New Films – September 2021

The High Note DVD Cover

SGA Collection

  • 1917
  • Bad Boys for Life
  • Cats
  • Clemency
  • Dolittle
  • Friendsgiving
  • The High Note
  • Home
  • Inheritance
  • The Long Song
  • Love, Weddings & Other Disasters
  • Military Wives
  • Mulan
  • Richard Jewell
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Spontaneous
  • Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
  • Trolls: World Tour
  • Balthazar Series One
  • Coffee Prince: Complete Series
  • Father Brown Season Eight
  • Parks and Recreation Season Five
  • Scott and Bailey Series Two
  • She Ra and the Princesses of Power Seasons 1-3
  • Stranger Things Seasons 1-3
  • Titans Season Two
  • Yellowstone Season Two

Ekstrom Library to Showcase 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Education Exhibition    

September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World”

Ekstrom Library will showcase the national exhibit September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World, which presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told in a series of 14 posters, the exhibit presents archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Museum’s permanent collection to encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The posters appear on Ekstrom’s first floor, east side, near the elevators.

the initial poster from exhibit on 9/11 attacks.

Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.

Poster on recovery efforts post 9/11.

“During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation, teach them about the ongoing repercussions of the 9/11 attacks and inspire them with the idea that, even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another and find the strength to renew and rebuild,” said 9/11 Memorial & MuseumPresident and CEO Alice M. Greenwald.

Posters arranged in elevator lobby of Ekstrom library, east side.

The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for Humanities.

Women’s Work in Louisville, Ky.

Over a decade ago I assisted at the research desk in the Archives & Special Collections (ASC) at the University of Louisville for a short time. I’m not an archivist, but I find the archival collections fascinating and I’d worked the ten years prior as the Social Sciences Reference Librarian. ASC was short on staff that year and I had just taken the position of Head of Web Services and wanted to keep some contact time interacting with the public, so I jumped at the opportunity to assist at the ASC Research Desk.

While working there, I got a lot more exposure to their collections – particularly the photographic collections. Being a woman, I started to notice a pattern in the photos related to Louisville: they were heavily-weighted towards men – well-off White men in particular. Talking with our archivists revealed some history about the collections. Most of our Louisville images came from the work of photographic studios in Louisville and the work of the studios during the early twentieth century was largely paid for by – you guessed it – White businessmen. So, it’s no big leap to understand why you see so many men in business suits and relatively fewer images of women, but that just made me more curious about what women were doing during these times and what life was like for them.

That started a ten-year journey into researching women’s roles in the workforce of Louisville, Kentucky. My research took me through dozens of collections in the UofL Archives and Special Collections, as well as collections at the Filson Historical Society, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the Jefferson County Public School Archives, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

In doing this, I “met” some fascinating women – from a frontier businesswoman to a nun / nurse for Civil War soldiers. I felt that their stories needed to be shared more broadly to make people more aware of the contributions of women’s work to our community and to advertise these amazing historical resources to people who’ve never set foot in one of our archives.

So the Women’s Work of Louisville, Ky., project was born. It’s available to anyone with internet access at The project includes sections on Eras, Women, and a Timeline. The Eras section features essays about women’s occupations from settlement through World War II, along with a bonus essay on Louisville women’s fight for suffrage. The Women section includes short biographies of women in a variety of careers, from steamboat captain to Lieutenant Governor. Whenever possible, I tried to include quotes from the women themselves talking about their work experiences. The Timeline section highlights important legislation and firsts for women in Louisville.

timeline view

I hope you enjoy learning about these women as much as I did. And when you’re ready to learn more, come visit us in the archives!

Ekstrom Overnight Hours Reduced Temporarily

Library to Resume 24/7 Schedule after Security Contract Negotiated

Ekstrom Library will reduce its nighttime hours for the first weeks of the Fall semester while the University seeks to hire an outside security firm to provide overnight service. After a firm is hired, the Library will resume its 24-hour, seven-days-a-week schedule.

In June, ULPD notified Libraries administration that a staff reduction prevented it from providing overnight security coverage in Ekstrom, forcing the library to close during those hours at the beginning of the Fall semester. However, the University recently agreed to cover the costs of contracted security services so that the library could resume its 24/7 schedule. UofL Procurement will review proposals from outside security firms and make a hire in the coming weeks.

University Libraries Dean Bob Fox stressed the importance of continuing 24/7 operation in Ekstrom, as this is a longstanding priority for students.

“We’ve learned over the years how important this issue is for students and we have been doing all we can to open the library back up for the longer hours,” said Dean Fox. “It’s wonderful that the University is funding outside security so we can resume 24/7 service.”

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Libraries Updated and Refreshed for Fall Semester

Several University Libraries are set to welcome back students for the Fall semester 2021 with refreshed interiors, accessible facilities, upgraded study areas, and new furniture.

Ekstrom Library 2nd Floor 

Ekstrom Library has seen a number of projects over the past year. Most recently, a portion of the second floor was upgraded, creating new private study rooms, small conference rooms, and additional study space near the former offices of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. Currently occupied by the UofL Honors Program, the private study rooms will become available sometime in the coming year when Honors moves to a new location. Large group study tables have been installed in the southeast section of the floor, allowing the third and fourth floors to remain devoted to quiet study. Additional upgrades are planned through the Fall semester 2021.

Group seating
Group seating on Ekstrom’s 2nd Floor.

Opened in January of 2021, Ekstrom’s first gender-neutral bathroom is handicapped-accessible and includes a changing table, and is conveniently located on the second floor in the west wing, which is opened 24/7 during the Fall and Spring semesters. Likewise, the library’s first lactation room opened recently in the same area, offering 24/7 availability, in a project spearheaded by the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW).

Lactation room on Ekstrom’s 2nd Floor west side.

Additionally, over the next few months, space on Ekstrom’s third floor will be upgraded to accommodate a Jewish Studies Reading Room. Funded in part recently by an anonymous donor, the Reading Room will display works by Jewish scholars and about Jewish heritage and culture, include upgraded study and presentation space, and allow authors and scholars to offer talks and discussions in upgraded space separate from the main floor.

Art Library

At the Bridwell Art Library, a donation from Guy and Libbye Montgomery allowed the library to purchase equipment to upgrade its collabora­tive study and research room. Pur­chases included a new Apple computer, a wall-mounted television monitor, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a web conference camera. The pur­chases allow visitors to mirror screens using their laptop, tablet, or phone. Room 102C can be used as a conference room, library instruction classroom, and individual or group study room. This space is a great option for faculty meetings, thesis and dissertation defenses, and appointments with students – even in a virtual environment, thanks to the web conferencing camera and software. For students, this is a great option for group study.

Art Library conference room.

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, in addition to adding a large new sign on the outside wall, added a card reader system at the entrance of the library, new furniture on the second floor, and new flat panel televisions in all study rooms.  The library also instituted a room reservation system. 

Rountree Medical Library

Inside the University of Louisville Hospital, Rountree Medical Library has undergone a renovation to its office, adding a new entry desk, new carpet, a small kitchenette, new couches and shelving for its collection.

New Films – August 2021

SGA Collection

Queen and Slim
  • 21 Bridges
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Black Christmas
  • Bombshell
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Dark Waters
  • Frankie
  • Frozen 2
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Knives Out
  • The Little Things
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • The Marksman
  • Midway
  • Minari
  • The Nightingale
  • Queen and Slim
  • The Reckoning
  • Roma
  • Star Wars the Last Jedi
  • The Virtuoso
  • The Alienist: Angel of Darkness
  • Balthazar Series 2
  • The Best of the New Scooby Doo Movies
  • Death in Paradise Season 7
  • Dorm Life: Semester 1
  • Father Brown: Season 7
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Gamer
  • Hero Dog: The Journey Home
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Just Married
  • The Librarian movie trilogy
  • My Love from the Star: complete series
  • Queen and I: complete series
  • Short Circuit 2
  • Swamp Thing: the complete series

New Films – March 2021

SGA CollectionParasite Cover

  • Death in Paradise: Season 8
  • Gemini Man
  • Parasite
  • Code 8
  • Terminator Dark Fate
  • Black and Blue
  • Jexi
  • Last Christmas
  • Zombieland: Double Tap
  • Pain and Glory
  • The Addams Family
  • Howards End
  • Father Brown: Season 6
  • Harriet
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Sanditon
  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Good Liar
  • Motherless Brooklyn
  • Countdown
  • I See You
  • Linda Ronstadt: the Sound of my Voice

Kornhauser’s Garza and Ekstrom’s Access and User Services Team Wins Covid-19 Hero Award

Ekstrom Library’s Access and User Services (AUS) department and Felix Garza, head of Public Access Services at Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, both received a Covid-19 Hero award from UofL’s Employee Success Center.

Throughout the past year during the Covid-19 “work from home” arrangements at UofL, AUS has maintained a presence in Ekstrom Library, allowing visitors to borrow books and other materials, receive information and ask questions as necessary. The department employs student assistants to work at the east and west service desks, allowing the west service desk to remain open through the past year.

Garza was responsible for making the library a safe space for students on the Health Sciences Campus. A pandemic team under his supervision designed spaces to reduce library capacity by half. He contributed to creating KHSL messaging, increasing PPE supplies, and updating safety compliance policies and ensuring the policies’ implementation. Garza ensured that the library’s inter-library loan and document delivery services remained open while most academic libraries around the country completely shut down. As a result of this decision, KHSL Inter-Library Loan requests increased by 145% over 2019 statistics from countries around the world.

“Without the resilience of our student workers, the service desks would likely have not re-opened at the capacity they did,” said Cecilia Durbin, student assistant supervisor. “Because of student workers’ dedication and willingness to work, AUS bounced back quickly from lockdown, resuming hybrid in-person operations as early as July 2020.”

photo of Ekstrom student assistants Brianna McCrea (red hair) and Jalyn Perry-Bell
Ekstrom student assistants Brianna McCrea and Jalyn Perry-Bell

Department head Matthew Goldberg was recently notified in an email from Neeli Bendapudi that the entire department had been awarded. In the email, Bendapudi said:

I’m pleased to tell you that your group has been chosen as a University of Louisville COVID-19 Hero Award winner this year and that we will be honoring your exceptional service in several ways in the days ahead.  Congratulations and thank you for all the ways you went above and beyond during the pandemic this last year!

Kornhauser Library's Felix Garza
Kornhauser Library’s Felix Garza.

The email stipulates AUS will receive:

  • A group cash award of $1,000 (distributed to your department to celebrate – i.e. a lunch, outing, professional development activity)
  • An invitation to an awards reception later this year
  • A certificate and university memento
  • Inclusion on the Employee Success Center awards website and UofL Today story

“I’m just very proud of my team,” Goldberg said. “They did an incredible job in very difficult circumstances.”

Learning from the 2021 Libraries Benchmark Survey

By Anita Hall

The University Libraries bi-yearly Benchmark Survey is one of the primary ways we get feedback from the UofL community, to help us improve our services, collections and environments. This survey has existed in some form since 2001, and our most recent survey was conducted in April 2021.

We work with UofL’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness to administer the survey, and they generate a random sample of about 50% of the university community. We sent the survey to 11,834 people and received 1843 responses, for an overall response rate of 15.6%. This year’s survey included questions about how often UofL students and faculty use the libraries, how well we are doing at achieving high-level organizational goals, and how well we are meeting the needs of the university community. There is also room for open-ended comments, which often give us some of our most valuable feedback.

So, what did we learn?

Overall, it seems like we’re doing pretty well. The vast majority (87.47% or 1,612) of respondents said that they have used the Libraries in some way during the past year. Of course, due to the pandemic a lot more people were using the Libraries virtually than in previous years, but we were very happy to learn that so many people were still finding ways to use our collections, services, and spaces. For people who said they did not use the Libraries, the top reason was that they just haven’t needed to, but will when the need arises. We also asked respondents to rate the Libraries overall on a scale of 0 to 10, and the average score was 8.32. This is up slightly from 2018, so we’re happy to see that we are making improvements! We also scored well on other measures of how well we are meeting our high-level goals (see chart below), and most people say that our collections, services, and spaces are meeting their needs.

Please rate your agreement with the following statements on a scale of 0 to 10:Mean Score
The UofL Libraries provide the information resources I need for my work or study8.3
The UofL Libraries help me stay abreast of developments in my field(s) of interest.7.66
The UofL Libraries provide resources and collections that represent me and my identity.7.55
In general, I am satisfied with library support for my learning, research, and/or teaching needs.8.35
The UofL Libraries provide space that inspires study and learning.8.04
The UofL Libraries provide space that is inclusive and welcoming to the entire University community.8.24
In general, I am satisfied with the spaces and facilities available at the UofL Libraries.8.14
The UofL Libraries’ staff interacts with students or faculty in a caring fashion.7.9
The UofL Libraries as an organization show a commitment to anti-racism.7.46
The UofL Libraries support me in developing the information skills I need in my work or study.8.02
In general, I am satisfied with the service that I receive at the UofL Libraries.8.47

Even though these top-level results are pretty positive overall, we really want to learn where we need to improve. One thing we look for is differences between different groups of respondents (some obvious ones like Faculty versus Graduate students versus Undergraduates, as well as some really specific groups like “people who say group study spaces are important to them”) to see if the overall data is masking anything that might be an issue for certain people. We also look at what types of things people say they either don’t use or didn’t know about, to see where we should be doing more outreach or getting more feedback. And we perform qualitative data analysis on all of the comments that we receive (2,537 this year!) to look for recurring themes, issues, and suggestions.

For example, we asked specifically “How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted your experience using the UofL Libraries?” and there were 803 comments in response to this question. You can see a breakdown of some of the trends from these responses below. Many people told us that they used the libraries less in-person, or not at all, and that they increased their usage of our online resources (or used these exclusively). People also had a lot of feedback (both positive and negative) about the impact of safety protocols and service changes on their experience. Of course, references to the pandemic permeated throughout comments on the entire survey, and there were actually many more references to pandemic-related changes than just the responses to this single question.

  • Q27: How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted your experience using the UofL Libraries? Most Common Themes:
    • Less or Zero In-Person Usage: 333
    • More or Exclusively Online Usage: 154
      • Both: 44
    • Experience Unchanged: 122
    • Impacted by Safety Protocols: 159
    • Impacted by Service Changes: 65
    • Impact on Groups or Crowds: 52
    • More In-Person Usage: 19

A lot of times the Benchmark survey results are really a starting point for doing more research – for example, if we see that something isn’t meeting people’s needs, we want to learn more about the specific issues and possible solutions that we could implement. We’ll be continuing to analyze the 2,021 Benchmark data and conduct follow-up research over the next 18 months or so, and then it will be time for the next survey before we know it!

PAS students collect oral histories that capture 2020 turmoil in Louisville

A continuing pandemic and historic reckoning with racial tensions in Louisville and throughout the country have created unprecedented stress and turmoil in the Louisville community. No group has borne the brunt of the difficulties more than people of color.

To capture some of these experiences, students of Dr. Bamba Ndiaye’s Pan-African Studies-200 class conducted interviews with UofL students and Louisville community members, offering insight into their emotions and experiences over the past year.

Students were given the tools to conduct the interviews during an oral history workshop held within the class, led by University Libraries Archivist Heather Fox.  Resulting conversations have been turned into an eight-week series on the Archives and Special Collections’ Instagram page.

Image from Archives' Instagram page on oral history workshop interviews.
Image of “Santa George” from the Archives’ Instagram series.

“Dr. Ndiaye used oral history methodology in his doctoral work and recognizes its value,” said Fox. “He reached out to me to do a workshop with his students and was extremely proud of the work they did in this class.”

The Oral History workshop 101 was framed as an hour-long session, one typically taught to history students, but also students in Modern Languages and Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. Students learn about oral history as “a guided interview where your interviewer has done research on the topic and is trying to elicit info about a particular topic with focus being on the interviewee,” said Fox.

The interviewer’s role is to listen, she continued. “It’s hard for people to get used to that. I counsel them: “‘Don’t talk; you’re supposed to listen. Don’t say, “uh huh,” etc. Just stay focused on what you are saying. Count to 10 before asking another question.’ That’s hard to do, especially if they’re nervous.”

But resulting interviews were extremely professional and gleaned many insights into individuals’ experiences during the past year.

Image from Archives' Instagram page on oral history workshop interviews.
Domini Williams is interviewed by Edison Pleasants, from Archives and Special Collections’ Instagram series.

One interview by UofL student Buff Fallot is of Tara Bassett, one of the 502 Livestreamers, a collective organized in the midst of the protest movement in Louisville. Bassett not only reveals life experience that led her to being a part of this group, but also explains a specific moment where her footage helped a protestor who was wrongfully arrested.

Fallot also interviewed George Smithers, AKA Santa George, about his work appearing in malls throughout the country as Santa to provide representation where it is lacking. Smithers livestreamed along the 502 Livestreamers during the protest movement, something he speaks on in the interview as well.

Student Daja Walker interviewed Jazman Branche, a young protestor who details her experiences during the protest movement, including her feelings on the National Guard being employed, how the collective energy of the movement felt, and her emotions after the verdict was announced. This particular segment focuses on the impact that media outlets had on perception of the protest movement.

Student Edison Pleasants interviewed Domini Williams, a nurse practitioner working at the Park Duvalle Community Health Center, who finished nursing school in May of 2020. A single mother of three, Williams juggled the completing nursing school, working full time in the University Hospital ER trauma center, guiding her kids through online schooling, and navigating the pandemic all at once. This interview also touches on Williams’s experience being a first responder to covid while working at the ER, her experience with nursing school at UofL, and mental health trends in the African American community during the pandemic.

Ja’Nay Williams interviewed Ecasia Burrus, an educator at the Shawnee Boys and Girls Club and an activist in her community. In the interview, Burrus talks about the difficult conversations she had to facilitate with her students as the upsetting events of police brutality unfolded last spring and summer, as well as what Black Lives Matter means to her as an activist.

The students’ questions were savvy and helpful in revealing important information from each individual, Fox said. “They’re not experts: these are 200-level 15 students, but they were extremely engaged, and asked excellent questions, so I’m really pleased with the work they did.”

“There’s quite a bit of pedagogical value in these interviews,” said Fox. “It’s a different ways to engage in the community and also as a research method that people are trained in.”

The Oral History Center will collect and curate the interviews. Archives and Special Collections Imaging Manager Cassidy Meurer has created a series of videos released as an eight-week series on ASC’s Instagram page over the past six months.