Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Former Assistant Director Bob Galbreath Dies

Courage is often identified as a dramatic act of bravery in combat, saving someone’s life at personal risk, or some other heroic action.  There is, however, a quieter kind of courage that all too often goes unrecognized.

Bob Galbreath, who died on February 1, exemplified this quieter courage.  After serving as Assistant Director for Collection Management in Jackson Library beginning in 1990, Bob was stricken with multiple sclerosis and found it necessary to stop working due to disability in 2000, officially retiring in 2004. For over fifteen years Bob fought this dread illness with determination and optimism.  Though confined totally to his bed and unable to attend scholarly presentations or conferences or cultural events that he loved, Bob never lost his love of life or his sense of humor. 

A dedicated scholar with a Ph.D. in history, Bob taught at the college level, served for a number of years as director of the honors program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and held responsible positions at the libraries at Northwestern University and Loyola University before coming to UNCG.  He was a voracious reader with interests in a wide spectrum of fields, and even a casual conversation with Bob revealed his erudition in many subjects.  During his varied career he published articles and book reviews in such areas as religion, history and political science, philosophy, popular culture, and library science. 

More than most people who have not had to face a continuous ordeal of surgeries and long hospital stays, Bob stayed abreast of world events and new developments through books, newspapers, magazines, TV and the Internet, always finding something new and interesting and always eager to engage his visitors in conversation over some new or controversial issue.  

 Never complaining, Bob Galbreath inspired his friends with his indomitable spirit and optimism in the face of his unrelenting illness.  Bob served as a prime exemplifier of quiet courage and dignity, and he will be greatly missed.

Prepared by his friend and colleague, Dr. Bill Finley, former Director of Special Collections and University Archives at the University Libraries

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Home Economics Pamphlets Collection Inspires Cooking Contest and Taste Testing on Friday, February 13

Please join University Library's Digital Projects Team for Vintage Viands, a taste testing of vintage recipes showcased in the online Home Economics, Food, and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection in the Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives Department. 

Faculty and staff of the University Libraries will be working hard to make these recipes as authentic as possible for people to try. There will be a competition for the best and worst food from the recipes, so we invite library patrons to attend, and need your taste buds and your votes!

The tasting event will be Friday, February 13, 2015 from 12:30-2:30 in the Reading Room of Jackson Library. We will be serving food until it runs out, so come out early!

In addition to the taste testing, the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collection & University Archives will have a display of the actual pamphlets held by the Libraries.

Please contact Callie Coward at or 336-334-5781 or Erica Rau at if you have additional questions.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts Newsletter, January 30, 2015

Courtesy of Shawn Delgado and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, here is their latest e-newsletter: