Music Library exhibits 2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence winners through October

An exhibit of winners of the 2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence, chosen by the Music by the Publishers of America, will appear at the University of Louisville Music Library through the month of October. The Music Library is one of only nine academic libraries in the U.S. to host the touring exhibit.


All photos by James Procell.

Established in 1964 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the first music engraving in American by the famous silversmith Paul Revere, these awards were initially given as a means of alerting the music industry to the advantages of providing the best possible publication from the viewpoint of engraving, graphic arts and production standards. Today the awards still recognize outstanding examples of graphic design, with an emphasis on usability for orchestras, educators, libraries and individuals.

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In the eye of the beholder: Antique bedpans enthralled Kornhauser donor

Throughout the centuries, bedpans have served their handlers during times of need in hospitals, nursing homes, institutions and at home. The design, though humble, remained the same while medical technology transformed. Few would say they are beautiful.


However, some folks collect bedpans. We know this because in August a generous donor bestowed upon Kornhauser Library his prized collection of antique bedpans, the largest in Kentucky.


Garrard Kramer, a retired hospital administrator, began collecting the bedpans several decades ago after his wife suggested he needed something to do during their visits to antique malls and flea markets. One day she unearthed an unusual bedpan, and a collection was born. Kramer displayed a number of the items on shelves throughout his home and on the wall.


The collection includes 47 bedpans and chamber pots, 17 urinals and four ashtrays.  The oldest, a pewter specimen, is estimated to be from the 1770s. Most of the others date from the 19th through the early 20th century.


The donation was prompted by the Kramers’ move and downsizing this summer. While seeking a home for his collection, Kramer’s first and last call was to Kornhauser Library.


According to Kornhauser Archives Associate Mary K. Marlatt, who will catalog and curate the items, the library hopes to host an exhibit of the bedpans in the near future.

New Films- October 2018

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  • Wonder woman- Complete Series
  • The Burbs
  • Bad Day at Black Rock
  • Fail-Safe
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • Easy Money
  • It Happened to Jane
  • The Flight of the Dragons
  • Home Alone
  • Hannibal Rising
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Never Say Never Again
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Naked Gun
  • Back to School
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Get Shorty
  • Army of Darkness
  • Das Boot
  • Merchants of Doubt
  • Stir Crazy
  • The Misfits
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Birdcage
  • Fletch
  • Throw Momma from the Train
  • There’s No Business Like Show Business
  • Airplane
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • My Cousin Vinny




University Libraries uses New Software to put Oral Histories at the World’s Fingertips

Interviews on topics as diverse as Actors Theater, flooding in Louisville, folk dancing, labor unions, the L&N Railroad, and African American newspapers are captured in the University Libraries’ Oral History Center collections. With the launch of a new Oral History Center website, these interviews, which represent knowledge and experience of our community, will be more accessible than ever before.


Offering a vast range of viewpoints, impressions and memories in over 2,000 interviews, the Oral History Center (OHC) interview subjects include university personnel and students, community leaders, members of ethnic communities, workers, and business executives, dating from 1968 to the present.

The new site uses innovative technology – the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) – to synch audio to text, allowing users to easily search transcripts of the audio files, said Heather Fox, Manuscripts Archivist and Director of the OHC.  A team of Libraries web personnel worked to improve the OHC’s previous online database, which was static and difficult to update.

While OHMS vastly improves the site, the process of transferring each interview to searchable audio and text is lengthy and costly. Currently, of the OHC’s 2,000 interviews, only 40 are searchable. Fox said she plans to work with volunteers and students to post more. The site and app will allow anyone in the world to access the libraries’ oral histories once they are all transcribed and placed online.

“One of my favorite interviews is with Lonnie Harbin who lived in the Parkland neighborhood,” she said. “University Archives staff interviewed him as part of a project documenting the Parkland neighborhood in 1977-78. He talked about how food used to be fresher because people in the neighborhood would grow much of what they ate. If you pull up the interview and type in ‘hogs,’ you will be taken to his reminiscences about a bygone era of Louisville’s history.”

You can access the full interview here

She said students in a history class recently interviewed members of Louisville’s Latinx community and placed the transcripts online with the new audio sync app.

“We got so much positive feedback from the students,” she said. “One of them said this was one of the best experiences of her college career.”

The libraries website team included Randy Kuehn, digital technology systems librarian; Terri Holtze, director of Libraries web services; and Adam Lawrence, Libraries systems programmer III.

EndNote for Beginners at Ekstrom Library

Want to get started with EndNote, the popular citation management software program freely available to all UofL faculty, staff, and students? Come to the workshop on Thursday, September 27 from 1-2:30pm in Ekstrom Library w103.

We will cover downloading the program, importing citations, working with MS Word, and synching with EndNoteWeb. More information is available here along with the registration form. The workshop is free but registration is limited to 10 people.

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More Students, Better Study Space: Planning for Ekstrom Library’s Third Floor Renovation

Midway through each Fall or Spring semester, Ekstrom Library’s population brims to overflowing as students vie for available space, hunched over open books and papers at desks, mini-pods, lounge chairs, long tables, in conference rooms, carrels, or on a random corner of carpeted floor. With enrollment rising, and on- or near-campus housing reaching capacity, Ekstrom remains the go-to study place for more and more students.

Providing upgraded study space throughout the year and particularly during peak periods is a main objective of University Libraries Dean Bob Fox, who plans to renovate Ekstrom’s third floor in the coming year, adding new seating and modernized study areas. It is a project recently awarded a $500,000 grant by University Administration, and heartily endorsed by the Student Government Association.

“UofL is on track to grow from 22,000 to 30,000 students,” said Fox. “We need to be able to support a larger university population with a high-quality library experience.

“Our footprint and square footage will not grow, so we need to make use of the space we have. We want to provide students with upgraded study areas and seating so they are supported during times when they really need space in the library. Raising the seat-to-student ratio in our central library helps UofL’s competitive edge in recruiting new students and retaining current ones.”

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Reaching that goal will require relocation of some lesser-used collections to a new storage bay, which was just opened in Ekstrom Library’s Robotic Retrieval System (RRS) to free up space for seating. The expansive metal shelves will be filled with a variety of materials from Ekstrom’s third floor, along with items from Archives/Special Collections, Music, and Art libraries.

For cost and efficiency reasons, the new storage bay was built adjacent to, but not part of, the RRS, which will continue to operate as before.  Many visitors are aware of the RRS, with its tall steel shelving separated by glass behind Ekstrom’s west service desk, where anyone requesting an item can watch as a large mechanical arm lifts a long shelf from a long row, pivots and steadily delivers the bin to a waiting Libraries staff member. The RRS is identical to retrieval systems in auto parts retailers, warehouses or distribution centers; however, while the technology was state-of-the-art when it was first installed in 2005, it has now become somewhat dated and hence prohibitively expensive to expand. The new storage bay was completed with a much lower budget and will hold just as much as another RRS bay.

Currently, the Libraries are working with a strong donor base to raise funds for the third floor renovation. JRA Architects, hired for the recent renovation of Ekstrom’s First Floor East, has been chosen to design the project, which is currently estimated to total $4 million. Renderings of potential uses of the space reveal expansive study areas with open floor plans, ample natural light and a potential reading room in the Writing Center’s old offices. The Libraries will share future renderings as programming further defines the final design.

The Ins and Outs of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Borrowing

By Andy Huff, ILL/RRS/HDS Coordinator

Have you ever wanted a book that our library didn’t own?  How about a journal article, or a journal which isn’t included in our database and journal subscriptions?  What if you wanted to request a microfilm of an esoteric, hyperlocal publication?  One of the most interesting and often overlooked areas of our library operations is the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) process, or how we manage to offer you resources that we do not own.  The process is both interesting and more complicated than it appears on the surface.

The Process

When you place a request into our system, it goes to our Borrowing Assistant, who then, based on the information you provide, searches a database of all OCLC connected libraries in the world for your item.  Sometimes we get requests that are vague, whether due to a minor error in the way the catalog imports the request, or because the citation provided is too broad.  Also, because there are often many different versions of your requested item, we match your request to the most relevant record in the database, and make sure there are enough libraries available to process the request.  Sometimes, we don’t have very many libraries from whom we can request material, or they don’t exist in the database.  In those instances, we contact them and ask them if the item in question is available to be loaned out.  If so, we’ll process the request outside of our system and import it so that we can keep track of the item.  Once the item arrives, our Borrowing Assistant will process the item and place it on our ILL hold shelf for pickup.  Typically, we can fulfill article requests within 36 hours and book/loan requests within 10-14 working days.

In a given year, the Interlibrary Loan department spends approximately $35,000 on shipping, copyright related costs, and other assorted fees.


There are some limitations to the ILL system.  ILL is limited to UofL students, faculty and staff.  We cover the first $20.00 of all requests that we process.  However, due to the exorbitant cost of international book loans, we typically limit book requests to the continental United States, unless you’re willing to help cover the additional shipping costs.  On average, an ILL request costs us about $4.00 in shipping charges in addition to the time required by the ILL Borrowing Assistant in sending out and processing the item once it arrives.  Article requests that were published less than five years ago are also subject to an additional copyright fee which is set the by publisher of the journal.  These fees can range anywhere from $5.50 to $550.00 per requestWe are, however, authorized by copyright law to get five articles from a journal for free per calendar year before we are subject to the copyright fee.  In a given year, the Interlibrary Loan department spends approximately $35,000 on shipping, copyright related costs, and other assorted fees.


Interlibrary Loan also does not process textbook requests, as our capacity to fulfill requests would quickly be overrun and hinder our efforts at processing requests meant for scholarly research.  In the few instances where textbooks were accidentally ordered in the past, patrons would keep the books for longer than the loan period, hurting our reputation as a borrowing library and making it harder for us to get materials for other patrons.

The ILL system is an excellent tool to support academic research.  We want to help you succeed!  We’ll try to get almost anything that you need for academic purposes, and we’ll work with you if you need it longer than what the loan period stipulates; you just need to contact us and let us know ahead of the due date so we can help accommodate you.