Art Library
Gail Gilbert traveled to Philadelphia for the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference. She attended a number of sessions including: non-print reference sources on architects; researching and preserving landscape designs; and the collection, organization of use of auction catalogs. She also toured the Barnes Foundation art collection, spent time with various book dealers, and attended several business meetings. Gail also visited with Barb Prior who was accompanied by her new son Eliot, a 5 month old bundle of smiles. Barb says hi to all her friends at UofL.

Ekstrom Library
Government Documents
Planning a visit to Washington, D.C.? Would you like to check out the many places of interest in that city to help you plan your trip? Or would you just like a virtual tour of our nation's capital? We have just what you need. The U.S. Geological Survey has issued an audio-visual CD-ROM entitled A Topographical Field Trip of Washington, D.C. You will be shuttled around via METRORAIL as you experience the sights and sounds of the city. But first, since this is an educational tool, you will have to pass a number of tests. Not for the topographically challenged!

Media and Current Periodicals
Congratulations to Eric Neagle for his beautiful display and resulting awards in the 11th Annual Kentucky Orchid Society Show at Oxmoor Mall on March 21 and 22. The show had plants and displays from 22 societies and individuals. Eric and his parents designed the Kentucky Orchid Society's "Walled Garden" display, inspired by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Neagles' display won a blue ribbon and the award for "Best of Class."

Office of the University Librarian
Office Changes in Ekstrom
By April four Ekstrom offices and their occupants will be shifted around. Sharon Edge, in her new role as Coordinator of Distance Education and Grant Development, will move to Room 242 where Larry Raymond now staffs the Cardinal Classware office. Joining Sharon in that area will be Robb Allen, who will continue to provide support for the distance education program. Sharon's office will be occupied by John Whitfield, who's moving out closer to the service desk action. Larry Raymond will be moving into John's office. It is likely that the empty service desk adjoining DADS will eventually serve as a service point for Cardinal Classware.

ACT Retreat
The 14 members of the Administrative Coordinating Team (ACT) spent March 16 in a creative work session, a retreat of sorts, at WorkShop on Frankfort Avenue. The day was devoted to sharing ideas, identifying a common vision, and developing strategies as a team to solve problems facing the Libraries during this transition year. "Scan--Focus--Act" summarizes an approach to deciding what's important and to problem-solving. Several interactive exercises, notably a zany ball-tossing game to the beat of reggae music, as well as lunch at the Irish Rover, made for an intense yet relaxed way to reexamine the work environment---away from work.

Personnel News
Greg Brown, Library Assistant I in KULS, left UofL on March 18 for a technical writing job at UMI/Data Courier.

Carol Lucchesi, who has been a student assistant in DADS for over a year, has been hired as Library Assistant III, grade 10, in Serials. She began her new position March 30, 1998. Nice promotion!

"Lunch & Laugh"
"Lighten Up: The Power of Grace Under Pressure" can help us cope with change and the stress of today's workforce demands with a fresh approach to humor. The 38-minute video was shown on March 26 and March 30 in the Ekstrom Staff Lounge. Plans are being made to show it at Kornhauser also.

Pizza Party for Student Assistants
Please let your student assistants know that we'll host a lunchtime pizza party for them on Friday, April 24 in the Ekstrom Staff Lounge. Flyers will be distributed in the near future. This is but small gesture of our collective gratitude for their importance to the workforce of the Libraries. We want this to become a tradition once every semester.

Special Collections
One of Bill Carner's photos of the Velvet Underground performing at the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 60's will be included in a PBS American Masters episode devoted to Lou Reed later this month. Bill recalls, "It was a great show. Mo Tucker was told there would be a drum kit available so she left her traps in New York. She ended up playing an old marching band drum that was laid across two chairs. Nico had just left the band but Andy Warhol had a slide of her that he would project onto the band now and then. I mean, it was so real it was almost like being at one of their shows."

Bill Carner has just returned from a ten day tour of the northeast First stop, Cornell University, where he attended the Draft Horse Short Course. Besides learning the latest on draft horses, Bill got to sit in on "Gross Show & Tell." That's "Gross" as in"gross anatomy" at the veterinary pathology lab. While he was there it snowed enough for him to get his Saab stuck in his hosts' driveway and do some cross-country skiing. After that Bill went south to Athens, Pennsylvania, the Athens of Pennsylvania, where he did some family history research and found his grandparents' graves, and the grave of Civil War veteran William Carner. Having satisfied his genealogical curiosity, Bill once again headed south to his birthplace, Reading , Pennsylvania, to visit old friends and do a little outlet shopping. Bill took a break on the return leg of his journey to stop in at a few harness and buggy shops in the Holmes County, Ohio Amish settlement.

Student News
Jonathan Obst is Special Collections' newest student assistant. Jonathan, a freshman, comes to us with work experience from the Louisville Science Center. He is interested in a career in museum work and is currently considering a major in textiles.

The photography of Deirdre Scaggs, will be represented in the BFA Exhibitions, April 22-May 8, in the Belknap Gallery, Schneider Hall.

Stacks Maintenance
Farewell to student assistants Shawn Campbell, Dhaval Tapiawala, Shivani Pandit, Alejandro Corres, and Krista Newcom. Shawn will be leaving us to enroll in law school at the University of Tennessee; Dhaval has moved on to the Kersey Library where they speak his language - ENGINEERING; Shivani got lonesome for her husband and moved to New Jersey to be with him; Alejandro is devoting all of his time to his studies; and, Krista has taken a full-time staff job in DADS.

Multiple choice question: Don recently broke his ankle (a) during the men's Super G in Nagano, (b) racing to save a helpless babe from the jaws of certain death, or (c) crossing the street.

Answer: (c) crossing the street

Kersey Library
Carol Brinkman was very busy this last month attending various library related activities. Among the activities were the Fundamentals of Acquisitions teleconference (UofL), ACT retreat at WorkShop (see ACT retreat) and the Toyota Plant Tour. Carol really enjoyed the ACT retreat. She said it was very creative, productive and a lot of fun.

April Birthdays
Wanna Prechatavanit will be celebrating his birthday this month. Kersey extends a Happy Birthday to the rest of you celebrating in April.

NAS Awards Kersey Research Lab $10 Million "It was announced today by the National Academy of Sciences that Funding for the University of Louisville's Kersey Research Lab would be $10 million. The World Famous Director Stephen Whiteside said, 'This is due to our cutting edge research into electromagnetivity, optics, and information science. We are determined to be a Research Status I University. The Academy has recognized and appreciated our research.' It is rumored that Dr. Whiteside obtained most of his present equipment from the University's surplus inventory. However, he told us to take the Kersey Research Lab to the next level of funding which is needed to purchase state of the art equipment."

Law Library
One of the drawbacks of librarianship is having to go to conferences held in strange and exotic places. On March 12, Scott Campbell and Mike Whiteman attended the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries (SEALL) in, of all places, New Orleans. There they suffered through po-boys, jambalaya, crawfish etouffe, live music and all the other inconveniences of life in the "Big Easy." On the plus side, there was the conference itself, where Mike and Scott learned all about the wonders of time management, employment law, censorship, library marketing, electronic dissemination of court opinions, and even the history of jazz. They both returned much smarter and thoroughly stuffed. They did not bring back any beads for anyone.

Music Library The Music Library's Technical Services Department would like to thank their student employees for all their hard work. Aneta Mitera, an art major, has been working in the department since September. Ching-ling Huang, a graduate student in business, joined the staff in January.

Steve Noble spent part of spring break in Los Angeles as a participant in the Thirteenth Annual International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities. California State University Northridge (CSUN) hosted the conference March 17-21. Steve co-presented "EASI Street To Science And Math For K-12," a session that dealt with how to make highly graphical science and math materials more accessible for students who are blind, visually impaired, or have learning disabilities. In addition to the 50 or so people present for the session, some 700 people tuned in to hear the presentation in Real Audio as it was broadcast on the World Wide Web. Steve also spent several hours volunteering his time at the exhibit booth for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, who funded Steve's trip.

Music Library's book sale last month was a huge success. We made over $1000. Thanks to all you music and book lovers who supported our efforts!

University Archives and Records Center
Kathie Johnson gave a talk on "Significant Women in the History of UofL" to the monthly meeting of the UofL chapter of BPW on Tuesday, March 10. On March 13, she spoke on "American Nurses in World War I" at the Friday Forum, at The Forum at Brookside Retirement Community.

The 12th annual Celebration of Women's History, "Living the Legacy of Women's Rights, 1848-1998," sponsored by the Women's History Coalition, was held at Kentucky State University. As a member of the Coalition, Kathie Johnson helped with the planning of the conference, and moderated a panel on "Transformative Scholarship: Women's Studies in the Curriculum," featuring Sharon Howerton Leightty, Elizabeth MacNabb, and Nancy Theriot, of UofL's Women's Studies Department.

Margaret Merrick and Mary Margaret Bell attended a records management software demonstration hosted by the Jefferson County Public Schools archives on March 11.