Library, Department & Team News
Several hundred people visited the University Libraries booth at the annual Technology Fair on October 4. Visitors received handouts and personalized instruction on using the Libraries' Research Center web pages and KYVL resources. New to the fair this year were clowns (with lots of balloons), jugglers, and other entertainers. Information Technology and the University Libraries jointly sponsored the Fair. To the right is a picture of Andy Anderson at the Tech Fair. (photo by Patty Anderson.)
Libraries Prize Patrol
The Libraries Prize Patrol is accepting nominations for the "Shining Star" and "Student Assistant of the Semester" Award. The deadline for nominations is December 1 and the winners will be announced at the annual Holiday party on December 18. Nomination forms are available in the staff lounge and you can mail them to any Prize Patrol member (Fannie Cox, Jodi Duce, Leah Gadzikowski, Debbie Hawley, Anna Marie Johnson, Erea Marshall, Margaret Merrick and Elizabeth Smigielski). You can also use the form on the UofL Libraries Intranet at http://louisville.edu/library/docs/prize-patrol/.
Library Department & Team NewsAssessment & Resource Planning Team Assessment & Resource Planning (A/RP) welcomed Karen Hild, Terri Holtze and Jill Sherman to the team in September by asking them to reveal the non-monetary contents of their wallets. It is great to have new members. A joint A/RP and Web Design Team project is underway to assess the Libraries' top level web page. We hope to find out whether or not the organization of the page and the corresponding links effectively lead people to the information they want. Members of the two teams will be conducting one-on-one sessions with faculty and students to observe how they go about looking for answers to a standard set of questions. In addition, there will be a web version that anyone, including Libraries' employees, can use to provide feedback. The usability testing will be conducted in early November. Other current, collaborative projects between A/RP and other groups are surveys, print and online, for the KYVL databases and learning assessments of students in Gen 101 library classes.
The Southeastern College Art Conference hosted this year by UofL's Fine Arts Department, held its meetings October 18 - 21. Gail Gilbert attended a session on using technology to teach art history. Several projects were discussed whose aim is to make images readily available for study and teaching via the Web. While most of the meetings were held at the Hyatt, Schneider Hall was the site of a reception for the current exhibition and a tour of the art facilities, including the Art Library.
Circulation and ILL
On October 9 the last voter registration card was received in the Election 2000 drive. The Design and Exhibits subcommittee of the Information Delivery Team had initiated the effort that brought in a grand total of 148 registrations from the Circulation and Reference desks. Combined with the SGA's voter registration drive that brought in over 700 from all over campus, nearly 900 people registered. This is quite an accomplishment and we should all be proud of the effort that went into it. Nicole DeVaughn personally delivered the last set of cards to the Post Office so they would be in on time.
ILL operations are in the middle of the mid-semester influx of interlibrary loan requests. Requests reached peaks over the Midterm Break. In Borrowing, we were seeing twice the requests from August at only the half way mark in October. Lending was also inundated with requests from other institutions at a backbreaking rate. “It's that time of the semester,” Nicole Devaughn said. “People are realizing that 'hey, that paper's going to be due.'” The wave of requests is not expected to crest until nearly the end of November, based on previous years' experiences.
Bettie Lewis moved this last weekend into a larger apartment much nearer the site where she and her new husband, Larry, will be building their new home. Now, the newlyweds won't be miles from the construction site and will have much roomier “temporary quarters” while waiting for the lengthy building process to be completed.
Last month, we reported that John W. Breitzman was recently picked, from stiff competition, to join the cast of a UofL Theatre Arts Department production. He will be appearing in the TA department production of Polaroid Stories, in the Playhouse Theatre from November 29 - December 3. Polaroid Stories, by Naomi Iizuka, is a contemporary retelling of Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which John will be performing the role of Dionysius. Call The Playhouse at 852-7926 for more information.
Some of you may have been aware of the problems we had been experiencing with e-Reserves – the new project we have for putting most course reserves on the internet. John Breitzman, Shaun Daniels and Sai Ram Purala Chetty have been working hard to review completely each item on e-Reserve – page by painstaking page – and rescan any items reported as unreadable after printing. They are nearing the end of this review and should have most problems fixed in the next week or two. If you notice any further problems with readability or printing, please direct these to John Breitzman at 8750.
Media and Periodicals
The October meeting of the Information Delivery Team featured a presentation by Media and Current Periodicals. In addition to highlighting various parts of the video and microfilm collection, David Horvath demonstrated some of the features of the newly remodeled, high-tech Room 254 classroom.
Office of the University Librarian
David Sauter has been hired as Library Assistant, Grade 211, in Content Access effective October 23, 2000. He has three years of varied library experience from Georgia State University and most recently has been doing exhibit services work at the Louisville Science Center.
November 14 “NO MEETING ZONE” Activity:
FIELD TRIP TO THE DELPHI CENTER
In observance of the "No Meeting Zone" on Tuesday, November 14, anyone who would like to visit the Delphi Center (2nd floor of Ekstrom) for show-&-tell and demos is welcome to do so that day from 3:00-4:00pm.
Falls of the Ohio Lewis and Clark Festival
Photographic Archives curator Andy Anderson, with help from Susan Knoer, staffed a booth at the Falls of the Ohio Lewis & Clark River Festival at the Waterfront Park on October 28 and 29. The Festival, sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee was the first event in what will be a series of activities commemorating the Lewis & Clark expedition (1803-1806). Twenty local groups produced exhibits at Waterfront Park while a reenactment encampment at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana demonstrated 19th Century crafts, surgery and military life. Exhibited in the Photo Archives booth were 19th and 20th Century photographs of Louisville's riverfront and the Falls of the Ohio.
Jan is very busy on Mondays and Wednesdays this semester teaching classes. Some of these classes for his CHEM 320 are held in our Kersey Computer Lab. Jan said these classes are open to any of you interested in attending.
Two of our student assistants will be heading home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Terra Rogers will be going home to Eddyville, Kentucky and Bryson Lewis will be heading home to Virginia Beach, Virginia. The rest of us are "Louisville/Indiana bound" for the holidays. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!
Our very own Steve Whiteside and Rayudu Addagarla celebrate their birthdays this month. For the rest of you...a very Happy Birthday from Kersey to all of you with birthdays this very special month of November.
Conferences and Meetings
Many staff members headed to scintillating Cincinnati for the Midwest Chapter MLA (Medical Libraries Association) Conference. Aside from attending courses and catching up with colleagues, Kornhauser staff figured prominently among the presentations. Karen Feder and Neal Nixon presented “Click Here for Full Text - Health Sciences Collection Development for Electronic Resources” and Gary Freiburger and Judy Wulff presented "Another Generation - the Louisville Approach to IAIMS." Congratulations to the presenters for their hard work and stunning show in the spotlight.
Kathie Johnson attended the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Nursing in late September, held this year at Villanova University in Philadelphia. This was quite an international conference, with papers given by members from England, Australia, and Japan, as well as from all across the U.S. The highlight was the unexpected appearance of a nurse who was held by the Japanese on the Philippine Islands during World War II and was the subject of Elizabeth Norman's keynote speech. The contacts made and the information gained from this conference were invaluable.
Michel Atlas and Elizabeth Smigielski ventured to Vanderbilt's Eskind Biomedical Library for a two-day visit to observe its acclaimed clinical reference services and other aggressive reference and outreach initiatives. After being dazzled with Eskind's enthusiastic staff and innovative ideas, Michel and Elizabeth are full of vim and vigor to revitalize Kornhauser's reference services.
To hone their public services skills, Paula Mattingly and Leah Gadzikowski both attended a career development seminar on “Dealing with Difficult People” – not that they'll ever need it, of course.
The October 10 kick-off meeting for the Archimedes Community was a rousing success. (“The Archimedes Community is being formed to promote awareness, understanding, communication, experimentation, and exploration of health information resources in the Louisville region.” –http://www.Archimedes-community.org) Over 55 people attended from several Louisville institutions, including one from Indiana. Participants were excited about the initiative and eagerly set to work.
Karen Habeeb is singing as a member of the Kentucky Opera chorus. She will be a member of the chorus for the upcoming performance of Turandot and will be an alternate for the Daughter of the Regiment. Performances will be at the end of March and the beginning of April. On another note, Habeeb's group, evenSong is scheduled to have a concert November 10 and 11. Contact Habeeb for more information. evenSong, an acapella group, specializes in sacred music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Along with suave emcee Nick Clooney, Betsy Baumeister and the rest of the Owensboro Symphony performed as part of the pre-debate entertainment for the Vice-Presidential Debate at Centre College on October 5. Betsy reports that among the entertainment for the entertainers were good food and political demonstrators.
Created by members of the Battered Offenders Self-Help (B.O.S.H.) group at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, this quilt is a testimonial to the terror of women's lives as victims of abuse. B.O.S.H. members created this quilt at the suggestion of Marsha Weinstein, then Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women and with the support of Chandra McElroy, their counselor at the prison.
The women were incarcerated for either conspiring to kill or killing their abusers. Governor Brereton Jones saw this quilt at the 1994 Kentucky State Fair and agreed with Weinstein and McElroy that these women's cases needed to be re-evaluated.
On New Year's Day, 1996, Governor Jones paroled ten women from the B.O.S.H. group. The paroles were not the pardons that advocates had hoped, but they meant the women could leave the prison and begin new lives.
Members of the B.O.S.H. group also decorated color-coded shirts in an art therapy session with The Clothesline Project conducted at the prison.
The women's stories are documented in a recently published book, Sisters in Pain, written by L. Elisabeth Beattie and Mary Angela Shaughnessy. The book exposes how the legal system fails abused women and illustrates the strength of the human spirit and how individuals who care can make a difference in the lives of others. The B.O.S.H. Quilt is displayed in the Law Library's Reading Room (1st floor) until November 30, adjacent to The Clothesline Project, which will be on display through December 15, 2000. (See the August issue of The Owl or The Owl on the Web.)
For more information about the B.O.S.H. Quilt or The Clothesline Project, please contact Andree Mondor, Director of The Clothesline Project at 895-1967 or Amondorky@aol.com.
Racial Profiling Expert to Visit the Brandeis School of Law
The law school's Diversity Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky will co-sponsor a civil liberties forum on Tuesday, November 14, at noon in the Cox Lounge (second floor of the law school). "Driving While Black or Brown" will feature Reginald Shuford from the Legal Department of the ACLU in New York City. Mr. Shuford will speak on racial profiling. He has appeared on CNN's Burden of Proof and Talk Back Live, ABC's 20/20, Court TV's Pros and Cons and Crier Today, and in an MTV documentary, True Life: I Am Driving While Black.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Harris at 852-6083 or email@example.com
Welcome New Students
The Music Library is pleased to welcome new student assistants Andrea Paez, Christopher Powell and Kyle Lueken.
Kathie Johnson led book discussions on The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride at the Middletown Branch (September 7) and the Shawnee Branch (October 10) of the Louisville Free Public Library. She highly recommends this book, which can be found at Ekstrom, in the Browsing Collection and on the second floor in the African American Collection (F 130 .N4 M38 1997).
Bill Morison became a grandfather with the arrival of daughter Elaine's twins, Jack and Ashley Seeber, on October 2. Babies, mom, dad, and grandpa are all doing well.