Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ASERL and WRLC Create Scholars Trust

Vast Archive and Enhanced Delivery Serves Libraries in Southeast & Mid-Atlantic States

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) have signed an agreement to create “Scholars Trust.”  The Trust will combine the contents of their respective shared print journal collections under a single retention and access agreement.  As a result, the combined title list exceeds 8,000 journal titles and more than 300,000 volumes, making Scholars Trust one of the largest shared print journal repositories in the United States.  In conjunction with the formation of Scholars Trust, WRLC and ASERL libraries have agreed to extend reciprocal priority Inter-Library Loan (ILL) services across the group.

“We are thrilled to join forces in partnership with ASERL to make Scholars Trust a reality,” commented Mark Jacobs, Executive Director of the WRLC.  “Through informal conversations, it became clear that we shared the same goals and long-term needs for the programs each consortium had under development.  It made good sense to combine our efforts into Scholars Trust.  The priority ILL service agreement is icing on the cake.”

“ASERL and WRLC are distinct organizations providing many unique and valuable services to their member libraries,” added Lynn Sutton, President of ASERL and Dean of Libraries at Wake Forest University.  “These partnerships are wonderful examples of a new level of cooperation among libraries to provide cost-effective service to our users and also meet the operational needs of libraries in a rapidly changing environment.”

The Scholars Trust agreement requires the archived materials to be held until at least December 31, 2035, possibly longer.  The materials archived by WRLC are housed in a central facility in suburban Maryland.  The materials being archived by ASERL members are held at various locations across the Southeast.  A large majority of the print archive contents is readily available online from many sources, so the need to access the archived items is expected to be quite low.

“Today’s library users expect access to content anytime and anywhere,” noted John Burger, ASERL’s Executive Director.  “The libraries in ASERL and WRLC are continually expanding ways to deliver content to users quickly and easily.  Scholars Trust is a fail-safe means of providing content when a researcher needs an original printed journal – an ‘artifact,’ if you will – should the digital surrogate be somehow insufficient for their needs, or not be available.”

Scholars Trust is a joint archiving program supported by ASERL and WRLC libraries.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rick Brewer appointed MCL Interim Director

I am pleased to announce that Rick Brewer has agreed to serve as Interim Director of the Medical Center Library while the search for a new director is conducted.   Since 2005 Rick has served as Assistant Director for Research and Education in the MCL. 
Rick will begin his new appointment on August 3.  I urge everyone to give Rick your full support and cooperation during this important period of transition.

New Undergraduate Learning Librarian

Beth Fuchs will join UK Libraries faculty as Undergraduate Learning Librarian in Academic Affairs and Research effective July 1.
Beth comes from Moravian College where she worked in several positions in Reference, Electronic Resources, Digital Projects, and Outreach.  Most recently she served as Coordinator of Research Instruction.  She earned an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also received an MA in History with a minor in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from Texas State University. 

Many thanks to the members of the Undergraduate Learning Librarian search committee: Debbie Sharp (Chair), Sarah Vaughn, Bev Hilton, Adrian Ho.

ARL Fellows at midpoint of UK Experience

This year’s Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP) Fellows Julian Etienne Gomez Baranda and Nabil Kashyap began their summer internships with UK Libraries in May.   Julian, whose mentor is Mary Molinaro, is working with Doug Boyd in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.  Nabil is working in Digital Library Services with Beth KraemerMary Beth Thomson is Nabil’s mentor and Judy Sackett is the UK Libraries ARL CEP Coordinator.
The Career Enhancement Program, offers library and information graduate students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups the opportunity to gain practical internship experience in an ARL member library.  Funding for the program is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, with the goal of creating a diverse research library workforce. 

Julian has a B.A. in Linguistics and received an MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.  He was a Knowledge River Scholar and graduate assistant in Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries and at the Pima County Public Library.  Julian will begin a doctoral program in Audio-Visual Preservation at the University of Texas, Austin this fall.    
 Nabil has a BA in Ecology and Creative Writing, an MFA in Creative Writing, and a MSI degree in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan.  He has been an archival consultant to a national park in Alaska, an intern at the National Archives and Records Administration, and a participant in a second ARL Diversity initiative, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. 

UK Libraries has hosted six previous interns in the ARL Career Enhancement Program, in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  Two additional ARL CEP Fellows will be selected for the summer of 2014.     More information about the ARL CEP can be found at    


Re-Designed Reference and Learning Space Dedication Program

William T. Young Library
 Friday, September 6 @ 3:00 p.m.

UK Information Professionals Participate in 2013 Kentucky Innovations Conference

The 2013 Kentucky Innovations Conference, was held May 16-17 at the University of Kentucky.  This conference combined three state education conferences (Convergence/CPE’s KYSoTL/Teacher Quality Summit) into a single large conference with the theme Innovative Ideas for Kentucky Education: From Pedagogy to Technology. The conference began with a keynote presentation The Future of Teaching and Learning by Dr. Vince Kellen, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Analytics, and Technologies.  

50 Minute Break-out Sessions:
  • Teaching Information Literacy Using a Train-the-Trainer Model with Biology Lab InstructorsValerie Perry, Patricia Hartman, Jason Keinsley, Meghan Moran, and Renae Newhouse (Agricultural Information Center)
  • Mobile Library Outreach – Laura Davison (Medical Center Library)

15 Minute Panel Session
  • Assessment, Does the Word Cause Your Palms to Sweat? Jan Carver (Science Library)

  • Integrated Classrooms: Combining Information Literacy and Composition in Active-Learning Spaces Renae Newhouse (Agricultural Information Center)

The conference presentation documents will be made available on the conference website soon.  

Mary Molinaro Keynote Speaker at Digital Conference

Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, recently presented the keynote address at "Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum “a conference sponsored by Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe in Florence, Italy. Molinaro spoke about the importance of widespread digital preservation training in a talk entitled, "Extending the Reach of Digital Preservation Practice."  
The conference was attended by library educators and digital preservation specialists from around the world. The conference organizers produced a video about digital curation now available on YouTube at

UK Libraries Supports Entrepreneurship

Peter Hesseldenz recently participated in the second “Romance or Ruin – Musings on the Food Biz” workshop. This event was part of series of entrepreneurial presentations, sponsored by Smiley Pete Publishing, on how to get started in the food business. The topic for this installment was starting a food truck and was held at the West Sixth Brewery. 

The event began with a panel discussion featuring local food truck operators, a representative from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, and a volunteer from SCORE, an organization which assists new entrepreneurs.  After the discussion, the workshop participants visited break-out sessions.   Peter spoke with many of the attendees about entrepreneurial resources and research assistance available at UK Libraries.

In preparation for the event, Peter added a “Food Trucks” box to the “Starting a Restaurant” tab on his Entrepreneurship libguide:
Peter also participated in the first workshop in the series, which was held in December on starting a restaurant and he will also take part in the final three (two of which will be held here in William T. Young Library) – starting a bar, starting a franchise, and taking your food to market:

Sara Price Accepts Undergraduate Studies position

June 14th was Sara Price’s last day with UK Libraries. Sara had been with UK Libraries for three years in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.   She accepted a position as a Transfer Advisor in Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kentucky.  She will be advising students about transferring from BCTC to the University of Kentucky.   We wish Sara much success in her new endeavors.

Triangle Libraries Management Academy

Ruth Bryan, Director of Archives, was one of 30 people selected to participate in the weeklong 2013 Triangle Research Libraries Management Academy: the Business of Libraries, June 3-7, 2013, in Chapel Hill, NC (  The Management Academy introduces academic library managers to concepts and strategies used in the business world, with the overall goal of better measuring and marketing the value of library faculty/staff and services. \


Ruth found the academy a very rewarding experience and looks forward to utilizing the concepts learned at the academy here in UK Libraries.

Diane Brunn announces retirement

Diane Brunn, Senior Library Technician and Manager of the ILL Borrowing Unit in Young Library will retire from UK Libraries September 2, 2013.  Diane, who worked 13 years in the Documents Department at Michigan State University Library, began her employment at UK in the Agriculture Library in 1981 as the Interlibrary Loan technician.  Diane’s knowledge and versatility soon became apparent and she added researching the problem titles in both general serials and in the documents area and general reference to her responsibilities. 

 Diane’s expertise was also called upon in other parts of the system and she assisted with the regional depository processing in King Library when absences and backlogs occurred. In the late 1980’s, when UK Libraries began automating circulation, Diane took on the implementation of the LS2000 Circulation System in the Agriculture Library.

In 1999 Diane moved to Interlibrary Loan in Young Library.  She currently manages the Borrowing Unit, a very active and demanding position where patrons and staff will greatly miss her expertise and dedication.  Her joy in reading, music, art and travel will no doubt play into a large part of her retirement.  We thank Diane for her 32 years of service to UK Libraries and wish her great happiness in her retirement.