Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Story time

Stories are powerful. A well-told story even more so.

Five years ago, the University Libraries began a series that brings children’s book authors and storytellers to campus. The goal? To reach out to area school children and to teach future educators about using stories in the classroom.

This year, Bobby Norfolk, co-author of “Anansi and the Pot of Beans,” “The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development” and “Anansi Goes to Lunch,” will share his tales with area school children and the public Sept. 12. The event is made possible by the Pam and David Sprinkle Children's Author and Storyteller's Series Fund.

Norfolk, who began his career as a stand-up comedian and actor, discovered storytelling in 1979. Since then he has performed living history programs that highlight the African-American experience as well as musical shows that feature live musicians. His stories promote character education traits (such as respect and responsibility), cultural diversity and literacy.

In television, Norfolk won three Emmy awards as the host of the CBS TV show “Gator Tales” and also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Bobby’s House.”

In October 2009, he received the national Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, an honor presented by the National Storytelling Network.

He will give his first program of the day to area fourth graders. They are hosted and chaperoned by their teachers, NC Teaching Fellows and education majors. The School of Education also helps with logistics. So far, more than 2,500 students have come to campus since the series began.

“Most of our students have very limited experiences outside of home and school,” one fourth grade teacher wrote. “By bringing our students to a university campus and exposing them to the rich language of a have positively impacted their personal and academic growth.”

In the afternoon, UNCG elementary education majors are invited to see Norfolk tell stories to more fourth graders followed by a question and answer session. The session gives them ideas on how to incorporate storytelling and author visits into their teaching.

The public is invited to a free evening performance at 7 p.m. in the Elliott University Center auditorium.

See videos of Bobby Norfolk performances as well as his 2010 performance about the Negro Baseball Leagues.

Post courtesy of Beth English, as it appeared in the UNCG Magazine, Summer 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dana Boyle Wins Award as Outstanding Libraries' Student Worker

Rosann Bazirjian, Dean-University Libraries, David Arneke - Sponsor of the Award & Dana Boyle, Winner of Outstanding Libraries' Student Worker

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Anna Craft and Erin Lawrimore Join Library Faculty

Anna Craft has been appointed Metadata Cataloger at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most recently, she was Metadata Librarian at Western Carolina University. She holds the M.S.L.S. from UNC Chapel Hill.

Erin Lawrimore has been appointed University Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most recently, she was Associate Head and Curator at the North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center. She holds the M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas in Austin.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Faculty and Staff of the University Libraries Contribute to Literature and Practice of Librarianship

Combined, the faculty and staff of the University Libraries gave 157 presentations to professional and scholarly conferences in 2010-2011, and collectively wrote 1 book, 75 articles and 22 book chapters.

Photo: Lynda Kellam, author of Numeric Data Services & Sources for the General Reference Librarian.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Zaruba Wins Staff Service Award

Cindy Zaruba (on left in photo with award creator Martha Ransley) has won the Staff Service Award at the University Libraries for 2011. Cindy was extolled by her colleagues as a truly gifted problem solver--efficient, hardworking, and productive. She is known for solving workflow problems with an eye on how a patron would approach searching and how decisions will influence the work flow between departments.

Within the Cataloging Department, Cindy leads by example, calling little attention to her accomplishments. She often volunteers for anything that needs doing, tackling complex projects with skill, diligence, and cheer. She is known for her balanced perspective and dry sardonic humor. Having worked in five different positions with in her nearly thirty years with the Libraries, Cindy is also respected for her wise counsel and historical memory of the library. Cindy is also a respected leader and teacher, having spent much time training student assistants, library faculty and staff, visiting librarians, and various practicum students and interns.

To quote a co-worker, “I can’t imagine successfully completing many of the projects she has participated in if it weren’t for her valuable insights and suggestions and speedy completion of tasks. Perhaps this is because she specializes in the organizing and processing of anomalies and exceptions.”

During the past year, in addition to her regular multi-format work, Cindy assumed responsibility for cataloging circulating scores and books for the Music Library and provided the foundational work and workflow model by which about 5,000 DVDs were transferred to the Jackson Library collection where they are now enjoyed by our patrons.

The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department and Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board member, "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."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wall of Honor Installed in Jackson Library to Recognize Donors

Donors make possible many of the elements that make the University Libraries special. They support programs, help us make the building attractive and inviting, and help build collections. To recognize those who have been major donors in recent years, a Wall of Honor has been installed on the first floor of Jackson Library at the entrance to the Tower Lobby.

Annual gifts of $1,000 or more ensure your place in the Jackson Society. Payments may be spread throughout the year or matched by your employer. New gifts to the Society are recognized on the Wall of Honor.
For more information, please contact:

Ms. Linda Burr
Director of Development
UNCG University Libraries
PO Box 26170