All-Libraries MLK Exhibit Leads Visitors Through Civil Rights Timeline

To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on his birthday, all University of Louisville’s libraries will participate in an exhibit of posters and materials celebrating Dr. King’s life, “A Walk Through the Civil Rights Movement with the University Libraries.”

MLK 2020

The exhibit highlights pivotal events in the civil rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Brown v Board of Education decision in 1954, and ending with Dr. King’s assassination in 1968. Visitors can follow the panels’ timeline starting in Kornhauser Library, then moving to Music, Law, Archives and Special Collections, Ekstrom, and ending at the Art Library.

The featured panels commemorating the civil rights movement once hung in Ekstrom Library for a decade. Each library will display some of the panels and supplement the exhibit with their own materials.

An accompanying MLK digital timeline and Library Guide (LibGuide) will reference all materials displayed in the exhibit, showcasing the numerous civil rights-related works within each library’s collection. It will be linked to the University Libraries’ website.

Ekstrom Library Opens New Gender-Neutral Restroom

In an effort to create more inclusive and welcoming spaces, Ekstrom Library has renovated existing utility space into a gender-neutral restroom.

Located on the second floor in the west wing, the new restroom is open 24 /7, includes a changing table for families, and is fully accessible. It opened to the public on January 14.

“Students and employees have told us that this type of facility is a priority for them,” said University Libraries Dean Bob Fox. “We located the restroom in the west wing to make sure everyone has 24-hour access.

“I’m pleased that we were able to complete the project using funds from the bequest of William F. Ekstrom, the library’s namesake,” Fox said.

For several years, University Libraries leaders have gathered feedback from the Libraries Student Advisory Board, the Student Government Association, and campus employees who collectively expressed a desire for inclusive, accessible facilities. Provost Beth Boehm also has been supportive of the effort and is pleased that the Libraries were able to move forward with this.

Currently, two unisex restrooms are located in Starbucks, in Ekstrom’s west side, but are only available when the café is open. Libraries administration wanted to provide 24-hour access to such facilities.

Long-range plans for Ekstrom Library include creating more gender-neutral restrooms in other spaces as funding permits.

University Libraries’ new exhibition looks back at Lonesome Pine Special concert series

By Niki King

Archives and Special Collections presents a new exhibition “Kings, Queens and War Games: The musical journey of the Lonesome Pine Special concert series through the photographs of Richard Bram, with multi-media by Richard Van Kleeck.” The show runs Jan. 26 – May 22 in the Photographic Archives gallery in Ekstrom Library.

Cyril Neville by Richard Bram

Cyril Neville by Richard Bram.

The Lonesome Pine Special concert series ran in 1984 through 2000 at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center for the Arts. With a mission to be a musical “all things considered” platform for rising stars, underappreciated veterans and unique voices, it attracted numerous national acts such as Lyle Lovett, k.d. lang and They Might Be Giants.

The success of the concert series led to broadcasts on National Public Radio and PBS, airing in over one hundred and eighty markets and five countries.

The series was created and programmed by Van Kleeck, who then served as the director of programming for the Kentucky Center. The exhibition will feature more than 70 images by Bram, mostly in black and white.

“Archives and Special Collections is honored to preserve the legacy of this significant cultural chapter of local history. Bram and Van Kleeck’s work is right at home in the Photographic Archives and we encourage everyone to view the rich tapestry of performers that made up the Lonesome Pine Special series,” said Elizabeth Reilly, Photographic Archives curator.

There will be an opening reception 3-6 p.m. Jan. 26 in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. Bram will speak, as well as Van Kleeck, who will also air a retrospective film he edited. Other speakers include Bob Hill, former columnist for The Courier-Journal; Leslie Stewart, former WFPL host and John Timmons, WFPK host and founder of ear X-tacy Records. Composer and violinist Scott Moore will perform a new work inspired by the diversity of musical styles presented on the concert series.

For more information, contact Reilly at, 502-852-8730.

New Films- January 2020

SGA Collection Don't Let Go

  • From Time to Time
  • The Farewell
  • Father Brown: Season 3
  • Father Brown: Season 4
  • The Chaperone
  • The Weekend
  • After the Wedding
  • Poldark: Season 5
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2
  • Titans: Season 1
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 3
  • Blinded by the Light
  • The Sitter
  • Brian Banks
  • Good Boys
  • When the Game Stands Tall
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Canal Street
  • Official Secrets
  • Ready of Not
  • Miraculous: Season 1
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Complete animated series
  • Overboard
  • Blade Runner (Final Cut)
  • Don’t Let Go
  • Death in Paradise: Season 4

New Art Library Director Makes Outreach a Priority

Helping art students feed their craft by learning about art-bookmaking; promoting visual research across disciplines; bringing the library to where students are on campus – these are the goals that drive UofL’s new Art Library Director, Courtney Baron.

Since beginning work in August, Baron has focused on a broad agenda of promoting the library’s resources and services to its core constituency, fine arts students and faculty, as well as to non-art students and researchers across campus.

“We want to raise awareness that we’re here, and make people aware of some of the things that make us unique,” she said.

These distinctive offerings – a growing collection of artists’ books; high-profile visual art databases; over 300 domestic and foreign journals and museum bulletins; and a bevy of materials in fine art, graphic design, painting, sculpture, interior architecture, fiber art, art education, and photography – are a reason so many current and former UofL art students and faculty continue to visit and contribute to the library.

Baron is excited to talk about the library’s 400+ artists’ books. Works of art themselves, the books reveal surprising, creative, sometimes hilarious takes on the construction of a book. Some are tiny, some sculptural, made with exotic or unusual materials, and all are photographed for visual reference and appear on the library’s website.

“Students can learn the various techniques shown in each book construction and gain inspiration for making their own books. We really want them to be inspired.”

Another singular library offering among its digital collections is Artstor Digital Library, an online database of great works of art scanned at high resolution.

Artstor is such a great resource in that it offers images at an extremely high quality with accurate color and representation,” she said. “You can zoom into each work of art to see a fine level of detail without much pixilation. It’s a visual resource aid that is useful certainly for fine arts students and faculty, but also non-art students and researchers.”

Students of geography, theater, information technology, and other areas can use visual research in their scholarship; such participation across disciplines could spark many creative and inspiring projects, she said.

“I am really excited to collaborate as much as possible with other areas on campus. Theater, pan-African studies, the Commonwealth Center for Humanities and other departments have so many interdisciplinary projects where we might partner.”

In addition to spreading the word about the library’s collections, Baron wants to make sure faculty and students know they can receive one-on-one research consultations, walk-in appointments and in-class lectures on information literacy.

“We will always be student-centered. I want students to know about our collections and services and particularly that our staff are a resource for research assistance. We’ve set up our virtual chat service and research consultation scheduling system so students can get one-on-one help,” she said.

The focus on research help for students extends from the library to the classroom. Baron hopes to increase collaboration with faculty in the classroom to build the information and visual literacy skills of art students. “I see myself as a facilitator of student learning, encouraging students to pursue topics that excite them and building their confidence in the research process.”

She also is seeking ways to “be visible to our art students and faculty where they are. So it’s important to figure out how to bring the library to all the different spaces on and off the Belknap campus,” like the Cressman building downtown, which houses glass studios, and the new Portland MFA Studio in western Louisville.

“I also want to make some community connections, particularly with the Speed Art Museum. I also plan to partner with the Hite Art Institute to reach out to the west Louisville community – there are many opportunities in the Portland neighborhood – particularly among high schools and students where there is a need for more resources. There are also many opportunities with galleries around town.”

Baron most recently served as Head of Library Teaching and Outreach Services at Oxford College Library, Emory University in Atlanta. Previously, she was director of visual resources at Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. She earned her MLIS from Valdosta State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Classical Archaeology and Latin.

Baron’s love of the arts encompasses more than the visual: from elementary through high school, she danced with the Atlanta Ballet. She has also appeared in productions with the Northeast ballet. After high school she focused on other forms of dance, including ballroom dancing and a four-year stint with the Modern Pin-Ups, a dance performance company in Athens, Georgia.

Scenes from the Libraries Holiday Party 2019

University Libraries personnel noshed, swapped stories, and enjoyed good company at the annual holiday luncheon on December 11. Dean Bob Fox and the administrative team supported and arranged the buffet lunch.

New Films- December 2019

SGA CollectionRacing in the Rain

  • Hellboy
  • Anna
  • Penguin Highway
  • Hobbs & Shaw
  • Itsy Bitsy
  • Annabelle Comes Home
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • Crawl
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • The House
  • Toy Story 4
  • Fist Fight
  • Midsommar
  • the Kitchen
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Stuber
  • The Art of Self Defense
  • Plus One
  • the Haunting of Hill House
  • Good Omens- Season 1
  • NCIS- Season 16
  • Father Brown- Season 2
  • Millennium- Season 2
  • Death in Paradise- Season 6
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo- Complete Series
  • Natsume’s Books of Friends- Seasons 1-2