Monthly Archives: March 2013

April Reference Area Book Display


April is National Stress Awareness Month. The library has many books on recognizing stress and its effects, as well as physical and psychological ways to manage stress.  Stop by the reference area to read about stress and learn how to manage its effects.

Books on Display

  1. Encyclopedia of stress / editor-in-chief, George Fink. QP82.2.S8 E53 2000 (Volume 1 of 3)
  2. Encyclopedia of stress and stress-related diseases / Ada P. Kahn ; foreword by Delbert H. Meyer. QP82.2.S8 K34
  3. Gale encyclopedia of mental health / Kristin Key, editor. RC437 .G36 2012
  4. Mental health disorders sourcebook… / edited by Amy L. Sutton. RC454.4 .M458 2009
  5. Encyclopedia of counseling / Frederick T. L. Leong, editor-in-chief. BF636.54 .E53 2008 (Volume 1 of 4)
  6. Encyclopedia of human emotions / edited by David Levinson, James J. Ponzetti, Jr., Peter F. Jorgensen. BF531 .E55 1999 (Volume 1 of 2)
  7. The complete mental health directory : a comprehensive source book for individuals and professionals / editorial director: Laura Mars: medical editor, Nada Stotland. RA790.6 .C62
  8. Fitness and exercise sourcebook …/ edited by Laura Larsen. GV436 .F53 2011

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SOKY Book Fest partners select finalists for 2013 Kentucky Literary Award

Bowling Green, Ky. –The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announces the five finalists for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award. This year’s award will go to a work of non-fiction by a Kentucky author or with a significant Kentucky theme that was published in 2011 or 2012. The five finalists include:


A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music by Jason Howard

Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Accommodation and Audacity by Nora Rose Moosnick

Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life by Katya Cengal

Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia by Brian McKnight

The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event by James Nicholson

The award winner will be announced at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest’s Meet the Authors reception to be held Friday, April 19–the night before the main Book Fest event. For more information about the program, contact Kristie Lowry, Book Fest and Literary Outreach Coordinator, at or 745-4502.

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is a partnership of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and Western Kentucky University Libraries. For more information, go to

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Women in the Sociology of Popular Music


On the evening of March 28, 2013, Dr. Stephen Groce from the Department of Sociology, WKU gave a presentation on “Women and the Sociology of Popular Music” in Helm Library 100. The presentation was one of the “America’s Music” series organized by the WKU Libraries and the Department of Music and co-sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, and the Tribeca Flashpoint.

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“Getting a salary for pushing my hobby.”

kentucky building 1929In 1930, President Henry Hardin Cherry handpicked Mary Leiper Moore to collect and assemble historical relics and documents relating to the commonwealth of Kentucky.  This “Kentucky Collection” would eventually be known as the Special Collections Library and the Kentucky Museum, two separate entities operating under one roof to educate the public and preserve Kentucky’s history.  In an article about the Kentucky Building from the Nashville Tennessean, Moore stated that “there are not many persons so fortunate as I am, because I am getting a salary for pushing my hobby.”

Moore hosted a radio show during the 1940s-1950s based on the collections housed within the Kentucky Building.  The broadcasts advertised the scope of the building’s historical collections by exposing listeners to stories like those about the Harpe brothers, the Great Diamond Hoax, the Long Hunters, Mammoth Cave, and the VanMeter family.

Moore’s collection captures her quest in finding and assessing collections and contains her correspondence with genealogists and authors from the Depression until the mid-1950s.  Her collection includes correspondence with potential donors and scripts from the radio shows, as well as public relations material relating to the Kentucky Building’s dedication in 1936.

In a speech that she delivered in June 1954, Moore encouraged people to use the historical collections she had help amass and expressed her appreciation to the Kentucky Building’s donors, stating “…its contents have been made possible for your use through the generosity of Kentuckians, and you are cordially invited to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered here.” To see a finding aid for Moore’s collection, click here. To see other online finding aids, search TopSCHOLAR.  To browse other collections housed in the Special Collections Library and the Kentucky Museum, search KenCat.

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Natural Standard at WKU Libraries


New! Natural Standard integrative medicine database is now available through WKU Libraries. Natural Standard lets you find comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Sections include color photographs, history, dosage, interactions, adverse effects, allergies, efficacy, pregnancy/lactation data and mechanism of action. Available evidence is collected from a variety of scholarly sources, summarized, and graded.  Patient handouts in English & Spanish & CE/CME programs included.

Natural Standard was founded by clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and University of California in response to widespread use of complementary and alternative therapies and lack of reliable sources of information.  Monographs undergo blinded review by clinical and research faculty at academic medical centers.

Natural Standard is available on or off campus. You can find it in the Databases list on the Library website, or through the TOPCAT online catalog.

Questions? Need help?

For help with this or any library resource, please visit our Research Assistance Desk at the Commons at Cravens. You can also call us at (270) 745-6125, or email us at:

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The Waltons Actress Mary McDonough leads workshop

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workshop on body image at Book Fest

Bowling Green, Ky. –Well-known actress, author, and life coach Mary McDonough will be presenting “Body Branding: Getting Comfortable with the Skin You’re In” on Saturday, April 20 at 8 am at the Knicely Conference Center. Widely known for her role as Erin on The Waltons, McDonough leads groups to help with personal change, create life balance, and return to a sense of self.

According to her website, the Body Branding workshop explores how we view ourselves, the best way to undo any negativity about ourselves, and how to change how we project ourselves to the world. Suitable ages for this workshop are tweens, teens, college age, and adults. The breakfast & workshop costs $15 per person. Tickets are available at the Warren County Public Library, (main and Kirby branches), Barnes & Noble, and WKU Libraries Dean’s Office.

McDonough will be joining more than 140 authors for adults, youth, and children at this year’s SOKY Book Fest, including well-known actor and author Henry Winkler, radio host Bob Edwards, and bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Mary Alice Monroe. Bestselling children’s author Obert Skye will headline Children’s Day on Friday, April 19 and other children and youth authors attending include Amy Ingnatow with The Popularity Papers series and Jarrett Krosoczka who wrote the Lunch Lady series. Krosoczka will also be leading a writing workshop on that Saturday, April 20 for upper elementary to middle school grade children.

All Book Fest events, including the Kentucky Writers Conference, will take place at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Children’s Day will be on Friday, April 19 from 9 am to 2 pm, and the Kentucky Writers Conference will also take place on Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The main Book Fest event with all the authors will be from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 20. All events, with the exception of the McDonough workshop, are free and open to the public.

SOKY Book Fest is a partnership project of WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. For more information, visit the website at or contact Book Fest organizer Kristie Lowry at WKU Libraries at (270) 745-4502 or

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Derby Girls

Vette City Roller Derby

Vette City Roller Derby

Thomas Harper, a folklife intern in the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives section of WKU’s Special Collections Library, writes this about a collection he has recently processed:

Beginning in 2009, the Bowling Green sports scene was forever changed with the introduction of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.  Vette City Roller Derby offers a thrilling, fast-paced spectacle of skill, speed and bone-jarring hits at each bout.

“Derby girls” come from all walks of life; they are women you know and interact with on a daily basis in the community.  They are housewives, stay-at-home mothers, university professors, and other professionals.  These amazing women share a common passion for competing in the sport and participating in the unique culture of roller derby, among them costuming and body art.

Folk studies graduate student Molly Bolick conducted ethnographic fieldwork during the fall of 2011 for her course in Folk Art (FLK 561).  A copy of Bolick’s paper, Embodied Art: Identity, Adornment, and Style in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby, is housed in WKU’s Folklife Archives.  In her paper, Bolick explains that she centered her research around Pravina Shukla’s idea that everyday dress is a marker of identity in everyday life and can therefore be a means to explore personal differences within cultures.  With Shukla’s basic model for the study of body art as her guide, Bolick focused her research on the personal choices of adornment, aesthetics, and taste in the dress of the individual skaters, and how these choices fit within the broad scope of “derby style,” yet maintained individual expression.

A finding aid for Embodied Art can be downloaded by clicking here.  For more folklife collections, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.

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Alpine Expedition to Peru

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In the summer of 2012 WKU geography faculty member John All led a summer research expedition to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. University photographer Clinton Lewis accompanied the expedition as the official photographer. On the evening of March 21, 2013, WKU Photographer Clinton Lewis shared his spectacular photographs of the expedition in this month’s Far Away Places series at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

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Oh, The Places You Can Go…..Through Photographs

Maurice K. Gordon was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1878. He saw service in World War 1, achieving the rank of major and returned to Madisonville, KY where he worked as an attorney. Gordon was very involved with the American Legion and was a world traveler. He was also an avid collector of books, manuscripts and autographs many of which were purchased by the Kentucky Library/Special Collections after Gordon’s death in 1974.  One of the most interesting acquisitions from this purchase was one of Gordon’s photograph albums (partial) that show his travels in the Mediterranean area, Western Africa and Israel. One horrific photograph (not identified) shows the loss of life and destruction of war. The Special Collections library holds many photographic images with global perspectives some of which may be seen by searching KenCat.RevolutionYoung Woman of Bethlehem

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“The History of Rock ‘n Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In”


University Libraries and the Department of Music of WKU presented Kevin White from Mineral Area College on the evening of Tuesday, March 19 at the Rehearsal Room in the Music Hall at WKU. The topic of this segment of a series known as America’s Music was “The History of Rock n Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In (from Bob Dylan acoustic to Haight-Asbury electric).”

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