Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lawrimore Appointed to Society of American Archivists Committee on Public Awareness

Erin Lawrimore, photo by Franklin Graves
University Archivist Erin Lawrimore has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Society of American Archivists' newly formed Committee on Public Awareness.  According to its charge, "The Committee provides strategic information and advice to the SAA Council to enhance SAA’s capacity to promote the value of archives and archivists to institutions, communities, and society.  The Committee recommends to the SAA Council the public awareness priorities on which SAA should focus its attention and resources, within the context of the Society’s mission and strategic plan.  In addition, the Committee works with staff and outside counsel to develop programs that promote the value and role(s) of archivists and archives nationwide....COPA generally is concerned with influencing opinions about the value of archivists and archives among the general public and stakeholder groups other than legislators and regulators (e.g., archives users, institutional resource allocators, etc.)." 

Says Lawrimore, "I'm thrilled to be appointed to the Committee on Public Awareness. Through presentations, social media, and exhibits, we've worked to promote UNCG's stellar archives. I am happy to use these experiences along with my past work in public and media relations to collaborate with COPA and promote the archival profession."

Lawrimore is also serving as Editor in Chief of the new publication, Archival Practice, a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal hosted by the University Libraries at UNCG.  In an introduction welcoming readers to the new journal, Lawrimore explains that it provides a scholarly forum for discussions of real-world applications of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gerald Holmes Receives Special Award

Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes was honored recently with a special Outstanding Service Award by the African American Studies Program at UNCG.

In citing him for the award, which is not given on a regular basis, Director of African American Studies Tara Green noted that in addition to his primary responsibilities as a reference librarian and library liaison, Gerald serves on a variety of committees and organizations including the UNCG Black Faculty and Staff Association, and Chancellor Brady’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Gerald served as part of the team to aid in the re-accreditation of the Department of Library and Information Studies by the American Library Association and has been cited by Dr. Perrin as a faculty member who has an “above and beyond commitment” to Student Affairs. Gerald currently serves as the advisor to Mu Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, and is also a life member of the Greensboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.  He is a co-principal investigator of three grants received from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies for the Academic Cultural and Enrichment Scholars program at UNCG, which is a partnership with the School of Library and Information Studies and the University Libraries designed to increase minority representation with librarianship.”  

Within the profession of librarianship, Holmes is an active member of the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Minority Concerns.

For four years, Gerald served as an active member of the African American Studies Advisory Board and serves on the Whitty Ransome Scholarship Committee for the program.

Holmes has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Science in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Portrait in Giving: John May

John May, a member of the Jackson Society, has been a long-time supporter of the University Libraries at UNCG.  He knows their value first-hand.  Using and working in Jackson Library on a daily basis, he wrote a novel, Poe and Fanny, published to excellent reviews by Algonquin Books in 2004. Shannon Ravenel, the legendary editor at Algonquin, mentored John in the preparation of his book for publication.

John later said of his experience, “I spent many happy days writing Poe and Fanny, and I did it all in the UNCG Library.  For two years, I spent my mornings reading and researching, and my afternoons writing.  I loved it.  Those were vital years.”  He continues, “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the Jackson Library.  I was always welcomed.  I was always at home there.  I was always at my most creative there.”

John, who founded Bonaventure Company, also served as Chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries from 2002-2004, and later served on the Libraries’ Students First Campaign Committee.  He has just completed a multi-year commitment to the University Libraries Enrichment Fund.