More than 600 of the texts are already available in UKnowledge, a digital collection of scholarship created by UK Libraries. With the debut of the UPK project, UKnowledge becomes the primary access point for the research and scholarship published by UPK. More UPK titles will debut in the collection in coming months.
“This digitization project represents a commitment by UK Libraries and the University Press of Kentucky to provide access to these texts to the scholarly community most likely to need them: UK students and faculty. It makes one of the most valuable research collections available to the UK community through UKnowledge,” said Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean of UK Libraries.
The books now available through UKnowledge cover a broad spectrum of titles published by UPK including: Appalachian studies, history, and literary studies, broad selections of American and British literature, and all the books in UPK’s Studies in Romance Languages series edited by late UK professor emeritus of Spanish John E. Keller. Authors such as Maria Braden, Thomas D. Clark, Gladys M. Kammerer, and P.P. Karan are represented in this collection.
Among the works being brought back into print are books by former Kentucky Historian Laureate Thomas D. Clark and former UK history professor Carl B. Cone, as well as UK political science professor Malcolm Jewell’s three-volume collection of state election statistics, Kentucky Votes.
The public announcement of this project falls during University Press Week, Nov. 9 – 15, which President Jimmy Carter initiated in 1978 to promote “the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”
For more information or to browse the UPK titles available online through UKnowledge, members of the UK Community can visit http://uknowledge.uky.edu/upk/.