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About Robert A. Aken

Robert Aken has served as a Reference Librarian, Coordinator of Bibliographic Instruction, Coordinator of Automated Reference Services, Coordinator of Reference Collection Development, Electronic Information Resources Librarian, Web Administration Librarian, Head of Reference, Bibliographer for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (now Kinesiology and Health Promotion); and English, and LibGuides Administrator, all during his career at the University of Kentucky Libraries between 1983 and the present. He also served a Coordinator of Reference Services at the College of William and Mary in 1988.
He is the co-editor of the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database and created and maintains the following Research Guides:
• Biographical Information:
• Countries Research:
• First Generation Students: A Research Bibliography:
• Genealogy Research:
• Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Guide:
• Style Guides and Manuals:
• Virtual Alternative Media Project:
Research interests: Electronic Research Resources; Reference Service; WWW Issues in Librarianship; and Contemporary Popular Music, especially Americana, rock and roll and Canadian Alternative.


Present Librarian, University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Libraries

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Honors and Awards

  • Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services (co-recipient)

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 218-1233
Fax: (859) 257-0505
Address: #14, 2-1 north wing, 2nd floor, William T. Young Library 40506-0456


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