Monthly Archives: May 2010

Readers’ Guide Retrospective

Reader’s Guide Retrospective is a new resource at WKU Libraries that allows patrons to search almost a hundred years worth of Readers’ Guide issues, 1890-1982. This includes:

  • All the information from 44 Readers’ Guide annuals in a single database that your patrons can search easily and precisely; save on valuable shelf space, and no need to replace damaged or worn-out books.

  • Access to over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines; many of the articles are peer reviewed.

  • Coverage from a wide range of journals.

  • The complete text of Wilson Library Bulletin from 1914 on, including PDF page images.

WKU students, faculty, and staff can access Readers’ Guide Retrospective from our Database page. If off campus, make sure you log into our Proxy Server first.


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WKU Libraries Celebrated Dr. Gay Perkins’ Retirement

WKU Libraries Celebrated Dr. Gay Perkins' RetirementAfter 22 years of dedicated service with the Department of Library Public Services, WKU, Dr. Gay Perkins is beginning a new chapter in her life: retirement. Employees of the WKU Libraries gathered today in Room 100 of Cravens Library to celebrate her achievements. She has really been an achiever. She had already served on 26 Task Forces and Committees by the time she was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, including two terms on the University Graduate Fellowship Committee and on the Advisory Committee to the Vice-President. By 2002 when she was promoted to Professor she had won the UL Research and Creativity Award in 2001, been published in the profession’s leading research journal, helped found and edit the award winning The Western Scholar, and masterminded the University Libraries first “Client Survey.” Dr. Perkins has been an inspiration for all of us, and her departure will be greatly missed. But we sincerely wish that as she enjoys her retired life, she map out a strategy chocked full of new adventures.

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Demonstrations & Protests

Vietnam Moratorium

Vietnam Moratorium

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Kent State massacre. In light of that, let’s look at protest movements at WKU.  Lowell Harrison in Western Kentucky University describes the affect of Kent State on WKU.  “The Volunteers, an ad hoc committee of student activists, called for a general strike on Friday, May 8, but most classes met, although often with diminished attendance.  “Strike Western” T-shirts quickly appeared. Protests demonstrations were countered by an anti-protest rally. . .  President Downing met with a group of students on the steps of the administration building; a graduate student who was active in the peace movement . . . A “sleep-in” Friday night on the lawn next to the administration building attracted about a hundred participants, including some small children and one dog.”

The Agitator, one of the first underground student newspapers debuted in 1964. After it came The Skewer [1965], The Expatriate [1970] and we still have The Big Red Tool in 2010.  The issues discussed in these publications include prostitution, freedom of speech/press, Vietnam war, and campus issues.   Students held a sit in regarding the racial issues in September 26 and a Vietnam Moratorium October 15, 1969.  In more recent years students have gathered to protest against the Ku Klux Klan and the Gulf War.  The 1971 political paper Spread Eagle has been digitized.

Some images from the period are available on KenCat.  Finding aids for the underground student newspapers and demonstration/protest photographs are available on TopScholar.  Read about protests in the Board of Regents minutes and the College Heights Herald.  Check out the online exhibit, Get on the BusShare your memories of these and other events.  Visit the Harrison-Baird Reading Room in the Kentucky Library to see these and other primary sources regarding protests and demonstrations.


Filed under Events, University Archives

Libraries still open

Though the main library areas were not affected by the recent heavy rains, Cravens Library did have some flooding at the ground level where the Center for Leadership Studies is housed. The Center for Leadership Studies has been moved temporarily to Cravens Room 111 and their contact number is 745-8973. Cravens Library is not closed; however, caution tape is set outside the Normal Boulevard entrances to encourage patrons to use other entrances as workers continue the clean up process.

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