Monday, September 28, 2015

Education Library marks Banned Books Week

Photo credit: Emily Bayma
In recognition of Banned Books Week, the Education Library assembled a display of books that have been banned at some point in history. The exhibit includes several familiar titles, many considered classics for young readers, along with the reasons for the bans. Visit the Education Library in Dickey Hall to learn more about controversial books over the years.

Retirement reception for Mary Molinaro

Mary Molinaro
A retirement reception will honor Mary MolinaroDirector of the UK Libraries Research Data Center. All colleagues and friends of Mary are invited to wish her well at a dessert reception on Monday, October 12, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gallery of William T. Young Library. 

Read more about Mary and her long career at UK Libraries.

James Britt joins UK Libraries

James Britt
James Britt will join UK Libraries as the Library Technician Senior for Digital Scholarship in Collections, Digital Scholarship & Technical Services. His first day will be October 5.  James earned his juris doctorate from Boston University. He previously worked at the Northeastern University School of Law Library as an intern.

Welcome, James. 

Jacqueline Wilson joins UPK

Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson is the new Staff Support Associate I for the University Press of Kentucky. Her first day will be October 5.  She previously worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader as the Senior Writer of obituaries.

Welcome, Jacqueline. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Upcoming UK Libraries Events

          "WE ARE HERE!" is a panel discussion featuring perspectives on African American LGBTQ* experiences. More details available on UKNow. 2 p.m. September 19, 2015, Lexington Public Library Downtown Branch. Free and open to the public. 

Dr. Donald A. Ritchie
          The Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center presents the 2015 Edward F. Prichard, Jr. Lecture delivered by Dr. Donald A. Ritchie, Emeritus Historian of the United States Senate.  Dr. Ritchie will speak on "Where Is Henry Clay Now That We Really Need Him? Political Compromise in an Uncompromising Era." 3 p.m. September 24, 2015, UK Athletics Auditorium, William T. Young Library. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mary Molinaro retires from UK Libraries

Mary Molinaor
Mary Molinaro, Director of the UK Libraries Research Data Center, will retire from UK next month. 

Over a long career at UK Libraries, Mary served in many roles. She came to UK Libraries in 1989 as a reference librarian in King Library. From 1991 to 1994, she was the Head of Library Computing Facilities, then Associate Director of Libraries for Computing Facilities from 1994 to 1996. She served as the Acting Dean of UK Libraries from 2002 to 2003, and as Director of William T. Young Library twice: from August 1997 to June 2002, then again from July 2003 to December 2004. From 2005 to 2010, Mary served as Director of Preservation and Digital Programs, then as Associate Dean for Library Technologies from 2010 to 2014. Throughout her career, she has specialized in developing solutions related to the creation and preservation of digital content.

After her retirement from UK, Mary will continue her involvement in digital content preservation as the Service Manager and Chief Operating Officer for the Digital Preservation Network.

A farewell gathering will take place soon.

I offer thanks to Mary for her many years of service and best wishes on her future endeavors.

Nunn Center partners with East End Listening Project

Photo by Matt Goins, Lexington Herald-Leader/
The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center are partnering with several community organizations on the East End Listening Project, an oral history project to document memories of the Lyric Theater and Lexington’s historic East End neighborhood. Organizers recorded several interviews at the recent Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival. For more information, see the complete article that recently appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader and on

Special Collections Research Center: digital collections update

A page from the 1919 scrapbook of
John Jacob Niles
The following resources have been added to ExploreUK. Many thanks to those who played a role in preserving and providing access to this content.


Linda Neville papers, 1783-1974 (partial digitization) These papers represent the life and work of Linda Neville, whose vocation was the welfare of children and the prevention of blindness in Kentucky. Papers include such materials as financial and business records, patient case records, correspondence, publications, news clippings, personal memorabilia, and photographs.

William Moody Pratt diaries, 1838-1891 These are the diaries of William Moody Pratt. In addition to the account of his activities and his impressions of the local and national contemporary scene, the diaries contain lists of marriages Pratt performed and of people received into the church.

Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Crawford family papers, 1910-1955, undated The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Crawford family papers (dated 1910-1955, undated; 0.26 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consists of correspondence, a diary, assorted papers, photographs, and other materials of different members of the Crawford family. The bulk of the collection contains Robert Benjamin Crawford’s papers.

John Jacob Niles papers, 1905-1984  (1919 scrapbook only) The John Jacob Niles papers (dated 1905-1984) contain correspondence, musical and literary manuscripts, and other materials written or collected by John Jacob Niles.

Item from the Linda Neville collection
Duncan family letters, 1803-1864 The Duncan family letters (dated 1803-1864) comprise correspondence to Henry Timberlake Duncan, Jr. from family and friends.

Buffalo Springs Cemetery records , 1957 
(Vol. I and Vol. II)


French family papers, 1770-1979, undated The French family papers (dated 1770-1979, undated) primarily comprises of correspondence, financial records, land surveys, legal documents, political documents, and photographs from James French, Richard French, Julia French Williams, James Hay French, and Jennie Judy Ratliff along with a few other assorted documents from other French family members and acquaintances throughout the years. 

Ezra L. Gillis papers, 1858-1971, undated Ezra Gillis papers (dated 1859-1971, undated; comprises correspondence, diaries, documents, publications, reports, clippings, notes, speeches, and artifacts primarily documenting Gillis professional and personal life from the time he became head of the University of Kentucky's Bureau of Source Materials until the end of his life. 

Recipe collection, 1888, undated The Recipe Collection (dated 1888, undated) consists of two recipe books. One is a Burnett’s Flavorings Cookbook and the other is a handwritten collection of recipes along with a small collection of newspaper clippings.

Josephine Russell Erwin Clay papers, 1823-1900 The Josephine Russell Erwin Clay family papers (dated 1823-1901) consist of letters, receipts, a slave deed, and a scrapbook, documenting the Clay, Erwin, and Russell families of Kentucky.

Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records, 1922-1951 The Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records (1922-1951, undated) comprise meeting planning, content and publicity documents relating to the Cakes and Ale Club in Lexington, KY. The items detail Wilson’s creation of the Cakes and Ale Club, policies and procedures. 

Pettit, Duncan, Gibson family papers, 1730-2008, undated The Pettit, Duncan, Gibson family papers (dated 1730-2008, undated) contain the personal papers of members of the Gibson, Duncan, Foster, Pettit families, as well as several of the branch families, from the mid-nineteenth century through the twentieth century. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence: letters exchanged among family members, friends and acquaintances, or business associates. 

The Warder Harrison Kentucky Entertainment Collection (dated 1820-2013) comprises scrapbooks, photographs, genealogical research, letters, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, magazines, record albums, sheet music, playbills, programs, and advertisements, which document Kentucky's role in the world of music, theatre, radio, television, and film. Warder Harrison primarily collected the material during his research for the book I Didn't Know That: Kentucky's Ties to Stage and Screen. 

Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records, 1975-1982 The Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records (dated 1975-1983, undated) contain financial request applications from public and private Eastern Kentucky health facilities. EKHS, Inc. financially assisted numerous private health care facilities, from small single bed family care homes to large medical centers. The records also include reports and publications concerning health care facility services supported by EKHS, Inc., and some office files like correspondence and facility status updates. 

Andrew J. May papers, 1899-1998 The Andrew J. May papers (dated 1899-1998, bulk 1931-1959) comprise correspondence, subject files, newspapers, and photographs that document Andrew J. May's career as a lawyer and Kentucky Congressman for the House of Representatives (1931-1947).

Hilton family diaries, 1840-1904 The Hilton family diaries (dated 1840-1904) includes diaries kept by Martin Tobey Hilton and his daughter, Mary Henrietta Hilton.

Brent Spence papers, 1861-1967  (addition added)

Jesse Kitchen Lewis papers 64m2 (collection inventory added)

JSTOR collections grow with addition of Arts and Sciences XIV

JSTOR access at UK Libraries is growing with the addition of the Arts and Sciences XIV collection. This collection includes 125 journals in disciplines such as political science, language, literature, and archaeology. Dating back to 1839, journals in the collection come from 17 different countries and 23 different disciplines. Notable titles include The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, Estudos Feministas, Asian Perspectives, and the Journal of International Affairs.

The addition of this collection brings the UK Libraries JSTOR Arts and Sciences collection completely up to date.  UK Libraries also owns JSTOR subject-specific journal collections in biological sciences and business and economics.

For more information or to explore JSTOR, visit