Monday, October 10, 2016

Lynda Kellam on Horizon Report Library Panel of Experts

Lynda Kellam, Data Services Librarian and Assistant Director of International & Global Studies, has been invited to join the NMC's Horizon Project Library Panel of Experts, which will produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition. These bi-annual reports examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. 

The report is a collaboration between the NMC and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) as key dissemination partner. More information about the Horizon Reports and past editions are available on the NMC website.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Libraries Hosted Open Textbook Network Workshop

The University Libraries hosted a workshop by the Open Textbook Network on September 9, 2016 

Over 35 UNCG faculty attended the workshop led by Rajvi Jhangiani, psychology professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
Major points  Jhangiani covered  included:

– The burden of cost for higher education is trending toward the student, with less support by state funding.
– Textbook prices have risen at a much higher rate than inflation.
– Average student nationally spent around $1300 for textbooks and course materials for 2015-16.
– To cope with the cost, students nationally are delaying purchasing a textbook, purchasing older editions, sharing a textbook with other, or never purchasing the textbook.

The workshop was part of a larger initiative by the Libraries to reduce educational costs for our students.  In the spring, University Libraries will open applications for faculty to apply for incentive grants to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials. These can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. 

The Greensboro  News & Record  reported on UNCG’s initiatives in the recent front page feature “As Textbook Prices Soar, UNCG Looks for Alternatives.” The piece noted that UNCG last year became the first North Carolina university to join the Open Textbook Network.

If you are interested in using Open Textbooks or Open Educational Resources in your class and want more information visit the website or contact Beth Bernhardt

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Libraries Co-Host Faculty Tenure Attainment Recognition Event

Faculty promoted and/or tenured in 2016 were honored at the promotion and tenure attainment recognition event held on Monday, September 26 in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. This program, jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries, offers honorees the opportunity to select a book (or other resource) that has special meaning to them. The titles are added to the Libraries collection. A display is mounted next to the Reference desk in Jackson Library, and photos of the honorees with their selections are posted here 

We are particularly pleased to be recognizing three library faculty members who were granted tenure: Keith Gorman, Jenny Dale and David Gwynne pictured here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

University Libraries Celebrate Receiving Grant from Sisters in Crime

On September 22, 2016 the Libraries celebrated receiving a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime, a national organization devoted to supporting women crime writers.  The Libraries will use the funds to enhance the Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction in Special Collections and University Archives.

Pictured here are members of the North Carolina Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime presenting the check to Dr. Keith Gorman, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives and Kathryn Crowe, Interim Dean. Chris Roerden, President of the chapter is first row, far right.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Discussion will feature Keker First Year Common Read selection Looking for Palestine

Looking for Palestine, by Najla Said, is the Keker First Year Common Read for this year.  Dr. Jeff Jones from the UNCG History Department  will lead the Friends’ discussion of this book at 7 pm on Monday, October 10 in The Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.    

The daughter of the famous intellectual and outspoken Palestinian advocate Edward Said and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural background and identity. Said knew that her parents identified deeply with their homelands, but growing up in a Manhattan world that was defined largely by class and conformity, she felt unsure about who she was supposed to be, and was often in denial of the differences she sensed between her family and those around her. She may have been born a Palestinian Lebanese American, but Said denied her true roots, even to herself—until, ultimately, the psychological toll of her self-hatred began to threaten her health.

As she grew older, she eventually came to see herself, her passions, and her identity more clearly. Today she is a voice for second-generation Arab Americans nationwide.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Amy Harris Houk Appointed Head of Research, Outreach and Instruction

Amy Harris Houk has been appointed Head of the Research, Outreach and Instruction (ROI) Department at the University Libraries at UNCG, effective August 1,  2016.  She replaces Mary Krautter who retired in July. Amy was serving as Assistant Head of ROI since December 2015 and as Information Literacy Coordinator. Before joining the Libraries full-time in 2006, she worked as a Reference Intern for two semesters.  Amy received her B.A. in Elementary Education and American Studies from UNC Chapel Hill.  She also worked as host of a radio show and as an elementary school teacher. She received her MLIS from UNC Greensboro.

Amy has published and presented widely on information literacy, assessment. Her article “Curriculum Mapping in Academic Libraries” article in New Review of Academic Librarianship  was selected as a Top Twenty Article for 2015 by the ALA Library Instruction Round Table.

Amy serves on the North Carolina Library Association's Executive Board and on its Reference and Adult Services Section Board.  On campus she is on Faculty Senate, the General Education Council and was on the QEP Design Team and Steering Committee.

Please join us on congratulating Amy in her new position!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Emily Stamey Will Lead First Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion of 2016-17

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries will hold their first book discussion of the new academic year on Monday, September 19 at 4 pm in the Hodges Room on the second floor of Jackson Library's original building. The book selected is Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, by Christopher Benfey.  The book was chosen to complement the 75th Anniversary of the Weatherspoon Art Museum this year.

Reviewer Adam Goodheart of the New York Times Book Review called this NY Times Notable Book of 2012, "a book about earthen vases, epic voyages and ancestral blood. Part memoir, part family saga, part travelogue, part cultural history, it takes readers on a peripatetic ramble across America and beyond."  From the red bricks of North Carolina to the Black Mountain College to highly prized white clay, this is a book North Carolinians can especially enjoy.

 The discussion is free and open to all.

Dr. Emily Stamey is Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Prior to arriving in Greensboro, she held curatorial positions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. Dr. Stamey’s research focuses on the social histories of modern and contemporary art in the United States. She holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas and a BA in art history from Grinnell College in Iowa.