Thursday, April 30, 2015

UNCG Libraries Team Chosen to Participate in Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected a team from the UNCG Libraries to be among the 54 institutional teams to participate in the third year of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). The program supports the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.

The UNCG team members will be:
•    Karen Grigg, Science Liaison Librarian
•    Kathy Crowe-Associate Dean for Public Services
•    Lea Leininger- Health Science Reference Librarian
•    Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples,Director, Orientation & Family Programs
•    Jeff Lail-Assistant Director for Student Groups and Assessment

Each team accepted into the AiA program identified goals for action learning projects that will be pursued during the next year.  UNCG’s project is to extend work resulting from a survey of incoming transfer students in order to assess the information literacy skills and library instruction of this often invisible population.  The AiA project extends this research in order to develop further assessment tools, and to develop a program for marketing and delivering services to incoming transfer students.

The AIA program is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and carried out in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The teams, representing all types of institutions, come from 23 states, the District of Columbia and Australia. For a list of currently confirmed institutions, see the AiA program webpage.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kyle Pope Wins Undergraduate Research Award from the University Libraries

Associate Dean of University Libraries Kathy Crowe  and Dean Rosann Bazirjian presented our Undergraduate Research award at the recent research awards ceremony on campus.  This award recognizes  outstanding work that demonstrates the ability to locate, select and synthesize information and use it in the creation of an original research project.

The recipient for 2015 is Senior History Major Kyle Pope of Black Mountain, NC for his paper, “Lightbulb Moment:  Electricity in the YWCA Scrapbook”  which he wrote for History 430: Historical Research Methods for Social Studies. For this research assignment, students examine and contextualize scrapbooks from the early days of the university that are held in our University Archives. Kyle noticed that his scrapbook from the early 1920’s had numerous clippings that focused on light bulbs.  This led to a light bulb moment of his own when he realized many of the students at that time likely came from rural areas without electricity.  It led him to research electrification on campus and in North Carolina.  Here is a video interview with Kyle about his project.

Kyle’s professor for this paper was Dr. Lisa Tolbert from the History Department.  In her nominating letter Dr. Tolbert noted that his paper “makes an important contribution to the history of the University.”  And that it “exemplifies creativity and originality in historical research practices.”

In his application letter Kyle expressed his appreciation for the resources in our Library.  In his words:  “Without the resources made available through the Jackson Library, I would never have been able to complete the level of research on a topic as obscure as rural electrification.”  He credited Archivist Kathelene Smith and Head of Special Collections Keith Gorman with their assistance in helping him succeed.

This is why we established this award – to recognize students who make these discoveries and apply them to their coursework.

Congratulations  Kyle!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Review of Major Events and Accomplishments of the University Libraries, Friends Programming, and Special Support 2014-2015

  • 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.
  • The University Libraries at UNCG receive funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the UNCG Hayes Taylor YMCA Digital Explorers project to work with teenage students in East and Southeast Greensboro to identify, catalog, and digitally preserve historically valuable community materials.
  • The University Libraries receive a grant to expand training in the use of Makerspaces such as the one in Jackson Library.
  • 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 at UNCG partner with Wake Forest to sponsor the 2014 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Greensboro Public Library announces that Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey is the winner of the 2014 Thomas Berry Award for her sustained effort to implement environmental programs that advance a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship.
  • Jackson Society members enjoy an evening at the home of Leigh and Carl Seager.
  • A Conference Room in Jackson Library is named for outgoing U.S. Representative Howard Coble, whose papers are housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.
  • Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator at the University Libraries, is named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree by the American Library Association.
  • Charlie Lovett, author of First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen gives a presentation and signs books in the Hodges Reading Room.
  • Keith Gorman of the University Libraries leads a discussion of Regeneration by Pat Barker.
  • Jim Schlosser presents a talk about “Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I.”
  • Jackson Society members enjoy an evening with author Michael Parker at Scuppernong Books.
  • The University Libraries and the Provost’s Office sponsor a screening and discussion of the documentary film, Ivory Tower, as part of the What Is College For? series.
  • The What is College For? series continues with a presentation by Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University.
  • Greg Grieve of the Religious Studies Department presents “Playing with Religion andDigital Games in the Library.”
  • Karl Schleunes leads a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Friends' Book Discussion Group to Discuss Ordinary Men, by Christopher Browning

If you are interested, our last Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion of this academic year will be on Monday, April 20 at 4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.  Karl Schleunes will lead us in a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning.  In the book, Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.

The event is free.

University Libraries to Reduce Weekend Hours in Fall 2015

In an effort to realign scarce resources with user needs, the University Libraries will reduce weekend hours in Fall 2015.  Effective August 17, Jackson Library will close at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings instead of 10 pm and will open on Sunday at 12 noon instead of 11 am for a total of 7 fewer hours per week.   The SuperLab will follow these hours as well.  Weekend hours will be extended right before and during exams to provide study space and technology to students.   24/5 service will continue Sunday through Thursday.

The Harold Schiffman Music Library will close at 5 instead of 6 pm on Friday and Saturdays and open at noon on Saturday instead of 10 am for a total of 4 fewer hours per week.  Schiffman Library will extend hours around exams as well.

During the summer, Jackson will reduce hours by 5 per week closing at 9 pm instead of 10 pm Sunday – Thursday.  Schiffman will reduce by 2 hours by opening at noon on Saturday instead of 10 am.

The University Libraries examined a variety of usage data including gate counts, checkouts and the number of questions answered.  This data indicated that these were the hours when the Libraries have the least amount of business. 

These cuts will save the University Libraries approximately $10,000.  The savings will be re-allocated to other areas of the Libraries including collections and technology.  The Libraries’ budget has been cut several times over the past several years and this is the first time hours have been cut. 

Hours of operation

Outstanding Student Library Worker Award Winner Named; Another Wins UNCG Student Employee of the Year

L-R David Arneke, Femi Balogun
Femi Balogun from the Research, Outreach, and Instruction Department is the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award.  The award, made possible through a gift from David Arneke of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors, is given annually. The winner receives a spot on the award plaque, a $500 award from Mr. Arneke, and a $500 gift card from the University Bookstore.

Femi is a graduating senior studying Spanish language, literature, and culture, with a minor in Health Studies. She has worked in the libraries since 2013 in both the Digital Media Commons as well as the Research, Outreach, and Instruction department. She fully embodies the criteria for the award, including reliability, responsibility, conscientiousness, and commitment to service and teamwork.

Congratulations, Femi!

Later in the month, Paula Damasceno was chosen as the UNCG Student Employee of the Year for 2014/2015. Paula works in the DMC where she created and ran the New Short Film Festival for the University Libraries this year.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Six University Libraries Faculty Members Honored at UNCG Celebration

Several faculty of the University Libraries were honored at the recent Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity  Celebration sponsored by the Proost's Office:
  • Bazirjian, Rosann - Elected as a Global Council Delegate to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) University Libraries
  • Bucknall, Tim - Winner of The Association of College and Research Libraries, Librarian of the Year Award University Libraries
  • Craft, Anna - Appointed to Online Computer Library Center, Global Metadata Advisory Group University Libraries
  • Crowe, Kathy - Invited keynote speaker at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics University Libraries
  • Holmes, Gerald - Winner of the 2014 American Library Association Achievement in Library Diversity honoree University Libraries
  • Kellam, Lynda - Elected to national council, Administrative Council of International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Two from UNCG’s University Libraries Win Awards

Lynda Kellam

Kelsey Cheshire
Lynda Kellam is the recipient of the 2015 NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award. This award provides funding for research in the field of documents librarianship, or in a related area that would benefit the individual's performance as a documents librarian or make a contribution to the field. Lynda’s work with the North Carolina Library Association’s Government Resources Section (GRS) certainly makes a significant contribution to our profession. The GRS webinar series “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” has been a valuable source of instruction for accidental and non-accidental government information librarians alike for the past three years.

This grant will allow Lynda and GRS to purchase software that will be used to preserve these webinars and make them more accessible through channels such as YouTube and embeddable in LibGuides. Lynda’s work to make these valuable webinars more accessible to government document librarians helps our community provide permanent no-fee access to government information. As one of her letter writers pointed out "this will benefit not only Ms. Kellam's performance as a documents librarian, but GRS, NCLA and the entire government information community as well".

 The 2015 W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship has been awarded to Kelsey Cheshire. Kelsey is a LIS graduate student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro who plans to graduate in May 2015. She credits her early exposure to librarianship while working at the Austin Peay State University library as the reason she chose to enter the profession. Even though her primary duty was circulation she found herself often assisting students with basic reference questions. Kelsey describes this experience as the motivation for pursuing her graduate degree.  In June 2014, Kelsey began working for the UNCG University Libraries as a student assistant to the Documents Manager. She became an integral part of a team tasked to weed and to move the government documents print collection to remote storage during the summer break. Her supervisor and the head of the reference department describe her as a dedicated and hardworking member of the team. Both credit the success of the project to her diligence and good humor. In addition, Kelsey was selected to be an intern in a competitive library internship program at UNCG. Her primary supervisor for the internship praises her commitment to the profession and work ethic. Moreover, as part of the internship she continues to work with the documents team on several projects including a finding aid for the Serial Set collection and promotional materials for the ASERL Center of Excellence collection. Upon completion of her degree, Kelsey intends to pursue a research and instruction position at an academic library and to continue to serve the profession with passion.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect New Officers

Rosemary Wander
Camille Payton
The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting, which featured Kathy Reichs, best-selling author, forensic anthropologist, and originator fo the Bones TV series.  Outgoing chair Karl Schleunes served as master of ceremonies at the event, attended by nearly 300 members and other attendees.  Funds raised at the dinner support the University Libraries.

The new Chair of the Friends is Camille Payton of Greensboro.  Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm's workers' compensation department. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working as a reporter and then a copy editor in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work as a copy editor for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers' Compensation Forms Manual.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Rosemary Wander of Greensboro.  Dr.  Wander was the Associate Provost for Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro beginning in 2002 and served as the interim Associate Provost in 2001-02. She was also the initial Director of UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement. Prior to these appointments she served as the Chair of the Department of Nutrition. Before coming to UNCG she was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition at Oregon State University for 13 years and Mississippi State University for two years. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in Foods and Nutrition, her MS in Physical Chemistry from Ohio State University, and her BS in Chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana. 

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Janet Gordon, Terri and Clint Jackson, Pat Austin Sevier, and Hermann Trojanowski, all of Greensboro.  Re-elected to a second term were Schleunes, Wander, Jennifer Koenig and Catherine Magid.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Art in the University Libraries at UNCG

Portrait of Randall Jarrell, by Betty Watson
The University Libraries at UNC Greensboro contain art and artifacts in their collections that create a
pleasing visual space for visitors, make a visit a worthwhile experience, and stimulate and inspire the creative and scholarly pursuits for which academic libraries are known.  A catalog of the art collection may be found in the Art in the University Libraries LibGuide.

Jackson Library opened in 1950 and was named a National Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA in 2002.  An Art Committee consisting of members of the University Libraries faculty and staff maintains and cares for the collection and decides where individual pieces will hang.  

The University Libraries are proud to be among those campus groups which promote both the literary and visual arts on a UNCG campus which is known for its contribution to the arts throughout the region and the nation.