Finals week (Sunday May 6th through Thursday May 10th) University Libraries will again be open late to serve our students who are studying for final exams. The Helm-Cravens Library will be open until 2a.m. each of these nights. The public services areas will be manned by library faculty and staff volunteers. As in semesters past, this service is sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Dan Forrest, Coordinator
On Friday, April 27, DLPS Department Head Brian Coutts presented his annual “Best Reference Books” workshop to the University Libraries’ faculty and staff. From the hundreds of new print reference titles published annually, Brian selects the top thirty for a feature article in the April 15th issue of Library Journal. As co-author or author, Brian has been making these annual selections for the past two decades. Among the features he looks for are: original contribution to knowledge, quality of writing/editing/printing/illustrations, relevance, and uniqueness.
Topping this year’s list was the Encyclopedia Judaica, second edition and the Historical Statistics of the United States, millennial edition.
A competing list is selected by a committee of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of American Library Association (ALA) and published in the May 1st issue of American Libraries.
We are very proud of Senior Reference Associate Nancy Marshall, who just completed her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Kentucky. For the past several years, Nancy has been commuting to Lexington to take classes, while still working full time in Helm Reference. The program at UK is accredited by the American Library Association, permitting Nancy to work at any public, special, or academic library in North America. (But we hope that Nancy will stay with us for a while still, since she does such a great job.)
Nancy has been in her present position since 2000. Before that, she was a Reference Assistant in Helm and a Library Assistant in the Kentucky Library. Nancy also has an MA in history from WKU.