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.