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