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 knjennings@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Krystal Speights Announced as 2017 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award Winner

David Arneke, Krystal Speights and Kathy Crowe
University Libraries is pleased to announce Krystal Speights as the 2017 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award (OSLWA) winner! Speights is a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG. She has been working in Jackson Library for more than four years. 

She currently serves as Student Manager in Access Services and is responsible for supervising other students, responding to chat and email requests on behalf of the Check Out Desk, opening and closing the library and reporting on service, facilities and security issues.


“Krystal has a sunny nature and is always smiling and happy,” said Marilyn Hanichak, Desk Manager in Access Services and Speights' supervisor. “Krystal inspires others to do well. Her friendly attitude fosters sociable relationships among the students, which helps build the team. She encourages the students to rely on one another, support each other and collaborate to get the job done with a joint effort,” said Hanichak.  

The award is made possible through a gift from David Arneke of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and is given annually. The winner receives a place on the award plaque, $500 from Arneke and a $500 gift card from the University Bookstore. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

University Libraries' Faculty Honored at Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

University Libraries’ faculty were recently honored by the Provost's Office on April 4. The event was sponsored by Provost Dana Dunn and recognized the outstanding contributions and achievements of UNCG faculty in research and creative activity. 

Omar Ali and Beth Bernhardt
  • Beth Bernhardt─Co-PI on a grant 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 for “The Alternative Textbooks Project” awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to alternative textbooks. $184,332 including matching funds over two years.
  • Kathryn Crowe─Co-editor, The Future of Library Space. (Advances in Library Administration and Organizations v. 36) Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016.
    Jennifer Motszko and Michael Crumpton
  • David Gwynn─Co-PI with Jennifer Motszko on a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, for “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015.” $66,713.
  • Lynda Kellam─Co-editor, Datalibrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. Chicago: ACRL, 2016. 
  • Jennifer Motszko─Co-PI with David Gwynn on a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina for “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015.” $66,713.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tech Savvy: University Libraries Provide Information Literacy Education to Sixth to Ninth Grade Girls

Tech Savvy is a daylong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grades to these fields and inform families about STEM education and careers. The national event also provides instruction to parents encouraging them to reinforce their daughters’ interest in STEM. The event is hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greensboro Chapter. 


The day also included savvy skills classes designed to help, them gain knowledge and confidence to enhance their success. This year, University Libraries taught a course on April 1 on information literacy titled, “Fake, Fact or Somewhere in Between.”


Librarians at the UNCG University Libraries work closely with students and community members of all ages to help them evaluate and select reliable information sources. With more than 1,000 instruction sessions each year on campus and in the community, including online tutorials and more than 800 online resource guides, UNCG University Libraries have been addressing “fake news” long before it was in the news. 

The sessions provided an interactive course for parents and taught them how to help their children find reliable information sources. Participants also enjoyed a guided tour of Jackson Library, highlighting its learning spaces, collections, support services and cutting-edge technology. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dr. Martin Halbert Appointed Dean of UNCG University Libraries

Dr. Martin Halbert has been appointed as Dean of UNCG University Libraries by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn. He currently serves as Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas. In this role, he provides strategic, organizational and visionary leadership to the libraries and serves as chief executive officer. 

Prior to his appointment at the University of North Texas, Dr. Halbert served as the Director of Digital Innovations and the Director for Digital Programs and Systems at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Halbert also held positions at Rice University, Rolm Corporation, IBM Corporation and the University of Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Liberal Arts from Emory University, a M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Philosophy from Rice University. Dr. Halbert will begin his role at UNCG on July 17, 2017.

“Martin Halbert impressed all of us with his preparedness and enthusiasm for the UNCG University Libraries’ deanship,” said Provost Dunn. “He has integrated his rich background into an approach to libraries and leadership that meshes seamlessly with UNCG’s needs at this time. He will enrich our campus community for years to come.” 

Dr. Halbert succeeds Kathryn Crowe who has served as Interim Dean since April 2016 when Dean Rosann Bazirjian retired. She will return to her role as Associate Dean for Public Services, a position she has held since 2006.