Friday, February 27, 2015

Herald-Leader features photos, quotes from UK Libraries to mark UK 150

Cadets line up in front of the Main Building in 1918
Photo courtesy of UK Special Collections Research Center

This has been a special week on campus with the celebration of UK's sesquicentennial. Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for Special Collections, co-chaired the UK150 Committee. The celebration included speeches by national higher education leaders, a student celebration, an open house for faculty and staff in the Special Collections Research Center, as well as the Blue Tie Bash in Rupp Arena.

On February 22 the Lexington Herald-Leader featured a special section about the university's history. It included many photos from the Special Collections Research Center.  

You can read more online

Photos and video from the UK Sesquicentennial celebration

Over the past week the University of Kentucky celebrated the sesquicentennial of the institution. One hundred and fifty years after its founding, campus played host to a series of events including addresses by leaders in higher education, a student celebration, and a reception for faculty and staff. Below are photos and video to help readers experience the excitement of this special time at UK.

The Sesquicentennial celebration kicked off with a convocation
of the UK community.

UK Alumnus and Chancellor of the University of Maryland system
William E. "Brit" Kirwan gave the convocation address.

A special cake formed the centerpiece of the
celebration at the Student Center.

President Emeritus of the University of California
Mark G. Yudof delivered the Sesquicentennial Lecture.

Faculty and staff celebrated at the UK Libraries
Special Collections Research Center.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Heidi Taylor-Caudill is Director of Archives for the Diocese of Owensboro

A photo from "Immigrants in the Coalfields"
Heidi Taylor-Caudill is the new Director of Archives for the Diocese of Owensboro. A graduate of the UK School of  Library and Information Science, Caudill served as a student assistant in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center while a student. 

Heidi, along with fellow graduate student Whitney Hays, worked during the 2013-2014 academic year to create the online exhibit “Immigrants in the Coalfields.” Reinette Jones of SCRC conceived and supervised the project, which was made possible by one-time metrics funding from the Provost.

"Saving Stories" remembers desegregation at UK

George Logan
The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, in conjunction with WUKY radio, presents a regular segment called "Saving Stories," featuring oral history interviews from the collection. 

This week, as UK celebrates its sesquicentennial, "Saving Stories" took a look back at the history of the university during desegregation. Kentucky native George Logan, one of the first African American students at UK, remembers his experiences. 

For the complete story, visit WUKY online

Friday, February 13, 2015

Nunn Center collaborates with West Chester University to digitize "Goin' North" oral history project

The "Goin' North" project includes
photos of families like
Alexander, Caroline, and Milo Manly.
A collaboration between the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center and West Chester University of Pennsylvania yielded an online exhibit based on the “Goin’ North” oral history project. Documenting the experiences of African Americans who moved to Philadelphia during the Great Migration (post-World War I to 1970) the exhibit and collections include digitized oral history interviews along with associated photographs and documents.

Called a “model collaboration” by Nunn Center Director Doug Boyd, the project came about through a relationship between Dr. Boyd and Professor Charles Hardy, the original interviewer and historian who conducted the oral history project in the 1980s. As collaborators and co-authors Dr. Boyd and Professor Hardy worked together to use the OHMS system developed by the Nunn Center in a class at West Chester. Drawing on audiocassettes housed at the Philadelphia History Museum students digitized 71 interviews, audited the transcripts, and developed keyword thesauri.

Dr. Boyd, Kopana Terry, and Danielle Gabbard of the Nunn Center worked closely with professors at West Chester to complete the project. The interviews are now archived at the Nunn Center.

Deirdre Scaggs joins ArchivesSpace Nomination Committee

Deirdre Scaggs
Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean for the Special Collections Research Center, recently joined the ArchivesSpace Nominations Committee as an at-large member.

The ArchivesSpace Nominations Committee identifies persons among the ArchivesSpace member community capable and willing to serve on the Governance Board, the Technical Advisory Council, and the User Advisory Council. 

Amanda Jewell joins Business Services team

Amanda Jewell
Amanda Jewell will begin February 23 as the new Staff Support Associate II in UK Libraries Finance and Administration, Business Services. 

Amanda earned a bachelor's degree from UK and worked as a Staff Support Associate in the UK Office of Admissions from 2005 to the present.  

Welcome Amanda!

Reception honors Meg Shaw

Left to right: Director of Branch Libraries Valerie Perry, Meg Shaw,
Dean Terry Birdwhistell
Meg Shaw retired from her position as Director of the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center on February 2. A reception held in the Little Library on January 30 provided colleagues and friends an opportunity to honor Meg’s years of service. 

Congratulations to Meg on her retirement, and best wishes for many happy years ahead.