Thank You David Williams

On October 27, 2015, David Williams was honored with the State Historical Records Advisory Board’s (SHRAB) Certificate of Merit for Notable Service to and Advocacy for Archives in Kentucky by a private citizen in a celebration with friends and colleagues outside Rare Books, in the Ekstrom Library.

David Williams began collecting the history of the LGTBQ community in the early 1970s and in 2001 established the Williams-Nichols collection at the University of Louisville. The Williams-Nichols collection was Kentucky’s first institutional archives designated to support LGBTQ research and study.  David continues as donor, researcher, and passionate advocate for LGTBQ history.Chad Owen, nominator and MC.

Chad Owen, Archivist for Records Management nominated David for the award and served as MC for the presentation.

Dean Bob Fox praised David as donor and friend of the University Libraries. He provides a link between the University and the community. Dean Fox thanked David for his support of LGBTQ resources in the Libraries’ circulating collections even beyond Archives and Special Collections, helping us be sensitive and effective in making resources available for students. David is a consciousness raiser for us all.Chris Hartman, Fairness Campaign Director

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman emphasized David’s connections to the community and the importance of preserving its history.

David Williams tells the history of the collection

David outlined the history of collection, dating back to 1982, and thanked many people who had donated materials over the years and otherwise supported the collection. He acknowledged his husband Aaron Bingham, and thanked him for patience.

Mary Margaret Bell, JCPS Coordinator, Archives and Retrieval Systems and member of the SHRAB Board, spoke of the importance of community collaborations and collecting underrepresented communities in archival collections.  She and fellow SHRAB Board member Jim Cundy presented the Mary Margaret Bell and Jim Cundy present the award to David Williamsaward to David Williams.

A small exhibit for the event contained items from the Williams-Nichols Collection and included the first edition of Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray; court papers of the Sam Dorr discrimination case (Louisville’s Stonewall) which helped raise awareness of gay rights issues; photos and buttons from of New England Lesbian community activists; and first issues of The Ladder and Mattachine Review.

And we had cake!

Rainbow cake - Congradulations David! Thank You!

On Display Now at Kornhauser Library, “Every Necessary Care and Attention”: George Washington and Medicine

George Washington, first president, Revolutionary War general, plantation owner and businessman, and head of household, had many different concerns and responsibilities from running his estate to ensuring the stability of a new nation. Alongside the traditional demands of political life and military leadership, Washington focused considerable attention on the health and safety of his family, staff, slaves, and troops.

“Every Necessary Care and Attention”: George Washington and Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care. Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

This exhibit will be on display at Kornhauser library beginning Monday, October 26, 2015 – December 5, 2015.

George Washington Case George Washington Overhead Display 1

Libraries Staff Anniversaries Recognized

Libraries staff who reached their 10th, 15th, 25th or 30th year of employment anniversaries in 2015 were honored at a luncheon last Friday, September 25th. The following individuals were recognized for their dedication and service to the libraries and university over the long haul.

  • Colleen Eubank:  10 Years
  • Sarah Frankel:  10 Years
  • Christopher Poche:  10 Years
  • Angela Ren:  10 Years
  • Jason Friedman:  10 Years
  • Ren Hinshaw:  15 Years
  • Tammy Sexton:  15 Years
  • Sherri Pawson:  25 Years
  • Joan Nailon (ret.):  30 Years

The group enjoyed lunch at the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John’s Stadium and were recognized by President Ramsey.  Congratulations and sincere thanks to this year’s  honorees for their many contributions.

Sarah Frankel

Sarah Frankel

Colleen Eubank

Colleen Eubank

Chris Poche

Christopher Poche

angela ren

Angela Ren

Local and National Media Coverage for Happy Birthday Manuscript

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.

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Billboard Magazine:


NY Daily News:

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Students Kick Back and Enjoy Stacks, Food, Entertainment, Games

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:

Please visit Ekstrom’s Facebook page for more information and pictures:

Offering the Treasures of Margaret Bridwell Art Library to Undergraduates

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!”11882373_1190174971008589_7181281518475891471_o

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.

Cool New Ride Promotes Sustainable Mail Delivery

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.

Student worker Charles Todd traverses the Belknap campus in style to deliver the dally mail.

Student worker Charles Todd traverses the Belknap campus in style to deliver the dally mail.

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.


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