Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Finley and Trojanowski Named Emeritus Faculty

Bill Finley and Hermann Trojanowksi of the University Libraries have been named emeritus faculty.  Both retired this past summer. 

Bill Finley came to UNCG in 1998 as Head of the Special Collections and University Archives Department.  He holds a Ph.D. from Duke, a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.L.S. from the University of South Carolina.  Under his leadership, the department grew significantly and the collection was deepened and enriched.  Finley was especially well known for his teaching and knowledge of the history of books and literature.

Hermann Trojanowski began working at the University Libraries while a graduate student here, and returned to become Assistant Archivist.  Hermann holds a B.A. from Greensboro College, an A.A. from Guilford Technical Community College and a M.L.I.S. from UNCG.  Among other accomplishments he was known for his campus tours, his knowledge of the history of the institution, and was instrumental in the development of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Project, for which he completed a number of oral history interviews.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Benefits of the University Libraries at UNCG - A Personal Appreciation

Friends Member Charlie Brummitt recently shared these comments about the University Libraries at UNCG with us.

Jackson Library made it easy for someone who had not been in a college library in forty years, someone exploring parts of life he had missed.

A career full of focused nights, days and weekends ended on a cross-country flight with Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln in my lap.   Sandburg led me to look for more of the books I missed or did not know existed and that led me to an eclectic list of a hundred works of fiction.

The list began with Things Fall Apart and ended with Memoirs of Hadrian.  (The list is alphabetical by author.)  The list led me to a firm friendship with  Jackson Library.  

Amazing books, new worlds in Borges’ Collected Fictions, Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night, Diderot’s Jacques the Fatalist and His Master and the most pleasurable to me  Joao Guimaraes Rosa’s The Devil to Pay in the Backlands  all at the Library, all windows  into other worlds.

Jackson Library made it easy for me to explore those new worlds.  Thank you.

Others interested in joining the Friends of the UNCG Libraries may do so online.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mike Crumpton and Kathy Bradshaw of the University Libraries Contribute to New Book

Contributions from Assistant Dean for Administrative Services Michael A. Crumpton and Human Resources Librarian Agnes K. Bradshaw at UNCG are featured in a new book, Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future

Editor Samantha Hines says “the genesis of this book came when, as the immediate past president of a library association, I had to face the difficult challenges of dwindling membership and conference attendance. I was finally able to put into words the overarching question I had for several years: “Why do library workers attend conferences?” This book answers that question in my chapter, but also goes on to address other areas of professional development for library workers from several authors who work in many different types of librarianship.”

For more information on Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future, including a complete table of contents, chapter abstracts, and brochure, you may visit: This title is also part of the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) book series, which aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Celebrating Promotion and Tenure at UNCG

Earlier this semester the Provost's Office and the University Libraries hosted their annual event to recognize those recently promoted and receiving tenure, as they have since 2006.   Each honoree is invited to select a book for the University Libraries that has been particularly significant for them.

For your enjoyment, check out the honorees, the photos and this video, created by a student worker (Jenna Schad) in the University Libraries' Digital Media Commons.

Here's a list of this year's honorees and the books they chose.