The Collection Connection

News From Your State Library

Volume 1 Issue 1


Welcome to the first issue of The Collection Connection! This quarterly newsletter will keep you informed of the services, resources, and materials available for state government employees through the State Library. It has been said that the State Library is the best kept secret in state government, and we want to change that! We hope this newsletter will be fun, informative, and a great way for you to connect with us.

Overview of Services Available to State Employees

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, supports and promotes access to library services and ensures that documentation of government activities is created, preserved and made available for public use. KDLA’s State Library services are primarily provided to state government employees and public library staff across the state.

Services available to state employees include:

  1. Research databases available 24/7 – BioOne, JStor, NewsBank, ProQuest, 20+ databases through KYVL, and DataAxle (formerly ReferenceUSA)
  2. Interlibrary loan service
  3. Research and reference assistance
  4. Training resources
  5. Downloadable fiction and non-fiction eBooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video through Kentucky Libraries Unbound
  6. Physical items available for check-out (sent to your office or home!)
  • General collection of non-fiction books on topics such as management skills, customer service, computer skills/software applications, and health and wellness (health/mental health, parenting, retirement planning, finances, etc.)
  • Kentucky Collection of fiction and non-fiction books related to Kentucky or written by Kentuckians
  • Fiction and non-fiction large print books and CD audiobooks (part of our circulating collections that also are shipped to public libraries to supplement their materials)
  • Training DVDs

All you need to get started using our services is a library account number. To apply for a library account, just click on the button below.

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Please Note -

For the health and safety of our patrons and staff, the State Library building is currently closed to the public. Although our building is closed, we are still here to serve you. KDLA staff can be reached by phone (502-564-8306) or through our Ask a Librarian service.

New and Notable Materials for Check Out

Health, Wellness, and Workplace

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations by Max Lucado

The Inflammation Spectrum: Find Your Food Triggers and Reset Your System by Will Cole and Eve Adamson

The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David Robson

The Mindfulness in Plain English Collection by Henepola Gunaratana

Navigating Life with Multiple Sclerosis by Kathleen Costello, Ben W Thrower, and Barbara S Giesser

The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World by Adam Waytz

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Kentucky Highlights in Fiction and Non-Fiction

All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Tour of Appalachia by Matthew Algeo

Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey by Jamie H. Vaught

Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason

Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie Chambers

Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide by Susan Reigler

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Murder of Geneva Hardman and Lexington's Mob Riot of 1920 by Peter Brackney

So We Can Glow: Stories by Leesa Cross-Smith

The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster

Woodford County by the Woodford Co. Historical Society, Inc. (Versailles, KY)

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence 2021 Finalists – Fiction & Non-Fiction

The Burning by Megha Majumdar

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal Award 2021)

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

NYT Bestseller Fiction

Bridgerton-The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (now a popular Netflix series!)

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by Victoria Schwab

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (2020 Tom Hanks’ movie!)

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

NYT Bestseller Non-Fiction

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Educated by Tara Westover

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

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Database Spotlight

WorldCat Discovery is not your average library catalog! With WorldCat Discovery, you can search not only KDLA's collections, but the collections of thousands of libraries worldwide. WorldCat is the most comprehensive database of library bibliographic information in the world. In it, you can find items from our physical on site collections; eBooks and digital audiobooks from KY Libraries Unbound; research articles from our subscription databases; as well as items from many other library collections. WorldCat Discovery is a powerful one-stop search tool. To access WorldCat Discovery, just click on the button below. When you sign in with your library account number and password, you can request items from our collection be sent to you, request an interlibrary loan if we do not hold the item in our collection, or link directly to the item record in KY Libraries Unbound or our research databases for viewing and check out. For more information on how to use WorldCat Discovery to find the items you need, go to our Archived Training Sessions' page to view an in-depth recorded webinar -

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Staff Picks

After You by Julie BuxbaumCatalog description - The complexities of a friendship. The unexplored doubts of a marriage. And the redemptive power of literature … Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed author of The Opposite of Love, delivers a haunting, gloriously written novel about love, family, and the secrets we hide from each other--and ourselves. – Susan McGinnis, KY Talking Books Librarian

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill DedmanCatalog description - "When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a property listing for a grand estate that had been unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled into one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Empty Mansions is a rich tale of wealth and loss, complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, and backdoor politics. At its heart is a reclusive 104-year-old heiress named Huguette Clark. – Deborah Hibbard, State Library Circulation and Marketing Librarian

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline – “A fast, enjoyable, read” by the author of Orphan Train - Barbara Penegor, KY Talking Books-State Library Branch Manager

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White – Book 1, Shadows Over England series – a band of street urchins in England at the beginning of WWI form a family and become involved in the war effort. An enjoyable historical Christian fiction series – Cathy Crum, State Library Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian

Tiny Changes: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B. J. FoggCatalog description - We've all been told that change is hard. Fogg is here to help you transform your life -- by starting small and being flexible. He helps you crack the code of habit formation. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, or be more productive, you will learn how to feel good about your successes instead of bad about your failures. – Mitzi Gray, State Library Administrative Specialist