Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Carolina Consortium Saves $338 Million for Libraries Across the North and South Carolina

The following information was provided by Assistant Dean of University Libraries Tim Bucknall:

Every few years, we do a school-by-school and deal-by-deal cost avoidance calculation for the Carolina Consortium (CC).   This represents the savings as compared to what it would cost each school to receive the same journals without participating in the savings negotiated by the Consortium.

I just finished the 2016 CC spreadsheet, and I'm very pleased to report that our collective annual cost avoidance is now $338,437,086.

A few fun facts:
- UNCG's savings is $9,577,238 from 34 ongoing CC deals (10th biggest savings out of the CC's 184 libraries)
- the biggest savers are UNC Pembroke ($11M), Western Carolina ($10.9M), and UNC Asheville ($10.8M)
- the biggest non-UNC system saver is Lenoir-Rhyne ($10.6M)
- The 17 schools of the UNC System have 329 ongoing CC deals and save $115 million, which is 34% of all the CC savings.
- Not everyone saves big. Two schools (both community colleges) participate in only one small deal, saving less than $100 each. But they count towards our participation numbers and thus help lower the price for everyone else.
- For the first time since we created the Carolina Consoritum a dozen years ago, UNCG is in more CC deals (34) than anyone else. The next most are ASU (32) and ECU (31).

Monday, June 20, 2016

University Libraries at UNCG Featured in American Libraries Article

Readers of American Libraries, one of the profession's most important and respected journals, opened their June issue to read an article about recruiting and retaining volunteers in libraries.  Featured prominently in the article is the program in the University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.

Assistant Dean Keith Gorman and archivist Kathelene Smith are quoted throughout the article. Pictured here is former Archivist and current volunteer Herman Trojanowksi.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fall Events at the University Libraries

Here's the Fall line-up for Friends of the UNCG Libraries events and programs:

Author and Storyteller
Joe Bruchac
September 9-12: Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Joe Bruchac will appear under University Libraries sponsorship at the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem on Saturday, September 10, and the National Folk Festival in Greensboro on Sunday, September 11, and will make appearances for elementary age children at selected locations in Winston-Salem on Friday, September 9 and on Monday, September 12 at UNC Greensboro.   See bookmarksnc.org and nationalfolkfestival.org for details.

Monday, September 19: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion— Red  Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival by Christopher Benfey, led by Dr. Emily Stamey  of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Weatherspoon.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016: Celebration of We Love Libraries Grant to the University Libraries by Sisters in Crime. 4:00. p.m. Hodges Reading Room, UNCG.

Monday, October 10: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion — Looking for Palestine, by Najla Said, led by Dr. Jeff Jones of the History Department.
7 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor.

Saturday, November 12: Women Veterans Luncheon (fee), exhibit and program featuring a discussion of the issues surrounding the placement of women in combat roles and assignments. 
11:30 exhibit, Noon-2:00 p.m. lunch and program.  Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  For tickets and information call 336-334-5838.

Please contact Robin Paschal in the  Administrative Offices of the University Libraries at 336-334-5880 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, June 9, 2016

University Libraries Receive Grant to Support "Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015"

St. Leo's, Greensboro's First Catholic Hospital
 Dead men tell no tales, but those helped by Greensboro’s history of good medicine and medical care do, and the University Libraries at UNCG is partnering with three other area institutions on a project to make the records of the history of medicine in the Gate City--a total of thirteen unique archival collections--better known and more accessible to scholars, students and community researchers.
insurance plan offered
by St. Leo's Hospital
(click to enlarge)
Today's Greensboro Historical Museum,
built as the First Presbyterian Church,
served as a hospital during the Civil War

Early in the twentieth century, for example, St. Leo’s, the first Catholic hospital in the city, was also home to the first of Greensboro's many nursing education programs. Building on this tradition, Wesley Long Hospital, founded by Dr. John Wesley Long and now part of the Cone Health System, had an early program for teaching nurses as well. Now, of course, Cone Health is now one of the largest and most prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the Southeast, and the development of this organization—and its nursing education program—is a key element in the history of medicine and medical treatment in the Piedmont Triad and throughout the state.

Nursing education expanded from these local hospitals into the local colleges in 1956 when Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital helped to develop the school of Nursing at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG). Woman’s College was the first public nursing program in the state to pair with an external medical institution. Records pertaining to the beginning of the School of Nursing and those from the program, the first faculty, and academic dean will provide a greater understanding of this unique partnership. The digitization project will focus in part on the development of these local institutions and nursing education programs through the records of medical history researcher Dr. Robert L. Phillips and through other records housed at Cone Health and UNCG.

Good Medicine will provide digital access to more than 47,100 items from thirteen archival collections and also from several monographs. The material documents Greensboro’s rich medical history, from its origin in church-housed hospitals during the Civil War and the arrival of Greensboro’s first Catholic hospital, to the development of nursing education programs and large health care providers.  Along with institutions, Good Medicine will document the contributions of individuals such as Dr. Anna Gove (one of the first woman physicians in North Carolina) and Dr. Wesley Long during the World War I era, as well as the important roles of philanthropists such as Moses H. Cone and Lunsford Richardson. Good Medicine will build on the significant content currently being digitized on the history of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and the correspondence of Dr. Anna Gove. The project is a collaborative effort of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries, the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum Archives, and the Greensboro Public Library.

Collections to be included:
•    Dr. Anna Maria Gove Papers, 1826-1952 (UNCG)
•    Department of Nursing Education records, 1957-1967 (UNCG)
•    Margaret Catherine Moore Papers, 1913-1982 (UNCG)
•    Eloise Patricia Rallings Lewis Papers, 1953, 1985 (UNCG)
•    Robert L. Phillips Collection, 1890s-2003 (Cone)
•    Callie Mae Shepard Collection, 1926-1936 (Cone)
•    Wesley Long Hospital Collection (Cone)
•    Jean Payne Rabie Papers (GHM)
•    Arthur E. Ledbetter Register (GHM)
•    Susanne B. Hoskins Papers (GHM)
•    Jacob Henry Smith Family Papers (GHM)
•    American Red Cross (Greensboro) Collection (GHM)
•    Richardson-Vicks Collection (GHM)
•    Guilford County Collection (GHM)
•    Selections from the North Carolina Collection (GPL)
This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dr. Karlene Jennings joins us in July as Executive Director of Development

Dr, Karlene Noel Jennings has been appointed Executive Director of Development for the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro.  Jennings replaces Linda Burr Kemper who retired in January.  Jennings, who comes to UNCG from the College of William and Mary, holds a MSIS from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a PhD from Iowa State University.  She earned a BA in American History from Washington and Lee, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Museum Management from the University of South Carolina. 
Karlene has a distinguished background in library advancement, having served as an external relations professional for 20 years, and as an academic library development for more than twelve years.  She is past chair of ALADN (Academic Library Advancement Network) and past facilitator of DORAL (Development Officers of Research & Academic Libraries). 

Dr. Jennings is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a member of CASE, AFP, and ALA, and has authored several books, chapters, and articles about library advancement.  In addition, she has developed and taught graduate advancement courses for the School of Education at William and Mary, and for the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

Karlene’s appointment is effective July 25, 2016.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jackson Society Chooses Rare First Editions for Special Collections and University Archives

Group I:
British Victorian Literature
Collection (click to enlarge)

The Jackson Society's Members Choice Event was held recently, and members again chose some rare titles to add to the collections of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.  In thanking the members for their support, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives Keith Gorman wrote:

"The event was held on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30.  Attendees examined 28 British and American literary works from the 19th century.  All of these rare works were first editions.  Attendees were presented with three groupings of works...Selection #1--British Victorian Literature, Selection #2--Works of Thoreau and Longfellow, and Selection #3--Assorted British and American 19th Century Literature.  

Attendees were asked to cast their votes for the three groupings.  They placed poker chips in assigned ballot boxes.  Votes were than tabulated.

Jackson Society Members voted for the collection of British Victorian Literature (Selection #1).  The British Victorian Literature Collection includes:
  •     Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  •     Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
  •     Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
  •     Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  •     Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates
  •     Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset
Jackson Society Members had a certain amount to spend on titles.  With the group voting to purchase Selection #1,  there was still money remaining to spendm so attendees were asked to cast their votes for specific titles.  Jackson Society members were asked to place their chips next to the titles that they wanted to vote for.  The two winners of this second round of voting were:
  •     Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
  •     Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
What an exciting evening.  All of these titles are wonderful editions to our permanent holdings in Special Collections at Jackson Library.  I want to thank the Members of the Jackson Society for helping to grow our collection and to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students."

University Libraries Awarded Grant from Sisters in Crime

The University Libraries have been awarded a We Love Libraries grant from Sisters in Crime, an organization of professional women mystery writers.  The grant will be used to support the Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction, one of our Special Collections.

University Libraries employees displaying books
by Sisters in Crime luminary Margaret Maron,
whose papers are on long term loan to UNCG
The University Libraries will celebrate receipt of the grant at an event at 4 p.m. on September 22, 2016 being planned in conjunction with the Sisters in Crime chapter in High Point, NC, called Murder We Write. Details for the event, which will be held in the Hodges Reading Room, will be announced later