Friday, August 28, 2015

NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson to Speak at UNCG October 8 at 4 pm

Who: North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson 
When: 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8
Where: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room in Jackson Library at UNCG.  

The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program.

Shelby Stephenson, who was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, lives on the small farm where he was born near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” he says, “where memory and imagination play on one another.”

Perhaps Margaret Maron, Stephenson’s cousin, described him best when she wrote the following, included in the program for his induction into the NC Literary Hall of Fame:
Educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and served as editor of the international literary journal Pembroke Magazine from 1979 until his retirement in 2010. His awards include the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, North Carolina Network Chapbook Prize, Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Poetry Prize. He has published a poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photographs by Roger Manley), plus ten chapbooks, most recently Steal Away (Jacar Press).Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Oscar Arnold Young Award.

The state of North Carolina presented Shelby with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature.

Please contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

UNCG Librarians Lead Webinar for Association of College and Research Libraries on High Impact Educational Practices

Jenny Dale
Kathy Crowe
First Year Instruction Librarian Jenny Dale and Associate Dean Kathy Crowe led a webinar hosted by ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) on Aug 26. In the webinar, they described their work supporting the development and implementation of High Impact Educational Practices on the UNCG campus.  This interactive webcast provided a review of research on how high impact practices foster student success nationally. Then, using learning communities (LCs) as a case study, it provided information on how LCs contribute to student retention and success, and recommended strategies for partnering with other campus units to promote high impact practices and then use the results to demonstrate the value and impact of the library on its campus.

Digital Media Commons/Digital ACT Studio to Host Open House October 1

Join us for an Open House at the newly renovated Digital Media Commons and the Digital ACT Studio on October 1 from 4-5:50 pm on the lower level of Jackson Library.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Our State Magazine Editor Elizabeth Hudson ('95) to Speak September 23 at 4 pm

Elizabeth Hudson (’95) operates at the intersection of Energy Street and Enthusiasm Avenue. 

When you meet her, she quickly informs you that she has the best job in the world, and she credits UNCG for preparing her to get it.

Hudson began at Our State magazine answering telephones.  Now she’s the editor-in-chief, and she puts more than 2000 miles a month on her car visiting all around the state in order to better communicate the many great things she sees about North Carolina.  Each month, Our State magazine "celebrates the very best of North Carolina through authentic storytelling and stunning photography. Begun in 1933, Our State has long been the trusted resource for all things North Carolina.  It’s the perfect source of information for those who’ve lived in North Carolina all their lives, those just becoming acquainted with the state, or those looking to visit or relocate."

She knows whereof she speaks.  Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 80-year-old publication in 2009. Each month, she works with the top writers and photographers in the country to produce a magazine that has garnered national attention, and in 2011 and 2012, Our State won consecutive Gold Eddies for “Best Issue” of a regional magazine in the country, the top honor from FOLIO: Magazine, the magazine industry’s leading publication recognizing editorial excellence. For her work with the magazine, Hudson is also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

She especially enjoys working with former professors and writers at UNCG and in Greensboro, commissioning them to write stories with the same kind of love and affection for the state that she employs in her own monthly essays, many of which were collected into her book, Wish You Were Here. Former Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board members and authors Michael Parker and Susan Kelly are but two of those voices who contribute frequently to the magazine.

Please join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries in welcoming Board member Elizabeth Hudson to the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House on the UNCG campus at 4 pm on Wednesday, September 23.  She will sign copies of her book following the program.  The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

UNCG Librarian Coordinates Webinar Series About Government Information

Lynda Kellam
Are you interested in learning more about government information and government resources?  We invite you to check out the Help! Accidental Government Information Librarian Webinars on YouTube organized by UNCG Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam.

The original series for the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) began in April 2011 as an educational forum for librarians across North Carolina to learn more about government information, an area of research and support that can be challenging. Over the past few years, the group has produced webinars on a variety of topics from "The Beginner’s Guide to Legislative History” to “Data & Statistics for Researching Education". On September 16 the group will present its 50th webinar on US and global trade data, which will be led by the UNCG’s Business Librarian, Steve Cramer.

In recognition of the series' impact on the library profession, Lynda and the NCLA Government Resources Section received the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Award for 2015, which provided support for the migration of the webinars from Blackboard Collaborate to the new YouTube channel where they will be more accessible to the library profession and the wider community. She received the award at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in San Francisco in June 2015. The group currently has fourteen videos available on YouTube, but the rest of their recordings are still on the original NCLA GRS website.

All are welcome to view and learn from these recordings.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dr. Jo Anne Safrit Gives to University Libraries

Dr. Safrit
The University Libraries wish to thank Dr. Jo Anne Safrit (’57) a member of the Excellence Foundation at UNCG, for her recent gift to the University Libraries Enrichment Fund, where it will support the Women Veterans Project.  Other recipients of her most recent gift include the UNCG Alumni Association Fund, the Spartan Athletics Scholarship Fund, the New York Theatre Showcase, and the Jo Anne Safrit Undergraduate Kinesiology Scholarship Income Fund.

After obtaining her B.S. from UNCG, she earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and received
an honorary Doctorate in Education from the Shanghai University of Sport.  Now retired and living in Greensboro, she was previously the Henry-Bascom Professor for the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Chair of the Department of Health and Fitness.

In thirty one years of giving to UNCG, Dr. Safrit has given three scholarships and a research fund.  The University Libraries are proud to be among those campus institutions that she has supported. 

Others wishing to donate (in any amount) to the University Libraries Enrichment Fund may do so online by visiting here.