Monday, October 7, 2013

UNCG Contributing Heavily to State and National Professional Conferences This Fall

UNCG faculty and staff are especially active in presenting at the upcoming conferences of the NC Library Association, the Society of North Carolina Archivists, and the Charleston Conference.

Here's a guide to our presentations at the conferences prepared by reference intern Katie O'Connor:

UNCG Presenters at NCLA (North Carolina Library Associaton)

Tuesday, October 15

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
LAMS/Leadership Institute with Adair Cates

Michael Crumpton, UNCG; Adair Cates

The morning will begin with a workshop on basic emotional intelligence principles as demonstrated in last year’s NCLA Leadership Institute, by Michael Crumpton. Followed by the afternoon session with Adair Cates. Adair came into this world with a clear and forceful intention to fully live her life and share her experience to inspire others. Her devotion to the passionate life has resulted in an impressive list of accomplishments: She held teaching positions in several schools from middle school to college where her enthusiasm and communication skills transformed the learning experience. Her love of learning prompted her to start her own business designing and delivering workshops and motivational speeches to increase satisfaction in work and life. To support her mission to inspire others to their best lives, she wrote Live With Intention: Ten Steps to Creating the Life of Your Dreams, a book that prompted Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For the Soul) to write, “If you’re ready to create something new in your life, this book is for you!”

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Stronger Together: Multicultural Competence - From Ideas to Action

Tiffany Allen, UNC; Kathy Bradshaw, UNCG; Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin, Forsyth County; Barbee Oakes & Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, WFU

This workshop will feature library leaders and Library HR personnel in a conversation around cross cultural competence during the morning. The panel will share recommendations and answer those tough questions: How do you make sure your library has a welcoming inclusive presence? What challenges do you face recruiting talented diverse staff members, what are some of the major hurdles? And what works? In the afternoon, Shayla will lead us through the GATEKEEPERS series. A “gatekeeper” is defined as any member who represents the Library through his or her interaction with the community at large. Enhancing our Community through Inclusion introduces gatekeepers to the meaning and value of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion; enhances participants’ knowledge and understanding of cultural differences, similarities, and perceptions; and provides tools that help participants effectively engage in building and maintaining a more diverse and inclusive community.

Wednesday, October 16

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Grumble Theory in the Workplace

Michael Crumpton & Kathy Bradshaw, UNCG

Maslow’s Grumble Theory identifies for us a pattern of behaviors that is linked to how we can be motivated or not motivated at work as it relates to satisfying individual needs. Human resource professionals and organizational management can use this theory to create organizational strategy that supports keeping employees motivated and confident in their career path. This presentation will discuss the foundations behind Grumble Theory, provide ideas and suggestions as to how an organization can work with “grumbles” to help employees meet their next level of needs and thereby improve their motivation in achieving their workplace goals.


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
How to Sustain Online Projects Once They Are Launched

Keith Gorman, Jennifer Motszko, Kathelene Smith, & Curtis Rogers

Examining the development of two online state literary maps (North Carolina and South Carolina), panel discussants will consider the challenge of sustaining web based projects. With little original project planning for long-term support, panelists will discuss how they are seeking to clarify vision and audience, overhaul design, enhance search functions, and embrace social media. Gorman, Motszko and Smith will focus on relaunch of the NC Lit Map in October 2012. Whereas, Curtis will demonstrate the newly relaunched SC Lit Map in September 2013.


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
What I Wish I'd Known Then

Lorrie Russell, High Point Public Library (Facilitator); Elena Owens, Wake County; Jane Casto & Jody Risacher, Cumberland County; Mike Crumpton, UNCG

Are you a new manager, or are you interested in becoming one? Come join us as a panel of seasoned managers share information they wish they had known when starting in the library field. We will entertain questions on various topics such as mentoring, staff development, morale and communication issues. Our panelists will speak for a few moments each from personal experience, and will answer questions from our attendees dealing with real life situations. Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion about things we all wish we had known when starting as a new manager!

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Maximizing Your Assets

Sean Mulligan, UNCG

The importance of providing staff development within a library is often undervalued by administration. Highly functioning staff development programs, however, can provide effective overall benefits and service within a library. This presentation will focus on those features of staff development and its benefits. Attendees of this presentation will gain an increased knowledge about staff development, ways to implement a staff development program within in a library on a budget, and an understanding of why staff development should be a critical part of any library that wishes to be successful in maximizing their great assets, their employees.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A Collective Voice and Vision: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Staff Needs Assessment

Anthony Chow, UNCG; Seth Ervin, Tom Cole, Michael Wozniak, Beatriz Guevara & Bethany Scott, Charlotte Mecklenburg

This presentation will highlight the needs assessment process that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library underwent starting in the fall 2013 as part of its strategic planning process. The Library tasked a team of twelve staff members who conducted four focus groups and five open forums with staff across its 20 branches. This presentation has two goals: 1) We will cover the strategy and best practices of surveying library staff members in a needs assessment scenario. 2) We will share some of the major issues the staff is facing based on the results of the analysis.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Behind the Scenes but not Behind the Times: Career Perspectives in Technical Services

Anna Craft, (Moderator) & Beth Bernhardt, UNCG, Lisa Kushner, Forsyth County; Rich Murray, Duke

This discussion of careers in library technical services will feature a group of panelists with a diverse set of experiences, including academic and public library perspectives. Speakers will address the skills needed in their departments, current and future job prospects in their areas of work, and what technical services departments are looking for when they hire new people - especially for entry level jobs. Whether you're trying to get into technical services work or trying to figure out what career options technical services has to offer, this session is for you.

Thursday, October 17

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The Academic Liaison: From Resources to Relationships to Reinvention

Richard Moniz & Joe Eshleman, Johnson & Wales; Steve Cramer, UNCG; Jo Henry, Charlotte Mecklenburg

This panel will explore the evolution and current practices of liaison collaboration with faculty and administrators. We will discuss best practices in relationship building, communication strategies, and embedded liaison work and invite participants to share their own ideas and experiences. We will conclude with a discussion of future trends in liaison work. Questions discussed include: What are the current core fundamentals of liaison work and how do they differ from the past? What are the current communication trends and how can good communication be established? How is embedded liaison work changing the structure and meaning of academic liaisons?

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Designing the Future: Public Library Community Needs Analysis and Strategic Planning

Anthony Chow, UNCG; Robert Burgin; Bill Millett; Raye Oldham & Jennifer Pratt, State Library

The State Library of North Carolina launched a pilot program involving eight county library systems that standardized the process for conducting community needs analysis and strategic planning efforts. Three consultants were asked to develop and implement the process from June 2012-June 2013. Our presentation will share the results of these eight projects, the process we followed, the summative results of over 4,000 participants - including information needs, preferences for library
services, and their opinion of the future of libraries - and the respective strategic plans that were developed. Implications for replication and refinement will be discussed.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
OCLC Worldshare Management Services: Ways to Stop Spending Time and Start Investing It

Tim Bucknall, UNCG; Jill Gremmels, Davidson College; Laura Johnson, Livingstone College; Bobby Wynn, FSU; Andrew Pace, OCLC

With their introduction more than two years ago, OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) have provided an integrated and simpler solution for libraries to manage their collections, simplify workflows, and afford more time to focus on innovation and improving services. Today, more than 100 libraries on three continents — Australia, Europe and North America—are using OCLC’s cloud-based library management services. Join WMS community members from North Carolina, who will share why they chose WMS and the results their staff and users have realized to date. Additionally, OCLC’s Andrew Pace will present an overview of WMS and a preview of what’s next.
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Looking for Professional Development in All the Wrong Places – Extending Your Professional Development Beyond Librarianship

A. Kathy Bradshaw, UNCG

Most librarians obtain their professional development from professional librarian associations, but given the increasingly varied professional responsibilities of today’s librarians, should professional development be limited to library professional organizations? Membership or activity in non-library related professional organizations is one way of expanding professional knowledge which not only benefits the individual librarian, but also the patrons they serve as well as the profession. This interactive session will demonstrate opportunities for librarians to expand their professional development opportunities as well as their professional networks.

11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Growing Embedded Librarians Like Kudzu: How a Popular Program Got Out of Hand and the Collaboration That Saved It

Mark Coltrain & Julie Obst, Central Piedmont CC; Panelists: Nora Bird, Beth Martin, UNCG

Embedded librarianship is more popular than ever, students, faculty, and librarians love the program and the direct connection between curriculum and library resources. But how to libraries keep up with demand? This session will showcase a joint program between CPCC Libraries and UNCG LIS department, dubbed the Embedded Extension Service. Its goal was to train graduate interns on CPCC’s program using a distance model, then provide interns access to actual courses as embedded librarians, expanding the programs reach as well as providing real world online instruction experience for the interns. This session will reflect on one semester of the program from all angles.
12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM
Luncheon with Tara Green, Sponsored by REMCO

Tara T. Green is Professor and Director of African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she teaches literature and gender studies courses. In addition to publishing From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature and Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature, she is the author of A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men, winner of the 2011 National Council for Black Studies Outstanding Scholarship Award. Dr. Green has presented her work in Africa, England, and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the United States. She is completing a book manuscript on activism.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bridging the Language Barrier in Public Services: Enhancing Cross Cultural Communication in Academic Libraries

Nataly Blas & Emily Mann, UNCG

Academic libraries nationwide are looking at ways to serve the needs of their diverse patrons. This program aims to equip academic librarians working in various public service roles to effectively communicate with diverse patrons, in particular non-native English speakers. Bridging the Language Barrier in Public Services will provide an overview of cross-cultural communication, a discussion of cultural and language barriers, and practical tips to serve the needs of multilingual patrons.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Stronger Together: Another Look at Faculty/Librarian Collaboration
Nancy Poole, UNCG

While many case studies have been conducted on collaboration between librarians and faculty who provide instruction on Information Literacy, there are few articles exploring the extent of such collaborative efforts on a large scale. From initial efforts including a pilot survey of reference librarians, open-ended interviews, and focus/task groups, I have developed a model depicting limiting factors for successful collaboration, and a taxonomy specific to academic librarians derived from Patricia Montiel-Overall’s extensive work on school librarianship. I will present brief preliminary findings and then solicit feedback via a short exercise and discussion with the “participant” audience. This promises to be a lively, informative session.

Friday, October 18

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Three to Get Ready (and Go Live!): System Migration in Academic and Public Libraries

Mary Jane Conger UNCG; Lisa Kushner, Forsyth County; Catherine Wilkinson, ASU

Is your library considering a system migration, in the middle of migrating, or dealing with the aftermath? Hear from three librarians in all stages of this process. Systems discussed: Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra, OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, and NC Cardinal's program with Evergreen. Panelists will discuss: some pros and cons of migrating to an open source system; challenges of preparing problems occurring once a library goes live on the new system; challenges of migrating to a cloud-based system; questions of rearranging work flow; evaluating the new system and suggestions for other libraries.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The Role of the Librarian in Supporting Community Engagement and Service Learning

Mary G. Scanlon, WFU; Michael A. Crumpton, UNCG

This presentation discusses the role of the librarian in supporting community engagement and service learning activities. It will include definitions of each type of outreach with benefits and learning outcomes, as well as several successful examples of each.

9:45 AM -10:45 AM

Transforming the Profession: Library Residents and Fellows Speak
Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Marquette University; Jason Alston, USC; Nataly Blas, UNCG; Martha A. Parker, U of A; Sojourna Cunningham & Ingrid Ruffin, UT Knoxville; Jennifer Garrett, NCSU; Cynthia Mari Orozco, LMU

Library residencies and fellowships serve a dual purpose of not only recruiting and nurturing some of the brightest new librarians but also serve to strengthen an institution. This panel presentation strives to be a transformational and concise discussion. Transforming the Profession: Library Residents and Fellows Speak will focus on the following: applying to fellowships and residencies, uniqueness of fellowships and residencies, commonalities and differences in the programs, current trends, and the future of positions that develop new librarians.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Strengthening Instruction Through Curriculum Mapping: A Collaborative Strategy for Targeted Teaching

Katy Kavanagh, ECU; Amy Harris Houk, UNCG; Catherine Tinglestad, Pitt CC; Heidi Buchanan, WCU

A senior capstone class arrives at the library for instruction. Some students have had multiple sessions with the same librarian. Two students say, “I’ve never been in the library before!” The professor says, “I just assumed they knew how to do this already.” Sound familiar? How do librarians ensure that we are offering our instruction strategically and efficiently, helping students develop information literacy skills throughout their academic careers? Librarians at four academic institutions will share different methods for curriculum mapping and make recommendations for completing a similar project at your institution.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Community College Libraries: Challenges and Solutions

Nora Bird, UNCG; Suvanida Duangudom & Julia Mielish, Wake Technical; CC Mary Lane & Monica Young, Guilford Technical CC; Rejeanor Scott, Edgecombe County CC

Four mini-presentations in one: An unexpected Solution: connecting to our community with LibGuides; Staff Cohesiveness: a brief guide to sticking together; Bribing Them with Cookies: faculty-librarian collaboration; Valuing Community College Libraries.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Outreach to Faculty in the Digital Age: Successes and Failures

Steve Cramer, UNCG; Keeley Murray, Alisha Webb, Bonnie Toenniessen, & Anders Selhorst, GTCC; Carl Leak, WSSU; Lynne Bisko, Elon

The Digital Age offers many challenges and opportunities for Academic Librarians to partner with faculty in developing information-literate learners. Building relationships with faculty and developing collaborative initiatives is a vital task for academic libraries as outlined in Principle 3 of ACRL's Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, 2011. This panel will present Faculty Outreach successes and challenges from academic libraries of varied sizes serving institutions with unique populations. Highlights will also address "best practices" for using specific instructional technologies (including LibGuides) that effectively enhance outreach and instructional goals, and developing collaborations that successfully assess Learning Outcomes.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Hearing Silent Voices: Connecting to the Spanish-Speaking Community

Anthony Chow, UNCG; Beatriz Guevara, Charlotte Mecklenburg

The number of North Carolina residents of Hispanic origin grew by 111% from 2000-2010, by far the fastest growing racial group in the state and nation. This part of the community, however, does not frequently participate in typical library community data collection efforts such as surveys, focus groups, or community forums. Our presentation will discuss this issue and ways in which to approach the community in a culturally appropriate fashion that will lead to greater participation. A preliminary summary of the Spanish-speaking patron's information needs will also be presented and our protocol and instrumentation will be made available to attendees.

UNCG Presenters at SNCA (Society of North Carolina Archivists)

Friday, October 18

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Women Veterans Historical Project: Reaching Out to Student Veterans

Beth Ann Koelsch, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) will discuss the strategies she employs to make her collections relevant to current student veterans.  Although the majority of the collections in the WVHP are about WWII, Koelsch actively promotes the Project to student veterans through a variety of initiatives. By building relationships with these students she has been able encourage the student women veterans to add their oral histories to the Project.  Her experiences demonstrate ways to combine outreach and collection development.


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Collaboration for a 21st Century Archives: Connecting University Archives with the Library’s Information Technology Professionals

Erin Lawrimore and Richard Cox, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

New technologies affect the format of records produced and acquired by archival repositories tasked with documenting society. This proposal brings together a university archivist and a digital technology consultant to discuss ways to overcome challenges related to professional jargon and work practices between archivists and information technologists to produce a successful collaboration. The two will also discuss specific examples of archives-IT collaboration at UNCG, focusing on the development of a born-digital records management system.


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Career Planning 101

Keith Gorman, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Kathelene McCarty Smith, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Jennifer Motszko, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

With increasing competition in the job market, new job seekers and those returning to the job hunt must find ways to stand out above the rest.  This session will provide information on creating a solid cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume to present to potential employers, as well as preparing for in the interview process.  The second half of the session will be dedicated to one-on-one time with an archival professional who will review your cover letter/ resume and answer any questions you might have about job searching.  Participants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume prior to the session.



UNCG Presenters at Charleston Conference

Thursday, November 7

11:30am - 12:15pm
Let’s Talk About Streaming: Providing the Resources that Faculty and Students Request

Jim Davis, President, Docuseek; Christine Fischer Head of Acquisitions, UNC Greensboro; Elizabeth Stanley, National Sales Manager, Bullfrog Films; Amanda Timolat Media Librarian, Baruch College, CUNY; Michael Waldman, Head, Collection Management, Baruch College, CUNY

Libraries have always provided videos as part of their collections, but advances in technology and bandwidth have made it possible now to offer streaming media. The increased accessibility of streaming, available on any network computer, from on or off campus, compared to a DVD makes the decision to seek streaming a no-brainer. Streaming videos however brings a new set of challenges for librarians: there are few or no licensing standards, rights ownership is often unclear and bandwidth limitations are some of them. In this panel we will be presenting the experiences of two academic libraries and of a streaming video provider.

Baruch College has been providing streaming media since fall 2008, with the advent of a new Film Studies minor. The films requested were feature films, often foreign films, not films easily available in any of the nascent aggregator streaming. We will discuss how we grew from streaming a couple of films a semester to over 50.

You’ll also hear about the experience of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in responding to faculty needs as more courses are offered online and students express a preference for streaming options over viewing DVDs in the classroom or the library. One source of educational content is Docuseek2, which provides educational streaming access to films from such publishers and distributors as Bullfrog Films. Representatives of these two companies will explain the technical side of working with our libraries, and they will discuss the pros and cons of self-hosting versus using third party platforms to stream video. This panel will consider licensing issues, access and security issues, and managing course deadlines. We will also discuss issues around hosting (or not) one’s content and what to consider. We will share what we have learned and some best practices that we have developed.

3:15pm - 4:00pm
Cost-Per-Use and the Big Deal: The Right Metric for Cancellation Decisions?
Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean, UNC Greensboro; Kimberly Lutz, Associate Director of Marketing, ITHAKA

The Carolina Consortium enables academic libraries in North and South Carolina to use their bulk purchasing power to obtain favorable pricing on a variety of electronic resources. In 2013 the Carolina Consortium (CC) included roughly 150 community colleges, public universities, and private institutions of higher learning. Started at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), the CC has no formal structure and requires no membership fees. Librarians at UNCG handle the majority of negotiations with publishers and vendors and serve as a resource for libraries throughout the Carolinas. Through the consortium, members realize a collective cost avoidance of approximately 240 million dollars each year. Despite these significant savings, we believe it is imperative to assess our deals for our members. For the past two years, we have collected cost-per-use statistics on several big journal packages for institutions in the CC with an aim of better understanding the value institutions derive from these deals and to evaluate how well these deals serve the many different types of colleges and universities within the consortium. UNCG and several other CC members have used this cost-per-use data as a metric for determining whether to cancel or renew big deals. In this presentation, we will discuss trends we uncovered through our CPU analysis. We also explore what is behind the numbers and how our members balanced the CPU data with other factors in their decision making. In discussion, we hope to gather information from the attendees about their own CPU data. Through this presentation, attendees will be able to place their usage statistics in a broader context and will take away tools for evaluating the value of their Big Deal packages.


Nikki Giovanni to Keynote Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner on March 6, 2014

Nikki Giovanni

Author, poet, essayist, and professor Nikki Giovanni will address the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner on March 6, 2014 in the Elliott University Center on the UNCG campus.  Giovanni will present "An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment."  Some of her books will be for sale at the event, and there will be a book signing following her presentation.
Giovanni's visit will be made possible in large measure through the generosity of Woman's College alumna Kat Rorison ('46).

Details will follow nearer to the event.  Tickets will go on sale in January at the beginning of the Spring semester.
Our thanks to all the Board members for their input and ideas, especially the Programming Committee and Chair Jim Schlosser.

Friends Chairperson Billie Durham shared this link from Nikki Giovanni's excellent interview with Bill Moyers in 2009.  If you'd like to get a preview, see

More about Nikki Giovanni
Author, Poet, Essayist, and Professor

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.

Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her sister spent their summers with their grandparents in Knoxville, and she graduated with honors from Fisk University, her grandfather's alma mater, in 1968; after graduating from Fisk, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and within the next year published a second book, thus launching her career as a writer. Early in her career she was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry," and over the course of more than three decades of publishing and lecturing she has come to be called both a "National Treasure" and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey's twenty-five "Living Legends."

Many of Giovanni's books have received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Blues: For All the Changes reached #4 on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller list, a rare achievement for a book of poems. Most recently, her children's picture book Rosa, about the civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book, and Bryan Collier, the illustrator, was given the Coretta Scott King award for best illustration. Rosa also reached #3 on the New York Times Best-Seller List.

Giovanni's spoken word recordings have also achieved widespread recognition and honors. Her album Truth Is On Its Way, on which she reads her poetry against a background of gospel music, was a top 100 album and received the Best Spoken Word Album given by the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers. Her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, on which she reads and talks about her poetry, was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award.

Giovanni's honors and awards have been steady and plentiful throughout her career. The recipient of some 25 honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine. She was tapped for the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and named an Outstanding Woman of Tennessee. Giovanni has also received Governor's Awards from both Tennessee and Virginia. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and she has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has received Life Membership and Scroll from The National Council of Negro Women. A member of PEN, she was honored for her life and career by The History Makers. She has received the keys to more than two dozen cities. A scientist who admires her work even named a new species of bat he discovered for her!

The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s highest honor, the Alumni Outreach Award.

Election Guide

Lynda Kellam, the Data Services & Government Information Librarian and adjunct lecturer in Political Science, has put together an election guide just in time for Greensboro’s Oct. 8 primary. Learn about the candidates for City Council and mayor, locate your polling place, view a sample ballot and check your registration. The guide is at

Seeking community input for the First-Year Summer Read

The UNCG New Student and Spartan Family Programs office has asked us to share the call for recommendations for the First-Year Summer Read with the Friends of the Library. They'd like to have some community input on the selection.

If you would like to give your input, please link to

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts: Events Newsletter 10/5/2013

Just passing along this resource created by Shawn Delgado for the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG. 

UNCG-Sponsored Literary Events:
UNCG Spoken Word Competition—Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00PM
Stirling Auditorium, Elliott University Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
This will be the preliminary round of the Spoken Word competition during UNCG’s celebration of Hip-Hop in October. UNCG students will compete for cash prizes and your applause. For more information, visit:

Tom Kealey Fiction Reading—Thursday October 10th, 7:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Tom Kealey is the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. His stories have appeared in Best American NonRequired, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in Poets and Writers and The Writer. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. This reading will celebrate the release of Kealey’s Flannery-O’Connor-Award-Winning collection, Thieves I’ve Known.
A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction, Tom teaches a variety of courses at Stanford, including all levels of Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction, The Art of Dialogue, The Graphic Novel, and Fiction Into Film. As Outreach Coordinator for the Creative Writing Program Tom manages The Four Minute Reading Series, the Levinthal Tutorials, and Residence Hall Writing Outreach. As the Writers Studio Coordinator Tom oversees the Adult Education writing courses at Stanford Continuing Studies. Tom has also taught creative writing at Google and 826 Valencia.

“Loving Jane,” A Discussion of Jane Austen’s Work and Impact—Monday, October 21st, 4:00PM
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public
This event will be a public discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly about Jane Austen and why she is so popular 200 years after Pride and Prejudice was first published.

Noon@ the Spoon: POV with Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad
—Tuesday, October 22nd, 12:00PM
Free and open to the public
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Noon @ the Spoon POV is a 30 minute program that brings scholars and artists from diverse fields to the museum to share their points-of-view on a particular exhibition or work of art.
Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad is author of two collections of poetry: the color of memory and necessary kindling which was a finalist in the Binghamton University Milt Kessler book competition. She is also Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. Noon @ the Spoon POV will be a special opportunity to hear Dr. Ahmad share several of her poems followed by a question and answer period in the Weatherspoon’s McDowell Gallery, surrounded by the sculptures and prints of artist Willie Cole.
Dr. Ahmad says, “I believe in the power of and the necessity for ordinary, everyday people (who often live extraordinary lives) to tell their stories, speak their truths, value their experiences and share that which makes us whole. This life transforming necessity propels me to share my poems and stories because a people who do not own or value the validity of their own stories, lives and their places in the historical record, will suffer at the hands of those who usurp this power.”
As a poet who experiences blindness, Dr. Ahmad explores the dusky realms of place, belonging and identity along the margins where sight becomes tentative and vision extends into possibilities, as in this excerpt from what some women wear in their bones:

Matt Hart Poetry Reading—Wednesday, October 23rd, 9:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Kelly Cherry and Jennifer Habel Reading of Literature—Friday, October 25th, 7:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Kelly Cherry is a graduate of the UNCG MFA Program in Creative Writing and is the author of twenty books of fiction (long and short), poetry, memoir, essay, and criticism. She has also published eight chapbooks and translations of two classical dramas. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the Southand has won three PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards. Her story collection The Society of Friends (which has nothing to do with the Society of Friends) received the Dictionary of Literary Biography Award for Short Fiction for the best collection published in 1999. For my poetry she received the Hanes Prize for a body of work.
Jennifer Habel, another fine graduate of the UNCG MFA Creative Writing Program, is the author of Good Reason, winner of the 2011 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, and In the Little House, winner of the 2008 Copperdome Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Believer, Blackbird,Gulf Coast, LIT, The Massachusetts Review, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, Colorado College, and American University.

Jill McCorkle Fiction Reading—Tuesday, October 29th, 4:00PM
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Jill McCorkle will be reading from her new novel, Life after Life. Jill McCorkle’s first novel in seventeen years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; and Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle in Fulton is a mystery to everyone but her. C.J., the pierced and tattooed young mother who runs the beauty shop, and Joanna, the hospice volunteer who discovers that her path to a good life lies with helping folks achieve good deaths, are two of the staff on whom the residents depend.

Sarah Lindsay Poetry Reading—Thursday, November 14th, 8:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Sarah Lindsay is the author of the chapbooks Bodies of Water and Insomniac’s Lullaby along with her full-length collections Primate Behavior (finalist for the National Book Award), Mount Clutter, and Twigs and Knucklebones which was listed as a notable book of the year in Poetry Magazine. He earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UNCG and has stayed in Greensboro as a copy editor.

Will Read for Food—Thursday, November 21st, 6:30PM
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Suggested Donation: $5 Students; $10 General Public
This reading is a charity extravaganza featuring many acclaimed faculty and faculty emeritus from UNCG’s Creative Writing Program as well as friends from the larger Greensboro literary world. More details to come, but rest assured, it’s going to be an event loaded with top-tier writers.

4th Annual MFA Poetry Showcase at Tate St. Coffee—Monday, November 4th, 7:30PM
Tate St. Coffee, 334 Tate St., Greensboro
Free and open to the public
The MFA Writing Program is proud to host its fourth annual reading to feature current students focused on poetry. These fine emerging writers will be sharing selections from their work which will ultimately become a part of their creative graduate theses. Please feel free to come enjoy the poetry stylings of some talented young writers who are on their way to great things.
Community Literary Events:
Friends of the Public Library Fall Book Sale—Friday, October 4th, 10:00AM-6:00PM; Saturday, October 5th, 9:00AM-3:00PM; Sunday, October 6th, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to buy gently used books at affordable prices at the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library Semi-Annual Used Book Sale. You can find bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction along with a variety of popular children and youth books, cookbooks, coffee table books, art, history, and science books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and much more. There is a real possibility you can find that "rare" book that you have been looking for or some other treasure.
Proceeds from the sale go to the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library, a diverse nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support the community’s cultural and literary needs. The Friends of the Library helps support the mission of the Greensboro Public Library.
A special pre-sale event/reception for members of the Friends of the Library is from 5:30-8 pm Thursday, October 3. Friends memberships will be available at the door. For more information call336-373-3777.

7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic
—Monday, October 7th, 7:00PM
Glenwood Coffee and Books, 1310 Glenwood Avenue Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to Glenwood Coffee and Books for this monthly reading series that always takes place at 7:00PM on the seventh day of every month. There will be a few featured readers before the reading opens up to an open mic. This event presents a lot of opportunities for the audience to share their work, so whether you’re interested in hearing local authors or sharing your own work, this is a great opportunity.

Author Brown Bag Lunch with Sharyn McCrumb—Tuesday, October 8th, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Bring your lunch if you’d like to celebrate the release of New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb's new novel, King's Mountain. The book shares the true story of the Overmountain Men who fought the Revolutionary War battle at King's Mountain, NC, a battle that included a 'who's who' list of founding fathers from the colonial frontier.
Drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.

One City, One Book Discussion—Tuesday, October 8th, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join a discussion of Into the Beautiful North­ by Luis Urrea hosted by the Greensboro Meetup Book Club. This One City, One Book novel focuses on themes of immigration, discrimination and hope. For more information, contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.

One City, One Book Breakfast Book Discussion—Thursday, October 10th, 7:30AM-8:45AM
Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401
$5, cash only
Tim Rice, CEO of Cone Health System, and Allen Johnson, editorial page editor for the News & Record, share their thoughts about Into the Beautiful North, this year's One City, One Book selection.
Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Beth Sheffield.

Film Screening: Sense and Sensibility
—Saturday, October 12th, 2:00PM-4:15PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC
Free and open to the public
Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant star in this captivating romantic comedy. Sense and Sensibility tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor, and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune. (1995, 136 minutes, rated PG)

Tom Kealey Reading and Book Signing
—Saturday, October 12th, 2:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Author Tom Kealey will read from his recently released collection of stories, Thieves I've Known. Kealey grew up in Greensboro and attended UNCG before getting his MFA in creative writing. He currently teaches in the MFA program at Stanford. Kealey is also reading at UNCG on Thursday, October 10th.

Reading & Discussion with Poet Richard Blanco
—Monday, October 14th, 3:00PM-4:00PM
Bluford Library, NC A&T State University, Benbow Rd. Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Poet and teacher Richard Blanco immigrated to Miami from Madrid when he was an infant. In 2013, he became the first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay person, and youngest person to serve as an inaugural poet, after "One Today."
Blanco received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from Florida International University. Since then, he has published three collections of poetry, as well as individual poems in a variety of literary journals.
This event is held as part of the One City, One Book program.
For more information, contact Bluford Library at 336-285-4185.

An Evening with Poet Richard Blanco: Reception and Poetry Reading—Monday, October 14th, 6:00PM-8:30PM (Reading at 7:00PM)
Carolina Theatre, 310 South Green Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
This poetry reading, which begins at7 pm, features poet and teacher Richard Blanco, who immigrated to Miami from Madrid when he was an infant. In 2013, he became the first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay person, and youngest person to serve as an inaugural poet, with this reading of "One Today."
Blanco received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from Florida International University. Since then, he has published three collections of poetry, as well as individual poems in a variety of literary journals.
A reception with Blanco begins at 6 pm, before the reading.
This event is held as part of the One City, One Book program.

Greensboro Public Libraries Fiction Book Club
—Tuesday, October 15th, 2:00PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join a discussion of fiction titles. New members are welcome.

Winston-Salem Writers Open Mic
—Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00PM
Community Arts Café, 411 West Fourth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join the Winston-Salem Writers on the third Tuesday of each month for open mic. Writers read 5-minute excerpts from their prose and poetry to a friendly and receptive audience. Unlike a “slam,” there’s no judging. Sign-up begins at 6:30PM.
Sun & Wind—Novels and Madness with Author Jay Nuegeboren—Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Award winning author Jay Neugeboren will read from his most recent novel, The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company, a tale set in the silent film era. He will talk about the relationship in his own life, the lives of the characters he creates, and the people he writes about. There will be a question and answer session following the reading. This event is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Greensboro. For more information, call 336-373-1402.

The Painted Veil—A Lit/Flix Event by BookMarks—Wednesday, October 16th, 7:30PM
a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
$8 in advance $11 at the door
Read the book by Somerset Maugham and come to watch the film. There will be a discussion following the film led by UNCG's Fausto Barrionuevo. Originally from Miami, Florida, Fausto earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UNCG where he currently is a Lecturer. Tickets $8 in advance, $11 at door through a/perture. Books available for purchase from BookMarks.

Greensboro Public Libraries Mystery Book Club
—Thursday, October 17th, 2:00PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC
Free and open to the public
The group will discuss Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman.

Film Screening: Emma—Thursday, October 17th, 6:45PM-8:45PM
Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway, Greensboro 27408
Free and open to the public
Gwyneth Paltrow shines as Emma, a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is that she is not very good at it. Eventually, Emma herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided attempts at matchmaking. (1996, 121 minutes, rated PG)

Reading and Book Signing by Donna Gillote, Secret of a Medici Mistress—Thursday, October 17th, 7:00PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Mystery author Donna Gillotte will read from her most recently released book, The Secret of a Medici Mistress. This program is co-sponsored by the Reading Connections. For more information, call 336-230-2223.

International Book Club at Glenwood Branch Library—Saturday, October 19th, 1:00PM
Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
This month, the group invites you to join as they discuss the One City, One Book selection, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. They will discuss the enthusiastic and brave journey that Nayeli takes with three friends in an effort to find the men of her village, Tres Camarones. Light refreshments will be served.
Film Screening: Bride and Prejudice—Saturday, October 19th, 4:00PM
Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
This Bollywood modern musical retelling of Jane Austen's classic Pride And Prejudice is a hilariously entertaining tale of one girl's unlikely search for love. In a swirl of music, dance and comic misunderstandings, love eventually conquers all in this acclaimed treat from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha. (2004, 112 minutes, rated PG-13)

Monday Night Poetry Featuring Mark Smith-Soto—Monday, October 21st, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to celebrate rhythm and rhyme every third Monday, sponsored by the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library. On this date, Mark Smith-Soto, a Spanish professor and editor of International Poetry Review at UNCG, reads selections from his work. An open mic session follows. For more information, visit the Triad Poetry Meet Up website. Questions? Contact Beth Sheffield at 336-373-3617.

BookMarks Presents Lemony Snicket
—Tuesday, October 22nd, 6:30PM
$15 General Admission; $25 with a copy of his new book When Did You See Her Last?
Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
BookMarks and Wake Forest University are thrilled to host Lemony—as he does not appear regularly for book events. He will be on tour for his new book, When Did You See Her Last? - Book Two in his All the Wrong Questions series. Please send questions for Lemony ahead of time to
Tickets may be purchased for general admission ($15) or for general admission and a copy of his new book When Did You See Her Last? ($25) through Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Lemony will sign books after the event. All ticket sales are final.
Additional questions: 336-747-1471 /
Friends of the Greensboro Public Library: Lunch with Lee Smith—Wednesday, October 23rd, 11:30AM
$18.00 Reserve seats at (336)-856-8707 or email by October 14th
Starmount Forrest Country Club, 1 Sam Snead Drive, Greensboro, NC 24710
In collaboration with O’Henry’s Women’s Club, the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library are having a lunch and book release with author Lee Smith. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library, which funds programming for local libraries. Barnes & Noble will be on site for purchase and Lee Smith will be available for autographs after the luncheon.

BookMarks Presents Lee Smith—Thursday, October 24th, 7:00PM
Free and open to the public for main event, $65.00 for Premier Reception at5:30PM
Hanes Auditorium, Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC
BookMarks and the Salem College Center for Women Writers are thrilled to host Lee Smith, the award-winning author of 16 previous books of fiction. She will be on tour for her newest book, Guests on Earth, a mesmerizing novel about a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction are beautifully intertwined by a writer at the height of her craft.
Tickets are not required for this free event with general admission seating. However, tickets can be purchased through www.bookmarksnc.orgfor the Premier Reception, which includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:00 p.m. with reserved premier seating and parking as well as a private reception with Lee Smith beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, Raffaldini wines, a hardback copy of Guests on Earth, and a book signing.
Additional questions: 336-747-1471 /
Pride and PrejudicePresentation and Book Discussion—Saturday, October 26th, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
This event features a presentation on Pride and Prejudice by Dr. James Evans from UNC-G. It will be followed by a book discussion of the title.

Film: Pride and Prejudice—Saturday, October 26th, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
As part of an afternoon with Jane Austen, the library will be screening this is the classic 1940 MGM adaptation starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier.

Film: Jane Austen’s Life—Saturday, October 26th, 3:30PM-4:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
As part of an afternoon with Jane Austen, the library will be screening a film which looks at how Jane Austen lived and wrote, as well as her unfortunate early death. A visit to the family's Chawton cottage home gives a nice image of the environment in which Austen found herself.

Free Verse Interactive Poetry Writing Workshop
—Saturday, October 26th, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 Vandalia Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407
Free and open to the public
Facilitated by Alfred Harrell of the Triad Poetry Meetup, this workshop has been designed for ages 12 and up to create poems based on prompts in an environment that is conducive to immediate feedback. This event takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month and concludes with an open mic.

Jeffrey Stepakoff Reading and Book Signing: Melody of Secrets—Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Jeffrey Stepakoff has come to town to read from his new novel Melody of Secrets.

Remains of the Day
—A Lit/Flix Event by BookMarks
—Wednesday, November 20th, 7:30PM
a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
$8 in advance $11 at the door
Read the book by Kazuo Ishiguro and come to watch the film. There will be a discussion following the film led by Wake Forest's Dr. Ed Wilson. Tickets $8 in advance, $11 at door through a/perture. Books available for purchase from BookMarks.