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.