The Collection Connection

News From Your State Library

Volume 2 Issue 3

Happy Autumn! As the air chills and leaves start falling, it's time to curl up with a good book. In this issue, we have some "unbeleafably" good titles. Improve life and work skills by choosing from among new non-fiction titles in workplace issues, parenting, and health and wellness. Want to check out the latest bestseller fiction? We have that too! Also in this issue, we highlight our interlibrary loan service, discuss Banned Books Week, and spotlight our JSTOR research database.
Library Account Application

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New and Notable Titles

See something of interest? Click on the hyperlinked title to be taken to the item record in our catalog, sign in, and click Send to My Office. If the title is also available as an eBook/audiobook, you can click on the blue View button to be taken to KY Libraries Unbound for check out. Only like general and genre fiction? We also have all types of fiction in large print and audiobooks, as well as plenty of fiction eBooks/audiobooks through Kentucky Libraries Unbound.


Employee Wellness & Workplace





Kentucky Highlights in Fiction and Non-Fiction

WorldCat Discovery Catalog

Click the button to discover a world of titles!

Interlibrary Loan Services Available for State Employees

The State Library is dedicated to meeting the informational and training needs of Kentucky's state government employees. Materials in the State Library are selected to support state employees' work, wellness, and professional development. However, if we do not have an article, book, or audiobook that you want, we’ll try to borrow it for you from a library that does. There are a few caveats that you should know.

To begin with, the item must support your work, research, or health and wellness needs. We cannot request entertainment oriented items like the latest Nicholas Sparks novel, but we can get you a book on any health and wellness, career, or parenting topic for example. We can also request scholarly articles needed for research projects that cannot be accessed through our research databases. These articles usually can be obtained within a day and are emailed to you as a PDF. For physical items though, it can take longer to receive your interlibrary loan (ILL), up to 2-3 weeks, depending on how far away the material is being shipped. Moreover, we cannot request eBooks or eAudiobooks due to licensing issues. Finally, we do not determine the due date for the item. The lending library does that, although we can request an extension.

If you would like to request an interlibrary loan, there are two ways to do so. If you find an item that interests you while searching our WorldCat Discovery catalog, and we do not hold that item, there will be a box on the right-hand side of the item record entitled Access Options. In that box, there will be a blue button, State Employees: Request Interlibrary Loan. You can click on that button, fill out the form, and we will contact you once your request has been submitted for consideration by other libraries. You can also send citation information via our Ask a Librarian form.

If you have any questions about our interlibrary loan services, please email or or call 502-564-8306.

"Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Banned Books Week is September 18-24, 2022

Censorship affects us all, in all areas of life. Without open access to information and the freedom to seek and express ideas, democracy dies. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Book banning is one of the the most widespread forms of censorship in the United States. In fact, book banning in US schools has reached an all-time high, with 1,145 books having been banned by school districts between 7/1/21 and 3/31/22 according to data collected by PEN America. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. The good news though, is that in a majority of book challenge cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Designed to “ 'emphasize that imposing information restraints on a free people is far more dangerous than any ideas that may be expressed in that information,' the week highlights banned works, encourages citizens to explore new ideas, and provides a variety of materials to promote free speech events." Susan Webb, Book Banning, The First Amendment Encyclopedia, 2009. In honor of Banned Books Week, challenge yourself to read one of the top ten most challenged books of 2021 available at KDLA:

Database Spotlight

JSTOR was conceived in 1994 by William G. Bowen, then-president of the Mellon Foundation, to help university and college libraries provide adequate space for an ever-increasing amount of published scholarship. In 1995, following a pilot launched under the direction of the University of Michigan, JSTOR was established as an independent not-for-profit organization. In 2009, JSTOR merged with and became a service of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. JSTOR’s current mission is to improve access to knowledge and education for people around the world by providing free or low-cost access for low-income countries, pursuing long-term preservation, and supplying open access to early journal content (prior to 1924 in the United States and prior to 1876 elsewhere).

JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Explore millions of high-quality primary sources and images from around the world, including artworks, maps, photographs, and more, as well as collections in the arts, sciences, and literature from the world’s leading museums, archives, and scholars. Open content available consists of:

  • a curated set of more than 39,000 research reports from more than 140 policy institutes selected with faculty, librarian, and expert input
  • full runs of more than 2,800 top scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences
  • more than 100,000 eBooks from 250+ renowned scholarly publishers, integrated with journals and primary sources on JSTOR
  • an extensive image resource for educational and scholarly use
  • thematic collections focusing on emerging areas of research and containing multiple types of content, including journals and research reports
  • more than 2 million primary sources across four collections

If you would like to learn more about using JSTOR for research, we have an archived webinar which can be found here.