Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

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 kristie.lowry@wku.edu 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 sokybookfest.org.

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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: web.reference@wku.edu.

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