Catch up on the latest news of the WKU Libraries with Collections and Connections our semi-annual report. The Libraries’ newsletter for spring/summer 2012 that highlights research awards for undergraduates, the SOKY Book Fest, and other key events for the term.
An Art Installation class led by WKU Associate Art Professor Kristina Arnold worked with WKU Libraries this past semester to create unique displays in the Helm-Cravens Library. Using discarded and withdrawn books, the art students designed and produced two displays. The first installed is above a line of computer stations on Cravens 4th floor exhibiting books falling and flying across the long wall and the second, a set of “tapestries” using book pages and beeswax to produce a translucent effect as the pieces hang in the Reference Area in Helm.
he University community was treated to the folk-rock sounds of Mythagoe on the Java City patio last Tuesday. Local artists Artemus Sumetra and Julia Fisher sang a mixture of old and new songs in their unique style. Photo by Richard Goff
The SOKY Book Fest returns to the Knicely Convention Center on Saturday, April 21. We had a great lineup of authors this year, including Carl Hiaasen, Heather Graham, Silas House, and Stacy Curtis as well as returning favorite Bobbie Ann Mason. There was something for every interest and age at the Book Fest. This event provides funding for literary activities throughout the region.
This semester’s Java City Spring Concert Series is off to a great start! We kicked off on Valentine’s Day wit ha great performance by WKU Libraries’ own Jack Montgomery and Lonesome Liz, aka Elizabeth Bissette, Bowling Green singer/songwriter. February also featured master musician Dave Issacs and country music singer/songwriter Artis Greene. March brought banjo/ukelele virtuoso Johnny Foodstamp and his 1930-ish jazz based tunes. Earlier this week saw the return of multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Mean Mary performing her brand of country-rock and bluegrass on the patio. We’re looking forward to Tyrone Cotton an April 4th and Mythagoe with Artemus Sumerta on April 24th. If you haven’t come over for one of the concerts before, you’re missing a great, free time!
A large group of community members, WKU staff and librarians, and regional partners celebrated the opening of the Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Ft.Knox Regional Center Library at WKU’s extended campus in Elizabethtown on Monday, March 19. Dr. Ronald Shephens, director for the WKU Regional Center, gave opening remarks followed by Library Public Services Department Head Brian Coutts, Interim Dean Connie Foster, and the Regional Center Librarian Laura DeLancey. Western Kentucky University partners with the Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Ft. Knox area to offer more than a dozen four year degrees from the extended location. According to Regional Center Librarian Laura DeLancey, the library and its offerings are already off to a good start. Several of the students she has taught in class are calling and sending online messages with questions to aid in their research. The Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Ft.Knox Regional Center Library will be staffed with a librarian Monday 10-6; Tuesday 12-6; and Thursday 12-6.
Carl Hiassen will be the featured presenter at this year’s SOKY Book Fest in April. Hiassen is the NY Times bestselling author of fiction for readers of all ages. His work includes the Newbery Honor winning Hoot as well as Flush and Star Island. Children’s Day will feature Newbery Honor winning author, Patricia Reilly Giff. Giff is the author of many beloved children’s books, including the Kids of Polk Street series, Lily’s Crossing and Willow Run. These two authors will be joined by nearly 150 other authors who appeal to all ages and interests. The SOKY Book Fest, one of the largest book festivals in the state will be held at the Knicely Conference center. More info about events and authors attending can be found here.
The Spring Java City Concert Series continues at noon today with a performance by master musician from Nashville Dave Issacs. Hailed as one of the most talented performers on the planet by audiogrid.com, Dave is a world class guitarist who has played everywhere from dive bars to concert halls.
Monday, November 14, Dr. Cecile Garmon discussed “Lincoln’s Leadership and Communication Style.” As part of the travelling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Dr. Garmon gave an in-depth analysis of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. She discussed Lincoln’s use of rhetorical devices throughout the speech and how his masterful communication style aided him in his leadership position. The program continues tonight at the Kentucky Museum. Tonight’s topic is Lincoln and the Emancipation proclamation. This free event begins at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
WKU Libraries’ Web site with its One-Search Box hit the Top 5 most visited Web sites from WKU’s homepage for the month of October with 48,434 visits immediately after it’s new look’s debut in the OUCampus content management system.
According to WKU Public Affairs, the Google Analytics reports that WKU Libraries came in fifth after the WKU homepage, Webmail, Current Students landing page and Academics landing page.
Way to go WKU Libraries!!!