Thursday, June 27, 2013

ASERL Launches “Guide to Southern Barbecue”

Summer time, and the living is easy.  In North Carolina, where barbecue is a near religion for some, we know our ‘cue.  Apparently our library colleagues in other southern states think they do too.  Rather than fighting about it, we’ve joined together for the benefit of all.

With tongue firmly planted in cheek the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), representing libraries at 40 research institutions across 11 states, has officially launched its own “Guide to Southern Barbecue,” a listing of recommended barbecue joints near ASERL campuses across the Southeast.  The ASERL Guide to Southern Barbecue is published as a freely-available, open-access guide to good eating in the region. UNCG is a member of ASERL and contributed to the Guide.

 “After years of good-natured in-fighting about where to get the best barbecue in the South,” says ASERL President Lynn Sutton of Wake Forest University, “we decided to publish our own guide.  As librarians, we have to use good judgment to select high quality resources all the time – we used these same skills to select good barbecue.”

ASERL convened a crack team of research library professionals – each a self-appointed arbiter of good taste in barbecue – to define criteria and design the user interface.  Quoting chapter and verse from Holy Smoke  (by North Carolina resident and recent Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner Speaker John Shelton Reed) and other bibles of the craft, at one point the planning team identified more than three dozen possible criteria to be used in selecting winners.  In the end, ASERL libraries used a variety of methods to identify what they believe are the three best barbecue establishments within a 30-minute drive of their campuses. 

The online guide – available at -- contains basic and detailed listings for each selection, and maps to help guide users.  Mobile users can get driving directions to their selected restaurant.  And of course, the website includes links to other trusted resources, and a bibliography.

 “We’ve been talking about this idea for a while.  I’m thrilled to see it come to life,” commented John Burger, ASERL’s Executive Director, who has been known to darken the door of such establishments with some frequency [note: he lives in Durham].  “I doubt it will solve any arguments – that’s not the point – but it will let people know where to start their search for the best of the best.”

Founded in 1956, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries is the largest regional research library cooperative in the country.  ASERL operates numerous projects designed to foster a high standard of library excellence through inter-institutional resource sharing and other collaborative efforts.  By working together, ASERL members provide and maintain top quality resources and services for the students, faculty, and citizens of their respective communities.  More information about ASERL can be found at

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beth Bernhardt Appointed to Assistant Dean Post at the University Libraries

Beth Bernhardt has been appointed Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications for the University Libraries at UNCG.  She was previously Electronic Resources Librarian at UNCG, and has consulted with a number of other libraries and organizations.  Prior to coming to UNCG in 2000, she was Associate Director of Library Services at Greensboro College.
In her new position, Bernhardt will lead, administer, and coordinate collection development, technical services and scholarly communications. She will serve as the primary spokesperson for the University Libraries regarding collections to faculty, students and administrators and will forge collaborations with academic departments and programs.  She will also provide campus-wide leadership in a collaborative environment to chart a sustainable future for scholarly communication. Bernhardt will also be explaining alternative publishing models and consulting on author's rights while acting as the chief resource on copyright, digital rights management and fair use. She will plan and manage UNCG’s institutional repository activities in collaboration with other units within the Libraries and other stakeholders on campus.
Bernhardt holds the M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Author Jill McCorkle to Visit UNCG on October 29 at 4 pm

Author Jill McCorkle, courtesy of Algonquin Books

We have confirmed that author Jill McCorkle will be with us on Tuesday, October 29 at 4 pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on the UNCG campus.  She will read from her new book Life After Life and will sign copies afterward. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the event will be free and open to the public.

For more about Jill McCorkle, see

For more about Life After Life, her first novel in some time, see

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Calling All Janeites - UNCG to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of Pride and Prejudice

Do you like Jane? Are you a Janeite?
Thousands of fans of Jane Austen are celebrating this year, marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of her novel, Pride and Prejudice.  Two hundred years later, it seems that Jane Austen is a "rock star" of literary publishing, and her influence on popular culture continues to soar. 

Please join the University Libraries, the English Department, the Theatre Department, the Greensboro Public Library, and other interested parties in the celebration.  A fuller schedule and event details will be released soon, but among the events confirmed are:

  • Hepsie Roskelly will lead a public discussion on Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House on the UNCG campus entitled "Loving Jane"  about how participants are drawn to Austen, and what aspects of popular culture have attracted them, ranging from film and TV adaptations to parodies to zombie movies.  Dr. Roskelly will engage the audience in assessing why they like Austen and how widely she has influenced our modern culture.
  • a UNCG Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan from the novel by Jane Austen.  Directed by John Gulley. Taylor Theatre, February 14-23, 2014. 8 pm on February 14, 15, 21, 22; 2 pm on February 16 & 23; 7:30 pm February 18-20. Tickets will go on sale July 31
 Other UNCG, Greensboro and Guilford County groups planning Jane Austen celebrations during the 2013-14 academic year are welcome to let us know and join in the fun by contacting Barry Miller at

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Digital Media Commons to Add Makerspace

Armondo Collins
Brown Biggers

Brown Biggers and Armondo Collins have been awarded the University Libraries’ annual Innovation and Program Enrichment Funding Award. Their project title is “DMC Makerspace.”

With the grant, the Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library will expand its multi-media support services to include 3D printing through purchase of a “Replicator 2” 3D printer from Makerbot Industries. 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file - enabling rapid prototyping of design concepts and functional, working models.

A handful of libraries, including NC State’s Hunt Library, have devoted resources to “makerspaces”, with 3D printing as a flagship service.  Makerspaces are promoting creation and research by providing users with access to materials, technology and community resources. This purchase introduces the concepts and processes associated with makerspaces into the Library, promoting growth of new ideas and improving cross-curricular educational elements with existing library methodologies.

This service will broaden the reach and scope of our services to include students who are not currently working with digital video or audio technologies.  It also expands the University Libraries’ capacity to provide multi-media instruction and design for hard sciences, math and art, for example.