This month, the new class of docents from the J.B. Speed Art Museum learned
about how to use the Art Library to prepare their gallery talks on works of
art in the museum's collection. Their instruction covered how to use specific
reference works as well as Minerva 2000. Speed Museum staff are our most
frequent users in the community borrowers category.
Media and Current Periodicals
Eric Neagle received a bright gold star for his recent overtime work with Content Access to check in thousands of periodicals that had accumulated during the “interim” between NOTIS and Voyager. He continues wearing at least two hats and is now working on another serials conversions project.
Trish Blair has been busy totally redesigning the department's web pages. The "new look" will be turned on at the beginning of the new semester. Among the features will be an illustrated page for new videos, and pages for the Lili Segal Theater Collection, the Appalshop Video Collection and of course, our featured collection of diversity videos.
Goodbye to Angela Durban who leaves the department to finish her last semester before graduating. Angela has been a student assistant in the department for two years and we have come to depend on her competency and helpfulness. She will be missed but we wish her every success in future endeavors.
Office of the University Librarian
Fannie Cox has been hired at the rank of Instructor as an Electronic Resources Librarian on the Content Access Team effective January 4, 1999. Fannie will be moving here from Indianapolis, where she currently works at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Library.
John Daniels has been hired as Library Assistant II, Grade 8, in Stacks Maintenance effective November 30, 1998. He has been a student assistant in Circulation since January 1997.
Mark Ford has been hired at the rank of Instructor as a Reference Librarian with Business Specialty on the Information Delivery Team effective January 14, 1999. Mark is currently a reference librarian in the Business Information Center of the Oakland, California Public Library.
In recognition of significant changes in responsibility over the past couple of years, Robb Allen has been reclassified to the level of P&A Grade 25, Program Coordinator in the Distance Learning Program retroactive to September 1, 1998. Congratulations, Robb!
Sally Gray has also been reclassified from Library Assistant II to Library Assistant III, Grade 10, in Government Publications, retroactive to August 30, 1998. Congratulations, Sally!
Rae Helton has been selected by the Office of Minority Affairs to receive an award in appreciation of the support she has given the office and the Upward Bound program over the past year. She was formally recognized at the OMA annual awards ceremony on November 19. Congratulations, Rae, on this well-deserved recognition.
Words of Appreciation from Honors Program
In a recent letter to Ms. Rader, several faculty members were acknowledged recently for their contributions to the Honors Campus Culture Weekend held August 20-22. John F. Richardson, Director of the Honors Program, specifically thanked Anna Marie Johnson, David Horvath, and Mark Paul for their excellent presentation on “The Critical Evaluation of Research Sources.” Rae Helton was also instrumental in coordinating a scavenger hunt and developing a Web page devoted to scholarship opportunities. Jan Kulkarni was also thanked for providing students a tour of Kersey Library. Richardson wrote, “We appreciate your willingness to open the library to Honors students during the last weekend of the summer, and we look forward to developing closer ties between the Honors Program and the University Libraries in the future.” Nice work everyone!
Faculty Vitae Update
Continuing an effort which began last year to keep a complete set of faculty vitae in the Administrative Office, faculty members are asked to send Debbie Hawley a copy of your current vita by January 1. Thanks for your cooperation.
The Reference Department would like to bid a fond farewell to two of our most senior student assistants. Arthur Kiyimba has been invaluable as the Libraries first Graduate Assistant, assisting in both Reference and Information Literacy in a variety of capacities. Arthur will be completing the MBA program this December. Many of you may also know Kenten Reid, who has been with us since the beginning of his freshman year. Kenten will be graduating with his Bachelor's in Business in December. We are sad to say that we will be losing not only excellent student assistants but good friends as well. Thanks, Arthur and Kenten, and we'll miss you! Good luck!
We would also like to thank all the rest of our students in Reference and at the Information Desk for all their hard work this semester. Hang in there, it's almost over! Our students are: John Breitzman, Oscar Clavel-Arauz, Katina Mattingly, Rebecca Mattingly, Viktoria Nemeth, Jerome Neukirch, Karl Schmidt, and Wesley Spencer. Thanks for a great semester, and enjoy the holidays!
Phil Sager and Anna Marie Johnson received the Kentucky Library Instruction Clearinghouse award for their Minerva tutorial. The award is given annually for the best instructional material in Kentucky which is submitted to the Clearninghouse. Phil and Anna Marie are grateful to all those who helped them in some way with the tutorial, and Anna Marie looks forward to working on a new tutorial for Minerva 2000.
The Power of the Press
The phones have been ringing off the hook and folks of all ages have been trooping into Photo Archives after a “Bright Ideas: Tips for Living Life Better” blurb in the “Features” section of the Monday, November 16 edition of The Courier Journal, courtesy of reporter Glenn Ow. Special Collections has received in excess of 200 orders for the Cumberland Falls poster, which is a reproduction of Catherine McCliment's 1990 hand-tinted version of a 1925 Caulfield and Shook photo of the Whitley County landmark. Barbara Crawford said, “We sold more in one day then we've sold in the last five years!” We've had to re-stock our inventory several times in the past two weeks. There is a framed copy of the poster on display above the reference desk in Photographic Archives. The poster is a great gift and a bargain at just $5.00.
Thanks to Alice Abbott-Moore and John Burton for re-claiming 12 book trucks that had languished in the sub-basement for many years. With tools provided by Dave Loeffler and initiative and muscle provided by John and Alice, we are very happy to have more trucks available.
Tried and True
Last month, several G35 staff members honored three of our group for their longtime service to the University Libraries. Congratulations and thanks go to Ruth Holman for 30 years, Ben King for 20 years and Carol Webb for 20 years of service. Their tenure has been marked by hard work and high standards and they are still at it! Let's see . . . 70 years total . . . means getting up at 6am about 14,000 times.
Home for the Holidays
Ming Ni, one of our student assistants will be heading for New York to be with her family over the holidays. John Shelton, another one of our student assistants and his brother Jeff will be going to Ashland, Kentucky to be with their family for the Christmas holidays. Mark Paul will be going to St. Petersberg (not Russia) to enjoy the holidays with friends.
Kersey Library is preparing for finals with a TLC Exam Post. For six years we have taken part in the program. We are glad we can help in a small way to ease the time through those dreaded finals!
Yukiko Kojima and Jan Kulkarni will be celebrating their birthdays this month of December. A very Happy Birthday to the rest of the library personnel celebrating their birthdays this month!
Kersey Library would like to extend Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year to all! See you next year!!
Gary Freiburger traveled to New Orleans for the Association of American Medical Colleges Meeting from October 31 to November 3. Kornhauser hosted the University of Kentucky medical reference staff on November 24. Michel Atlas recently completed the New York Marathon and is training for her next race in Honolulu.
The following Music student assistants have participated in performances here at the School of Music in the last month:
1998 Kentucky District Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera
UofL Symphonic Orchestra - Halloween Concert 10/31; New Music Festival 11/5-7
Cardinal Singers & Vocal Jazz Ensemble 10/29
UofL Collegiate Chorale - New Music Festival 11/5-7
Laura Inman Coombs
A hardy round of applause for all their hard work!
University Archives and Records Center
Bill Morison made the official presentation of the U of L Bicentennial time capsule at halftime of the UofL-Memphis game in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 24. He also gave a speech on "UofL and War" at the dedication of the Navy Memorial on Belknap Campus on the same day.
Sherri Pawson and Kathie Johnson attended the SOLINET day-long workshop, “Disaster Planning and Recovery,” at Kentucky State University on November 10. They now know more than they ever wanted to know about the kind of damage caused by water and fire. They hope never to deal with it first hand!
On November 14, Margaret Merrick and Kathie Johnson went to a day-long workshop on preserving the records of women's organizations held at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio. They hope to use the information learned to develop a similar program for presentation to women's groups in the Louisville area.
In late October, Kathie Johnson and husband Ron spent a week in the “American Paradise,” the U.S. Virgin Islands to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. It was really tough lounging on the beach each day, snorkeling, drinking piña coladas from the pool bar, and eating at fabulous restaurants! They did manage to tour the island of St. John in a rented jeep and visit an old sugar plantation and mill. They also took in the fort (built in the 1600s) on St. Thomas. (For a historian this could be called a working vacation!!) Kathie returned to UARC rum-soaked, relaxed, and tan.