Thursday, October 27, 2011

Documentary Film "The Day Carl Sandburg Died" to be Screened and Discussed on November 1


Join us for a screening of "The Day Carl Sandburg Died" on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium.

Carl Sandburg died in July of 1967, but director Paul Bonesteel finds his life story and his creative legacy as relevant and provocative as it was in 1916 when his "Chicago Poems" changed American poetry. “Labor unrest, global wars, socialism, immigration and race issues… this was the subject matter that fueled Sandburg for much of his poetry and writing that shocked the world.” comments Bonesteel. “The intensity of his work was over simplified later in his life. He was both an anarchist and a deeply patriotic American.”

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are pleased to present a screening of Paul Bonesteel’s new documentary film, “The Day Carl Sandburg Died.” Bonesteel will introduce and discuss the 82 minute film on Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 7 pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Please join us in re-examining the life and work of the poet/biographer/ troubadour/ journalist/philosopher who spent the last years of his life at Flat Rock in the North Carolina mountains.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died was more than six years in the making. It has a cast of more than twenty notable scholars, performers and Sandburg family members. Sandburg’s daughter Helga Sandburg Crile, Pete Seeger, Norman Corwin and the late Studs Terkel contribute to the film along with contemporary poets Marc Smith, Ted Kooser and others. Also contributing significantly to the film is Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven, who lives in Winston-Salem.

Monday, October 17, 2011

In focus at UNCG: Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer speaks Oct. 19 in Jackson Library, by Michelle Hines


Across a front page featuring one of Matthew Lewis’ pictures, the iconic image of a white girl and a black girl swinging together, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee scrawled “Just Beautiful!” with a red marker.

A few years later, in 1975, Bradlee would summon Lewis to his office to tell him he had won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Lewis, an African American, was the first Post photographer to win a Pulitzer.

“It’s about capturing that emotion on film,” Lewis says of his calling. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Lewis, who now lives in Thomasville, will share his photographs and photographs by his grandfather, Harvey James Lewis, who forged a career in photography in the late 1800s, Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Jackson Library.

The event, moderated by Jeri Rowe of the Greensboro News & Record, is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG University Libraries. Lewis will begin his presentation at 5 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of the library; it is free and open to the public.

As a boy, Lewis often toted his grandfather’s heavy panoramic camera. He has a print from that camera that measures a whopping 31 ½ inches by 9 ½ inches.

“He’s the story, not me,” he says of “HJ” as his grandfather was known. HJ was the son of indentured slaves, and largely self-taught.

Lewis’ father was also a photographer, working for the Pittsburgh Courier, an African American paper with a circulation over 400,000.

Yet Lewis never thought of going into photography. Never.

He wanted to be a sax player but quit on the spot when he got “blown out” during a jam session at Howard University. He just couldn’t improvise.

Finally, after years of grinding away in a steel foundry, an “echo” came into his mind. “I can become a photographer,” it said. Clear as crystal.

Since then, Lewis’ subjects have included everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedys to Queen Elizabeth II. He retired to Thomasville, although he continues to take photos as staff photographer for the Thomasville Times.

Lewis, a humble man, loves to repeat a quip from a close friend: “Matthew’s been in and out of focus his whole life,” she said.

For more information on Lewis visit, contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What Does It Mean to Be a Latino Poet?--Join us on October 25 at 4:00 pm


The Diversity Committee of the University Libraries is pleased to present an event with one of UNCG's distinguished faculty members and renowned poet, Dr. Mark Smith Soto. Dr. Mark Smith-Soto will discuss his writing career and the ways in which his ethnic identity has influenced both the perception and creation of his poetry.


Please join us on Tuesday, October 25, at 4:00 pm in Kirkland Room, Elliott University Center.



Dr. Smith-Soto was born in his father's hometown, Washington D.C., and reared in his mother's native country, Costa Rica. He is Professor of Spanish, editor of International Poetry Review, and former director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG. A 2005 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, his poetry has appeared in Nimrod, The Sun, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Callaloo, Literary Review, Kenyon Review and many other literary journals. The author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks, his first full-length collection, Our Lives Are Rivers, was published in 2003 by the University Press of Florida and Any Second Now, by Main Street Rag Press in 2006. Eleven of his short one-act plays have been produced locally by the Greensboro Playwrights' Forum. A verse play, Deal With This: Trio From The Holocaust Museum, produced by Theatre Orange of the Arts Center of Carrboro and Chapel Hill was one of ten winners of their 2003 "Ten by Ten in the Triangle" festival competition and was published in the anthology Thirty-five by Ten (Dramatic Publishers, 2005). His most recent publication is the bilingual Fever Season: Selected Poetry of Ana Istarú (Unicorn Press, 2010).

Friends Book Sale - Reopened for business


The ongoing Friends of the UNCG Libraries book sale will restart on Tuesday, October 18. Books will be restocked each Tuesday morning during the active part of each semester (monthly during the summer).

UNCG at the North Carolina Library Association biennial meeting

UNCG librarians and staff, as well as LIS faculty and students, were very active participants in the recent North Carolina Library Association biennial meeting in Hickory. Not counting alumni, we counted 24 presentations involving UNCG personnel and 9 poster sessions. Assistant Director Mike Crumpton also served on the Program Committee.

Presentations from UNCG included the following:

Educating Community College Librarians
Nora Bird, UNCG & Mike Crumpton, UNCG

Everybody Teaches! Creating Effective Online e-learning Experiences
Beth Filar Williams, UNCG & Amy Archambault, UNCG
Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University

Establishing the Library in the Cultural Fabric of the Community: Ten Tips for Linking the Library to the World
Barry K. Miller, UNCG

Lessons Learned: Getting the Most Out of Libguides
Jennifer Balance, CPCC
Randall Bowman, Elon University
Michelle Cosby, NC Central Law Library
Jenny Dale, UNCG
Nina Exner, NC A&T University
Susan Wolf Neilson, Wake County Public Libraries
Anders Selhorst, Guilford Tech Community College
Kathy Shields, High Point University

Creating Library Spaces of the Future
LaTesha Velez, UNCG & Michael Crumpton, UNCG

Public Library Design and Technology
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Jacquelyn White, UNCG & Camilla Bahr, UNCG

The Online Literary Map of North Carolina
Jennifer Motszko, UNCG & Kathelene McCarty Smith, UNCG

The Vinegar Syndrome: A Death Threat to the Microfilm Collection
Stephen H. Dew, UNCG

"Do We Really Need to Pay for this Anymore?" The best free v. fee sources for statistics and country research
Lynda Kellam, UNCG
Steve Cramer, UNCG

Technical Services: Changing Workflows, Changing Processes, Personnel Restructuring…Oh My
Christine Fischer, UNCG & Michael Winecoff, UNCC

To Fine or Not to Fine – Are Fines or Rewards More Effective Motivators?
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Chase Baity, UNCG; David Rachlin, NC A&T University;
Christian Burris, Wake Forest University

Thinking Practically About Metadata for Projects in Your Library
Anna Craft, UNCG

Embedded Librarians in North Carolina: A Panel Discussion
Allan Scherlen, Appalachian State University
Jennifer Balance, Central Piedmont Community College
Joli McClelland, Queens University
Steve Cramer, UNCG

Teaching Paraprofessionals the "Techy" Side of the Library
Rita Van Duinen, Central Carolina Community College
Michael Crumpton, UNCG

Patrons Left to Their Own Devices: Library Databases and E-Readers
Lynda Kellam, UNCG
Amy Harris, UNCG
Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University
Mark Sanders, ECU

"Good Night and Good Luck" Television News from Murrow to
Colbert
Geoffrey Baym, UNCG, Department of Media Studies

SECOND GENERAL SESSION: OGILVIE LECTURE
Mike Wasilick, Public Libraries
Cathy Campbell, Community College Libraries
Tamika Barnes, Special Libraries
Dana Sally, Academic Libraries
Ed Williams, Future of the Library Task Force
Michael Crumpton, UNCG, Moderator

Free & Easy 2.0: Online Tools to Support Teaching, Learning &
Productivity
Beth Filar Williams, UNCG & Mendy Ozan, UNCG

Taking the Next Step: Using Spreadsheets to Process Library Statistics & Database Results
Gwen Exner, NC Knows & Lynda Kellam, UNCG

What does a Typical Library Website
Look Like?
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Michelle Bridges, UNCG; Amy Figley, UNCG
Patricia Commander, Winston Salem State University

Meet ADDIE: Designing Successful Learning Outcomes
Jenny Dale, UNCG; Amy Gustavson, UNCG & Amy Harris Houk, UNCG

For Service or Profit: How come our library café is not profitable? A Case Study of a Downtown Public Library Café
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Barry Bell, UNCG; Erin Price, UNCG

Real Learnings Connection Project
Mike Crumpton, UNCG & Nora Bird, UNCG

Transforming the Education of Diverse Students: Learning Through Dialogue with the Next Generation of Librarians
Clara M. Chu, UNCG & Sha Li Zhang, UNCG

Poster sessions involving UNCG librarians, library staff members, LIS faculty, and students included:

Un-Hushed: Planning and Executing a Really Fun, Super Cool Library Conference
Alesha Lackey, UNCG & Ingrid Ruffin, High Point University

Facebook as a Social Marketing Tool for Public Libraries
Anne Silva, UNCG Library and Information Studies

UNCG's Instructional Tech Toolkit: Online tools to support teaching, and learning
Beth Filar Williams, & Amy Archambault, UNCG

Social Media in North Carolina Public Libraries
Fatih Oguz, Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Ingrid Ruffin, Cameron Smith &
Laura Soito, UNCG

The Online Literary Map of North Carolina – Future Directions
Kathelene Smith & Jennifer Motszko, University of North Carolina
Greensboro

Diversity Initiatives: An insider's perspective
LaTesha Velez, University of North Carolina,
Greensboro

Ten Libraries, One goal: Recruiting Future Librarians with Diverse Backgrounds through a Collaborative Project in North Carolina
Sha Zhang,University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries

An LIS Student Intern Is Not a Volunteer: Making Interns Work With Your Organization
Nora Bird, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Incorporating Technology In The Library: Keeping Your Students Engaged Using Current Web Technologies
Tracy Pizzi,University of North Carolina at Greensboro LIS Department

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

University Libraries Perform Well in Surveys

In Spring of 2010 the University of North Carolina (UNC) system administered the biennial Sophomore and Senior surveys to all 16 campuses. Several questions about the campus libraries are included in each survey.

The Senior Survey included four questions about libraries. Approximately 1,000 UNCG students answered each question. On a four-point scale with 4 as “excellent” the UNCG University Libraries received the following scores:

• Hours of operation (3.7)
• Staff responsiveness (3.5)
• Access to databases and collections (3.6)
• Library services overall (3.6)

We exceeded the UNC average for these questions in each category. Because these questions have remained the same for over 10 years we are able to get a longitudinal picture of our progress; our scores have improved each year.

UNCG had a 57% response rate to the Sophomore Survey. It included six questions about libraries using a five-point scale with 5 as “very satisfied.” The University Libraries received good results from sophomores as well:

• Helpfulness of Staff (4.1)
• Space for Individual Work (4.2)
• Space for group work (4.1)
• Training/instruction for using library and information resources (3.9)
• Availability of information/materials I need for my class assignments (4.1)
• Access to online library resources (4.2)
• Hours of operation (4.4)

These questions were new in 2010 so we don’t have longitudinal data. We did meet or exceed the UNC average for all library questions.

submitted by Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean of the University Libraries