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Lincoln Douglas Debates Presented to Chancellor Gilliam to Commemorate the 125th Anniversary of UNC Greensboro

On September 13, Abraham Lincoln's Political Debates Between the Honorable Abraham Lincoln and the Honorable Stephen A. Douglas was presentedto Chancellor Gilliam to commemorate the 125th anniversary of UNC Greensboro. The book was chosen by the members of the Walter Clinton Jackson Society at the Third Annual Members Choice event in April along with the other volumes that were added to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives.

When published as a presidential campaign tool in April 1860, the collected speeches became a best-seller, and by the time of Lincoln’s official nomination, some 30,000 copies were in circulation.

The book is a first edition and was published in 1860. The debates were Lincoln's springboard to fame and feature the publisher's original embossed cloth and gilt engraved spine. The Lincoln–Douglas debates are unquestionably the most famous, and most important, of such confrontations to have been staged in the history of A…
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Book Discussion Will Feature Sheryl Oring and the "I Wish to Say" Project

Sheryl Oring, Associate Professor of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG, will lead the discussion of her book, Activating Democracy: The "I Wish to Say" Project on September 25, 6 p.m., in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. 

Oring's I Wish to Say Project was a recipient of University Libraries' 2016-2017 Digital Partners Grant, an initiative that supports a collaborative approach to the creation and sharing of digital content of enduring value to UNCG  and the global scholarly community. The Digital Projects unit, part of the Electronic Resources and Information Technologies (ERIT) Department, worked closely with Oring to create a searchable web-based archive of her on-going public art project consisting of dictated postcards to the U.S. President and included more than 2,000 postcards and supplemental photographs created during performances h…

2017 Aspire IT ("IT is for Girls/Women") Summer Camp

University Libraries’ Digital Media Commons (DMC) partnered with the Aspire IT (“IT is for Girls/Women”) Summer Camp, a Women In Information Technology (WIIT) initiative and AAUW Greensboro during the week of July 24 through July 28 to encourage middle school girls to pursue paths and careers relevant to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and build leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills.   

While the camp offered students insight into the many aspects of IT, it also included talks from women in various STEM fields, demonstrations in 3D printing, robotics and a visit to Analog Devices in Greensboro. The camp, led by Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, UNCG Associate Professor and Director of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Graduate Programs, began in 2009. This year, the camp hosted four sessions for 68 middle schoolers and 22 high school/college mentors. The workshops included app development, robotics, filmography and creating Arduino/Makey-Makey style gadget…

In Memoriam: Gaylor F. Callahan

Gaylor F. Callahan, University Libraries, died suddenly on August 3, 2017.  Gaylor received her BA (1974) and MA (1977) in English and her MLIS (1990) from UNCG.  She also pursued graduate studies at Duke University.  Most of her career was devoted to the Libraries. She worked in Circulation and Reserves while a student and after graduating worked in the Serials Department.

Since 1984 Gaylor served as the Interlibrary Loan Borrower and helped countless researchers across campus obtain the materials they needed to complete their projects successfully.  If you look at the acknowledgments in many UNCG faculty publications you will see their gratitude for Gaylor’s invaluable assistance.  Gaylor also taught English at Elon University, UNCG and Duke.  It is hard to imagine Jackson Library without Gaylor and she will be greatly missed.

2016-2017 Digital Partners Grants Promote Collaboration and Build a Community of Scholars

During the 2016-2017 academic year, University Libraries launched the Digital Partners Grant in an effort to maintain and preserve the research of UNCG's faculty. Recipients can receive up to $22,500 in resources from the Electronic Resources and Information Technologies (ERIT) department, which provides appropriate existing hardware and software at no cost. Additionally, University Libraries commits to maintaining the scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term. The 2016-2017 Digital Partners Grant recipients are listed below.  Dr. Chris Hodgkins, Department of English, UNCG and Dr. Robert Whalen, Department of English, Northern Michigan UniversityThe University Libraries worked with Hodgkins to acquire, archive and maintain a local copy of the George Herbert: The Digital Temple web application, while also working with him and Whalen on the longer-term design and development of The Complete Works of George Herbert. In addition, University Libraries worked …

Storyteller and Author Mitch Capel to Appear in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Mitch Capel “Gran’daddy Junebug” is a storyteller, recording artist, poet, actor and author. He was born in Southern Pines, North Carolina and has been delighting audiences nationally with his warmth, wit and compelling style since 1985. He refers to his style of storytelling as “sto’etry” (stories recited poetically) and has been described as a “word magician,” “national treasure,” “unexpectedly powerful” and a “transformer of lives." He has been featured at numerous festivals and has performed his character education programs in more than 2,000 schools. Additionally, Capel has received numerous awards from local, state and national organizations for his work as a storyteller.  He won the the Zora Neal Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers and co-founded the African American Storytellers’ Retreat in 1990 held annually in North Carolina. 

The University Libraries at UNC Greensboro, with the help of the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and S…

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries wants to make you aware of a budding book fair/literary festival, to be held May 18-20, 2018. Greensboro Bound:  A Literary Festival targets bringing 60+ authors to downtown Greensboro for presentations, workshops, panels and an array of family-centric activities.  

Spearheaded by Guilford County's two indie bookstores, Scuppernong Books of Greensboro and Sunrise Books of High Point, plus an emerging group of community partners, the all-volunteer organizing committee would love to get feedback from FOL to help craft programming and identify the authors you'd love to see in Greensboro.   Take a moment and help us launch Greensboro Bound:  A Literary Festival
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