Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Open Education Week March 10-15

Everyone knows that textbooks are expensive. Students spend an average of $1,168 a year on textbooks and course materials, which is comparable to a quarter of the cost of tuition at a typical public university and nearly three-quarters at a community college. The week of March 10 – 15 is Open Education Week, a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of free and open sharing in education. Open education refers to the use of “open educational resources” (OER), which are academic materials and practices that are free – meaning no cost – and open – meaning that everyone has the legal permission to use, adapt, and share the content. Imagine textbooks that students can access free online, download and keep forever, and obtain at a low-cost in print. Imagine course content that educators can tailor to fit their teaching style and distribute legally to students anytime, anywhere. Today’s technology makes all of this possible, and open education is making it a reality. For example, librarians at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Temple University have worked with faculty to replace expensive textbooks with customized alternatives incorporating OER and other free resources, saving students more than a million dollars to date. If you want more information on how to find open educational resources for your classes please visit http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm or email the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication, Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

The Carolina Peacemaker Editor Afrique Kilimanjaro to Speak at Jackson Library March 19

What is The Carolina Peacemaker and who is the audience?  Where can I get a copy?   For my career interest in journalism, how could I work for The Carolina Peacemaker in the future?   These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Hodges Reading Room of the University Libraries.  Ms. Afrique Kilimanjaro, Editor of The Carolina Peacemaker will be the featured speaker for this program.  Since 1967, The Carolina Peacemaker has served as North Carolina’s leading news weekly with a national reputation. The Peacemaker has garnered awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the North Carolina Press Association for outstanding news coverage, commentaries, editorial cartoons, sports and entertainment features, photography and effective public service campaigns. Join us as we explore the importance of The Carolina Peacemaker for the Greensboro community.  We invite you to attend this program sponsored by the Libraries Diversity Committee.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cathy Griffith Appointed Head of Access Services

Cathy Griffith has been appointed Head of the Access Services Department at the UNCG University Libraries effective January 1, 2014.

Cathy has held various positions in the Access Services Department since 1984.  Since 2004, she has served as the Assistant Department Head. Prior positions include those of manager of the former Current Periodicals and Reserves areas.  She is a graduate of UNCG with a BA in Sociology. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jackson Society Portrait: Maggie Triplette

Why do folks give to the University Libraries?  There are as many reasons as there are donors, but Maggie Triplette’s story may be a particularly interesting one.  Each year, Maggie gives generously at the Jackson Society level to the University Libraries to purchase photography books in memory of her husband Gene, who was an avid and gifted photographer before succumbing to a brain tumor in 2009.  Gene discovered photography in his early 20's and this "hobby" sustained his soul, Maggie says, and became his passion. Maggie is not a UNCG alumna, and Gene graduated from another university too, but she believes passionately in providing opportunities to the broad cross-section of students at UNCG who might not consider photography otherwise.
Thanks, Maggie, for your thoughtful and generous remembrance of Gene, and for your service to the community and the University in other areas as well.
If you’re thinking of making a gift in honor or memory of a loved one, we invite you to contact Development Director Linda Burr by phone at 336-256-0184 or by email at lgburr@uncg.edu.  You can also consult the University Libraries Giving page.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DMC Open House Unveils New Gaming Lab and 3D Printing Service.

The Digital Media Commons successfully hosted an open house recently to show off its newly minted Gaming Lab and 3D printing service. The event was well-attended by university faculty, staff, and students, as well as University Libraries Friends. Attendees toured the space and watched demonstrations of the Markerbot Replicator 2X in action. The event was organized by Beth Filar Williams, Interim Head of the DMC, along with the DMC staff; with added support from  Professor Greg Grieve, of the Religious Studies Department; Brown Biggers, Libraries’ Makerspace Team Leader; and Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital ACT Studio.

The DMC Gaming Lab was made possible through the generous support of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Undergraduate Studies, and the University Libraries. Professor Grieve will use the DMC Gaming Lab to teach three courses on religion and video games (HSS206, REL207, and RCO223) this semester. During non-instruction hours, the Gaming Lab the will be open to faculty, staff, and students with a valid UNCG Spartan card Mon-Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The Gaming Lab has four Xbox gaming consoles available for reservation. Patrons may also check out a limited number of games and game controllers at the DMC service desk.

The Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D printer is the first stage of UNCG Libraries’ entry into the Makerspace movement. The Replicator can print models in one or two colors, using spools of durable ABS plastic. During the printing process, ABS plastic filament is extruded through a nozzle onto a heated surface to build up a solid object layer by layer. Patrons interested in learning more about the 3D printer or submitting a design of their own to be printed can find more information at the UNCG Libraries Makerspace webpage: http://uncg.libguides.com/makerspace and more about the DMC can be found on the website: http://library.uncg.edu/spaces/dmc/

Posted on behalf of Armondo Collins of the DMC