Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Award winning historian’s books readily available online

Distinguished scholar, State Historian, and recent recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement Dr. James C. Klotter is the author of numerous books on Kentucky history.  Ten of his books, which were published by the University Press of Kentucky (UPK), are readily available online to the UK community via UKnowledge

Dr. James C. Klotter
Members of the UK community can learn more about Dr. Klotter’s scholarly works with free online access to these books:

·      Faces of Kentucky

Other books on Kentucky and U.S. history published by UPK are also available online via UKnowledge, UK’s institutional repository. 

UK Libraries adds access to U.S. Documents Masterfile 1774-2016

With funds provided by the William T. Young Ashland Endowment, UK Libraries purchased the U.S. Documents Masterfile covering U. S. Federal Government publications 1774-2016. This resource provides almost 250 years of indexing for federal government information in a single source. The index provides call numbers that can be used to locate tangible materials in the UK Libraries Federal Regional Depository collection, as well as links to online resources in the Library of Congress's “American Memory” website, other agency websites, and digitized government publications on the HathiTrust website.

For more information or to explore this resource, click herehttp://libraries.uky.edu/record.php?lir_id=3301

Sarah Dorpinghaus is director of Digital Services

Sarah Dorpinghaus
UK Libraries is pleased to announce that Sarah Dorpinghaus is joining the UK Libraries faculty as director of Digital Services. Faculty leadership in this critical area will permit UK Libraries to advance its strategic goals and provide a solid administrative structure within Special Collections Research Center.

Sarah brings 9 years of professional archival experience to this position. In addition to her work as Digital Archivist at UK, Sarah worked at the Jewish Heritage Collection and the Chicago History Museum. Sarah is already professionally engaged at the state, regional, and national levels. She has given numerous professional papers at the national level and was one of the first cohorts to successfully go through the Digital Archives Specialist curriculum and certificate program offered through the Society of American Archivists.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah to the UK Libraries faculty. She will begin her new position July 1.

Service awards presented at Employee Celebration

UK Libraries honored long-time employees for their years of service during the 2016 Employee Celebration on May 23 in William T. Young Library. Faculty and staff with terms of service ranging from five to 45 years received recognition. For employees with 20 years or more of service, their supervisors and colleagues spoke about their contributions to UK Libraries. A reception in the Alumni Gallery followed the ceremony.

Employees honored for their service were as follows:

5 Years of Service
Allison B. Webster
Cameron M. Ludwick
Carrie D. Moore
Robert M. Shapiro

10 Years of Service
Anne D. Dotson
Alexander Grigg
Mary Beth Thomson

15 Years of Service
Timothy Baker
Kerri Ann Baunach
Mary Congleton
Marsha N. Seamans

20 Years of Service
Nancy L. DeMarcus
Matthew A. Harris

25 Years of Service
James B. Crowden
Sarah C. Vaughn

30 Years of Service
Rick A. Brewer
Cindy L. Parker

35 Years of Service
Stephanie A. Aken

40 Years of Service
Mary R. Spencer

45 Years of Service

Gail A. Kennedy 

Michael Epps joins UK Libraries

Michael Epps
Michael Epps joined UK Libraries May 31 as an Account Clerk III for the Finance and Administration Division. Michael received his master’s degree in finance from DeVry University. He previously worked at the UK International Center as a STEPS employee. Welcome, Michael.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

UK Libraries adds film script collections

With funds provided by the William T. Young Ashland Endowment, UK Libraries purchased access to Alexander Street Press's Film Scripts Online Series, Volumes I, American Film Scripts, and II, Film Scripts Online.  

American Film Scripts Online (AFSO) was conceived as a project to digitize and thoroughly index 1,000 film scripts. The rationale behind this is not only to provide access to many previously unpublished screenplays, but to also allow scripts to become part of the established corpus of literary works. Legal, authoritative versions of these screenplays may be consulted by a wide range of scholars, including historians, sociologists, and those who study literature.
American Film Scripts contains 1,500 film scripts plus a bibliographic and biographical database of directors and writers. It covers early silent films through the present.
Film Scripts Online includes 500 new screenplays and monographs focusing on contemporary and international films.
For more information or to explore this resource, click here.

Dr. Doug Boyd speaks at Personal Digital Archiving 2016

Dr. Doug Boyd
On May 12, 2016,  Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History delivered the keynote address at Personal Digital Archiving 2016, a conference hosted by University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Boyd spoke about recent innovations at the Nunn Center and the impact of digital technologies on oral history in the archive. Specifically, he discussed new developments to OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer), the free, open source system that makes online audio and video searchable, and the development of Exactly, a tool designed to safely transfer born-digital material to the archive. Both are free open-source tools that were developed by the Nunn Center and UK Libraries.  

Mary Beth Thomson elected president of ALCTS

Mary Beth Thomson 
Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean of Libraries for Collections, Digital Scholarship, and Technical Services, has been elected president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) for 2017-2018. Congratulations Mary Beth and thank your for representing UK Libraries in this important leadership role. 

Troy Martin chairs UK Staff Senate

Troy Martin
Troy Martin, Human Resources and Payroll manager for UK Libraries Finance and Administration, is the newly-elected chair of the UK Staff Senate. He will serve from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Congratulations Troy!

UK Libraries Employee Celebration set for May 23

The annual UK Libraries Employee Celebration will take place on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the UK Athletics Auditorium of William T. Young Library. Twenty members of the faculty and staff will receive service awards for tenures at UK ranging from 5 to 45 years. Supervisors will speak on behalf of those employees with 20 years or more of service to the university. The celebration will also include recognition of the recipients of the Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance.

All UK Libraries employees are encouraged to attend the Employee Celebration. A dessert reception in the Alumni Gallery will follow the program. 

Emma Montgomery joins UK Libraries

Emma Montgomery
Emma Montgomery will join UK Libraries on May 31, 2016 as a library technician in Monograph Acquisitions. Emma received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently, Emma has been working in the Science Library as part of the Science and Engineering Library merger team. Welcome, Emma.

Stacie Williams leaves UK Libraries

Stacie Williams
Stacie Williams joined UK Libraries in June 2013 as the first SCRC Learning Lab Manager. The Learning Lab is a competitive, undergraduate research-based internship program. Stacie successfully grew the program each year in meaningful ways. In addition to leading the program, Stacie served as a valuable mentor to the interns whose lives and futures have been deeply impacted by her guidance.

Stacie's spouse accepted a new position in Cleveland and her family will be moving there this summer. Her last day will be July 1, 2016.

Thank you Stacie, for your collaborative spirit and for moving UK Libraries ahead in our common goals and shared vision.

We wish Stacie the best of luck in the future!

Friday, May 13, 2016

The UK Libraries National Advisory Board presents the 2016 UK Libraries Spring Gala

130 people attended the second annual UK Libraries Spring Gala on May 10, 2016, in William T. Young Library. The Gala, presented by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, included the presentation of the Dean's Awards for Outstanding Staff Performance and the Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. James C. Klotter received the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement.

Josh Monroe, Beth Reeder, and Kopana Terry received the Dean's Awards for Outstanding Staff Performance, presented by Dean Terry Birdwhistell. Read more about Josh, Beth, and Kopana here.

Josh Monroe receives his award

Beth Reeder

Kopana Terry
Dr. LuAnnette Butler, president of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, spoke on behalf of the Board. The National Advisory Board sponsored the 2016 Gala.

Dr. LuAnnette Butler
Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab Intern Abigail King, a sophomore history major at UK, spoke on the importance of opportunities for students.

Abigail King
Frank Davis, Medical Center librarian, received the Willis Award, presented by UK Provost Timothy S. Tracy. Read more about Frank here. 

Provost Timothy S. Tracy, left, and Frank Davis
President Eli Capilouto presented the Medallion for Intellectual Achievement to Dr. James C. Klotter. Dr. Klotter is the State Historian of Kentucky, the author of twenty books on Kentucky history, and a professor at Georgetown College. Read more about Dr. Klotter here.

President Eli Capilouto, left, and Dr. James C. Klotter
Gala guests enjoyed a catered reception in the first floor atrium of William T. Young Library.

Below is a video highlight reel of the Gala, courtesy of the UK Media Depot:

 Thank you to all who joined UK Libraries for this special night of celebration.

UK Libraries National Advisory Board holds Spring meeting

The UK Libraries National Advisory Board
Photo by Mark Cornelison
The UK Libraries National Advisory Board held their Spring 2016 meeting on May 10 in William T. Young Library. The day included reports from Dean Terry Birdwhistell, Director of Philanthropy Daniel King, Director of Marketing Allison Elliott-Shannon, and Associate Dean of the Special Collections Research Center Deirdre Scaggs. Stacie Williams, manager of the SCRC Learning Lab, spoke on behalf of her 2015-2016 interns.

NAB President Dr. LuAnnette Butler led discussion of board business before lunch. Afterward, Dr. James C. Klotter, the recipient of the 2016 UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, spoke with the board. The NAB is responsible for determining the recipient of the Medallion.

Thank you to the members of our National Advisory Board, who generously presented the 2016 UK Libraries Spring Gala.

2015- 2016 members of the NAB are as follows:

LuAnnette Butler, President
Billy Lanter, Vice President
Martha-Ann Alito
Bess Clements Abell
Wendell Clay Ford
Michelle Gardner
Gail H. Hart
Marie E. Hochstrasser
Brenda M. Lampton
Bill Miles
Jan Miles
Jennie Lou Penn
Angela Rice
Anne Ritchie
Wood Simpson
Alan Sullivan
John van Willigen
Laurance B. VanMeter
Charles T. Wethington
Harvie B. Wilkinson

UK Libraries employees visit Eastern Kentucky University library

UK Libraries faculty and staff visit the EKU Library
On April 26, 2016,  the UK Libraries Employee Development Committee sponsored a trip to Richmond, Kentucky, to visit the Crabbe Library at Eastern Kentucky University. The group toured the library facility and the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, participated in a question and answer session with EKU library staff, and viewed a demonstration of their 3D printer. 

With only one facility, Crabbe Library serves students and colleges across the EKU campus. 

"It is an interesting library which is in a perpetual state of change, while maintaining glimmers of its past," said event co-organizer Josh Monroe.   

Allison Elliott-Shannon leaves UK Libraries

Allison Elliott-Shannon
Allison Elliott-Shannon, director of Marketing, will leave UK Libraries for a new post at the university. She will become the director of Communications for the UK College of Public Health. Allison's last day at UK Libraries will be June 2, 2016.

UK Libraries' first Marketing Director, Allison has built a strong foundation upon which our marketing efforts can continue to grow and reach a broader audience. 

Thank you Allison for your service and best wishes in your future endeavors.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Collections update: British Periodicals

An image from a 1939 issue of Play Pictorial
With funds provided by the William T. Young Toyota Endowment, UK Libraries purchased access to British Periodicals Collection I and II.  British Periodicals provides access to facsimile page images and searchable full text for nearly 500 British periodicals published from the 17th century through to the early 21st.
British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.
British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the UMI microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.
For more information or to explore this resource, click here.