Thursday, August 16, 2012

How the University Libraries at UNCG Save Taxpayers Money

When the talk turns to saving money, as it often does, the University Libraries at UNCG have a story to tell.  And so do their colleagues in other libraries in the area.
In 2005 the University Libraries at UNCG conceived and established the Carolina Consortium to leverage the buying power of the state’s libraries to acquire access to electronic journals and databases.  Less than ten years later, the Consortium now covers North and South Carolina and includes more than 140 libraries.  “Total cost avoidance savings for the UNC system libraries alone amounted to more than $100 million last year and more than $500 million since the group was formed,” says Tim Bucknall, Convener of the Consortium and Assistant Director of the University Libraries at UNCG.  “As a result of the Consortium’s deals, the libraries in the region have better access to electronic information resources at a cost far below what it would cost each of them to acquire the resources alone.”
The story doesn’t end there.  Open access to scholarship is a major issue in the world of libraries and scholarly communication, and the UNCG libraries are advocates of maximizing access to that scholarship at an affordable cost.  Through the leadership of Dean Rosann Bazirjian and others such as Collections and Scholarly Resources Coordinator Stephen Dew and Bucknall’s Electronic Resources and Information Technology Unit, UNCG’s University Libraries championed and created a partnership with other UNC system libraries including those at Appalachian State, East Carolina, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington and Western Carolina to create NC DOCKS, an electronic database offering the scholarly output of faculty from those universities to the general public for free over the Internet.  Dew says, “NC DOCKS has had 584,105 full text document views since 2008, with 443,203 from UNCG alone.”  That’s about half a million articles and other scholarly products accessed by students, faculty, researchers and the general public without cost, which Bucknall estimates would have amounted to more than $20 million if obtained from sources other than open access resources such as NC DOCKS.
So the value of libraries is great, even in ways that aren’t always visible to the user community.  When we are operating in this way, leveraging our heritage of cooperation and collaboration, libraries are uniquely suited to bring a wealth of knowledge to scholars and the public at an affordable and containable cost. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Author Doc Hendley of Wine to Water Speaks at UNCG on September 12

Each year, hundreds of new students at UNCG participate in the First Year Summer Read.  This year, the selected book, Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, is authored by one of Greensboro's own.  Doc Hendley, a 1997 graduate of Ragsdale High School, a 2004 graduate of NC State University, and a 2009 CNN Hero, will return to Greensboro to speak on campus. The University Libraries are pleased to help sponsor Hendley's visit to UNCG, and we welcome our Friends and other interested community members to join us at his talk.

The event is Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Aycock Auditorium on the corner of Tate and Spring Garden Streets.  Parking is available behind the Weatherspoon Art Gallery off of Tate Street.  The event is free and open to the public.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

Hendley's book describes his experience of conceptualizing and founding Wine to Water, a non-profit organization that provides clean water to people around the world.  As described on his website, Hendley "dreamed up the concept of the organization while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2004 the first fundraiser was held and by August of that same year Doc was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government supported genocide."  Hendley's story touches on many topics, from sustainability, to global health and politics, to grass-roots service.    

Digital Media Commons Opens in Jackson Library

The University Libraries are excited to announce that on August 20, the Digital Media Commons (DMC) opens in the lower level of Jackson Library.  This is a great new resource for students as they take on multimedia projects.

What is the DMC?

The DMC provides the space and resources for UNCG's students, faculty and staff to create and refine their multimedia projects, including web pages, digital images, digital video, digital audio, PowerPoint and more. Patrons can receive assistance with selecting, using, and citing media resources, as well as consult with experts on the rhetorical, aesthetic, and technical aspects of developing and communicating their ideas through media.

Who staffs the DMC?The DMC will provide expert staff from the University Libraries, digital literacy consultants from the Undergraduate Studies’ Multilteracy Centers Program, and graduate assistants from the Media Studies and Library and Information Sciences departments.

To learn more about the DMC and the tools and services we offer, please visit our website.  We also invite you to a special Open House on Tuesday, September 18, from 4-5:30, to meet our staff and see our space in action.

See more photos of the DMC here.

To inquire about naming spaces in the Digital Media Commons, contact Dean Rosann Bazirjian at or Director of Development Linda Burr at

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

UNCG Business Librarian Works with German Fulbright Students

Steve Cramer, the UNCG business librarian, led a feasibility workshop with 25 visiting German university students on August 6. They were Fulbright students from all over Germany participating in a month-long entrepreneurship-themed Summer Institute Program. The students are engaging in language development, community service, and entrepreneurship education, as well as enjoying field trips to the North Carolina mountains, Disney World (in part to get a taste of its intern program), and Washington D.C. Only about half of the students are business majors.

Joe Erba, a UNCG Entrepreneurship faculty member who often collaborates with Steve, had been working with the students and introduced Steve. Joe and Steve began by asking each student to describe his/her Germany-based business idea, which they were assigned to come up with over the weekend. One interesting proposed idea was a kangaroo farm in Bavaria to sell the meat (including a kosher herd). Another student was impressed with a recent breakfast visit to Cracker Barrel and proposed opening a German franchise.

The students next reviewed what kind of information or data an entrepreneur wants to find when considering the feasibility of an idea. The final segment of the workshop was having the students find relevant German demographic data using the official German census sites that Steve provided easy access to via a library research guide. Steve also had the student use the library’s subscription-based market research databases to investigate trends and data on German consumers. Steve reported that he enjoyed working with these highly-motivated students, and the students enjoyed the hands-on research into their business ideas.