Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Observations and Reflections:

As we begin the new fiscal year I want to thank all UK Libraries employees for their service this past year and for their hard work and patience as we move through fiscal challenges. 

UK Libraries continues to move forward and our faculty and staff are busily planning and implementing programs and services for our students, faculty, staff and citizens of the commonwealth.  Our faculty is also actively engaged in national discussions about the future of research libraries.

Many of our initiatives are supported by the generosity of our friends and donors.  Last week Greg Casey, Deirdre Scaggs, and I had the opportunity to spend time with UK Libraries Board members and other friends of UK Libraries in Washington, D.C. 

The Henry Clay Dinner of the Kentucky Society of Washington, D.C. was held on June 20 at the historic Willard Hotel.  The event honored four former Kentucky U.S. Senators; Wendell Ford, Marlow Cook, Jim Bunning, and former UK Libraries Advisory Board member Walter Dee Huddleston.

UK President Eli Capilouto hosted a table at the event that included Board members Bess Abell and Martha-Ann Alito and their spouses.  Also attending that evening was Advisory Board member Clay Ford.

On Sunday afternoon, June 24, Bess and Tyler Abell hosted a reception at Merry-Go-Round Farm near Potomac, Maryland for friends and supporters of UK Libraries and other UK Alumni in the area.  Board members Martha-Ann Alito, Anne Ritchie, and Sharon Horner also attended the reception overlooking the Potomac River.

Many thanks to Bess and Tyler for their very generous hospitality.

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