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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.