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Finley and Trojanowski Named Emeritus Faculty

Bill Finley and Hermann Trojanowksi of the University Libraries have been named emeritus faculty.  Both retired this past summer. 

Bill Finley came to UNCG in 1998 as Head of the Special Collections and University Archives Department.  He holds a Ph.D. from Duke, a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.L.S. from the University of South Carolina.  Under his leadership, the department grew significantly and the collection was deepened and enriched.  Finley was especially well known for his teaching and knowledge of the history of books and literature.

Hermann Trojanowski began working at the University Libraries while a graduate student here, and returned to become Assistant Archivist.  Hermann holds a B.A. from Greensboro College, an A.A. from Guilford Technical Community College and a M.L.I.S. from UNCG.  Among other accomplishments he was known for his campus tours, his knowledge of the history of the institution, and was instrum…

Benefits of the University Libraries at UNCG - A Personal Appreciation

Friends Member Charlie Brummitt recently shared these comments about the University Libraries at UNCG with us.

Jackson Library made it easy for someone who had not been in a college library in forty years, someone exploring parts of life he had missed.

A career full of focused nights, days and weekends ended on a cross-country flight with Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln in my lap.   Sandburg led me to look for more of the books I missed or did not know existed and that led me to an eclectic list of a hundred works of fiction.

The list began with Things Fall Apart and ended with Memoirs of Hadrian.  (The list is alphabetical by author.)  The list led me to a firm friendship with  Jackson Library.  

Amazing books, new worlds in Borges’ Collected Fictions, Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night, Diderot’s Jacques the Fatalist and His Master and the most pleasurable to me  Joao Guimaraes Rosa’s The Devil to Pay in the Backlands  all at the Library, all windows  into other worlds.

Mike Crumpton and Kathy Bradshaw of the University Libraries Contribute to New Book

Contributions from Assistant Dean for Administrative Services Michael A. Crumpton and Human Resources Librarian Agnes K. Bradshaw at UNCG are featured in a new book, Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future

Editor Samantha Hines says “the genesis of this book came when, as the immediate past president of a library association, I had to face the difficult challenges of dwindling membership and conference attendance. I was finally able to put into words the overarching question I had for several years: “Why do library workers attend conferences?” This book answers that question in my chapter, but also goes on to address other areas of professional development for library workers from several authors who work in many different types of librarianship.”
For more information on Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future,including a complete table of contents, chapter abstracts, and…

Celebrating Promotion and Tenure at UNCG

Earlier this semester the Provost's Office and the University Libraries hosted their annual event to recognize those recently promoted and receiving tenure, as they have since 2006.   Each honoree is invited to select a book for the University Libraries that has been particularly significant for them.

For your enjoyment, check out the honorees, the photos and this video, created by a student worker (Jenna Schad) in the University Libraries' Digital Media Commons.

Here's a list of this year's honorees and the books they chose.

Order Tickets for Friends Dinner with Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner on March 6, 2014.   The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the program at 8 p.m.  Order your tickets from the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160. 

Friends member tickets are $54
Non-member tickets are $64
Program only tickets are $20

Triad Stage
232 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: (336) 272-0160
Toll-free: 1-866-579-TIXX (8499)
Hours: Mon–Fri 10:00am–6:00pm

University Libraries Sponsor Table at Neo-Black Society's 45th Anniversary Dinner

The University Libraries were well-represented at the recent Neo-Black Society dinner, sponsoring a table that included Friends of the UNCG Libraries Chair Billie Durham and husband Carey,  Friends Board member Camille Payton, HR Librarian Kathy Bradshaw, Associate Dean Kathy Crowe, Stacey Krim from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, and Dean Rosann Bazirjian and husband Patrick Burger.  Other attendees from the University Libraries included Assistant Dean Beth Bernhardt and Reference Librarian/Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes, who served on the planning committee.

We invite Neo Black Society members to contribute records, including photographs and memorabilia of the Society, to the University Archives.

Dorothy Rechel Gift Supports Women Veterans Historical Project at UNCG's University Libraries

Dorothy Rechel of Hendersonville, NC has established the Dorothy J. Rechel Women Veterans Historical Project Oral History and Program Fund to support the work of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro. Her gift will support the collections and ongoing educational programming of the project.

Rechel was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.At the age of eighteen, following graduation from high school, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and began a highly varied twenty-three year career which included overseas assignments in France and Viet Nam. Her military education was gained in specialized training at several service schools and the US Army Sergeants Major Academy from which she graduated in 1974.

Sergeant Major Rechel’s final duty station was Fort Monroe, Virginia, beginning in 1971, at the Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command.There she was privileged to have been involved in planning and preparations for …

The University Libraries and High Impact Practices

A recent report prepared by members of our faculty addresses the University Libraries’ significant role in participating in the high impact initiatives identified by the AAC&U’s LEAP Report and adopted by UNCG in its Strategic Plan 2009-14. These practices are proven to impact student success positively. By collaborating closely with faculty and Student Affairs in these activities, the Libraries contribute significantly to student success and retention. This report provides examples primarily from the 2012-13 academic year.
The High Impact Practices
• First-Year Seminars and Experiences
• Learning Communities and Residential Colleges
• Common Intellectual Experience
• Writing Intensive Courses
• Internships
• Capstone Courses
• Undergraduate Research
• Service Learning
• Collaborative assignments
• Diversity/Global Learning
The University Libraries strongly support all of these high impact initiatives through a variety of programs, initiatives and resources:
• A dedicated librarian who focuse…

Nataly Blas Named Emerging Leader by American Library Association

Nataly Blas, Diversity Resident at the University Libraries at UNCG, is among the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders named by The American Library Association (ALA).  The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

ALA Past-President, program facilitator and subcommittee Co-Chair, Maureen Sullivan, stated: “This very successful program has enabled a number of very talented new professionals to assume leadership positions in ALA at earlier career stage. These individuals have brought fresh ideas, new approaches and significant energy to the association. I welcome this next class and look forward to working with them.”

Nataly is the third UNCG Librarian so honored.  Mac Nelson was named to the list in 2007 and Lynda Kellam in 2010.

Crumpton and Bird of UNCG Publish Book on Community College Librarianship

Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean of the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro, and Nora Bird, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, have co-authored Handbook for Community College Librarians, recently published by Libraries Unlimited.  Their book  covers all aspects of librarianship that apply to community colleges in a one-stop reference book. It provides information that enables the librarian to become more successful in the community college environment and reflects on its unique qualities, identifying the specific skills required and the differences from other library settings. The authors address instructional design and highlight the distinctions in the types of information literacy appropriate to the specialized curriculum and certification needs of a community college. Besides being an outstanding professional development tool, this handbook is also intended to be useful to library and information science students studying service in commun…

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts Literary Event Calendar

The following was prepared for the newsletter of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts by Shawn Delgado.

UNCG-Sponsored Literary Events:
4th Annual MFA Poetry Showcase at Tate Street Coffee—Monday, November 4th, 7:30PM
Tate Street Coffee, 334 Tate St., Greensboro
Free and open to the public
The MFA Writing Program is proud to host its fourth annual reading to feature current students focused on poetry. These fine emerging writers will be sharing selections from their work which will ultimately become a part of their creative graduate theses. Please feel free to come enjoy the poetry stylings of some talented young writers who are on their way to great things.
Sarah Lindsay Poetry Reading—Thursday, November 14th, 8:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Sarah Lindsay is the author of the chapbooks Bodies of Water and Insomniac’s Lullaby along with her full-length collections Primate Behavior (finalist for the National Book Award), Mount Clutter, and Twigs and Knucklebones w…

Why Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries?

At a recent meeting of the membership committee of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the discussion focused on why one should join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

The conclusion was that while motivations differ, in general the Friends join “to support the UNCG libraries, have access to resources, and enjoy a like-minded community through a variety of events.” Let’s examine that a bit closer.

It’s no secret that state funding can only go so far to create a great library, and the Friends help to give the University Libraries the extra edge, providing funds for programs and author visits, identifying special collections that might be acquired, undertaking projects like the recent landscape renovation in front of Jackson Library to make it a beautiful and sustainable entrance for many of the 1 million plus visitors to Jackson Library each year.Many join the Friends each year simply to support the continued excellence of the libraries that serves their needs and those of their students a…

Student Libraries Advisory Council Sponsors Book Talk November 7

On Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm, the Student Libraries Advisory Council will be co-hosting a Book Talk with the UNCG Historical Society in the Reading Room of Jackson Library. This talk, which is free and open to the public,  will feature Dr. Andrew Darien, who has recently written a book entitled Becoming New York's Finest: Race, Gender, and the Integration of the NYPD, 1935-1980. Dr. Darien will describe his book and the research process that he used to write it, and there will be time for questions. There will also be a small reception after the talk.

Rachel Sanders, the Chairperson for the Student Libraries Advisory Council here at UNCG says the group works as a communication channel between the staff of the UNCG Libraries and students at UNCG who might have questions or comments or suggestions.  If students have questions, they can contact

Friends to Discuss John Tayman's "The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai" on Monday, November 4 at 4 pm

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm: The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai by John Tayman.
Faculty Discussion Leaders: Dr. Janne Cannon (Microbiology and Immunology) and Dr. Rob Cannon (Biology).

 John Tayman tells the story of Hawaii's infamous leper colony, in existence from 1866-1967. The New York Times praised Tayman's work, "Tayman's narrative pulls the reader beyond the superficial, medical horrors of leprosy to the more devastating human horrors that lie beneath. In doing so, he has brought to light the profound dignity of his subjects.

Hear an interview with the author on NPR. 

To reserve a spot at the discussion, please register on our website, or contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.

UNCG Launches Copyright Resource

A new website designed to present copyright information and resources to UNCG faculty, staff, and students, launched on Monday, October 21.Copyright at UNCG( presents information tailored primarily for faculty members engaged in classroom teaching and research but also provides resources for university students and staff.

Copyright at UNCG includes sections on copyright basics, classroom use of copyright-protected material, issues related to scholarly publication and open access, and copyright and plagiarism topics for students. The material is tailored toward questions that frequently come up in a university setting, so there is an emphasis on audiovisual materials, public performance issues, and scholarly communications. There are links to material on patents and trademarks, issues surrounding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the TEACH Act, and UNCG’s copyright ownership policies. The site also spotlights the use of Creative Commons materials as an…

UNCG Contributing Heavily to State and National Professional Conferences This Fall

UNCG faculty and staff are especially active in presenting at the upcoming conferences of the NC Library Association, the Society of North Carolina Archivists, and the Charleston Conference.

Here's a guide to our presentations at the conferences prepared by reference intern Katie O'Connor:

UNCG Presenters at NCLA (North Carolina Library Associaton)
Tuesday, October 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM LAMS/Leadership Institute with Adair Cates

Michael Crumpton, UNCG; Adair Cates
The morning will begin with a workshop on basic emotional intelligence principles as demonstrated in last year’s NCLA Leadership Institute, by Michael Crumpton. Followed by the afternoon session with Adair Cates. Adair came into this world with a clear and forceful intention to fully live her life and share her experience to inspire others. Her devotion to the passionate life has resulted in an impressive list of accomplishments: She held teaching positions in several schools from middle school to college where her enthus…