Resources Available During Renovation

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)

Ekstrom Director Honors WMS Team

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)

Libraries Upgrade Cloud-Based Catalog and Management System

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 (, Randy Kuehn ( or Weiling Liu (

Farewell to the Stairwell Party

Libraries faculty and staff joined students preparing for finals to say goodbye to Ekstrom’s steps at the Farewell to the Stairwell event on April 17. Adorned with poetry and color, their demolition imminent, Ekstrom’s stairs were feted by the small crowd, who shared cupcakes, frosted in UofL colors, and viewed architects’ renderings of the changes to come.



Please take a look at the photo album.

Ekstrom says Farewell to the Stairwell

Cupcake Celebration April 17 Commemorates Ekstrom’s Evolution to 21st Century Library

Just as Michelangelo removed everything that wasn’t David, the first floor of Ekstrom’s east wing will be artfully hewn into comfortable, exciting and tech-savvy space. The transformation takes place this summer, with the new first floor to be completed by the Fall seFarewell sign text jpegmester. The changes are part of the Libraries’ Strategic Plan to transform relationships, collections and spaces so that the U of L Libraries become a nationally recognized model of user-focused, research library services.

As a first “step” in the renovation, the large, iconic, concrete staircase, which has greeted visitors for 34 years, will be removed. In honor of their past service, the stairs will be painted with poetry and color over the week of April 13th.

On April 17th from 3-5 p.m., the Libraries will host a “Farewell to the Stairwell” event, with cupcakes and commemorative buttons available for all visitors.

Please come and help us celebrate Ekstrom’s rebirth.

University of Louisville Libraries Faculty Present at Annual Library Conference

With trends shifting in technology and scholarship, University of Louisville Libraries’ faculty and staff are finding meaningful ways to transform their libraries. At last week’s Association of College and Research Libraries Conference in Portland, Oregon, U of L Libraries faculty presented their research and led roundtable discussions on a variety of issues pertinent to the changing landscape.

Libraries Dean Robert E. Fox, Jr. led several research presentations including one on best practices in managing student advisory boards to help increase their value to the library. Additionally, Fox and Associate Dean and Ekstrom Library Director Bruce Keisling led a roundtable on locating academic support services within the library to enrich students’ experience.

Other lecture topics included best practices on integrating new employees swiftly and seamlessly into their vocational culture. Melissa Laning, Associate Dean, and Keisling asked the question: “After payroll and parking, what do new librarians really want to know about their new jobs and places of employment?” The two also led a roundtable discussion on the topic.

Libraries Diversity Residency Librarian Rosalinda H. Linares led a lecture on “delivering value through innovation, leadership, and inclusion” and highlighted cutting-edge projects produced by current and former residency librarians. Residency librarians are new graduates who work for limited times, typically a year or more, in a University Library to gain experience in their new profession.

A full description of topics follows:

Paper presentation by University of Louisville Libraries Dean Robert Fox
Successful + Sustainable Student Advisory Boards
(With Meg Scharf, University of Central Florida, and Ameet Doshi, Georgia Tech)
Libraries use effective student advisory boards to receive ideas, feedback, and constructive criticism. But with good management, a student advisory board can increase its value to the library. This presentation discusses the key elements of successful student advisory boards and identifies best practices in board management in use by three libraries. The purpose of the board, recruitment of members, conducting meetings, creation of a comfortable, open meeting environment, and member communication practices are presented.

Roundtable led by Dean Robert Fox and Ekstrom Library Director Bruce Keisling
Partners Not Tenants: Co-Locating Student Academic Support Services in the Library to Promote Student Success
Colleges and universities are increasingly focused on helping their students achieve academic success, and the library is a logical academic support venue. Based on their experiences the facilitators will lead a conversation about building academic support services in the library by developing successful partnerships with non-library units and reorganizing spaces to integrate those units into the library.

Poster Presentation, Dean Robert Fox and Ekstrom Library Director Bruce Keisling
Build Your Program by Building Your Team: Inclusively Transforming Services, Staffing and Spaces
Having quantitative data can be an important step in planning any type of organizational change but it’s also important for leaders to gather input by listening and incorporating feedback from users, staff, and campus partners. Based on their experience in one university library, the presenters will demonstrate successful techniques for leading a sustainable transformation of services, staffing, and spaces that combined study data along with a highly inclusive planning and implementation process.

Poster Presentation, Associate Dean Melissa Laning and Ekstrom Library Director Bruce Keisling
Creating Organizational Community: The Role of New Employee Onboarding Practices
After payroll and parking, what do new librarians really want to know about their new jobs and places of employment? What do they wish their employers would learn about them? Based on interviews with academic librarians who have been in their current positions for less than three years, the presenters will share their findings about how academic library employee orientation programs can create a more cohesive organizational community and where improvements can be made.

Roundtable led by Associate Dean Melissa Laning and Ekstrom Library Director Bruce Keisling
Creating Community: What do you Really Want to Know the First Year on the Job?
After payroll and parking, what do new librarians really want to know about their new jobs and places of employment? Do orientation programs cover those issues? Based on their recent review of onboarding programs, the facilitators will share some findings about how academic library employee orientation programs can create a more cohesive organizational community and lead a conversation about enhancing new employee orientation.

Poster Presentation by Rosalinda H. Linares, Diversity Residency Librarian, University of Louisville
Library Residents on the Bleeding Edge: Delivering Value Through Innovation, Leadership, and Inclusion
(With Sara Arnold-Garza, Residency Coordinator, Towson University; Ariana Santiago, Instruction Librarian, University of Houston)
This poster highlights cutting-edge projects produced by current and former residency librarians. Projects will illustrate the pillars of a residency experience: the role of the residency librarian as a catalyst for innovation, the importance of leadership skills for imagining and executing work in new areas of academic librarianship, and the value of a diversity perspective to sustaining programs and services that support the variety of campus communities.


A new exhibit has opened in the Photographic Archives this month: HomeLands, by Robb Hill. The photographs are documents from a long-term project examining how a person’s identity is informed by the land on which they live and what happens when the connection is severed by alterations to that land.


Hill grew up just outside the town of Utica, Indiana. This area is now changing dramatically because of the I-265 extension but Hill’s project began before the construction. “HomeLands started as a documentary project, to record the land where I grew up before big machines erased it. I have been returning to Indiana several times a year for the last ten years to hike the trails and fields I played in as a kid. With each footstep I looked for signs of the world I once knew so well.”


The panoramic, black and white, landscape photographs of HomeLands are a meditation on the idea of home. Hill posits that by shaping the land people create their sense of self and asks, “When the bond between land and people is broken what happens to identity?” The connections Hill photographs range from natural changes and decay to man-made alterations of the landscape he remembers. “I believe land makes people who they are. The relationship you have with the land you’re on sets the cornerstone of your being.”

More than simply nostalgia for Hill, HomeLands connects with viewers through rich images and icons, current and disappearing, of our region’s past and present.


HomeLands will be on display in the Photographic Archives Gallery, in Ekstrom Library, from March 12 through May 22. The gallery is open from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.


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