Thursday, January 30, 2014

Terry L. Kennedy Poetry Reading Set for March 24 at 4 PM

Monday, March 24, 4 PM
Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room, 2nd floor, Jackson Library.
Free and open to the public
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Terry L. Kennedy
photo by Jan Hensley
 UNCG poet Terry L. Kennedy will read from his debut collection New River Breakdown. Terry is the author of the limited edition chapbook, Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives, selected by Thomas Lux for Jeanne Duval Editions of Atlanta, GA. His work appears in numerous literary journals and magazines including Cave Wall, from the Fishouse, Southern Review, and Waccamaw, and has been honored with a Randall Jarrell Fellowship as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is Editor of the online journal storySouth.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bucknall Honored as ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Tim Bucknall, assistant dean of libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), is the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

Bucknall will receive a $5,000 award during the ACRL President's Program at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
"Tim Bucknall's service to the library profession is truly impressive," noted Laurel Littrell, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and director of library planning and assessment at Kansas State University. "Among his many accomplishments, he founded the Carolina Consortium in 2004, to provide access to library resources for the University of North Carolina system. Tim also created Journal Finder, the first open source link resolver and knowledge base tool, which eventually was picked up by a vendor for wider development and distribution in 2008. Not only has Tim created and developed these tools and services, he also shares his experience and knowledge to others in the profession to assist them in using these as models to benefit library patrons across the country and world."

"I feel deeply honored to be recognized by ACRL for my professional contributions," Bucknall said. "Of course, academic librarianship is rarely a solo performance, and none of my accomplishments could have been realized without the support, insight and dedication of my fellow library professionals within North Carolina and across the nation. This award emphasizes that when librarians work together, we can do amazing things. "

Bucknall is the founder and convener of the Carolina Consortium, an open coalition that enables academic libraries in North Carolina and South Carolina to use their bulk purchasing power to obtain favorable pricing on a variety of electronic resources that are of significant interest to the scholarly community. As a result of Bucknall's leadership, the consortium includes more than 147 community colleges, public universities and private institutions of higher learning and yields a cost avoidance of more than two hundred thirty million dollars for its members.

Bucknall is also known for his open and inclusive approach to entrepreneurship. In 2000, he developed Journal Finder, the first open URL link resolver and knowledge base to go into production in the United States. Bucknall and his team at UNCG additionally developed NC DOCKS, an institutional repository shared between seven libraries at mainly mid-sized and smaller schools in the University of North Carolina system that provides an affordable repository solution.

His work has allowed libraries to maintain a high level of collection quality, to unite together to curb runaway inflation in serial costs and to leverage cost and usage data across libraries to better effect efficiencies in buying and accessing intellectual content on ever-dwindling collections budgets. Bucknall's creative, team-driven approach to librarianship; coalition building abilities, especially between the library and conveyor communities; and innovative approach have earned him the respect, trust and admiration of his colleagues in the Carolinas and beyond.

"Tim's work in building consortia, leveraging e-resources and improving use of information technology are important contributions to the profession," added ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. "I am delighted at his inclusive approach and the value that he places on teamwork and collaboration, traits that are firmly engrained in the ACRL culture."

Bucknall has shared his knowledge with the academic library community through writing and presenting on technology, online catalogs, electronic resources, serials management issues, open access and more. He has discussed his work at a wide range of conferences including the Charleston Conference, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) conferences, Electronic Resources and Libraries, the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) conference, Computers in Libraries, ACRL conferences and the ALA Annual Conference.

His publications include Library Technology and User Services: Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering (with Anthony Chow, 2012), "Usability Engineering and Technology Integration in Libraries" in The International Journal of Science in Society (with Anthony Chow, 2009), "A Comparative Evaluation of Journal Literature Access Options at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro" in Interlending and Document Supply (2009) and "U-Search: A User Study of the CD-ROM Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill" in RQ (with Rikki Mangrum, 1998).

Prior to joining UNCG as head of the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department in 1994, Bucknall served as electronic services librarian at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) from 1989 to 1994. He received the North Carolina Library Association RTSS Significant Achievement Award in 2001 and was named a 2006 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

Bucknall received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas-Austin in 1985, and earned his M.L.I.S. (1989) and M.A. in Art History (1993) from UNC-CH.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring Semester Book Discussions

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the Spring 2014  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions.  We invite our Friends and other interested community members to join us as we discuss books from past and present.  Each discussion will be led by a UNCG faculty member.  To reserve a spot at one or more discussion, please register on our website, or contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.


All book discussions will meet on Mondays in the Hodges Reading Room


Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm: Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves.

Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Ron Cassell, History. 

 In 1929, Robert Graves published his memoir of World War I. Now remembered more perhaps for I, Claudius and his poetry, Goodbye to All That was an instant best seller--running "through some 30,000 copies within the first few weeks of its publication," according to the Times  of London.  In his introduction of the book, historian Paul Fussell notes "one thing that makes Goodbye to All That so permanently readable is its happy management of the literal by imposing on it such devices of fiction as suspense, surprise, and irony."

Abe Books produced a great video review of the book, which you can see here





Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm: The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West.

Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Keith Cushman, English.

Rebecca West was a renowned journalist, critic, and novelist. Her first novel, The Return of the Soldier, was published before the war ended.  An early review in  The New York Times sums up the plot,"Since the outbreak of the great war all sorts of situations have entered into hitherto peaceful and commonplace private lives, situations many of which are full of dramatic and tragic possibilities. And although the case of amnesia upon which Rebecca West founds her novel would not have been impossible in time of peace, it is far more probable in time of war. It was shell-shock which made Christopher Baldry lose his memory, forget all that had taken place during fifteen years, and go back to the time when he was a boy of 21. . .  It is of what happened after he came back home to the wife, whose very existence he had forgotten, that the book tells."

Open Road Media has produced a brief video to introduce readers to West.


Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm: Serena by Ron Rash.

Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater, English.

The Washington Post's review sums up the novel well: "Serena, the Lady Macbeth of Ron Rash's stirring new novel, wouldn't fret about getting out the damned spot. She wouldn't even wash her hands; she'd just lick it off. I couldn't take my eyes off this villainess, and any character who does ends up dead. Alluring and repellant, she's the engine in a gothic tale of personal mayhem and environmental destruction set in the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression."

UNCG Librarian Counsels ENT 300 Student Team

Each UNCG department and program has a librarian assigned as a liaison to work with the faculty and students in that discipline.  Here is a story about one such liaison relationship.

Business Librarian Steve Cramer
Steve Cramer, the UNCG Business Librarian, is the co-teacher for Entrepreneurship 300: Ideas to Opportunities: The Feasibility Analysis. This is a class required of all Entrepreneurship majors and minors. The required follow-up class is ENT 336: Opportunities to Action: The Business Plan. Our entrepreneurship program has won several national awards under the leadership of Professor Dianne Welsh, the program coordinator. There is background information about ENT 300 on Steve’s professional blog, and a follow-up after his first semester serving as co-teacher.

Student teams in ENT 300 are charged with creating a detailed (40-50 page) feasibility plan for a business or nonprofit idea that interests the students. Each semester a few of the business or nonprofit ideas are developed on behalf of community members, making this a community-engaged class. Most of the teams are assigned a SCORE (“Service Corps of Retired Executives”) counselor, but in Fall 2012 one team researching the feasibility of a specialized fitness center decided to forgo that option.

Halfway through the semester, the students on this team decided they could indeed use some guidance. Professor Welsh asked Steve if he would be willing to counsel this team. Steve said yes, and the team welcomed him to their weekly, early evening group meetings. He also assisted the team in class (as he does for all the student teams on their in-class work days) and monitored their work via Blackboard. Finally, Steve attended a run-through of their comprehensive final presentation and provided feedback. He enjoyed getting to know the five students on the team well.

At the end of the semester, Steve received a thank you note from the team:


What's a Library Liaison and What Do They Do?


For over twenty years the University Libraries have assigned liaisons to all UNCG academic departments and programs. Liaisons provide essential services to their departments by conducting research consultations for faculty and students, tailoring solutions to their particular research needs, collaborating on developing research assignments, creating online tutorials and providing information literacy sessions for students. In addition, they work to build print and electronic collections essential to research and teaching in each discipline. This liaison program allows librarians to become more knowledgeable about the research and curriculum of those departments to which they are assigned. In many cases, librarians have very close ties and function as teaching and research partners with faculty in their liaison departments. Liaisons also serve as a communication link between the Libraries and academic units.

Over the past two years the Libraries examined the roles and responsibilities of our liaisons in order to enhance service to the campus community. We wanted liaisons to spend more time on information literacy and working closely with faculty and students on their research and scholarly communication issues. At the same time we sought to refine our collection management operations to ensure that we’re purchasing what our community needs in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. To begin the process we appointed a task force, chaired by Business Librarian Steve Cramer, charged to examine liaison responsibilities and provide recommendations for a new organizational structure. Other task force members included Beth Bernhardt, Michael Crumpton, Amy Harris, and Nancy Ryckman.

The task force submitted its report in September 2012. The major recommendation was to move to a team structure with subject and functional teams. Three subject teams (humanities, social sciences and sciences)were formed to group liaisons with similar discipline responsibilities. Functional teams work on activities related to the most essential tasks for liaisons: instruction, scholarly communications and collections. Reference Desk services are coordinated by a functional team which oversees the chat service as well as working with users in the library. In-depth research help from subject liaisons is also available, matching users more closely with the expertise of individual librarians.

By encouraging librarians to develop close ties with faculty and students, the new liaison structure allows librarians to take the library to the students and faculty, both in person and electronically. Working with librarians who fully understand disciplinary conventions and research priorities is an effective way to facilitate student learning and faculty research. We are in the process of implementing the team structure and will evaluate its effectiveness after one year.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

UNCG Libraries Open New Gaming Lab in the Digital Media Commons (DMC)



Video games – how do they affect us and what can we learn from them?  That’s the question being explored in the newest feature in the Digital Media Commons in UNCG’s Jackson Library.

Students and faculty are invited to see for themselves what the buzz is about on February 7 at 3 pm in the Digital Media Commons to explore the new Gaming Lab, which opened December 3.  While there, we invite you to see the new MakerBot printer now being installed.

The Gaming Lab project was spearheaded by Associate Professor Gregory Grieve, and coordinated by Beth Filar Williams, Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons (DMC). Support from Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital ACT Studio housed in the DMC along with the financial support College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Undergraduate Studies, and University Libraries made the lab possible.  
  
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With the opening of the Gaming Lab, UNCG is following scholar­ship and a general curriculum trend around the country. As outlined in The Chronicle of Higher Education:  “Games are now used in English classes studying interactive narratives, media-studies classes looking at the cultural impact of violent games, as well as courses in game design offered at about 300 colleges.”  As Beth Filar Williams said, “We are not just building the lab because it is trendy.  The Game Lab follows the core mission of the University Libraries, to provide and support innovative, interdisciplinary, learning environments needed for faculty and student success.”

Often video games are viewed as little more than niche entertainment.  Yet, as Gregory Grieve, said, “Sixty-seven percent of US households play video games.  Without critical examination, our students run the risk of consuming problematic portrayals of history, other cultures, gender and depictions of violence.”  Unlike other types of popular culture, such as films and television, as Grieve went on to say, “games require that players interact with them, that they have the controllers in their hands.  If you want students to study something, you have to have it in front of them.” 

Makerbot
3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file - enabling rapid prototyping of design concepts and functional, working models.  Makerbots are appearing all across the country, and Filar-Williams says it makes sense to have one in a central facility on campus in the DMC that everyone can use.


Why Did the University Libraries Move to a New Library Catalog?

You may have noticed a few changes to the library catalog recently. The new public catalog, using a product from long-time library system supplier OCLC, is known as WorldCat Local. In addition to supporting a user in finding books and other materials held here in Jackson Library, this Worldcat local catalog now searches collections of thousands of other libraries worldwide, and most of our electronic content such as e-journals, databases, and e-books. It also replaces our old Journal Finder product with a Journal A-Z list to help you find electronic journals available to UNCG users. While it is mostly transparent to those who use the catalog, we have also moved our library operations to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS) to manage the ordering, processing, and circulation of library materials, along with holds, book renewals, print reserves, and similar user services.

Why did we make these changes? Several years ago we realized that our old library systems were not being developed to meet our users’ needs. The online catalog was no longer being supported by the vendor and we had to make a change in order to continue to provide reliable service. Cloud-based systems, such as the one we chose, were more attractive than locally-managed systems, reducing overhead and management costs, and reducing duplication of effort among libraries. Of all of the options available to us, the WorldCat Local / WMS combination was the best choice. 

Our new library system provides broader and more flexible information discovery. Researchers can choose to find books, films, music, and articles from libraries around the world, with easy to use Interlibrary Loan services embedded within records, or simply choose to search only materials here at UNCG. Additionally, Libraries staff are actively involved in the OCLC user community and are positioned to influence the future development of both WorldCat Local and WMS to better meet our users’ needs.

As always, please contact your library or library liaison if you need assistance.
Jackson Library Reference and Instructional Services: (336) 334-5419
Schiffman Music Library: (336) 336-5610
Library Liaisons: http://library.uncg.edu/info/faculty_liaisons.aspx




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A “Data Driven” Library

How do the University Libraries make decisions?  Rather than doing what we’ve always done or what we just think is a good idea, we try to base our priorities on good data that indicate a need for the project.  Then we follow up with assessment. 

Some recent examples of how we used data to make decisions or implement programs include:

Marketing to UNCG Staff
A survey of UNCG staff in 2009 indicated that most were not aware of Libraries’ services and resources.  We developed a marketing plan that included developing a brochure just for staff and including the Libraries in New Staff Orientation.  Staff checkouts more than doubled between 2009 and 2013

Journal cancellations
Faced with budget cuts in 2011-12 we conducted a data-intensive analysis of our academic journal publisher packages.  Using these objective data points, we developed a draft list of journal cancellations that was widely shared with faculty for their expert input.  As an end result we identified and canceled the four publisher packages that were yielding the lowest ROI. The net savings exceed $150,000 annually.

Customer Service
A “mystery shopper” assessment of our public services conducted in 2010 was quite positive but indicated that improvement was needed in some areas.  We developed customer workshops in summer 2011 which 85% of staff attended.  Online training for student employees was developed which all public services student employees were required to complete.  The assessment was conducted again in 2012 with significant improvement.

Researcher Space
Use of our Special Collections and University Archives by researchers increased over 200% in recent years.  We conducted a survey of recent researchers that provided evidence for a renovation of the researcher space to provide increased capacity and a comfortable and secure space to use our growing unique materials. 
Exploring the cello music collections  in the new
Special Collections and University Archives
Research Room

All project results along with any presentations or publications are posted on the Libraries’ Assessment LibGuide. 
 
Posted for Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean of University Libraries 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tickets for the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner with Nikki Giovanni on March 6 Are Available


Tickets for the Friends of the UNCG Libraries dinner with Nikki Giovanni on March 6 are now on sale from Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 (toll free 1-866-579-8499) or online.  Proceeds support the University Libraries.

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.

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

Dinner tickets must be ordered by February 27.  Program only tickets will be available through the date of the program, subject to availability.

Sponsorships:
Table sponsorships are available for $550 for a table of eight.  Table sponsors are recognized in the program, on signage, and from the podium on the night of the dinner.  The deadline for table sponsorships is February 15.

Contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 for more information.

Values and Priorities – Deciding How Best to Move Forward

How does an organization best position itself for the future?  How do we insure that our decisions remain true to who we are and what we believe in?  Those of us working in the University Libraries have recently spent some time coming to consensus on what our values are as a Library. Values represent our guiding principles: our broadest motivations, influencing the attitudes we hold and how we act.  Perhaps not surprisingly we came to pretty clear consensus, and the results are described here
To move forward, though, those values need to be reflected in our priorities in a difficult budget environment, and a list of those priorities is found here.
Readers may not always care too much about the details of things like our library systems, for example, but we hope that you will appreciate the care and effort that goes into the choices we make about which to use and how we prepare ourselves to use them to serve you better.  Over the coming days, we will post short stories about some of our priorities and why they matter, and we will share our thinking behind the choices we made that led us to adopt these priorities.
Dean Bazirjian also wanted to insure that our values and priorities were consciously linked, so we produced a chart for our own use and that of our university administration as a way of checking to make sure that the two were synchronized.  We hope you will find our thinking helpful in understanding where the University Libraries are going. (click on image below to enlarge it)

University Libraries Priorities for 2013-14

At its annual retreat last summer, the Administrative Advisory Group to Dean Rosann Bazirjian established the following priorities for this academic year.  As the second semester begins, it is appropriate to review those priorities.  Subsequent postings in upcoming days will link the priorities to our values, and explain some of those priorities in greater detail.  Feel free to post questions.

  • Create a data driven strategic plan for collections
  • Collaborate with partners to continue developing effective learning spaces
  • Support  continuous learning and professional development for all Libraries’ staff
  • Establish budget priorities and manage them effectively
  • Foster a culture of grant and donor development
  • Increase advocacy of scholarly communication and open access on campus
  • Support a culture of staff recognition and appreciation
  • Create a strategic plan to lead the Libraries’ diversity initiatives
  • Craft  a  sustainable computing environment 
  • Develop the Libraries as creators and publishers of content
  • Support student learning through information literacy instruction and faculty collaboration
  • Emphasize WMS updating, training, creative solutions and product improvement *
  • Develop and grow research support services *
  • Expand the growth of born digital initiatives *
  • Produce strategies that communicate the value of the Libraries *
  • Continue implementation  of the new liaison model *
*= carried over from 2012-13 priorities
Not in priority order

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Research Grant Brings Cello Researcher to UNCG



Even as a beginning cellist many years ago, the question arose in Zoltan Szabo’s mind – why are there so many editions of the six Johann Sebastian Bach suites for solo cello?  As his skill and knowledge grew, the question remained an open one for him. There are no manuscripts of these important works in the composer’s own hand, but there four 18th century manuscript copies.  These four different manuscripts have spawned more than 100 published editions, not including reprints.  As time has passed, cellists have chosen different editions for many reasons, not always the best ones.  Some may have been chosen because they were inexpensive, some because they had a nice cover, or for other reasons, but there is no single definitive edition, nor is there likely to be one.  That is not even Szabo’s goal, for there is no original to consult, but he finds and studies all of the various editions of the master’s work, and tries to record the differences and changes that have been made over the years.  He likens the search to playing Sherlock Holmes, and he clearly enjoys the chase.  The results?  He believes that many of the notes cellists play are probably not the ones intended by Bach, but he wants to get as close as he can to Bach’s conception of the original composition as he can.  As we talked, it occurred to us both that Szabo’s quest was for him like searching for the Holy Grail, or the original sources of the Synoptic Gospels of the New Testament.

Szabo’s search has taken him around the world, including a visit to UNCG  in December where he received a research grant from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives to support his travel here.  Originally from Hungary and trained in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (where cellists Janos Scholz and Laszlo Varga also studied, and whose collections are here to be studied at UNCG), Szabo relocated to Australia in 1985, and performed as principal cello at the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1992-2011. 

Szabo is both a cellist and a scholar, and it is the scholarly pursuit that brought him here. Last year, he visited 2 major collections of cello music in Europe, and is headed to Berea College in Ohio to visit the Riemenschneider Collection there in January of 2014.  He estimates that he will conclude his research in about two years, though he will probably continue to search for elusive editions of the “Six Suites” produced by Eastern European publishers which are scarce and have been out of print for many years.  Though he may never achieve it, his goal is to have copies of every edition in his possession when he is finished.

His research, he says, informs his work as a cellist, though he is quick to note that playing the cello involves his imagination and creativity, while his scholarly work depends so much on careful documentation of what he discovers.  For this kind of research, he says, it is important to see the physical documents.  One day, he hopes, all of the material will be digitized in high quality and available online, but he recognizes that doing so will require many years of careful preparation and handling, as well as funding. 

Szabo is very complimentary of the assistance he has received at UNCG, and says he is amazed at our facilities and especially how helpful and friendly the people are, going out of their way to be helpful.    The relationship with UNCG began when his research kept turning up references to cello music materials he needed to see that were found at UNCG, convincing him that he needed to contact a librarian at our repository, leading to extended correspondence and assistance by email.  It was Stacey Krim of the Special Collections and University Archives Department who made him aware of the research grant and encouraged him to apply for it. Librarians and archivists in the Special Collections and University Archives, in turn, talk about how much they are enjoying Szabo’s visit, especially when he picks up a cello borrowed from Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey and begins to play notes from Bach’s six suites that may never have been performed before.

Research grant information is listed on the SCUA homepage. The Special Collections and University Archives research grant is open to one researcher per year.  Applications may be found at http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/services/researchtravel.aspx  and are due by April 14, 2014.   Winners will need to make use of the grant between June 15, 2014 and March 30, 2015