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)