Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jackson Society Chooses Rare First Editions for Special Collections and University Archives

Group I:
British Victorian Literature
Collection (click to enlarge)

The Jackson Society's Members Choice Event was held recently, and members again chose some rare titles to add to the collections of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.  In thanking the members for their support, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives Keith Gorman wrote:

"The event was held on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30.  Attendees examined 28 British and American literary works from the 19th century.  All of these rare works were first editions.  Attendees were presented with three groupings of works...Selection #1--British Victorian Literature, Selection #2--Works of Thoreau and Longfellow, and Selection #3--Assorted British and American 19th Century Literature.  

Attendees were asked to cast their votes for the three groupings.  They placed poker chips in assigned ballot boxes.  Votes were than tabulated.

Jackson Society Members voted for the collection of British Victorian Literature (Selection #1).  The British Victorian Literature Collection includes:
  •     Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  •     Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
  •     Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
  •     Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  •     Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates
  •     Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset
Jackson Society Members had a certain amount to spend on titles.  With the group voting to purchase Selection #1,  there was still money remaining to spendm so attendees were asked to cast their votes for specific titles.  Jackson Society members were asked to place their chips next to the titles that they wanted to vote for.  The two winners of this second round of voting were:
  •     Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
  •     Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
What an exciting evening.  All of these titles are wonderful editions to our permanent holdings in Special Collections at Jackson Library.  I want to thank the Members of the Jackson Society for helping to grow our collection and to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students."

University Libraries Awarded Grant from Sisters in Crime

The University Libraries have been awarded a We Love Libraries grant from Sisters in Crime, an organization of professional women mystery writers.  The grant will be used to support the Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction, one of our Special Collections.

University Libraries employees displaying books
by Sisters in Crime luminary Margaret Maron,
whose papers are on long term loan to UNCG
The University Libraries will celebrate receipt of the grant at an event at 4 p.m. on September 22, 2016 being planned in conjunction with the Sisters in Crime chapter in High Point, NC, called Murder We Write. Details for the event, which will be held in the Hodges Reading Room, will be announced later


Monday, May 16, 2016

Kathelene McCarty Smith Receives Staff Service Award

L-R Interim Dean of University Libraries Kathy Crowe
with Staff Service Award Winner Kathelene McCarty Smith
Kathelene McCarty Smith of the Special Collections and University Archives Department has been named the winner of the University Libraries Staff Service Award for 2016.  Created by long-time Circulation Department Head Martha Ransley upon her retirement, the Award was first given in 1998.  The award recognizes and rewards members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."

In the statement announcing her award, McCarty-Smith was recognized for her subject and technical expertise, deep subject knowledge, initiative, grace and enthusiasm, and her professional and university service.  She started out as a student worker and was hired in 2010 as a full-time staff member.  At present, she is responsible for the physical and intellectual control of the photographs, artifacts, and textiles in University Archives.  She is also the Coordinator of the Volunteer, Internship, and Practicum program in SCUA, and is tasked with course outreach to UNCG instructors. 

Congratulations to the 2016 University Libraries Staff Service Award Winner – Kathelene McCarty Smith!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Eleven Receive Service Award Recognitions

The University Libraries could not provide an exceptional collection and services without the contributions of those who work here.  The following persons were recently recognized for their years of service to the University:
35 Years
Gaylor Callahan

15 Years
Steve Cramer
Beth Bernhardt

10 Years
Christine Fischer
Amy Harris Houk
Norman Hines
Danny Nanez
Mac Nelson
Katherine Nunnally
Melvina Ray-Davis

5 Years
Armondo Collins

Monday, May 2, 2016

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira Wins Undergraduate Student Research Award from the University Libraries

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira has made quite an impression during her time at UNCG, and especially in the University Libraries.  Already named the Libraries' Outstanding Student Worker this year, she has capped her spring semester with the Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award as well.

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira (R) with
Incoming Selection Chair Jennifer Motszko
Here are Interim Dean Kathy Crowe's remarks at the recent Student Honors Convocation:

"On behalf of the University Libraries,  I’m delighted to present our Undergraduate Research award.  This award recognizes  outstanding work that demonstrates the ability to locate, select and synthesize information resources and use them in the creation of an original research project.

Our recipient for 2016 is Paula Damasceno De Oliveira, a Media Studies major, for her paper, “Rosebud and Snow Globe: Two Tricks to the Myth-Making of Citizen Kane” which she wrote for an Honors Independent Study.  In her paper Paula explored the construction of the system that Orson Welles created in Citizen Kane based on analysis, comparison and contrast between the film’s two main signs, “Rosebud” and the Snow Globe. 

Paula’s  professor for this paper was Dr. David Cook from the Media Studies Department.  In his nominating letter Dr. Cook noted that her paper “is unique in Kane criticism most of which has been either thematic or technological.”   …”required extensive research using the resources of the Library which she employed dynamically throughout the essay to produce valuable and highly original results.” 

In her application letter Paula discussed her research process. She learned how to use online resources to their best advantage and found many sources through serendipity in the stacks.  Through the research process she learned that “knowledge craves more knowledge, increases curiosity, and opens doors and windows I could have never expected.” 

Paula works in our Digital Media Commons.

This is why we established this award – to recognize students who make these discoveries and apply them to their coursework.

Congratulations Paulal!"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Announce Fall 2016 Book Discussions Schedule

Monday, September 19, 2016: Discussion of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, by Christopher Benfey, led by Emily Stamey of the Weatherspoon Art Museum. 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, 2nd floor Jackson Library.

Monday, October 10, 2016: Discussion of Looking for Palestine, by Najla Said, led by Dr. Jeff Jones of the History Department, 7 p.m., Hodges Reading room, 2nd floor Jackson Library.

Please note the different start times on these two discussions.

Emily Stamey of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Jeff Jones of the History Department will lead two book discussions this fall for the ongoing series of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

On Monday, September 19 at 4 pm, Dr. Stamey will lead a discussion in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library of a book chosen in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Weatherspoon.
The book, Christopher Benfey’s Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, was a 2012 NY Times Notable Book with a bit of a North Carolina flavor. Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay follows one incredible family to discover a unique craft tradition grounded in America’s vast natural landscape. Looking back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry—and an aesthetic—that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial explorers and Quaker craftsmen, who carved new arts from the trackless wilds of the frontier. Benfey’s father escaped from Nazi Europe—along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers—by fleeing across the Atlantic and finding an eventual haven in the American South.

Bricks form the backbone of life in North Carolina’s rural Piedmont, where Benfey’s mother was raised among centuries-old folk potteries, tobacco farms, and clay pits. Her father, like his father before him, believed in the deep honesty of brick, that men might build good lives with the bricks they laid. Nurtured in this red-clay world of ancient craft and Quaker radicalism, Benfey’s mother was poised to set out from home when a tragic romance cracked her young life in two. Salvaging the broken shards of his mother’s past and exploring the revitalized folk arts resisting industrialization, Benfey discovers a world brimming with possibility and creativity.

Benfey’s father had no such foundation in his young life, nor did his aunt and uncle. Exiled artists from Berlin’s Bauhaus school, Josef and Anni Albers were offered sanctuary not far from the Piedmont at Black Mountain College. A radical experiment in unifying education and art, Black Mountain made a monumental impact on American culture under Josef’s leadership, counting Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Buckminster Fuller among its influential students and teachers. Focusing on the natural world, innovative craftsmanship, and the physical reality of materials, Black Mountain became a home and symbol for an emerging vision of American art.

Looking for Palestine, by Najla Said, will be the Keker First Year Common Read for this year.  Dr. Jones will lead the Friends’ discussion at 7 pm on Monday, October 10, also 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.
Both discussions are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira Wins Outstanding Student Library Worker Award

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira has won the 2016 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award.  Paula is a Student Manager in the Digital Media Commons, helping patrons with video, audio, web design, file transfer and conversion, and any technology or software issues that they have.  She also works with 3D print and 3D laser scanning, and is the New Short Film Festival project manager. 

In winning the award, Paula was especially cited for her high quality, reliable and timely work; her willingness to assume responsibility; her strong customer service orientation and commitment to mentoring other students; and her efforts to make the Digital Media Commons (DMC) run better.  She conceived the New Short Film Festival, which drew more than 700 submissions this year, which her nominator says is "the most ambitious and unique project that a DMC student has undertaken to date."

Paula is also a Lloyd International Honors College student.

Congratulations to Paula.