Friday, December 19, 2014

Settling in for a Winter Break

Happy holidays to all.  See you in 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jackson Library Conference Room Named for Retiring Congressman Howard Coble

photo by Carly Glazier Photography
A conference room in UNCG’s Jackson Library has been named for retiring U.S. Representative Howard Coble.  The J. Howard Coble Conference Room is located on the third floor of Jackson Library, where the Congressman’s papers reside in the Special Collections and University Archives.  “We are thrilled and honored to have Congressman Coble's archive at the UNCG libraries,” says Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian. “Researchers, faculty and students will make wonderful use of his valuable papers and we are so proud that we can provide access to and preserve his collection for generations to come.”

"We are so honored by this very generous donation," says Keith Gorman, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives. " This gift helps to support our efforts in collection development, research support, and the use of archival materials in instruction.  Moreover, the newly named conference room will provide us with a space to hold faculty consultations, conduct hands-on workshops, and teach small seminars."

The naming culminates a season of generosity from Coble’s friends and supporters, who provided the money for a major gift to the University Libraries, with a substantial portion of the gift coming in December just before the winter break.  The funds from the gift will be used to complete the processing of Congressman Coble’s papers and, with any remaining funds, to up-fit the conference room that will bear his name.  The latest money came through a fundraiser that honored the Congressman upon his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives.  Money was given by corporations, businesses, and individuals.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Third Cohort of ACE Scholars Graduates from UNCG, Adding Diversity to the Library Profession

Students in third cohort of ACE Scholars Program at UNCG
with Michael Crumpton and Nora Bird
The December 11 UNCG commencement exercises marked the graduations of the third cohort of students finishing UNCG’s ACE Scholars program, through which eleven students earned their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degrees.  Altogether, 50 students completed LIS degrees from UNCG as a result of the program. 

Like those of their predecessors, the educations of these most recent graduates were funded through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program administered by IMLS, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.    Throughout its existence, the ACE Scholars program was intended to broaden the level of diversity within the library profession and was the result of close collaboration and planning between the University Libraries and the Library and Information Studies program, with significant aid from the University Libraries' Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes, who was a mentor to many of the students who completed the program.

Co-principal investigators Assistant Professor Nora Bird of the Library and Information Studies Department and Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean of the University Libraries sought and obtained IMLS funding for this third cohort in the ACE Scholars program.  Because of Crumpton and Bird’s interest and expertise in community college librarianship, this cohort focused on building diversity among librarians interested in working in community colleges.  Crumpton and Bird are acknowledged experts in that field and are the co-authors of Handbook for Community College Librarians, published in 2013 by Libraries Unlimited, a division of ABC Clio.

UNCG’s engagement in the ACE Scholars program actually began in 2009,  when the first cohort of students were admitted.  Former Associate Director of University Libraries Sha Li Zhang, now Dean of University Libraries at the University of Montana, conceived the program and received funding from IMLS to support it.  Additional IMLS funding in 2011 supported a second cohort, and funding for the third cohort was secured by Crumpton and Bird in 2013. 

Sarah Caudle Earns MLIS

Sarah Caudle, the Weekend Evening Manager in Access Services, received her MLIS degree from Valdosta State at their December 2014 commencement.

Congratulations to Sarah !

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sean Mulligan Earns MBA from UNCG

Archivist Sean Mulligan of the University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Department received his MBA degree from UNCG on Thursday, December 11 at the University's commencement exercises.

Congratulations, Sean !

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gerald Holmes named 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Honoree by the American Library Association

Mr. Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), has been named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize Mr. Holmes for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.

Mr. Holmes’ career has focused on the development of early career librarians, and through that work he has consistently encouraged individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to choose the library profession. He serves as a mentor for many in the profession, and is sought after for guidance on diversity issues. In his role as Diversity Coordinator, he works directly with Library Administration on university priorities, grants, fund raising and campus priorities regarding diversity issues and resources. A part of his role also includes working to develop internal library training opportunities to highlight culture and needs of diverse populations that the Libraries serve on campus. Mr. Holmes has been a co-Principle Investigator with several other area librarians and faculty members of the UNCG Library and Information Studies (LIS) program to apply for and receive IMLS grants that have funded scholarships for the Academic Cultural Enhancement (ACE) Scholars. These cohorts were directed at increasing the presence of underrepresented populations into librarianship.  While at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mr. Holmes has been very involved in diversity focused work including serving on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; chairing the University Libraries Diversity Committee; and creating and coordinating a Post MLS Diversity Residency Program, now with its fourth resident. He also has represented the Libraries on the UNCG Race and Gender Institute Planning Committee. 

Gerald Holmes and wife Sharon at
ALA awards ceremony
Mr. Holmes assisted in creating the ACRL Residency Interest Group and he provided guidance to the leadership of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity Committee.  Additionally, he has served in leadership positions as a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association  (Executive Board), as Chair of the Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns and member of the Executive Board for the North Carolina Library Association, and as Chair of the ACRL African-American Librarians Section. 

Mr. Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Holmes will be recognized as the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. He will receive the honor and offer remarks during the Diversity Research Update on Sunday, January 31 from 3-4 p.m in room W183c of the McCormick Place Convention Center.

ALA’s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in selecting this year’s Honoree: LaVerne Gray (Chair), Eugenia Beh, Rebecca L. Hankins, Sandra M. Hughes-Hassell, Robin L. Kear, Thura Reed Mack, Cristina Dominguez Ramirez, Ingrid Ruffin, and Dr. Eun-Young Yoo Lee. For more information on the Achievement in Library Diversity Research award and the Diversity Research Grants Program, please visit

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Author Charlie Lovett to Visit UNCG on Thursday, February 5

Bibliophile and best-selling author Charlie Lovett will visit and talk about his books in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library on Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.

It is appropriate that the talk be in the Library’s Special Collections Reading Room for a number of reasons. Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, and remains an avid collector, especially of books by and about Lewis Carroll.  Attendees will also be able to view a new exhibit about William Shakespeare, marking the campus celebration of Globe & Cosmos: Celebrating 450 Years of Shakespeare and Galileo.  Not only is Lovett knowledgeable about the subject, the Bard and his work are important elements of his first novel, the best-selling The Bookman’s Tale, which introduced scores of readers to the meaning of the word bibliophile.

In his second novel, First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen, Lovett once again immerses readers in a world where books hold closely guarded secrets that threaten to turn the literary world upside down. For Lovett, old books hold a power like none other; in his mysteries, their contents become matters of life and death. Careful Austen scholars will note that First Impressions was the original title for Pride and Prejudice.

Here’s a synopsis of the new novel:  In 1796, Jane Austen is living in Hampshire and working on her first book, an epistolary novel tentatively titled Elinor and Marianne, when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an aging cleric named Richard Mansfield. An author himself—albeit of a less-than-artful book of allegories—Mansfield soon becomes Jane’s closest literary companion. On long walks through the countryside and engaging chats by the fire, they offer each other not only friendship, but also professional advice. Neither can foresee the impact their collaborations will have on future generations. In present day London, Sophie Collingwood is a lifelong book lover bereft at the loss of her beloved Uncle Bertram. After his books are sold off to pay debts, Sophie takes a job at an antiquarian bookshop hoping to earn enough to slowly buy back the books and restore his collection. When, on the same day, two customers request a copy of the same obscure book—the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield—Sophie is drawn into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice. Sophie, a dogged researcher and devoted Jane Austen fan, is quickly drawn into a frantic search for a book that threatens not just Jane Austen’s reputation, but Sophie’s own life.

Combining a very Austen-like love triangle; a portrait of one of our greatest literary legends; and a tribute to the typesetters and printing presses of the eighteenth century, First Impressions may appeal especially to  bibliophiles and Jane Austen lovers. It’s also a tale well told.  Lovett pulls readers into his world where true joy comes from a life lived in books.

Charlie Lovett is a member of The Grolier Club, the preeminent club for bibliophiles in North America. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.  He is also the recently-elected President of Bookmarks, the Winston-Salem-based organization known for putting on North Carolina’s largest and best-attended annual book festival for the past ten years.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries – Looking Back on 2014

 For those inclined to look back on the past year, here's a review of Friends of the UNCG Libraries events and celebrations.

Throughout the year, Friends members enjoy

•    Access to a book collection of more than 1 million volumes

•    A DVD collection of more 5000 items

•    Current literature and paperback collections of popular titles for year-round reading

•    Beautifully furnished libraries full of comfortable seating

•    A helpful and professional group of library employees dedicated to helping patrons find the information they need when they need it

Kathy and David Crowe create endowments to support the University Libraries through planned gifts.

Others wishing to make major gifts through planned giving or other means should contact Director of Development Linda Burr at or by phone at 336-256-0184.

Ron Cassell leads a book discussion of Robert Graves’ Goodbye to All That.

The Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library hosts an open house recently to show off its newly minted Gaming Lab and 3D printing service.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner features An Evening of Love and Laughter with Poet Nikki Giovanni despite an impending snow storm.

Carolina Peacemaker editor Afrique Kilimanjaro speaks at Jackson Library

Georgann Eubanks speaks on the topic “Why Are There So Many NC Writers?” This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

UNCG faculty member Terry Kennedy reads from his new book of poetry in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library.

Keith Cushman leads a book discussion of Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier.

The Digital Projects unit launches the Teachers, Textiles & Troops Digital Project with an address by Dr. Kevin Cherry, NC Deputy Secretary for Archives & History, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, delivered at the Greensboro Historical Museum, one of the project partners.

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

Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean of Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies at UNCG, receives recognition as the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Bill and Wilma Bates give to renovate and support the Bates Collaboratory in the Jackson Library Tower to provide versatile functionality, group study equipment, and comfortable seating.

Pat and Ira Gruber make a planned gift of a Discretionary Endowment to benefit the University Libraries.

Charlotte Holder Clinger and Noel W. Clinger establish the Colonel Charlotte Holder Clinger ’65 Oral History Fund to support the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Project.

Author and storyteller Doug Elliott comes to UNCG and to the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem under UNCG sponsorship with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

Keith Debbage leads a book discussion of Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited.

UNCG Faculty Members David Roderick and Lee Zacharias, give readings from their new books for the MFA Writing Program, co-sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Dr. Joy Kasson of UNC Chapel Hill presents a talk about author and illustrator Lois Lenski, whose papers are in UNCG’s Special Collections.

The University Libraries host the inaugural event for a new series, “Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery” This year’s guest is author Nancy Pickard.

Retired UNCG professor Fred Chappell reads from his new book of poetry, sponsored by the MFA Writing Program in partnership with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Anne Hershey leads a book discussion of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.

Richard A. DeMillo, author of Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities opens a series created by the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office called What Is College For?

Beth Macy, author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town speaks about and signs copies of her book.

Keith Cushman leads a book discussion of  Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding: the Play in conjunction with performances of the play by Triad Stage.

Many Friends and other supporters choose to make a year-end gift to the University Libraries.  You may do so online at

Before the Libraries close for the Winter Break Holiday and a short winter’s nap, coffee and other hot beverages are provided by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries for hard-studying students preparing for exams.  Post exam and holiday hours may be found at