Friday, January 20, 2017

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Book Discussion

Join UNCG University Libraries at its next book discussion of
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. The event will be led by Saundra Westervelt, Ph.D., professor of sociology at UNCG and will be held on February 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. For more information, please contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at or 336-256-0184.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ray Suarez Announced as Guest Speaker for UNCG’s Friends of the Library Annual Dinner on March 29

Ray Suarez will be the guest speaker at this year’s UNCG Friends of the Library annual dinner on March 29. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed books including, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America and The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration. Suarez engages audiences, even on difficult and complex topics, with a warm and accessible style, while his presentations are passionate, quick-witted and establish a strong connection to listeners.

Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets for the program, only, are $20. Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include eight tickets, preferential seating and recognition at the event. The event will be held in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and tickets will be available soon. For more information about sponsoring a table, contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at 336-256-0184 or

Friday, January 6, 2017

Libraries' University Archives contributes to press about "Hidden Figures."

The recent release of the film "Hidden Figures" has generated press about a NC College for Women (now UNCG) alumna, Virginia Tucker, who worked in the same center as the women featured in the film.   A Spartan Stories post about Tucker provided much information for a recent Greensboro News and Record story and follow-up blog post.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Message from the Interim Dean

As my first full semester as Interim Dean and calendar 2016 comes to a close, I have been reflecting upon how much libraries, librarians, and access to information are essential to vibrant communities.

Our donors make it possible for the UNCG University Libraries to shine as teaching and learning partners for the students, faculty, friends, and region which we serve. 

Because of your generosity we—and they--are stronger, better, and more vital.

Here are just a few of the initiatives your assistance has fostered this year:

·         Growing and digitizing our unique collections such as the Cello Music Collection, the Women’s Veteran’s Historical Project and the Book Arts and Book Binding Collection. These collections distinguish us among research libraries and we make them available to users worldwide.

·         Working with faculty across the campus to develop low cost, high impact alternatives to expensive textbooks which makes higher education more affordable for our students.

·         Providing an innovation award to library staff to develop a unique project that benefits our community both on campus and off.  Last year’s award enabled a staff member to develop training videos about preservation techniques in three languages

·         Transforming the first floor reading room into a vibrant, engaging student study space which optimizes small group collaboration

·         Recognizing student achievement through an annual undergraduate research award which demonstrates the ability to locate, select and synthesize information resources in the creation of an original research project in any media.

·         Bolstering information and digital literacy initiatives by incentivizing faculty to partner with librarians to incorporate these concepts into the curriculum so that students learn to select and use quality information resources. Recent reports about students’ ability to distinguish “fake news” highlight this need.

·         Offering an annual storyteller event that brings hundreds of area school children to campus to hear a well-known author.

·         Engaging area school teachers in workshops to train them how to use primary sources in their classrooms.  Our archivists and librarians share their expertise with these resources through workshops, toolkits, and guides.

A library is not only a place for materials, but also a workshop for transformation.  We remain grateful to you and for you at the holiday season and always.

With best wishes

Kathryn Crowe

Monday, December 5, 2016

Libraries Improve First Floor Reading Room

UNCG students were greeted this fall with a completely refurnished Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library. Improvements include 24 new workstations with double monitors and a wide variety of flexible seating in appealing colors.  We added numerous white boards as well.

As you can see in this brief video, students are flocking to this new learning space.  It's often hard to find a seat!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Terry Brandsma Recognized as "Superstar Collaborator" by OCLC

Terry Brandsma, Information Technology Librarian at UNC Greensboro, was recently recognized by OCLC as one of the 12 “superstar collaborators” among the more than 8,900 users from 3,500 libraries worldwide that use the online OCLC Community Center. 
Since the Community Center was launched in July 2015, these 12 superstars collectively participated in more than 500 community conversations where they shared workflows, sought and gave advice to peers, contributed ideas on how to improve products, and interacted with product teams. 
Terry is the Libraries’ system administrator for both WorldShare Management Services (the OCLC integrated library platform) and WorldCat Local (the OCLC public discovery interface). The superstar collaborators were first recognized at the WorldShare Management Services Global Community & User Group Meeting, held recently in Dublin, OH. Additional details can be found in this OCLC Next blog post.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hollie Stevenson-Parrish will join Libraries as Director of Communications and Marketing

The Libraries are delighted to welcome Hollie Stevenson-Parrish  as Director of Communications and Marketing.  She will join us on January 3, 2017.

Hollie received her BA in English from Wake Forest University and a Master of Public Affairs from UNC Greensboro.  Hollie brings several years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications. She comes to us from Hospice and Palliative Care where she has been Public Relations and Communications Manager since 2012.  Prior to that Hollie worked at UNCG as Assistant Director, Marketing and Creative Services for Annual Giving, at Winston-Salem State University as Marketing and Membership Coordinator and at the Enrichment Center as Communications and Public Relations Coordinator.