Monthly Archives: April 2006

Writing Center in Helm in the Summer

Here is an update about the Writing Center. They have been temporarily using the Learning Center in DUC this week, and will be there on Friday as well. Next week they will be back in their regular location in Cherry Hall. However, since Cherry will be closed for the summer, the Writing Center tutors will be using their auxilary location in Helm for the summer.


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Basket Making Exhibit Opened on Saturday

photos from exhibit opening “Baskets from Home: White Oak Baskets of South Central Kentucky” opened on Saturday, April 29 at the Kentucky Library and Museum. This exhibit was partially funded by a grant from Western Kentucky University Provost’s Initiatives for Excellence (PIE) and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology.

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VSA Side By Side Exhibit Reception

reception for VSA exhibitThe opening reception for *SIDE BY SIDE 2006* – a collaborative exhibition of artwork created by young artists with disabilities and local artists – took place on April 22. The exhibit was a partnership between the Kentucky Library and Museum and VSA Arts of Kentucky. The Kelly Autism Center at Western Kentucky University also participated in this project.

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WKU Libraries’ Java City Events

On Wednesday afternoon, WKU Libraries and Java City hosted a public forum presided over by Political Science Professor Saundra Ardrey. The forum stemmed from the conference on “National Security, Homeland Security and You.

On Tuesday, April 25th we had the alt-country sound of Redroof starring Cortney Basham, and on Wednesday, April 26, WKU music Professor Heidi Pintner led her flute choir in another powerful and inspiring concert.

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Nancy Heathman’s Portrait of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp by Nancy HeathmanThe striking portrait of Johnny Depp hanging in Cravens Library (opposite the elevator) is by the talented Nancy Heathman, a student worker in the Government Documents/Law unit. Nancy chose the charismatic Depp as her subject because of his Kentucky connection, among other reasons! Born in Owensboro, Depp spent his first few years in Kentucky. The portrait combines a number of techniques: Collage newsprint which was scanned and manipulated in Photoshop.

View the portrait across from the elevators on the fourth floor of Cravens, and see more of Nancy’s work.

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An Update on the University Libraries’ “Contemporary Music Genres” CD Collection

We now have over six hundred titles, including additions of CDs by the following acts:

Chris Smither; Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; D. L. Menard; John Adams; P. J. Harvey; Gil Scott-Heron; Mark O’Connor; Femi Kuti; Charlie McCoy; Donovan (2); Dr. John; Doc Watson & David Grisman; Devo; Jerry Douglas; The David Grisman Quintet; Lucy Kaplansky; Angélique Kidjo; Neil Young; Steve Hackett; Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; Christopher O’Riley; Natalie Merchant; Marc Bolan & T. Rex; Gillian Welch; Stan Getz, João & Astrud Gilberto, & Antonio Carlos Jobim; Bill Morrissey; Warren Zevon; Rautavaara; The Horse Flies; Loudon Wainwright III; Janis Ian; John Mayall; Charlie Musselwhite; John Hammond; Gordon Bok; Kitaro; Mimi & Richard Fariña; Kris Kristofferson; Davy Graham; Popol Vuh; The Strawbs; David Arkenstone; Paul Brady; Emmanuel Jal & Abdel Gadir Salim; Utah Phillips & Ani Difranco; Lisa Germano; Buddy Miller; Buckwheat Zydeco & the Ils Sont Partis Band; Arlo Guthrie; Michael Franks; Anouar Brahem; Rod Stewart; Phil Ochs; Deuter; John Fahey; Mark Knopfler; Keith Jarrett; Fairport Convention; Robert Rich; Lou Harrison; Steeleye Span; Country Joe & the Fish.

In process and available shortly (if you want any of these right away contact me and I’ll have them rush-catalogued) are CDs by:

The Klezmorim; Robin Holcomb; The Roots; Luka Bloom; Robert Downey Jr.; Cheb Mami; Rosco Gordon; The Seldom Scene; Sam Bush; Klaus Schulze; Cabaret Voltaire; Cowboy Junkies; Mary-Chapin Carpenter; Sly & Robbie; Trilok Gurtu; Raihan; Groundhogs; Pierce Pettis; Eliza Gilkyson; Laurie Lewis; Khaki King; Adrienne Young & Little Sadie; Patty Griffin; Hüsker Dü; J. J. Cale; Sage Francis; The Klezmatics; Ozomatli; Eleftheria Arvanitaki; Michael Franti & Spearhead; Melissa Etheridge; Ani Difranco; Johnny Clegg Savuka; Mos Def; Stan Rogers; Kathleen Edwards; Corb Lund Band.

There is an annotated browse list for these (as they become fully available) and all the earlier items at: Most of the items in this collection are on display across from the Circulation Desk in the Cravens Library, but don’t forget that we additionally have over a thousand classical, jazz, and traditional music CDs out of sight behind the Desk that can be identified through TOPCAT. All materials may be checked out at the Cravens Library Circulation Desk.

Also take note of our steadily growing DVD movies collection, accessible at the same location!

–Charles H. Smith, Science Librarian (and CD collection maintainer)

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Spring Break Day Campers at Kentucky Library and Museum

children attending spring break day camp Spring break day camp held at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University received rave reviews from the campers. Participants enjoyed many art activities from painting designs on a papier-mache rock ledge and portraits of their pets to creating 3-D collages and making booklets using their very own hand marbleized paper.

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Basket Making Workshop

Participants in basket making workshop Beth Hester of GH Productions in Scottsville, KY conducted a beginner’s basket making workshop at the Kentucky Museum on Saturday, April 1, 2006. Thirteen participants spent the day weaving a Kentucky Berry basket.

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2006 Faculty Awards Nominees

Nominees for 2006 Faculty Awards with Dean Binder Dean Binder with Nancy Baird and Sue Lynn McDaniel. Nominated by University Libraries and Information Technology for the 2006 Faculty Awards, Nancy and Sue Lynn were recognized for their efforts in Research/Creative Activity and Public Service. Chief among their accomplishments was their co-authorship of Western Kentucky University: The First 100 Years and numerous public programs promoting the WKU centennial.

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Libraries’ Faculty and Staff at WKU’s First Amendment First Celebration

Kelley Coppinger, Brian Coutts, Nancy Marshall, and Paula Bowles at the Banned Book ExhibitionWKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting hosted a First Amendment First Celebration in Mass Media and Technology Hall on Thursday April 20, 2006. It was an American Democracy Project that combined panelists and featured speakers in a daylong discussion of the importance of First Amendment freedoms and encouraged students to embrace those freedoms.

A Banned Book Exhibition in the MMTH was held as part of the celebration. Contributing to the exhibition were Nancy Marshall and Paula Bowles, library staff, as well as Kelley Coppinger, Mark Simpson, and Josh Armstrong who created the video shown at the exhibition.

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