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.