Newsletter: February/March 2015
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  • Emily Dickinson Exhibition

    Don't wait -- you only have until May to see I Took My Power in My Hand: NKU Students Create Emily Dickinson Art, co-curated by BFA Art History major Emma Rose Thompson and Regents Professor of English Robert K. Wallace. The exhibition is free and open to the public; just stop by the Eva G. Farris Reading Room on the second floor of Steely Library.

    In addition, everyone -- students, faculty, staff, and members of the community -- is welcome to propose an exhibition for the reading room. If you have an idea for an exhibition, contact Michael Providenti for more information.

  • Library Research Award

    Students who have registered for the Celebration of Student Research and Creativity are encouraged to apply for the W. Frank Steely Library Research Award.

    Now in its fourth year, this award will be presented to the Celebration student who demonstrates the most effective use of Steely Library resources, services, and personnel, as part of the research component of their Celebration project. The award includes a $500 prize.

    The award application deadline is March 23. For full information see the link on the Celebration home page or go directly to the Library Research Award Application. Contact Allen Ellis (859) 572-5527 for more information.

  • Engaging with Census Tract 505

    Mark Neikirk, Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Belle Zembrodt, Honors program

    What happens when multiple classes join forces with an inner-city neighborhood to address challenges there? Project Hope: The 505 Initiative was launched in the spring 2013 semester as a partnership between NKU and Newport's Westside. "505" is the federal designator for the central census tract in the neighborhood where students and faculty have undertaken numerous service learning and research projects. NKU's Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement has guided this project. The center's director, Mark Neikirk, and Honors Program Interim Director Belle Zembrodt will talk about NKU's deep engagement with 505, including a fall Honors class that made 505 its primary focus.

    The program will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015, noon-12:50, in Steely Library room 304. Bring your lunch -- dessert and refreshments are provided. RSVP to Allen Ellis at (859) 572-5527. This seminar is co-sponsored by Steely Library and The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

  • myLIBRARIAN reminder

    Steely has research librarians dedicated to every discipline at NKU. The myLIBRARIAN program focuses on building a relationship between students and librarians, providing them with specialized research assistance. As midterms approach, and as research papers and projects are being assigned, remind your students to check the myLIBRARIAN webpage to find out which librarian is assigned to their major.

    Steely also offers a variety of services from walk up assistance to one-on-one research consultations. Stop by Steely or contact Robert Zai III to find out more.

    Spring library instruction sessions

    It's not too late to schedule a library instruction session this semester. Designed to meet the specific research needs of your students, our information literacy sessions are taught by librarians face-to-face or online for courses in all departments. We strive to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become more effective researchers. Instruction slots are still available for March and early April. Sign up today by going to:

  • Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

    When it comes to online research sources for grant funding, you won't find a more exhaustive resource than the Foundation Directory Online database, the Foundation Center's definitive source for connecting grantseekers and private foundation grantmakers for more than 50 years. It provides access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors and 3 million recent grants.

    Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database is especially for individual grantseekers -- students, artists, and academic researchers -- and provides current information on foundations that fund educational support, arts and cultural support, awards and prizes, students and graduates of specific schools, research and professional support.

    The library has both databases and Laura Sullivan, Grants Coordinator, is happy to schedule training for departments and one-on-one consultations. Call at (859) 572-5724 or email at

  • Orders due soon

    The deadline for requesting books, DVDs, etc. is March 15. Please use our Collection Materials Request Form to place your request.