Friday, May 29, 2015

Ann Perdue Honored With 2015 University Libraries Staff Service Award

Ann Perdue of Access Services has received the University Libraries Staff Service Award for 2015.

Ann Perdue
The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department "to recognize and reward members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."
Ann Perdue with Martha Ransley,
who created the Staff Service Award

Ann has actually been employed by the library twice -- from 1994-1998 and then coming back from more in 2007.  She started in 1994 as the Circulation Desk Manager, moved into the Stacks Manager position in 1996, left the Library in 1998, but came back in 2007 when the Stacks/Remote Storage Manager position became available.

In announcing her award, her nominator cited the quality of her work, her energy, her stamina, and her sense of humor, noting especially how self-motivated she is.  

Ann has been instrumental in effecting the changes required for the Libraries to re-purpose space in recent years by planning, organizing, providing and supervising staff and students to accomplish the bulk of the moving and shifting projects the Library has required.

Congratulations, Ann!

The criteria for the award may be found here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

UNCG Project with Hayes Taylor YMCA Digitizes Greensboro History

Do you have a piece of Greensboro’s history in your possession?  Something that tells your story, or that of your family or neighborhood?  A photograph?  A document?  A letter?

If so, bring it along as you come to the Hayes-Taylor YMCA to see what the Achievers Program there has been doing to learn about and save Greensboro history in digital form so that it can be seen and used by future generations.

On Saturday June 20 from 11 am until 2:00 pm, students who have been participating since February in a project to collect and digitize Greensboro history will hold a free event to show others what they’ve been doing. There will be a multi-poster display of some of the interesting and important historical materials that have been discovered since February.

The “Digitizing Greensboro History” staff and students also invite the public to bring a cherished letter, document or photograph (individual, family, an older image of Greensboro or perhaps their neighborhood, or images of Greensboro “back in the day”), and let us digitize it for the UNCG University Libraries “Community History” site.  These items will be digitized that same day and returned, and digital copies will be sent to the individuals if they wish. The digitized items will later be placed on the UNCG University Libraries “Community History” website at, which is part of the Digital Projects unit  ( at UNCG’s Jackson Library.  It is expected that the project will be completed by September 30, and materials will be available for viewing on the website after that.

Representatives of the UNCG Libraries and Hayes Taylor YMCA’s Achievers Program will also be present to answer questions.  Among these are UNCG grads Felton Foushee, Director of the Achievers program, and Achievers Program Coordinator and UNCG employee Eugenia Brown of the Hayes-Taylor YMCA, who are working with David Gwynn and Stephen Catlett of the University Libraries at UNCG on the project.

When: Saturday June 20, 2015   11am – 2pm 
Where: Hayes-Taylor YMCA
    2630 E Florida St
    Greensboro, NC 27401
    phone 336.272.2131

For more information about the project, see:

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Students in Hayes Taylor YMCA Project with University Libraries Interview Fred and Hyla Cundiff

L-R: Mrs. Hyla Cundiff, Fred Cundiff,
Nyasia Hendricks (student),
Julia Johnson (student),
Ms. Eugenia Brown (project staff)
The University Library's collaboration with the Hayes Taylor YMCA's Achievers Program to digitize Greensboro's history recently engaged the students with Fred and Hyla Cundiff of Greensboro. 
Mr. Fred Cundiff was the first African-American Assistant School Superintendent for the Greensboro City Schools, in the 1960s through 1970s. He played a major role in the desegregation of the city schools in 1971. He described to the students what it was like to be the only African-American at the Central Office, and the good and bad times he experienced in his position of responsibility.

Mrs. Cundiff was a school teacher for 30 years, beginning in North Wilkesboro, and for over 25 years after she came to Greensboro with her husband in the early 1950s.

Nyasia Hendricks, (student),
Ms. Eugenia Brown (project staff),
Jamon Oxendine-Blackmon (student),
Julia Johnson (student),
Jordan Matthews (student),
J. Stephen Catlett (Project Manager),
Cassandra Bradley (mentor/volunteer),
Autumn Witherspoon (student)

The University Libraries and Community Engagement at UNCG

In addition to the education of our students and the research of our faculty and staff, a big part of UNCG’s mission is serving the people of the state of North Carolina and beyond.  The University Libraries play a major role in that service.  A recent request for a report on our community engagement gave us a chance to look back on the service of the past year, including some areas that might not always be noticed by the casual observer.

Many people may be aware of the programs and the activities offered by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, which are advertised especially to our members and are generally open to the public.  In the period since the last school year began, we hosted 7 author visits, 2 lectures, 5 book discussions, 1 documentary film screening, and 3 signature events:
•    our Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual dinner (featuring Kathy Reichs in 2015),
•    our Women Veterans Historical Project luncheon (featuring a panel about writing and veterans in 2014) , and
•    our Children’s Book Author and Storyteller event (with Doug Elliott in 2014). 
Altogether, these public programs alone brought more than 2000 persons in touch with the University Libraries at UNCG.  

Less visible, perhaps, were the 20 special classes offered by the Libraries to 450 members of the public, including 9 classes for K-12 students, such as the in-depth workshops for area AP, IB and Middle College students.  Many of the special classes were offered off-campus.  We also conducted workshops on our innovative Makerspace project, for example, in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh and Wilmington. Programs about our special collections were held at the Well Spring and Pennybyrn retirement communities, and in  Asheville, High Point, Elizabethtown, Clayton, and Oxford, NC.  Special collection programming covered collections, University history, and digital collections.

We believe that the improvement of the practice of librarianship is made possible, in part, by well-conceived presentations and papers that our librarians and staff members have offered at professional and community conferences.  Adding those up during the past year, we found that members of the University Libraries’ faculty and staff presented or wrote 236 papers, books, book chapters, presentations and other professional research products.  We also reported 95 professional service activities, and 28 community service activities provided based on our professional expertise.

Our Special Collections and University Archives Department mounted 40 exhibits last year, including those at the NC Writers Conference and the state DAR conference in Raleigh, as well as at Reunion Weekend and in Jackson Library itself.

An important part of our community engagement is communicating about what we do and making the public aware of our services and resources.  We do this, in part, with a number of blogs aimed mostly at the public, which featured 237 posts made during the past year.  Choosing a sampling of these posts, Library Columns reaches all of the members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries every month, in addition to reaching our campus audience.  Our social media presence includes active Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter accounts, with the Special Collections and University Archives Tumblr account having 5945 followers and its Twitter account 568.

We had more than 8000 non-university borrowers of our library resources, including Friends of the UNCG Libraries members, area educators and college students not enrolled at UNCG, who collectively borrowed 9976 library materials during the past year. 

The Carolina Consortium, founded by UNCG in 2005 with three deals serving 39 libraries, continues to save the academic and public libraries of the state and our SC neighbors more than 300 million dollars per year through cooperative purchasing agreements, spread among the 180 libraries who now participate.  More than 130 persons recently attended the Carolina Consortium’s annual meeting here at UNCG to assess their cooperative buying agreements and plan for the future.

The NC DOCKS program, also developed by the University Libraries at UNCG, is now a cooperative effort to make the scholarly output of the University of North Carolina system more available to the world. Current institutional participants include Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, and Western Carolina University. NC DOCKS includes many full text articles, audio recordings, dissertations, and other formats. All materials are indexed by Google and freely available to scholars and researchers world-wide.   In the past year, UNCG alone made 680 such research products available, and the website received 2.7 million hits for UNCG materials.

From public programs and borrowing of library materials to saving the state money and increasing access to UNCG’s scholarly products, the University Libraries are heavily engaged in serving our community and state.