Thursday, January 16, 2014
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
|Exploring the cello music collections in the new |
Special Collections and University Archives
Monday, January 13, 2014
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.
Friends member tickets are $54
Non-member tickets are $64
Program only tickets are $20.
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.
- 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 *
Not in priority order