The Collection Connection

News From Your State Library

Volume 1 Issue 2

2021

We Are Open!

The Kentucky State Archives' Research Room reopened to the public on June 14th. Appointments are highly encouraged due to limited capacity, although walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 9-11 AM EDT or 1-3 PM EDT (except when closed for state holidays). To speak to an Archives Research Room staff member to discuss your research needs and to schedule an appointment, please call (502) 564-1770. If you would like to pick up State Library materials at KDLA, please call (502) 564-8306 to make arrangements. Returns can be dropped off at the front entrance guard's desk area.

Data Axle Webinar Scheduled for July

Join Reference Librarian Melissa Coulston on Wednesday, July 14, 2-3 PM EST for An Introduction to Data Axle. This 45 minute webinar will introduce you to the research database formerly known as Reference USA, a powerful people and business directory. Data Axle's search and data visualization capabilities make it an excellent database to have in your research toolkit. If you need to research businesses, locate people, market services, or even connect people to jobs, you won't want to miss this webinar!
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Database Spotlight

And speaking of the webinar…Data Axle is our research database spotlight this issue! Data Axle is a people and business directory. It contains verified information on over 63 million businesses and 310 million consumers. With flexible searching capabilities and the ability to create custom charts, graphs, and maps, Data Axle can be used to:


  • Find jobs by job skills, location, and industry
  • Find business opportunities
  • Locate companies nationwide
  • Research business executives
  • View historical market trends
  • Develop mailing lists
  • Track down addresses and phone numbers
  • Discover news articles for research


Data Axle has historically been one of KDLA's most used databases. Check it out today!

New and Notable Titles

Health, Wellness, and Workplace


Kentucky Highlights in Fiction and Non-Fiction


NYT Bestseller Fiction and Non-Fiction


Pulitzer Prize Winners 2021

Staff Picks

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell - if you love psychological thrillers, here is your summer beach read! Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone. Twenty-five years later, Libby Jones discovers she is that baby, and the sole inheritor of the long abandoned mansion located in a fashionable London neighborhood on the Thames. Everything is about to change for Libby, and she is now on a collision course to meet the other mysterious missing members of that household, and discover 16 Cheyne Walk's dark secrets. A truly can't put down novel by a master of suspense! - Debbie Hibbard, Circulation & Marketing Librarian


Marvel Civil War (#1-7) by Mark Millar & Steve McNiven and Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man by Ed Brubaker & Brian Michael Bendis - comic fans - did you know Kentucky Libraries Unbound has your favorite Marvel stories available? The Captain America collection contains a more in-depth look at the relationship and conflict of the two main characters - Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. As a Marvel fan, Tracey recommends reading both collections for a richer experience. - Tracey Mania, Kentucky Talking Books Librarian


Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson - written by the New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson writes in a deeply relatable way with humor and honesty about her struggles with physical illness, depression and anxiety. Both hysterically funny and heartbreaking at the same time - Barbara Penegor, Kentucky Talking Books Branch Manager

Take Advantage of These Free Resources with a State Library Account

Services available to state employees include:


  • Research databases available 24/7 – BioOne, JSTOR, NewsBank, ProQuest, 60+ databases through KYVL, and DataAxle (formerly ReferenceUSA)
  • Interlibrary loan service
  • Research and reference assistance
  • Training resources and DVDs
  • Downloadable fiction and non-fiction eBooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video through Kentucky Libraries Unbound
  • 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 & wellness (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


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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