Monthly Archives: August 2011

Japanese Visitor from Kawanishi

Keiko Fujii, Project Manager of Cultural & International Exchanges, for The City of Kawanishi, Japan accompanied a group of Japanese high school students to Bowling Green for a week long stay with host families from South Warren and Bowling Green High Schools.


The people in the photo are: Dean Sam Evans, Keiko Fujii, and Brian Coutts.

As the lunchtime guest of Dean of Libraries, Connie Foster and DLPS Head, Brian Coutts this past Friday, Keiko Fujii toured the new Educational Resources Center in Gary Ransdell Hall with ERC Coordinator, Roxanne Spencer and Ellen Micheletti.  She met with College of Education Dean, Sam Evans.  She also toured the new Confucius Institute and Visual and Performing Arts Library.  The City of Kawanishi and WKU Libraries exchange library materials annually to promote a greater understanding of their respective countries.  This year’s gift from Japan included a 26 volume set on Japanese history, books on Buddhism, Japanese novels, and even language guides like “Japanese for Busy People.”

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Let there be light!


Helm Façade with New Windows


Rusty Old Windows of Helm Library












All113 windows in the Helm Library were replaced for the first time since the 1960s. Along with new lighting—it’s made this a much brighter space for study.

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Shows the Massive Helm Window Project


Work in Progress

The first of the 99 windows were installed during March of this year and the remaining 14 were recently completed.  The contractor responsible for the job was Romac Environmental Co. LLC from Louisville, KY.  They led the way by removing the existing windows.  Five Star Window and Door Systems LLC from Nashville, TN completed the installation of all the new windows from Sun Windows, Inc. from Owensboro, KY.  The Libraries are looking forward to the additional energy saving benefits of the new windows by reducing heating and cooling costs for the University (blog written by Eric Fisher).


Old Window


New Energy Saving Window


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The Delineator Club

Delineator Club yearbook and its namesake magazine

Delineator Club yearbook and its namesake magazine

The November 1900 issue of The Delineator, a magazine offering fiction, fashion news and homemaking advice, noted the value of women’s clubs in keeping their members’ brains “busy with high thoughts” of literature, history and art.  When eleven women met on February 7, 1952 to form Bowling Green’s newest literary club, they sought to delineate their goals with the same care and precision as the popular magazine had shown in fulfilling its journalistic mission.

With a membership limited to fifteen, the Delineator Club, they determined, would meet monthly.  First on the agenda would be the enjoyment of a “dessert course”; next would come the presentation of a program by one of the members.  Finally, every member agreed to purchase one book per year, to become part of a circulating club library.

While many of the club’s programs (between 20 and 45 minutes long, stipulated its constitution) consisted of book reviews, the members also discussed political, historical and cultural topics and heard from guest speakers.  Club minutes not only recorded visits from artists, librarians and local professionals, but regularly remarked on the sinfulness of the rich desserts to which that month’s hostess treated her guests.  More important over the years has been the intellectual and social pleasure that the Delineator Club has offered members of every age and background.

The records of the Delineator Club’s first half-century are now part of the collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library.  Included are minutes, correspondence, yearbooks and photos.  Click here to download a finding aid.  For more on local clubs and organizations, search TopScholar and KenCat.

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WKU Libraries Kicked Off the 2011 Fall Semester


On August 24, WKU Libraries kicked off the 2011 fall semester in Helm Library 100. Interim Dean Connie Foster briefed on the Libraries faculty and staff university policies regarding travel and talked about some house-clearing issues before a group photo was taken in the Java City by University Photographer Clinton Lewis. After a luncheon in the Cravens Library, library employees went back to Helm 100, where invited guest speaker Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, gave a presentation named The Future Is Here. He gave an overview of where information technology will be in the future and how that is related to the services of the libraries and their needed changes to adapt to the technological development.

Photo AlbumJason Griffey’s Presentation (Sound File)

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Where in the World Is Big Red


Big Red has been exploring different countries in the WKU Libraries. In-coming students were invited to an adventure, as part of WKU’s Masterplan program, to search for Big Red. The countries where Big Red has been to include China, Italy, Mexico, and the United States, respectively in the areas where the Confucius Institute Chinese Learning Center, Periodical Reference, Visual & Performing Art Library, and the Reference Desk are located. The students had great fun including origami, China experience from touch-screen TV’s, Italian masks, Mexican dance, and free samples of food from those countries. Prizes were given at the conclusion of the event.

Photo Album

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Kentucky Reference Librarian Nancy Richey will be presenting a workshop on African American Genealogy at the Warren County Public Library, Wednesday August 31st from 6-7 pm.

Genealogical information about African American Ancestors is often difficult to locate. This workshop offers an introduction to using online databases and covers the fundamentals of getting started. The class also features guidelines on what types of records are available for research and where to find them. Resources on the Internet are also covered. This is a wonderful opportunity to get started on your own journey in exploring your roots.

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Kentucky Reference Librarian Nancy Richey will present a workshop on African American Genealogy at the Warren County Public Library, Wednesday August 31, 6-7 pm.

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Freeman Kitchens Exhibit Opens August 22; Reception on August 27

Freeman Kitchens, Drake Vintage Music & Curios, & Jenn Jameson

Freeman Kitchens, Drake Vintage Music & Curios, & Jenn Jameson

WKU’s Special Collections Library is hosting a new exhibit, “Yours for the Carters”: The Vintage Sound Collections of Freeman Kitchens.

For more than 60 years, Freeman Kitchens has collected and sold country music recordings at his store, Drake Vintage Music & Curios, in Drake, Kentucky, just south of Bowling Green.  Kitchens is also the founder and president emeritus of the official fan club of the legendary Carter Family.  Kitchens’ collection of rare artifacts and the club’s devotion to the careers of the Carters and other artists has earned Drake Vintage Music & Curios a unique place in the preservation and celebration of American country music.

“Yours for the Carters”: The Vintage Sound Collections of Freeman Kitchens is curated by WKU folklife graduate student Jennifer Joy Jameson.  In her blog about the project, she writes: “I’ve spent the last 10 or so months occupying Freeman’s perfectly good weekend hours; snapping portraits, bugging him about names, places, sounds and sights, while listening to some of his best records together–all in the name of researching the history of his shop, his recordings, and the vibrant legacy of grassroots music journalism and documentation that he’s fostered through the Carter Family Fan Club.”

The exhibit will feature a sampling of letters, publications, photos, artifacts and multimedia items from Mr. Kitchens’ store, as well as artifacts from the folklife collections of the Special Collections Library.

“Yours for the Carters”: The Vintage Sound Collections of Freeman Kitchens is open from August 22 to November 11, 2011.  On August 27, an opening reception from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. will feature refreshments, entertainment by Nashville’s Hogslop String Band and, afterward, an excursion to Drake Vintage Music & Curios.  All are invited!

Click here and here to download finding aids for collections relating to Freeman Kitchens in the Special Collections Library’s Folklife Archives.

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WKU Libraries orientation for new WKU faculty

New Faculty Orientation 2011 New Faculty Orientation 2011

Faculty and staff from WKU libraries participated in the information fair for new faculty held at DUC.  Attendees had a great time answering questions during the Jeopardy game, designed to help new faculty become familiar with library services.

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Capital Ideas

Stock Certificates at the Kentucky Library & Museum

Stock Certificates at the Kentucky Library & Museum

As white-knuckled Americans endure the stock market’s wild ride, WKU’s Special Collections Library continues to acquire historical records of Kentucky businesses and investors.  A look at our collections reveals many visually appealing (if not always dividend-paying) stock certificates issued by banks, railroads, turnpike companies, private schools, and other enterprises.

For example, in 1852, seven years before the L&N Railroad reached Bowling Green, the Henderson & Nashville Railroad Company issued five dollars’ worth of stock to James Thomas.  From 1907 to 1922, the Warder family of Glasgow received certificates for their shares in Kentucky businesses like the Fountain Run Oil Company, the Marrowbone and Leatherwood Oil & Gas Company, and the New Trutona Medicine Company; they also issued stock in their own Warder Tobacco Company.  W. B. Mayes invested more locally, paying $100 in 1913 for one share in the Bowling Green Home Telephone Company.  In 1950, Julius and Emilie Twesten purchased 11 shares of preferred stock in Fruit of the Loom at $20 apiece.  Click on the names to download finding aids for the relevant collections.

For more information about our collections, visit WKU’s Special Collections Library or search TopScholar and KenCat.

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