Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jennifer Motszko Appointed Manuscript Archivist Librarian

Jennifer Motszko has been appointed Manuscript Archivist Librarian at the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro effective July 22.  She had worked as Manuscripts Archivist at UNCG since 2008.  Jennifer holds Master of Arts in History and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Jennifer is currently Vice President/Program Chair of the Society of North Carolina Archivists, and will become President of that Association in 2013-14.

Among her accomplishments is her work on the North Carolina Literary Map.

For a description of some of the manuscript collections recently processed at UNCG, see Jennifer's blog post.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Business Librarian Steve Cramer Named Coleman Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Cramer, the UNCG Business Librarian, is one of the new Coleman Faculty Fellows for 2013-14. According to the Coleman Foundation, the Coleman Fellows are “typically professors from outside the school of business at their institution” who “engage in the development of courses and leadership of projects in support of entrepreneurship education on their campus.” Steve was recruited for the fellowship by the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship Dianne Welsh, with whom he collaborates on teaching and research projects.

Steve is creating the course “ENT/LIS/GEO 530, Researching Opportunities in Entrepreneurship  & Economic Development”, to be offered in Spring 2014. The course will be cross-listed with the Geography and Library & Information Studies departments and will be open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Besides creating and teaching the interdisciplinary class, the Coleman Fellows also are required to participate in learning and networking opportunities. One is the annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization  (CEO) conference in Chicago, which includes a day-long Fellows Summit for the new fellows. Also required are monthly webinars from September to April led by a veteran fellow. Steve says he is looking forward to teaching the new class as well as further increasing the connections between the University Libraries and campus entrepreneurial initiatives.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Welcome Back

As the University Libraries welcome students and faculty back to the campus and the summer recess comes to a close, it is perhaps appropriate to reflect on the Libraries’ historic and current place in serving our community. As the repository of the University’s archives, we offer a unique resource in assessing our university’s tradition and relationship to its many constituencies, and are a major resource for exploring the evolution of higher education for women from our founding in the late nineteenth century. Indeed, as I was just discussing with a colleague walking back from the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address, the old Forney Building that served as the first library building on campus was built through the generosity of Andrew Carnegie at the urging of Normal School founder and first president Charles Duncan McIver. Carnegie is best known for building public libraries, but he was willing to support libraries for colleges offering practical education, and McIver convinced him of the importance of having a good library on a campus dedicated to serving its community, as we were and still are. Greensboro actually ended up with four Carnegie libraries, including buildings at Bennett and Guilford Colleges. With such initiatives as our "Textiles, Teachers and Troops" digital project, which recently received a second round of major funding allowing us further collaborate with other local repositories relating to the history of Greensboro, the University Libraries continue to grow as a major resource for interpreting the history of our community and its place in the larger society.

As the new academic year opens, we at the University Libraries recommit ourselves and our library to the university’s mission and goals, and to supporting new and returning students and faculty as well as alumni, friends, and community members.
As a vehicle for lifelong education, becoming proficient in the use of libraries and the resources and services they provide is a critical skill for the long-term success we all hope to enjoy, and with which we develop an engaged and informed citizenry. 

The University Libraries are proud to be leaders in the application of technology in libraries, and in developing models of resource acquisition and cost sharing such as the Carolina Consortium that enables not only our campus, but others throughout the state and beyond, to make the most of the financial resources available to us. 
We are pleased to be among the first campus units to enter into the UNCG-Well∙Spring collaboration, which offers promise to become a model for the nation in showing the way for meaningful interaction between universities and retirement communities. 

In our services to distance learners and in our partnerships with groups such as the BOOKMARKS organization, the Greensboro Public Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum, the Guilford County Schools, and other community organizations, we seek to extend our service and benefits beyond the physical boundaries of our campus and those who study and conduct research here.  
Recognizing that paper and books remain important containers for information, we value and steward our unique and important physical collections and work to make them available to the wider community through digitization and other means.  At the same time, we continue to expand, insofar as we can, our electronic reach to collections and services beyond those within our walls.

As library professionals, we who work here continue to serve our profession and our society, and to serve in positions of leadership within the state and beyond as we move confidently into a future where library service continues to be refined and renewed toward the goal of meeting the needs of a complex and ever-changing world.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Friday, September 6 at UNCG — A Visit with Historian James McPherson, sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries in association with BOOKMARKS

Friday, September 6 in Jackson Library Reading Room. UNCG, 1st Floor. 4 pm.

Dr. McPherson will also appear on Saturday, September 7 at the BOOKMARKS Festival, Winston-Salem 1:30-2:15, Main Stage, corner of 6th and Trade Streets

James McPherson is one of the country's premier historians, and one of its most respected and honored.  He graduated in 1958 from Gustavus Adolphus College.  He did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Ph.D. in History with distinction in 1963.  From 1962 to his retirement in 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he now holds the chair of George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History Emeritus.  He is the author of some fifteen books and the editor of another ten, mostly on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction.  His books have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History (1989) for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, The Lincoln Prize (1998) for For Cause and Comrade: Why Men Fought in the Civil War and a second Lincoln Prize (2009) for Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.  Other awards include appointment as Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000, the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2007, and ten honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. 

For more information about BOOKMARKS, see http://bookmarksnc.org/

Monday, August 5, 2013

Henry Frye: North Carolina's First African American Chief Justice

Henry Frye: North Carolina's First African American Chief Justice

We invite you to join Greensboro writer and past Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board chair Howard Covington and North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye for a booksigning at the Greensboro Barnes & Noble. This new biography traces Frye's career, along with African American participation in the civic, social and political life of North Carolina.
Wednesday August 07, 2013 7:00 PM

Barnes and Noble Greensboro: Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408,