Observations and Reflections:
It is very heartening to have young people engaged with unique primary materials. Moreover, UK Libraries is fortunate to have an excellent collection of unique materials. I remember well my first visit to Special Collections years ago to do research on coalmining in eastern Kentucky during the 1930s. I could not believe that UK Libraries had such a wealth of information and that, more surprising, a student could use the original items!
Moving forward we want to continue finding new and creative ways for UK students, as well as students throughout the commonwealth, to have access to these important materials that document our history and culture.
We also continue exploring ways to improve learning spaces and access at our branch library locations. This past week we met with Dean Mary John O’Hair in the College of Education to begin partnering on a renovation of the Education Library. We are hoping to dramatically improve the learning environment in the library and to develop a closer partnership with Information Technology within the college. Brad Carrington, Head of the Education Library, will be working closely with Dean O’Hair and her faculty and staff as this initiative develops.
Like most initiatives at UK, this effort will need the support of donors for both UK Libraries and the College of Education. Greg Casey, UK Libraries Director of Development, will be working with the College of Education to identify individuals and organizations that can help fund this important project.