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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-…

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, Wak…

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 soph…