Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Digital Media Commons

This Fall, the Digital Media Commons will open its doors in the lower level of Jackson Library at UNCG. The Digital Media Commons will be a space where UNCG students, faculty, and staff can get help with all aspects of creating and refining multimedia projects. The Commons will be jointly staffed by staff and students from the Libraries, UNCG Writing Center, UNCG Speaking Center, and the Media Studies Program. The Commons will contain lots of group work areas, workstations, media editing rooms, scanners, consultation spaces, a presentation practice room, and staff offices. Patrons will come to the Commons to get assistance with selecting, using, and citing media resources, as well as consult experts on the rhetorical, aesthetic, and technical aspects of developing and communicating their ideas through media.

UNCG students are increasingly required to create and use digital media to complete their assignments. In fact, in a 2010 University Libraries survey of over 800 UNCG Graduate and Undergraduate students, more than 70% of these students had been required or had chosen to complete an assignment with some form of digital media -- a film clip or video, an audio interview, a web page, etc. Of those students, more than half said they could not find -- and would have appreciated -- some assistance creating these media components. This trend on the UNCG campus mirrors national shifts as well. Twenty-first century graduates must now possess media literacy skills in order to critically analyze media, and to create and convey their own ideas and messages in emerging mediums.

The Digital Media Commons site is currently under construction in the lower level of Jackson Library, with plans to begin providing services when the Fall 2012 semester begins in mid-August. To stay updated on this project, visit the Digital Media Commons blog,
Post by Joe Williams, Head of Access Services, University Libraries

Doris Betts Dies

We join readers, writers and others in mourning the recent death of Doris Betts.  Doris, who attended Woman's College, was a giant in the literary community, and her accomplishments have been chronicled in obituaries all over the country, some of which are linked below.  We have little to add to those tributes except to echo them, and to express thanks for what she meant to the world of reading and writing. She spoke to the Friends of the Libraries here at the annual dinner in 1963.  Doris was fond of telling folks that she once got herself locked into the Jackson Library during her time as a student here, so as to spend the night alone with the books of the writers she most admired.  Now that we are open 24 hours a day 5 days a week, that task would be harder today, but we salute the love of literature that led Doris to break our rules in that fashion so many years ago. We hope her night was spent profitably.  May she rest in peace.

New York Times
Raleigh News and Observer
Doris Betts photo courtesy of UNCG Archives

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect Officers at Annual Meeting

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting, a celebration of blues featuring scholar and author Bill Ferris and blues artist Logie Meachum and friends. Outgoing chair Tom Kirby-Smith served as master of ceremonies at the event, attended by 250 members and other attendees.

The new Chair of the Friends is Howard Covington of Greensboro. A native of Concord and a graduate of the University of Florida, Covington is a much-respected journalist and author. While with the Charlotte Observer, Covington was the creator and lead reporter on a multi-part series on occupational health hazards in the textile industry. This series won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as well as more than a dozen other national reporting awards, including the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards. He was executive city editor of the Greensboro News & Record before leaving the newspaper business to write and to manage his own publishing company. He and his wife Gloria now write and grow hops for Natty Greene’s Brewing Co on their farm in the North Carolina mountains.

Covington is the author, editor, or co-author of two dozen histories and biographies, including The Story of NationsBank, Changing the Face of American Banking; The North Carolina Century, Tar Heels Who Made A Difference, 1900-2000; Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress and Outrageous Ambition; Favored By Fortune, a three-generation biography of the Hill family of Durham; Lady On The Hill, about the preservation of the Biltmore Estate; and The Good Government Man, Albert Coates and the Early Days of the Institute of Government. His, Once Upon A City: Greensboro, N.C.’s Second Century, was released in February 2008 by the Greensboro Historical Museum.

The Vice-Chair/ Chair-elect is Billie Durham of Troy, NC. She recently retired from UNCG’s Library and Information Studies Program, which she joined in 2004 as an adjunct instructor, becoming an Assistant Professor and School library Media Program Coordinator in 2008. She holds the MLS degree from UNCG. Durham’s background includes 17 years as a school library media specialist in Randolph County and five years as a public services librarian at Montgomery Community College. In addition, she served six years as English as a Second language Coordinator for Montgomery County Board of Education. She presently serves as a member of the State Library's Library Services and Technology Act {LSTA) Advisory Committee.

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Jennifer Koenig, Catherine Magid, Karl Schleunes, Rosemary Wander, and Jackie Wilson, all of Greensboro. Evans Garber and Jeri Rowe of Greensboro, and Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro were re-elected to the Board.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Robert Stavn is the First to Receive a Grant from the Open Access Publishing Support Fund

In early February 2012, the University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development created an Open Access Publishing Support Fund in order to support faculty, EPA employees, and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing. The first grant of $1,000 from this fund was recently awarded to Robert Hans Stavn, Professor of Biology, for his article, “Mass-specific scattering cross sections of suspended sediments and aggregates: theoretical limits and applications,” Optics Express 20 (1): 201-219.

The Open Access Publishing Support Fund is a pilot project that is funded at $11,500, and the primary guidelines for the fund are that the author/applicant must be a member of the full-time faculty, a full-time EPA employee, or an enrolled graduate student; the article must be published in a peer-reviewed open-access journal; the article processing fee must have been paid no more than three months prior to submission of the application; reimbursement will not exceed $1,000 per published article; reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal-year per author; and authors are expected to exhaust all other grant or contract funding sources available to them before applying for support from the Open Access fund. Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at: If you have questions about the fund, please contact Stephen Dew (, Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator

Nursing Faculty Use OJS Software to Launch a New Online Journal

In September 2010, after attending an international medical education conference, several UNCG nurse practitioner faculty returned to campus discussing the need for a journal specifically designed for nurse practitioner education. At the time, there was no individual journal that focused on this important professional subject, and articles that did focus on the subject were spread around the literature in a variety of journals, with no journal focusing any great amount of attention on nurse practitioner education. Soon after the nursing faculty returned to campus, however, in a serendipitous development, the University Libraries announced the availability of Open Journal Systems (OJS) software. OJS is an open-source software that is specifically designed to assist faculty and researchers in publishing peer-reviewed open-access journals, and it supports journal management through every stage of the peer-review and editorial process, from the submission of each manuscript to the final publication of each issue.

With Ellen Jones taking the lead, the group of nurse practitioner faculty decided to take advantage of this opportunity. With the technical assistance of Richard Cox, the Libraries’ Digital Technology Consultant, they set up a website for developing their new journal—the International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators, and with the assistance of Stephen Dew, the Libraries’ Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator, they learned how to use the OJS software for such tasks as handling manuscript submissions, generating automatic emails, managing the peer review process, and publishing issues. Over the next several months, an editorial board was established, peer reviewers were recruited, and manuscripts were solicited. With Ellen Jones serving as Editor in Chief and Laurie Kennedy-Malone serving on the Editorial Board, the International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators published its first issue on April 8.

An editorial entitled, “50 Years of Nurse Practitioner Education - It Is Time for A Journal,” leads off the first issue, which also includes six articles on such topics as curriculum development, educational interventions & outcomes, educational research, and innovations & technology.

On the Libraries’ OJS website there currently are three other professional journals that have been published—Journal of Backcountry Studies, edited by Robert Calhoun; The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, edited by Leila E Villaverde; and the Journal of Learning Spaces, edited by Joe Williams. In addition, although they are not publicly available yet, there are three more journals in the early stages of development—Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal, edited by Donna Duffy; Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, edited by Spoma Jovanovic; The Journal of Appreciative Education, edited by Ye He; and Journal of Applied Peace & Conflict Studies, edited by Sherrill Hayes.

Any faculty member interested in the possibility of using OJS should contact Stephen Dew,
Post submitted by Stephen Dew.

Monday, April 9, 2012

UNCG Librarians assisting Furniture Library in High Point

Cataloging Department Head Mary Jane Conger and her team have been working with the Bienenstock Library in High Point to improve access to its rich collection. Read about the project in the High Point Enterprise. See also this article in the March 27 Furniture World and the piece on page 84 of the March/April issue of Furniture World Magazine. The first phase of the project should be completed before the Furniture Market opens Apr. 21st. The Furniture Library is planning for a 2nd phase to last eight weeks after Furniture Market and a final 3rd phase to do their rare book materials.

You can follow the team's progress at their blog.