Dr. Jennifer Montgomery’s Literacy 420 class visited the ERC to learn about booktalks and selecting children’s literature across the curriculum. Groups of students “booktalked” children’s fiction and nonfiction books about fossils, holidays, dogs, and Thanksgiving, utilizing a variety of books, multimedia, and educational manipulatives in their presentations.
Dr. Montgomery’s students also participated in the ERC’s Banned Books Week celebration!
As part of the many commemorative events in September, literacy students viewed the ERC’s “America Rebuilds” exhibit of 9/11 personal remembrances and titles from the ERC collection about 9/11.
Martial law broadside, Kentucky Library Collections
Visit the Special Collections Library tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, as we join in a city-wide series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. Featured will be hands-on children’s activities, a film screening, speakers, photography and military demonstrations, and more. The Kentucky Museum’s exhibit, A Star in Each Flag: Conflict in Kentucky, is also a must-see.
All events are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Click here for a full list of events.
Fellowship recipient Matthew E. Stanley
Each year, the Kentucky Library & Museum awards up to three $500 fellowships to a faculty member or graduate student to encourage scholarly use of our nationally significant collections. One of this year’s recipients is Matthew E. Stanley, a doctoral student in American history at the University of Cincinnati.
A native of White County, Illinois, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Louisville respectively, Matt became interested in our collections as part of his research into regional and sectional identity in southern Ohio, Indiana and Illinois during the Civil War era. How did people in the free states of what one historian has termed the “Lower North,” who had political, familial and cultural ties with the South and West, understand their regional and national identities during the war and reframe them afterward? How did people use the Ohio River as a “physical and metaphorical border” to define the meaning of the war? These are some of the questions Matt is exploring through the use of manuscript collections, rare books and newspapers in the Kentucky Library.
Invitations to apply for fellowships are distributed at the first of the year; review of applications begins early in April and recipients are notified in mid-April. For further information, contact Jonathan Jeffrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Kentucky Library & Museum. To learn more about our Civil War collections, search TopScholar and KenCat.
Exciting news from JSTOR!
JSTOR materials published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere are now freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.
You can access the new content through WKU’s JSTOR link on the Database page or directly If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your NetID and password. In the future, you can access the new early materials from anywhere in the world directly through this link.
University of Kentucky Anthropologist Erin Koch talked about her research in the Republic of Georgia and its dislocated people at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bowling Green, Kentucky on the evening of September 15, 2011.
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Digitization Equipment at Kentucky Library & Museum
WKU’s Manuscripts & Folklife Archives is a repository for papers and projects created by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members in the WKU Folk Studies program. Established in the early 1970s, the archives provide an extensive and ever-growing source of knowledge about folk ways, art, beliefs and customs, and regional dialect and speech patterns.
Also included in the Folklife Archives are thousands of sound recordings–interviews, oral histories and musical performances–on reel-to-reel and cassette tapes. Advances in technology, however, are quickly rendering these formats obsolete. With the aid of recently acquired equipment, we are now working hard to digitize these recordings and store them electronically, in order to preserve their unique content and make them more accessible to researchers.
For more information on our folklife collections, search TopScholar and KenCat.
The following blog post is part of an ongoing series on the government documents collection.
Introduction to Government Documents
The government documents and law librarian at WKU is Rosemary Meszaros. Her office can be found in the basement of Helm Library, on the same level as the government documents and law collection.
Government documents can be searched for using the library’s new OneSearch search interface. Simply type your topic into the search box and click “Search.” Once your results have been listed, you can refine your search to only government documents by choosing the options which contain “Government” in the location refinement options.
When clicking on a listing for a government document, you will notice that the location is not formatted using the Library of Congress Classification System. Instead, it uses the Superintendent of Documents classification system, developed by the Government Printing Office (GPO). In it, documents are grouped by the government agency or department that published the materials. Major agencies are identified by an assigned letter and then further broken down by number into the subordinate offices. These are further broken down into series.
D is the Department of Defense.
D 101 is the Army
D 201 is the Navy
D 214 is the Marine Corps
D 301 is the Air Force
These are all sub-departments of the Department of Defense.
HS is the Department of Homeland Security
HS 7 is the U.S. Coast Guard, now under the control of the Department of Homeland Security
In the next installment, we will begin exploring the materials WKU’s Government Documents collection has to offer.
Stop by the reference area to see our display 10 Years at War, featuring books on terrorism, Afghanistan, and military service. These books were chosen to highlight the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, and the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. These books all come from our reference collection, and are just a sampling of what there is on the topic.
Books on Display
- Encyclopedia of the American armed forces by Alan Axelrod UA23 .A875 2005 (2 volumes)
- Military life : the psychology of serving in peace and combat / edited by Thomas W. Britt, Carl Andrew Castro and Amy B. Adler. U22.3 .M485 2006 (4 volumes)
- United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipients : a comprehensive registry, including U.S. Navy medical personnel honored for serving Marines in combat / edited by George B. Clark. VE495.3 U53 2005
- Air warfare: an international encyclopedia / edited by Walter J. Boyne ; associate editors, Michael Fopp … [et al.] ; foreword by Michael J. Dugan. UG628 .A73 2002 (2 volumes)
- Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency / W. Thomas Smith, Jr. UB251.U5 S63 2003
- Afghanistan / Noah Berlatsky, book editor. JQ1769.A15 A325 2010
- Terrorism : essential primary sources / K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, editors. HV6431 .T465 2006
- Military communications : from ancient times to the 21st century / Christopher H. Sterling, Editor. UG590 .M56 2008
- The Encyclopedia of warships : from World War II to the present day / general editor, Robert Jackson. V765 .E53 2006
- Atlas of the Middle East. National Geographic Society (U.S.). Book Division. G2205 .N34 2003
Maggie Green, a seasonal cooking expert who specializes in culinary nutrition from Lexington, Kentucky, spoke at our WKU Libraries Kentucky Live series in Barnes and Noble about her new book The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook on the evening of September 8, 2011.
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