Monday, August 25, 2014

UNCG at Bookmarks

UNCG will be well-represented at the upcoming Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem on Saturday, September 6.

•    The University Libraries are sponsoring storyteller, author, and naturalist Doug Elliott.

•    Poet Terry Kennedy will read from his book, New River Breakdown.

•    Alumnus Robert Morgan will talk about his book, The Road from Gap Creek.

•    The NC Literary Map, a project of the University Libraries at UNCG, will be among the exhibitors, as will the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and The Greensboro Review.

Friday, August 22, 2014

University Libraries Offer Election Guide,

Those with questions about voting, the new voting law, or candidates may view the Libraries' Election Guide at

Reference Librarian Lynda Kellam will also be addressing students on Wednesday, September 10 on voting at an event sponsored by Office of Leadership and Service Learning.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Margaret Maron to Inaugurate New Series About Women of Mystery

Who: Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery (with Nancy Pickard)
When: Wednesday, October 29, 7 pm
Where: Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public

How does a highly successful writer like North Carolina’s Margaret Maron give back? 

For one, she continues to write books that her readers are eager to snap up whenever they’re published.  Margaret’s latest, the nineteenth featuring Judge Deborah Knott of the fictional Colleton County east of Raleigh, North Carolina, is entitled Designated Daughters and was published in August. As the Chicago Tribune has declared, “There’s nobody better.”  While decidedly modest about a list of accomplishments and awards that includes an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010, Margaret has long been active in mentoring other writers and calling attention to the compelling issues facing North Carolina in her novels. Maron’s papers are on long-term loan to UNCG’s Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department in Jackson Library.

In January, the library administration at UNCG suggested that another avenue for giving back might be appealing, and Margaret jumped on the idea of presenting other women mystery authors whose work she admires and commends to readers.  For the first in what may become a series of events each Fall, Margaret invited her friend, colleague and fellow author Nancy Pickard to participate in a program we are calling “Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery.”  The program will be October 29 at 7 pm in the Virginia Dare room on the UNCG campus, and is free and open to the public.

Pickard, who hails from Missouri and lives in Kansas, is a highly successful author in her own right. Like Maron, Pickard is a founding member and former president of Sisters In Crime, the international organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers, and she is a former national board member of the Mystery Writers of America. Especially known for her Jenny Cain series, she too has won “a slew” of writing awards. When she was ten years old, she wrote: "I will be happy if I can have horses, solve mysteries, help people, and be happily married.”  She continues, “For thirty years after that, I forgot on any conscious level about that wish list. When I finally came across it again, I was forty years old, married to a cowboy, doing volunteer work, and writing murder mysteries.” She then she described that insofar as the writing murder mysteries was concerned, she owed it all to Nancy Drew (“I read Nancy Drew. Didn't you?”).  So it is particularly appropriate that she would come to visit UNCG, where our library has premier collections of Girls’ Books in Series, and of Women’s Detective Fiction in our Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.

Bookmarks Festival Schedule

The Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Winston-Salem is now the state's largest annual festival, drawing more than 8500 attendees last year.  In this, the 10th year, the schedule is an impressive one.  The UNCG Libraries are proud to be represented with the sponsorship of storyteller and author Doug Elliott, but here's the rest of the schedule for this free event.

For biographies of the authors coming in 2014, see

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Data Management Services Offered

Data management is the process of managing your data before, during, and after a research project. The effective management of your data ensures that your research is secure, promotes the reuse of your data by other researchers, and assures compliance with federal guidelines.

Results from a 2013 UNCG survey indicate that faculty needed help with data management plans, data storage, and data backup to comply with new policies from grant-funding agencies regarding their research projects.  The survey was also in response to new policies from funding agencies and UNCG’s Access to and Retention of Research Data policy adopted in 2012.  Please see this report for further information on the survey and its results.

To respond to the data storage needs identified, ITS launched a hosting service and purchased Box cloud storage in November 2013.  Box was recently upgraded to provide 50 Gb of storage with web and mobile accessibility to files from anywhere.  The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Libraries have been promoting the DMPTool which assists researchers in creating data management plans and provides templates for the major grant funding agencies.  OSP also provides assistance to faculty in developing data management plans when they are seeking funding.

The University Libraries also developed the Research Data Management Guide to provide a central location for information on data management plans, data storage and data sharing and archiving.  Created by Data Services Librarian Lynda Kellam, the guide provides information on campus contacts and other resources, such as tutorials, to assist researchers in all aspects of research data management.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bookmarks Festival Coming September 6 with Several Events Prior to the Festival

 The 10th Bookmarks Festival is coming up September 6 in Winston-Salem, but there are several pre-festival events you might want to consider.  For more information, see
2014 Bookmarks Schedule of Events 
Sunday, August 24 at 2 PM
Film Screening: “Under the Tuscan Sun”
SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 

10th anniversary t shirt designed by author
Edward Hemingway,
Join us for a free screening of the 2003 film starring Diane Lane based on the bestselling book by 2014 Festival author, Frances Mayes.

Thursday, September 4 at 6 PM
Bookmarks presents James Patterson
RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 301 Hawthorne Road

The most prolific and bestselling author of our time is visiting Winston-Salem! Tickets required: $16 (general admission) and $26 (general admission and a signed copy of Middle School: Save Rafe!, Patterson’s newest middle grade book). Patterson will pre-sign a limited quantity of assorted titles to be sold at this event. He will not sign books that evening. Books will be available at the Bookmarks Bookstore onsite before and after the event. Doors open at 5 PM. Tickets required.

Friday, September 5

Eat & Greet with Lisa Leake at 10 AM
Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood Street
Attendees will hear from blogger and real food enthusiast, Lisa Leake, whose book, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love, is filled with advice for grocery shopping and making smart purchases, tips on reading ingredient labels, planning school lunches, and more. Tickets are $27 per person, and include light refreshments and a copy of Leake’s book. Doors open at 9:30 AM. Reservations required.
Presented with support from Knollwood Christian Education
Eat & Greet with Rita Mae Brown at 11:30 AM
Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Attendees will hear from Rita Mae Brown, the award-winning author of the Mrs. Murphy, Sister Jane Foxhunting, and Mags Rogers series of mysteries. Brown will share stories from her writing career that has produced more than 100 bestselling books and answer questions from the audience as attendees enjoy lunch. Tickets are $36 per person and include lunch from California Fresh Catering and a copy of Brown's new book Nine Lives to Die. Doors open at 11:00 AM. Reservations required.

Workshop for Writers with J. A. Jance from 1 – 4 PM
F. Borden Hanes, Jr. Conference Room, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Writers will have an exclusive opportunity to learn from #1 New York Times bestselling author, J. A. Jance as she leads a Genre Writing 101 Workshop. Tickets are $45 per person and include a copy of Jance's new book, Remains of Innocence. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Reservations required; limited spots.

Artists’ Reception: “Picturing This” – An Exhibit of Illustrators from 5 – 7 PM
Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery, Sawtooth School for Visual Arts
Second Floor of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 North Spruce Street
Meet eight artists who also illustrate books! They will reveal their creative processes from inspiration to the finished illustration by showing working sketches, storyboards, and photos and the published book in this exhibit. The artists are; Jennifer Carrasco, Ginnie Conaway, Janis Dougherty, Katie Scarlett Faile, Sean Glover, John Hutton, Carol Moates and Ben Perini. Visit the Gallery and Sawtooth shop weekdays from 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM. Artwork is on display August 15 – September 20.

Our State TV Profile of Storyteller Doug Elliott, Coming to UNCG September 8

Want to get a sense of what woodsman Doug Elliott is like? Check out this video profile from Our State TV.

The storyteller and author is coming to UNCG on Monday, September 8 at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  He will also be at Bookmarks in Winston-Salem on Saturday, September 6.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clingers' Gift to Support Oral Histories of Women Veterans

Charlotte Holder Clinger and Noel W. Clinger have established The Colonel Charlotte Holder Clinger ’65 Oral History Fund as a term endowment gift to enhance the work of the Betty H. Carter Women Veteran’s Historical Project in the University Libraries. 

Charlotte Clinger was born in Asheboro, North Carolina.  She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1965 with a degree in history.  Her love of history motivated Charlotte to support the oral history project of the Women Veterans Historical Project.  She recognizes the importance of capturing first-hand accounts to document history.

Charlotte joined the U. S. Air Force in 1967.  She attended Officer Training School and was then sent to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado for intelligence training.  It was there that she met her future husband, Noel Clinger.  Charlotte was the first woman ever stationed with the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing.  She did intelligence briefings and debriefings during her one-year tour of duty at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand.  In 1973, she was deployed, to Takhli Air Force Base in Thailand, with the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing. After marrying Noel she transferred back to Lowry AFB, where they both taught in the intelligence school.  In 1975, Charlotte moved from active duty to reserve duty, joining a reserve unit of the Air Force Intelligence Service while working on her master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado.  In the late 1970s, the Clingers joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and moved to Fairfax, VA.  Charlotte became the first woman to command the Joint Military Reserve Training Command unit, which she did from 1991-1994.  She retired from the Reserve as a full colonel in 1994, and from the CIA in 2001.  Her 2006 oral history interview with the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project may be found here.

Noel Clinger graduated from Kent State University in 1967 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. His first assignment was to Lowery Air Force Base to attend the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Center (AFAITC). Upon completion of AFAITC, he was assigned to the Twelfth Tactical Fighter Wing at Cam Rahn Bay, Sout
h Vietnam from August 1968 - August 1969. He was then assigned to Headquarters United Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) in Wiesbaden, West Germany from 1969 to1973. There he became a Targeting Officer supervising various targeting documents and coordination of the Single Operations (SIOP) Nuclear Orders for the Command. After his USAFE assignment, Noel was sent back to Lowery Air Force Base to establish the first Air Force Targeting Officers Course at AFAITC. The opportunity to join the CIA caused Noel to leave active duty and join the AF Reserve Intelligence Command. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1995 and from the CIA in 2001.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Self Check Express. It’s fast! It’s easy! It’s convenient!

Did you know that most items from the Jackson Library Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobooks and Paperbacks collections can be borrowed using the Libraries’ 2 Self Check Express machines? Also, over the summer the entertainment DVD collection was reprocessed so that they, too, can be self checked. Why wait in line?  Use Self Check Express. 
•    Self checks are located in the Jackson Library on the Check Out Desk and in the hallway between the Check Out Desk and the Tower elevators. 
•    Your Friends membership card and a current borrowing account are required.
•    After checkout, DVD cases can be unlocked after exiting the Library via the Library-EUC Connector or the College Ave. doors.
•    FOL borrowers are limited to 10 checkouts on their account at any time, 2 of which can be entertainment DVDs. Please continue to return items to the Check Out Desk if you wish to borrow more immediately.  If not, books may be returned in any of the Libraries’ book drops; DVDs in the DVD slot of the book drop located just before the College Ave. exit.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Research Travel Grant Aids Historical Researcher in Using the University Libraries

Diane Russeau-Pletcher is a person who likes to go down rabbit holes when she finds them.   Exploring some of those rabbit holes recently brought her to the University Libraries at UNCG  to do research in the papers of Ellen Winston, found in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.   Russeau-Pledger is the 2014-2015 Research Travel Grant Award recipient of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.

Diane is studying the history of the eugenics movement in North Carolina, especially after World War II, and sees Ellen Winston as a key stakeholder in the state’s program as head of the State Eugenics Board and Commissioner of Public Welfare in North Carolina prior to being named by President Kennedy in 1963 as the first U.S. Commissioner of Welfare in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW).

Not only is the history of the eugenics movement still a current issue in North Carolina and still drawing national media attention,  Russeau-Pletcher believes that some of the ideas of the eugenics movement “have never really left us,” and continue to find voice, for example, in the treatment of the disabled and the classification of disabilities today.  She says that the Ellen Winston Collection at UNCG allows her to explore, more than other collections she has consulted so far, the theoretical underpinnings of Winston’s support for eugenics.  Winston’s 1930 PhD dissertation for example, was on the topic of insanity and disability, and Winston apparently saw no conflict between her support for the welfare of the poor and her support of eugenics for the “feeble-minded,” a classification so Russeau-Pletcher says was so ill-defined that it came to mean anything from a rape victim to poverty to doing poorly on an IQ test.  Winston’s social science background, as well as her personal background, Russeau-Pletcher believes, led her to a view of “normal” that translated into policy to sterilize individuals “for their own good” and the good of society.   Winston was by no means alone in her belief.  Clarence Gamble, philanthropist, eugenicist and heir to the Procter & Gamble fortune, was another supporter of the movement and created the Human Betterment League to advance its goals.  Gamble contributed $6000 in 1946 to the Eugenics Board “to make a study in North Carolina to determine the need for sterilization and make the results of the study available for educational purposes.”

The Research Travel Grant was begun by the University Libraries in 2009.  The award allows for one researcher outside of the state to come to UNCG to conduct research in the archive.  Past award recipients have looked at a range of collections that included cello music, kinesiology records, and Girls Books in Series.  The Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Keith Gorman, is very excited about the scope of Russeau-Pletcher's research project.  "I am very pleased that University Libraries is able to support the promising research of this young scholar.  With the collection only being fully processed in 2010, Gorman believes that Diane Russeau-Pletcher is the first scholar to really draw on the rich collection of Ellen Black Winston's papers.

Learn more about the Research Travel Grant.

A UNCG M.A.L.S.graduate (’09) Russeau-Pletcher is now pursuing an M.A. in History at Illinois State, and also holds a M.A. from Kansas State in Academic Advising and a B.A. from Ball State. Her work brings glowing reviews from her faculty at Illinois State, where she was recently named best Master’s Student in History, and she expects to more fully develop this Master’s Thesis as the basis for an eventual PhD dissertation on the topic.  She would like, she says, to teach history at the college or university level.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pat and Ira Gruber and Family Visit University Libraries

(L-R) Anna Koester, Jack Koester,
Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazijrian,
Will Koester, Pat Gruber, Ira Gruber, Caroline Koester
Pat Sanderford Gruber (’51) and husband Ira live in Texas, so they don’t visit UNCG’s University Libraries every day.  As a student at Woman’s College who majored in English, however, Pat spent a lot of time in Jackson Library, and her love for the libraries at her alma mater remains.   She reminisced about the libraries during a recent visit, and enjoyed remembering that Jackson Library had just opened when she went to school here. 

With her husband, daughter Anna and her husband Jack Koester, and grandchildren Will and Caroline, Mrs. Gruber also enjoyed seeing the dormitories where she had lived, and the transformation of what had been her library study carrel into the present-day Reference Services area.  Mrs. Gruber’s mother, Mildred Butler Sanderford, was a member of the class of 1927, and her sisters graduated in 1952 and 1955.

After completing her studies here, Mrs. Gruber earned a master’s degree at Duke, where she met her husband, who was earning his Ph.D. in History.  They eventually settled in Texas, where Ira taught history for 45 years are Rice University., and wrote several books while specializing in the American Revolutionary War period.  He is now Professor Emeritus of History at Rice.

Together the Grubers have made a planned gift of a Discretionary Endowment to benefit the University Libraries at UNCG.  Purposes for which funds might be used include but are not limited to acquiring new books for the general or Special Collections and University Archives, subscriptions, facility upgrades, software upgrades, and speaker and program activities.