• Preservation Week 2015


    KDLA is joining with the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, the Society of American Archivists, and many other cultural heritage organizations to launch Preservation Week - a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.

    For more information about KDLA preservation services visit the Document Preservation Laboratory Page.


    April – National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    • The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of crashes involve cell phones.
    • Drivers using handheld or hands-free cell phones are 4X as likely to crash.
    • The #1 cause of workplace death is car crashes.

    Distracted driving is defined as driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. During this month, in particular, we should all take the time to educate ourselves and be aware of our habits that fall under the category of distracted driving. Employers can help keep their employees safe by using the State Library’s training resources on Driver Safety. If you need assistance searching the KDLA Catalog or checking out materials, contact the reference desk at 502.564.8306 or 800.928.7000.

  • Kentucky in Wood

    "Kentucky in Wood"

    Kentucky in Wood
    In 1981 the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), in cooperation with the Kentucky Arts Commission, held a competition to commission a work of art to be made of native Kentucky woods for the lobby of KDLA’s new building. The commission was for $15,000 and was open to all Kentucky artists.

    The winning entry was created by Murray artist Bobby Falwell and named Kentucky in Wood. He created a 24-foot long, 12-foot high abstract representation of the state. The piece is composed of six sections and includes seven stylized life-sized figures representing the people of Kentucky. The sculpture and figures incorporate 26 native Kentucky woods. The woods were donated by Dr. Thomas D. Clark, noted Kentucky author, historian and teacher, and members of his family.

    To read more about Kentucky in Wood, click here.


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