Friday, September 30, 2016

Fine Arts Library transforms into a Japanese tea house

A corner of the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library was recently transformed into a traditional Japanese tea house for a visit from art history professor Andrew Maske’s A-H 311 class. Professor Maske’s popular course is entitled Arts of Soft Power: The Japanese Tea Ceremony and typically includes an authentic demonstration of the tea ceremony, or chado

This year, the chado was performed by Mike Hardy, the international coordinator at the Urasenke School of Tea in Kyoto, Japan, who is also a graduate of UK’s Asia Center. Amid tatami mats, a Japanese wall hanging, and a fresh arrangement of seasonal Kentucky flowers, students and visitors observed the tea preparation and were served a Japanese sweet and a bowl of matcha tea.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Doug Boyd gives keynote at Library of Congress for the American Folklife Center

Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, gave a keynote lecture in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress for the American Folklife Center’s symposium “Collections, Collaborations and Connections.”

The topic, “Accessing Online Oral Histories,” highlighted the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) system, the open source and free system developed by the Nunn Center for enhancing access to online oral history; the Nunn Center’s model workflow, ethics and privacy issues pertaining to online access to oral history; as well as providing a snapshot of the state of the field with regard to challenges and solutions facing archives with oral history collections.

Rebecca Jude is new library specialist in Electronic Resources

Rebecca Jude joins UK Libraries as the new library specialist in Electronic Resources. She received her bachelor's in psychology from UK, and worked in Electronic Resources as a part-time library technician.

Kazuko Hioki leaving UK Libraries

Kazuko Hioki has resigned UK Libraries effective January 2, 2017, and will head the Preservation Department at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Library. Kazuko joined UK Libraries in April 2004 as conservation librarian and more recently also served as Asian Studies liaison. She is a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally regarding conservation and preservation practices and policies in libraries and archives. We wish her continued success and thank her for her many years of service.

Mary Congleton presents at the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care

Mary Congleton, collection coordinator/outreach librarian in the Medical Center Library, spoke to 216 healthcare professionals at the annual Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care conference. 
Her presentation, “Social Media: Applications in Medicine and Healthcare,” focused on applications and use for both patients and healthcare providers. In addition, Mary exhibited and promoted resources that are available free from the National Library of Medicine. The two-day conference included respiratory therapists as well as health professionals in other disciplines from across the state.

Education Library celebrates Banned Book Week

The Education Library is participating in the national Banned Book Week, September 25 – October 1. In a celebration of free and open access to information, books will be highlighted that that have fallen under intense scrutiny for various reasons and access allowed to these books rather than restrict them. 

Some favorite books that have been targeted for removal or restrictions on a national level in the past include the Harry Potter series, “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, and “The Lord of the Rings” series. The Education Library will highlight these challenged books and others in a display.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Doug Boyd talks about the bourbon renaissance on WUKY

Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn't always the case. In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY's Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK Libraries, talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center's ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.

Lyric presents UK Libraries exhibition on Kentucky's African-American LGBTQ community

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is currently hosting a free public exhibition on LGBTQ members of the African-American community in the commonwealth from UK Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). The public may view “A Pictorial History of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons in Kentucky” through October 17, at the center located at 300 E. Third St.

This exhibition's images tell a brief story of the life and work of Kentucky's African-American LGBTQ community starting with the 1909 successful appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals from Caldwell County Circuit Court in the case Commonwealth v. Poindexter. It is believed to be the earliest case of African Americans challenging the sodomy law in Kentucky.

There are also images of the “Negro Review,” local entertainment shows held at Woodland Park Auditorium during the 1930s with an all-male cast in drag. In addition, there are images of the drag shows held at the Lyric Theater in 1960, followed by images of the entertainers being arrested and taken to jail. Drag shows were illegal in 1960.

More contemporary images in this exhibition feature Angela Davis’ visit to UK; Djuan Trent, 2010 Miss Kentucky; and the local LGBTQ organization Bluegrass Black Pride.

This is the third showing of “A Pictorial History: African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons in Kentucky.” The first version of the exhibit was displayed in the SCRC at UK during 2015 Black History Month. Thanks to the leadership and interest of Bluegrass Black Pride members seeking to make the exhibit more available to the general public, the Lexington Public Library ran the exhibit in the fall of 2015 and it is now on display at the Lyric. The exhibition was part of the September 2016 Gallery Hop.

The 26 framed images showcased in the exhibition are from UK photo collections and from very generous loans by individuals and organizations throughout the community and who are credited on the caption cards next to each frame. The exhibition is sponsored by UK Libraries, UK African American and Africana Studies Program, and the community organization Bluegrass Black Pride.

SCRC is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to honoring its past while maintaining a strong vision for the further development of both the East End and the greater Lexington and Bluegrass community. The mission of the Lyric is to preserve, promote, present and celebrate diverse cultures with special emphasis on African-American cultural heritage through artistic presentations of the highest quality, educational programming and outreach, film, and opportunities for community inclusion.

Monday, September 19, 2016

UK Libraries participates in the Year of South Asia kickoff

Mary Pattengill, Katie Smith and Toni Greider, UK Libraries International Working Group, greeted students at the Arts and Sciences Year of South Asia kickoff event. They promoted the South Asia cinema series that UK Libraries is sponsoring and invited everyone to taste chikki, an authentic Indian candy. The Year of South Asia will be celebrated for the entire academic year and UK Libraries will be mounting exhibits and hosting cultural events during the fall and spring semesters.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New recipes in time for Bourbon Heritage Month

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon whiskey is produced in Kentucky, and the drink is as distinctive to the state as Thoroughbred horses and Bluegrass music. As America’s native spirit enjoys booming popularity worldwide, award-winning bartender Joy Perrine and celebrated restaurant critic and drinks writer Susan Reigler return to offer new recipes that will delight both the cocktail novice and the seasoned connoisseur.
Following up on their best-selling “The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book,” the duo returns with more reasons to appreciate bourbon whiskey in “More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails.” This mouthwatering volume features more than fifty delicious new concoctions—including variations on classics such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan—and even adds a splash of Kentucky flavor to mojitos, sangria, lemonade, and coffee. It also serves up recipes from leading bartenders, prizewinning drinks from cocktail competitions, and a bourbon-inspired buffet featuring edibles that will be a feast for aficionados. The useful bourbon glossary and bibliography will appeal to professional or at-home bartenders eager to experiment, invent, and savor their own recipes.
Included among the potables in this volume are:
"More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails"
Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler      photographs by Jessica Ebelhar
Publication Date: August 26, 2016      $16.95 cloth, ISBN: 978-0-8131-6768-8      ebook available

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Deirdre Scaggs part of Patterson Hall rededication, renaming of four residence halls

Although Patterson Hall may look familiar on the outside, once you step through its doors, you will see the inside of the historical building has been transformed. On Monday, September 12 the University of Kentucky celebrated the renovation of Patterson Hall as well as the many women pioneers who passed through its doors.

UK alumna and former Patterson Hall resident, Myra Tobin, treasures the time she spent in Patterson Hall as a student.

"It was a dorm that had character. It was well built. It was stately. It was right in the center of a beautiful grove of trees. It was a prestigious place to live," Tobin said.

Women were admitted to the university beginning in 1880, but they were not permitted to live on campus until Patterson Hall opened in 1904.

"Patterson Hall had a meaning that went far beyond just a place where students lived," said Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

As the first women's dormitory, the hall gave female students the chance to further their education and truly experience campus life — an opportunity they had not had before.

"It is important that we not forget the legacy of those pioneers and then how we cast the buildings around it to further remember that we didn’t just have a founding father at the University of Kentucky," said President Eli Capilouto. "Our history is built on the endurance and perseverance of — what I like to say — ‘our founding mothers.’"

Through the doors of Patterson Hall passed many of the university's women pioneers including Sarah Bennett Holmes, Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd, Georgia M. Blazer and Frances Jewell. As the university celebrates the transformation of Patterson Hall, it is also celebrating the legacies those women left behind.

"This place, that building, its halls and its ground are hallowed and sacred because these people had to go through something that was difficult in their time," Capilouto said.

Outdated residence halls bearing the names of these four women were torn down to make way for UK's recent residential transformation. During the September 12 ceremony, UK formally announced the renaming of four north campus residence halls surrounding Patterson Hall to honor these women. Champions Court I has been named Frances Jewell Hall. Champions Court II has been named Georgia M. Blazer Hall. Limestone Park I has been named Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall. Limestone Park II has been named Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd Hall.

As renovation began on Patterson Hall, the design team reviewed original plans in order to best capture and preserve the building in a way that will better serve current and future students. During the renovation, many remnants of the past were found throughout the building including a 1906-07 class assignment schedule and old postcards.

"It should be a tribute to what UK was and where it’s going in the future," said Mary Vosevich, UK vice president for facilities management.

"I think you need bridges to the past and Patterson Hall is one of those bridges," said Tobin.

Photo courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing

Nearly 1,000 questions answered at W.T. Young Library “Survivor” information desk

--> UK Libraries faculty, staff and student workers from across the library system welcomed students to campus in the lobby of William T. Young Library.  The “Survivor”-themed staffed information desk in the atrium featured “Ask Us Live!,” a prize wheel and treats. It operated for three weeks with faculty and staff providing information on how to find articles and books, tips on computer access and printing, directions to classes, and more. The “On the Hunt: Librarians As Your Guide” event in the Hub downstairs provided another opportunity for students to learn about library services and resources and included prize giveaways and cookies. This was the fifth year for the specially staffed welcome desk. Thank you to everyone who welcomed our new students and their families to campus!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pop in UK Special Collections for one-of-a-kind pop-up book collection

The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) presents an exhibition of intriguing new acquisitions to the Richardson Pop-up book collection.

This free exhibition is currently open to the public in the Great Hall on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Library Building and will be available for viewing through Friday, October 14.

Pop-up books from popular TV shows, movies and book series including "The Walking Dead," "Harry Potter," "Game of Thrones" and "Transformers" are on display. Other books showcase pop-up versions of new classics in children’s literature and bedtime stories, as well as old favorites such as Dr. Seuss’ "The Lorax" and "Aesop’s Fables." Several selections highlight construction and architecture, including a building crane to complement the real things commonly seen on UK’s campus.

The Richardson Pop-up Book Collection currently features over 500 pop-up books donated to the SCRC by Kathleen Richardson since 2013.

The SCRC at the King Library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Jaime Marie Burton, the director of Research Services and Education for the SCRC, at

UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection and ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Russell Kirk biography wins Paolucci Award

University Press of Kentucky’s biography, “Russell Kirk: American Conservative” by historian Bradley J. Birzer has won the prestigious Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 
ISI is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the promotion of conservative thought on college campuses. Founded in 1953 by Frank Chodorov, William F. Buckley Jr. was its first president. “Russell Kirk” was selected from among 60 nominees for this year’s award, which honors the book that best advances conservative principles.
The Paolucci Book Award judges included: Amity Shlaes, author of “Coolidge” andThe Forgotten Man;” Angelo M. Codevilla, author of “Advice to War Presidents” (winner of the 2010 Paolucci Book Award); Serphin Maltese, former chairman of the Conservative Party of New York; Clara Sarrocco, executive director of the Council on National Literatures; Matthew A. Pauley, chair of political science and legal studies at Manhattanville College; and Ronald F. Docksai, president of the Walter Bagehot Council.
Emerging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and facing the rise of radical ideologies abroad, the American Right seemed beaten, broken, and adrift in the early 1950s. Although conservative luminaries such as Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin all published important works at this time, none of their writings would match the influence of Russell Kirk’s 1953 masterpiece “The Conservative Mind.” This seminal book became the intellectual touchstone for a reinvigorated movement and sparked a change in Americans’ attitudes toward traditionalism.
In “Russell Kirk,” Birzer investigates the life and work of the man known as the founder of postwar conservatism in America. Drawing on papers and diaries that have only recently become available to the public, Birzer presents a thorough exploration of Kirk’s intellectual roots and development. The first to examine the theorist’s prolific writings on literature and culture, this magisterial study illuminates Kirk’s lasting influence on figures such as T. S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., and Senator Barry Goldwater—who persuaded a reluctant Kirk to participate in his campaign for the presidency in 1964.
Birzer receives a $5,000 cash prize, and will deliver a talk on the legacy of Russell Kirk at ISI’s awards dinner in Philadelphia on October 1. C-SPAN’s “Book TV” has broadcast the Paolucci winner’s talk for the past ten years and plans to do so again this year.
Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and professor of history at Hillsdale College, and the second Visiting Scholar of Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado–Boulder. He is the author of “American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll” and “Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson.”

Online research guide available for library science careers

Katie Smith, a library specialist at William T. Young Library reference services and a master’s student in the library science program, has created an online research guide for library science students. It offers information and resources about searching and applying for jobs both while a student and after graduation. The research guide is being promoted by the School of Information Science through their website and social media.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Theatre Library Association award finalists announced

Two books in the University Press of Kentucky’s Screen Classics series have been named award finalists by the Theatre Library Association. "Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway’s Greatest Producer" by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson was one of ten finalists for the George Freedley Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance. In addition, "Dalton Trumbo: Blacklisted Hollywood Radical" by Larry Ceplair and Christopher Trumbo was one of eight finalists for the Richard Wall Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance.
Founded in 1937, the Theatre Library Association supports librarians and archivists affiliated with theatre, dance, performance studies, popular entertainment, motion picture, and broadcasting collections. TLA promotes professional best practices in acquisition, organization, access, and preservation of performing arts resources in libraries, archives, museums, private collections, and the digital environment. By producing publications, conferences, panels, and public events, TLA fosters creative and ethical use of performing arts materials to enhance research, live performance, and scholarly communication.
In "Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway’s Greatest Producer," authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson offer a comprehensive look at both the life and legacy of the famous producer. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the Bridesons shed new light on this enigmatic man who revolutionized theater performance with the musical "Show Boat" (1927) and continued making Broadway hits—including "Sally" (1920), "Rio Rita" (1927), and "The Three Musketeers" (1928)—several of which were adapted for the silver screen. They provide a lively and well-rounded account of Ziegfeld as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a lover, and an alternately ruthless and benevolent employer. Lavishly illustrated with over seventy-five images, this meticulously researched book presents an intimate and in-depth portrait of a figure who profoundly changed American entertainment.
In "Dalton Trumbo," Ceplair and Trumbo present their extensive research on James Dalton Trumbo (1905–1976) who is widely recognized for his work as a screenwriter, playwright, and author, but also remembered as one of the Hollywood Ten who opposed the House Un-American Activities Committee. They explore the career of this famed writer, detailing his work, his membership in the Communist Party, his long campaign against censorship during the domestic cold war, his ten-month prison sentence for contempt of Congress, and his thirteen-year struggle to break the blacklist. This comprehensive biography provides insights into the many notable people with whom Trumbo worked, including Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, and Kirk Douglas, and offers a fascinating look at the life of one of Hollywood’s most prominent screenwriters and his battle against persecution.
The 2015 TLA book awards will be presented to the winners at a gala celebration on Friday, October 14, 6:30 p.m., in the Café of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

LGBTQ* welcome back event includes UK Libraries


Jacqueline Doucet, Reinette Jones and Jen Martin represented UK Libraries at the annual LGBTQ* welcome back student event held outside Whitehall Classroom Building. They talked to students about all of the Libraries’ services and Jacqueline’s first online research guide, “Central Kentucky LGBT Youth Resource Guide: Counseling & Support Services (Individual & Family Counseling) & Housing Info.” Jacqueline, a current UK library science student, created the guide for LIS 601 during the summer 2016 semester. Jen Martin is a LGBTQ* advisory board member.

UK Libraries welcomes students across campus

The Special Collections Research Center faculty and staff kicked off the academic year with a successful open house and “Road Trip!” exhibit opening. More than 300 students came to the SCRC for free ice cream and giveaways and pinned their hometowns on an interactive map set up for the exhibit. Faculty and staff from the SCRC and UK Libraries participated in the event, talking with students, handing out treats, and helping to start off the school year on a positive and welcoming note. The “Road Trip!” exhibit will be open through September in the main lobby of the SCRC.

Karyn Hinkle, Daniel Naas and Paula Hickner in the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library welcomed fine arts students, faculty and staff with a Cookie Day.

Sarah Vaughn and Emily Bayma-Santos in the Education Library participated in the College of Education’s annual education fair on the lawn of the Taylor Education Building. 

Faith Harders in the Hunter M. Adams Design Library was part of the College of Design freshman orientation. One hundred twenty seven new students saw a selection of books representing all aspects of design, including architecture, interior design, historic preservation, construction, drawing, fabrication, and product design. Students also saw materials from Special Collections, including a book of Gustav Eiffel’s drawings for the Eiffel Tower and Charles Garnier’s drawings for his Paris Opera House. 

Science and Engineering Library faculty and staff and Laura Whayne in Kentucky Transportation Center Library participated in the College of Engineering’s freshman fair and pizza party in the Joseph G. and Suzanne W. Teague Courtyard.