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Kentucky Live!: Travel Writer, Gary P. West

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Leading Kentucky travel writer Gary West shared his travel secrets with us and signed his books in this month’s “Kentucky Live! Series” at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Bowling Green, Kentucky on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

West is one of the authors featured in this year’s Southern Kentucky Bookfest at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Far Away Places presents David Keeling

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Dr. David Keeling from WKU Department of Geology and Geography, talked about Gabon in WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places program at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

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New in the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL)

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One of Dr. Brian Coutts’ recent donations to  WKU Libraries  is the stunning two-volume set, The Story of Underwear. Volume 1 is The Story of Men’s Underwear by Shaun Cole; Volume 2 is The Story of Women’s Underwear by Muriel Barbier and Shazia Boucher. Both books are heavily illustrated with photographs of vintage and modern examples of useful and decorative underclothes, while a scholarly text explains the history and significance of the garments.

The Story of Underwear was listed in Library Journal’s “Best Reference 2010 Resources”.

A featured book review (by Brian Coutts and Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker) about the set was published in the Bowling Green Daily News, Sunday, July 31, 2011.  The books are shelved in the VPAL , call number VPAL REF GT2073 .S76x 2010.

Read a review of  “The Story of Underwear” by Brian Coutts and Therese Baker from the Bowling Green Daily News.

– Therese D. Baker

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The Peace Corps: A Historical & Kentucky Perspective

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This month’s Far Away Places series featured Angene Wilson, emeritus Professor of Education at University of Kentucky, and Jack Wilson, retired director of the Division of Water for the state of Kentucky on the evening of October 20, 2011 at Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The couple talked about their service as the first Peace Corps volunteers in the 60’s as well as the stories of other volunteers that they wrote into their book “Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers.” They signed their book at the end of the event.

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Sean Kinder named Outstanding Academic Librarian by Kentucky Library Association

kinder_seanSean Kinder, WKU Associate Professor, was recognized with the Outstanding Academic Librarian Award by the Kentucky Library Association at their awards luncheon Thursday, September 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I was extremely moved and very grateful for the nomination and honor,” said Kinder. “Knowing it came from my friends and colleagues in the library profession made it all the more meaningful, and I hope they know how thankful and appreciative I am of their support.”

Mr. Sean Kinder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University Libraries, where he has served as the Humanities/Social Sciences librarian since January of 2001. In addition to reference responsibilities, Mr. Kinder is the library’s liaison to the international students, the honor’s program, and is responsible for collection development and research instruction for modern languages, sociology, journalism & broadcasting, folk studies, anthropology, archaeology, pop culture, and other select departments. He chairs the committee for the Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award which has honored authors and illustrators from across the globe who have completed Kentucky-related books for youth. Kinder is currently working on a book documenting the life of 1930s Hollywood celebrity Una Merkel.

kinder2“We were very excited to hear of Sean’s recent honor,” said Brian Coutts, Department Head for WKU Library Public Services, “He’s an outstanding librarian and the recognition is very well deserved.”

This is the sixth time in 16 years that a WKU Librarian has received the Outstanding Librarian of the Year recognition from the Kentucky Library Association. For more information about the Kentucky Library Association, go to kylibasn.org.

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SOKY Reads! Alcott Series Continues Tonight

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman behind Little Women

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This past Thursday, September 22, SOKY Reads! presented “Louisa May Alcott: Literary Phenomenon and Social Reform.” Dr. Dorothea Browder discussed the role of women in 19th-Century America, while Jennifer Walton-Hanley discussed how Alcott’s novel Work: A Story of Experience influenced women’s rights and responsibilities beyond the family.

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Library Finals Hours, May 2011

Helm-Cravens Library will be open each night until 2am this finals week from Sunday, May 8th through Thursday, May 12th. As in past semesters Western’s Student Government Association is helping to underwrite this service to our students. For the first time, the Student Technology Center (the computer lab) on the second floor of the Helm Library will also be extending its hours until 2am from May 8th through May 12th.

Students needing a study break can stop by Java City in Helm Library for  complimentary coffee and pastries from 10pm to 2am on May 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th.

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Far Away Places presents James Siekmeier

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This month’s Far Away Places series featured Professor James Siekmeier, historian from West Virginia University. He talked about “Bolivia and the United States: The Ties That Bind and Constrict” on Thursday, April 21 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Bowling Green, KY. His talk was followed by a heated discussion and book signing.

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Janna McMahan @ Kentucky Live!

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Award-winning Southern novelist Janna McMahan, a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky, spoke about her experience of the deep south during her writing career at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bowling Green, Kentucky on the evening of April 17, 2011. Her presentation was part of the WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” talk series.

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2nd Annual Health Literacy Summit

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On March 24-25, WKU Libraries participated in the 2nd Annual Health Literacy Summit, a multidisciplinary meeting of health professionals, health insurers, and librarians. Hosted at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, the Health Literacy Summit heightened awareness of health literacy and its impact on patient outcomes.  A consumer with good health literacy has the ability to obtain, comprehend, and use information related to health and wellness.

Health Sciences Librarian Carol Watwood presented a poster session, “Take Action for Better Health: The Best Web-Based Health Information to Address Kentucky’s Health Challenges.” This presentation highlighted the role of libraries in improving health literacy.

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