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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Spring Events at the UNCG University Libraries

Here are a few of the events we have lined up for next spring:

Monday, February 13, 2017. Book discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevensonled by Dr. Saundra Westervelt of the UNC Greensboro Sociology Department.

7 pm. in the Hodges Reading Room.  Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  Book discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, led by Dr. Chuck Bolton of the UNC Greensboro History Department.

4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room.  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner.  The speaker will be  Ray Suarez, former host of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and author of numerous books including The Holy Vote:  The Politics of Faith in America and Latino Americans:  The 500-year Legacy That Shaped a Nation. 

6 pm in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center.  Ticketed Event.

Monday, November 7, 2016

New Slave Deeds Project Expands Digital Library on American Slavery

An expansion of the UNCG University Libraries' Digital Library on American Slavery will provide a unique, centralized database of bills of sales indexing the names of enslaved people from across North Carolina. People Not Property - Slave Deeds of North Carolina is a collaborative endeavor between the UNCG University Libraries, the North Carolina Division of Archives and Records and the North Carolina Registers of Deeds.  When complete the project will include high resolution images and full-text searchable transcripts.  It is led by Richard Cox, the Digital Technology Consultant in the University Libraries, who was recently featured in an article in the Asheville Citizens Times about the project and how it helped one family find information on its ancestors. Hopefully the project will eventually expand beyond North Carolina.

More information on the project.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Special Collections and University Archives Hosts "Hop into History"

The University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), along with the Library at Wake Forest University, recently hosted a "Hop into History" event at Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company in downtown Greensboro.  Forty UNCG alumni, Libraries' staff and others came to view exhibits based on a Halloween theme. Items included creepy dust jackets, the infamous McIver death mask and a William Jennings Bryan life mask.

Hop into History is designed to engage the greater community to learn about the collections in SCUA.  Please join us for the next one, also at Gibb's,on Thursday, November 17, 5-7 pm.  Enjoy the exhibits and have some fun!

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