WKU Libraries Joined Celebration of UK Libraries’ Grant Completion


The WKU group was in the overflow room next to the crowded auditorium.

At the invitation of the University of Kentucky Libraries, a group of WKU Libraries’ faculty and staff attended the UK Libraries’ special program: Works Progress Administration on September, 5, 2012 at the William T. Young Library on the UK campus in Lexington, KY.

The University of Kentucky Libraries was celebrating the completion of a three-year leadership grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). This grant had assisted the UK Libraries in acquiring, preserving, and providing access to historical records and publications produced by the U. S. Works Progress Administration (WPA). Because of these efforts, the UK library is now recognized as a Center of Excellence among southeastern research libraries for its WPA collection.

The celebratory event, “Putting America Back to Work during the Great Depression: Preserving and Improving Access to the Works Progress Administration Records for the Future,” was held in the William T. Young Library. Keynote speaker was David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. A panel discussion and reception followed.

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