Monday, April 29, 2013

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Launch Project to Revitalize the Landscaping in Front of Jackson Library

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries recently announced a special initiative to revitalize the landscaping in front of Jackson Library. “The library has traditionally been a photogenic centerpiece, and we want to return it to that status,” said board member Laura Tew.

With Board approval and financial support, UNCG Grounds Manager Chris Fay commissioned  Christine Russell of New Earth Design to craft the proposed landscape design to incorporate sustainability principles, including:
•         minimal demands for water and fertilization;
•         food and protection for local songbirds; and
•         minimal upkeep requirements.

The Jackson Library portico facing College Avenue will be accentuated by Graham Blandy boxwood, dwarf Burford hollies and Kay Paris magnolias. The Yoshino cherry & Jane magnolia trees will be highlighted by hydrangeas and flowering Kaley rose mountain grass, seasonally colorful shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Bluestone slate will lead to the brick sitting wall where library passersby can congregate or rest.

The Board chose to pursue the landscaping project after conducting a review of the UNC Greensboro campus grounds and concluded that the front of Jackson Library, facing College Avenue, was in need of significant renovation to boost its visual and functional appeal to match that of the UNCG’s Award winning contemporary landscaping. On January 24, 2013, the Board approved the plan, along with a commitment to provide the necessary funding.

To meet its fund-raising goal of $25,000, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries are accepting tax-deductible contributions. To date, they have raised $17,300 and will appreciate contributions of any amount. The Board hopes to raise the necessary funds by September 1 with the hope of installing the landscape design by year’s end.

Want to give to the project? Click here.

Checks can be made out to UNCG and mailed to Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, N.C. 27402-6170.  Please put Jackson Library Landscaping Project on the memo line.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Help the Libraries, Help Yourself: Amnesty for Overdue and Lost Books

This May, the UNCG Libraries are changing circulation systems and want as many items as possible returned before May 16 so that accounts may be cleared before the switch.

To help the effort we are offering fee and fine amnesty! From April 24-May 16, you may return Jackson or Harold Schiffman Music Library Lost or Overdue books and pay no fines or fees. No questions asked!

Here's the "fine" print: Fines and fees will only be waived for Libraries books returned during this period. No credit will be given towards fines or fees for reserves, technology or AV equipment, DVDs, damaged items, or on any items returned prior to April 24.

As always, no refunds or credits can be given on items more than 6 months overdue.

If you are not ready to return some library materials, please plan to renew those items before May 16.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

UNCG wins federal grant to recruit, train culturally diverse librarians

A federal grant of almost $450,000 will support UNCG’s Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program as it continues to recruit and train culturally diverse librarians. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will provide $442,063 to support the Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars: New Americans for Community College Librarianship. ACE Scholars is designed to increase cultural diversity in UNCG’s program and in the library and information field as a whole. Principal investigator Dr. Nora Bird, assistant professor of library and information studies, and co-principal investigator Michael Crumpton, assistant dean of UNCG University Libraries, say increasing diversity in the field is essential to keep up with the changing face of America and the Triad. For more click here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

DMC Video Garners Award

A video created by our Digital Media Commons staff was recognized by Lyrasis at their latest eGathering as one of the top three entered in a contest.  LYRASIS partners with member libraries to create, access and manage information, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing library and technology operations, and increasing buying power.

Congratulations to the DMC folks!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

North Carolina Literary Map Featured in Our State Magazine

The April 2013 issue of Our State features features an article about the North Carolina Literary Map developed by the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Greensboro. 

Markfield, Evan.  "Digital Literary Heritage: An Online Database Tracks Authors and the Local Towns Where their Stories are Set." Our State (April 2013): 26.

The website for the North Carolina Literary Map is

Papers of Authors Angela Davis-Gardner and Michael Gillis Come to UNCG

The papers of two eminent alumni authors have come to the University Archives, and are to be processed and made available later this year.

The papers of Angela Davis-Gardner include research materials, various drafts of manuscripts, and promotional materials. Angela graduated from UNCG with a MFA in Creative Writing, where her mentors were Randall Jarrell, Robert Watson, and Peter Taylor.

The Michael Gills papers also include various drafts of manuscripts, correspondence, and promotional materials.  He was Randall Jarrell Fellow at the MFA Program at UNCG while receiving his degree, and received the Ph.D. in fiction writing from the University of Utah.

UNCG Librarians Publish Article in C&RL News

As graduation season approaches, the thoughts of many Library and Information Studies students turn to the job search.  Librarians at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro helped prepare a cohort of students for this process through a series of mock phone and in-person job interviews. Agnes K. Bradshaw, LaTesha Velez, and Gerald Holmes discuss the program in their article “Mock interviews for ACE Scholars,” which appeared in the April 2013 issue of C&RL News.

 "Mock Interviews for ACE Scholars: Preparing for the Professional Job Search." C&RL News 74:no. 6, (April 2013): 192-194. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Jones Honored as Outstanding Student Library Worker

Alaina Jones (center) flanked by
 Director of Development Linda Burr and
 Friends Board member David Arneke
Alaina Jones of the Harold Schiffman Music Library is this year’s winner of the Outstanding Student Library Worker Award, given annually through the generosity of Friends Board member David Arneke and supplemented by the UNCG Bookstore.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wirkus Establishes Fund to Enhance Women Veterans Project

Ms. Kathryn F. Wirkus has established The Kathryn F. Wirkus Women Veterans Historical Project Fund at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her gift will enhance the work of the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project of the University Libraries. 

Born and reared in Miami, FL, Wirkus received her BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Webster University.  Kathryn served in the United Stated Air Force for 27 years on active duty, the Guard and Reserve components, serving in various capacities as an education & training and personnel officer. 

Following retirement from the USAF in 2006, she began a second career as a Colorado State Veterans Service Office, and as the Colorado Women Veterans Coordinator.   She was chair of the planning committee for the first Colorado Women Veterans Conference 2011 and the subsequent Resource Fair 2012.  In 2010, she founded the Women Veterans of Colorado (WVOC) a Colorado non-profit organization, where she serves as president.  The mission of the WVOC is to serve Colorado women veterans and assist in their transaction to civilian life, to provide assistance in preventing homelessness, and to assist in obtaining education and suitable employment, as well as to connect women veterans with each other. 

Ms. Wirkus currently serves as Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, with responsibility for military, veterans, NASA and aerospace issues. 
Her papers and  oral history interview are included in the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro.

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards - Three from the University Libraries Recognized

The following persons, together representing a century of service to UNCG, were recognized at the recent faculty and staff excellence awards ceremony

Mary Jane Conger- 35 years
Cindy Slater - 35 years
Kathy Crowe - 30 years

Monday, April 8, 2013

The African American Experience at UNCG: Then and Now

The University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives Department has been collecting oral histories of our African American students from the 1960s. Several of these people will be returning to campus for Reunion this year to participate in a special facilitated session with current students, including members of the Neo-Black Society, to compare the campus "then and now." We are very honored to be able to bring this session for a second year. The first was held last year and was extremely successful with many alumni coming back for the first time in 50 years.  

One attendee said of last year’s event, “What a privilege it was to see the lives represented by the stories you have collected through this oral history project.  Even more amazing was watching the weaving together of the stories and experiences throughout these early years.  For the first time, the story flowed from one year to the next to see what an important role each of these African American Alumni played in forming  who we are today and where we are headed in the future.”  Another attendee called it “one of the most, if not THE most, impactful sessions in my years on campus."
Please make plans to attend this free event to be held Friday, April 12 from 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. in the first floor reading room of Jackson Library.

Tea and Tour

Have you ever wondered about the treasures that are held in the University Libraries' Special Collection and University Archives? Do you know about our rare books, book art, girls books in series, archives of previous chancellors?
Have your own intimate session to see "behind the scenes," then have tea with the Dean of the University Libraries.  Contact Linda Burr at 336.256.0184 for details.

Professors Edward Hellen and Lauren Haldeman Receive Open Access Publishing Support

We are very pleased to report that we have awarded two new grants from the Open Access Publishing Support Fund, co-sponsored by the University Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Professor Edward Hellen in the Department of Physics & Astronomy has been awarded a grant of $1,000 for the following publication:
Article Title: Electronic Implementation of a Repressilator with Quorum Sensing Feedback
Journal Title: PLOS ONE
Date Article was Accepted: 4/1/2013
Estimated Date of Publication: 5/1/2013

Professor Lauren Haldeman in the Department of Nutrition has been awarded a grant of $1,000 for the following publication:
 Article Title: Are Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs associated with obesity among Low Income Hispanic and African American Women Caretakers?
Journal Title: Journal of Obesity (Hindawi Publishing)
Date Article was Accepted: April 3, 2013
Estimated Date of Publication: April-May 2013

Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam Honored by UNCG School of Education

UNCG Librarian Lynda Kellam has received the Early Career Award from the UNCG School of Education.
For more about Lynda and the award, see

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Video of Kathy Crowe, Winner of the 2012 UNCG Student Learning Enhancement Award

The University Libraries' Kathy Crowe, along with Communication Studies Professor Jody Natalle, received UNCG's Student Learning Enhancement Award last year. This short video describes how they partnered together to improve students' information literacy and highlights the important role the University Libraries play in the assessment of learning outcomes.