Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrate the blues and support the University Libraries at UNCG

Celebrate the blues! That’s the theme of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual dinner coming up on March 28, 2012 at the Elliott University Center on the UNCG campus.

That evening, the Friends will welcome William R. Ferris and Lorenzo (Logie) Meachum to the stage for an evening focusing on blues music. Ferris is a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, who has written or edited ten books and created fifteen documentary films. His book Give My Poor Heart Ease:Voices of the Mississippi Blues will be the basis of his presentation and will be featured at the book signing which follows. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and now teaching at UNC Chapel Hill, Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians ranging from the famous (B.B. King) to the unrecognized (Parchman Penitentiary inmates working in the fields).

Meachum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is a blues musician and storyteller from Greensboro who has performed all over the world. He is especially known for his original work and his improvisational style.

Tickets are available for the entire evening, or for the program only, and go on sale January 10 from the UNCG Box Office at 336-334-4849 or Corporate and table sponsorships for the dinner are available by contacting Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or Rachel Williams at 336-334-5372.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Film featuring UNCG Faculty Member Bob Hansen to be Screened March 2

Saving the Hansen House is the story of UNCG Professor and Associate Dean Bob Hansen who buys a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse in Bethania, a small North Carolina town near Winston-Salem.

Originally he planned to restore it and then maybe sell it and move on. But the house turns out to be something special, and the town is even more special. Before he knows it, he is putting down roots.

This one-hour documentary film chronicles the unique challenges and rewards of saving a 250-year-old house. Or, as the filmmakers Deni and Will McIntyre put it, a house that might save him.

The film will be screened at the Greensboro Historical Museum on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG to sponsor the screening in collaboration with the Greensboro Historical Museum. Admission is free. Both Hansen and the McIntyres will be present for a post-screening discussion of the film.

For more information, contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or

Monday, November 28, 2011

My Story: Made Possible by NC Libraries

Libraries in our state are changing lives every day, and we'd like to showcase the benefits people experience because of their libraries. To begin to capture these success stories, NC LIVE, of which UNCG is a part, launched a new webpage called "My Story: Made Possible by NC Libraries."

Library patrons across the state can use this form to submit their personal stories explaining why libraries have made a difference in their lives.

The objective is to raise awareness of the important role libraries play. These stories will be used for outreach and awareness purposes in various NC LIVE communication pieces and reports.

How can you help? It's easy!

Go to this website and tell us about how UNCG’s University Libraries, or others in North Carolina, have made a difference in your life.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Elliott University Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets go on sale December 1 from

Kim Edwards’ debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, became an international sensation, selling more than four million copies in the United States and spending an unbelievable 122 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 23 of those weeks in the number one spot. The book was deemed “The Book of the Year” in 2006 by USA Today, saying, “once you've read this heart wrenching story, it's easy to understand why it has connected with millions of readers.” Her collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, was rereleased in 2007.

On tour for the paperback release of The Lake of Dreams, A CONVERSATION WITH KIM EDWARDS, is her only North Carolina appearance. Edwards has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a British Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, and The Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for excellence in Fiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches writing at the University of Kentucky.

The program will be moderated by James Dodson. An award-winning journalist and author, Dodson serves as the Writer-in-Residence for The Pilot newspaper, Editor of the award-winning PineStraw Magazine, and Editor of O.Henry Magazine, a new arts and culture publication in Greensboro. His most recent book, A Son of the Game, was named “Top Golf Book of the Year” by the International Network of Golf, the same award his book Final Rounds won in 1997. In 2011, Dodson was named winner of the Donald Ross Award, given annually by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, for his significant literary contributions to the game of golf.

BOOKMARKS is a proud partner of this event with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, a support organization for the University Libraries at UNCG. Since 1959, the Friends have been active in bringing authors and public figures to Greensboro to speak. Recent speakers have included Lee Smith and Hal Crowther, as well as Jill McCorkle, Clyde Edgerton, and Robert Morgan.

BOOKMARKS is a triad based literary nonprofit, whose mission is to champion literacy, promote cultural diversity through reading, and offer enrichment and education through literary experiences celebrating books and authors. The 2011 BOOKMARKS Festival of Books hosted 40 authors and brought 7,000 people to Downtown Winston-Salem. Monthly author events are held throughout the year including fundraisers such as our “Conversations With” events. By the end of 2011, BOOKMARKS’ authors will have visited with 2,500 children in local schools across the triad.

Additional media support provided by the News & Record, WFDD 88.5 FM, and the Winston-Salem Journal. Books will be for sale both before and after the program. Kim Edwards will sign books immediately following the program.

Questions for Kim Edwards may be sent before the program by e-mailing:

General Admission: Includes one ticket for the Conversation Event, followed by a book signing after the program, and free parking in the Oakland deck. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
$12.00 - General Admission Tickets for Students if purchased in advance (Please be prepared to show your Student ID when you present your ticket.)
$15.00 - General Admission Tickets if purchased in advance
$22.00 - General Admission Tickets if purchased at the door (This option may not be available if the event is sold out.)

Premier Admission: Begins at 6 p.m.
$75.00 - This includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:30 p.m. with reserved premier seating and free parking in the Walker deck as well as a private reception with Kim Edwards beginning at 6:00 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, a paperback copy of The Lake of Dreams and a book signing. ($25.00 is tax deductible). Specific details about parking (including a map) will be sent prior to the event.

Visit to purchase tickets with your credit card through our 24 hour / 7 days a week ticketing system.

General Admission for Groups of 10 or more: Before January 10, please contact BOOKMARKS: / 336-460-4722 for $12 group tickets. This will not be handled through our ticketing system.

All sales are final and there will be no refunds. Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets can be used for a future “Conversations With” event during the 2012 year sponsored by BOOKMARKS. Further information will be provided by e-mail to all ticket holders under these circumstances.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sharp-eyed Hawk Knows Where to Go for Information

Suzanne Angel captured this image of a hawk atop Jackson Library recently.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Diversity through a Global Lens: Hong Kong Academic Libraries

Please Join Us on Friday, November 4 at 10 am in the Kirkland Room for "Diversity through a Global Lens: Hong Kong Academic Libraries" a talk by Haipeng Li.

Haipeng Li is currently University Librarian at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), leading the university libraries in strategic planning and development, among many other responsibilities. Prior to the position at HKBU, he was Associate Director of the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, responsible for research support services, coordination of personnel administration, and library planning, assessment, and innovation. He also had responsibilities for initiatives to expand outreach, engagement, collaborations, and fundraising for the Dana Library on campus. Before Rutgers, he had served as reference librarian and outreach coordinator at the Oberlin College in Ohio, the University of Arizona Library and the Arizona State University Libraries.

Haipeng Li is active in professional services. He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012 (JCLC), Chair of the ALA IRC Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, served as President of the Chinese American Librarians Association 2006-2007 (CALA) and has been Executive Director of CALA since 2008. He has been actively promoting collaboration and exchange between libraries in China and the U.S. He is also a member of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee in Hong Kong.

His research areas include information literacy, library management and diversity, international librarianship and global collaborations. He is frequently invited to speak at library events and serves as a consultant for several academic libraries in China.