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More training webinars coming up

Posted: October 10th, 2016 | By: kyvlstaff

The Kentucky Virtual Library training schedule includes more dates coming up with sessions from Britannica and EBSCO. Find out about upcoming webinars in two ways:  check out our Training blog or the calendar.  To view recordings from this fall series of webinars, those will be on our Training page under Past Trainings.   Need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask for help via our Submit A Question form.

KYVL courier service suspended temporarily

Posted: August 16th, 2016 | By: admin

PBC, the ground courier service provider, is shutting down operations effective immediately.

The KYVL staff, KYVL Leadership Team and other resource personnel in state government have been following developments and working to minimize the difficulties this change brings about. Even so, participating libraries will experience a temporary disruption in service, and are likely to incur unexpected costs while we work to establish a new courier service provider.

Key points and other information can be found at:  http://libguides.kyvl.org/courier

KYVL will continue to provide updates as the situation develops. We will do our best to answer individual questions in a timely fashion. Your continued patience is valued and appreciated.

For more information, contact Kentucky Virtual Library at 877.588.5288, or at http://libguides.kyvl.org/ask.

New Director joins KYVL

Posted: August 10th, 2016 | By: admin

KYVL Membership and Friends:

I wanted to take a moment and relay to you that the Council on Postsecondary Education, along with a search group composed of KYVL constituency members from each of the major areas, has identified and hired Ms. Ilona Burdette as the new Director of the Kentucky Virtual Library.

Ilona has a wealth of experience, previously holding the position of Director of the Marion County Public Library, and most recently as Director of Library at St. Catherine College in Kentucky. Ilona holds a MSLS from the University of Kentucky, and a BA from Colby College and has significant experience in service to the library profession.

Please join me in welcoming Ilona to her new role as she transitions into it over the next week or two.  She can be reached at ilona.burdette@ky.gov or by calling 502.573.1652 ext. 271.

Thank you,

Jay Morgan

Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs/Student Success & Chief Academic Officer

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Come visit our new website!

Posted: July 7th, 2016 | By: kyvlstaff

Doyle Friskney, Interim Director of Kentucky Virtual Library, announced its new website http://libguides.kyvl.org. Friskney stated, “Under the leadership of Enid Wohlstein, the Council on Postsecondary Education has created a new website using technologies from SpringShare.  The  technology provides a mobile platform that will allow students and library patrons access to library resources from their school, the local library or their home.  The LibGuides platform provides the foundation to build Kentucky Virtual Library for the next decade.”

Over the summer, both http://www.kyvl.org and the new http://libguides.kyvl.org will be available to allow libraries to change links, and transition to using the new site.  The new website will be incorporated in upcoming content trainings conducted by KYVL.  Documentation will be updated as well.

Announcement of a New KYVL Director Search

Posted: June 1st, 2016 | By: kyvlstaff

Dear KY Virtual Library Consortium Members and Consortium Friends:
I want to take this opportunity to update you on a few items that the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has been doing related to its administrative oversight of the Kentucky Virtual Library and the search for a new KYVL director.
As you are most likely aware, the Council conducted a search for a new director during mid-winter 2016, of which had to be cancelled due to budget uncertainties. This national search was done in conjunction with representatives from each of the major consortium members groups within KYVL.
Recently, and after the adjournment of the General Assembly in April, we were able to work with the KYVL Leadership Team to craft a KYVL budget that we believe allows us to go forward with the advertising and hiring of a new director beginning with this new fiscal year.
Thus, we are happy to be able to announce that we are reinstituting a new search for a director of KYVL using the following general dates and interviews using representatives of each major consortium membership groups:
June 1 – July 6 – Advertisement of position (see announcement attached)
July 6 – late July – Identification of candidates
Late July/Early August – Interviews
Mid-August – Target date for hiring
Our hope is that we can attract a very wide and deep pool of interested candidates, and we welcome those who may have previously applied to reapply. Likewise, we do plan to receive applications until a suitable candidate is selected.
We would ask that you please forward the position description to your network of professional friends and colleagues within the profession. Additionally, if you have access to listservs within the profession, please feel free to post this message and the attachment for maximum distribution.
Once again, thank you for your patience as we conduct this important.
Jay Morgan
Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Student Success & Chief Academic Officer

Dear KY Virtual Library Consortium Members and Consortium Friends:

I want to take this opportunity to update you on a few items that the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has been doing related to its administrative oversight of the Kentucky Virtual Library and the search for a new KYVL director.

As you are most likely aware, the Council conducted a search for a new director during mid-winter 2016, of which had to be cancelled due to budget uncertainties. This national search was done in conjunction with representatives from each of the major consortium members groups within KYVL.

Recently, and after the adjournment of the General Assembly in April, we were able to work with the KYVL Leadership Team to craft a KYVL budget that we believe allows us to go forward with the advertising and hiring of a new director beginning with this new fiscal year.

Thus, we are happy to be able to announce that we are reinstituting a new search for a director of KYVL using the following general dates and interviews using representatives of each major consortium membership groups:

June 1 – July 6 – Advertisement of position (see announcement attached)

July 6 – late July – Identification of candidates

Late July/Early August – Interviews

Mid-August – Target date for hiring

Our hope is that we can attract a very wide and deep pool of interested candidates, and we welcome those who may have previously applied to reapply. Likewise, we do plan to receive applications until a suitable candidate is selected.

We would ask that you please forward the position description to your network of professional friends and colleagues within the profession. Additionally, if you have access to listservs within the profession, please feel free to post this message and the attachment for maximum distribution.

Once again, thank you for your patience as we conduct this important.

Jay Morgan

Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs/Student Success & Chief Academic Officer

Survey about Kentucky Digital Library

Posted: March 9th, 2016 | By: admin

Help us plan the future of the Kentucky Digital Library by taking this brief survey!  The KDL Workgroup thanks you.

Welcome to EBSCO Explora!

Posted: June 24th, 2015 | By: admin

As a KYVL member you are a subscriber to a wealth of information. Our vendors are always striving to improve and enhance their offerings to their customers.

With that goal in mind, earlier this year EBSCO announced that Student Research Center, Searchasaurus, and Kids Center would be retired on June 30th.

While those familiar platforms will be disappearing the databases accessed through those interfaces are still very much a part of your KYVL membership and EBSCO’s offerings. The new platform is called Explora!

This new interface offers easy access to databases and resources targeted for K-5, Middle School and High School. In addition there is a Public Libraries interface.

KYVL has updated our databases page with links to each of the unique profiles as well as our Resources pages.

  • Resources
  • Middle School Resources
  • High School Resources
  • College and University Resources
  • Librarian Resources
  • A few training sessions were offered earlier in the year to get our users familiar with Explora. If you did not get a chance to attend the recorded sessions are available on the Training Page.

    You can access Explora and take it for a drive today. Let us know what you think!

    Ivy Robinson
    Business Specialist
    June 24, 2015

    KYVL Member Survey Open through May 31st

    Posted: May 13th, 2015 | By: kyvlstaff

    Please take a few minutes to rate the services and resources you use and share your ideas on what we do well and what we could do better.  If you wish to review our services and resources, please visit our homepage at http://www.kyvl.org.  Thank you.

    The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8VT95W

    KYVL Transitions to WorldCat Discovery

    Posted: February 16th, 2015 | By: kyvlstaff

    Starting February 18, 2015 KYVL and OCLC are partnering for multiple training opportunities designed to introduce KYVL members to OCLC’s WorldCat Discovery.

    Sessions will cover introduction to the product, searching techniques (basic and advanced), and configuration information (basic and advanced).

    The training page has been updated with the complete schedule.  We encourage you to take advantage of these sessions to begin the preparation.  All libraries will be required to make the switch before the current FirstSearch platform is retired at the end of December 2015.

    In addition to the webinar training being offered for Kentucky libraries KYVL will be co-presenting with OCLC at the KPLA Spring Conference. Our goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible.

    Many libraries have already made the switch and/or are preparing to make the switch for themselves.  There are several paths being made available to KYVL members to help support the transition.  If you have questions or concerns contact either the KYVL Office or OCLC.  You can register through OCLC to begin your own library’s switch at your convenience.

    KYVL Staff

    February 17, 2015

    KYVL: 2014 in Perspective

    Posted: December 30th, 2014 | By: kyvlstaff

    We have had a busy year of transitions at KYVL. Some highlights are provided here to remind you that while this blog may not get updated as often as it should we are remaining focused on our primary mission.

    The mission of KYVL is to provide all Kentuckians with equitable access to library resources and to a common foundation of quality online information for lifelong learning, working and living.

    With that mission as our guide,  we have added several new resources to our KYVL database offerings. The LearningExpress Library offers users a chance to develop computer skills, enhance job skills, prepare to seek employment, enter college and more.

    The Britannica Digital Library exposes users to educational material across learning levels and provides Spanish language resources. We enhanced our EBSCO offerings to replace Academic Search Premier with Academic Search Complete.  Complete indicating that this database offers more full-text resources for our users.

    After we rolled out those databases we began looking towards enhancing staffing. With the addition of Ivy Robinson as our Business Outreach Specialist, KYVL now has 2.5 FTEs to help serve you better. The fall saw a few glitches in the courier service and we are proud of the work we facilitated with our vendor and our members to improve delivery services. We know it is not perfect, but nothing really ever is. We urge you to report problems as they happen so that resolutions can be achieved.

    2015 looks to be another exciting year. We will be celebrating our 15th birthday and we have some big things coming down the pike to highlight accomplishments across the past 15 years.

    KYVL will be working with our members to ease the transition to WorldCat Discovery that is required prior to December 2015. We will have training on that in person and through webinars.  In addition, we will continue our webinar training offerings through vendors.We will also be working with member partners to expand our LibGuide offerings. If you haven’t seen these yet take a look!

    So stay tuned to see what is next for KYVL.  It is sure to be worthy of attention.

    KYVL Staff

    December 30, 2014