Thursday, September 1, 2011

How State Budget Cuts Affect the University Libraries

Dean Rosann Bazirjian talks about the impact of the state budget cuts on the University Libraries.

More information (pdf format)

Building a Tradition: the Children’s Author and Storyteller Series

Each year for the past five years, the University Libraries have hosted a nationally known children's book author and storyteller, and invited the community to campus for free performances. How did this relatively new tradition come to be? More information (pdf format).

Making Our History Accessible: University History Digital Projects

A new web portal connects several new
and existing online collections related to the history of
UNCG and makes over 3200 photographs, documents,
and publications available to the public. More information (pdf format).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Fiction of Light"--Recent Paintings by Jack Stratton

Recent paintings by Greensboro artist Jack Stratton will be on display in the Jackson Library Reading Room beginning on September 12. Join us on Friday, September 23 at 5:00 pm for the exhibit's opening reception. A percentage of all sales will benefit the University Libraries.

Jack Stratton is no stranger to the University Libraries--he first started working in Jackson Library as a student. After receiving his BFA in Painting at UNCG in 1977, Jack joined the library staff full time as a bookbinder. From the library, Jack moved to the Weatherspoon Art Museum where he worked for 20 years as a preparator. Last year, after thirty years of service, Jack retired from UNCG, but not from the art world. He currently paints in his Greensboro studio, as well as teaches drawing and watercolor painting at the Art Alliance, an organization sponsored by the City of Greensboro. He also works as a freelance preparator, curator, art handler and lighting consultant.

We asked Jack about what connects the paintings in "Fiction of Light":

"This exhibition presents ten examples of paintings from the last five years of my life. In my work, I am interested in image making as a sort of apperception.* I am intrigued by the idea that seeing is more than an identification of images, but the application of knowledge and how what we know influences how we see the world. Life study is a major part of my work but the final product of a painting is the creation of a narrative, based on reality, that is actually fiction based on real experience - the nature of experience rather than documenting a specific thing.

*Apperception: Introspective self-consciousness; or, the process of understanding something perceived in terms of previous experience. (Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Calendar of Fall Events

See the library web page for information about public events and exhibits at the University libraries.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kirby-Smith Creates Endowment for Modern Poetry at University Libraries

Tom Kirby-Smith has donated a collection of modern poetry books and established the Noel and Tom Kirby-Smith Poetry Fund in the University Libraries at UNCG. UNCG Dean of Libraries Rosann Bazirjian says of the gift: “We are excited to receive this impressive collection. Our students and faculty will also appreciate the alcove space being planned on the third floor of the Jackson Library Tower to house it. That area will be a comfortable place to read and reflect on these volumes. We are especially grateful for an endowment that will allow us to continue to add to the collection and to preserve these valuable books of poetry.”

Noel Callow Kirby-Smith came to Greensboro in 1968 as one of the first Randall Jarrell fellows in UNCG's graduate Writing Program. A graduate of St Xavier College in Chicago, she had already published poems in The Sewanee Review and The Denver Quarterly written during the five years she taught reading and English in Chicago Catholic and public grade schools. Soon after taking her MFA she began teaching writing and literature at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she worked for more than three decades, for some years as Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Academic program. Knowing that many plays, dances, films, operas and other musical compositions originate with or are inspired by poems, stories or short dramatic works, Noel valued the opportunity to offer creative writing courses to performing arts students.

Tom Kirby-Smith grew up in Sewanee, Tennessee. He received his B.A. from Sewanee, an M.A. from Harvard and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was one of the early editors of the Greensboro Review. He has published several books including a guide to U. S. observatories, a book on the philosopher George Santayana, a book that examines free verse poetry and one on the emergence of poetry from music. His poetry and essays have been published in The Southern Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Southern Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and Ploughshares, among other publications. Among his former students is Claudia Emerson, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winner in poetry. His online poetry tutorials have been used widely by poetry teachers for almost a decade. Now retired from the UNCG faculty, Tom is the current chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.