Monday, April 8, 2013

Sandee McAninch first recipient of the Paul A. Willis Award

At this year’s UK Libraries Annual Dinner on April 19th, Sandee McAninch will receive the inaugural Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award.
McAninch began her career at UK in 1983 as Head of the Government Publications and Maps Department.  With online access still years into the future, McAninch provided research access to a complex collection for scholars across the campus and beyond. 

In 1994, as Head of Research and Information Services, McAninch organized the merger of the Reference and Government Publications/Maps department.  In 1998 she assisted with the intricate planning and implementation of moving the government documents collection from Margaret I. King Library to the William T. Young Library.

McAninch has been the Regional Depository Librarian and Head of the Federal Depository Unit within the UK Libraries since 2005.  In addition to her primary faculty responsibilities, coordination of statewide Federal Depository services, and representation of the commonwealth at the national Federal Depository Library Conferences, McAninch actively participates in national efforts to shape the future of the Federal Depository Services at a regional and national level.

Most recently, as Regional Depository Librarian, McAninch worked with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) to conceive, plan, and implement the successful ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program’s Centers of Excellence model, overseeing UK Libraries participation in an ASERL/IMLS grant project intended to pilot the model and create tools and workflows appropriate to the region-based collaborative collection development initiative advanced by ASERL and institutions across the Southeast region. 

McAninch took a leadership role in the regional effort to plan and implement the ASERL model, but also guided other Kentucky federal depository libraries through the adoption of new workflows and database tools to allow participation in the COE model and improve disposition tools and procedures among Kentucky institutions.

In 2010, McAninch’s professional accomplishments and prominent national standing in government documents received special recognition.  She was awarded the James Bennett Childs Award by the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table.  The award pays tribute to an individual whose stature, service, and publications record constitute a significant lifetime contribution to the field of government information librarianship.

McAninch has demonstrated sustained excellence in all aspects of her work.  She is a leader within the commonwealth, the region, and nationally as well as a mentor and role model for our newer faculty. 

The Outstanding Faculty Award is named in honor of Paul A. Willis who served as Director of UK Libraries for three decades.  He earned a B.A. and a law degree from UK and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland.  
Willis worked as a cataloger at the Library of Congress before joining UK Libraries.  He served as Circulation Librarian and then Director of the Law Library before becoming Director of UK Libraries in 1973 and serving until 2003.  He completed his career as Dean of Libraries at the University of South Carolina from 2004 until his retirement in 2007.

 During his career at the University of Kentucky he created the Information Alliance consortium, planned the construction of the William T. Young Library, and expanded UK Libraries collections and services. He was a member of ASERL (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries), SOLINET, and the Association of Research Libraries, for which he served on the Board of Directors for three years.

For Annual Dinner reservations please contact Sherree Osborne at 859.218.1088 or e-mail

Center for Research Libraries President Visits UK Libraries

Bernie Reilly, President of the Center for Research Libraries, spent last Wednesday with UK librarians discussing a wide range of research library issues.  His presentation, Future of Primary Sources for Research, reviewed the work of CRL in preserving unique collections from around the world and the impact of those collections on research.  Reilly also met during the day with collection liaisons and faculty and staff involved with interlibrary loans.

 “The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.”

“CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are from five “emerging” regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.”

UK Libraries Celebrates Asia Center’s 10th Anniversary with Origami

Origami (ȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē ) is the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes. The art of origami takes over campus this month as the university celebrates the 10th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Asia Center. On April 8, UK Libraries will host "Extreme Makeover: Paper Edition," a workshop on basic origami techniques. In conjunction with the anniversary, an exhibition of the art form, "Extreme Origami," is on display through May 24 at William T. Young Library and the Science Library.

For the full press release from Whitney Hale and UKPR please visit:

Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Media in The Hub @ W.T.’s

On March 6, faculty, students, staff, and community members attended the opening reception of “Text / Messages: The Spring 2013 WRD Writing Gallery.” This exhibit, which ran through the end of March at The Hub at W.T.’s, featured work by the students of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Media classes and comprises photo essays, podcasts, websites, documentaries and other types of writing created in WRD 110 and 111. Topics include “Negative Effects of Alcohol,” “We the People! Care About Your Voting Rights,” “Social Media Primer” and more.

 The two foundational courses, Composition and Communication I & II, prepare students at UK for writing, speaking, design and creation in an integrated way. Recognizing that today’s students need to be skilled in all areas of communication, including visual design, spoken communication and text, UK Libraries is pleased to partner with the Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media to provide experiences such as the Writing Gallery to UK students.

UK Libraries faculty, staff and students participate in Joint Spring Conference

The 2013 Joint Spring Conference of the Kentucky Library Association Academic & Special Sections and the Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter, was held March 20-22 at Barren River Lake State Park.  The theme, Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating With Our Users was the springboard for many excellent presentations such as Steven Bell’s Opening Keynote Presentation, Cutting Through the Noise: Academic Librarians Need to Capture the Signal.  
Presenters travelled from seven states and Canada.  UK Libraries faculty, staff, and graduate students participated in the program planning as well as sharing their knowledge through presentations and posters.

  • Ebookmobile 2.0: Revamping Services Based on User FeedbackKathryn Lybarger
  • Changing Strategies for Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Communicating Between an Academic Library, Graduate School, Academic Departments and StudentsLyndsey Calico and Dr. Cleo Price     
  • What’s the Buzz? Participant-Guided Discussions to Meet User NeedsDebbi Lloyd, Meghan Moran and Ida Sell (Graduate Assistants)
  • Collaborating with First Year Writing Programs to Improve Information Literacy: Putting the WRD Program in the HeadlightsRenae Newhouse (Graduate Assistant)
  •  Listening to User Needs: Information Literacy for International StudentsDebbi Lloyd and Patricia Hartman (Graduate Assistants)

  • Calling All 120 Counties: Reaching Out to the Agricultural Extension Service – Jason Keinsley
  • Serving People’s Information Needs through Effective Cataloging Department ManagementMarsha Seamans
  • More Than Words: Audio Visual Course Reserves in a Fine Arts Library Daniel Naas
  • Now You See Me: Using Video Capture to Enhance Information Literacy Courses Jenny Harris (Graduate Assistant)
  • Providing Library Services to Entrepreneurs in the Bluegrass CommunityPatricia Hartman (Graduate Assistant) and Peter Hesseldenz
  • First Year Experience Librarians: the Importance of Communication with First Year Students through CoursesHolly Jackson (Graduate Assistant)

2013 Joint Spring Conference Planning Committee
  • Financial Manager – Alex Grigg
  • Member  – Valerie Perry
  • Technology Coordinator – Daniel Naas
The conference presentations will be made available on the SLA Kentucky Chapter website soon.  

Valerie Perry nominated for 2014 SLA Board of Directors

Valerie Perry, Head of the Agricultural Information Center and Director of Branch Libraries, has been nominated to run for the position of Director for the 2014 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Board of Directors.  SLA members will be able to speak with the candidates at the SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in San Diego on Monday, 10 June, from 2-3:00 p.m. in the INFO-EXPO Hall. The election will be held electronically in mid-September 2013. 

 SLA is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic, and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives


Kyle Bachman-Johnson has been hired as the Library Tech. Sr. in CTS/Database Integrity and her first day will be April 8th.  She has a Masters in Library & Information Science from Wayne State University and her last job was at BWI in Lexington as an Accounts Specifications Coordinator and previously a Customization Cataloger.