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 !