Commonwealth Virtual Library
The UofL Libraries have made a valuable contribution to the planning for the CVL. Hannelore Rader, Sharon Edge and Judith Niles have been involved from the beginning. David Horvath was recently appointed to serve on the Collection (Database) Group and Mary Margaret Bell serves on the Kentuckiana Collections Group. The Collections Group is currently deciding which databases should be included in this statewide resource which will be available to every citizen of the Commonwealth through public, school, professional and academic libraries. These decisions need to be made by the end of July. Many trial subscriptions are available for the databases being considered and everyone is invited to look them over and send the committee their evaluations. The passwords and usernames for the various databases are available by contacting David Horvath (email@example.com, phone 852-7589).
The URL for the Commonwealth Virtual Library is http://www.nku.edu/~kycvu/vlibrary.html
It contains background for the project, the full consultants report and a lot of other useful information.
— David Horvath
Mark Your Calendars...
On October 9 at 4:00pm a reception will be held in the Ekstrom ground floor lobby area in honor of Dr. Charles H. Parrish, Jr., the first African American professor and the first African American department chair at the University of Louisville. Dr. Parrish, who died in 1989, was active in the Urban League, the Southern Regional Council and the National Council of Christians and Jews. He also helped to organize the Kentucky Council on Human Relations. The UofL Bicentennial Committee will place a commemorative marker on campus in his honor. This event is being sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the University Libraries.
— Rae Helton
Official Name of the new OPAC
The difference between Endeavor and Voyager
If you have any questions, please contact Rae Helton (firstname.lastname@example.org or 852-1491.)
Media and Current Periodicals
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The smoking rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors of Ekstrom Library were closed at the end of the spring semester. Students have consistently requested more group study rooms; consequently these two large rooms will be subdivided and converted to six new non-smoking group study rooms. The Ekstrom Library is now a smoke-free facility. The green barrel chairs from this area were "reallocated" to the student lounge on the main floor. Better tables and matching chairs have given the student lounge a more inviting appearance.
The Libraries Technologies Office is also slated for additional renovation. The wall between the large workroom (218) and the reception area (220) will be removed to create more open work space.Workplace Attire Policy Reminder
As we approach the summer months please remember the importance of maintaining the strongest possible professional image in serving our users, both internal and external, particularly in our work at public service areas. Please bring this to the attention of your student workers as well. As employees of the University of Louisville, each of us represents UofL and the University Libraries every time we come to work. Let's project the best public image for the University.
One of our own, John Breitzman, has written and will be performing in the play, Stories from the Circle, along with James Broaddus from DADS. It will be performed at the Vine Gallery on Market Street at Shelby Street, August 7 and 8, at 8:00pm. Admission is $5. Phil Sager and Anna Marie Johnson traveled to Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 4-6 to present at and attend the LOEX Library Instruction Conference. Their presentation (“So Many Students, So Little Time: The Impact of a Self-Paced, Multimedia Tutorial on Library Instruction”) went well and they learned many helpful tips and ideas from other librarians involved in instruction. It was interesting to listen to our own Hannelore Rader describe the evolution of library instruction from the 1970's to now, and the four-day old (yes that was days!) Eastern Michigan Library was a wonder. Most of the circulating collection is stored in big metal bins in a huge vault and an automated retrieval robot pulls the particular bin when a book is requested. Wild! So despite the chilly weather and the five-hour flight delay, they had a good trip!
Teresa Bowden and her mother took a relaxing road trip around Missouri and Tennessee in late May. They visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri, which was very interesting, even though the tour guide was unimpressive. They also made the mandatory visit to Graceland during their stop in Memphis, and were surprised at the rundown areas surrounding the grounds. Of course the grounds themselves are beautiful, and although neither shares similar tastes to Elvis, they found the interior of the home impressive. After riding on many (according to the atlas) "primary" roads through Missouri and Arkansas, they decided they didn't want to see what secondary roads were like.
Glenda Neely and her family vacationed at Amelia Island, Florida in early June. They enjoyed the town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia, took a sailboat ride (along with 25 others) and rode (walked) horses along the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia is on the East Coast just below the Georgia state line. Their trip to St. Augustine was canceled due to fires in Florida.
Every summer during the second week of June there is a special camp in Kentucky for children ages 7-17. Indian Summer is a volunteer based camp for children who have or have had cancer. Deirdre Scaggs spent a week at Indian Summer photographing the children for PowerCreative who will use the photographs to make a yearbook/journal of very special children who are truly inspiring and full of life.International Visual Sociology Association 1998 Annual Conference
The 1998 annual conference of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) was held in Louisville Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28. Most of the presentations took place in the Ekstrom Library Auditorium. Conferees were academics from around the world. The conference was hosted by the UofL Sociology Department. The collections of documentary photographs housed at the Photographic Archives were a prime factor in bringing the conference to Louisville. Bill Carner and Andy Anderson made presentations based on the Photographic Archives' Standard Oil Collection. An exhibition in the Photo Archives gallery features photographs by Russell Lee from this collection.
Shifting activities are in full swing thanks to stacks student assistants and our gracious volunteers. We hope to have all the shelves moved by the beginning of the fall term.
Carol Brinkman attended the American Library Association Conference inWashington D.C.Recognitions
Kersey Library is proud to announce that four of our student assistants Ming Ni, Wanna Prechatavanit, Jay Smith and Phoni Vurakarnam, are being presented with Kersey’s “Certificate of Achievement.” (Recently Kersey began to award these in-house certificates to outstanding students at the end of each semester.) These four students showed superior quality work in all aspects of their responsibilities. Ming Ni and Jay Smith handle the interlibrary loans and take great care to fill the requests as accurately as possible. They also do First Search for the requests from our library. Wanna Prechatavanit works for our binding department with supervisor Steve Whiteside and is working on a special linking project. He is always there to assist patrons or co-workers even when he is not scheduled to work. Phoni Vurakarnam works for our acquisitions department with supervisor Michael Weinert. Phoni, a very quiet and hardworking student, is always there to assist above and beyond his own duties. Kersey Library is very proud to have such outstanding students. Birthdays
Marcia Kotlinski and Michael Weinert celebrate their birthdays in July and Ming Ni celebrates her birthday in August. Kersey Library extends best wishes to those of you with birthdays in July and August ... have fun and be happy on those very special days!
Gary, Nancy, Michel, and Karen spent Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia for the Medical Library Association's Convention and Centennial Anniversary.
Judy Wulff recently went to Indianapolis for the Special Library Association Annual Conference.
The courtyard in front of Kornhauser is receiving a concrete-lift. Large holes for electrical equipment are being dug on the east side of the building. Kornhauser's elevator is being renovated for ADA compliance and will be out of commission until late July or early August. Interlibrary Loan student Will Olmstadt has been accepted into UK's MLS program.
Michel's son Matt was accepted into the Political Science Ph.D. program at Columbia University.
Rosalyn Mills has been taking advantage of the Staff Development and Wellness seminars. In June she attended "The New Work: Doing More Without More Time," which was about the changing workplace and how secretaries everywhere are taking on more managerial responsibilities. This seminar is offered to all UofL employees once or twice every year, and Rosalyn recommends it to all library support staff.
The Music Library Association's annual meeting in the year 2000 will be held in Louisville. Planning for this exciting opportunity to showcase our city began Friday, June 12, at a meeting of the newly-formed Local Arrangements Committee. Tyler Goldberg, Neal Nixon, Meredith Dooley and co-chair Karen Little attended from UofL Paula Hickner, of the University of Kentucky, serves as the other co-chair. Other librarians at the meeting were Marty Rosen from IU-Southeast; Ralph Papakhian from IU-Bloomington; and Dick Griscom, now at the University of Illinois. The committee met at The Hyatt, and members happily report that the rotating restaurant on top of the hotel spins just slowly enough.
University Archives and Records Center
Margaret Merrick and her husband Robbie vacationed in southern Utah in May, exploring the territory and visiting a number of national parks. They toured Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and Arches National Parks and also explored national monuments such as Hovenweep, Mount Timpanogas Cave, and Natural Bridges. Side trips included Valley of the Gods, Gooseneck Point and Monument Valley. The weather was perfect and the cacti and wildflowers were in bloom. Margaret especially enjoyed hiking canyon territory, visiting Anazasi ruins and hunting for petroglyph sites. Robbie particularly enjoyed tackling the Burr and Shafer Trails, dirt and gravel roads that twisted up and down the canyonlands for some very exciting driving challenges. All in all they both felt they had experienced writer Edward Abbey's benediction "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view."
Kathie and Ron Johnson were thrilled to have their last child graduate from Atherton High School on May 27. Cassidy will be attending JCC next year, then going to the College of Charleston in Fall 1999. So, there is at least another year before the empty nest!
Kathie Johnson is the new co-chair (with Karen McDaniel of KSU) of the Women's History Coalition of Kentucky. Traditionally the Coalition puts on a yearly conference, but it was decided at a June 16 planning retreat to survey women historians and women's organizations around the state to see if there are other needs in the area of Kentucky women's history that are not currently being met. Using the results of the survey, the Coalition will plan future activities.