Newsletter: April 2017
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    New Study Rooms Available

    In an effort to create more group study space, Steely has made two new Study Rooms available for reservation on the third floor.

    In addition to rooms 130, 131, and 133 on the first floor, rooms 306 and 308 are now live and available on our Group Study Room booking site. And as always, there is a study room with first-come-first-serve availability near the third floor Public Services Desk, with no reservation required.

    Extended Hours for Finals Week

    Steely will once again be offering extended hours during Finals Week, which includes nearly a week of 24/7 access.

    Friday, 4/28: 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
    Saturday, 4/29: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Sunday, 4/30: Open at 9:00 am, remain open 24/7 until Friday, 5/5 at 5:30 pm

    Database Spotlight: Access World News

    Access World News, also known as NewsBank, is a news collection designed to help students explore issues and events at the local, regional, national, and international level. Users can access over 30 Kentucky newspapers, such as the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Paducah Sun, in addition to major metropolitan titles, e.g. Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, and Charlotte Observer.

    Content also includes access to blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Special features, such as "Find a Topic" and "Special Reports" are particularly helpful to those students looking for project topics and background information on current events. This source also allows students to see how geographical placement affects news coverage.


    April Faculty Lunch Seminar

    Nepali Village on the Edge: Sliding From a Subsistence to a Remission Economy

    Presented by John Metz - Department of History & Geography

    In 1986, John studied the farming system and wild vegetation uses of Chimkhola, an upper-elevation village in west central Nepal, three days walk from a road. The people struggled to feed themselves and relied on forests to feed livestock, to supplement their own food, and to construct houses and tools.

    John returned in winter 2016, and will relate to us the many changes that he discovered. Chimkhola is now a village that is on the edge, becoming more and more part of the global economy and tying their future to its ongoing success.

    Wednesday, April 12, Noon-12:50, Steely Library 304

    Bring your lunch; dessert and refreshments are provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Allen Ellis at (859) 572-5527 or

    Co-sponsored by Steely Library and The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Save the Date: Records and Information Management Training

    Two courses will be taught as part of this year's annual Records and Information Management Training. Records Management Basics will be on May 18th and Shared Drive Management and Cleanup on June 15th. Watch the University calendar for time and location.

    Email Vicki Cooper at to reserve a seat.

    Why Schedule Information Literacy Instruction?

    Faculty members are sometimes uncertain about scheduling information literacy instruction for their courses. If you are not sure how information literacy instruction could benefit your students, consider that students who are not information literate may:

    • Rely on Google for all of their information needs
    • Assume that the first piece of information found is the best piece of information
    • Believe that all information has the same value and trustworthiness

    In contrast, students who are information literate will:

    • Be able to move between different search systems effectively in order to meet their information needs
    • Critically evaluate information sources and use information that is credible, accurate, and relevant
    • Understand the value of information and make ethical choices when deciding how to access, use, and share information

    Steely's Information Literacy program helps students develop the skills, habits, and conceptual understandings needed to navigate the ever-changing information landscape. If you would like to learn more about how information literacy instruction can benefit your students, or if you are interested in scheduling an instruction session, contact us at


    Archives Exhibit: 100th Anniversary of America's Entry into WWI

    Steely Library Special Collections and University Archives announces the opening of a new exhibit about America's role in WWI, including life in this region and local men who served.

    Woodrow Wilson Ohio Men Training Taliaferro Music Sheet Over There

    The exhibit was researched and curated by Christine Jankowski, who is both a department student employee and a student of the Graduate Public History program.

    The exhibit, located is SL 106, is open Monday – Friday 1:00 – 4:30 pm, and will be available through the summer.

    Service Spotlight: Trial for HSTalks – The Business and Management Collection

    Trial access has been organized for all faculty, staff and students to the HSTalks Business & Management Collection - a collection of over 1000 specially commissioned video lectures and case studies by experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia.

    Topics include finance, accounting & economics; global business management; management leadership & organizations; marketing & sales; strategy; and technology & operations.

    The trial will run through the end of April 2017.