Monday, June 30, 2014

Tim Bucknall Receives ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award

In January, we announced  that Tim Bucknall, assistant dean of libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at UNCG had been named  the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.
Bucknall received the $5,000 award during the ACRL President's Program at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  We also took the opportunity this summer to celebrate the achievement with many of Tim’s colleagues in the state and area.  Mary Ellen Davis, executive director of ACRL offered remarks, as did Leah Dunn of UNC Asheville and Dana Sally of Western Carolina who nominated Bucknall for the award.

The occasion offered a chance to do some reminiscing.   Former colleague Dana Sally recalled, “as I remember it, Journal Finder grew out of some early morning coffee conversations Tim and I had while at UNCG.  During these conversations, we compared notes constantly about how much time was spent tracking down journal articles while working the reference desk (this of course was well before the time of full-text databases).  We would “blue-sky”  and rhetorically muse:  wouldn’t it be great to be able to find an article in a database (a database that simply indexed because that’s all we had at the time) and then go directly to the article itself?  That would be a brilliant development...but clearly, all things considered, not possible.  This hugely helpful, but not possible, idea stayed impossible for Tim for about 48 hours (it might have been 72!).  Within several days, Tim came in with his coffee cup in hand and said ‘it can be done.’  And he and his team did it, building a prototype very quickly.  Tim has the rare gift combination of vision and execution. “

The University Libraries have now been very fortunate to have benefit of Tim’s outstanding service for 20 years.  Dana Sally summed up the sentiment of the group with these words, “Tim’s successes and achievements have two primary sources:  his innate intelligence and acquired competence, and his character.  Tim is profoundly honest, committed, and selfless in his devotion to his professional work.  He is collaborator by nature, always seeking team and service improvement.   His quiet persistence is matched only by his unfailing good humor and his authentic and unrequited humanity.  He is a humane colleague and true friend, first and foremost.  For the library world, he has been a master service designer and builder. He is a doer. “

Well done, Tim.  Congratulations.
Tim and Nancy Bucknall

(L-R) ACRL Executive Director
Mary Ellen Davis, Tim Bucknall
and Dean of University Libraries
Rosann Bazirjian

Bucknall and Davis holding cover of C&RL News announcing
his selection of Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Music provided by 3 Rabbits, including
Keith Buckner (former member of Tim's department),
Nancy McCurry and Tim Barkley

Leah Dunn of UNC Asheville,

Dana Sally of Western Carolina
University, nominator

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brandsma Aids UNCG and Other Libraries in Using Library Software

Terry Brandsma of the ERIT Department was recently elected to serve a two-year term (2014-2016) as one of the 4 co-chairs of the WMS Community Leadership Team.  While Terry’s work in this area is mostly transparent to those who use the library’s catalog, OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS) manages the ordering, processing, and circulation of library materials, along with holds, book renewals, print reserves, and similar user services. The WMS Community Leadership Team plans and hosts online meetings for the community of WMS users, and serves as the primary conduit for the community to provide feedback and suggestions to OCLC. Terry also recently presented at (and helped plan) the "2014 WMS Southeast Users Group Meeting", held at Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, on June 2-3, 2014.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Recent LIS Graduate Rosalind Moore Honored

Rosalind Moore
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has announced that Rosalind Moore, a recent graduate of the library and information science program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, received BCALA’s 2014 Graduate Student Award. She was selected because she contributed to the cause of BCALA as a graduate student. Moore was active and lent her time preparing, participating in some of BCALA’s most notable programs. She made presentations at the National Conference of African- American Librarians, the American Library Association conference, and the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color.

Rosalind is a product of the ACE Scholars Program at UNCG.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

University Libraries's Innovation and Enrichment Grant Will Support Access to Oral History Recordings

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore has been awarded the UNCG University Libraries’ Innovation and Enrichment Grant for 2014-2015. Her project will focus on enhancing access to oral history recordings conducted by staff of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) as part of the UNCG Institutional Memory Project.

SCUA has a long tradition of conducting and preserving oral history interviews with faculty, administrators, students, and alumni from across the University’s history. These interviews, which typically are an hour or more in length, provide in-depth information about an interviewee’s contributions to and viewpoint on specific time periods or events in campus history. A recent focus has been on documenting the experiences of African American students during the 1960s and 1970s. Often these interviews provide valuable personal insight into history in a way that the official university records cannot.

Currently, access to these oral histories is provided primarily through the interview transcript (the word-for-word text of the interview). Audio recordings are available on CD if requested, but access to these recordings is not provided online. The transcripts are among the highest ranked downloads from across the University Libraries’ digital collections, yet the process of finding relevant information within the transcripts is often challenging due to their lengthy nature.

This project will develop a workflow and test open-source tools for providing access to the audio recordings online and time-synching the audio recordings to the existing transcripts. This will allow researchers to more readily search each oral history recording for relevant information and quickly skip to certain key topics discussed in the interview. At the conclusion of the project in June 2015, it is anticipated that at least 25 enhanced oral history audio recordings and accompanying transcripts will be made available to researchers online.

Created by Dean Rosann Bazirjian in 2009 and first awarded in 2010, the objective of the Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant is to provide one-time funding of up to $2,500 for projects that will innovatively enhance and expand library services and programs.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Christine Fischer Recognized by UNCG for Supervisory Excellence

Christine Fischer, Head of the Acquisitions Department, was recognized this spring as the the faculty recipient of the 2014 Supervisory Recognition Award, and she was honored on April 4 during the Faculty and Staff Excellence Award ceremony.

Here are her comments about working in the University Libraries.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Katherine Nunnally Honored with Staff Service Award

(L-R) 2013 Service Award Winner Susan Hendrickson
with 2014 Winner Katherine Nunnally
(photo by Cheryl Cross)

"To recognize and reward members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."

Martha Ransley
For a number of years after Martha Ransley created the Staff Service Award for the University Libraries upon her retirement in 1997, she knew all of the first recipients well, and had mentored most of them. In more recent years, the award has gone to people who have come to work here after Martha retired, but they still demonstrate many of the same qualities that she admired and helped instill in the culture of the Libraries during her tenure. 

Katherine Nunnally, the 2014 winner of the staff service award, is such a person.  Nominating forms submitted recommending Katherine for the award speak of the qualities Ransley sought to recognize. Words like initiative, perseverance, creativity, “sense of humor"  and “beyond her own unit” are often mentioned in reference to  Katherine, just as they were outlined when Ransley first envisioned the award.   We are most grateful to Martha and others who established and sought to recognize a tradition of excellence in library service among our staff, and to Katherine, Susan and others who continue to embody it.
Katherine started in Jackson Library as a student worker in 2001.  As a student worker, she worked in both Cataloging and Access Services, and was hired full-time in Cataloging in 2005.

Congratulations, Katherine!

Carolina Consortium Marks 10 Year Anniversary, Plans for Future Cooperation and Savings

On May 13th, over 100 attendees visited the UNCG  campus for the annual meeting of the Carolina Consortium. The group discussed ways that libraries can save money through cooperative action, and enjoyed presentations on e-textbooks, streaming films, and effective resource sharing. Founded by and lead by UNCG librarians, the Carolina Consortium consists of nearly 150 NC and SC libraries that collectively save over $240 million a year on consortium deals. This year, the Carolina Consortium celebrates its first decade of extraordinary cost savings, and of an enormous expansion in the number of journals, databases, streaming media, and other resources available to students and faculty at community colleges, private colleges and universities, and state supported universities across the Carolinas.

Text by Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean of University Libraries, UNCG
Founder and Convener - Carolina Consortium

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Martha Blakeney Hodges' Family Visits Reading Room Named for Her in Jackson Library

Betsy Bernard and Daughter Martha Scherer
The University Libraries recently had visit from Betsy Bernard and Luther Hodges, Jr., whose generosity made possible the renovation of the Special Collections Reading Room named for their mother, Martha Blakeney Hodges.  With them were Betsy's daughter Martha, and her husband Eugene, who live in Vienna, Austria and had not seen the Room previously.

Martha Blakeney Hodges ('18) was the first chairperson of the Friends of the Library when the organization was founded in 1959 at what was then Woman's College.  She was also the First Lady of North Carolina at that time.  Her husband Luther Hodges, Sr. was then governor of the state.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Two Librarians Earn Tenure

Beth Filar-Williams
Beth Ann Koelsch
Congratulations to the two newly-tenured members of the library faculty at UNCG.

Beth Filar-Williams and Beth Ann Koelsch have both reached that status this spring.

"I am so pleased that they have received tenure," says Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian. "It is well deserved - they are both excellent librarians--innovative, dedicated  and very hardworking. They are experts in their respective areas of librarianship. Both Beth and Beth Ann are respected for their skill and knowledge both on campus and within the community."

Filar-Williams is Coordinator of Library Services for Distance Learning, and is also completing a period of service as Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons.  Koelsch is Curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

UNCG Hosts Conference of Area Library Paraprofessionals

On Tuesday May 13th,  over 100 individuals from Greensboro and the surrounding counties, converged on the Elliott University Center to take part in the first ever Triad Area Library Association (TALA) Paraprofessional Conference titled “Academic Libraries: Staying Relevant in Times of Change.”  Supported by the University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University (WFU), and the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon, the aim of the conference was to enhance the development of library paraprofessionals by providing workshops, presentations, discussion groups, and networking opportunities.  A total of six sessions focusing on a variety of important issues facing library staff members including customer service, emerging technologies, and disaster preparedness, were presented during the day.  In addition, the Director of UNCG’s Career Services, Patrick Madsen, gave a rousing lunchtime talk, titled “The Intentional Career Brand” about the importance of discovering what you want to do, where you want to do it, and how to market yourself to prospective employers.  The day concluded with a presentation by Henry Frank, the Director of the East Carolina University Music Library, on how librarians can find their “niche” in life and the future of the academic library.

The idea for the conference came from Rosann Bazirjian, the Dean of the University Libraries at UNCG who recognized the importance of staff development within her own library and believed there might be a need in the larger library community. In spring 2013, she took her proposal to the other members of TALA, which is a membership network of academic libraries in North Carolina's Piedmont region that are committed to reciprocal resource sharing. After gaining support from other institutions, a ten person multi-university planning committee was formed to determine the details and logistics of the
conference.  Throughout the year, the committee met numerous times, determining themes, speakers, location, and other details of the conference. 
Sean Mulligan,
Conference Planning Committee Member

Despite this being the first conference for TALA, the overall survey feedback by participants  was extremely positive.  Many felt that they learned a lot of new information throughout the day and were impressed by the quality of speakers.  There was overwhelming acclamation for the food selection, the parking accessibility, and facility location. Humorously, some respondents specifically mentioned that the macaroni and cheese at lunch was “the best I’ve even eaten” and “it was awesome!” While it has not been determined when or if there will be a 2nd TALA Paraprofessional Conference, it is clear that paraprofessional librarians in the Triad greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue their professional development.

Text written by Sean Mulligan.