Thursday, April 16, 2015

Friends' Book Discussion Group to Discuss Ordinary Men, by Christopher Browning

If you are interested, our last Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion of this academic year will be on Monday, April 20 at 4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.  Karl Schleunes will lead us in a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning.  In the book, Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.

The event is free.

University Libraries to Reduce Weekend Hours in Fall 2015

In an effort to realign scarce resources with user needs, the University Libraries will reduce weekend hours in Fall 2015.  Effective August 17, Jackson Library will close at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings instead of 10 pm and will open on Sunday at 12 noon instead of 11 am for a total of 7 fewer hours per week.   The SuperLab will follow these hours as well.  Weekend hours will be extended right before and during exams to provide study space and technology to students.   24/5 service will continue Sunday through Thursday.

The Harold Schiffman Music Library will close at 5 instead of 6 pm on Friday and Saturdays and open at noon on Saturday instead of 10 am for a total of 4 fewer hours per week.  Schiffman Library will extend hours around exams as well.

During the summer, Jackson will reduce hours by 5 per week closing at 9 pm instead of 10 pm Sunday – Thursday.  Schiffman will reduce by 2 hours by opening at noon on Saturday instead of 10 am.

The University Libraries examined a variety of usage data including gate counts, checkouts and the number of questions answered.  This data indicated that these were the hours when the Libraries have the least amount of business. 

These cuts will save the University Libraries approximately $10,000.  The savings will be re-allocated to other areas of the Libraries including collections and technology.  The Libraries’ budget has been cut several times over the past several years and this is the first time hours have been cut. 

Hours of operation

Outstanding Student Library Worker Award Winner Named

L-R David Arneke, Femi Balogun
Femi Balogun from the Research, Outreach, and Instruction Department is the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award.  The award, made possible through a gift from David Arneke of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors, is given annually. The winner receives a spot on the award plaque, a $500 award from Mr. Arneke, and a $500 gift card from the University Bookstore.

Femi is a graduating senior studying Spanish language, literature, and culture, with a minor in Health Studies. She has worked in the libraries since 2013 in both the Digital Media Commons as well as the Research, Outreach, and Instruction department. She fully embodies the criteria for the award, including reliability, responsibility, conscientiousness, and commitment to service and teamwork.

Congratulations, Femi!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Six University Libraries Faculty Members Honored at UNCG Celebration

Several faculty of the University Libraries were honored at the recent Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity  Celebration sponsored by the Proost's Office:
  • Bazirjian, Rosann - Elected as a Global Council Delegate to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) University Libraries
  • Bucknall, Tim - Winner of The Association of College and Research Libraries, Librarian of the Year Award University Libraries
  • Craft, Anna - Appointed to Online Computer Library Center, Global Metadata Advisory Group University Libraries
  • Crowe, Kathy - Invited keynote speaker at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics University Libraries
  • Holmes, Gerald - Winner of the 2014 American Library Association Achievement in Library Diversity honoree University Libraries
  • Kellam, Lynda - Elected to national council, Administrative Council of International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Two from UNCG’s University Libraries Win Awards

Lynda Kellam

Kelsey Cheshire
Lynda Kellam is the recipient of the 2015 NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award. This award provides funding for research in the field of documents librarianship, or in a related area that would benefit the individual's performance as a documents librarian or make a contribution to the field. Lynda’s work with the North Carolina Library Association’s Government Resources Section (GRS) certainly makes a significant contribution to our profession. The GRS webinar series “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” has been a valuable source of instruction for accidental and non-accidental government information librarians alike for the past three years.

This grant will allow Lynda and GRS to purchase software that will be used to preserve these webinars and make them more accessible through channels such as YouTube and embeddable in LibGuides. Lynda’s work to make these valuable webinars more accessible to government document librarians helps our community provide permanent no-fee access to government information. As one of her letter writers pointed out "this will benefit not only Ms. Kellam's performance as a documents librarian, but GRS, NCLA and the entire government information community as well".

 The 2015 W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship has been awarded to Kelsey Cheshire. Kelsey is a LIS graduate student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro who plans to graduate in May 2015. She credits her early exposure to librarianship while working at the Austin Peay State University library as the reason she chose to enter the profession. Even though her primary duty was circulation she found herself often assisting students with basic reference questions. Kelsey describes this experience as the motivation for pursuing her graduate degree.  In June 2014, Kelsey began working for the UNCG University Libraries as a student assistant to the Documents Manager. She became an integral part of a team tasked to weed and to move the government documents print collection to remote storage during the summer break. Her supervisor and the head of the reference department describe her as a dedicated and hardworking member of the team. Both credit the success of the project to her diligence and good humor. In addition, Kelsey was selected to be an intern in a competitive library internship program at UNCG. Her primary supervisor for the internship praises her commitment to the profession and work ethic. Moreover, as part of the internship she continues to work with the documents team on several projects including a finding aid for the Serial Set collection and promotional materials for the ASERL Center of Excellence collection. Upon completion of her degree, Kelsey intends to pursue a research and instruction position at an academic library and to continue to serve the profession with passion.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect New Officers

Rosemary Wander
Camille Payton
The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting, which featured Kathy Reichs, best-selling author, forensic anthropologist, and originator fo the Bones TV series.  Outgoing chair Karl Schleunes served as master of ceremonies at the event, attended by nearly 300 members and other attendees.  Funds raised at the dinner support the University Libraries.

The new Chair of the Friends is Camille Payton of Greensboro.  Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm's workers' compensation department. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working as a reporter and then a copy editor in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work as a copy editor for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers' Compensation Forms Manual.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Rosemary Wander of Greensboro.  Dr.  Wander was the Associate Provost for Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro beginning in 2002 and served as the interim Associate Provost in 2001-02. She was also the initial Director of UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement. Prior to these appointments she served as the Chair of the Department of Nutrition. Before coming to UNCG she was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition at Oregon State University for 13 years and Mississippi State University for two years. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in Foods and Nutrition, her MS in Physical Chemistry from Ohio State University, and her BS in Chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana. 

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Janet Gordon, Terri and Clint Jackson, Pat Austin Sevier, and Hermann Trojanowski, all of Greensboro.  Re-elected to a second term were Schleunes, Wander, Jennifer Koenig and Catherine Magid.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Art in the University Libraries at UNCG

Portrait of Randall Jarrell, by Betty Watson
The University Libraries at UNC Greensboro contain art and artifacts in their collections that create a
pleasing visual space for visitors, make a visit a worthwhile experience, and stimulate and inspire the creative and scholarly pursuits for which academic libraries are known.  A catalog of the art collection may be found in the Art in the University Libraries LibGuide.

Jackson Library opened in 1950 and was named a National Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA in 2002.  An Art Committee consisting of members of the University Libraries faculty and staff maintains and cares for the collection and decides where individual pieces will hang.  

The University Libraries are proud to be among those campus groups which promote both the literary and visual arts on a UNCG campus which is known for its contribution to the arts throughout the region and the nation.