Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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 instrumental in the development of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Project, for which he completed a number of oral history interviews.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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.

Jackson Library made it easy for me to explore those new worlds.  Thank you.

Others interested in joining the Friends of the UNCG Libraries may do so online.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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 brochure, you may visit: This title is also part of the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) book series, which aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large.

Monday, December 2, 2013

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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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

Gerald Holmes of the University Libraries with Dr. Ada Fisher,
a founding member of the Neo Black Society,
photo by Stacey Krim
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.

Monday, November 18, 2013

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 dissolution of the Women’s Army Corps and total integration of its members into the Regular Army, from which she retired in 1976. 

Dorothy Rechel has been an active supporter of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project since she contributed her oral history in 2001. Her papers and oral history interview are included in the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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 focuses on the First-Year Experience for 50% of her time and is embedded in the curriculum. Nearly 200 class sessions are provided each year for first-year students. The Libraries also participate actively in Student Affairs first-year activities and recruiting events. The Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) Department collaborated with a professor in the English Department in using primary resources to develop critical thinking skills with over 200 freshmen.

• Assigned liaisons to all Learning and Living-Learning Communities. With over 25 communities this is a major initiative at UNCG. The Libraries collaborate closely with all LLCs and liaisons provide information literacy sessions, satellite reference and co-curricular programming.

• A strong print and electronic collection. The Libraries’ resources provide needed support for Writing Intensive Courses, Capstone Courses and Undergraduate Research. Most electronic resources are available 24/7 from any location. SCUA provides unique manuscript and archival resources, in both print and digital formats.

• A liaison for each UNCG department or program. Liaisons provide individual or small group research consultations for students and faculty, as well as information literacy sessions, collections information and general communication between the Libraries and the unit.
• Online research and instruction support. The Libraries develop LibGuides (online research guides) that identify and provide access to useful information resources. In addition, there are over 50 tutorials that students and faculty may use 24/7 from any location.

• Opportunities for students. Internships, primarily for graduate students in Library and Information Studies, are available in many departments of the Libraries. Each year the Libraries award an Undergraduate Research Award to recognize a paper or project that successfully uses information resources.
• Support for digital media. The Digital Media Commons, in collaboration with Undergraduate Studies’ Digital Action, Consultation and Training Studio (DACTS), provides resources and services for students to create and refine multimedia projects, an important 21st Century skill.
• Space for collaboration. The Libraries provide a variety of group spaces that students may reserve online to work on collaborative projects. Some rooms are equipped with technology, and all have white boards.

• A strong commitment to diversity. Diversity among the staff and diversity awareness in customer service practice is supported through staff assignments, hosting international guides, staff training and resource development.
The full report is available in the UNCG Institutional Repository.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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 community college libraries as a career option.

Monday, November 4, 2013

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 which was listed as a notable book of the year in Poetry Magazine. He earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UNCG and has stayed in Greensboro as a copy editor.

Will Read for Food—Thursday, November 21st, 6:30PM
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Suggested Donation: $5 Students; $10 General Public
This reading is a charity extravaganza featuring many acclaimed faculty and faculty emeritus from UNCG’s Creative Writing Program as well as friends from the larger Greensboro literary world. More details to come, but rest assured, it’s going to be an event loaded with top-tier writers.

Community Literary Events:

Dr. Kenneth Warren: What Was African-American Literature—Monday, November 4th, 2:00PM
McEwen 011, Elon University, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
The American Studies Program at Elon University will present a lecture by Dr. Kenneth Warren of the U. of Chicago based on his last book, What Was African American Literature? In his book, rather than contesting other definitions, Warren makes a clear and compelling case for understanding African American literature as creative and critical work written by black Americans within and against the strictures of Jim Crow America. Within these parameters, his book outlines protocols of reading that best make sense of the literary works produced by African American writers and critics over the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. He continues to see how this community has changed and developed post the Civil Rights Movement.

Terry L. Kennedy and Drew Perry Reading
—Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00PM
Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall, High Point University, High Point, NC
Free and open to the public
“Terry Kennedy and Drew Perry will read from their new and upcoming works. Terry will be celebrating the release of his new collection, while Drew will be reading in anticipation of his new novel,” says Matt Fiander, instructor of English at HPU. “This is an exciting reading for us from two up-and-coming writers who are also local. It allows us to show HPU students the vibrant literature being created right in our backyard. We’ve had readers and scholars from all over the world coming as part of the Phoenix Reading Series this year, and it’s great to be able to include two writers who work so close to home.”
Kennedy is author of the limited edition chapbook Until the Clouds Shatter the Light that Plates our Lives. His work appears in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Cave Wall, From the Fishouse, Southern Review and Waccamawand has been honored with a Randall Jarrell Fellowship, as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He currently serves as associate director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and serves as editor for the online journal storySouth. His new collection, New River Breakdown, was released recently from Unicorn Press.
Perry is author of This is Just Exactly Like You, which was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. He teaches writing at Elon University and wrote the novel, Kids These Days, which will be released in January 2014 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Eclectic Book Group—Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join this fun but focused book group that reads from a wide variety of genres. This month they're reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Meet the Author! Luis Urrea, One City One Book Author
—Thursday, November 7th, 9:30AM-11:00AM
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Luis Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, the One Book One City selection for this year, will come to UNCG for a conversation with our campus community. Light refreshments will be served.
Award winning author Luis Urrea was born in Tijuana, lived in San Diego, then returned to Tijuana. Among his many adventures, he taught at Harvard University. In addition to Into the Beautiful North, he wrote Devil's Highway, a work dealing with immigrants in Arizona in the 1990's, the border patrols, Mexican and Arizona politics on illegal immigration. Thus, he has insights into questions about immigration and issues that affect immigrants. He enjoys talking about bridging cultures and would welcome any related questions.

An Evening with Luis Urrea, One City One Book Author—Thursday, November 7th, 6:00PM-8:30PM
Carolina Theatre, 310 South Green Street, Greensboro 27401
Free and open to the public
A Meet and Greet begins at 6 pm with Luis Urrea, the author of the One City, One Book selection Into the Beautiful North, and his reading begins at 7:30 pm.
Urrea is an acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist born in Tijuana, Mexico. He spent time as a relief worker in Tijuana before moving to Boston to teach at Harvard. Since then, Urrea has written 16 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Into the Beautiful Northwas chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the 2013 “Big Read”selections.
7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic—Thursday, November 7th, 7:00PM
Glenwood Coffee and Books, 1310 Glenwood Avenue Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to Glenwood Coffee and Books for this monthly reading series that always takes place at 7:00PM on the seventh day of every month. There will be a few featured readers before the reading opens up to an open mic. This event presents a lot of opportunities for the audience to share their work, so whether you’re interested in hearing local authors or sharing your own work, this is a great opportunity.

J. Edwards Reading and Book Signing: New Garden—Thursday, November 7th, 7:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Local author Jim Gray has recently retired from practicing law as a federal tax attorney. His new novel tells the story of two brothers raised in the Quaker tradition who take very different paths. One joins the Army and the other goes into politics.

Business Women’s Lunchtime Book Club
—Tuesday, November 12th, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Café Europa, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
This group meets monthly during the lunch hour at a downtown Greensboro restaurant. This month, we meet at Cafe Europa and continue our discussion of the book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. For more information, contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.

Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity
Discussion and Book Signing—Thursday, November 14th, 7:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Saundra Westervelt, Associate Professor of Sociology at UNCG, and Kimberly Cook, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at UNCW, join us to discuss their book that looks at the struggles that wrongly convicted people face after incarceration.
Jennifer Delamere Reading and Book Signing: A Lady Most Lovely
—Saturday, November 16th, 2:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
North Carolina romance writer Jennifer Delamere joins us with her latest novel, A Lady Most Lovely. A London socialite marries a rich man in order to save her family's estate, only to discover that she's married a man just as poor as she.

Winston-Salem Writers Open Mic
—Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00PM
Community Arts Café, 411 West Fourth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join the Winston-Salem Writers on the third Tuesday of each month for open mic. Writers read 5-minute excerpts from their prose and poetry to a friendly and receptive audience. Unlike a “slam,” there’s no judging. Sign-up begins at 6:30PM.

Remains of the Day
—A Lit/Flix Event by BookMarks
—Wednesday, November 20th, 7:30PM
a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
$8 in advance $11 at the door
Read the book by Kazuo Ishiguro and come to watch the film. There will be a discussion following the film led by Wake Forest's Dr. Ed Wilson. Tickets $8 in advance, $11 at door through a/perture. Books available for purchase from BookMarks.

Mystery Book Club—Thursday, November 21st, 2:00PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410
Free and open to the public
This meeting will involve a discussion of Blanche Passes Go by Barbara Neely.

Poet.she Open Mic
—Friday, November 22nd, 7:30PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join this open mic spoken work poetry night sponsored by Poet.she. If you would like to perform, please arrive early to sign up.

Free Verse Interactive Poetry Writing Workshop
—Saturday, November 23th, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 Vandalia Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407
Free and open to the public
Facilitated by Alfred Harrell of the Triad Poetry Meetup, this workshop has been designed for ages 12 and up to create poems based on prompts in an environment that is conducive to immediate feedback. This event takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month and concludes with an open mic.

7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic—Saturday, December 7th, 7:00PM
Glenwood Coffee and Books, 1310 Glenwood Avenue Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to Glenwood Coffee and Books for this monthly reading series that always takes place at 7:00PM on the seventh day of every month. There will be a few featured readers before the reading opens up to an open mic. This event presents a lot of opportunities for the audience to share their work, so whether you’re interested in hearing local authors or sharing your own work, this is a great opportunity.

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 and colleagues.
Many think of libraries in terms of collection resources, and while ours are significant, access to resources also includes being able to draw on the expertise of the library faculty and staff to make better and more efficient use of the collections and the myriad tools that might be available to address your research question, whether it be in the field of molecular biology or local history.  Libraries like ours are one of the few places where there really is something for everyone.  Just as our first year students sometimes struggle to find the right tool among roughly 400 databases, more than a million books and documents, and thousands of manuscript materials in the University Libraries alone, so can Friends enlist the aid of on library professionals who know the resources and where you might search most efficiently.  Friends get to know those resources well.  Of course, just being able to borrow books, DVDs and other materials from the Libraries’ rich collections is a nice benefit in itself for many members, too.

Another benefit of the Friends is the satisfaction of joining with like-minded people, including neighbors, colleagues, alumni, and others who enjoy being part of the Friends -- enjoying faculty-led book discussions, author visits like those of James McPherson and Jill McCorkle this fall, special lectures, and celebrations such as those recently focusing on Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.  One Friends Board member has said, “Let it be known that the Friends of the UNCG Libraries know how to throw a good party.”  Indeed, many enjoy just getting together each spring for the Friends Dinner, which on March 6, 2014 will feature poet and national treasure Nikki Giovanni.  It’s a party that’s been celebrated annually since 1959.
Whatever your motivation, we invite you to consider joining the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, or giving the gift of membership to someone else.  To do so, you may give online or contact the administrative offices at 336-334-5880 for more information.

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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 alternative to copyrighted work.

Among the features of the site is a step-by-step “fair use” checklist designed to help instructors determine how they may use copyright-protected resources such as articles, video, and primary source materials in the classroom. Each option in the checklist ultimately leads to advice about whether the intended use is likely to be permissible and to a resource link that provides additional information if needed.
The site does not purport to give specific legal advice but to serve as a resource to help members of the university community make informed choices about intellectual property issues.

Hosted by the Office of the Provost, Copyright at UNCG was developed by an interdepartmental team chaired by David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator for the University Libraries. Team members included Coventry Kessler (Division of Continual Learning), Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries), Beth Bernhardt (University Libraries), Joel Dunn (Information Technology Services), Lisa Goble (Office of Innovation Commercialization), Michael Jung (Office of the General Counsel), and Michelle Soler (Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons). Significant assistance was provided by Tim Bucknall, Richard Cox, Beth Filar Williams, Christine Fischer, and Mary Krautter in the University Libraries, and also by Bo Bodenhamer in the Office of the Provost.
For additional information, please contact David Gwynn at 336.256.2606 or

-- David Gwynn

Monday, October 7, 2013

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 enthusiasm and communication skills transformed the learning experience. Her love of learning prompted her to start her own business designing and delivering workshops and motivational speeches to increase satisfaction in work and life. To support her mission to inspire others to their best lives, she wrote Live With Intention: Ten Steps to Creating the Life of Your Dreams, a book that prompted Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For the Soul) to write, “If you’re ready to create something new in your life, this book is for you!”

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Stronger Together: Multicultural Competence - From Ideas to Action

Tiffany Allen, UNC; Kathy Bradshaw, UNCG; Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin, Forsyth County; Barbee Oakes & Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, WFU

This workshop will feature library leaders and Library HR personnel in a conversation around cross cultural competence during the morning. The panel will share recommendations and answer those tough questions: How do you make sure your library has a welcoming inclusive presence? What challenges do you face recruiting talented diverse staff members, what are some of the major hurdles? And what works? In the afternoon, Shayla will lead us through the GATEKEEPERS series. A “gatekeeper” is defined as any member who represents the Library through his or her interaction with the community at large. Enhancing our Community through Inclusion introduces gatekeepers to the meaning and value of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion; enhances participants’ knowledge and understanding of cultural differences, similarities, and perceptions; and provides tools that help participants effectively engage in building and maintaining a more diverse and inclusive community.

Wednesday, October 16

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Grumble Theory in the Workplace

Michael Crumpton & Kathy Bradshaw, UNCG

Maslow’s Grumble Theory identifies for us a pattern of behaviors that is linked to how we can be motivated or not motivated at work as it relates to satisfying individual needs. Human resource professionals and organizational management can use this theory to create organizational strategy that supports keeping employees motivated and confident in their career path. This presentation will discuss the foundations behind Grumble Theory, provide ideas and suggestions as to how an organization can work with “grumbles” to help employees meet their next level of needs and thereby improve their motivation in achieving their workplace goals.


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
How to Sustain Online Projects Once They Are Launched

Keith Gorman, Jennifer Motszko, Kathelene Smith, & Curtis Rogers

Examining the development of two online state literary maps (North Carolina and South Carolina), panel discussants will consider the challenge of sustaining web based projects. With little original project planning for long-term support, panelists will discuss how they are seeking to clarify vision and audience, overhaul design, enhance search functions, and embrace social media. Gorman, Motszko and Smith will focus on relaunch of the NC Lit Map in October 2012. Whereas, Curtis will demonstrate the newly relaunched SC Lit Map in September 2013.


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
What I Wish I'd Known Then

Lorrie Russell, High Point Public Library (Facilitator); Elena Owens, Wake County; Jane Casto & Jody Risacher, Cumberland County; Mike Crumpton, UNCG

Are you a new manager, or are you interested in becoming one? Come join us as a panel of seasoned managers share information they wish they had known when starting in the library field. We will entertain questions on various topics such as mentoring, staff development, morale and communication issues. Our panelists will speak for a few moments each from personal experience, and will answer questions from our attendees dealing with real life situations. Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion about things we all wish we had known when starting as a new manager!

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Maximizing Your Assets

Sean Mulligan, UNCG

The importance of providing staff development within a library is often undervalued by administration. Highly functioning staff development programs, however, can provide effective overall benefits and service within a library. This presentation will focus on those features of staff development and its benefits. Attendees of this presentation will gain an increased knowledge about staff development, ways to implement a staff development program within in a library on a budget, and an understanding of why staff development should be a critical part of any library that wishes to be successful in maximizing their great assets, their employees.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A Collective Voice and Vision: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Staff Needs Assessment

Anthony Chow, UNCG; Seth Ervin, Tom Cole, Michael Wozniak, Beatriz Guevara & Bethany Scott, Charlotte Mecklenburg

This presentation will highlight the needs assessment process that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library underwent starting in the fall 2013 as part of its strategic planning process. The Library tasked a team of twelve staff members who conducted four focus groups and five open forums with staff across its 20 branches. This presentation has two goals: 1) We will cover the strategy and best practices of surveying library staff members in a needs assessment scenario. 2) We will share some of the major issues the staff is facing based on the results of the analysis.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Behind the Scenes but not Behind the Times: Career Perspectives in Technical Services

Anna Craft, (Moderator) & Beth Bernhardt, UNCG, Lisa Kushner, Forsyth County; Rich Murray, Duke

This discussion of careers in library technical services will feature a group of panelists with a diverse set of experiences, including academic and public library perspectives. Speakers will address the skills needed in their departments, current and future job prospects in their areas of work, and what technical services departments are looking for when they hire new people - especially for entry level jobs. Whether you're trying to get into technical services work or trying to figure out what career options technical services has to offer, this session is for you.

Thursday, October 17

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The Academic Liaison: From Resources to Relationships to Reinvention

Richard Moniz & Joe Eshleman, Johnson & Wales; Steve Cramer, UNCG; Jo Henry, Charlotte Mecklenburg

This panel will explore the evolution and current practices of liaison collaboration with faculty and administrators. We will discuss best practices in relationship building, communication strategies, and embedded liaison work and invite participants to share their own ideas and experiences. We will conclude with a discussion of future trends in liaison work. Questions discussed include: What are the current core fundamentals of liaison work and how do they differ from the past? What are the current communication trends and how can good communication be established? How is embedded liaison work changing the structure and meaning of academic liaisons?

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Designing the Future: Public Library Community Needs Analysis and Strategic Planning

Anthony Chow, UNCG; Robert Burgin; Bill Millett; Raye Oldham & Jennifer Pratt, State Library

The State Library of North Carolina launched a pilot program involving eight county library systems that standardized the process for conducting community needs analysis and strategic planning efforts. Three consultants were asked to develop and implement the process from June 2012-June 2013. Our presentation will share the results of these eight projects, the process we followed, the summative results of over 4,000 participants - including information needs, preferences for library
services, and their opinion of the future of libraries - and the respective strategic plans that were developed. Implications for replication and refinement will be discussed.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
OCLC Worldshare Management Services: Ways to Stop Spending Time and Start Investing It

Tim Bucknall, UNCG; Jill Gremmels, Davidson College; Laura Johnson, Livingstone College; Bobby Wynn, FSU; Andrew Pace, OCLC

With their introduction more than two years ago, OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) have provided an integrated and simpler solution for libraries to manage their collections, simplify workflows, and afford more time to focus on innovation and improving services. Today, more than 100 libraries on three continents — Australia, Europe and North America—are using OCLC’s cloud-based library management services. Join WMS community members from North Carolina, who will share why they chose WMS and the results their staff and users have realized to date. Additionally, OCLC’s Andrew Pace will present an overview of WMS and a preview of what’s next.
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Looking for Professional Development in All the Wrong Places – Extending Your Professional Development Beyond Librarianship

A. Kathy Bradshaw, UNCG

Most librarians obtain their professional development from professional librarian associations, but given the increasingly varied professional responsibilities of today’s librarians, should professional development be limited to library professional organizations? Membership or activity in non-library related professional organizations is one way of expanding professional knowledge which not only benefits the individual librarian, but also the patrons they serve as well as the profession. This interactive session will demonstrate opportunities for librarians to expand their professional development opportunities as well as their professional networks.

11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Growing Embedded Librarians Like Kudzu: How a Popular Program Got Out of Hand and the Collaboration That Saved It

Mark Coltrain & Julie Obst, Central Piedmont CC; Panelists: Nora Bird, Beth Martin, UNCG

Embedded librarianship is more popular than ever, students, faculty, and librarians love the program and the direct connection between curriculum and library resources. But how to libraries keep up with demand? This session will showcase a joint program between CPCC Libraries and UNCG LIS department, dubbed the Embedded Extension Service. Its goal was to train graduate interns on CPCC’s program using a distance model, then provide interns access to actual courses as embedded librarians, expanding the programs reach as well as providing real world online instruction experience for the interns. This session will reflect on one semester of the program from all angles.
12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM
Luncheon with Tara Green, Sponsored by REMCO

Tara T. Green is Professor and Director of African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she teaches literature and gender studies courses. In addition to publishing From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature and Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature, she is the author of A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men, winner of the 2011 National Council for Black Studies Outstanding Scholarship Award. Dr. Green has presented her work in Africa, England, and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the United States. She is completing a book manuscript on activism.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bridging the Language Barrier in Public Services: Enhancing Cross Cultural Communication in Academic Libraries

Nataly Blas & Emily Mann, UNCG

Academic libraries nationwide are looking at ways to serve the needs of their diverse patrons. This program aims to equip academic librarians working in various public service roles to effectively communicate with diverse patrons, in particular non-native English speakers. Bridging the Language Barrier in Public Services will provide an overview of cross-cultural communication, a discussion of cultural and language barriers, and practical tips to serve the needs of multilingual patrons.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Stronger Together: Another Look at Faculty/Librarian Collaboration
Nancy Poole, UNCG

While many case studies have been conducted on collaboration between librarians and faculty who provide instruction on Information Literacy, there are few articles exploring the extent of such collaborative efforts on a large scale. From initial efforts including a pilot survey of reference librarians, open-ended interviews, and focus/task groups, I have developed a model depicting limiting factors for successful collaboration, and a taxonomy specific to academic librarians derived from Patricia Montiel-Overall’s extensive work on school librarianship. I will present brief preliminary findings and then solicit feedback via a short exercise and discussion with the “participant” audience. This promises to be a lively, informative session.

Friday, October 18

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Three to Get Ready (and Go Live!): System Migration in Academic and Public Libraries

Mary Jane Conger UNCG; Lisa Kushner, Forsyth County; Catherine Wilkinson, ASU

Is your library considering a system migration, in the middle of migrating, or dealing with the aftermath? Hear from three librarians in all stages of this process. Systems discussed: Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra, OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, and NC Cardinal's program with Evergreen. Panelists will discuss: some pros and cons of migrating to an open source system; challenges of preparing problems occurring once a library goes live on the new system; challenges of migrating to a cloud-based system; questions of rearranging work flow; evaluating the new system and suggestions for other libraries.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The Role of the Librarian in Supporting Community Engagement and Service Learning

Mary G. Scanlon, WFU; Michael A. Crumpton, UNCG

This presentation discusses the role of the librarian in supporting community engagement and service learning activities. It will include definitions of each type of outreach with benefits and learning outcomes, as well as several successful examples of each.

9:45 AM -10:45 AM

Transforming the Profession: Library Residents and Fellows Speak
Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Marquette University; Jason Alston, USC; Nataly Blas, UNCG; Martha A. Parker, U of A; Sojourna Cunningham & Ingrid Ruffin, UT Knoxville; Jennifer Garrett, NCSU; Cynthia Mari Orozco, LMU

Library residencies and fellowships serve a dual purpose of not only recruiting and nurturing some of the brightest new librarians but also serve to strengthen an institution. This panel presentation strives to be a transformational and concise discussion. Transforming the Profession: Library Residents and Fellows Speak will focus on the following: applying to fellowships and residencies, uniqueness of fellowships and residencies, commonalities and differences in the programs, current trends, and the future of positions that develop new librarians.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Strengthening Instruction Through Curriculum Mapping: A Collaborative Strategy for Targeted Teaching

Katy Kavanagh, ECU; Amy Harris Houk, UNCG; Catherine Tinglestad, Pitt CC; Heidi Buchanan, WCU

A senior capstone class arrives at the library for instruction. Some students have had multiple sessions with the same librarian. Two students say, “I’ve never been in the library before!” The professor says, “I just assumed they knew how to do this already.” Sound familiar? How do librarians ensure that we are offering our instruction strategically and efficiently, helping students develop information literacy skills throughout their academic careers? Librarians at four academic institutions will share different methods for curriculum mapping and make recommendations for completing a similar project at your institution.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Community College Libraries: Challenges and Solutions

Nora Bird, UNCG; Suvanida Duangudom & Julia Mielish, Wake Technical; CC Mary Lane & Monica Young, Guilford Technical CC; Rejeanor Scott, Edgecombe County CC

Four mini-presentations in one: An unexpected Solution: connecting to our community with LibGuides; Staff Cohesiveness: a brief guide to sticking together; Bribing Them with Cookies: faculty-librarian collaboration; Valuing Community College Libraries.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Outreach to Faculty in the Digital Age: Successes and Failures

Steve Cramer, UNCG; Keeley Murray, Alisha Webb, Bonnie Toenniessen, & Anders Selhorst, GTCC; Carl Leak, WSSU; Lynne Bisko, Elon

The Digital Age offers many challenges and opportunities for Academic Librarians to partner with faculty in developing information-literate learners. Building relationships with faculty and developing collaborative initiatives is a vital task for academic libraries as outlined in Principle 3 of ACRL's Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, 2011. This panel will present Faculty Outreach successes and challenges from academic libraries of varied sizes serving institutions with unique populations. Highlights will also address "best practices" for using specific instructional technologies (including LibGuides) that effectively enhance outreach and instructional goals, and developing collaborations that successfully assess Learning Outcomes.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Hearing Silent Voices: Connecting to the Spanish-Speaking Community

Anthony Chow, UNCG; Beatriz Guevara, Charlotte Mecklenburg

The number of North Carolina residents of Hispanic origin grew by 111% from 2000-2010, by far the fastest growing racial group in the state and nation. This part of the community, however, does not frequently participate in typical library community data collection efforts such as surveys, focus groups, or community forums. Our presentation will discuss this issue and ways in which to approach the community in a culturally appropriate fashion that will lead to greater participation. A preliminary summary of the Spanish-speaking patron's information needs will also be presented and our protocol and instrumentation will be made available to attendees.

UNCG Presenters at SNCA (Society of North Carolina Archivists)

Friday, October 18

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Women Veterans Historical Project: Reaching Out to Student Veterans

Beth Ann Koelsch, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) will discuss the strategies she employs to make her collections relevant to current student veterans.  Although the majority of the collections in the WVHP are about WWII, Koelsch actively promotes the Project to student veterans through a variety of initiatives. By building relationships with these students she has been able encourage the student women veterans to add their oral histories to the Project.  Her experiences demonstrate ways to combine outreach and collection development.


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Collaboration for a 21st Century Archives: Connecting University Archives with the Library’s Information Technology Professionals

Erin Lawrimore and Richard Cox, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

New technologies affect the format of records produced and acquired by archival repositories tasked with documenting society. This proposal brings together a university archivist and a digital technology consultant to discuss ways to overcome challenges related to professional jargon and work practices between archivists and information technologists to produce a successful collaboration. The two will also discuss specific examples of archives-IT collaboration at UNCG, focusing on the development of a born-digital records management system.


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Career Planning 101

Keith Gorman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Kathelene McCarty Smith, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Jennifer Motszko, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

With increasing competition in the job market, new job seekers and those returning to the job hunt must find ways to stand out above the rest.  This session will provide information on creating a solid cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume to present to potential employers, as well as preparing for in the interview process.  The second half of the session will be dedicated to one-on-one time with an archival professional who will review your cover letter/ resume and answer any questions you might have about job searching.  Participants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume prior to the session.



UNCG Presenters at Charleston Conference

Thursday, November 7

11:30am - 12:15pm
Let’s Talk About Streaming: Providing the Resources that Faculty and Students Request

Jim Davis, President, Docuseek; Christine Fischer Head of Acquisitions, UNC Greensboro; Elizabeth Stanley, National Sales Manager, Bullfrog Films; Amanda Timolat Media Librarian, Baruch College, CUNY; Michael Waldman, Head, Collection Management, Baruch College, CUNY

Libraries have always provided videos as part of their collections, but advances in technology and bandwidth have made it possible now to offer streaming media. The increased accessibility of streaming, available on any network computer, from on or off campus, compared to a DVD makes the decision to seek streaming a no-brainer. Streaming videos however brings a new set of challenges for librarians: there are few or no licensing standards, rights ownership is often unclear and bandwidth limitations are some of them. In this panel we will be presenting the experiences of two academic libraries and of a streaming video provider.

Baruch College has been providing streaming media since fall 2008, with the advent of a new Film Studies minor. The films requested were feature films, often foreign films, not films easily available in any of the nascent aggregator streaming. We will discuss how we grew from streaming a couple of films a semester to over 50.

You’ll also hear about the experience of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in responding to faculty needs as more courses are offered online and students express a preference for streaming options over viewing DVDs in the classroom or the library. One source of educational content is Docuseek2, which provides educational streaming access to films from such publishers and distributors as Bullfrog Films. Representatives of these two companies will explain the technical side of working with our libraries, and they will discuss the pros and cons of self-hosting versus using third party platforms to stream video. This panel will consider licensing issues, access and security issues, and managing course deadlines. We will also discuss issues around hosting (or not) one’s content and what to consider. We will share what we have learned and some best practices that we have developed.

3:15pm - 4:00pm
Cost-Per-Use and the Big Deal: The Right Metric for Cancellation Decisions?
Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean, UNC Greensboro; Kimberly Lutz, Associate Director of Marketing, ITHAKA

The Carolina Consortium enables academic libraries in North and South Carolina to use their bulk purchasing power to obtain favorable pricing on a variety of electronic resources. In 2013 the Carolina Consortium (CC) included roughly 150 community colleges, public universities, and private institutions of higher learning. Started at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), the CC has no formal structure and requires no membership fees. Librarians at UNCG handle the majority of negotiations with publishers and vendors and serve as a resource for libraries throughout the Carolinas. Through the consortium, members realize a collective cost avoidance of approximately 240 million dollars each year. Despite these significant savings, we believe it is imperative to assess our deals for our members. For the past two years, we have collected cost-per-use statistics on several big journal packages for institutions in the CC with an aim of better understanding the value institutions derive from these deals and to evaluate how well these deals serve the many different types of colleges and universities within the consortium. UNCG and several other CC members have used this cost-per-use data as a metric for determining whether to cancel or renew big deals. In this presentation, we will discuss trends we uncovered through our CPU analysis. We also explore what is behind the numbers and how our members balanced the CPU data with other factors in their decision making. In discussion, we hope to gather information from the attendees about their own CPU data. Through this presentation, attendees will be able to place their usage statistics in a broader context and will take away tools for evaluating the value of their Big Deal packages.