Thursday, September 29, 2011

Unlocking UNCG's History One Building at a Time

As the current construction projects remind us, our campus is always undergoing change. Where once there was a lake, we now have a three-hole golf course. Walker Avenue no longer connects Aycock and Tate Streets because Jackson Library stands in the way. And the McIver Building is the second of that name, and the first McIver Building replaced another structure on that site. Last weekend, the University Libraries began a project to connect our campus to its past. We placed QR codes (see picture) in three spots so that returning alumni, armed with smart phones, could instantly be whisked back in time and watch changes to UNCG's landscape unfold. We hope in the future to create more of these short videos and continue to unlock the history of our campus. We invite you to now watch the first video of the McIver Building. Special thanks to David Gwynn,(who provides the wonderful narration), Richard Cox, Hermann Trojanowski, and Beth Filar Williams for their work on this project.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Library Budget Central

A new website has been established to communicate about the budget cuts being made by the University Libraries.

UNCG Librarian Mary Krautter Featured on Local TV News Segment

Mary Krautter, Head of Reference & Instructional Services in the University Libraries at UNCG, is featured in this recent WFMY TV story about the impact of Google.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

UNCG and the Folger Institute Consortium

UNCG recently joined the prestigious Folger Institute consortium. Through this new membership, UNCG’s faculty and graduate students now have access to the Folger's archive and related conferences and seminars, and may also apply for acceptance and grants-in-aid to the Folger Institute's many programs. Dr. Christopher Hodgkins, Professor, English Department and Director of UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network, led the consortium membership initiative. For details on applying to Folger Institute programs, please visit the AWRN web site or contact Dr. Hodgkins at

Reader privileges at the Folger Institute are available to any person, regardless of academic affiliation. To access the collections, the borrower must first email the Folger's registrar about their visit. That communication should be followed by a letter from the UNCG dept. head to the Folger library, verifying the patron's identity and research needs. When the UNCG researcher finally visits the Folger, they must present their UNCG ID as well as a government-issued photo ID.

Reader privileges at the Newberry Library in Chicago are also available to any person, regardless of academic affiliation. However, for extended research stays at the Newberry, patrons should contact the Newberry's Research & Education department well in advance of their planned visit. With proper notice, Newberry staff may be able to provide a research carrel for visiting scholars.

Monday, September 19, 2011

UNCG Libraries Win Grants from State Library

Two UNCG librarians have been awarded grants from the North Carolina State Library to support projects. Keith Gorman (left), who is Assistant Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, received support for the North Carolina Literary Map.

Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn (right) received support to digitize North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements.

Congratulations to both principal investigators.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 26 FOL Book Discussion on "No God But God"--UPDATE

We are going to hold the September 26 book discussion on No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam in the Faculty Center, a building located near the UNCG Alumni House on College Avenue. While we normally hold book discussions in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library, the ongoing renovation project necessitated the move. We plan to be back in Hodges in October.

Room is still available for this discussion, and we invite you to register online or call 336-256-8598 if you would like to attend.

No God But God by Reza Aslan provides a comprehensive and highly readable overview of the history of Islam. Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies) has spoken widely on this topic, and he recently was interviewed on WFDD. To listen to the interview, click here. After the introduction, skip ahead to the 17 minute mark. Dr. Ali's segment lasts approximately 13 minutes.

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).