Monday, September 26, 2016

Doug Boyd gives keynote at Library of Congress for the American Folklife Center

Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, gave a keynote lecture in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress for the American Folklife Center’s symposium “Collections, Collaborations and Connections.”

The topic, “Accessing Online Oral Histories,” highlighted the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) system, the open source and free system developed by the Nunn Center for enhancing access to online oral history; the Nunn Center’s model workflow, ethics and privacy issues pertaining to online access to oral history; as well as providing a snapshot of the state of the field with regard to challenges and solutions facing archives with oral history collections.

Rebecca Jude is new library specialist in Electronic Resources

Rebecca Jude joins UK Libraries as the new library specialist in Electronic Resources. She received her bachelor's in psychology from UK, and worked in Electronic Resources as a part-time library technician.

Kazuko Hioki leaving UK Libraries

Kazuko Hioki has resigned UK Libraries effective January 2, 2017, and will head the Preservation Department at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Library. Kazuko joined UK Libraries in April 2004 as conservation librarian and more recently also served as Asian Studies liaison. She is a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally regarding conservation and preservation practices and policies in libraries and archives. We wish her continued success and thank her for her many years of service.

Mary Congleton presents at the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care

Mary Congleton, collection coordinator/outreach librarian in the Medical Center Library, spoke to 216 healthcare professionals at the annual Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care conference. 
Her presentation, “Social Media: Applications in Medicine and Healthcare,” focused on applications and use for both patients and healthcare providers. In addition, Mary exhibited and promoted resources that are available free from the National Library of Medicine. The two-day conference included respiratory therapists as well as health professionals in other disciplines from across the state.

Education Library celebrates Banned Book Week

The Education Library is participating in the national Banned Book Week, September 25 – October 1. In a celebration of free and open access to information, books will be highlighted that that have fallen under intense scrutiny for various reasons and access allowed to these books rather than restrict them. 

Some favorite books that have been targeted for removal or restrictions on a national level in the past include the Harry Potter series, “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, and “The Lord of the Rings” series. The Education Library will highlight these challenged books and others in a display.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Doug Boyd talks about the bourbon renaissance on WUKY

Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn't always the case. In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY's Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK Libraries, talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center's ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.

Lyric presents UK Libraries exhibition on Kentucky's African-American LGBTQ community

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is currently hosting a free public exhibition on LGBTQ members of the African-American community in the commonwealth from UK Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). The public may view “A Pictorial History of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons in Kentucky” through October 17, at the center located at 300 E. Third St.

This exhibition's images tell a brief story of the life and work of Kentucky's African-American LGBTQ community starting with the 1909 successful appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals from Caldwell County Circuit Court in the case Commonwealth v. Poindexter. It is believed to be the earliest case of African Americans challenging the sodomy law in Kentucky.

There are also images of the “Negro Review,” local entertainment shows held at Woodland Park Auditorium during the 1930s with an all-male cast in drag. In addition, there are images of the drag shows held at the Lyric Theater in 1960, followed by images of the entertainers being arrested and taken to jail. Drag shows were illegal in 1960.

More contemporary images in this exhibition feature Angela Davis’ visit to UK; Djuan Trent, 2010 Miss Kentucky; and the local LGBTQ organization Bluegrass Black Pride.

This is the third showing of “A Pictorial History: African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons in Kentucky.” The first version of the exhibit was displayed in the SCRC at UK during 2015 Black History Month. Thanks to the leadership and interest of Bluegrass Black Pride members seeking to make the exhibit more available to the general public, the Lexington Public Library ran the exhibit in the fall of 2015 and it is now on display at the Lyric. The exhibition was part of the September 2016 Gallery Hop.

The 26 framed images showcased in the exhibition are from UK photo collections and from very generous loans by individuals and organizations throughout the community and who are credited on the caption cards next to each frame. The exhibition is sponsored by UK Libraries, UK African American and Africana Studies Program, and the community organization Bluegrass Black Pride.

SCRC is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to honoring its past while maintaining a strong vision for the further development of both the East End and the greater Lexington and Bluegrass community. The mission of the Lyric is to preserve, promote, present and celebrate diverse cultures with special emphasis on African-American cultural heritage through artistic presentations of the highest quality, educational programming and outreach, film, and opportunities for community inclusion.