Welcome to H-Kentucky, H-Net’s Network on Kentucky. H-Kentucky was founded in 2006 by representatives from the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, the Kentucky Historical Society (including the editor of the Register), and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (including the Kentucky Virtual University - now the Kentucky Virtual Campus - and the Kentucky Virtual Library). The founding Advisory Board members (2006-2007) were Doug Cantrell (Elizabethtown Community and Technical College); Carrie Dowdy (Kentucky Hstorical Society); Rebecca Hanly (Kentucky Historical Society), Randolph Hollingsworth (Kentucky Virtual University); Francois LeRoy (Northern Kentucky University); Lorie Maltby (Henderson Community College); Ken Williams (The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society); and, Enid Wolstein (Kentucky Virtual Library). Originally a listserv that focused on "History, Heritage, and Culture in the Bluegrass State," by 2013 H-Kentucky was one of the first H-Net listservs to move into the H-Net Commons with a blog by Scott Dobler (Western Kentucky University) to support the work of the Kentucky Geographic Alliance.
I. The H-Kentucky Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.
The goal of H-Kentucky is to create an online collaborative environment to facilitate communication and the exchange or scholarly and pedagogical ideas among teachers, researchers, scholars, advanced students, and related professionals (e.g. local historians, librarians, archivists, genealogists), all in an open, democratic, respectful and non-partisan manner. H-Kentucky especially welcomes those who are interested in Kentucky, as well as those in any history/humanities field who live and/or work in Kentucky.
We want for you to not only enjoy the content here at H-Kentucky but also to contribute to this network. Please create an account at H-Net Commons (if you don't have an account already - click here to register) and fill out your profile. While not required, please include in your profile your institutional affiliation so we can see where you are coming from when you write a post. Then navigate to the H-Kentucky network http://networks.h-net.org/h-kentucky - and click on "subscribe to this network." You'll get notifications of all the contributions to the network via email - and you will be able to contribute your own content as well. Visit the H-Net Commons Help Desk for guides and how-to suggestions. Click on "Help" in the top nav bar, next to the search box.
The editors serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the network. The editors will solicit postings through the Commons, will assist people in managing subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Kentucky can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-Kentucky is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:
For a list of current editors, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/2289/staffpage.
III. Communicating Through the Network.
See the step-by-step directions here on how to submit an item to H-Kentucky.
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Contributions: The tone and content of H-Kentucky depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.
NOTE: ALL MESSAGES TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.
- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list. H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons. Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.
- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.
- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.
IV. Technical Information.
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V. The H-Kentucky Network Site
The H-Kentucky web site includes the following information and services:
- The archives of the H-Kentucky network discussions and other uploaded content
- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- A running feed of discussion posts, audio-visuals or other content contributions, hypertext links to resources in our subject, related information from other networks or lists in the H-Net Commons.
- Blogs curated by the authors - contact the H-Kentucky editors if you would like to start a blog or have questions about existing content.
V. Advisory Board
H-Kentucky's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-Kentucky.
For a list of the current advisory board, visit: http://networks.h-net.org/node/2289/staffpage.
VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.
The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.
H-Net's Council Policies and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at: http://www.h-net.org/about/
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- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at http://www.h-net.org/reviews.
- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. http://www.h-net.org/jobs
- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce
CONTACTING H-NET FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Executive Director: Prof. Peter Knupfer
Michigan State University