Monday, August 22, 2016

Libraries' Preservation Services Develops Instructional Videos

The UNCG University Libraries 2015-16 Innovation Grant was awarded to Isabella Baltar of the Libraries' Preservation Services Division for her project "No Boundaries in Preservation."  Mrs. Baltar used the funds to develop instructional videos and posters on basic preservation and conservation of books and documents.  A native of Brazil, Mrs. Baltar created the materials in English, Spanish and Portuguese to make the information available to a wide range of communities within the United State and Latin countries. They cover topics such as preventing water disasters, cleaning books and paper, best practices for small digitization projects, brittle paper repair and archival storage enclosures.

The videos and posters are available to everyone -- hence "No Boundaries!"

Click here for more information and to view the videos and posters.

For more information please contact Isabella Balthar at ibaltar@uncg.edu

Friday, August 12, 2016

UNCG Librarians Partner with Faculty to Enhance Students' Research Skills

In a new initiative, the University Libraries awarded $1,000 stipends to three faculty members to provide support to revise their spring 2016 courses to incorporate more information literacy and increase librarian involvement. The faculty selected partnered with several UNCG librarians to develop new assignments and assessments that enhanced student learning.  


Dr. Thomas Jackson, History 391 Historical Skills and Methods,worked with Kathy Crowe (Libraries' liaison to the History department) Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information Librarian), and Kathelene Smith (Photographs, Artifacts, and Textiles Archivist) to  incorporate library databases, historic census and polling data, and archival materials relating to the sit-ins of the 1960s.

Ms.Stephanie Hudson collaborated with Amy Harris Houk (Libraries' liaison to the School of Education) on ELC 381 The Institution of Education. The class included a series of scaffolded assignments centered around constructing authority in a variety of situations.

Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, Classical Studies 102 The Classical Art of Persuasion) partnered with Jenny Dale (Director of First-Year Programs and Libraries' liaison to the English department). The class focused on incorporating information literacy into classical rhetoric. 

Comments from the participating faculty included:

“Most valuable was integrating librarians and archivists into the course and bringing the students over repeatedly to the library to understand the manifold paths to discovery.”

“The program was a great experience, and I would highly recommend it to others to enrich teaching and learning.”

“Thank you! All future classes will benefit from the explicit attention to information literacy that this program provided and encouraged. It is now the first item on almost every writing rubric I provide.”

The University Libraries will offer stipends again for course taught in spring 2017. Information will be distributed this fall. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Libraries welcome Jenay Solomon as Diversity Resident

We welcome Jenay Solomon as our 5th Diversity Resident. She began on July 25 and will be with the Libraries for two years.

Jenay comes to us from Nebraska where she received her BA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MLS from Emporia State University.  Jenay worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Administrative Assistant in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State.  She was also a Student Reference Assistant in Research and Information Services and in Diversity and Multicultural Services at the Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar in 2014.

In her spare time Jenay enjoys reading, painting, cooking and listening to  variety of music. She lives with her dog, Jade, and cat, Lacey.  She also likes to travel and counts Palau (where her father is from) , England and Scotland among the places she's been so far.

Jenay is very excited about joining the Libraries and being our Resident.  She looks forward to gaining solid experience in academic librarianship and bringing her skills and experience to the program.

Welcome, Jenay!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Author and Storyteller Joe Bruchac to Appear in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Joe Bruchac
Joe Bruchac is a storyteller, an author, a poet, a musician, a teacher and professor, a publisher and  editor, a mentor, a father, and a grandfather, among other things.   His work spans the past fifty years, and he remains one of this country’s great resources bringing an appreciation of Native American values and perspectives to his readers and listeners.

Joe was raised, in large measure, by his grandmother and grandfather in the house in which he still lives In Greenfield Center near Saratoga Springs, NY.  Intrigued and drawn to his Abenaki heritage on his mother’s side of the family, Joe changed his college major at Cornell from Wildlife Conservation to English and Creative Writing, and later earned a Ph.D.  When he finished college, and wanting to do something meaningful with his life, he and his wife Carol went to West Africa for three years to live, teach and work in a school library and bookstore.  Perhaps known first as a poet, then as an author of children’s books, he eventually became a sought-after storyteller and an author in multiple genres.

His themes are recurrent: traditional stories about animals, often shared by grandparents and elders; a reverence for the earth and all who live upon it; gratitude; and the wisdom to be able to see a person or an issue from all sides.  He has a gentle, self-deprecating sense of humor, and a kindness and wisdom that comes from knowing himself and his place in the world.  That said, Joe is by no means one-dimensional.  He loves fantasy literature and can write a frightening scary YA thriller like Skeleton Man, too, and his appreciation for diversity extends beyond Native Americans.  He taught African American literature at Skidmore College, and has written eloquently of black soldiers in the Civil War.

The University Libraries at UNC Greensboro, with the help of the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund, are pleased to sponsor his visit to North Carolina from September 9-12, 2016.  He will make appearances open to the general public at the Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors in Winston-Salem on Saturday, September 10 at 1:45 p.m. and at the National Folk Festival in Greensboro at noon and 1:45 on the McDonald's Family Stage on Sunday, September 11.  During his visit, he will also make school visits in Winston-Salem and appear at UNCG before 4th graders from several Guilford County schools on Monday, September 12, when he will also do Q&A with UNCG students studying to be elementary school teachers.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

UNCG and ECU Libraries Awarded Grant to Support Open Educational Resources

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid students at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro by reducing their costs for required textbooks. The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at ECU and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to Alternative Textbooks. Including matching funds from both universities, the  total cost of the two-year project is $184,332. 

Sharing best practices, procedures, and promotional materials, the librarians at both institutions will work with departmental faculty to reduce students' textbook costs and increase their academic engagement through two concurrent strategies. One strategy is to award departmental faculty mini-grants to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources (OER's) as the bases for their syllabi. The second strategy is to identify required texts that either the library already owns or can purchase as ebooks that students may use in addition to or instead of a printed copy that they purchase.  
Textbook affordability is a personal goal for Joyner Library director Janice S. Lewis, as well as a library goal. She is looking forward, she says, to working with colleagues at UNCG's Jackson Library on "our cooperative efforts to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money." Kathy Crowe, Interim Dean for the UNCG’s University Libraries, says “We are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance and build on our OER initiatives at UNCG and broaden the scope across the state.”  Student response to a UNCG pilot program was equally enthusiastic; one student commented "I believe that this method of teaching is great, and I have learned just as much as I would using a textbook."   

The Alternative Textbooks Project benefits to students include a reduction in the cost of attending college and increased opportunities for engagement and academic success in their classes. Studies of student achievement across multiple colleges and universities have suggested that students in OER  classes take more classes, have higher retention rates and shorter times to degree, and have learning outcomes equivalent to or slightly higher than students in classes with traditional textbooks.   

Any OER objects created will be made freely available to a global audience, and planning documents, procedures, and promotional materials will be shared with other libraries so that they can adopt this model for their own campuses. For more information, contact any of our co-principal investigators: Cindy Shirkey or Joseph Thomas from East Carolina University, orBeth Bernhardt from UNC Greensboro.   

Monday, July 11, 2016

Kayla Johnson Joins University Libraries as First Year Instruction Librarian

Kayla Johnson, is very excited to be joining the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a First Year Instruction Librarian this summer in the Research, Outreach and Instruction Department.

Though originally from Minnesota, she has been living in Alabama for almost six years while in school and in her job as a Research and Instruction Librarian at The University of Alabama.  She received her MLIS in December 2014 from The University of Alabama, where she also received a B.A. in Anthropology.  Most of her experience has been with First Year Composition, but she also has experience working with the Spanish department, and have focused a lot on campus outreach to freshmen. She is very excited to get the opportunity to continue working with freshmen, because she believes that helping them form a strong academic foundation is a crucial part of ensuring that they have a successful college career. Her hobbies outside of work include reading, hiking, traveling, paddle-boarding, cooking, and going to concerts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2016-17 Libraries’ Innovation Grant will Showcase Home Economics Pamphlets

The 2016-17 Innovation Grant is awarded to Callie Coward, Erica Rau and Carolyn Shankle for "Vintage Viands and the Roaring ‘20s."

Vintage Viands offers opportunities for students, staff, and the local community to sample foods from an earlier era, and reflect on how taste and ingredients change over time. The event, connected through the Home Economics Pamphlets Collection and the Home Economics and Household Collection, offers attendees an online or physical exhibit. Vintage Viands gathers student attention, creating a memorable experience that places University Libraries in a favorable position.

Looking long-term, the event serves as a template for creating accessibility of hidden or limited-use collections to wider audiences; individuals can still enjoy the event, regardless if the collection is for personal use, research, and/or curriculum development.

We’re also hoping this project can spearhead a LSTA grant. With the grant, we’d like to modify the Vintage Viands format and create curriculum guides for schools across all education levels in the future.