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 Ă–rtenblad 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

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 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 Check out Irma Minerva's podcast for even more information.