Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cats and dogs in the Library?

It might be raining cats and dogs outside this week, but inside Jackson Library today, all is well.  In an effort to provide stress relief for our students during exams, we've brought in therapy animals, and all involved are doing great.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Will Cook Honored as Outstanding Student Library Worker

 L-R Marilyn Hanichak, Will Cook, Fairey Horton,
Access Services Department
Will Cook of the Access Services Department (and formerly, Cataloging) is the newest award recipient of the Outstanding  Student Library Worker Award.  He has worked for the University Libraries since he started school here as a freshman.  He is graduating in May, and will be missed.

Congratulations, Will.

Thanks to both David Arneke and the UNCG Bookstore, for their sponsorship of the award.  David is a member of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jackson Society Growing and Making a Difference in the University Libraries

Begun in 2010 with 22 members, the Jackson Society supporting the University Libraries at UNCG continues to grow and now has 41 members.  The group recently gathered for a reception at the home of Jane and Richard Levy to celebrate the group’s accomplishments and review its short history as the premier giving level for those supporting the University Libraries.

Jackson Society members have enjoyed past December events at the home of bookbinders and conservators Monique Lallier and Don Etherington, and at the Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.  Throughout the year, they’ve enjoyed intimate wine and cheese receptions with such visiting authors as novelists Jill McCorkle and Matthew Pearl, poets Kathryn Stripling Byer and Joseph Bathanti, storyteller/musical artist Peter Yarrow and John McCutcheon, and writer Tony Horwitz.

During 2013, Jackson Society donors supported such projects as the African American Institutional Memory Project, the Howard Coble Fund to process and make available the Congressman’s papers, and the revitalizations of the landscaping in front of Jackson Library.  Members of the Jackson Society are free to support any project they choose, and several have named funds that receive their regular support each year.  The Jackson Society also designated money in 2013 to purchase a number of items for the department of Special Collections and University Archives to deepen our holdings in small/specialized American publishing houses, the Way and Williams Press and the Perishable Press. 

Those interested in joining the Jackson Society are invited to contact Director of Development Linda Burr at 336-256-0184.  You may also want to visit the University Libraries Giving page.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Home Economics and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection Noted

1917 publication
in the collection

OCLC, the worldwide library cooperative, has featured UNCG's Home Economics and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection on its website for April.

The Home Economics and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection consists of government and commercial publications on the subject of home management and nutrition and include educational materials, recipes, household hints, and other materials. The digital collection was built from resources held in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives and the University Libraries Government Documents Collection. All materials are presumed to be in the public domain.
1921 publication
The U.S. Government Food and Nutrition pamphlets in this collection are part of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries’ Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP). UNCG is the ASERL Center of Excellence for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and as part of its mandate has digitized these documents. We have documents from the Service’s establishment in 1969 to the present. For questions about the collection contact Lynda Kellam (

Dean Rosann Bazirjian Elected to Library Leadership Post

Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian has been elected a Delegate-at-Large to the Global Council of OCLC, the worldwide library cooperative.  OCLC connects libraries in a global network to manage and share the world’s knowledge and to form a community dedicated to the values of librarianship: cooperation, resource sharing and universal access. She will serve a four-year term, beginning July 1, 2014.

The OCLC Global Council supports the OCLC Mission by serving as a key link between member libraries and OCLC management, facilitating communication and responding to expressed concerns from Global Council members, general members, and others to help shape future directions of the organization.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops Website Now Available for Searching

Greensboro history buffs - start your engines.

The Textiles, Teachers, and Troops website, written about earlier on this blog is now available for public use. 

After celebrating the launch of the website with a program at the Greensboro Historical Museum on Tuesday that featured a visit by North Carolina's Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz and a keynote by Deputy Secretary of Archives and History Kevin Cherry, the partners on the project are ready for you to take a look at the website and provide feedback, especially on resources that you find especially useful.  Tell us what you learned and how the website helps you gain a better understanding of Greensboro's history.  Please email us at

Here are some photos from the launch.
(L-R) State Librarian Cal Shepard; Deputy Secretary of Archives and History Kevin Cherry; Greensboro Historical Museum Director Carol Hart; Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz;, Dean of University Libraries at UNCG Rosann Bazirjian

Kevin Cherry addressing audience at the launch

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Bloom in Front of Jackson Library

Here's what we walk past to enter Jackson Library on the portico side of the building. 

Thanks to those who made this scene possible.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

University Libraries Giving Borrowers Longer Loans and Fewer Fines!

The University Libraries is pleased to announce that effective May 12, 2014, the following changes will be made to allow borrowers more time with materials and to renew or return materials before money is owed:

•    All 21 day loans will increase to 30 days for materials loaned from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback collections.
•    No overdue fines will be charged when materials from these collections are borrowed May 12 or afterwards and returned or renewed late. Most of these materials can be renewed 4 times online.
•    Overdue fines will continue to be charged on materials from the Course Reserves, DVD, Tech Lending and AV Equipment collections.

Additionally effective July 1, 2014:

•    The lost item processing fee will increase from $10. to $20. per item.  This fee compensates the Libraries for expenses incurred in the billing and reordering processes for lost items.
•    If items are returned or renewed within specified amounts of time after their due dates (8 days for Course Reserves, DVDs, Tech Lending and AV Equipment; 40 days for Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback books) the processing fee is not charged.

To set up an online account and to renew, please visit

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Celebrating the Landscaping in Front of Jackson Library

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries recently celebrated the completion of the project to revitalize the landscaping in front of Jackson Library and its return to being one of the most often-photographed spots on the campus.  Sixty-three donors gave to make the project a reality.  Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jackson Society Profile: Pam and David Sprinkle

Pam Sprinkle is a person who makes things happen.

During her term on the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors, financial cutbacks threatened the continuation of the Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Series that brings prominent author/storytellers to the UNCG campus each fall.  The Series has three components:
1) to perform at UNCG for nearly 1000 fourth graders in area schools;
2) to conduct a master storyteller Q&A session with UNCG students studying to become elementary school teachers; and
3) to appear at both UNCG and the area Bookmarks Festival under UNCG sponsorship. 

Without even being asked for her support, Pam determined that she wanted to see the series continue, and worked out a plan with husband David to do so, committing to fund it for five years.  The Sprinkles’ generosity not only saved the series, it allowed it to thrive, and with their ongoing commitment top author/storytellers could be booked a year or more in advance, something that had never been possible before.  Bobby Norfolk, John McCutcheon, and Bill Harley, three of the top names in the storytelling world, have come to UNCG during the intervening years.  Doug Elliott will visit in September 2014.

While all of the components of the series are beneficial, the University Libraries especially enjoys seeing fourth graders come to campus, many for the first time, under the guidance of teachers and chaperones who are often UNCG grads themselves. The excitement they display, and the enjoyment these children receive makes us proud to be able to offer this kind of experience to them.

While not alumni, the Sprinkles are generous in their support of UNCG and other organizations.  David now serves as Chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees.