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  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: and more about the DMC can be found on the website:

Posted on behalf of Armondo Collins of the DMC 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Autographed Works by African American Authors Displayed by Libraries' Diversity Committee

In 1996, 83-year-old Rosa Parks came to Atlanta for a meeting of the NAACP.  So great was the respect shown her, a special unscheduled book signing was arranged at a local bookstore, and 500 copies of a book of letters written to her were sold and signed over a period of several hours, as Mrs. Parks carefully inscribed each copy.

One copy was purchased by Michael Crumpton, then working in the store and now Assistant Dean of the University Libraries.  His copy is now on display in the Reading Room of Jackson Library for Black History Month, sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the University Libraries.  The display may be viewed in cases next to the Reference Desk.

Other autographed items in the exhibit include books by novelist Alice Walker; baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron; mystery writer Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins series; cookie mogul and Famous Amos founder Wally Amos; activist/comedian Dick Gregory; and actors Levar Burton and Chris Rock, among others.  

The books are part of Crumpton’s personal collection of autographed books.  Crumpton says he has been building the collection since he began work with Barnes & Noble in the mid-1990s, and has collected them “because the autograph represents where an author touches his or her own work.”

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kathy and David Crowe to Create Endowments to Support University Libraries through Planned Gift

Kathy Crowe has worked at the University Libraries at UNCG since 1983.  She is currently the Associate Dean for Public Service.  David is a scholar, researcher and writer.  He teaches history and law at Elon University. Together they have made a planned testamentary gift to benefit the University Libraries, where David also plans to give his papers to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.
Their gift will endow two funds:
(1) for professional development for the libraries staff and faculty; and
(2) to ensure the growth of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives through acquisition and preservation of valuable records, books and manuscripts. 

Income from the first endowment will be used to enhance professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff of the University Libraries.  Purposes for which funds might be used include but are not limited to provide funds for Libraries’ staff and faculty for travel, conference registration, continuing education, and professional development.

Income from the second endowment will be used to enhance the work of the University Libraries.  Purposes for which funds might be used include but are not limited to acquiring and preserving books, manuscripts, original records and other primary resources to be used by students, historians, researchers and the community.

Kathy Crowe has degrees in both History and Library Science.  Before becoming Associate Dean in 2006, she was Head of Reference and Instructional Services at UNCG and, prior to that,  a reference and instruction librarian.  Her interests include information literacy, assessing user needs, enhancing customer service and marketing library services to all user groups. She has published journal articles, book chapters and presented at conferences around the world on these topics.  Kathy’s understanding for the mission of libraries to preserve unique materials and intimate knowledge of  the continual learning needs of faculty and staff led to her commitment for funds of this nature.

David Crowe, scholar and researcher, has been a professor at Elon University since 1977.  He is the author of several books including War Crimes, Genocide and Justice:  A Global History (2013), The Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath (2008), Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind The List (2004) and A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia 1995 and 2007).  He is the recipient of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies’ 2010 Richard Stites Senior Scholar Award and Elon University’s Distinguished Scholar Award.  He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and a Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The University Libraries’ collections have supported his research over the years.  Appreciation for that and his passion for research provided the impetus for giving back.