Monday, July 17, 2017

Helen Galvin King - UK's First Alumni Director

As the University of Kentucky prepares to begin a new era of leadership it is a good time to remember the Alumni Association's first director who devoted most of her adult life to the Association and to the University of Kentucky.

Helen Galvin King (1904-1985) became the first Director of the UK Alumni Association in 1946. She served the Association with distinction until her retirement in 1969.


A 1925 graduate of UK in Journalism, King held positions in marketing, public relations, and with newspapers before directing the Alumni Association.  In 1959 she launched a fundraising drive to secure $335,000 to build and furnish the Alumni House at Euclid Avenue and Rose Street.  The building was later named the Helen King Alumni House in her honor.

King participated in an interview for the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in 1977 in which she discusses her student days at UK and her work with the UK Alumni Association.  The link to the interview is below:

Monday, May 8, 2017

F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., to Receive UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement/Be Honored at Spring Gala

Since 1990, UK Libraries has honored a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth with the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, one of the university's most prestigious awards. This year's recipient is national public health leader Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, whose many years of service have helped improve public health and professional medical training worldwide. A native of Wheelwright, KY, Dr. Scutchfield received his BS, with distinction, from Eastern Kentucky University and is a 1966 alumnus of the UK College of Medicine. He completed post graduate medical education at Northwestern University, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Kentucky. Before leaving Kentucky to found first the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Alabama and then the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, he served as field professor of Community Medicine for UK while in private practice in Morehead. He returned to UK in 1997 as the inaugural Peter P. Bosomworth Professor in Health Services Research and Policy and became the founding director of the UK College of Public Health. He currently holds faculty appointments in the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, a fellow of both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Family Practice, and has held many national positions in professional organizations as well as been recognized for distinguished service within those organizations. Among his many talents, Dr. Scutchfield is also an accomplished writer and has served on the editorial board of many journals. He is the author of over 200 referred papers, book chapters, and technical reports and has edited several books, including most recently (with Paul Holbrook) The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam published with the University Press of Kentucky in 2014. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Scutchfield's many accomplishments at UK Libraries Spring Gala on Tuesday, May 9.

UK Libraries Spring Gala to Honor F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D.

Friday, April 14, 2017

UK Libraries Diversity Scholar Interns to Host UK's Second Human LibraryEvent
UK Libraries diversity scholar interns, Vaibhav Chitkara and Javoughn Brown, are hosting the University of Kentucky's second Human Library™ event on April 18. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It provides a space where members of oppressed and isolated communities can share their opinions, stories, and life lessons with readers who check them out as if they were bound books. The exercise fosters empathy and promotes connection by unse
aling the stories individuals embody through personal interaction and conversation. Chitkara and Brown have collected a number of exciting titles for readers to check out at this year's Human Library™ event. Additional information, including a schedule of books, can be found here. We hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UK Libraries Second Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon Focuses on Kentucky Women
UK Libraries second Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, organized by Abbye Allan, Karyn Hinkle, Kathryn Lybarger, Ida Sell, and the School of Information's Melissa Adler, focused primarily on women in the arts from Kentucky: 33 existing articles were improved thanks to the efforts of all involved, and an impressive six brand new articles were created, thanks to the efforts of skilled historians Megan Mummey and Sarah Wade and especially to expert Wikipedian Kathryn Lybarger. Kentuckians, including the painter Marcia Shallcross Hite, the composer Zudie Harris Reinecke, and the printer Carolyn Reading Hammer, can now be researched in Wikipedia. Over the course of the day, over 4,500 words were added during UK's instance of Art+Feminism's month-long, international event.
Medical Center Library GA Spends Spring Break at the National Library of Medicine 
Riley Cantrall, UK Libraries Graduate Assistant at the Medical Center Library was selected to participate in the School of Information Science 2017 Alternative Spring Break program at the National Library of Medicine, where she worked one-on-one with health science librarians and gained career-enhancing experiences. At the National Library of Medicine, Cantrall was responsible for assessing publisher reviews, which involved checking publisher supplied information for authenticity in anticipation of being considered for PubMed Central. Cantrall also toured the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health Clinical Center. Both Cantrall and UK Libraries will benefit from this unique learning experience.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Claude Sullivan, 
Early Voice of UK Men’s Basketball, 
Inducted in KHSAA Hall of Fame

UK Libraries National Advisory Board member Alan Sullivan accepted the award from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on behalf of his father, Claude Sullivan—legend in sports broadcasting and one of the first voices of UK's men’s basketball program. The award was presented by longtime UK Libraries friend Jim Host, and Dean of UK Libraries, Terry Birdwhistell, attended the awards luncheon and ceremony. Sullivan was chosen in the “Contributor” category, which KHSAA defines as an individual who has made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics on a statewide scale in some capacity other than athlete, coach, or official, including such areas as athletic administration, state association administration, sports medicine and sports media. Sullivan covered high school games his entire career even after he became an announcer for college and professional sports teams, including the Cincinnati Reds. He earned Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year honors eight-consecutive years (1959-66) and was national runner-up to Lindsey Nelson in 1960. Sullivan was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Kentucky Journalism and UK Athletic Halls of Fame in 2006. UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is the repository for the Claude Sullivan Collection, which includes recordings of Sullivan’s games. To learn more about this celebrated and distinguished figure in Kentucky sports history, read Alan Sullivan’s Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting recently published University Press of Kentucky.

UPK Author Rion Amilcar Scott Wins Pen/America Award

University Press of Kentucky author Rion Amilcar Scott was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction for his book, Insurrections: Stories, during the PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony at the New School's John L. Tishman Auditorium. The PEN America Foundation honors writers with more than $300,000 in awards and grants each year. 

The theme of the awards ceremony was titled "Books without Borders." Scott's Insurrections centers around the residents of the fictional Cross River, Maryland, a largely black town founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. From the podium Scott explained why "I write the black stories that I write." He says "as long as they keep distorting and keep flattening our humanity, I want to keep responding with complexity. That's my 'Insurrection.'" He encouraged others to do the same.

Rion Amilcar Scott teaches English at Bowie State University. He earned an MFA at George Mason University, where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and a Completion Fellowship. His work has appeared in publications such as the Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, the Washington City Paper, The Toast and Confrontation. Read the full story.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Director of UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center Talks Frontier Nursing on WUKY's Saving Stories
In honor of Women’s History Month (and—perhaps unwittingly—as a sidebar to the current healthcare debate), WUKY’s Saving Stories featured clips from the Frontier Nursing Service oral history collection in an interview with Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Founded in 1925 by Mary Breckenridge in rural Leslie County, the Frontier Nursing Service brought primary health care to remote areas of eastern Kentucky, helping, among other things, to dramatically decrease the health risks to women and infants associated with childbirth. UK Libraries SCRC is the repository for the Frontier Nursing archives, which documents the organization’s background and development and includes such materials as correspondence, minutes, reports, promotional materials, guest books, financial files, architectural plans, and memorabilia. There is an accompanying collection of photographs and other audio-visual materials located in the Audio-Visual Archives as well as the collection of oral histories in the Louie B. Nunn Center. If you missed the interview on Tuesday, you can hear an archived version here, and you can listen to the full oral history archive here.

UK Libraries to Host Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
The Art+Feminisim Wikipedia edit-a-thon is an international communal updating of Wikipedia content on subjects related to art and feminism. Designed in response to a 2011 survey, which revealed fewer than 10 percent of Wikipedia contributors identify as female, Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thons work to encourage female editorship and help to reverse the dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Since 2014, an estimated 4,600 articles have been created and improved as a result of these international events.  To continue that progress, UK Libraries along with university libraries across the US will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon this spring. Please join us at the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, Monday, March 20. Participation is easy and all are welcome. We hope to see you there.