Monthly Archives: February 2014

Kentucky Digital Library partners with DPLA

The Kentucky Digital Library (KDL) has recently partnered with The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA now harvests monthly from various metadata records in the Kentucky Digital Library.  In December, a DPLA report showed 178 accesses of KDL through The Digital Public Library of America.

The Kentucky Digital Library was invited to participate in the Digital Public Library of America as one of the first four service hub partners.  KDL was selected based on the strength of their technological infrastructure and content.  The goal of DPLA is to “create a resource that goes well beyond providing simple access to digitized or born digital content.” DPLA also strives to “bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums and make them freely available to the world.”

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Faraway Flix: an International Film Series


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Macy’s Used Book Sale

Used books are being accepted at Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries.ubs14

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Brian Coutts Named 2014 Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award winner

Brian E. Couttsprofessor and head of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University, has been awarded the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. Congratulations!

For details, please read the news release from American Library Association.

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“Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century”

Prof. Ann Ferrell

Folk Studies Professor Ann Ferrell discussed “Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century” in our Kentucky Live Series on Thursday, February 13 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

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Drake’s Creek Baptist Association


The annual minutes of Drake’s Creek Baptist Association have been recently acquired by the WKU Special Collections Library.  There are scattered issues of the minutes from 1847 – 1962.  The associational meetings were held in Allen, Simpson, Barren or Warren counties in Kentucky and a few Tennessee counties like Gallatin, Robertson, and Sumner as well.

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DLPS Professor Publishes New Book in Paris

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Cover Enquête sur un Aventurier de l’Esprit: Le Véritable Alfred Russel Wallace by
Dr. Charles Smith

Charles Smith, Science Librarian, recently released a book in French:   Enquête sur un Aventurier de l’Esprit: Le Véritable Alfred Russel Wallace, through the Paris publisher Editions de l’Evolution.  Dr. Smith was asked to put together a series of essays on naturalist and social critic Wallace’s work for the French readership as part of worldwide celebrations of the one hundredth anniversary of his death in 1913.  Wallace was a co-discoverer, with Darwin, of the principle of natural selection, and additionally made contributions to a range of studies in the natural and social sciences.

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Joan Mondale

Big Red greets Joan Mondale at a WKU campaign rally, 1984 (Kevin Eans photo)

Big Red greets Joan Mondale at a WKU campaign rally, 1984 (Kevin Eans photo)

Joan Mondale, who died yesterday at age 83, was on the customary mission of a political spouse when she visited WKU on September 17, 1984.  She was seeking support for her husband, former vice president Walter Mondale, the Democratic Party’s nominee to challenge President Ronald Reagan’s bid for re-election in November.

At a rally on DUC’s north lawn, Mrs. Mondale reminded the crowd of her husband’s sponsorship of Title IX legislation, which had allowed schools like WKU to develop strong women’s athletic programs.  She also criticized the Reagan administration’s education policy, particularly its cuts to financial aid programs and low-interest loans.

After her speech, Warren County Judge Executive Basil Griffin presented Mrs. Mondale with a country ham–making her not the first or last dignitary to receive this token of appreciation.  But this being WKU, she also received (and gamely waved) a red towel, courtesy of none other than Big Red.  Having encouraged her husband to make history by choosing a woman to be his vice-presidential running mate (which he did, selecting Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro), Mrs. Mondale would have been pleased to know that inside the furry WKU mascot costume was Jessica Rappaport, the first female ever to play Big Red.

Search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat to learn about materials held by the Special Collections Library documenting campaign visits and other political activity in Bowling Green.

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January Out of the Box




Basketball program 12/12/1961 WKU vs Northwestern Louisiana University

BUWKY 1/1939 – college humor and poetry

Elevator 1/1914 – catch up with the classes of 1908-1913, read about basketball and the Training School 100 years ago

Gary Ransdell Reading File – collection inventory for presidential papers

Parking – WKU Archives records related to our favorite topic

Personnel File 1/1989 – lists new employees 25 years ago

Phi Alpha Theta – collection inventory for student organization papers

Rural Training School – building history, records and photos

Women’s Basketball – collection inventory of WKU Athletic records

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