Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Order Tickets for Friends Dinner with Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner on March 6, 2014.   The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the program at 8 p.m.  Order your tickets from the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160. 

Friends member tickets are $54
Non-member tickets are $64
Program only tickets are $20

Triad Stage
232 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: (336) 272-0160
Toll-free: 1-866-579-TIXX (8499)
Hours: Mon–Fri 10:00am–6:00pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

University Libraries Sponsor Table at Neo-Black Society's 45th Anniversary Dinner

Gerald Holmes of the University Libraries with Dr. Ada Fisher,
a founding member of the Neo Black Society,
photo by Stacey Krim
The University Libraries were well-represented at the recent Neo-Black Society dinner, sponsoring a table that included Friends of the UNCG Libraries Chair Billie Durham and husband Carey,  Friends Board member Camille Payton, HR Librarian Kathy Bradshaw, Associate Dean Kathy Crowe, Stacey Krim from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, and Dean Rosann Bazirjian and husband Patrick Burger.  Other attendees from the University Libraries included Assistant Dean Beth Bernhardt and Reference Librarian/Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes, who served on the planning committee.

We invite Neo Black Society members to contribute records, including photographs and memorabilia of the Society, to the University Archives.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dorothy Rechel Gift Supports Women Veterans Historical Project at UNCG's University Libraries

Dorothy Rechel of Hendersonville, NC has established the Dorothy J. Rechel Women Veterans Historical Project Oral History and Program Fund to support the work of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro. Her gift will support the collections and ongoing educational programming of the project.

Rechel was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  At the age of eighteen, following graduation from high school, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and began a highly varied twenty-three year career which included overseas assignments in France and Viet Nam.  Her military education was gained in specialized training at several service schools and the US Army Sergeants Major Academy from which she graduated in 1974.

Sergeant Major Rechel’s final duty station was Fort Monroe, Virginia, beginning in 1971, at the Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command.  There she was privileged to have been involved in planning and preparations for the dissolution of the Women’s Army Corps and total integration of its members into the Regular Army, from which she retired in 1976. 

Dorothy Rechel has been an active supporter of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project since she contributed her oral history in 2001. Her papers and oral history interview are included in the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The University Libraries and High Impact Practices

A recent report prepared by members of our faculty addresses the University Libraries’ significant role in participating in the high impact initiatives identified by the AAC&U’s LEAP Report and adopted by UNCG in its Strategic Plan 2009-14. These practices are proven to impact student success positively. By collaborating closely with faculty and Student Affairs in these activities, the Libraries contribute significantly to student success and retention. This report provides examples primarily from the 2012-13 academic year.

The High Impact Practices

• First-Year Seminars and Experiences
• Learning Communities and Residential Colleges
• Common Intellectual Experience
• Writing Intensive Courses
• Internships
• Capstone Courses
• Undergraduate Research
• Service Learning
• Collaborative assignments
• Diversity/Global Learning

The University Libraries strongly support all of these high impact initiatives through a variety of programs, initiatives and resources:

• A dedicated librarian who focuses on the First-Year Experience for 50% of her time and is embedded in the curriculum. Nearly 200 class sessions are provided each year for first-year students. The Libraries also participate actively in Student Affairs first-year activities and recruiting events. The Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) Department collaborated with a professor in the English Department in using primary resources to develop critical thinking skills with over 200 freshmen.

• Assigned liaisons to all Learning and Living-Learning Communities. With over 25 communities this is a major initiative at UNCG. The Libraries collaborate closely with all LLCs and liaisons provide information literacy sessions, satellite reference and co-curricular programming.

• A strong print and electronic collection. The Libraries’ resources provide needed support for Writing Intensive Courses, Capstone Courses and Undergraduate Research. Most electronic resources are available 24/7 from any location. SCUA provides unique manuscript and archival resources, in both print and digital formats.

• A liaison for each UNCG department or program. Liaisons provide individual or small group research consultations for students and faculty, as well as information literacy sessions, collections information and general communication between the Libraries and the unit.
• Online research and instruction support. The Libraries develop LibGuides (online research guides) that identify and provide access to useful information resources. In addition, there are over 50 tutorials that students and faculty may use 24/7 from any location.

• Opportunities for students. Internships, primarily for graduate students in Library and Information Studies, are available in many departments of the Libraries. Each year the Libraries award an Undergraduate Research Award to recognize a paper or project that successfully uses information resources.
• Support for digital media. The Digital Media Commons, in collaboration with Undergraduate Studies’ Digital Action, Consultation and Training Studio (DACTS), provides resources and services for students to create and refine multimedia projects, an important 21st Century skill.
• Space for collaboration. The Libraries provide a variety of group spaces that students may reserve online to work on collaborative projects. Some rooms are equipped with technology, and all have white boards.

• A strong commitment to diversity. Diversity among the staff and diversity awareness in customer service practice is supported through staff assignments, hosting international guides, staff training and resource development.
The full report is available in the UNCG Institutional Repository.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nataly Blas Named Emerging Leader by American Library Association

Nataly Blas, Diversity Resident at the University Libraries at UNCG, is among the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders named by The American Library Association (ALA).  The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

ALA Past-President, program facilitator and subcommittee Co-Chair, Maureen Sullivan, stated: “This very successful program has enabled a number of very talented new professionals to assume leadership positions in ALA at earlier career stage. These individuals have brought fresh ideas, new approaches and significant energy to the association. I welcome this next class and look forward to working with them.”

Nataly is the third UNCG Librarian so honored.  Mac Nelson was named to the list in 2007 and Lynda Kellam in 2010.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Crumpton and Bird of UNCG Publish Book on Community College Librarianship

Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean of the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro, and Nora Bird, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, have co-authored Handbook for Community College Librarians, recently published by Libraries Unlimited.  Their book  covers all aspects of librarianship that apply to community colleges in a one-stop reference book. It provides information that enables the librarian to become more successful in the community college environment and reflects on its unique qualities, identifying the specific skills required and the differences from other library settings. The authors address instructional design and highlight the distinctions in the types of information literacy appropriate to the specialized curriculum and certification needs of a community college. Besides being an outstanding professional development tool, this handbook is also intended to be useful to library and information science students studying service in community college libraries as a career option.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts Literary Event Calendar

The following was prepared for the newsletter of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts by Shawn Delgado.

UNCG-Sponsored Literary Events:
4th Annual MFA Poetry Showcase at Tate Street Coffee—Monday, November 4th, 7:30PM
Tate Street 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.

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.

Community Literary Events:

Dr. Kenneth Warren: What Was African-American Literature—Monday, November 4th, 2:00PM
McEwen 011, Elon University, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
The American Studies Program at Elon University will present a lecture by Dr. Kenneth Warren of the U. of Chicago based on his last book, What Was African American Literature? In his book, rather than contesting other definitions, Warren makes a clear and compelling case for understanding African American literature as creative and critical work written by black Americans within and against the strictures of Jim Crow America. Within these parameters, his book outlines protocols of reading that best make sense of the literary works produced by African American writers and critics over the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. He continues to see how this community has changed and developed post the Civil Rights Movement.

Terry L. Kennedy and Drew Perry Reading
—Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00PM
Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall, High Point University, High Point, NC
Free and open to the public
“Terry Kennedy and Drew Perry will read from their new and upcoming works. Terry will be celebrating the release of his new collection, while Drew will be reading in anticipation of his new novel,” says Matt Fiander, instructor of English at HPU. “This is an exciting reading for us from two up-and-coming writers who are also local. It allows us to show HPU students the vibrant literature being created right in our backyard. We’ve had readers and scholars from all over the world coming as part of the Phoenix Reading Series this year, and it’s great to be able to include two writers who work so close to home.”
Kennedy is author of the limited edition chapbook Until the Clouds Shatter the Light that Plates our Lives. His work appears in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Cave Wall, From the Fishouse, Southern Review and Waccamawand has been honored with a Randall Jarrell Fellowship, as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He currently serves as associate director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and serves as editor for the online journal storySouth. His new collection, New River Breakdown, was released recently from Unicorn Press.
Perry is author of This is Just Exactly Like You, which was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. He teaches writing at Elon University and wrote the novel, Kids These Days, which will be released in January 2014 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Eclectic Book Group—Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join this fun but focused book group that reads from a wide variety of genres. This month they're reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Meet the Author! Luis Urrea, One City One Book Author
—Thursday, November 7th, 9:30AM-11:00AM
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Luis Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, the One Book One City selection for this year, will come to UNCG for a conversation with our campus community. Light refreshments will be served.
Award winning author Luis Urrea was born in Tijuana, lived in San Diego, then returned to Tijuana. Among his many adventures, he taught at Harvard University. In addition to Into the Beautiful North, he wrote Devil's Highway, a work dealing with immigrants in Arizona in the 1990's, the border patrols, Mexican and Arizona politics on illegal immigration. Thus, he has insights into questions about immigration and issues that affect immigrants. He enjoys talking about bridging cultures and would welcome any related questions.

An Evening with Luis Urrea, One City One Book Author—Thursday, November 7th, 6:00PM-8:30PM
Carolina Theatre, 310 South Green Street, Greensboro 27401
Free and open to the public
A Meet and Greet begins at 6 pm with Luis Urrea, the author of the One City, One Book selection Into the Beautiful North, and his reading begins at 7:30 pm.
Urrea is an acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist born in Tijuana, Mexico. He spent time as a relief worker in Tijuana before moving to Boston to teach at Harvard. Since then, Urrea has written 16 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Into the Beautiful Northwas chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the 2013 “Big Read”selections.
7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic—Thursday, November 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.

J. Edwards Reading and Book Signing: New Garden—Thursday, November 7th, 7:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Local author Jim Gray has recently retired from practicing law as a federal tax attorney. His new novel tells the story of two brothers raised in the Quaker tradition who take very different paths. One joins the Army and the other goes into politics.

Business Women’s Lunchtime Book Club
—Tuesday, November 12th, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Café Europa, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
This group meets monthly during the lunch hour at a downtown Greensboro restaurant. This month, we meet at Cafe Europa and continue our discussion of the book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. For more information, contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.

Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity
Discussion and Book Signing—Thursday, November 14th, 7:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Saundra Westervelt, Associate Professor of Sociology at UNCG, and Kimberly Cook, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at UNCW, join us to discuss their book that looks at the struggles that wrongly convicted people face after incarceration.
Jennifer Delamere Reading and Book Signing: A Lady Most Lovely
—Saturday, November 16th, 2:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
North Carolina romance writer Jennifer Delamere joins us with her latest novel, A Lady Most Lovely. A London socialite marries a rich man in order to save her family's estate, only to discover that she's married a man just as poor as she.

Winston-Salem Writers Open Mic
—Tuesday, November 19th, 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.

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.

Mystery Book Club—Thursday, November 21st, 2:00PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410
Free and open to the public
This meeting will involve a discussion of Blanche Passes Go by Barbara Neely.

Poet.she Open Mic
—Friday, November 22nd, 7:30PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join this open mic spoken work poetry night sponsored by Poet.she. If you would like to perform, please arrive early to sign up.

Free Verse Interactive Poetry Writing Workshop
—Saturday, November 23th, 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.

7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic—Saturday, December 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.

Why Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries?

At a recent meeting of the membership committee of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the discussion focused on why one should join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

The conclusion was that while motivations differ, in general the Friends join “to support the UNCG libraries, have access to resources, and enjoy a like-minded community through a variety of events.”
Let’s examine that a bit closer.

It’s no secret that state funding can only go so far to create a great library, and the Friends help to give the University Libraries the extra edge, providing funds for programs and author visits, identifying special collections that might be acquired, undertaking projects like the recent landscape renovation in front of Jackson Library to make it a beautiful and sustainable entrance for many of the 1 million plus visitors to Jackson Library each year.  Many join the Friends each year simply to support the continued excellence of the libraries that serves their needs and those of their students and colleagues.
Many think of libraries in terms of collection resources, and while ours are significant, access to resources also includes being able to draw on the expertise of the library faculty and staff to make better and more efficient use of the collections and the myriad tools that might be available to address your research question, whether it be in the field of molecular biology or local history.  Libraries like ours are one of the few places where there really is something for everyone.  Just as our first year students sometimes struggle to find the right tool among roughly 400 databases, more than a million books and documents, and thousands of manuscript materials in the University Libraries alone, so can Friends enlist the aid of on library professionals who know the resources and where you might search most efficiently.  Friends get to know those resources well.  Of course, just being able to borrow books, DVDs and other materials from the Libraries’ rich collections is a nice benefit in itself for many members, too.

Another benefit of the Friends is the satisfaction of joining with like-minded people, including neighbors, colleagues, alumni, and others who enjoy being part of the Friends -- enjoying faculty-led book discussions, author visits like those of James McPherson and Jill McCorkle this fall, special lectures, and celebrations such as those recently focusing on Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.  One Friends Board member has said, “Let it be known that the Friends of the UNCG Libraries know how to throw a good party.”  Indeed, many enjoy just getting together each spring for the Friends Dinner, which on March 6, 2014 will feature poet and national treasure Nikki Giovanni.  It’s a party that’s been celebrated annually since 1959.
Whatever your motivation, we invite you to consider joining the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, or giving the gift of membership to someone else.  To do so, you may give online or contact the administrative offices at 336-334-5880 for more information.

Student Libraries Advisory Council Sponsors Book Talk November 7

On Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm, the Student Libraries Advisory Council will be co-hosting a Book Talk with the UNCG Historical Society in the Reading Room of Jackson Library. This talk, which is free and open to the public,  will feature Dr. Andrew Darien, who has recently written a book entitled Becoming New York's Finest: Race, Gender, and the Integration of the NYPD, 1935-1980. Dr. Darien will describe his book and the research process that he used to write it, and there will be time for questions. There will also be a small reception after the talk.

Rachel Sanders, the Chairperson for the Student Libraries Advisory Council here at UNCG says the group works as a communication channel between the staff of the UNCG Libraries and students at UNCG who might have questions or comments or suggestions.  If students have questions, they can contact