Monday, June 26, 2017

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, 2018Greensboro 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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jenay Solomon Will Present at the Diversity and Outreach Fair of the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago

Jenay Solomon, Diversity
Resident Librarian
Jenay Solomon, Diversity Resident Librarian, will present a poster at the Diversity and Outreach Fair of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA)'s Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 24 in Chicago.

Her presentation, "Global Engagement in the Academic Library," highlights University Libraries's programs and services for international students, including its annual Diversity Expo and outreach to faculty.

As part of this annual event, the Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates library services, programs and collections to underserved and under-represented communities. 

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and holds its Annual Conference each summer. It brings together up to 25,000 librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries and to network. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ennio Bolognini's Personal Papers and Artifacts Added to the UNCG Cello Music Collection

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives recently welcomed the addition of Ennio Bolognini's personal papers and artifacts to the UNCG Cello Music Collection. Bolognini is the 13th cellist represented in the Cello Music Collection, which is the largest single holding of cello music-related material in the world. While the collection is small, it contains a few manuscripts, musical sketches and caricatures drawn by Bolognini, articles, concert programs and photographs relating to his life and career.

Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979). Image courtesy of
UNCG Special Collections & University Archives
Bolognini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 7, 1893. His mother was a prominent singer and opera coach at the Teatro Colón. His father was an Italian correspondent for the Paris-based newspaper Le Figaro and an amateur cellist, who taught his son the instrument. Bolognini made his debut at the age of 12 and soon enrolled in the St. Cecilia Conservatory in Buenos Aires. At 15 he won the Iberian-Am

erican international cello competition and was awarded as first prize a cello made by the Argentine violin and cello maker Luigi Rovatti. At 17 he performed Le Cygne, accompanied by Saint-Saëns himself, and later the Richard Strauss cello sonata, also with its composer at the piano.

As he continued his musical education he also became a professional boxer and won the welterweight championship of South America. Upon graduation, he worked in Chile for two years as a cellist and conductor.

Caricature of Sammy Davis, Jr. on manuscript music. Image
courtesy of UNCG Special Collections & University Archives
In 1923 Bolognini came to the United States to serve as a sparring partner for Luis Firpo in preparation for Firpo's legendary world heavyweight championship fight against Jack Dempsey. Afterwards he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra. Four years later, he moved to Chicago, where he became principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Often described as a charismatic man with a fiery temper, Bolognini became known for such eccentricities as bringing his dog to all rehearsals and playing all the other instruments of the orchestra.

He became an aviator in the early days of flight and was one of the founders of the Civil Air Patrol. During World War II he trained cadets to fly B-29 bombers. He was also a notable marksman, swimmer, sketch artist and gourmet cook. He spoke fluent Spanish, Italian, French, German and English and was conversant in Hebrew, Greek, Japanese, Hungarian, Russian and 15 different Italian dialects.

After leaving the Chicago Symphony in 1930, Bolognini toured as a soloist and became a popular conductor of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, as well as an instructor.
In 1951 he moved to Las Vegas, where he lived for the remainder of his life and founded and conducted a symphony orchestra. He disliked musical recordings and refused to allow his performances of major cello works, such as the Bach Suites, to be recorded. The few professional recordings in existence today are limited to musical vignettes and his own short compositions.

Bolognini died in his sleep at the age of 85 on July 31, 1979, at his home in Las Vegas. His Rovatti cello was donated by his widow, Dorothy Bolognini, to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where it remains in its permanent collection. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Students' Love of Libraries Makes Impact on Capitol Hill

Librarians from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 1 and 2 to visit with lawmakers as part of the American Library Association's National Library Legislative Day. This year, representatives from University Libraries, the Master of Library and Information Studies program in UNCG's School of Education, the North Carolina Library Association and the State Library of North Carolina represented North Carolina with students and families to visit their representatives on Capital Hill. 

Current issues for 2017 included continued funding for libraries, which was at the center of every conversation with lawmakers. Advocates asked Congress to fully fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $186.6 million, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) and to appropriate $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. 

LSTA is the only federal funding program for libraries. Most of its resources flow to each state through the IMLS in the form of a population-based matching grant. The State Library of North Carolina uses LSTA funds to increase the capacity of North Carolina libraries to improve services for residents. In North Carolina, all 100 counties have benefited from LSTA funds and the average allocation each year is $4.3 million. 
Michael Crumpton and Kathelene Smith
advocate on behalf of University Libraries.
Save the date and join us in advocating for libraries next year! National Library Legislative Day will be May 7 and 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Learn more today and visit

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ryan Ridpath Wins 2017 Undergraduate Research Award from University Libraries

Jennifer Motszko presents award to Ryan Ridpath
Assistant Dean Michael Crumpton and Undergraduate Research Award Committee Chair Jennifer Motszko presented the 2017 University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award to Ryan Ridpath on May 3 at the Student Honors Convocation. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding original research project or paper written by an undergraduate student or students at UNCG. A successful project demonstrates sophistication, creativity, originality and depth or breadth in the use of library collections and scholarly resources, an exceptional ability to use these resources in the creation of an original research project or paper and responsible use of information including appropriate and accurate citations and credits. 

In his paper, Ridpath explores “women’s roles and the emotions attributed to them, comparing them to men in Njal’s Saga, and analyzing the sorts of gendered language and insults hurled by both genders” to “derive a more concise understanding about the societal values of legitimate violence as it related to gender in the Viking Age, said Motszko.” Ridpath was nominated by his professor, Dr. Richard Barton. "Ryan produced some extremely valuable insight, particularly concerning the dynamic relationship between manliness and violence that existed in Icelandic society and concerning the role of insult as a way for such relationships to be expressed and, occasionally, transgressed,” said Dr. Barton. Additionally, he commented on Ridpath’s excellent use of library resources, particularly in finding the best English translation of Njal’s Saga and assembling a bibliography of secondary scholarship to support his research. His personal essay included a description of the research process, which involved using online databases and inter-library loan materials. He also browsed sections of the library stacks to find books related to his topic. Through the research process, he learned how invaluable it is to have a familiarity with the physical system of the library and that often, just by looking on the shelves, one can find both the necessary piece for their current research and the cornerstone for the next research project. University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award was established to recognize students who make these discoveries and apply them to their coursework. Ridpath’s winning paper has been added to NC DOCKS, UNCG’s Institutional Repository.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Friends of UNCG Libraries Announce New Board Members for 2017-2018

Jennifer Koenig, Chair
Jennifer Koenig has been named Chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. She is an attorney with Shell Bray Attorneys and Counselors at Law in the trusts and estates practice group. She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries. In addition to representing public charities, Koenig assists clients in creating private foundations and other charitable entities. In her free time, Koenig enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Nel. She is on the Business Ethics Award Committee and serves on many volunteer boards in the Greensboro community, including the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro's Future Fund Steering Committee and its Professional Advisors' Committee. 

Elizabeth Hudson, Vice-Chair
Elizabeth Hudson has been named Vice-Chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. She is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (’95) and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine, where she started in the circulation department answering telephones before moving to the editorial department. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief in 2009.

In 2016, Hudson was the recipient of the North Carolina Travel Industry Association’s Charles Kuralt Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals who bring positive public attention to North Carolina. Additionally, she was the 2014 recipient of the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries 2017-2018 Board Members
Jennifer Koenig, Chair
Elizabeth Hudson, Vice-Chair
Kate R. Barrett
Betty J. Brown
Carolyn Carter Burgman
Jud B. Franklin
Bob Gatten
Carolyn T. Green
Bob Hansen
Jane Harper Gordon
Miriam Herin
Clint Jackson
Terri Blackwood Jackson
Catherine Magid
Glenda Schillinger
Karl A. Schleunes
Leigh Seager
Pat Austin Sevier
Mary Ellen Shiflett
Joyce Traver
Hermann J. Trojanowski
Laurie "Lollie" Lake White

Friday, May 5, 2017

Third Annual Members' Choice Event Selects Books to Commemorate the 125th Anniversary of UNCG

University Libraries’ held its Third Annual Members’ Choice Event on April 20. This exclusive event for the Jackson Society, allows members to vote on their preferred selection of books to be added to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. These additions, many of which are first editions, will commemorate the 125th anniversary of UNCG and help grow the collection as it strives to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students, as well as the broader community. The items recently added to UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives are listed below:

•          Isaac Johnson, Slavery Days in Old Kentucky                               
•          Thomas H. Jones, The Experience of Thomas H. Jones                   
•          Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave                                             
•          Peter Randolph, From Slave Cabin to the Pulpit                           
•          Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks                      
•          Sojourner Truth, Narrative of Sojourner Truth                              
•          Jane Austen, Emma                                                              
•          Abraham Lincoln, Political Debates                                               
•          Abigail Mott, Biographical Sketches                                    
•          William W. Brown, Narrative of William W. Brown                                
•          Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom                      
•          Frances Harper, Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted               

•          Harriet Wilson, Our Nig

As the Libraries' premier giving society, these committed contributors are dedicated to the Libraries' mission to advance and support learning, research and service at UNCG and throughout the state. Jackson Society donors are automatically enrolled in the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and are also invited to other exclusive events throughout the year. Annual gifts of $1,000 or more ensure your place in the Jackson Society.  To learn more about the Jackson Society and explore giving to the Libraries, please contact Karlene Noel Jennings, Executive Director of Development, at or 336-256-0112