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