Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WUKY episode features Doug Boyd

Doug Boyd, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History director, was on WUKY before Thanksgiving for an episode of “Saving Stories” featuring Colonel Harland Sanders. The Colonel, who was interviewed by a UK student in the mid 1970s, talked about Kentucky Fried Chicken as a startup. Sanders was recently inducted into the 2016 class of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. At the age of 40, Sanders began cooking chicken for customers at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky, during the height of the Great Depression. The Colonel Sanders interview is online:

Beverly Hilton retires from Medical Center Library

Bev Hilton, medical librarian liaison to the College of Nursing, is retiring effective January 5, 2017 after a 33-year career at the MCL. She has also served as clinical reference librarian in Pediatrics (Kentucky Children’s Hospital) and Family Medicine (Chandler and Good Samaritan hospitals), and UK HealthCare’s Health Education Center and accreditation management team/The Joint Commission.

According to Bev, her greatest accomplishment was “being an ‘embedded librarian,’ seeing my liaison group on a daily basis, teaching classes, and holding their hands until they could do database searching solo.”

Bev, who holds an MLS degree with a reference concentration from the University of Maryland in College Park, says she will miss “seeing that light bulb go on during an individual consultation when the person finally gets the hang of it.”

I will especially miss my MCL colleagues – several of us have grown together in our skills, many years of sharing and helping each other out – as well as all the wonderful people in the College of Nursing,” says Bev. “I have been fortunate to have been part of two super families in my work life!”  

Bev is planning on “enjoying retirement with my husband, Roger, visiting our newest grandson, 3 week old Caleb, here in Lexington, and traveling to Boston to visit our other grandsons, 2 ½ year old Brayden and 1 month old Ian.”

“During Bev’s 33 year career at the MCL, she has provided exemplary service to our users with a genuine passion and commitment,” says MCL head Rick Brewer. “While the MCL will miss a dear friend and colleague, we appreciate her service to our organization and we wish her the best as she enters the next phase of her life.”

“I want to enjoy life traveling, cooking, reading, and taking time to smell the roses,” says Bev.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SCRC releases digitized materials, new and updated finding aids on ExploreUK

The following resources have been added to ExploreUK. Sarah Dorpinghaus, director Digital Services, thanks everyone who played a role in making these collections available to the public.

Pride Community Services Organization publications (2016ms055): 413 newsletters dating from 1979-2016, PSCO’s mission is to “improve the lives of people in the sexual minority and gender expansive community of Central and Eastern Kentucky by enhancing visibility, empowering community members, and educating the public about issues impacting said community.” A press release will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Indices to Colored Marriage Registers, Fayette County (2016ms061): 4 volume set dating from 1866-1882, 1958-1968, and undated

James Walters photograph collection on Balkan (2014av024): 1.95 Cubic Feet dating from 1910-1912

Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, Addressed to J. G. Lockhart, Esq: A collection of ten letters from Sir Walter Scott to J. G. Lockhart on the topics of demonology and witchcraft as they relate to law and religion. Scott surveys the presence of the supernatural from Old Testament stories to the European witch crazes of the 1600 and 1700s; ix, 402 p. : front. ; 17 cm. BS1531 .S5 1830 ISBN0854095373

Fifty Years of the University of Kentucky African-American Legacy, 1949-1999: A pamphlet detailing the integration of the University of Kentucky campus with information on African-American staff, faculty, students, and alumni. Appendixes include information on the first African-American graduates of each college at the University of Kentucky and lists of students who have received degrees from the university.

Robert McMeekin Architectural Drawings, 1925-1988: 237 items total, third and final batch of drawings from this collection held at the Design Library

Lexington, Kentucky photograph albums, 1866-1940 (2015av015): (0.28 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of photographs depicting Lexington, Kentucky in the late 19th century through the mid twentieth century.

Spiritual Songs, 1804: A collection of twenty spiritual songs with index.

Tandy M. Pryor photographs collection (2004av053): (dated circa 1917-1919; 0.5 cubic feet; 261 items) consists of 261 gelatin developing-out prints pasted to photographic album pages taken during and after World War I.

The Barrow Unit records (63m201): (dated 1918-1941, undated; 0.42 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprises correspondence, printed articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, and official orders and rosters, documenting the volunteer military medical unit known as the Barrow Unit, which provided medical services in England to personnel of the U.S. Army during World War I.

Lincoln County, Kentucky wolf pelt receipts (2016ms036): (dated 1787-1896, bulk 1802-1803; 0.01 cubic feet; 7 items) consists primarily of receipts for wolf scalps from Lincoln County, Kentucky.

The Howard I. Kinne papers, 1912-1933 (62M85) include family correspondence before and during the First World War. The collection also includes the scrapbook of a trip to France after the war.

The Sallie Lyttle Hatton letters to Henry Harvey Fuson (1997ms141) (dated 1916-1934, bulk 1916-1922; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 item) primarily comprise correspondence, including poems and pencil sketches, written by Sallie Lyttle Hatton and sent to Harlan County educator Henry Harvey Fuson (1876-1964) between 1916-1922.

The Henry Watterson World War I editorials (59m17) (dated 1915-1921; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 folder) contain editorials cut from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Mary Webb G. Robb lantern slides (dated circa 1935-1942, 125 items) consists of 125 glass slides showing homes and gardens of Kentucky and Europe. The collection includes two indices describing the slides, and papers including checks, clippings, and a funeral memorial record.

The Henry Clay letters (46m95): (dated 1801-1843; 0.22 cubic feet; 1 boxes) comprise letters, a court report, and a print of Henry Clay. The bulk of the papers consist of letters from Henry Clay to Francis Taliaferro Brooke, a prominent political figure and Virginia Supreme Court judge from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Russell Des Cognets papers (57m2): (dated 1918-1957, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) include the correspondence, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings Russell Des Cognets collected relating to his service in France during World War I and as a political activist during prohibition and the Great Depression.

Margaret Shannon papers  (2009ms175): The Margaret Shannon papers (dated 1961-1987; 6 cubic feet; 6 boxes) consists of the files, records, and printed materials created and collected by Margaret Shannon during her time as the Special Projects Director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) during the 1970s.

Frankel and Curtis records (2009ms105): The Frankel and Curtis architectural drawings collection (dated 1897-1974, undated; 10 cubic feet; 161 tubes, 5 boxes) comprises drawings, office records, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting the firm's designs at various stages of completion, from architectural plans and specifications to finished buildings.

Ann Pancake collection on Pauline Canterberry  (2015ms040): The Ann Pancake collection on Pauline Canterberry (dated 2004-2014; 0.15 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of letters written by Pauline Canterberry to author Ann Pancake concerning coal mining and mountain top removal in Sylvester, West Virginia.
Prichard Committee records (2013ms0846): The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence records (dated 1941-2016, undated; 184.44 cubic feet; 232 boxes, 7 oversize boxes) comprise administrative files, project files, meeting materials, correspondence, publications, and audiovisual materials that document the Lexington, Kentucky, advocacy group’s commitment to promoting and ensuring quality education for all Kentuckians.

Margaret Lantis papers (2001ua062): The Margaret Lantis papers (dated 1871-2001, undated, 42.79 cubic feet, 56 boxes) consists of biographical information, correspondence, photographic prints, artifacts, slides, publications and journals, and research files, which document the career of prominent female anthropologist Margaret Lantis.
Ed Greif Genealogy Collection (2015ms089): The Edward Greif Genealogy collection (dated 1628-2007, undated; 10.52 cubic feet, 17 boxes) primarily comprises genealogical records, correspondence, and photographs arranged alphabetically by family name that document various Western Kentucky families including the Greif, Gholson, and Stith families.
Richard B. Isenhour architectural drawings (2016ms030): The Richard B. Isenhour architectural drawings, (dated 1952-1989; 1.5 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise construction drawings for homes built in Lexington, Kentucky, by architect Richard B. Isenhour, who heavily used the mid-century modern architectural style.
Thomas Merton Collection (2006ms071): The Thomas Merton Collection (dated 1949-1971, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises an artificial collection of American Catholic monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton related manuscripts and correspondence.     

Thomas Merton papers (75m28): The Thomas Merton papers (dated 1940-1974, undated; 5.5 cubic feet; 14 boxes) include correspondence, literary manuscripts, and photographs, which document Merton's career as a monk and spiritual writer.

Tebbs/Prewitt family papers (1997ms118): The Tebbs/Prewitt family papers (dated 1816-1985, bulk 1840-1965; cubic feet; 52 boxes, 6 wrapped items, 2 map folders) comprise correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, journals, diaries, a ledger, schoolwork, notebooks, grades, photographs, daguerreotypes, prints, memo books, pocket books, certificates, a diploma, a hunting license, dental records, music books, scrapbooks, microfilm, recipes, genealogical information, maps, newspapers, newspaper clippings, books, booklets, calendars, drawings, lists, mailed advertisements, magazines, memorabilia, pamphlets, play bills, paper dolls, a poem, photocopies, and transcripts.
Ronald D Eller papers (2013ua007): The Ronald D Eller papers (dated 1852-2013, undated; 38.2 cubic feet; 36 record storage cartons, 1 half record storage carton, 3 flat boxes, 1 wrapped item) comprise administrative files, research files, and correspondence that primarily document Eller’s academic and administrative career in Appalachian studies with the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center and his professional projects with national and regional organizations to improve Appalachian economic development.

Georgia Davis Powers papers (2011ms024): The Georgia Davis Powers papers (1949-2012, undated; 8.77 cubic feet; 12 document cases, 3 record storage carton, and 4 flat boxes) comprises scrapbooks, subject files, correspondence, speeches, notepads, manuscripts, photographs, audiocassettes, video tapes, and publications relating to Georgia Davis Powers' political career and social activism.
Laura Clay music collection (2011ms043): The Laura Clay music collection (dated 1810-1901, undated; 1.3 cubic feet; 5 boxes) primarily comprises 19th century sheet music of works for piano and voice that were collected by Laura Clay.

Pauline Canterberry papers (2014ms0253): The Pauline Canterberry papers (dated 1920s-2012, bulk 1987-2012; 3 cubic feet; 7 boxes, 1 oversized folder) document Pauline Canterberry's and Mary Miller's work to defend Sylvester, West Virginia, from coal dust pollution caused by Massey Energy's Elk Run Facility.

James Still photographs and sound recordings (pa87m12): The James Still photographs and sound recordings (dated circa 1890s-2001, undated; 5.45 cubic feet; 12 boxes) are the personal photographs and sound recordings of the writer James Still.

Reel World String Band records (2016ms014): The Reel World String Band records (dated circa 1971-2016, undated; 8.14 cubic feet; 19 boxes, 2 oversize boxes) primarily comprise promotional fliers, concert posters, contracts, programs, and articles that document the Kentucky women's band and its commitment to social justice advocacy from the band's founding in 1977 to the present.

Marita Garin papers (2012ms078): The Marita Garin papers (dated 1962-2012, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of autobiographical information, correspondence, manuscripts, publications, awards, contracts, and photographs relating to the education and creative writing career of Appalachian poet Marita Garin.

Kentucky Rivers Coalition records (89m2): The Kentucky Rivers Coalition records (dated 1889, 1937-1988, undated; 39.53 cubic feet, 49 boxes) primarily comprises operating records, subject files, publications, and photographs that document the work of the Kentucky Rivers Coalition and the environmental protection efforts of federal and state governments in the eastern and mid-western United States.

Cumberland River and Big Sandy Railroad Company records (2013ms0889): The Cumberland River and Big Sandy Railroad Company records (dated 1881-1903, bulk 1884-1886; 0.73 cubic feet; 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder) primarily includes correspondence among Kentucky and Tennessee landowners, including Charles H. Ladds, Edward Livingston, Henry W. Smithers, and Charles S. Perkins.

Hall & Trotter stagecoach passenger book (2013ms0052): The Hall & Trotter stagecoach passenger book (dated 1832-1834; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises a passenger book for the Hall & Trotter stagecoach line, documenting early transportation in Kentucky.
Nancy Lewis Greene papers (1997ms449): The Nancy Lewis Greene papers (dated 1816-1951, undated; 2.6 cubic feet, 11 boxes) comprise personal, family, and professional correspondence; drafts and writings; photographs; and notebooks documenting Greene's career as an author.

Carl West papers (2016ms028): The Carl West papers (dated 1900, 1960-2016, undated; 11.23 cubic feet; 11 boxes, 8 flat boxes) consist of subject files, planning binders, newspaper articles and columns, awards, and photographs spanning West's career in journalism.
McCormick Lumber Company records (92m1): The McCormick Lumber Company records (dated 1910-1978, undated; 20.1 cubic feet; 12 document cases, 1 slim document case, 1 record storage carton, 14 flat boxes) consists of contracts and architectural drawings for the McCormick Lumber Company of Lexington, Kentucky.

Gatewood Galbraith papers (2014ms0254): The Gatewood Galbraith papers (dated 1935-2013, undated; 12 cubic feet; 26 boxes) comprises correspondence, campaign materials, posters, bumperstickers, apparel, hemp artifacts, buttons, video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, printed materials, and subject files, which document Gatewood Galbraith's career in Kentucky politics and as a cannabis activist.

Marlow Cook moving image and audio recordings (2012ms085): The Marlow Cook moving image and audio recordings (dated 1969-1974, undated; 1.25 cubic feet; 1 box, 2 items) consist of color and black and white 16mm films, reel-to-reel audio recordings and one 2-inch quadruplex videotape documenting the family life and political career of Marlow W. Cook (1926-2016), member of the United States Senate from Kentucky in the 91st, 92nd and 93rd Congresses (1969-1974).

Alice Hegan Rice papers (2011ms133)   
Anna Dudley McGinn Lilly Papers (1997MS234)      
Jim Newberry papers (2010ms051)
Orus Rupe papers (2013ms0572)
Rosseland family correspondence (2009ms250)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reinette Jones presents at Convergence Conference

Special Collections Research Center librarian Reinette Jones presented “Notable Kentucky African Americans Database: 13 Years and Still Growing” at the 2016 Convergence Conference. Convergence annually brings together higher education professionals in information technology, academic libraries, online learning, and instructional design from all the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky and the surrounding states. Sponsored by Kentucky post-secondary institutions and private sector partners, the conference emphasizes innovations and best practices in the fastest-growing areas of higher education.

UK Libraries grant program available for Open Educational Resources

Educators at postsecondary institutions are promoting, adopting and creating open educational resources (OER) to enhance teaching and learning, as speakers noted at a panel discussion hosted by the University of Kentucky Libraries on Oct. 27. UK faculty interested in adopting or creating OER for their courses are invited to submit a proposal for UK Libraries’ Alternative Textbook Grant Program.

The OER proposal submission deadline is Dec. 23, 2016. For more information about the grant program, contact Adrian Ho, director of UK Libraries Digital Scholarship, or Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean of UK Libraries.

The UK Libraries' recent OER panel discussion, featured three speakers who approached the topic from different perspectives. Leila Salisbury, director of the University Press of Kentucky, provided an example of how a professor employed digital pedagogy to put together an openly licensed textbook in collaboration with her students. Salisbury also shared the professor’s advice in this regard. 

Jeff Gallant, program manager at Affordable Learning Georgia, discussed the benefits of OER in terms of teaching and learning. “OER embody what education should be all about: sharing and transformation,” Gallant said. “Open textbooks allow us to share our expertise and pedagogical styles with others, making the communication of this information more effective, affordable and often free. Using an open textbook in a course ensures that all students will have access to the materials they need on day one.”

Allison Soult, from UK Department of Chemistry, shared her insights and experience of teaching with OER. “Using OER for my class involved additional work up-front, but the process allowed me to develop a useful resource for my students. Assembling this ‘book’ pushed me to think about what, how and why I teach what I do in the course, which ultimately improved my teaching.” 

The event concluded with a moderated discussion among the speakers. Videos and slides of the presentations are now accessible via UKnowledge, UK’s institutional repository. 
“OER have gathered momentum in higher education in recent years,” said Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean of UK Libraries. “We are thankful that these three knowledgeable speakers provided the audience with an informative and inspiring overview of the OER movement.”

UK Libraries offers assistance with OER. Resources for finding OER are available online at this guide. Individuals interested can submit OER questions by e-mail or by contacting their academic liaisons at UK Libraries. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Remembering Roxanna Jones

UK Libraries lost a long-time friend and colleague, Roxanna Jones, on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Roxanna began her career at the Libraries in 1975 as a student assistant in the Circulation Department and earned her Masters of Science in Library Science in 1978. She quickly rose through the ranks to stacks assistant, stacks supervisor, and student supervisor. As student supervisor, she was second in command in Circulation, the highest-ranking staff member in the library system, and supervisor of more than 50 students.

In 1984 she became the interlibrary loan librarian, serving as the head of the department, then became responsible for collection management in the Government Publications/Maps Department. In 1988, she played a key role on the committee to review and revise the Kentucky State Plan for Federal Depository Library Services. In 1996 she became a public services librarian, serving our students, staff, faculty and community at the reference desk, teaching countless classes in research techniques, and maintaining our reference and other key collections.

Always ready to help when needed, Roxanna was dedicated to her work at the Libraries, the people she served, and her colleagues. Roxanna will be deeply missed.

“Roxanna always had a smile on her face no matter what.  I never really saw her when she was not in a good humor.  She was delightful to be around.”
– Toni Greider, Director of International Programs

“I liked being on desk with Roxanna, and I really liked her help in training our graduate assistants. Roxanna believed that the patron always came first and did her best to instill this in everyone who worked with her. She was one of our long-time reference librarians, and as the saying goes, probably forgot more about government documents and reference work in general than I'll ever know. Sometimes she didn't have very much patience and she could be demanding, but you could always count on her when you really needed help. Most of all, she was kind, thoughtful, generous, and loved cats and Bruce Springsteen. Our department will never be quite the same again.”
– Laura Hall, Library Manager, W.T. Young Library Reference Services

“Roxanna had a keen wit and shared her sense of humor with a deep heart-felt laugh which was easily infectious.  She will be missed.”
– Kelly Vickery, Director for Library Information Technology

“Roxanna was one of the hardest working staff members I have ever supervised, and she was very devoted to providing access to government information, even after the Government Publications Dept. merged with the Reference Dept. in 1994.  I always appreciated her efforts to remind colleagues how valuable government information resources could be as they worked with faculty, students and staff. She will leave a void in our organization that will be hard to fill—I will miss her.”
– Sandee McAninch, Head of Federal Depository Unit/Regional Depository Librarian

Kentucky African American Encyclopedia recognized

UPK authors Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin have been named the recipients of a 2016 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society for their book, “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.” The encyclopedia has also received the 2016 Living Legacy Award presented by the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus, the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board’s 2015 Kentucky Archives Month Certificate for Merit for Writing/Publication, and has been named a Thomas D. Clark Medallion Book. The Kentucky History Awards recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities, and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth. The awards were presented on Friday, November 11 at the KHS Annual Meeting and Kentucky History Celebration at the Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort.

Editors Smith, McDaniel, and Hardin have assembled a first-of-its-kind reference volume to create a foundational guide to the black experience in the Commonwealth. Capturing history from the earliest frontier years to the present, it chronicles the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions that have shaped the state. Across the remarkable accounts painstakingly detailed by more than 150 contributing authors, what is perhaps most impressive, is the breadth and scope of the history that is revealed. As the over 1000 entries make clear, African American Kentuckians have played pivotal roles in every facet of our state’s community as athletes, builders, coal miners, doctors, entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, nurses, organizers, religious leaders, and more. It reaches beyond the traditional narrative of Kentucky’s past to capture hidden and forgotten stories that deserve their place in Kentucky and American history. Even still, “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia” makes clear that despite the rich history that has been documented, so much more remains to be told.

“The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia” is the fifth University Press of Kentucky publication in six years to win a KHS award, joining 2014 winner “Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South” by T.R.C. Hutton, 2013 winner “The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event” by James C. Nicholson, 2012 winner “A History of Education in Kentucky” by William E. Ellis, and 2011 winner “Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920” by Estill Curtis Pennington.

Gerald L. Smith is Martin Luther King Center Scholar-Residence and the holder of the Theodore A. Hallam Professorship (2015–2017) in the department of history at the University of Kentucky. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of three books and other publications on history. He is also the pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Karen Cotton McDaniel is professor emeritus at Kentucky State University, where she was a tenured full professor and director of libraries. She has more than twenty publications on black Kentuckians, including book chapters, articles, and encyclopedic essays. She has also taught at Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College.

John A. Hardin is a history professor at Western Kentucky University, author of two books, several major articles, and numerous book reviews on Kentucky African American history. He has taught at Kentucky State University and Eastern Washington University and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky.