Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Resources for Reading, Listening to Books on CD, and Watching DVDs

It’s summertime, and perhaps your life slows down a bit. 
Maybe you have a few more minutes to read for pleasure, listen to books on CD, or watch a few films. 
If that’s the case, the University Libraries want to remind you about some resources that might be of interest.  We have  audio books on CD, a current literature collection, and a paperback collection.  We also have several thousand entertainment DVDS available for the University community (students, faculty, staff) and members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.  All are available in the Jackson Library Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library, where they may be checked out.  You can come and browse or search our catalog, where searches may be limited to formats such as video, audio book on CD, current literature, and paperback.

If your interest is in audiobooks, Recorded Books will offer a patron-focused webinar that demonstrates the features of its OneClickDigital Books Downloadable Audio service, available to patrons of the University Libraries and North Carolina public libraries from NC Live. This 45-minute program includes a complete tour of the service and shows patrons how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to listening devices.   You can access the service here.
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Lois Barnes Receives Outstanding Student Worker Award

Graduating senior Lois Barnes (left) was recognized with the Libraries’ Outstanding Student Worker Award this spring.  Lois worked in the Access Services Department, where she was very well regarded by her co-workers and library patrons alike. She was cited for her helpfulness in serving patrons, and her creativity and leadership among the student workers in the Libraries.  One colleague described her as "the sort of employee you wish you could clone."
The Outstanding Student Worker Award was created through the generosity of David Arneke (right), a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.  Lois received a cash award and a matching award from the UNCG Bookstore.

Library Awards and Recognitions

The end of the academic year brought a series of awards and recognitions for a number of folks who serve in the University Libraries.
Cheryl Cross has received the Martha Ransley Staff Service Award.
Kathy Crowe was named the co-recipient of the 2012 Student Learning Enhancement Award from the UNCG Senate Student Learning Enhancement Committee.
Beth Filar Williams has been elected Vice-Chair/Chair-elect of the University Libraries Section of ACRL, and Lynda Kellam was elected to the similar post of the Law and Political Science Section.
Lois Barnes has received the Outstanding Student Worker Award, sponsored by Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board member David Arneke.
Among the Library faculty, Amy Harris and Mac Nelson have received tenure, and Joe Williams has been reappointed.
Twenty people received service award pins for their years of service, among them Fran Rubio with 40 years, Nancy Ryckman with 35, and Cindy Zaruba with 30.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Twenty Receive Service Pins

The University Libraries could not provide an exceptional collection and services without the contributions of those who work here.  The following persons were recently recognized for their years of service to the University:

40 Years
Fran Rubio

35 Years
Nancy Ryckman

30 Years
Cindy Zaruba

25 Years
Keith Buckner
Paul Hessling

20 Years
Franklin McKee
Audrey Sage
Karen Ward
Edward Waters

15 Years
Susan Farr
Michael Reeder

10 Years
Patrick Kelly

5 Years
Brown Biggers
Linda Burr
Marcie Burton
Cheryl Cross
Stephen Dew
Marilyn Hanichak
Stacey Krim
Jennifer Mincey

Cheryl Cross Receives Martha Ransley Staff Service Award

Cheryl Cross (right, with 2011 winner Cindy Zaruba) is the winner of the 2012 Martha Ransley University Libraries Service Award. Cheryl is a Technology Support Analyst in the Libraries’ Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department. Her pleasant attitude and service-oriented approach to solving problems with computers and software, together with her knowledge of information technology, has brought her many expressions of appreciation from all over the Libraries and led to her selection for this year’s award.

In addition to all Cheryl’s official duties, she works on a number of projects promoting the Libraries’ services. Some of the projects include producing videos and podcasts, and assisting in the creation of the Computer Accessibility Map for Jackson Library. All of these projects have elicited positive feedback from the Libraries’ patrons, and several people have expressed their particular enjoyment of the “Ask Us” video to other staff. Cheryl has served on the Staff Association Committee and as Social Committee co-chair. She has also been co-chair of the Green Library Group where her accomplishments include the special initiative and work on the “Adopt a Stream” program, which strengthens the Libraries’ and the University’s reputation for sustainability.

The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department, "To recognize and reward members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."

Monday, May 21, 2012

UNCG Art Department Creates Its Own Library For a Day

Alex McKenzie is an interesting fellow.

A senior who graduated in May with a BFA in Painting, Alex is a creative and articulate young man who recently conducted a project to create a “library” on Reading Day in the studio of the Gatewood Studio Arts building on the UNCG campus. Inspired by artists like Harrell Fletcher who recontextualize space and transform it for other purposes, Alex and fellow students and faculty did just that with their etching studio, making it into a library for a day in honor of Reading Day before exams. The project also reflects the sort of ephemeral art shows that artists are creating around the globe.

Alex chose and solicited nearly thirty fellow students and members of the art faculty each to select 10 books from Jackson Library that they found interesting or inspiring, and brought them to the studio in shopping carts. They also brought in furniture (including half of Alex’s living room, he says), offered free coffee, created a rudimentary “catalog,” and arranged books by the student who selected them. Alex says that the response was extraordinary, with students connecting with books and each other (mostly but not entirely art books) in ways they usually do not. With this kind of arrangement, for example, students learned more about their classmates’ particular interests, as the 10 volume sections gave them insight into what inspires each of the participants. Students were not allowed to “check out” and take the books from the room, but were told that they would be returned to Jackson Library the next day, where they could be circulated. Alex’s group created a reading list of the books selected and made it available to other students in the department.

It seems that Art students at UNCG, having noticed the presence of the Interior Architecture Library in the same building, have long wanted their own library. “We wish we had our own library, like the interior architecture students do,” expressed one participant. So they created one, if only for a day.

“It was about accessibility,” Alex says, “the books were close at hand, and arranged in ways that invited those who came in to pick them up and use them.” The area became a hangout, replacing the lounge that students usually use in the building to study. Some students, who weren’t that familiar with the larger and sometime intimidating collection of Jackson Library were exposed to a selection of books that were interesting to them. Students were engaged with the books and with each other.

Alex counts the experience as an altogether positive one, even though he says he slept in the room with the books for 2 nights since he was financially liable for them. “My nightmare,” he says, “was that I would lose the books or something would happen to the books and I would have to pay for them. I might not graduate.” Then he smiles and reports that he returned every single book in good condition and on time.

In addition to his creativity, Alex is the kind of student we like to see at UNCG in other ways. He looks to be a lifelong learner. “I’m not as big a reader as I’d like to be,” he says. One of my goals is to read as much as I can before graduate school in two or three years.” In the interim, he hopes to find a job in Spain teaching English.

We wish him much success.