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. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jenna Townend Awarded Special Collections and University Archives Research Travel Grant

Jenna Townend is pursuing her Ph.D. at Loughborough University and was recently awarded the Special Collections and University Archives’ Research Travel Grant. She visited UNCG's University Libraries earlier in 2017 to study the seventeenth century literary borrowings from George Herbert’s “The Temple” (1633) and to conduct comparative bibliographic research into the watermarks and ornaments of six texts published by Philemon and Robert Stephens. University Libraries offers one research travel grant per year to support the work of a researcher who utilizes the holdings of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Collections include rare books, manuscripts, women’s literature, cello music, University archives and Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project. The research travel grant is intended to pay for travel and lodging costs associated with a research trip to Greensboro, North Carolina. Graduate students, post-docs, teaching faculty and independent scholars are encouraged to submit a grant application. Applicants must live outside of the North Carolina Piedmont area to be eligible and have a clear research plan that involves the on-site use of UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chris Cassidy Artist Talk March 6

Join University Libraries' Digital Media Commons (DMC) for the Chris Cassidy Artist Talk on Monday, March 6 at 5 p.m. in the VIA Lab of Jackson Library. Cassidy’s area of expertise includes sculpture, installation and digital media. He is currently Associate Professor of New Media & Design and Interim Director of the School of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the United States as well as in international venues. He has been commissioned for work by private and public institutions, including the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and the State University of New York at Albany. Recent projects use installation, video and interactive digital media to explore how experience of place is mediated by pre-existing mental constructs like maps and models, and the potential of technology to radically alter the perceptual relationship between individuals and their environment. He received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA in Sculpture from the State University of New York at Albany.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Learning the Apostles' Creed: A Christian Mannes Bileeve, Lyric, and Sciences of the Heart" March 7

Professor Nicole Smith, from the University of North Texas, will be giving a talk on her research on A Christian Mannes Bileeve.  This text, a vernacular commentary on the Apostles’ Creed, stands as an exceptional example of a didactic text used by women religious to teach ecclesiastical doctrine. Most remarkable is, in comparison to other explanations of the Creed, CMB’s use of a variety of genres from example to lyric in its explanation of Christ’s Passion in Article IV: “Under Pontius Pilate, He suffered, died, and was buried.” At the most affective moment in the text, these lyrics and examples cultivate love and “kindness” in ways to reveal that “heart knowledge” (sapientia ) and “head knowledge” (Scientia ) are not mutually exclusive.  In this way, CMB stands as an exception to those other texts of affective piety and spiritual devotion that often, as scholars have argued, conflate scientia and sapientia.  The talk will be held March 7, 2017 in the Hodges Reading Room from 5-6:30p.m., with a reception to follow.  The event is free and open to the public.