Monday, February 1, 2016

University Libraries at UNCG Contribute African American History Materials to Google Cultural Institute

Housekeeping Staff
of the State Normal and Industrial School, circa 1895
Starting this week, artifacts from the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro can be viewed online by people around the world due to a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the University Libraries.

Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute site may also view an exhibit regarding African Americans at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1892-1971.  To view the exhibit and learn more about the UNCG materials on the site, see https://uncglibraries.culturalspot.org/home

This exhibit traces the history of African American faculty, staff, and students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), from its opening as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892 until 1971. Through digitized photographs and documents as well as audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project, viewers can learn more about African American employees on campus prior to desegregation, Jim Crow-era debates over the use of facilities by African Americans, the fight to integrate the student body, student involvements in the sit ins and protest movements of the early 1960s, the founding of the UNCG Neo-Black Society in 1968,  and the hiring of the first African American faculty members.

Some of the highlights of the exhibit:
  • Photographs of African American employees who worked on campus in the 1890s and 1900s. Many of these photographs have never before been published.
  • Letters from campus administrators outlining the Jim Crow era segregation laws that impacted the use of campus buildings and facilities by African Americans.
  • Audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project. Clips include JoAnne Smart Drane discussing her arrival on campus as one of the first two African American students, Karen Lynn Parker recalling her participation the Tate Street protests over segregation in 1963, and Marie Darr Scott discussing the founding of the Neo-Black Society in 1968.
The University Libraries’ project with the Google Cultural Institute was coordinated by the Special Collections and University Archives (Erin Lawrimore) and the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department (Richard Cox and David Gwynn).

The Google Cultural Institute and its partners are putting the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users and are building tools that allow the cultural sector to share more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1,000 institutions giving a platform to over 250,000 thousand artworks and a total of 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history. Read more here.

UNCG Faculty Members Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon will Present “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” on February 9 at 4 pm

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to request  disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or barry_miller@uncg.edu

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Digital Library on American Slavery Recognized

The Digital Library on American Slavery, produced by the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro using the research of retired History Professor Loren Schweninger as well as other resources such as runaway slave ads, was recently named by Family Tree Magazine as one of their "101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2015" where it is listed in the Best Websites for Finding African-American Ancestry section.

There's also a podcast from Familytreemagazine.com where they describe the UNC Greensboro site.  The African American part begins at the 17:00 mark, with our part at the 23:00 mark.  On her blog,  African American Genealogy expert Taneya Koonce writes, “The Digital Library on American Slavery is a wonderful resource – the team at UNCG is doing such great work and many of us benefit from the efforts, as indicated by my own family-related find. Kudos!”

Many thanks, Ms. Koonce.  We are pleased to be able to make this important research available without charge to genealogists, researchers, and students across the globe in a convenient and accessible manner.  In 2015, the Digital Library on American Slavery was accessed more than 620,000 times.  Users came from all 50 states (Texas, Georgia and California had the most) and a number of other countries from the Canary Islands to Romania, with the most coming from the UK (over 7300), Canada (3972), and Australia (786). No records of individual users of the site are recorded, only this type of general statistical data.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Short Film Festival at UNCG

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's New Short Film Festival.  The Festival is created and coordinated by students, in collaboration with Art Department and Media Studies Department professors at UNCG
as a new way to share and increase knowledge through an informal and creative process of film and art making.

1) February 1st: Experimental Film Night. Hosted by Prof. Michael Frierson from the Media Studies department. Prof. Frierson has curated several unique examples of experimental film in an effort educate us all about the importance of this film genre. The event will be held in the VIA lab, located in the DMC on the lower-level of Jackson Library. The event starts at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Free drinks, pizza, and light refreshments provided.

2) March 14th [note change from March 3, when it was originally scheduled]: Screen Dance Night. Hosted and curated by Prof. Robin Gee from the Music, Theater, and Dance department. Prof. Gee will introduce us to the emerging art of screen dance, a blend of traditional dance and multimedia technology. The event will be held in the VIA lab, located in the DMC on the lower-level of Jackson Library. The event starts at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Free drinks, pizza, and light refreshments provided.

3) April 27th: Outdoor Screening. The final Film Festival event. Films curated by DMC staff with help from Media Studies faculty. Included in the screening are a selection of films made by UNCG students, as well as shorts created by filmmakers from round the globe. The event starts at 8:30 and will be held on the front lawn of Jackson Library.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Peter Golden to Speak about "The Impact of World War II on Segregation"

Monday, January 25: “The Impact of World War II on Segregation,” a lecture by Peter Golden, author of Wherever There is Light, which explores the rescue of German–Jewish professors from the Nazis by traditionally African-American colleges and the birth of the modern civil rights movement.
4 p.m.  Hodges Reading Room, Second Floor Jackson Library  FREE. 


The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to request  disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or barry_miller@uncg.edu

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tickets Now on Sale for March 22 Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner with Author Chris Bohjalian


Tickets are on sale for the Friends of the UNCG Libraries dinner, and they’re going fast.

The annual fundraiser for UNCG’s libraries will be March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Elliot University Center’s Cone Ballroom. The guest speaker will be New York Times Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian. He has written 18 books, including “Midwives” and “The Sandcastle Girls.”


Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets for the program only are $22. Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include 8 tickets, preferential seating and recognition at the event.


Reservations are required and may be purchased online through the Triad Stage Box Office online or by calling 336-272-0160. For more information about sponsoring a table, contact Barry Miller by email at barry_miller@uncg.edu or call 336-256-0112.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Amy Harris Houk Appointed Assistant Head of Research, Outreach and Instruction Department

Amy Harris Houk has been appointed Assistant Head of the Research, Outreach and Instruction Department at the University Libraries at UNCG, effective January 4, 2016.  She replaces Nancy Ryckman, who is retiring.  Before joining the Libraries full-time in 2006, she worked as a Reference Intern for two semesters.  Amy received her B.A. in Elementary Education and American Studies from UNC Chapel Hill.  She also worked as host of a radio show and as an elementary school teacher. She received her MLIS from UNC Greensboro.