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Showing posts from February 3, 2013

The Digital Temple: Telescope for George Herbert’s “Book of Starres”

The following post was prepared by Dr. Chris Hodgkins of the English Department:

When Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University began to explore how he might apply emerging digital technology to the English poetry of Metaphysical master George Herbert (1593-1633), he thought with youthful optimism that such a project might take, oh, a year or two. After all, the complete printed works of Herbert fit into only one volume. How long could it take to transcribe, encode, and annotate the lyric poems of The Temple (1633)? Thirteen years later, he knows. The Digital Temple, more than a decade in the making, is now available from University of Virginia Press/Rotunda, America’s leading academic digital publisher, where it keeps company with the digital papers of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and is being hailed by advance reviewers as the state of the art in digital editions. With his co-editor, UNCG’s Christopher Hodgkins, who join…

Friends Dinner on April 29 To Feature John Shelton Reed

The following post was prepared by Jim Schlosser, Chair of the Programming Committee of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

John Shelton Reed, an acclaimed humorist on southern culture who once compared the modern South to a pair of comfortable tattered jeans, will be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. The dinner gathering will be April 29 at Cone Ballroom in the Elliott University Center.
The William Rand Kenan, Jr. professor emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reed has written widely and spoken often, seriously and wittingly, about the ways of the South. The novelist Lee Smith summed up Reed as "hysterically funny and the most astute observer of the South that we have." The humorist Roy Blount Jr. included Reed as the only sociologist in Blount's "Book of Southern Humor."
Reed's latest book, published last November, “Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s," concerns …

New Exhibit: “French History Illustrated: The Action Images of Job”

The following post was prepared by Dr. William K. Finley, Special Collections Librarian.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives in Jackson Library is currently mounting a visiting exhibit of vibrant illustrations from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French books.“French History Illustrated: The Action Images of Job” represents the breathtakingly colorful book and magazine images of Jacques Onfroy de Breville (1858-1931), who was known by the pseudonym of “Job.”Included in the exhibit are numerous illustrations from French books and magazines, as well as toys (soldiers and farmyard scenes), commemorative plates and other artifacts designed by Job.While Job’s illustrations were basically drawn for children, his images (especially those done in pochoir) will fascinate adults and children alike.

The exhibit will be open for viewing between February 4 and March 14 during Special Collections’ opening hours of 9-5, Mon-Fri.On February 18, at 4:00 …

University Libraries Score Well in Survey

This posting was prepared by Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean for Public Services.

The University Libraries conducted the LibQual+™ survey in fall 2012 to determine student, faculty and staff perceptions about the UNCG Libraries (Jackson and the Harold Schiffman Music Library).LibQual+ is a standardized measure develop by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in 2000.It measures what service is desired by clients and the service they perceive they are receiving.LibQual+ ™ also asks what is the minimum level of service with which they would be satisfied.
The survey includes core questions on three dimensions: ·Affect of Service (services)
·Information Control (collections and resources)
·Library as Place (library buildings)

Additional questions ask about general satisfaction with the Libraries and how often they use it, both in-person and virtually.There is also space for narrative comments.
The Libraries last administered LibQual+™ in 2008 so we are able to compare progress.And, because …