Every year Dr. Brian Coutts, Head of Public Services at WKU, reviews the Best Reference Books of the past year. But not only does he review reference works, he also writes and contributes to reference works.
The Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, is a monumental work and represents the best of scholarship on Latin America. It includes over 5000 articles, and over 3000 biographies inclusive of all periods from prehistoric times to the present. It features over 100 full-color photographs in addition to hundreds in black-and-white.
Dr. Coutts, who has a PhD in Latin America History, wrote the main country article for Belize, and the article for the capital of Belize – Belmopan. In addition, he wrote biographies for the first three Prime Ministers of Belize – George Price, Manuel Esquivel and Said Musa – as well as shorter articles on New Orleans, Spanish Louisiana and other topics.
In 1971 the Cravens Graduate Center and Library opened greatly expanding the available space for the Library. Named for Raymond L. Cravens, a Political Science professor and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the CGCL comprised both the Library and the Graduate school.
Dr. Cravens was a Graduate of Western (A.B. ’52, M.A. ’55) and the University of Kentucky (PhD ’58). From 1958 until 1980 Dr. Cravens was involved in many areas of the administration of the University, twice being referenced as a candidate for president.
After many years of library growth, and the move of the Graduate Office, the shortened name Cravens Library began to be used instead of CGCL. Therefore, this week the University Libraries has unveiled the new name of the CGCL – The Raymond Cravens Library.
Come check out the new name, and check out a book or audio-visual material while you are here.
Deana Groves, assistant professor and education catalog librarian at Western Kentucky University, was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Library Association last week at the ALAâ€™s national conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The 2007 3M/ALA New Memberâ€™s Round Table Professional Development Grant was one of only three awarded in the United States in 2008 . The award, sponsored by 3M Library Systems for more than 30 years, recognizes selected librarians nationwide based on qualifications that include academic achievement, work experience, honors earned and library association activities.
â€œDeanaâ€™s achievements not only bring national attention to WKU library programs and faculty projects, but also support the universityâ€™s goal of developing international reach,â€ said Connie Foster, head of Library Technical Services. â€œShe sets an exemplary standard and we are excited about this honor for her and WKU Libraries.â€
Last calendar year (2007), WKU Libraries had a record number of attendees at the research instruction sessions. We had 17,480 attendees. We also had 621 research instruction sessions (higher than average), and we had 771.5 hours of instruction (4th highest count since 1997).
The Access World News via Newsbank is available for WKU (including Bowling Green Daily News, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Lexington Herald-Leader ). You can access from the link from library database page or http://infoweb.newsbank.com.
The most comprehensive collection of full-text newspapers globally, Access World News provides extensive coverage at any levelâ€”local, state, regional, national and international. This fully searchable Web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers by circulation, along with almost one thousand hard-to-find local and regional titles, the majority of which are unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, Access World News offers over a thousand international news sources from scores of countries on six continents, translated into English when written in other languages.
Binh P. Le, associate librarian at Penn State University at Abington, talked about Vietnam in the University Libraries’ “Faraway Places Series” on April 17 at Barnes & Noble. Binh Le has researched Vietnamâ€™s economic transformation, 1986-2000, and has recently been awarded the LPSS Marta Lange/CQ Press Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
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Those interested in film and video will be pleased to learn that electronic access is now available to the Journal of Film and Video through WKU Libraries’ Project Muse Collection Standard Collection. This publication “focuses on scholarship in the fields of film and video production, history, theory, criticism, and aesthetics. Article features include film and related media, problems of education in these fields, and the function of film and video in society. The Journal does not ascribe to any specific method but expects articles to shed light on the views and teaching of the production and study of film and video.”
Coverage covers Vol. 60 (2008)-current issue.
Dr. Mark F. Sohn, a food historian, and Pikeville College professor, presented “Appalachian Home Cooking” at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, April 10, 2008. Dr. Sohn showed how food traditions in Appalachia had developed over two centuries from dinner on the grounds, church picnics, school lunches, and family reunions as he celebrated regional signatures such as dumplings, moonshine, and country ham. This program was part of the â€œKentucky Live!â€ series organized by the WKU Libraries.
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Dr. Michael Trapasso, professor in the Geography and Geology Department at WKU, talked about Easter Island in the University Libraries’ Faraway Places Series on Thursday, March 20th at Barnes & Noble.
Easter Island has long been known as an Island of Mystery. In reality, scientists have studied this island and its inhabitants for decades and much of the mystery has been cleared away. If you missed out and are interested in learning about the truth behind the mysteries, the following will help you revisit Dr. Trapasso’s talk.
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Ronnie Dreistadt, Outreach Educator at the Kentucky Derby Museum, presented “Derby Legends and Other ‘Truths'” at Barnes & Noble on Thursday March 6th. He covered 134 years of Derby history through stories and legends.
Some of the horses and people he mentioned include Aristides, winner of the first Derby; Outlaw Frank James, one of the first “celebrities” to attend the race; Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner; and Secretariat, which still holds the record for the fastest running horse in the history of Derby.
This program is part of the â€œKentucky Live!â€ series organized by the WKU Libraries.
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Podcast of the event.