Louisville Businesswoman and Community Activist named UofL Alumni Fellow

The University Libraries is pleased to celebrate long-time community activist and social justice advocate Jessica Loving as an Alumni Fellow for this year’s University of Louisville Alumni Awards.

Loving was named an Alumni Fellow from UofL’s schools and colleges as well as Libraries and Student Affairs along with 13 other graduates. This year is a virtual celebration featuring video interviews with the honorees as they discuss their time at UofL and the impact of their careers.

“I’m so happy that Jessica Loving is the 2020 recipient of the UofL Alumni Award on behalf of the University Libraries,” said Libraries Dean Bob Fox. “She has done so much for Louisville and for Kentucky through her work with community organizations and as a tireless advocate for social justice.”

“We are especially fortunate in the libraries that Jessica shares a vision of transforming one of our spaces in Ekstrom Library into a Jewish Studies Reading Room that would bring our Jewish studies collection into a space shared by scholars in quiet reflective study, as well as providing facilities to host noted lectures and speakers,” Fox added.

Loving is currently a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Jewish Community Relations Council. She previously served on the boards of the Louisville Ballet, the National ACLU, and the Center for Women & Families.  She is also a founding member of the Jewish Family & Career Service’s MOSAIC Award Committee.

Jessica Loving received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Louisville in 1968 and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Woodcock honor societies. She has been president of Jessica Loving & Associates, a public relations and marketing consulting business in Louisville, for a number of years.

Loving formerly was vice president of corporate communications at PNC Bank, executive director of the KY Commission on Women, and executive director of the ACLU of KY. Loving’s public relations and marketing clients have included banks, law firms, nonprofit groups, real estate developers, bourbon distillers, unions and a meatpacking plant. She has also provided pro bono campaign planning and management for several local judges.

Loving was a member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees from 1996 through 2008 and was Board chair from 2001 to 2003. She has also served on the University’s Board of Overseers, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee, and Athletic Advisory Commission.

“I would urge my fellow graduates of the UofL to be mindful of how we can help the university be the sort of place that can nurture young 17- and 18-year olds freshman and give them the kind of education that most of us got and help them make this world a better place,” said Loving. “We have a lot of work to do and the University is the place that nurtures the people that can make a difference.”

Jessica and her husband, Sheryl G. Snyder, a Louisville attorney, have a blended family of five children and seven grandchildren.

“We are so grateful to Jessica for her support of the Libraries, for her support and commitment to UofL, and her passion for social justice,” said Dean Fox.

Donor Spotlight: Dr. Donald and Catherine Cathy Shoemaker

During last fall’s 50th Anniversary celebration for 1968-69 UofL graduates, Dr. Donald Shoemaker and Cathy Shoemaker visited the Belknap campus for the first time in almost as many years.

“It was amazing, completely different,” said Don. “We couldn’t believe how things have changed.”

Don admits that over the years he had been immersed in his medical practice as an anesthesiologist at Baptist Health in Louisville and hadn’t kept up with the growing campus. “I went to med school in 1968 and hadn’t seen it since and the whole time the campus was growing. My goodness. The way it expanded was amazing.”

Don and Cathy Shoemaker

Don and Cathy Shoemaker

UofL Archivist and Historian Tom Owen led the couple on a lengthy tour of the campus, fielding questions about buildings and settings both familiar and unfamiliar. Owen is well-known for leading Belknap History Walking Tours throughout the year where he plays raconteur and tour guide for groups of faculty, staff, students and Louisville residents.

“He took us out to the new music school, where it was all older houses when I was in school,” said Donald, referring to the building built in 1980 which now contains the School of Music, Comstock Hall and Music Library. “There are three old buildings nearby and I used to take Poli-Sci, English and other classes there.” Facing north, “there was a stone wall, a parking lot and a pizza place” that once lined the now long-gone Shipp Street.

“On the south side of the campus I remember the Purina silos that they tore down. They moved the observatory and other buildings, just pushed them back.”

Cathy, who earned a master’s degree in social work, said that back in the day, “Kent School was in a large yellow brick house near the old Confederate statue. I took a statistics course in the garage.”

The couple were also impressed with the Foucault pendulum clock installed on the ground floor of Grawemeyer Hall in 1978. “The ground level, where you now see the pendulum, was the finance office where we would drop off our tuition checks.”

Don remembers the main library in Schneider Hall – now the site of Fine Arts and the Bridwell Art Library –  to study between classes and before fraternity events. He remembers the long fountain on the building’s east side was occasionally visited by soap bubbles as pranking students poured in laundry detergent.

“As a science major, I had all my classes in one building, the natural sciences building by Eastern Parkway. Now all the sciences have their own buildings. I’d just wait in the Natural Sciences library before classes.

“I’d be walking my legs off now, but probably I’d be in better shape.”

Since graduating from UofL, the couple has been busy with careers and raising a family of three daughters. Their eldest daughter also has strong UofL ties: Amy Shoemaker is the Associate Athletic Director for Administration and Deputy University Counsel. Lisa Borden, their middle daughter is a UofL medical school graduate and pediatrician in Middletown, and youngest Kristin Shoemaker is a commercial airline pilot, living in Charlotte North Carolina.

Cathy and Don were born and raised in Louisville and graduated in 1964 from local high schools, Cathy from Presentation Academy and Don from Seneca High School. Don’s fellow Seneca High School alum was Wes Unseld, the former UofL Cardinal basketball star who played for the Baltimore Bullets and was named NBA Most Valuable Player among other accolades. Unseld passed away on June 2, 2020.

“He helped our team win the Kentucky HS championship in our junior and senior years. We both went on to UofL; I went into med school and he went to Baltimore and had an NBA hall of fame basketball career.”

“He was a good, good guy. It was just a shock that he passed away. I saw him six years ago at the 50th HS reunion. We weren’t close personal friends, but we all rooted for him and I was proud of his talent.”

Cathy earned a master of science in social work from the Kent school. “First I went to Spaulding University and then I was a student at Kent School but I owed the state two years of work because they paid for my tuition,” she said. “I worked in Frankfort, teaching social workers how to lead therapy groups for families with dependent children.” She then worked as a clinical social worker for River Region (later Centerstone), and then after starting her family, she worked part-time for Seven County Services.

After Don earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences, he entered the UofL Medical School and completed his residency at UofL Hospital. He served in the Air Force for two years in Omaha, Nebraska and then moved back to Louisville.

Cathy tells the story of how the couple met in 1970 at the old Louisville General Hospital – in the Psych ward, she says, laughing – while both were on rotation there. Cathy was working on her social work degree and Don was a medical student on rotation.

After they married, Cathy began working for the state of Kentucky, traveling all over the state to conduct trainings. At the same time, Don’s residency meant he worked overnight every third day.

“We used to joke that our marriage will last much longer than anyone else’s because we just hadn’t seen each other as much,” said Cathy.

In his long career – he retired in 2013 – Don has seen many changes in healthcare and in the world of anesthesia.

“Back in 1977, it was mostly MDs providing anesthesia, but now we need CRNAs, nurse anesthetists to staff all the areas where anesthesia is needed. Back in 1977, we had six ORs. Now there are close to 30, and they need anesthesia services in the endoscopy suites and delivery rooms, radiology, etc. Even in outpatient centers.”

“But during this COVID 19 crisis, I think people have changed the way they view anesthesiologists,” he continued. “They are heroes. They have to put people on ventilators, intubate them and keep them alive, keep their airways open as they battle the virus.”

Change has not only struck the healthcare profession, but also higher education and in particular, the University over the past 14 years of daughter Amy’s tenure. But though UofL had experienced some challenging times, Cathy and Don both expressed their enthusiasm for President Neeli Bendapudi and Athletic Director Vince Tyra.

“We have been very impressed with Neeli as a leader,” said Cathy. “She has been a stabilizing force and done a great job of turning things around.”

“We can’t say enough about her leadership. She’s personable, smart, and so energetic.”

UofL Digital Content Portal

Exploring digital content from the University of Louisville just got easier. The new portal provides an easy way to access faculty scholarship, theses and dissertations, UofL and student-produced publications, as well as archival photographs and newspapers, digitized interviews, and more.

The portal includes search boxes that make it simple to dive right in and explore. Visit it at https://library.louisville.edu/digital-content.

UofL Digital Content homepage

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.

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.

ThinkIR’s 1 Millionth Download a Major Milestone in Bringing UofL Scholarship to Global Audience

UofL’s Institutional Repository, ThinkIR – a digital platform which hosts and offers open access to scholarship of UofL’s faculty, researchers and students – has passed the one-million mark for downloaded scholarship. As of March 12, some 5,136 research papers, thesis and dissertations have been downloaded by a worldwide audience.

thinkIR homepage

Since launching in 2015, ThinkIR has become a major open-access source for scholarship from UofL faculty and graduates, averaging more than 1,000 downloads per day, reaching world-wide audiences, and increasing UofL scholars’ visibility.

“This milestone represents the 1 million people who have been able to access scholarship at UofL from all over the world, for free,” said Bob Fox, dean of the University Libraries, which sponsored and funded the creation of the institutional repository.

“You can see by looking at the world map on the site where all the scholarship is being downloaded,” said Sarah Frankel, Open Access and Repository Coordinator for the University Libraries. “The dots on the map represent real-time downloads, so we know who is interested in our scholars’ research.

“The scholarship is much more discoverable through Google searches if it is hosted on ThinkIR; the search engine optimization ensures that items appear near the top of search results,” Frankel continued.

Formerly a Technical Services staff member, Frankel as OAR coordinator assists faculty in depositing their scholarship into ThinkIR and oversees the approval and publishing of graduate and undergraduate student self-submitted theses and dissertations. She creates profiles for each faculty scholar, helping them post biographical information and navigating copyright restrictions relating to their scholarship.

The repository’s name evokes the Rodin statue that graces the front steps of Grawemeyer Hall.

Currently, the top downloaded work is a 2012 Master’s Thesis from the Department of Pan African Studies: “The hidden help : black domestic workers in the civil rights movement” by Trena Easley Armstrong, followed closely by another Master’s Thesis from 2012, from the Sociology Department: “An analysis of Hindi women-centric films in India” by Srijita Sarkar – both titles have been downloaded more than 11,000 times since February 12, 2015!

In addition to providing access to UofL scholarship, ThinkIR also hosts peer-reviewed open-access journals. These journals are managed by UofL faculty and staff with support from Libraries staff. While most peer-reviewed academic journals are subscription-based, requiring high fees from hosting institutions, these journals are free and open to the public.

Show some Library Love today!

What do you love about your library? In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve asked some of our patrons for their insights into this question. Here are some of their responses:

“The library is one of the last places with a “community” feel where you can go without being expected to spend money.” – Caleb Bridgwater, Senior. UofL Libraries Student Advisory Board member

“Everyone deserves a quiet place to learn and feel comfortable. Libraries do that, and they provide a knowledge opportunity to people who may not have that opportunity elsewhere.” – Erynn Overfield, Freshman. UofL Libraries Student Advisory Board member.

Valentine's Day“I love the library because it’s the one place I can go and not get distracted. There is something about being in such a sacred study place that makes me buckle down and work! It’s a one-stop destination for productivity with the comfy seating, the Starbucks and the calm atmosphere.” – Jonah Hermes, UofL Libraries Student Advisory Board member.

“I love Ekstrom Library because it has many places to study that can cater to everyone’s study habits. The Poetry Room is my absolute favorite place on campus to rea and to write papers because it is such a quiet and calm place to get my thoughts in order.” – Taylor Chatmon, UofL Libraries Student Advisory Board member.

“The Music Library’s collection of CDs is one of the campus’s hidden treasures. (And their books are pretty good too.) Chatting with Mark Dickson while he checks out your materials is an additional bonus.” – Scott Campbell, Technical Services Librarian at UofL Law Library.

“I love the eagerness of the staff to help you succeed and the availability of every study necessity possible.” – Anora Morton, 1L student at UofL Brandeis School of Law.

“Over the past 15 years, i have served in various roles at Kornhauser Library from student assistant to junior faculty member.  There have been two constant themes that have remained with me over the years – customer service and support.  I love Kornhauser because I know every faculty and staff member is always willing to go above and beyond for patrons, and they will do the same for each other.  It’s nice to work in such a positive, caring, and supportive environment.” – Tiffney Gipson, Head of Collections at Kornhauser Library.

“I love browsing the collection at Ekstrom Library, where I always leave with an unexpected book that has captured my interest while looking for something entirely different! I also rely on the quiet spaces in the Law Library where I can retreat to focus on my work without the distractions and interruptions that crop up in my office.” – Erin Gow, Online Services Librarian at UofL Law Library.

“The artists’ books at the Art Library come in all shapes and sizes, constructed in such beautiful and colorful materials and each one with a cool, unique vibe. They are works of art in themselves and one of the things I truly love about this library.” – Carolyn Dowd, Sr. Communications Coordinator for the University Libraries.

“I love the law library because the library faculty members are so helpful and thoughtful. They will go above and beyond to help students find resources, and they always strive to accommodate students’ needs, whether that be providing more phone and computer chargers or installing a phone booth!” – Calesia Henson, 3L student at UofL Brandeis School of Law.

“My favorite library is Ekstrom. I like the quiet spaces with tables for spreading out my books. I’ve written papers, completed assignments, and done math problems in this space. It’s very peaceful. I love this space.” – Isabel Rozema, Senior. UofL Libraries Student Advisory Board member.

Show some love for your library and leave an anecdote if the spirit of Valentine’s Day moves you!


Productive Researcher portal aids Graduate Students, Faculty in their Scholarship

By Rob Detmering Information Literacy Coordinator / Humanities Teaching & Reference Librarian

Graduate school is professionally and personally rewarding, but it’s rarely easy. Graduate students in all fields regularly experience a great deal of stress as they learn to manage the multiple responsibilities of research, writing, teaching, and networking. In this high-stakes environment, the pressure to be productive is often immense. There are always new things to learn and new skills to master.


With decades of experience working with graduate students, librarians in Ekstrom Library’s Research Assistance and Instruction Department (RAI) understand the unique needs of this population and the challenges they face on the road to professionalization. As part of our ongoing efforts to make life a little easier for graduate students, we are pleased to announce the release of the Productive Researcher Portal, an online resource offering a variety of tools and tips for advanced researchers. This exciting new venture, which also features content developed by our partners in the University Writing Center, complements the face-to-face instruction and assistance we already provide for graduate students.

The Productive Researcher Portal incorporates strategies for conducting comprehensive literature searches, guidance on writing and publishing, information on free productivity tools such as EndNote citation management software, and much more. The engaging infographics and short videos on the site help answer many of the questions that get lost amid the day-to-day tasks and looming deadlines of graduate study: How do I know if I’ve found all the sources I need for my literature review? How do I manage the dissertation writing process? What journals are likely to publish my first article manuscript? What are these citation metrics I’ve been hearing so much about? We have addressed these kinds of questions through our work leading the Graduate School’s Publishing Academy, and we can now make much of this important content easily accessible to all students through the new portal.

One of the primary goals of the Productive Researcher is to promote graduate student success, but the site may also help faculty at the university enhance their knowledge of the current scholarly landscape. Faculty may especially benefit from information on tracking the impact of publications for promotion and tenure, including the evolving concept of altmetrics, as well as advice on creating data management plans, which are often required by funding agencies. And certainly any researcher can benefit from cool productivity tools like Evernote that make the research process more efficient.

Check out the Productive Researcher Portal and let us know what you think!

















Music Library exhibits 2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence winners through October

An exhibit of winners of the 2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence, chosen by the Music by the Publishers of America, will appear at the University of Louisville Music Library through the month of October. The Music Library is one of only nine academic libraries in the U.S. to host the touring exhibit.


All photos by James Procell.

Established in 1964 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the first music engraving in American by the famous silversmith Paul Revere, these awards were initially given as a means of alerting the music industry to the advantages of providing the best possible publication from the viewpoint of engraving, graphic arts and production standards. Today the awards still recognize outstanding examples of graphic design, with an emphasis on usability for orchestras, educators, libraries and individuals.

Learn more here: https://www.mpa.org/paul-revere-awards/

The Ins and Outs of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Borrowing

By Andy Huff, ILL/RRS/HDS Coordinator

Have you ever wanted a book that our library didn’t own?  How about a journal article, or a journal which isn’t included in our database and journal subscriptions?  What if you wanted to request a microfilm of an esoteric, hyperlocal publication?  One of the most interesting and often overlooked areas of our library operations is the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) process, or how we manage to offer you resources that we do not own.  The process is both interesting and more complicated than it appears on the surface.

The Process

When you place a request into our system, it goes to our Borrowing Assistant, who then, based on the information you provide, searches a database of all OCLC connected libraries in the world for your item.  Sometimes we get requests that are vague, whether due to a minor error in the way the catalog imports the request, or because the citation provided is too broad.  Also, because there are often many different versions of your requested item, we match your request to the most relevant record in the database, and make sure there are enough libraries available to process the request.  Sometimes, we don’t have very many libraries from whom we can request material, or they don’t exist in the database.  In those instances, we contact them and ask them if the item in question is available to be loaned out.  If so, we’ll process the request outside of our system and import it so that we can keep track of the item.  Once the item arrives, our Borrowing Assistant will process the item and place it on our ILL hold shelf for pickup.  Typically, we can fulfill article requests within 36 hours and book/loan requests within 10-14 working days.

In a given year, the Interlibrary Loan department spends approximately $35,000 on shipping, copyright related costs, and other assorted fees.


There are some limitations to the ILL system.  ILL is limited to UofL students, faculty and staff.  We cover the first $20.00 of all requests that we process.  However, due to the exorbitant cost of international book loans, we typically limit book requests to the continental United States, unless you’re willing to help cover the additional shipping costs.  On average, an ILL request costs us about $4.00 in shipping charges in addition to the time required by the ILL Borrowing Assistant in sending out and processing the item once it arrives.  Article requests that were published less than five years ago are also subject to an additional copyright fee which is set the by publisher of the journal.  These fees can range anywhere from $5.50 to $550.00 per requestWe are, however, authorized by copyright law to get five articles from a journal for free per calendar year before we are subject to the copyright fee.  In a given year, the Interlibrary Loan department spends approximately $35,000 on shipping, copyright related costs, and other assorted fees.


Interlibrary Loan also does not process textbook requests, as our capacity to fulfill requests would quickly be overrun and hinder our efforts at processing requests meant for scholarly research.  In the few instances where textbooks were accidentally ordered in the past, patrons would keep the books for longer than the loan period, hurting our reputation as a borrowing library and making it harder for us to get materials for other patrons.

The ILL system is an excellent tool to support academic research.  We want to help you succeed!  We’ll try to get almost anything that you need for academic purposes, and we’ll work with you if you need it longer than what the loan period stipulates; you just need to contact us and let us know ahead of the due date so we can help accommodate you.