Friday, May 11, 2012

KLA and SLA Presentations:

The 2012 Joint Spring Conference of the Kentucky Library Association Academic & Special Sections and the Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter, was held April 11-13 at Lake Cumberland State Park.
UK librarians and graduate assistants presenting included:
·         “Student Expectations for Success: Measuring Information Literacy Contributions,” Debbie Sharp, Sarah Vaughn, & Judy Wiza
·         “Free Apps You and Your Users Will Love,” Beth Kraemer and Alex Grigg
·         “What’s Lost in Translation? Developing Information Literacy Workshops for ESL Students,” Graduate Assistants, Julie Van Hoose and Bridget Farrell
·         “Student Training for Excellent Customer Service, “ Terri Brown and Stephen Leist from Transy, “Archival Literacy: Teaching with Primary Sources,” Graduate Assistant  Sheli Saltsman and Kate Black
·         “Ebookmobile: Delivering Subject-Specific Ebooks to Your Inbox,” Kathryn Lybarger.


Taylor Gillespie has been hired as Server Administrator/Programmer I to assist with the IMLS grant-funded project: "OHMS: Enhancing Access and Discovery of Oral History Online" by furthering development of the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer.  His work station will be located in Digital Library Services, King Building.  Taylor will begin on May 14.

Janice Coburn has accepted the position of Library Technician for Young Library Reference Services and the Hub, Academic Affairs and Research Division, where she will assist with customer service and provide administrative support for the department.  Jan will join UK Libraries on May 21.  

Kate Hesseldenz has resigned her position of Staff Support Associate II in Special Collections to become Curator at historic Liberty Hall in Frankfort.  Kate joined UK Libraries in October 2009.  Her last day will be May 25. We thank Kate for her exceptional contributions to UK Libraries including a key role in the creation of the most recent Speaking Volumes.  We wish her much success in her new position.

Budget Update:

This past Tuesday the UK Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase for 2012-13.  This now allows for the university to complete its budget for next year and it will be considered at the Board’s June meeting.  During discussions on campus this past week faculty have questioned the size of UK Libraries’ budget reductions for the next two years.   President Capilouto has responded by saying that central administration will review the size and scope of UK Libraries’ cuts.  In the meantime, it is essential that we proceed implementing the reductions that we received.

We will discuss budget issues in more detail at the May 21st faculty meeting and I intend to call for an all-staff meeting sometime during the next several weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult process.  As I mentioned in my last email regarding the budget, I welcome comments and suggestion from you about ways to improve allocation of resources.

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