Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Orders by May 23rd

LIT library service is pleased to invite order requests from academic staff for library items which will be purchased over the summer period.  To assist the library staff with this process and to ensure the requested items are fully integrated into our library collection by September 5, 2016, please return completed order forms to your local library no later than Monday May 23, 2016.  Staff are reminded that order requests must be approved by their Head of Department, and that all orders are checked against the library catalogue. Please note that orders may be subject to budgetary constraints.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Prince in more ways than one….

The musical genius, who sadly passed away this April, was also a library hero. In 2011 he donated $12,000 to Louisville's Western Branch Library, which in 1905 became the first library in the nation operated by and serving African Americans. Library communications director Paul Burns, a massive Prince fan who worked as a graphic artist at the library in 2011 when the check arrived, asked if he could scan a copy of the check and donation letter from Prince's charity, Love 4 One Another, the letter designed the funds to "assist your library in reaching all areas of the community." Somehow he'd learned about the significance of the western branch," Burns said. "He was a very generous artist and very interested in culturally significant things in the African American community." The library was initially called the ‘Western Colored Library’. It wasn't until the 1940s that Louisville libraries were integrated. The Prince donation was used for children's programming and outreach services. R.I.P. to a legend.