may be found at

Deirdre Scaggs Makes Founder’s Day Appearance on WUKY:

This past Wednesday, February 22 was UK’s 147th birthday. Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for Special Collections, talked with UK Station Manager Tom Godell about the work of UK’s new Sesquicentennial Committee.
You can find the entire UK Perspectives segment here:

Nunn Center Veteran Project Featured at National Symposium:

“Combat to Kentucky,” the Louie B. Nunn Oral History Center’s project on Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans, was featured at the recent Veteran Symposium for Higher Education held February 20-21. Thirteen speakers from across the United States made presentations regarding veteran issues and challenges. Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Nunn Center, discussed the UK project and how oral history helps returning veterans acclimate to college life and hopefully improves retention and graduation rates among veterans.

Academic Achievement Recognized at Founder’s Day Program:

The 2012 Founders Day Ceremony was held Thursday in the Worsham Theatre. The University of Kentucky celebrated 147 years of academic tradition by honoring faculty and instructors for their outstanding achievements and contributions in teaching, research, and service. UK Librarians Stacey Greenwell and Gail Kennedy were both listed in the program for awards they received this past year.

Lunch with the Dean:

I enjoyed lunch this past Thursday with Martha David, Kate Hesseldenz, and Sara Abdmishani Price. It is always fun to learn more about each other and talk about new ideas for UK Libraries. If you have already submitted your name, you are already eligible for future drawings. If you have not already done so, send Sherree you name and come have lunch with me!


UK Libraries faculty meeting, Monday, February 27, UKAA Auditorium, Young Library.

Thanks to Sandee McAninch and Mary McLaren for their contributions to this week’s review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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