Monday, December 6, 2010

Next Up for the FOL Book Discussion--The Ghost Map

Perhaps one of the most devastating aspects of the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti is that for well over a century, cholera is a disease that has been understood by scientists, a disease that can be managed, and a disease that can be cured. And yet, as of December 6, 2010, over 91,000 Haitians have been sickened and more than 2,000 people have died. When we selected The Ghost Map as our January 24, 2011 Friends of the Library Book Discussion read, we did not anticipate that this book, which traces the beginning of scientific knowledge about cholera in the wake of the 1854 London epidemic, would be so relevant.

Professors Rob and Janne Cannon will discuss the book with us at 7 pm on Monday, January 24 in the Hodges Reading Room. To learn more about the book and about how cholera spreads, please visit the book's website . The short video on the website provides a good introduction to this distressing subject.

Professor Janne Cannon also suggests the following websites for those interested in more information about John Snow, one of the book's major characters, and about cholera epidemics:

The Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at UCLA has created a terrific web site devoted to “the life and times of Dr. John Snow.” It contains a great deal of information about Snow’s work and its significance for public health, epidemiology, and anesthesiology; there are also numerous links to articles and other resources about Snow:
http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/snow.html .

Another excellent web site is “Contagion: Historical Views of diseases and Epidemics,” from the Harvard Library Open Collections Program. This site contains information on a number of historical epidemics, including cholera epidemics in the 19th century:
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/cholera.html.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bound to Please: The Custom Bookbindings of Don Etherington and Monique Lallier



November 15-December 22, 2010, Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.: “Bound to Please: The Custom Bookbindings of Don Etherington & Monique Lallier.” Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 2nd Floor. The exhibit opens with a talk by the bookbinders at 4 p.m. on Monday November 15.

Don Etherington and Monique Lallier are two of the world’s most respected and honored bookbinders. Born in England and Montreal, respectively, they have undertaken projects for clients around the globe, and they have spent much of their careers teaching others the art and craft of what they do. They now live in Summerfield, a short drive from the UNCG campus, where Don’s reference library and papers are in the Special Collections of the University’s Library.

From November 15 through December 22, some of their custom bindings will be on display in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of UNCG’s Jackson Library. On opening day, Monday, November 15, at 4 p.m. they will talk about their careers and their bindings. The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow, and copies of Don’s autobiography, A Sixty-year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation, will be offered for sale.

Don Etherington began bookbinding at the age of thirteen as a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and later went on to study bookbinding and design at the London School of Printing. Since then, he has held positions at the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence, The Library of Congress, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Information Conservation, Inc., and now Etherington Conservations Services in Browns Summit. . In 1982, he co-authored with Matt Roberts Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, the first comprehensive attempt to compile terminology from all the bookmaking and conservation fields.

Monique Lallier began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion & L'Art de la Reliure book binding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued on to Paris, with Roger Arnoult, Centro Del Bel Libro in Ascona, with Edwin Heim and Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. She has won many awards for her bindings, and is the former Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding. Her work has been exhibited widely in such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in the U.S., and at the Bibliotheque Nationales in both Paris and Montreal. Collections of her bindings may be found in the private library of Pope John Paul II, McGill University, LSU, and UNCG, as well as in public and private collections in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Start Reading Now--Next Book in the FOL Discussion Series is Barchester Towers


Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope, is a classic Victorian novel and well worth reading and re-reading, but at nearly 500 pages, it takes some time. Whether you finish the tome or not, we hope you join us on Monday, December 6 at 4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library, when we discuss the book with Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly. In the meantime, check out the website devoted to all things Trollope. Here you will find fun facts about Trollope (did you know he was a senior civil servant in the post office?) and learn how he managed to write forty-seven novels, many of which are still in print. His secret? He paid a servant an additional five pounds a year to wake him up with a cup of coffee so that he could write between 5 and 8 am each day. The website also includes many quotes from Trollope on all aspects of relationships and politics. I will leave you with one from Barchester Towers:

"Consolation from the world's deceit is very common. Mothers obtain it from their children, and men from their dogs. Some men even do so from their walking-sticks, which is just as rational."

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pirates Beyond the Caribbean--October 28th at 7pm in the EUC Auditorium

While the pirate in the popular imagination tends to look like Johnny Depp and inhabit rowdy port cities in the Caribbean, pirates have pillaged and plundered from ancient times to the present day in all corners of the world. Join the History Club and the Friends of the UNCG Libraries in the EUC Auditorium at 7pm on Thursday, October 28th, as we host a panel designed to extend our understanding of pirates and their impact on law, society, and culture.

Four experts from UNCG will discuss the pirates they have encountered in their very different fields of study. Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies, will talk about a 14th Century Morrocan explorer who was beset by pirates off the coast of Sri Lanka and lived to tell the tale. Dr. James Anderson, History, will examine the intersection between smuggling, piracy and patriotism in the career of the Sino-Japanese pirate and Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662). Jason Cooke, a doctoral candidate in English, will look at the intersection between the actual hijackings of American vessels off the Barbary Coast and the treatment of those events in early American Literature. Dr. Robert Griffiths, Political Science, will discuss recent pirate attacks off the coast of Africa in the context of international security and law. A reception will immediately follow the panel. Special thanks to the Student Goverment Association for their support of this event.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Movie Night is on Us!



Starting on Wednesday, October 13, faculty, staff, students, and Friends of the UNCG Libraries can check out DVDs in Jackson Library. Roughly 5,000 titles, encompassing hit TV shows, popular movies and classic films, will be shelved near the current periodicals in the Jackson Library Reading Room. Friends, as well as UNCG faculty, staff, and students, can check out up to two DVDs at a time for a period of one week. Do bring them back, though. Patrons are fined one dollar per day that the DVDs are overdue

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Peter Yarrow at UNC Greensboro on November 3, 2010 to do performance and booksigning for University Libraries




Peter Yarrow, famous for his role in the legendary trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, is coming to UNCG on November 3, 2010 for a booksigning and free performance sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. The author of books such as Puff the Magic Dragon and Songs for Little Folks will appear at the Recital Hall of the Music Building at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, see http://www.uncg.edu/ure/news/stories/2010/sep/PeterYarrow092710.htm

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

UNCG Libraries Host Exhibit and Collector Talk – A Gentleman’s Library: The Classic Book Collection of Norman B. Smith




Greensboro attorney Norman B. Smith is interested in the great ideas of the world. An avid reader and book collector, he has built a personal library representing those ideas over a collecting career of more than four decades.

From October 6 until November 12, the University Libraries at UNCG are pleased to host an exhibit “A Gentleman’s Library: The Classic Book Collection of Norman B. Smith,” in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library on the UNCG campus. The approximately thirty books in the exhibit range from the 15th century through the 20th century, and include a variety of authors and disciplines. The earliest book being displayed is a manuscript copy of a Book of Hours from the mid 15th century, but there are books from each century after that. Book collectors and readers are invited to view the exhibit between 9 and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

On Tuesday, October 19 at 4 p.m., Smith will talk about his collection and discuss how and why it was built. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is free and open to the public, as is the exhibit. A reception will follow Smith’s talk.

Dr. William K. Finley, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives Department, describes Smith as “the rare collector who is not only interested in books, but one who has read much of his collection. Norman is a collector who has studied the great thinkers of many eras, and has amassed a collection representing their thoughts as published over the past 5+ centuries. We are honored that he is permitting us to display a few of them.”

For more information, contact the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at 336-334-5246.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Library Columns electronic edition released


We invite you to browse the electronic edition of Library Columns, the magazine of the University Libraries at UNCG. You may review stories such as:

* “The Building of Jackson Library, 1948-50,” describing the construction of the building which is 60 years old this year;

* “Walking in Their Footsteps,” exploring student use of the University Archives;

* “New Library Tools for Online Students,” describing our services for distance learners;

We are also pleased to provide news about the programs and activities of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the launch of the University Yearbooks website, and other topics we think may interest you.

We invite your feedback on this first electronic issue. You may send feedback to barry_miller@uncg.edu.

Friday, August 27, 2010

2010/2011 Book Discussion List Set--Register Now!


We're pleased to announce the new lineup for the FOL Book Discussion Group. Once again, we have asked some of our favorite faculty members to choose books they treasure. We hope you can join us for one or more of these discussions. Simply log on to http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register or call or email Kimberly Lutz (336.256.8598 or kdlutz2@uncg.edu) to register.

First up, on Monday, October 4, at 7 pm, is Zeitoun, a non-fiction account by Dave Eggers of one immigrant's experience during Hurricaine Katrina and its aftermath. Zeitoun was selected as UNCG's All-Campus Read this year, and we're very lucky to have Dr. Bill Hamilton leading the discussion. Dr. Hamilton, who teaches in the Masters of Liberal Studies program, spent a significant time in New Orleans and is primarily interested in the study of human rights. A student of world religion and a Latin American historian and Presbyterian minister by training, Dr. Hamilton will bring a unique perspective to our discussion of Zeitoun. To meet Dr. Hamilton virtually, please see this interview on YouTube.

Please note that all discussions will take place in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library. Check this blog periodically for more information about each book and faculty discussion leader. In the meantime, you can click on each book title for a fuller description.

Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7 pm: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Discussion Leader: Bill Hamilton, Liberal Studies

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7 pm: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. Discussion Leader: Gwen Hunnicutt, Sociology Department

Monday, December 6, 2010 at 4 pm (note the earlier start): Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. Discussion Leader: Hephzibah Roskelly, English Department

Monday, January 24, 2011 at 7 pm: The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Discussion Leaders: Janne Cannon, Microbiology and Immunology (UNC Chapel Hill) and Rob Cannon, Biology

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7 pm: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis. Discussion Leader: Christopher Hodgkins, English Department

Monday, March 28, 2011 at 7 pm: Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz. Discussion Leader: Jeff Jones, History Department.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

September 9th Reception for New Art Exhibit in Jackson Library


The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are sponsoring a new art exhibit. "Accepting the Often Chaotic Appearance of Trees," created by Greensboro artist Karen Bjork Dischell, will be on display in the Jackson Library Reading Room during the Fall semester. We invite you to join us from 4-6 pm on September 9 for an opening reception.

Bjork Dischell, who works primarily as an oil painter, has a studio at the Lyndon Street Artworks in Greensboro. Originally from Massachusetts, she studied drawing and printmaking at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Bjork Dischell’s paintings have appeared in galleries across North Carolina, most recently in a juried show sponsored by the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, “Carolina’s Got Art.” Images of her paintings have appeared as cover art for The Musical Constellations (Unicorn Press, 2007), a book of poetry by UNCG English professor Tom Kirby-Smith, and in the journal Flyway (Iowa State University). She has also created murals and public art, including at the Jones Elementary School in Greensboro. She is a recipient of a 2009 United Arts Council Regional Artists Hub Program Grant.

For more information about the exhibit or reception, please contact Kimberly Lutz at (336) 256-8598 or at kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Native American Storyteller Coming to Triad


Come walk the Choctaw Road! Listen to the stories and songs of Native American culture with one of the nation’s premier storytellers, children’s book author Tim Tingle. The University Libraries at UNC Greensboro are proud to present Mr. Tingle at two free public performances, one in Greensboro and one in Winston-Salem.

September 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Elliott University Center Auditorium on the UNCG Campus
September 11, 2010 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the BOOKMARKS Festival in Winston-Salem

An Oklahoma Choctaw, Tim Tingle is a renowned concert performer, an accomplished author, and a popular keynote speaker. As a storyteller, he delivers lively historical and traditional stories, accompanying himself on the Native American flute and singing Choctaw songs to the rhythms of a whale skin drum.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

UNCG Archives Supports Smithsonian Channel Documentary on the Greensboro Four



The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has long been a primary source of archival information on the Greensboro Sit-ins.

Now UNCG archivists are working with the Smithsonian Channel to supply background and images for a new documentary on the Sit-ins, which began in February 1, 1960.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives sent Smithsonian more than 30 images and transcripts of oral history interviews with several UNCG (then Woman’s College) alums who were involved in the Sit-ins during that first week.

“Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4” premieres on Smithsonian Sunday, July 25, airing at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The premiere comes on the 50th anniversary of the day Woolworth’s desegregated its lunch counters.

The Greensboro Sit-ins began when four young black men from North Carolina A&T State College sat down at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Greensboro and asked to be served. Their actions sparked a six-month peaceful protest that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement.

“We have material no one else in town seems to have,” says Hermann Trojanowski, interim university archivist. “People have come to us for years, particularly this year before the 50th anniversary.”

Trojanowski worked with Smithsonian from mid-April to mid-May, devoting an estimated 20 hours to the project.

For more on “Justice,” visit http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=136657.
And watch the end credits closely to catch UNCG University Archives and Manuscripts.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

UNCG Wins $900,000 Grant to Recruit Minority Librarians

A federal grant of almost $900,000 will help the Department of Library and Information Studies recruit minority students. The $889,401 grant is one of 39 awarded during this grant cycle by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS received 110 applications requesting more than $68,242,619.

The grant results from a team effort between Library and Information Studies and University Libraries. The funds will be used to recruit 15 minority students into the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program. The grant covers tuition and fees, student health insurance, stipends and expenses to attend a national conference.

The program also provides the students with internship opportunities at 10 participating academic libraries in North Carolina, pairs them with experienced librarians for mentoring and offers them cultural enrichment activities during the two-year MLIS program.

Dean Rosann Bazirjian Elected Delegate to OCLC Global Council

Dean Rosann Bazirjian of the University Libraries is one of fourteen librarians who were elected recently to represent the Americas Regional Council on the OCLC Global Council.

Comprised of members from libraries and cultural heritage organizations in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and the United States, the Americas Regional Council is one of three regional councils that are part of OCLC’s new governance structure to facilitate member-to-member discussions. The Council is the primary means through which members offer feedback on OCLC products, services, programs and policies through OCLC’s Global Council, and help shape the future of the cooperative.

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources.

Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant Given by University Libraries

In January 2010, Rosann Bazirjian, Dean of the University Libraries at UNCG, established the University Libraries Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant for the purpose of enhancing and expanding library services and programs. On June 3, two project proposals were selected to share the inaugural award. Congratulations are in order for Beth Filar Williams, Coordinator of Library Services for Distance Education, and the team of Cathy L. Griffith, Assistant Head of Access Services, and Mary Ann Graham, 24/5 Night Manager. Filar Williams will work with a graduate student from the Department of Library and Information Studies to create an “Instructional Technology Toolbox” resource for use by UNCG librarians, LIS faculty, and students. Griffith and Graham will work with Dr. Sara Littlejohn in the UNCG Writing Center and the University Libraries Reference and Instructional Services department to provide late night, in-library assistance to student writers prior to exams.

Both the University Writing Center and the Department of Library and Information Studies are enthusiastic about these new cooperative endeavors. Writing Center Director Dr. Littlejohn comments that “the Writing Center is very pleased to partner with the Libraries in this effort to extend services to students who want and need them outside of traditional office hours." LIS Department Chair Dr. Clara Chu observes that “the creation of an online Instructional Technology Toolbox will have significant cumulative effects for the LIS program, providing distance students a single point of contact and portal to assist their academic work and creating yet another opportunity for LIS faculty and students to work with UNCG librarians on innovative new technologies and their application.” Both projects will be completed by June 30, 2011.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect Officers and Directors


Dr. Rebekah (Becky) Megerian of Asheboro has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and Mr. Lance Elko, vice-chair. Both were elected at the recently annual meeting of the Friends, which featured a presentation by radio host and journalist Frank Stasio of WUNC.

Dr.Megerian was born in Mooresville, North Carolina, and is the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Andrew McKnitt Henderson. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from North Carolina State University and did graduate work at the University of Toronto before returning to North Carolina to work in the North Carolina Community College System. She taught English at North Carolina State University, the University of Toronto, and Lenoir Community College before joining the faculty at Randolph Community College in Asheboro in 1980. In 1994 she received a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2008 she retired from Randolph Community College as dean of Basic Skills. She has lived in Asheboro since 1981 with her husband Jonathan Megerian, a criminal defense attorney. Her daughter Anne Megerian is a student at Guilford College, and her daughter Margaret Megerian Ham practices law with her father.

Mr. Elko is a veteran editor of 27 years in consumer and trade publishing.” He currently works for Pace Communications as editor of US Airways Magazine, a monthly in-flight publication. Since 1983. Elko has worked as editor or editorial director for five publishing companies, all with consumer target audiences. A native of Philadelphia, Elko has also lived in New York, Tennessee and Georgia. He has lived with his wife and three children in North Carolina for the past twenty-five years. In addition to a love for words (he faithfully tackles the NY Times crosswords) and literature, he has a special fondness for Civil War history, sports, and music. He has worked on and off as a professional musician (guitar) most recently playing solo engagements (original acoustic compositions). Elko has a B.A. in English Lit. from Eastern University in St. David’s Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in English Lit. from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Other newly-elected Board members include Ms. Robin Sutton Anders, Mr. David Arneke, Mr. Ned Cline, Ms. Carol Cone Douglas, Ms. Nancy Fuller, Mr. Jim Schlosser, Dr. Charles Sullivan, and Ms. Laura Tew, all of Greensboro. Re-elected to the Board was Mr. Selby Bateman, also of Greensboro.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stacey Krim Honored with Staff Service Award


The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department,"to recognize and reward 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."

The 2010 University Libraries’ Staff Service Award was presented to Stacey Krim in May. Stacey works in Jackson Library, where she coordinates commercial serials binding among the Cataloging, Access Services, Music Library, Preservation and Binding departments. She also creates and maintains procedures for NC DOCKS institutional repository materials, and reformats, digitizes or collaborates with various departments for major serials cancellations and closeout projects. Stacey has been active in making the library more inclusive, sharing knowledge, and working collaboratively across library departments, with the LIS department, and the campus as whole. She has served on diversity and preservation related projects, committees and service, supported wellness efforts and represented the library at numerous campus events.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Downloadable eAudio Books


On April 15, 2010, the University Libraries at UNCG, through NC LIVE, began offering a new collection of downloadable audio books via Ingram Digital's MyiLibrary Audio Book Platform. The initial collection contained 750 titles, focusing primarily on language learning, history, biography, and classic literature. The eAudio content is downloadable to either an iPod or MP3 player, and playable on a PC or Mac computer.

On Friday, May 14, NC LIVE added the second installment of downloadable audio books to it's new collection, available from: http://uncgreensboro.myilibraryaudio.com/. As with the previous installment, the new titles were made available with an LSTA grant from the State Library of North Carolina. The new titles include approximately 250 new titles, as well as additional copies of previously owned content. The collection now contains nearly 1300 copies of audio books for public and academic libraries across the state.

Each audio book user will need to set up their own personal "bookshelf" within MyiLibrary, which functions much like a shopping cart. After adding items to their bookshelf, patrons can then download their audio book and listen directly from their computer, or add it to their iPod or MP3 player.

For books that are unavailable because all copies are checked out, patrons can place a hold. An email notification will let the patron know when their book is available for download.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shakespeare on the Lawn


We had a great turnout at our second annual sonnetfest, held on Friday, April 23. Friends, faculty, staff, and students read all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets in under three hours. The weather cooperated, and we celebrated in style with cake! Hope you can join us next year.




Thursday, April 15, 2010

Former Library Director Jim Thompson Dies




Jim was Library Director from 1970 to 1988 and then he taught in the History Dept until his retirement in 1994. Associate Dean of the University Libraries Kathy Crowe notes that during his tenure our collections and staff grew to support UNCG's expanding research and professional programs in addition to the physical space. Jim was responsible for planning and opening the Library Tower that is now a prominent campus landmark. We also purchased our first online catalog while he was here. He is remembered as an outstanding colleague, teacher, leader, and friend.

James Howard Thompson, 75, of 4020 Crown Hill Drive, Durham, died at UNC Memorial Hospital on April 13, 2010, after a long illness. Born on August 20, 1934, in Memphis, TN, he was the son of Curtis Thompson and Clara Terry Thompson. He graduated from Rhodes College in 1955 and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957 and 1961 and his M.S. in Library Science at the University of Illinois in 1963. Dr. Thompson was on the faculty at Duke University 1963-65, at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 1965-66, and at the University of Colorado 1966-68. He was Director of the Undergraduate Library and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1968-70. In 1970 he became Director of Libraries and professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he retired in 1994. He had many interests, including music, politics, baseball, and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margareta Örtenblad Thompson, his brother and sister-in-law Curtis and Sally Thompson of Bainbridge Island, Washington, his daughter and son in law Anna and James Turley of Raleigh, son and daughter-in-law Howard and Nancy Thompson of Austin, Texas, step-son and daughter-in-law Ralph and Silvia Kirschner of Hamburg, Germany, and five much loved grandchildren, Jake, Erik, Caroline, Curtis and Luci. He was a parishioner of the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill. A graveside service for family and close friends will be held Saturday, April 17, at noon at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. No flowers please. He would prefer gifts be directed to Rhodes College, Memphis, TN.
Published in The (Raleigh) News & Observer on April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stasio Headlines Annual Friends Dinner




Frank Stasio, a familiar voice to National Public Radio listeners, headlines the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10.

Stasio, who currently hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things,” will speak on “The State of Conversation.”

For the past four years, Stasio, a Buffalo, N.Y., native, has immersed himself in the culture, lore, and history of North Carolina. His studio acts as a salon, where Stasio has perfected the art of conversation with everyone from folk musicians to politicians to hound breeders to beauty queens, gaining a unique perspective on his adopted state. He will address the question of what it means to be a North Carolinian in 2010.

Stasio was named permanent host of “The State of Things” in June 2006. Visit “The State of Things” on the web at http://wunc.org/programs/tsot/.

He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's news director. From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for “All Things Considered.” He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, D.C.

Stasio returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of “Talk of the Nation” and other national programs, and host of special news coverage. He also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries. He lives in Durham.

Stasio’s presentation begins at 8 p.m. A reception and seated dinner precede the program. The reception begins at 6 p.m., the dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner takes place in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, on the UNCG campus. Complimentary parking is offered in the Walker Avenue parking deck.

Tickets to the event support the UNCG University Libraries. Tickets for the dinner and program are $45 for Friends members and $55 for non-members, and must be ordered by May 4. Program-only tickets are $12 each, and may be purchased on a space-available basis up until 8 p.m. the day of the program.

Call the University Box Office at (336) 334-4849 or visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ for tickets.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23

Once again, the University Libraries, along with the Department of English and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, are celebrating Shakespeare's birthday. Please join us on Friday, April 23 from 2:00-5:30 pm on the lawn in front of Jackson Library--right by the McIver statue. A dedicated group of students, faculty, and library staff will read aloud all of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. And, when we finish, we will eat cake! Come in costume, stay for fabulous prizes, and enjoy the Bard's immortal words. If you would like to volunteer to read sonnets, please contact Kimberly Lutz at 256-8598 or kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu. Check out Irma Minerva's podcast for even more information.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thompson-Cannino Talks about ‘Picking Cotton’ April 8



College student Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint in 1984 by a man who broke into her Burlington apartment while she slept. Her identification of Ronald Cotton as her attacker led to his conviction.

Cotton maintained his innocence and after more than a decade in Raleigh’s Central Prison was exonerated by a DNA test. When Cotton met Thompson-Cannino two years later they began an unlikely friendship. With Erin Torneo, they tell their story
in the New York Times Bestseller “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.”

Thompson-Cannino will give a free, public talk and sign copies of the book from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the UNCG Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

The DNA test that exonerated Cotton implicated someone else in the DNA databank, Bobby Poole. Poole actually had been in Central Prison at the same time as Cotton and had told people that he raped Thompson. Poole was convicted of the crime.

In addition to demonstrating the value of DNA testing, the case raises questions about the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Thompson-Cannino says she studied her attacker during the crime in hopes of identifying him later, but she mistakenly chose Cotton out of a photo array and a lineup.

The story has been covered by a number of programs, including:
• 60 Minutes Part I and Part II
• The Today Show
• The Diane Rehm Show
• All Things Considered
Originally published in 2009, “Picking Cotton” is now available in paperback and has been chosen as the 2010 freshman read at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fred Chappell Fiction Reading on March 18


The MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro, The Greensboro Review, and The UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host a fiction reading by Fred Chappell on Thursday, March 18th at 7 PM in the UNCG Faculty Center on College Avenue. The reading will celebrate the release of Chappell’s latest book, Ancestors and Others. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Fred Chappell is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and fiction. He has received many major prizes, including the Bollingen Prize in Poetry from Yale University and the Award in Literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Library Express’ Streamlines Research for Students, Faculty


For decades the research and academic libraries across the UNC system have leveraged their collections and those of other research libraries in the region to reduce costs and make the greatest range of materials available to faculty and students.

Now, with one easy system on the web, patrons can search the library catalog of all 17 institutions in the system and have the materials they need delivered in days. UNC Library Express makes library materials across the state easy to find and quick to obtain.

Students, faculty and staff at UNCG can search available resources across the system through UNC Library Express by starting at library.uncg.edu and following the library catalog links. Books and other item are delivered by UPS Ground service, usually within three days of the request. The end result: UNC Library Express increases the number and variety of books and other resources available to all members of the UNC system community, whether they are teaching or learning on campus or through distance education.

UNC Library Express supports the ongoing UNC Tomorrow initiative, which calls for addressing the UNC community’s needs from a system-wide perspective, maximizing resources and efficiency, and avoiding unnecessary duplication. It should also facilitate improvement of public education, economic transformation, health, environment and outreach. By increasing statewide access to critical education and research materials, UNC Library Express also meets several of the key goals laid out in the 2006 President’s Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness (PACE) report.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Happened to African-American Families Separated by Slavery After Emancipation?


Please join us in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 4, for a lecture by UNC Chapel Hill History professor Heather Williams. Dr. Williams' talk, "Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended," is the final lecture in our "Forever Free" series. We were especially interested in bringing Dr. Williams to campus as our last speaker as her current research focuses on the immediate after effects of emancipation on Southern black families, picking up where our exhibit ends.

Dr. Williams, whose first book, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, received numerous awards, has been at Chapel Hill since 2004. Before turning to academia, Dr. Williams taught at the high school level, winning a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Dr. Williams also had a distinguished legal career, working for the Department of Justice, the US Attorney's Office, and Miracle Makers. She is currently working on a new book project, Information Wanted: Separation and Reunification of African American Families in 19th Century America.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kimberly Lutz at 336-256-8598 or kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Abraham Lincoln talk on Thursday, February 18


"Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?" Join us as noted legal scholar Dr. Paul Finkelman provides his perspective on Lincoln's role in ending slavery in America. Dr. Finkelman, who has appeared in such documentaries as Ken Burns' Thomas Jefferson as well as Up for Grabs, a documentary about Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball, is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and nineteenth-century American history. The editor of the comprehensive The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia (2009), Finkelman also served as an advisor to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr. Finkelman was a plenary speaker at the 150th anniversary commemoration of John Brown's raid of Harper Ferry last Fall. He also served as an expert witness in Harvard Law School's retrial of the Dred Scott v. Sanford case, an event that drew the participation of Kenneth Starr and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Dr. Finkelman's lecture is the fourth in the University Libraries' "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" series. This talk is free and open to the public. 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 18, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Join us for a celebration of a very special collection!


Remember Pollyanna, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew? They, along with their sisters in American children's fiction, have been collected and preserved as part of the UNCG University Libraries' Girls Books in Series Collection. This remarkable compilation of serial literature (1840s-1970s), which includes nearly 2,800 volumes from more than 500 series, is the strongest in the country. In out stacks, researchers are able to trace the history of American girlhood as depicted in the pages of these well-loved stories.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries invite you to join us for a tea and a talk about this jewel of a collection. Professor Joe Sutliff Sanders, a professor from Cal State San Bernardino, is an active user of the UNCG Libraries' Special Collections. He will share his research in a talk entitled, "Classic Girls, Modern Stories." Tea and cookies will follow, along with an exhibit of many of the books.

Please join us from 2-4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library on Monday, February 15. Seating is limited, so to reserve your spot, please RSVP to Kimberly Lutz at kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu or 336.256.8598 by Wednesday, February 10.>

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Forever Free exhibit special events January 21-February 7

Forever Free Exhibit Special Events January 31-February 7:

Sunday, January 31 --Former Museum Director Bill Moore will speak on "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: The Greensboro Connection" at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 3:00 p.m. (In the event of inclement winter weather this weekend, as predicted, contact the Museum to see if the event is still on: 336-373-2043). The Museum, not UNCG, will make the call on whether the event goes on as scheduled.

Thursday, February 4: Lecture by Dr. Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina,  “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG campus, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 7: African American Music in the Time of Lincoln Greensboro councilwoman and “Song” Storyteller T. Dianne Bellamy-Small & friends will present an inspirational performance of black spirituals of the 19th century.  Central Library, Greensboro Public Library, 219 N. Church St., 3 p.m.

From January 25 through March 5, the University Libraries at UNCG play host to a very special exhibit: "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation." The exhibit, which fills a long wall on one side of the Jackson Library Reading Room, explores Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator." In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus, with more in February and early March.

Organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), this traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

Locally, this project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the N.C. Civil War Roundtable and the UNCG History Club.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation exhibit to open Monday, January 25


Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation exhibit is now installed in the Jackson Library Reading Room at UNC Greensboro. I hope you will enjoy it.

From January 25 through March 5, the University Libraries plays host to a very special exhibit: "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation." The exhibit, which fills a wall of the Jackson Library Reading Room, explores Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator." In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus, with more in February and early March, and our partners at the Greensboro Historical Museum and Greensboro Public Library also have events scheduled to coincide with the exhibit.

Next week's Forever Free program events:
Tuesday, January 26 - Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG History Department, "Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery." at 7:00 pm in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus. Free.

Wednesday, January 27 -Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, Abraham Lincoln, and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. 3:30 pm in Jackson Library Reading Room, UNCG Campus. Senator McGovern will also speak that evening at 7 pm at the premiere screening of UNCG Professor Matt Barr's film, Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably, which McGovern narrates. The screening will be held in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Both events are free.

Sunday, January 31 --Former Museum Director Bill Moore will speak on "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: The Greensboro Connection" at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 3:00 p.m.

Organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), this traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

Locally, this project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the N.C. Civil War Roundtable and the UNCG History Club.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Upcoming Book and Author Events in the Triad


Happy new year from the University Libraries at UNCG.
Here are book and author events in the Triad that I know about during January 2010.

FREE Friends of the UNCG Libraries Events

Monday, January 25: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion of This One and Magic Life, by Anne Carroll George, led by Bill Carroll of the UNCG School of Music. Free, but registration is suggested at http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/

From January 25 through March 5, the University Libraries will play host to a very special exhibit: "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation." The exhibit, which will fill the Jackson Library Reading Room, explores Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator." In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus, with more in February and early March:

Tuesday, January 26 _-Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG History Department, "Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery." at 7:00 pm in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Wednesday, January 27 --Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, Abraham Lincoln, and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. 3:30 pm in Jackson Library Reading Room, UNCG Campus.

Check out http://library.uncg.edu/depts/admin/lincoln/ for more information about these events and for a list of other events in connection with the exhibit which are being hosted by the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum. And, to register for the FOL Book Discussion on James McPherson's Lincoln, on Monday, February 22, please visit http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/.

Other book and author events at UNCG during January:

Tuesday January 26, 2010: UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host a bilingual reading [Spanish, English] and book signing by internationally acclaimed Costa Rican author Ana Istarú at 7:30 pm in the university’s Faculty Center on College Avenue. Istarú will be reading from Fever Season, a collection of her selected poetry, translated by Mark Smith-Soto. The event, co-sponsored by the UNCG department of Romance Languages and the Community Bookstore, will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday January 27, 2010: Istarú will also read poetry and perform scenes from her plays, in Spanish only, at 4:00 pm in the third floor faculty lounge of the MHRA building, located at the corner of Spring Garden and Forest Streets. The event is free and open to the public.
For further information on both events, contact Mark Smith-Soto at 336-334-4433.

Other book and author events in the Triad during January that may be of interest (in date order):

Friday January 08, 2010: Don Bolden signs Images of America: Burlington, North Carolina
Don Bolden, editor emeritus of the Burlington Times News, discusses his new pictorial.
6:00 PM
Barnes and Noble, Burlington
Alamance Crossing Shopping Center, 3125 Waltham Blvd, Burlington, NC 27215, 336-584-0869

Thursday, January 14, 2010: Discussion with local author David Noer in conjunction with his new book, Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organization.
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Greensboro
Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408, 336-854-4200

Saturday, January 16, 2010: UNCG professor Jennifer Etnier, author of Bring Your "A" Game: A Young Athlete's Guide to Mental Toughness, signs copies of her book.
2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Burlington
Burlington, NC

Tuesday January 19, 2010: Fred Chappell Author Reading
Many people think of Fred Chappell as a southern writer, but all of his work is rooted in the Appalachian culture where he grew up. Ancestors and Others is a collection of stories that has something for everyone from ghosts to folk fables and family.
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Greensboro
Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408, 336-854-4200

Friday, January 22, 2010: Greensboro author, Nancy Gotter Gates reads from her new book, Sand Castles.
Brown Bag Author Lunch program at the Greensboro Public Library – Central Library
219 North Church Street
Contact Beth Sheffield 373-3617

Thursday January 28, 2010: Survivor contestant and Christian speaker Austin Carty talks about his memoir, High Points and Lows.
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Greensboro
Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408, 336-854-4200

Saturday January 30, 2010: Pulitzer-winning journalist Leonard Pitts, Jr. reads from his most recent book, Forward from This Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2008. This book is a collection of his best newspaper columns along with some longer pieces.
3:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Greensboro
Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408, 336-854-4200

Upcoming events at UNCG:

Through March 5, 2010—The touring exhibit, Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation, housed in the Jackson Library Reading Room on the UNCG campus continues with the following events, plus others at the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum. See complete list at http://library.uncg.edu/depts/admin/lincoln/ .

Thursday, February 4 --Dr. Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina History Department, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” at 7:00 pm Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.
Thursday, February 18 --Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law, "Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?" at 7:00 pm Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.
Thursday, March 4 --Dr. Heather Williams, UNC Chapel Hill History Department, "Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended." at 7:00 pm Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, April 8, 2010: Jennifer Thompson Cannino, co-author of Picking Cotton. Sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the UNCG Sociology Department
Virginia Dare Room, UNCG

Monday, May 10, 2010: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner with Frank Stasio, host of The State of Things, on WUNC radio. (ticketed event, admission charged, details forthcoming)

Notable events elsewhere:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010. Famed children's book author Jan Brett will be at the Barnes & Noble in Winston Salem with her new book, The Easter Egg
5:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Winston Salem
1925 Hampton Inn Court, Winston Salem, NC 27103, 336-774-0800.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Abraham Lincoln . . . coming soon to Jackson Library

From January 25 through March 5, the University Libraries will play host to a very special exhibit: "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation." The exhibit, which will fill the Jackson Library Reading Room, explores Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator."

In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus:

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG History Department, "Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery." Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 pm--Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, Lincoln, and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. Jackson Library Reading Room, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina History Department, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law, "Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?" Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.


Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Heather Williams, UNC Chapel Hill History Department, "Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended." Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Check out http://library.uncg.edu/depts/admin/lincoln/ for more information about these events and for a list of events hosted by the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum. And, to register for the FOL Book Discussion on James McPherson's Lincoln, on Monday, February 22, please visit http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/.

The "Forever Free" exhibit was organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in cooperation with the American Library Association, and made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Locally, this project is also made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the NC Civil War Roundtable, and the UNCG History Club.