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
Geoffrey Baym, UNCG, Department of Media Studies

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 &
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

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

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