Friday, December 19, 2014

Settling in for a Winter Break

Happy holidays to all.  See you in 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jackson Library Conference Room Named for Retiring Congressman Howard Coble

photo by Carly Glazier Photography
A conference room in UNCG’s Jackson Library has been named for retiring U.S. Representative Howard Coble.  The J. Howard Coble Conference Room is located on the third floor of Jackson Library, where the Congressman’s papers reside in the Special Collections and University Archives.  “We are thrilled and honored to have Congressman Coble's archive at the UNCG libraries,” says Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian. “Researchers, faculty and students will make wonderful use of his valuable papers and we are so proud that we can provide access to and preserve his collection for generations to come.”

"We are so honored by this very generous donation," says Keith Gorman, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives. " This gift helps to support our efforts in collection development, research support, and the use of archival materials in instruction.  Moreover, the newly named conference room will provide us with a space to hold faculty consultations, conduct hands-on workshops, and teach small seminars."

The naming culminates a season of generosity from Coble’s friends and supporters, who provided the money for a major gift to the University Libraries, with a substantial portion of the gift coming in December just before the winter break.  The funds from the gift will be used to complete the processing of Congressman Coble’s papers and, with any remaining funds, to up-fit the conference room that will bear his name.  The latest money came through a fundraiser that honored the Congressman upon his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives.  Money was given by corporations, businesses, and individuals.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Third Cohort of ACE Scholars Graduates from UNCG, Adding Diversity to the Library Profession

Students in third cohort of ACE Scholars Program at UNCG
with Michael Crumpton and Nora Bird
The December 11 UNCG commencement exercises marked the graduations of the third cohort of students finishing UNCG’s ACE Scholars program, through which eleven students earned their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degrees.  Altogether, 50 students completed LIS degrees from UNCG as a result of the program. 

Like those of their predecessors, the educations of these most recent graduates were funded through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program administered by IMLS, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.    Throughout its existence, the ACE Scholars program was intended to broaden the level of diversity within the library profession and was the result of close collaboration and planning between the University Libraries and the Library and Information Studies program, with significant aid from the University Libraries' Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes, who was a mentor to many of the students who completed the program.

Co-principal investigators Assistant Professor Nora Bird of the Library and Information Studies Department and Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean of the University Libraries sought and obtained IMLS funding for this third cohort in the ACE Scholars program.  Because of Crumpton and Bird’s interest and expertise in community college librarianship, this cohort focused on building diversity among librarians interested in working in community colleges.  Crumpton and Bird are acknowledged experts in that field and are the co-authors of Handbook for Community College Librarians, published in 2013 by Libraries Unlimited, a division of ABC Clio.

UNCG’s engagement in the ACE Scholars program actually began in 2009,  when the first cohort of students were admitted.  Former Associate Director of University Libraries Sha Li Zhang, now Dean of University Libraries at the University of Montana, conceived the program and received funding from IMLS to support it.  Additional IMLS funding in 2011 supported a second cohort, and funding for the third cohort was secured by Crumpton and Bird in 2013. 

Sarah Caudle Earns MLIS

Sarah Caudle, the Weekend Evening Manager in Access Services, received her MLIS degree from Valdosta State at their December 2014 commencement.

Congratulations to Sarah !

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sean Mulligan Earns MBA from UNCG

Archivist Sean Mulligan of the University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Department received his MBA degree from UNCG on Thursday, December 11 at the University's commencement exercises.

Congratulations, Sean !

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gerald Holmes named 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Honoree by the American Library Association

Mr. Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), has been named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize Mr. Holmes for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.

Mr. Holmes’ career has focused on the development of early career librarians, and through that work he has consistently encouraged individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to choose the library profession. He serves as a mentor for many in the profession, and is sought after for guidance on diversity issues. In his role as Diversity Coordinator, he works directly with Library Administration on university priorities, grants, fund raising and campus priorities regarding diversity issues and resources. A part of his role also includes working to develop internal library training opportunities to highlight culture and needs of diverse populations that the Libraries serve on campus. Mr. Holmes has been a co-Principle Investigator with several other area librarians and faculty members of the UNCG Library and Information Studies (LIS) program to apply for and receive IMLS grants that have funded scholarships for the Academic Cultural Enhancement (ACE) Scholars. These cohorts were directed at increasing the presence of underrepresented populations into librarianship.  While at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mr. Holmes has been very involved in diversity focused work including serving on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; chairing the University Libraries Diversity Committee; and creating and coordinating a Post MLS Diversity Residency Program, now with its fourth resident. He also has represented the Libraries on the UNCG Race and Gender Institute Planning Committee. 

Gerald Holmes and wife Sharon at
ALA awards ceremony
Mr. Holmes assisted in creating the ACRL Residency Interest Group and he provided guidance to the leadership of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity Committee.  Additionally, he has served in leadership positions as a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association  (Executive Board), as Chair of the Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns and member of the Executive Board for the North Carolina Library Association, and as Chair of the ACRL African-American Librarians Section. 

Mr. Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Holmes will be recognized as the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. He will receive the honor and offer remarks during the Diversity Research Update on Sunday, January 31 from 3-4 p.m in room W183c of the McCormick Place Convention Center.

ALA’s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in selecting this year’s Honoree: LaVerne Gray (Chair), Eugenia Beh, Rebecca L. Hankins, Sandra M. Hughes-Hassell, Robin L. Kear, Thura Reed Mack, Cristina Dominguez Ramirez, Ingrid Ruffin, and Dr. Eun-Young Yoo Lee. For more information on the Achievement in Library Diversity Research award and the Diversity Research Grants Program, please visit

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Author Charlie Lovett to Visit UNCG on Thursday, February 5

Bibliophile and best-selling author Charlie Lovett will visit and talk about his books in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library on Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.

It is appropriate that the talk be in the Library’s Special Collections Reading Room for a number of reasons. Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, and remains an avid collector, especially of books by and about Lewis Carroll.  Attendees will also be able to view a new exhibit about William Shakespeare, marking the campus celebration of Globe & Cosmos: Celebrating 450 Years of Shakespeare and Galileo.  Not only is Lovett knowledgeable about the subject, the Bard and his work are important elements of his first novel, the best-selling The Bookman’s Tale, which introduced scores of readers to the meaning of the word bibliophile.

In his second novel, First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen, Lovett once again immerses readers in a world where books hold closely guarded secrets that threaten to turn the literary world upside down. For Lovett, old books hold a power like none other; in his mysteries, their contents become matters of life and death. Careful Austen scholars will note that First Impressions was the original title for Pride and Prejudice.

Here’s a synopsis of the new novel:  In 1796, Jane Austen is living in Hampshire and working on her first book, an epistolary novel tentatively titled Elinor and Marianne, when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an aging cleric named Richard Mansfield. An author himself—albeit of a less-than-artful book of allegories—Mansfield soon becomes Jane’s closest literary companion. On long walks through the countryside and engaging chats by the fire, they offer each other not only friendship, but also professional advice. Neither can foresee the impact their collaborations will have on future generations. In present day London, Sophie Collingwood is a lifelong book lover bereft at the loss of her beloved Uncle Bertram. After his books are sold off to pay debts, Sophie takes a job at an antiquarian bookshop hoping to earn enough to slowly buy back the books and restore his collection. When, on the same day, two customers request a copy of the same obscure book—the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield—Sophie is drawn into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice. Sophie, a dogged researcher and devoted Jane Austen fan, is quickly drawn into a frantic search for a book that threatens not just Jane Austen’s reputation, but Sophie’s own life.

Combining a very Austen-like love triangle; a portrait of one of our greatest literary legends; and a tribute to the typesetters and printing presses of the eighteenth century, First Impressions may appeal especially to  bibliophiles and Jane Austen lovers. It’s also a tale well told.  Lovett pulls readers into his world where true joy comes from a life lived in books.

Charlie Lovett is a member of The Grolier Club, the preeminent club for bibliophiles in North America. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.  He is also the recently-elected President of Bookmarks, the Winston-Salem-based organization known for putting on North Carolina’s largest and best-attended annual book festival for the past ten years.

For more information, see

Monday, December 1, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries – Looking Back on 2014

 For those inclined to look back on the past year, here's a review of Friends of the UNCG Libraries events and celebrations.

Throughout the year, Friends members enjoy

•    Access to a book collection of more than 1 million volumes

•    A DVD collection of more 5000 items

•    Current literature and paperback collections of popular titles for year-round reading

•    Beautifully furnished libraries full of comfortable seating

•    A helpful and professional group of library employees dedicated to helping patrons find the information they need when they need it

Kathy and David Crowe create endowments to support the University Libraries through planned gifts.

Others wishing to make major gifts through planned giving or other means should contact Director of Development Linda Burr at or by phone at 336-256-0184.

Ron Cassell leads a book discussion of Robert Graves’ Goodbye to All That.

The Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library hosts an open house recently to show off its newly minted Gaming Lab and 3D printing service.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner features An Evening of Love and Laughter with Poet Nikki Giovanni despite an impending snow storm.

Carolina Peacemaker editor Afrique Kilimanjaro speaks at Jackson Library

Georgann Eubanks speaks on the topic “Why Are There So Many NC Writers?” This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

UNCG faculty member Terry Kennedy reads from his new book of poetry in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library.

Keith Cushman leads a book discussion of Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier.

The Digital Projects unit launches the Teachers, Textiles & Troops Digital Project with an address by Dr. Kevin Cherry, NC Deputy Secretary for Archives & History, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, delivered at the Greensboro Historical Museum, one of the project partners.

Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes is honored with a special Outstanding Service Award by the African American Studies Program at UNCG.

Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean of Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies at UNCG, receives recognition as the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Bill and Wilma Bates give to renovate and support the Bates Collaboratory in the Jackson Library Tower to provide versatile functionality, group study equipment, and comfortable seating.

Pat and Ira Gruber make a planned gift of a Discretionary Endowment to benefit the University Libraries.

Charlotte Holder Clinger and Noel W. Clinger establish the Colonel Charlotte Holder Clinger ’65 Oral History Fund to support the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Project.

Author and storyteller Doug Elliott comes to UNCG and to the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem under UNCG sponsorship with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

Keith Debbage leads a book discussion of Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited.

UNCG Faculty Members David Roderick and Lee Zacharias, give readings from their new books for the MFA Writing Program, co-sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Dr. Joy Kasson of UNC Chapel Hill presents a talk about author and illustrator Lois Lenski, whose papers are in UNCG’s Special Collections.

The University Libraries host the inaugural event for a new series, “Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery” This year’s guest is author Nancy Pickard.

Retired UNCG professor Fred Chappell reads from his new book of poetry, sponsored by the MFA Writing Program in partnership with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Anne Hershey leads a book discussion of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.

Richard A. DeMillo, author of Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities opens a series created by the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office called What Is College For?

Beth Macy, author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town speaks about and signs copies of her book.

Keith Cushman leads a book discussion of  Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding: the Play in conjunction with performances of the play by Triad Stage.

Many Friends and other supporters choose to make a year-end gift to the University Libraries.  You may do so online at

Before the Libraries close for the Winter Break Holiday and a short winter’s nap, coffee and other hot beverages are provided by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries for hard-studying students preparing for exams.  Post exam and holiday hours may be found at

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions for Spring 2015

Monday, February 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Regeneration by Pat Barker, led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries .
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  

Monday, April 20:  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland  by Christopher Browning, led by Karl Schleunes of the History Department.

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

The backdrops of World War I and World War II figure prominently in the provocative Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions scheduled for Spring 2015.

The first book discussion of the Spring Semester will be led by Dr. Keith Gorman of the University Libraries, Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department.  Keith will lead our discussion of Regeneration  by Pat Barker, which was published in 1991 and was a Booker Prize nominee. It was the first novel of a trilogy entitled the Regeneration Trilogy. The two other works in the trilogy are The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road. The novel set in WWI England explores the experience of British officers being treated for shell shock. Drawing on the experiences of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, the novel examines the issues of duty, masculinity, creative work, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The second book discussion will be led by Dr. Karl Schleunes, Professor Emeritus of History.  He will lead a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland,  by Christopher Browning.  In this non-fiction work, Browning, a professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill, argues that a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.  “If the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 could become killers under such circumstances,'' he writes, “what group of men cannot?''

Both programs are free, with priority given to Friends of the UNCG Libraries members.  If you plan to attend, we ask but do not require that you notify Barry Miller.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Spring 2015 Events Calendar

All of the following events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, February 5: Charlie Lovett, author of First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen.
7 p.m.  Hodges Reading Room, second floor Jackson Library  

Monday, February 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Regeneration by Pat Barker, led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries .
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Wednesday, February 25: Presentation by journalist Jim Schlosser, “Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I.”
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Thursday, February 26: Presentation by Greg Grieve of the Religious Studies Department, "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library."
3 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Thursday, March 26: Screening and discussion of "Ivory Tower" documentary film
3:30 p.m.  Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG.

Wednesday, April 8: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner with Author and Forensic Scientist Kathy Reichs.
6 p.m. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  Fee.  Tickets on sale after December 10 from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160.

Tuesday, April 14: Presentation by Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University, “What is College For?”
4 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG.

Monday, April 20:  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland  by Christopher Browning , led by Karl Schleunes of the History Department.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

You are asked to register for book discussions by emailing .
Books in the  discussion series are available from the UNCG Bookstore, Scuppernong Books, and other area retailers.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Save the Date: Kathy Reichs to Speak at Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner on April 8

Best-selling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries 56th Annual Dinner the night of April 8, 2015.  Tickets go on sale December 10 from Triad Stage, and may be obtained by calling 336-272-0160.  Invitations will go out to current Friends members around February 15, but you may wish to purchase some for holiday gifts and may do so by calling Triad Stage.

 Kathy Reichs is the author of sixteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’ own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the long-running TV show Bones.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts Newsletter of Upcoming Literary Events in the Triad

produced by Shawn Delgado for the UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts:

UNCG Literary Events:

“Monsters of Unicorn” Poetry Reading with Martin Arnold, Julie Funderburk, and Ross White—Sunday, November 9th, 3:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     Please come out to support three of the newest authors to join the Unicorn Press family. Unicorn Press was originally founded by Glenwood Books and Coffee owner Al Brilliant and is currently being run by UNCG MFA alum and poet Andrew Saulters. These books are beautifully hand-made, and the personalized effort put into the physical books is a reflection of the investment in these fine poems they hold.

Will Read for Food Reading—Thursday, November 20th, 7:00 PM
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Donations suggested; Raffle tickets for sale for books from the English Department faculty
     This annual charity reading will benefit the Center for New North Carolineans and is sponsored by the MFA Department in Creative Writing and the UNCG English Department.

MFA Poetry Showcase—Friday, November 21st, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     Current MFA poetry students from the renown UNCG MFA program in creative writing will be gathering to share their work. Come see the poetry of the future, today. Please note the time change to 7:00 pm.

Community Literary Events:

Liberating Dixie: An Editor’s Life, From Ole Miss to Obama by Ed Williams
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
From Barnes & Noble: “For 25 years Ed Williams was the editor of the editorial pages of the Charlotte Observer, where he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. His book Liberating Dixie is a collection of many of his editorials from his years as a journalist.” This event will include a reading and book signing.

Tom Guthrie: Recognizing Heritage: The Politics of Multiculturalism in New Mexico
—Tuesday, November 11th, 6:30 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Janice Fuller Poetry Reading: On the Bevel—Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From the author’s website: “Janice Moore Fuller has published four poetry collections, including Séance from Iris Press, winner of the 2008 Oscar Arnold Young Award (North Carolina poetry book of the year).Her most recent poetry book, On the Bevel, was published in March 2014 by Cinnamon Press in north Wales. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Magma (London), New Welsh Review, The Louisville Review, Tar River Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Poems & Plays, Cave Wall, and Comstock Review. Her plays and libretti, including a stage adaptation of Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying, have been produced at Catawba’s Hedrick Theatre, BareBones Theater’s New Play Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Estonia’s Polli Talu Centre, and France’s Rendez-Vous Musique Nouvelle.
     A regular workshop leader in Wales and England and at the Wildacres Writers’ Workshop, she has been a Fellow at artist colonies in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Portugal. Fuller is Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where she has been awarded the Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teacher by the Faculty Senate and has been selected Professor of the Year five times by popular vote of the students.
     An Angier B. Duke Scholar as an undergraduate at Duke University, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”
Shelf Talker - Jessica GlazerThursday, November 13th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Tom Maxwell Reading: Hell: My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers
—Friday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From Editors’ Best of 2014: “The Swing Movement -- all jazz hands and high-waisted pants -- advanced and receded in good order. I wrote this book to tell the other side of the story. I want you to know about the oddball collection of iconoclasts who got together and made the Squirrel Nut Zippers what they were: a combustible, improbable gumbo of joy and menace. Along the way, I write about our many influences: jazz and blues and hot music and calypso and, yes, swing. Come run these fields, like rabbits, while the harvest moon hangs caught in the branches. Come linger over this snapshot.”

Orson Scott Card Reading and Book Signing: Visitors—Friday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
From Scuppernong Books: “Join us with Orson Scott Card for the release of Visitors, the final book in the 'Pathfinders' time travel trilogy. Rigg's journey comes to an epic conclusion when he is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save the world and end war.”

WGOT Readings and Open Mic at Quaker Village Starbucks—Saturday, November 15th, 7:00 PM
Quaker Village Starbucks, 5607 Friendly Ave., Greensboro 27410
Free and open to the public
     From the Writers’ Group of the Triad: “Don’t miss this final 2014 Readings and Open Mic event!  Come hear engaging WGOT writers read their works while warming up with a cup of joe.  Come early and sign up for the Open Mic which follows!”

Monday Night Poetry
—Monday, November 17th, 7:00 PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, 27401
Free and open to the public
     From the Greensboro Public Libraries: “Celebrate rhythm and rhyme every third Monday with an open mic session for all area poets sponsored by the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library. Join us! For more information, visit the Triad Poetry Meet Up website. Questions? Contact Beth Sheffield at 336-373-3617

Wink of the Eye by Lynn Willis, Reading and Book Signing—Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
     From Scuppernong Books: “Local author Lynn Willis joins us with her debut novel. She is the first woman to win the Private Eye Writers of America Competition in over 10 years. Publishers Weekly says, ‘PI Gypsy Moran is a nice combination of brains, brawn and bravery.’”

Peter Turchi: A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic
—Thursday, November 20th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Women Speak Open Mic—Friday, November 21st, 8:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Carl Nordgren Reading
—Saturday, November 22nd, 12:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Lee Smith and Hal Crowther Reading—Saturday, November 22nd, 3:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From Scuppernong Books: “Award-winning authors Lee Smith and Hal Crowther will be at Scuppernong with their newest books on November 22, at 3pm.  Hal Crowther was a columnist and film and drama critic for the Buffalo News, a staff writer for Time and media critic for Newsweek. His new book, An Infuriating America: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken, (published October 15, 2014) argues that no writer can afford to ignore Mencken's craftmanship or success, or fail to be fascinated by his strange mind and the world that produced it.  Lee Smith has published 13 novels and four collections of short stories, and is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Her newest novel, Guests on Earth, follows an orphan at the Highland Mental Hospital in Ashville, N.C. in the 1930s.”

Felicia Mitchell and Terry Erickson Reading—Saturday, November 22nd, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Dana Allison Levy Reading—Monday, November 24th, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public

Indies First!: Small Business Saturday—Saturday, November 29th, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
     From Scuppernong Books: “In the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have to remember our small and local businesses and encourage our local economy.  This year Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer have issued a call to all their fellow authors to come out in support of independent booksellers. At Scuppernong, we've invited an entire crew of local authors to hand-sell their books to you in the store. Join us in the Indies First Campaign on Small Business Saturday.”

The Brain Freeze Tour: Holiday Storytelling Performance—Monday, December 1st, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Dr., Greensboro, NC 27401
$20; Tickets are available through members of the Triad Storytelling Exchange
     From the Greensboro Public Libraries: “Internationally known storytellers Kim Weitcamp, Bil Lepp and Andy Offutt Irwin present new stories and songs that jingle and blink and are as precise and finely tuned as Handel’s harpsichord.
     Each member of the trio brings a distinctive style to the stage while entertaining audiences of all ages. The Brain Freeze Tour will leave you seeing and hearing the holiday season in a new way.
     Tickets are available through members of the Triad Storytelling Exchange.
     Questions? Contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.”

Eclectic Book Club—Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro
Free and open to the public
      From Barnes & Noble: “Join this fun but focused book group that reads from a wide variety of genres. This month we're reading a mystery, Still Life by Louise Penny. January is reader's choice month, read an inspirational or Christmas book and share it with the group.”

7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic—Sunday, December 7th, 7:00 PM
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.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey Honored with Thomas Berry Award

The Greensboro Public Library is proud to announce that Sarah Dorsey is the winner of the 2014 Thomas Berry Award. The Thomas Berry Award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a sustained effort to implement environmental programs that advance a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship based on the philosophies and writings of Greensboro native, Thomas Berry, or has engaged in re-imagining the human-earth relationship through scholarship, writing, poetry or the arts.
This award, presented by the Greensboro Public Library, honors the legacy of one of Greensboro’s most influential authors whose works have notably influenced the intellectual/spiritual history of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This year’s award is being presented as part of the series of events commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Berry (1914-2009).
Sarah Dorsey, music librarian at UNC Greensboro, initiated a highly successful environmental film series​ that has touched thousands of students and members of the community. She oversees the community sustainability listserve and was instrumental in revitalizing the local Green Drinks evenings​ and much more.

This year, honorable mentions go to the Piedmont Land Conservancy, John P. and Lynda Cock, and Randal Scott Romie.

The awards ceremony will be held on November 6th at 3:30 pm at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

University Libraries to Host Photo Preservation Workshop

Preserving Photograph Collections
Sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC)
Walter Clinton Jackson Library, UNC Greensboro
November 24, 2014 ~ 9 AM - 4:00 PM

Historical and fine art photographs can be found in many libraries, archives, museums, and historic sites.  Preserving these collections requires a deep knowledge of the various types of photographic media, chemical photographic processes, causes of deterioration of photographic materials, and photograph conservation science.  This workshop is an introduction to identifying and preserving 19th and 20th century photographs: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, hand-colored silver gelatin prints, contemporary color, and digital photographs.  Strategies for preservation and best practices for proper handling, exhibition, and storage will be presented.  Participants are encouraged to bring photographic items of interest.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for staff and volunteers in libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other heritage institutions with photograph collections. Faculty and students in museum studies,  library and information science, archives, and public history programs are also welcome to attend. No prior training or experience is required.

The registration fee for this workshop is $50.00 for NCPC member s and $75.00 for non-members. The $75 fee comes with a year-long NCPC individual membership. 

North Carolina Preservation Consortium
The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) promotes the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art;  archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures. Our preservation mission addresses proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness and recovery; the repair, reformatting and conservation of damaged items; and collection security.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis with Open Educational Resources

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We invite you to attend the upcoming Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum, which will address to the topic:

"Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis with Open Educational Resources."

October 23rd 3:30 - 5:00 EUC Kirkland

Introduction by UNCG Provost and Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn

Speaker - Nicole Allen - Director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Panel discussion to follow.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rich DeMillo of Georgia Tech to Begin Series: What is College For?

The University Libraries and the Provost's Office are pleased to begin a series of programs on the subject What is College For? based on the recommendation of our new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn to read a book of the same name when she interviewed at UNCG for the position last spring.  University Libraries Director of Communications and External Relations Barry Miller took the idea to heart and proposed a series of programs which were endorsed by Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian and Dunn.  The project was accelerated to further inform the strategic planning process currently being undertaken by UNCG.

To begin the series, we have invited Richard A. DeMillo of Georgia Tech to speak on the topic, "New Ecosystems for Higher Education: The Road Ahead."  DeMillo is the author of the book Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities, and is Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities and Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and leads a unique institution, the Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Tech’s “living laboratory” for fundamental change in higher education. He is responsible for educational technology innovation at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the online revolution in higher education.

DeMillo's talk is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, November 4 from 4-6 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House on the UNCG Campus.

Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University, author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be will speak April 14, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the same location.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Discussion of the Play, "The Member of the Wedding" to be Held November 3 at 7 pm

On Monday, November 3 at 7 pm in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will conduct a discussion of the play "The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers.  The discussion will be led by Keith Cushman of the English Department, who will be joined by Bryan Conger, artistic associate of Triad Stage.  Triad Stage is presenting the play in Greensboro from October 19-November 9.  Tickets for the production are available from Triad Stage.

The book discussion is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How Our Students Use the University Libraries at UNCG

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This graphic represents the responses of students taking a Spring 2014 survey of  student use of the University Libraries at UNCG.  The larger the type, the more the topic was mentioned by the students in response to the question: "How often do you perform the following activities in the Libraries?"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beth Macy, Author of Factory Man, to Speak and Sign Books at UNCG on November 6

Beth Macy and John D. Bassett III are on a roll.

The runaway success of Macy’s book Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town has brought both into the limelight.  

At the invitation of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, Macy is coming to UNCG to talk about and sign copies of her book on November 6 at 7 pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.  Books will be for sale at the event, which is free.  The public is welcome.  No reservations are necessary.  Fred Starr, long-time furniture industry executive in the Triad, and UNCG documentary film-maker Matt Barr will offer reactions to the book following Macy's talk.

 Published in July, the book has been very positively noted by the NY TimesWall Street Journal, NPR and elsewhere, and Macy is being mentioned as a possible award winner for the book.   

Tom Hanks has reportedly bought the movie rights, and HBO may be adapting it as a miniseries.  Meanwhile, the septuagenarian Bassett has become an “overnight success” after a distinguished business career of many years.

Bryan Burrough, reviewing the book for the NY Times, began “Oh, if only we had more business writers like Beth Macy, and more business books like her debut, Factory Man…”

“This is Ms. Macy’s first book, but it’s in a class with other runaway debuts like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” wrote Janet Maslin in The New York Times.