Library, Department & Team News
She's baaaaaaack! After testing her new job for about a month, Sally Gray decided it was not her cup of tea and will be returning to the Government Publications Department on March 22. It goes without saying, we are thrilled to have Sally back.
Media and Current Periodicals
We welcome our new student! Meredith Hayden is a senior Liberal Studies major who has come to UofL on a round-about route from Pennsylvania, NYU, and Brescia. We are glad she is here, even if it is for just until she finishes her studies this summer. (Meredith, you should consider graduate school here!)
Eric Neagle designed the Kentucky Orchid Society Exhibit at the KOS sponsored Orchid Show this year. The show, at the Bashford Manor Mall, ran on the weekend of March 20 and 21. The design won the Best of Class Award and was in a runoff vote for Best of Show as well. Congratulations, Eric!
Office of Libraries Technology
Calvin Miracle has just been named as one of only two national winners in Fourth Annual Data Analysis Contest sponsored by the American Statistics Association. The contest required research and processing using a data set. Two prizes were awarded. The first, won by Calvin, was for accuracy of analysis and predictions based on the data set. The second prize was for the best-prepared report.
Office of the University Librarian
Sally Gray returned to her position as Library Assistant III, Grade 10, in Government Publications effective March 22, 1999. How fortunate for us Sally had a change of heart.
Irene Mattingly has been hired as Library Assistant III, Grade 10, half-time, in the University Hospital Library. Her start date was March 15, 1999.
Anna Marie Johnson and husband, Bret, moved into their first house in Beechmont on February 13. They and their cats are very much enjoying the larger space. Future plans include an addition of a dog to the family and a garden in the lovely back yard. We wish them every happiness in their new home.
Anna Marie Johnson just returned from the LOEX (Library Orientation/Instruction Exchange) Library Instruction conference in Houston, Texas. It was an intense two days of learning about ways of improving the instruction we provide. The theme of the conference was "Library User Education in the New Millennium: Blending Tradition, Trends, and Innovation." The conference was very helpful, and Houston seems like a nice city--well, the parts of it that she got to see from the airport shuttle anyway!
Terri Holtze, Anna Marie Johnson and Glenda Neely all participated in Career Day at Manual High School on March 23, where they convinced all those malleable minds that working in a library is the best career of all!
Author John Taliaferro (pronounced Tolliver) who has been senior editor of Newsweek and Texas Monthly, spent several weeks at the Ekstrom Library researching his biography of Edgar Rice Burroughs entitled Tarzan Forever. It has just been published and is dedicated to George McWhorter, Curator of the Burroughs Memorial Collection, who helped him with his research. Taliaferro’s previous biography, Charles M. Russell about an American cowboy artist (Art Library: N 6537 .R88 T36 1996) received high critical acclaim, and early reviews of Tarzan Forever have been equally enthusiastic. The library has two copies of the book, one in Ekstrom’s Browsing Collection and one in the Burroughs Memorial Collection (PS 3503 .U687 Z88 1999.)
Margo Smith has been installed as Acting Head of Stacks Maintenance until the department fills the vacancy left by Don Dean's departure.
Informal student assistant sharing across teams has begun on a trial basis. Stacks personnel (Content Access Team) are aiding the ILL operation in DADS (Information Delivery Team) with article searching and photocopying needs. Stacks assistants also aided in Facilities Manager Dave Loeffler's recent Browsing Collection shift.
Shifting in the Thesis Collection has been put on hold due to unforeseen cataloging needs. The 1997 theses are temporarily located on the ground floor near the Kentucky Union List of Serials area. These theses remain available for patron use.
Stacks personnel continue to collaborate with Facilities Manager Dave Loeffler and his crew to brighten the stacks. Yet another shipment of lights has arrived and has been installed, making just under 1000 new lights in the last month. Stacks personnel have also begun to replace the ultraviolet filter sheaths on lights currently functioning without filters.
Some of our Kersey student assistants decided to take off from work and enjoy the Spring Break. Ming Ni went with friends to enjoy an art exibit in Chicago. Ram Chowdarapu and Sri Vangapalli went to North Carolina to visit freinds and family. John Shelton and his brother Jeff went home for the break. Wanna Prechatavanit went home to Thailand to visit his family. For those students who stayed we are most grateful! Thank you to Karen Habeeb, Ravi Chandka, Terry Trowell, Sakrai Khaisaeng, "Andy" Tran, Phani Vurakarnam and our newest student Kevin Doutaz for staying and working with us during the Spring Break.
Steve Whiteside, one of our staff members, decided to take two weeks off for some well earned "R&R" and visiting his mother.
Congratulations to Pat Waters who is a Grandmother again! A new grandson was born on February 22! This is the fifth grandchild for her and her husband, Joe.
A very Happy Birthday to Wanna Prechatavanit and Terry Trowell who celebrate their birthdays in April. Kersey extends best wishes to all of you celebrating April birthdays.
Crystal Humphrey, Cataloging Assistant, will be leaving Kornhauser Library to pursue a career in psychology. She has accepted a position as a counselor and will be moving to Cleveland. Her last day at Kornhauser is April 2. Good luck Crystal! We'll miss you!
Catherine Graber has received a MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant from the Medical Library Association. Congratulations!
Michel Atlas recently completed the Los Angeles Marathon. While in California she also visited the new J. Paul Getty Museum.
Melissa Long Shuter and her mother, June Long, traveled with the UofL Cardinal Men's Basketball team to sunny Orlando. Both mother and daughter were interviewed by local media, leaving only 12 of the 15 minutes of fame allotted. The spring-like weather was brought back to console the saddened Cardinal fans. Gratitude for the weather can be sent in small unmarked bills to M. Shuter, Law Library.
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Michael Whiteman and Scott Campbell recently collaborated on a reference book to aid lawyers and other researchers in finding appellate court records and legal briefs. The book, A Union List of Appellate Court Records and Briefs: Federal and State has just been published for the American Association of Law Libraries by Fred B. Rothman & Co. This book is available in the reference section of the Law Library. The call number is KF 105.9 .W49 1998
Michael Whiteman spent three wonderful days in New Orleans over the recent Spring break. He ate lots of great seafood and managed to avoid listening to any Jazz or blues music. ("Why in heck did you even bother going?" said Michael ben-Avraham.)
University Archives & Records Center
Tom Owen took National Public Radio's Susan Stamberg on a personalized tour of parts of Louisville. Susan stayed over after interviewing high-profile food writer Ruth Reichl for the Kentucky Author Forum.
The Kentucky Tennis Association, which issues annual rankings of players based on their competition in United States Tennis Association approved tournaments, has ranked Bill Morison and Everett Egginton, a professor in the School of Education, number two in the state in their age division (55-59) for 1999. They're pretty sure it's the highest ranking they've ever received in men's doubles, but their memories have faded with age, along with their playing abilities.