Over the course of its first 100 years, WKU Libraries was served by five visionary leaders each of whom in their own unique way contributed to the growth and expansion of library services and collections.
A reception was held in honor of Al and Jeanne Baker, former owners of Shutterbug Photography, for their in-kind gift “WKU Libraries-A Century of Excellence” now displayed on the first floor of Cravens Library. The 14 foot long display was created to commemorate a century of service on the hill.
WKU Visual Resources Librarian Nancy Richey and retired newspaper publisher Roger Givens presented “Kentucky County Stars: Illustrious Kentuckians” as part of the “We’ve Been Everywhere” program on Tuesday, April 23 in the Helm Library on WKU’s campus. Rogers and Givens presented images and brief synopses of famous entertainers, politicians, and other influential figures throughout history who originated form our Bluegrass state.
Thursday evening at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Dr. James Nicholson shared with his audience the history of the Kentucky Derby and what makes “America’s Premier Sporting Event”. He spoke and also shared a collage of photos revealing the highs and lows of what is none other than the tradition and culture surrounding Kentucky’s famous Derby!
On August 22, 2012, WKU Libraries kicked off the new semester at Helm 100. The kick-off featured our guest speaker Jeff Peden, “The Great Ideas! Guy,” who gave a presentation on how to create a great team to deliver the service customers want. The kick-off concluded with a luncheon. A group photo was made during the recess by the WKU photographer.
On Thursday, August 16, 2012, WKU Libraries’ faculty members participated in WKU’s New Faculty Orientation Program taking place in the Western Room of the Kentucky Building. The program was an annual event sponsored by the Provost’s Office.
Interim Dean Connie Foster addressed the audience of newly hired faculty members that included one of our own—Lisa Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor and Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian. In her address, she highlighted WKU’s institutional repository TopSCHOLAR. Head of Library Public Services Brian Coutts presided over the orientation session and gave the overview presentation of the Libraries. He was followed by WKU Libraries’ faculty members Jack Montgomery, Professor, Collection Services Coordinator, who introduced the liaison/subject librarian system; John Goffried, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Reference Services/ Business Librarian, who introduced WKU Libraries’ website; Bryan Carson, Professor, Special Assistant to the Dean for Grants & Projects/ Coordinator of Periodical & Instructional Services, who gave a presentation on the Libraries’ literacy and research instruction services; Roxanne Spencer, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Educational Resources Center presented the Libraries’ branches; and Sue Lynn McDaniel, Associate Professor, Special Collections Librarian, familiarized the audience with the Special Collections Library.
WKU Libraries also showcased a booth along with other WKU divisions in the Kentucky Building. Nancy Richey, Assistant Professor, Image Librarian, and Jack Montgomery spent their time receiving visits from the new faculty.
Photos were taken by WKU Libraries’ Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Wilson and Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean for Web & Emerging Technologies Haiwang Yuan.
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.
On the evening of March 17 at Barnes & Noble, the WKU Libraries’ “Far Away Places” international talk series featured Professor John All from WKU’s Department of Geography & Geology. While studying climate change in the Himalayas in 2010 as part of the Fulbright Scholar program, he scaled the treacherous northeast ridge and reached the summit of Mount Everest, at 29,035 ft. the world’s highest mountain on May 23rd.