We are pleased to announce that new content has been added to American History in Video that we have subscribed to. The addition includes 47 titles from four new publishers, plus more titles from PBS and Universal Newsreels. This update brings the total number of videos in American History in Video to 5,864, or 1,529 hours of content.
All of the new films in American History in Video enhance the collection distinctive ways. You can see a list of all the new content here:http://ahiv.alexanderstreet.com/WhatsNew. The American History in Video collection is accessible fromhttp://www.wku.edu/library/dlps/vpal/streaming_media.php linked from our Libraries’ homepage: http://www.wku.edu/library.
On the morning of November 21, 2011, staff from the Dean’s Office of WKU Libraries surprised Interim Dean Connie Foster with a birthday party in her office. They had planned for the party without her knowledge.
Katie Pickard Fawcett won this year’s Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award for her book To Come and Go like Magic. The book is set in the 1970s, when twelve-year-old Chili Sue Mahoney longed to escape her tiny Kentucky hometown and see the world. In doing so, she comes to recognize beauty in the people and places around her.
On November 18, 2011, Interim Dean of Libraries Connie Foster gave the award to Ms. Fawcett at a luncheon in the Kentucky Room. At the luncheon were Evelyn’s relatives, friends, and colleagues. Organizing the event was the Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Award Committee consisting of WKU faculty and staff Sean Kinder (Chair), Deana Groves, Roxanne Spencer, Jennifer Wilson, Kristie Lowry, and Donna Vincent.
Set up by WKU Libraries, this award is given to honor the memory of former WKU librarian Evelyn Thurman, who made significant contributions to children’s librarianship and literacy during her 25 years of service.
Katie Pickard Fawcett grew up in the hills of eastern Kentucky and spent two years as a social worker in Appalachia. She has counseled and tutored students in the Washington D.C. area, written ads for the Peace Corps and VISTA, and worked for the World Bank, writing about development projects in Third World countries. Her personal essays have been published in several magazines, and her favorite diversion is travel and the different cultural experiences it brings. Ms. Fawcett lives with her husband and son in McLean, Virginia. To Come and Go Like Magic is her first novel.
Katie Pickard Fawcett, this year’s winner of the Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award, joined WKU Libraries employees and her readers at the Educational Resources Center for a small reception in her honor on the afternoon of November 17, 2011. She had been visiting schools early that day and ended her tour with a visit to the ERC to meet the friendly faces of WKU Libraries and Bowling Green.
The Emancipation Proclamation was President Abraham Lincoln’s most controversial but most important decision. Ultimately it turned out to be the act for which Lincoln has been most remembered and admired. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie, WKU’s Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History, talked about how Lincoln came to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. LaFantasie’s presentation was offered on the evening of November 16, 2011 at the Kentucky Room in the Kentucky Building in conjunction with the “Lincoln: the Constitution & the Civil War” exhibit.
Organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs, the exhibit was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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On November 15th the folk-rock band Mythagoe wowed the folks at Java City with their originals and their innovative arrangements of classic tunes by musical luminaries like The Beatles. Mythagoe features WKU music major Julia Fisher on vocals and bass, Kerry Pruitt also of the Lost river Cavemen on violin, Tim Short on Drums and Atremus Sumetra on lead guitar and lead vocals. Mythagoe is certainly a band that will be invited back to Java City in the future.
Google announced today, “A few months ago, we introduced a limited release of Google Scholar Citations, a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. Today, we’re delighted to make this service available to everyone!.
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William Shakespeare Hays, composer of “Evangeline”
His name may have encouraged William Shakespeare Hays (1837-1907) to become a writer, but he resembled more of a musical Mark Twain than the Bard of Avon. A river captain, journalist, poet and raconteur, the lifelong resident of Louisville composed hundreds of songs, several of which became much-loved standards of the 19th century. A beautiful woman at an antebellum house party reminded Hays of Longfellow’s poetic story of “Evangeline,” and his song of the same name sold 150,000 copies in little more than a year. After Hays overheard a fellow passenger on a mailboat imploring his sweetheart to return his affections, he was inspired to write “Mollie Darling,” which sold a million copies. Hays’s legend as a balladeer grew so large that some credited him with composing that greatest of popular anthems, “Dixie.” His journalism appeared in the Louisville Democrat during the Civil War and later in the Courier-Journal and Times, where his columns chronicled shipping, weather and other happenings on the Ohio River and became required reading for Louisvillians in-the-know.
WKU’s Special Collections Library holds a fascinating collection relating to William Shakespeare Hays that includes letters to his wife Belle, poems, song lyrics, sheet music, newspaper columns, royalty and copyright agreements, photos, and reminiscences of those who knew him. Click here to download a finding aid. For other collections on authors, journalists, musicians and poets, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.
Monday, November 14, Dr. Cecile Garmon discussed “Lincoln’s Leadership and Communication Style.” As part of the travelling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Dr. Garmon gave an in-depth analysis of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. She discussed Lincoln’s use of rhetorical devices throughout the speech and how his masterful communication style aided him in his leadership position. The program continues tonight at the Kentucky Museum. Tonight’s topic is Lincoln and the Emancipation proclamation. This free event begins at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
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