Monday, July 28, 2014

Fall 2014 Events

All of the following events are free and open to the public:

Thursday, September 4: Poetry Reading by David Roderick from his new book, The Americans (co-sponsored with MFA Writing Program).
8 p.m. Faculty Center, UNCG

Monday, September 8: Author and Storyteller Doug Elliott.
7 p.m. EUC Auditorium, UNCG

Monday, September 15: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited by Richard
Florida, led by Keith Debbage of the Department of Geography & the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism. 
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

Thursday, September 18: Reading by Lee Zacharias from her book, The Only Sounds We Make (co-sponsored with MFA Writing Program).
7 p.m. Faculty Center, UNCG

Wednesday, October 8: Presentation by Dr. Joy Kasson about author and illustrator Lois Lenski.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG

Thursday, October 16: Poetry Reading by Fred Chappell from his book, The Familiars (co-sponsored with MFA Writing Program).
7 p.m. Faculty Center, UNCG

Monday, October 20: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, led by Anne Hershey of the Biology Department.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor.

Wednesday, October 29: Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery - Nancy Pickard.
7 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG

Monday, November 3: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book DiscussionThe Member of the Wedding: The Play by Carson McCullers, led by Keith Cushman of the English Department.
7 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

Thursday, November 6: Book Signing and Talk by Beth Macy, author of Factory Man.
7 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG.

You are asked to register for book discussions at .

Books in the  discussion series are available from the UNCG Bookstore, Scuppenong Books, and other area retailers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UNCG Librarians Contribute to New Book: "The Librarian Stereotype"

Lynda Kellam
UNCG librarians  Lynda Kellam and Jenny Dale, as well as LIS faculty member Jim Carmichael, have authored chapters in a new publication from the American Library Association entitled The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby.   Lynda and Jenny co-authored their chapter, “At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for Librarians”  with UNCG alumna Lauren Pressley, now at Virginia Tech.
Jenny Dale

The Librarian Stereotype serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding the ways in which librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, covering topics such as racial and ethnic identity, professional personas, pop culture, and a variety of specific stereotypes of librarians, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences.  

A short interview with the University Libraries’ contributors was posted on the blog Librarian Wardrobe.

Monday, July 21, 2014

UNCG Libraries Helping Others Adapt to WMS Software

Several members of the library faculty and staff have recently consulted with other libraries to aid them in using WMS, our library software system. 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. Darinlee Needham provided training on the serials component to the DeWitt Wallace Library at Macalester College.Terry Brandsma, Mary Jane Conger, Marcie Burton, Christine Fischer and Beth Bernhardt consulted with Loyola University of Chicago on the different modules of WMS and how they work.

Cathy Griffith and her colleagues in Access Services have also been assisting Guilford Technical Community College in adopting WMS.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Storyteller, Author and Woodsman Doug Elliott Coming to Triad

Doug Elliott
When and Where:
Monday, September 8, 2014 7-9 p.m. UNC Greensboro – Elliott University Center Auditorium (Free and open to the public)

Saturday, September 6, 2014 
12:00-12:45 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm, Bookmarks Festival, Winston-Salem (Free and open to the public)

Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune -- internationally-known storyteller and author Doug Elliott will take you on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America's back country.

Elliott will appear at several free events in Greensboro and Winston-Salem in September, sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

Doug's stories derive from his unique lifestyle, as well as his deep interest in plants, animals and people. Since humanity's beginnings our connections with the natural world have defined us and made us who we are. Doug’s stories explore and celebrate the rich diversity of that special human connection to nature. His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing.

Storytelling and education go hand-in-hand. For millennia, storytelling has been an invaluable tool for passing information, values and wisdom from one generation to the next. Doug's storytelling performances are infused with educational material, and his educational programs are packed with stories, anecdotes and lore.

Doug’s performances include personal true stories, traditional tales, ancient legends, Native American stories, natural history, folklore, poems, riddles, music and songs.

He has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades.

He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC. He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs.

Doug's passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, "That boy knows what's under every rock between here and town.”

He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

In addition to the free public appearances listed above, Elliott will also be appearing for invited groups of schoolchildren and UNCG students preparing to teach in elementary school, helping them incorporate the magic of storytelling into their own classrooms:
September 8: 9:30 am and 12:30 pm UNCG, Elliott University Center.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IT is for Girls Campers Visit Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library

IT is for Girls is a summer camp at UNCG.  During their week at the University, they made a visit on Wednesday to the University Libraries' Digital Media Center on the ground floor of Jackson Library.  Photos courtesy of Laura Tew.

Jenny Raabe

Jenny Raabe, our friend and colleague in the University Libraries,  has died at the age of 61.  Jenny will be warmly remembered for her love of life, learning, and the University Libraries.

This 2011 video interview by LIS student Daniel Windham tells a small portion of Jenny's story.

Student Worker and LIS student Tiffany Henry Awarded Spectrum Scholarship by American Library Association

When The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity recently awarded 2014-2015 Spectrum Scholarships to 50 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies, UNCG’s Tiffany Henry was among them. Tiffany is one of our student workers at the University Libraries who works with our NC DOCKS content. From Durham and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she is a student in  UNCG’s LIS Program who is interested in pursuing a career in cataloging and metadata work in academic libraries.

A prestigious committee of seven jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential.

Congratulations, Tiffany!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions for Fall Semester 2014

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the Fall 2014  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions.  We invite our Friends and other interested community members to join us as we discuss books from past and present.  Each discussion will be led by a UNCG faculty member.  To reserve a spot at one or more discussion, please register on our website, or contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.

All book discussions will meet on Mondays in the Hodges Reading Room

Monday, September 15: The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited by Richard Florida, led by Keith Debbage of the Department of Geography & the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism. 

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG

Monday, October 20:  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, led by Anne Hershey of the Biology Department.

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor

Monday, November 3:  The Member of the Wedding: The Play by Carson McCullers, led by Keith Cushman of the English Department.

7 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Collaboratory on Fifth Floor of Jackson Library Tower named for Biology Professor William K. Bates

Bill and Wilma Bates love the University Libraries, and their gifts demonstrate that appreciation for the role of the libraries in campus life. 

The Bates Collaboratory, Room 574 in the Jackson Library Tower, was recently renovated and named to honor William Bates, Professor Emeritus of Biology, whose career spanned 1966-2000.  Bill was Head of the Biology Department from 1979-1988, so it is particularly appropriate that the Collaboratory should be located on the Fifth Floor of the Tower along with the biology collection. 

Both during his career and after his retirement, Bill has spent a lot of time in Jackson Library, particularly at his faculty study. His wife Wilma, now retired, was a media coordinator in the Guilford County Schools.  Frequent attendees at library events, the two want to give back to the Libraries and have been members of the Jackson Society for several years and members of the Friends for more than a decade.  We are appreciative of their gifts and support.

The Bates Collaboratory is a large room with versatile functionality, group study equipment, and comfortable seating. It also features Backbone Media Platform, a media-sharing platform that supports technology, optimizes collaboration, and enhances flexibility.  Various technology possibilities exist in the room, as well as space for larger groups to engage in shared work.