On the evening of August 26, 2009, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan students had a good time in the Kentucky Museum at an event dubbed as “Night at the Museum,” a marketing effort to bring more students into the facility and familiarize them with the exhibits. Attendees had a chance to take a photo with “Lincoln” and his “wife,” and had a taste of the life lived by their ancestors in the Civil War period, such as wearing the girdle, writing in cursive styles with feather pens, and reenacting the war with figurines. These photos will show you how much they enjoyed the night at the Kentucky Museum.
Monthly Archives: August 2009
On the evening of August 25, 2009, WKU Libraries launched its creative marketing event dubbed as “Snacks in the Stacks.” Food, music, and Las Vagas-style pokers brought in numerous MasterPlan students to the Helm-Cravens Library. Players who got the right line-up of the cards won different kinds of prizes, ranging from T-shirts and pizzas to iTune gift cards and iPod devices.
Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Wilson was the mastermind of the event, which was facilitated by several of the Libraries faculty and staff from the Access and Reference units. The Dean of Libraries and department heads were all at the event–an event that Provost Burch described as “impressive” when she learned of it.
On September 27, 2009, Western Kentucky University Libraries, including the Kentucky Library & Museum, participated in the university’s M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan in the Preston Center. Several hundred students came to the Libraries’ booths to learn about these facilities and their services. Handouts with gifts of pens and cups with the Libraries’ logo were handed out during the event.
On September 25, 2009, faculty from the Department of Library Public Services, Western Kentucky University, had its annual retreat at the Barren River State Park resort. Dean Binder came to the lunch and answered the faculty’s questions afterward.
On August 26, 2009, WKU Libraries kicked off the 2009-2010 academic year with Dean Binder’s presentation on the past year’s highlights, followed by departmental reports by Brian Coutts, Head of Library Public Service; Connie Foster, Head of Technical Service; and Timothy Mullin, Head of Special Collection. The kickoff meeting concluded after a presentation on Web 3.0 by Haiwang Yuan, Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries for Web & Emerging Technologies. Lunch and snacks were provided by the Dean’s Office. Before lunch, all library employees gathered in front of the Raymond Cravens Library to had their first ever group photo taken.
The Kentucky Library & Museum Batik Workshop taught by Laura McGee was a wonderful success. Photos show participants using wax resist techniques and dying their silk crepe de chine scarves.
In order to keep the staff up-to-date, the Kentucky Library & Museum will close for staff training on August 25 & 26. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause patrons and visitors.
Regular hours resume on August 27.
Weather permitting, the Kentucky Library & Museum will close on Tuesday August 18 due to a power outage required for routine maintenance activities.
Think the weather may not allow the electrical work to take place and the KYLM will be open for business? Call 270-745-2592.
Regular hours resume on Wednesday, August 19.
Early in the twentieth century, William R. Reynolds, Jr. (1878-1955), Cave City’s photographer, produced a series of photographs documenting life in this small southcentral Kentucky town. His work, carefully reproduced from glass plate negatives, has been on exhibit at the Kentucky Library & Museum since June 1. Supported with extensive research by Reynolds’ grandchildren, Dale and Kate Covington, their family and friends, and staff of the Kentucky Library & Museum, the photographs provide a fascinating glimpse at the people, homes, businesses and activities of Cave City, a town of 645 in 1910. Dale and Kate Covington have now made a generous donation to the Kentucky Library & Museum, which will allow staff to plan a smaller traveling exhibit of the photographs for viewing in Cave City and Glasgow.
Hurry! You have only until August 30 to view the Kentucky Library & Museum’s photograph exhibit, “Portrait of a Town: Cave City, Kentucky.”
At the time he retired in 1954 after more than 46 years at WKU, history professor Arndt Mathis Stickles (1872-1968) held the record as the longest serving professor at an accredited institution of higher learning. His publications included Elements of Government: Political Institutions, Local and National, in the United States (1914), The Critical Court Struggle in Kentucky, 1819-1829 (1929), and Simon Bolivar Buckner: Borderland Knight (1940). Among more than 2,700 items in this collection, now available in the Manuscripts section of WKU’s Special Collections Library, are his speeches, family and professional correspondence, research materials for his books, and a lengthy personal reminiscence of his life and career written for his children. A finding aid for the Stickles Collection can be accessed here.