Thursday, January 23, 2014

Aztec Tribute Poster on cover of C & R L News

The January issue of College and Research Libraries News News, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), features a familiar image on the cover.  The Aztec Tribute poster, which is part of the Viva Mexico exhibit in the Rose Street Entrance of the William T. Young Library, is the cover art for the issue.  

Adrian Ho, Director of Digital Scholarship, submitted two images last December and the tribute poster was immediately chosen to grace the cover.

New Integrated Library System

UK Libraries is actively examining options for a next-generation integrated library platform to replace the current Voyager system.  Next-generation library platforms are designed to manage digital collections and to take advantage of advances in computer technology and architecture. 

Last fall, in partnership with other members of the State Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky (SAALCK), UK Libraries heard from representatives of Ex Libris about the merits of the ALMA and PRIMO platforms.  The same group will be meeting March 6 in Louisville to learn more about OCLC’s Worldshare system. 

Forums for UK Libraries faculty and staff will be scheduled as more information becomes available.  

UK Archivist recognized by KATH

Megan Mummey, Collections Management Archivist in Special Collections, is featured this month in the Kentucky Association of Teachers (KATH) “Spotlight.”  Megan, a member of the KATH board, discusses the types of unique collections she has been working with recently. 

KATH “emphasizes history” but takes an interdisciplinary approach including humanities and the social sciences more broadly.  Members include elementary, middle school, high school, and college and university teachers, as well as administrators and public historians.

Welcome to Whitney Ivey

Whitney Ivey began work as the Library Technician Senior for Reserves in Circulation on January 13.  She has a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of the Cumberlands where she also worked as a Library Assistant in their library.  She also has an M.A. in history from the University of Central Missouri.

Reflections and Observations

Winter weather like we have been experiencing this month makes our already hectic days even more challenging.  I want to take this opportunity to thank each UK Libraries employee as well as our custodial staff and building operators for your role in keeping UK Libraries serving the University of Kentucky campus. 

UK students and faculty depend on us every day and I want you know how proud I am to be your colleague in this shared effort.

-Terry Birdwhistell

Dean of Libraries and    
William T. Young Endowed Chair

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Eric Weig to serve on archive council

Eric Weig, Digital Library Architect in Digital Library Services, has been appointed by the ArchivesSpace Board of Trustees to the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council for a two year term beginning January, 2014.  Built for archives by archivists, ArchivesSpace is the open source archives information management application for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts and digital objects.  UK Libraries is a charter member of ArchivesSpace.
The Technical Advisory Council is a key part of the ArchivesSpace program and a critical part of the ArchivesSpace community, having responsibility for providing overall technical guidance to code committers, the User Advisory Council, and the ArchivesSpace Board of Trustees.  

Welcome to Allison Elliott-Shannon, UK Libraries Director of Marketing

Allison Elliott-Shannon has been named the new Director of Marketing for UK Libraries.  Her first day will be Monday, January 13th. 

After earning a B.A. in History from Centre College in 2001, Allison earned a M.A. in Public Communication from American University.  Allison has nearly a decade of marketing and public relations experience, having served with UK Public Relations since 2004, most recently as Senior Health Information Specialist. 

Rachel Combs appointed to Science Library position

Rachel Combs has been hired as the Library Technician Senior in the Science Library.  She has a BA in Psychology and previously worked at Georgetown College as the Circulation Supervisor.  She will begin working on January 13th.