The “Happy Birthday” song, originally titled, “Good Morning to You,” written by Louisville sisters Mildred and Patty Hill, has been much in the news lately as the focus of a lawsuit to determine its public domain status.
But there’s a fascinating local twist, as in UofL Music Library local. While archiving a collection donated in the 1950s, Music Library Director James Procell discovered what appears to be the earliest known manuscript of the “Happy Birthday” song.
And the local and national press is quite interested.
Please tune in to the following:
- Procell interview with Joe Arnold from WHAS11, September 1st at 6 p.m.
- WFPL radio interview with Procell on September 1st in the afternoon.
- Procell appearance on “Great Day Live” with Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt on WHAS11 on Thursday morning, September 3rd.
Also, please see the links below for further coverage. When more comes, we’ll let you know.
Kudos to James and the Music Library!
NY Daily News:
Acrobats twirled and tumbled on the western lawn, DJs blasted airwaves, and new students cascaded into the Ekstrom Library on August 20 for Kick Back in the Stacks night. Part of the University’s annual First Week Initiatives, Kick Back in the Stacks offered free food, fun, interactive games, henna tattoos, psychic readings, healthy drinks, information about services within the Library.
Inside Ekstrom, a multitude of activities welcomed new students. In Archives and Special Collections, a Then and Now game asked students to point out the difference between historic and new photographs of campus buildings, while rare books were displayed, along with white gloves, allowing students an up-close-and-personal interaction with some of ASC’s treasures.
Next to the henna tattooing station on the 1st Floor-West, old-school computer games awaited, including Frogger, Street Fighter 2, Galaga, Doom, Pac Man, Megaman, Asteroids, and Sonic.
Upstairs on the second floor, the Writing Center invited students to “Come Write In” for games, art, live blogging. An interactive blog allowed students to comment on their impressions and aspirations for the coming year: https://uoflwritingcenter.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/uofl-welcome-week-2015-uoflww2015/
Please visit Ekstrom’s Facebook page for more information and pictures: https://www.facebook.com/ekstromlibrary?ref=hl
As of Fall semester 2015, students who wish to pore over, sketch from, gawk at, or otherwise enjoy large, beautiful art books from the Bridwell Art Library may now do so – in the comfort of their own home. A long-standing policy forbidding undergraduates from checking out art books has been reversed, and now Bridwell will empower undergrads to take these books outside the Library.
“This is a historic decision that gives students the ability to borrow amazing books for use in their academic research, for artistic inspiration, and personal enjoyment,” said Art Library Director Sarah Carter. “The amount of books at UofL about art, design, and architecture – over 90,000 in total – is incredible!”
The new privileges allow undergraduates to gain a depth of understanding of artists, trends, and historical movements important to their studies. Faculty hoping to inspire and encourage students will be pleased with this policy shift.
Carter wished to initiate the policy change since first joining the Library in 2014. While the Art Library has been non-circulating since 1963 due to concerns about the expense of replacing lost books, research methods have evolved since then.
“This policy has worked well for the past 52 years, but students’ expectations have changed significantly,” she said. “We know that a large percentage of our students lead busy lives, with demanding schedules of athletics, full- or part-time work, and family responsibilities.
“By loaning books out to undergraduates, we are making it possible for them to do higher-quality research and achieve their educational goals.”
To inaugurate the change in policy, the Art Library will host an event on Wednesday, September 2, from 12 to 2:30 p.m., titled, “X Marks the Arrrt,” (an homage to Talk Like a Pirate day on Sept. 19). Students will be invited to eat cake, play Pin the Eyepatch on the Pirate, and take a look at all the treasure now unburied.
Librarians will only request that these books, sometimes older and fragile, always beautiful, receive the proper care and respect they deserve.
A new pair of wheels is always exciting, whether you’re 15 or 105 or somewhere between. On a large, bucolic campus such as UofL’s Belknap, a literal pair, sans motor, is desirable in the extreme.
Now that the Ekstrom mailroom has obtained a sparklingly new bicycle, students’ treks across the Belknap campus with armloads of books, or on-campus van deliveries, will be part of a less-sustainable past.
The one-speed Beach Cruiser, branded in UofL red and black, is outfitted with two massive panniers (saddle bags) and a large basket, just the right size for a mail bin. It has become the mailroom’s new workhorse.
The bike was paid for by the Sustainability Committee, led by Justin Mog, University of Louisville’s assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives. But Andy Clark and Rick Jones got the wheels rolling, so to speak, by petitioning the committee to purchase a bike, to facilitate cross-campus package and mail delivery, which is performed mostly by student workers.
“Having this bike really does make our work more sustainable,” said Rick Jones of the mailroom. “We’re only sending our van to the HSC campus now, where we used to need it for large deliveries on campus.
“And besides, the students love to ride it,” he continued.
“It’s great for most of our day-to-day needs,” said Andy Clark. “We’re really glad to have it. It’s a wonderful benefit for the student workers.”
While the bike is not an expensive brand, it is sturdy and safe, with wheels lined with Kevlar, and side bags that are extraordinarily durable. A large plastic mail bin fits snugly in the front basket. And as a one-speed vehicle, it’s easy and smooth to ride.
The bike’s serial number has been registered with campus police, in case of unsanctioned “borrowing.” This is a Library, after all.
Saving gas, saving the air, protecting students’ shoulders and backs, and allowing student workers a cool means of transport. Puts a new spin on re-Cycle-ing. Truer words were never spoken.
Throughout the 1st Floor East renovation at Ekstrom, the Library will keep as many resources available as possible. Some items have moved to new locations.
Current available resources and locations within Ekstrom Library:
- Tulip Tree Café: 8 public computers
- Tulip Tree Café: 1 public printer
- Current Periodicals on 2nd floor: 3 computers
- Access and User Services desk: 15 MacBooks and 25 Laptops (Undergrads, Graduate students, Staff, and Faculty only)
For many months of hard work in the trenches during the OCLC/WMS migration, three individuals from the Libraries’ WMS Team were rewarded during today’s ACC meeting. Bruce Keisling, Director of Ekstrom Library, presented the awards, saying the three had performed “yeoman’s service” in managing the transition from the Libraries’ Minerva catalog to WMS WorldCat Discovery.
“The number of emails and issues they’ve addressed cannot be overstated,” he continued as he handed out chocolates and handmade Certificates of Merit, to Randy Kuehn, Tyler Goldberg, and Weiling Liu. “Yes, we will continue to have some issues during the turnover, but we’re at a good place now because of their hard work.”
The awards were as follows:
Randy Kuehn: a WMS Award, or Witicisms May Suffice (in honor of his never making a serious remark). (Cadbury’s)
Tyler Goldberg: a LHR Award, or Local Holdings Rescue (for valor in the “field”). (Dark, Salty Chocolate)
Weiling Liu: a LDAP Award, or Louisville Does Awesome Planning (for her masterful visual representation of the changes). (Dark Chocolate with Raspberry)
As many of you are aware, the University of Louisville Libraries system is upgrading its catalog to the latest version, OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery, a cloud-based system. The upgrade, scheduled for early June, will enhance search capacity, expand user services, and continue to meet the evolving requirements of library faculty and staff.
Most of the changes will be minor shifts in the interface or functionality, but you may also notice changes in:
• The login screen for off-campus access.
• The process for renewing books online.
• The process for requesting items from the Robotic Retrieval System.
• The Journal Finder.
All changes will be described in this WorldCat Discovery Guide. (Please check back as the guide will be regularly updated).
Simultaneous to the switch of the catalog, a much larger transition will be happening behind the scenes, on the library staff side of the system. The UofL Libraries will move from the Ex Libris Voyager system, in use since 1998, to OCLC’s WorldShare Management System (WMS). The change in workflow is significant, as WMS’s technology represents an evolution to a cloud-based system of library operations. While some issues are inevitable in a transition of this scale, the Libraries will strive to minimize the impact on patron services.
Three other Kentucky universities, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University, have either gone live, or plan to soon, with WorldCat Discovery. Over 325 libraries in three countries are currently using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. UofL Libraries will be the third Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member to use the system.
The UofL Libraries apologizes in advance for any inconvenience caused by this upgrade, and welcomes your feedback on the new system. For any additional questions, please contact the Libraries’ WMS team: Tyler Goldberg (email@example.com), Randy Kuehn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Weiling Liu (email@example.com).