Monday, August 26, 2013

Toni Greider appointed to Fulbright Review Team

Toni Greider, Director of UK Libraries International Programs, has been selected to be part of a peer review team to evaluate applications for Fulbright awards by the Council for the Exchange of Scholars (CIES). 

The peer review teams are comprised of three professionals from the subject discipline to evaluate the Fulbright applications on their intellectual merits, sustainability and feasibility.  The reviewers are required to look for match of expertise, teaching or other requisite experience, and the feasibility of the project given the resources and time frame.  Toni will be reviewing for the 2013 and 2014 applications cycle.

Student Learning Centers Celebration

Help us celebrate the opening of new student learning centers
in the William T. Young Library
 Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. 
Reception immediately following

R.S.V.P. Erin Miller at

UK Librarians active at SAA Annual Meeting

During the recent Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in New Orleans the audience heard about several new initiatives in UK Libraries’ Special Collections.

 Ruth Bryan, Director of Archives, spoke during a session entitled, Accessions Confessions:  Exposing Accessions in the Era of Minimal Processing.  Her presentation, “Snapshot of accessioning at UK:  the reality and the vision for the stuff, the steps, and the staff," explored present practice and future vision for exposing manuscript and archives accessions in UK Libraries Special Collections. 
Stacie Williams, Learning Lab Manager in Special Collections, participated in a session entitled, “Working on Your Perfect Pitch: Elevator Speeches from the Field.”  In addition to Stacie, archivists from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Museum, Massachusetts Historical Society, the University of Georgia, Iowa State University, and the University of Hawaii, discussed how they describe what they do to various groups of people.  Stacie’s presentation specifically focused on explaining archives and the profession to elementary school students, with the tagline that archivists “take old
Stuff and tell stories with it.”

Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, participated in a panel, entitled, “Recording Memory, Documenting Community.”  Doug discussed the use of oral history in the context of community archives.  Additionally, Boyd highlighted the role of OHMS for engaging communities and project stakeholders in the documentation process. 
Sarah Dorpinghaus, Digital Projects Library Manager, participated on a panel entitled, Collaboration in Digitization Workflows: How Archivists and Camera Technicians Can Work Together. The session highlighted challenges faced by UK's imaging technicians during mass digitization of minimally processed manuscript collections. Sarah reviewed several successful modifications implemented at UK Libraries to create a more efficient imaging workflow. She also participated in two preconference workshops, Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections and Digital Curation Planning and Sustainable Futures.

Sarah was also elected co-chair of The Society of American Archivists Metadata and Digital Object Roundtable (MDOR) for a two-year term.  Along with her co-chair, Sarah will oversee MDOR steering committee work on tactical plans and organize the MDOR meeting at the 2014 and 2015 SAA Annual Meetings.  MDOR promotes discussion, education, and collaboration among archivists interested in digital objects and the metadata that enables their access, management, and preservation.    

Spirited Stories: The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History chronicles one of Kentucky's signature industries

The Nunn Center’s Bourbon in Kentucky Oral History Collection was featured in the most recent issue of Kentucky Monthly in a story written by Kristy Robinson Horine.
Bourbon has been a part of Kentucky culture and heritage since it was first distilled there in the late eighteenth century. Since then the industry has expanded to international markets and proved to be a major industry for the state of Kentucky. This collection chronicles Kentucky distilleries with interviews from family members, employees, and local historians. Topics addressed in the collection include the history and process of bourbon production, governmental regulations on bourbon, the industry's economic struggles and successes, family involvement in the companies, and the industry's affect on the community.

More changes in ILL

Courtney Crepeau has been hired as the Library Technician Senior in Interlibrary Loan, Borrowing Unit to succeed Diane Brunn who retires September 2nd.  Courtney has served as Library Technician Senior in the Lending Unit of Interlibrary Loan since October, 2007.
 When she starts her new position on September 9th, Courtney will be returning to her first UK Libraries home.  Before handling lending request, she was the Borrowing technician, assisting UK researches and students in locating and accessing needed materials from other libraries.   

Observations and Reflections

Observations and Reflections

 I had the privilege this past Saturday of attending a luncheon for all of the new Singletary and Patterson Scholars starting their college careers this week.  An impressive group of scholars from around Kentucky and across the United States heard from President Capilouto and two rising sophomore scholars who shared some of their first year experiences. 

I also participated in the New Student Induction Ceremony held Saturday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum.  Along with President Capilouto, Provost Riordan, other campus administrators, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees, I was joined by UK Libraries faculty colleagues Valerie Perry, Debbie Sharp, and Beth Fuchs.  Dressed in our academic regalia in the 90+ degree coliseum was a challenge but the enthusiasm of the incoming students and their families made it all worth it.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book and Media Express service now available to undergraduates

UK Libraries expanded a popular service and has given it a new name.  Previously known as Book Express, Book and Media Express brings needed research materials to the closest library for any student, faculty, or staff.  

For the first time beginning this Fall, undergraduates can utilize Book and Media Express.  Imagine important information for that final paper is located in Young Library and you are working near the Education Library.  Simply search InfoKat and place your request.  Within two business days your request will be delivered to the closest library location of your choosing.  You may request any item that freely circulates.  

More information is located here ( or visit the closest UK Libraries location for help.

Observations and Reflections

I enjoyed the all-staff meeting this week.  After reviewing budget and facilities issues we participated in a question/answer period during which excellent topics were raised.  I look forward to several more all-staff meetings this year.

Also, when her schedule permits, I look forward to Provost Christine Riordan joining us for an all-lib meeting so that everyone can meet her and hear directly her goals for UK as Provost.

Planning is coming together for the September 6 celebration of the transformation of Young Library’s second floor.  We are anticipating that both President Capilouto and Provost Riordan will join us that day along with many of our donors who made the transformation possible with their gifts.

Please encourage everyone to join us that day and pass along this invitation to students you know or work with.  This space is for the students and we hope a large number will join us and help us celebrate.
Over the past two weeks I have joined many of our committees and working groups for the first meetings of the academic year.  Our faculty and staff participation in this process is essential as UK Libraries seeks continuous improvement in our collections, instruction, and services.  Thanks to everyone serving on a committee or working group this year and I look forward to your accomplishments and your report and the end of the year.


 I visited the Engineering Library this week and had the opportunity to visit with our student assistants who were staffing the public service desk.  All of us appreciate the important role our student assistants play year round in assuring that UK Libraries are open and providing good service to the campus community.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Call for nominations for 2014 Award for Intellectual Achievement

The University of Kentucky Libraries invites nominations for the 2014 Award for Intellectual Achievement, which recognizes Kentuckians who have attained high intellectual achievement. Nominations for the honor will be accepted through September 12, 2013.

The UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement, one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's most prestigious awards, was created to recognize outstanding intellectual achievement by Kentuckians, and to encourage education and promote creative thought.  The UK Libraries National Advisory Board determines the recipient annually by majority vote. 

Created in 1990, the award recognizes those who produced a contribution of lasting value. Information about the 2013 recipient, John W. Egerton, can be found here: here

Past recipients of the award include Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Dr. Laman A. Gray, Jr., Dr. Guy Davenport, Dr. George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman, and Dr. John Anthony

Candidates, either a person or group, may be nominated with completion of the application and a nominating statement that describes the intellectual achievement realized in a scientific, artistic, literary, social or humanitarian field; significance of the achievement; and endorsements or verification of the work.

To be eligible, nominees must be a Kentucky native or had more than three years of study, work or residency in Kentucky.

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form (

and send it to the Libraries Award Selection Committee, 1-85 William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0456.  For further information, contact Sherree Osborne.

Kazuko Hioki participates in conservation workshop

UK Libraries Conservation Librarian Kazuko Hioki attended the Tenri Antiquarian Materials Workshop for Overseas Japanese Studies Librarians, held at Tenri University in Nara, Japan, June 11-20, 2013.  The workshop sought to establish a cohort of librarians trained in best practices for managing, cataloging and preserving Japanese manuscript and antiquarian printed material.  Once trained, the librarians can provide guidance and training in their home regions for these types of materials. 

Tenri University Library (, which holds an important rare book collection of over 17,000 volumes, 90 of which are designated as national treasures, hosted the workshop.  Kazuko joined 19 participating librarians, including 13 from the United States, 4 from Europe, and 3 from Oceania.
 A highlight of the workshop was learning techniques for gathering information about rare antiquarian books by examining the actual materials as well as by exploring online tools.  For instance, the participants compared the various editions of a kabuki play script from the 18th century and a piece of woodblock used for printing one of those editions (photos 1 and 2) to find differences between early and later editions, including inaccurate publication information (such as publishing year) printed on the books. 

Online tools included Websites that assist in reading classic hand-writing and in creating bibliographic records (Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books and digital image database, (  

Kazuko plans to apply her new knowledge to catalog several rare antique Japanese materials in the UK Libraries holdings. 

Kathryne LeFevre accepts SKYCTC position

August 2nd was Kathryne LeFevre’s last day with UK Libraries.  She accepted a position as a reference librarian at South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

Kathryne began working at UK Libraries in 1998 as a student assistant in Young Circulation and in 2001 accepted a position as a library technician with the Education Library. In 2006, she became the senior library technician in the Chemistry-Physics Library and moved to the Science Library when the science libraries consolidated in fall 2008. 

Two years later Kathryne transferred to the Shaver Engineering Library as their senior library technician where she became an integral part of information literacy instruction and active learning in the Engineering classes.  Kathryne earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish (2001) and an M.S.L.S. (2007), all from UK.

Observations and Reflections

Thanks to everyone who helped make the recent UK Libraries retreat a success.  Laura Davison and the Faculty Council and Shell Dunn and the Staff Advisory Council did a terrific job of developing the day’s agenda and activities.  The presentations were both informative and entertaining. 

Thanks to all of the presenters and to Brad Carrington for “moderating” the lighting rounds and Beth Kramer for keeping time and providing the gong.

The Good Barn posed some logistical challenges and I appreciate the hard work of Sherree Osborne and Clay Gaunce in assuring that the room worked well and that you had what you needed during the day.    It was my fault there was no coffee that morning!

It was great to see everyone together and now let’s turn our attention to working to assure that the 2013-14 academic year is the best in can be for UK students.