Monday, August 31, 2015

Taking a Closer Look at Author Kwame Alexander's The Crossover

If you haven't done so, check out, purchase, or pull out a copy of Kwame Alexander's novel, The Crossover.  Alexander will visit UNC Greensboro and Bookmarks in September, and some of you will get to meet him.  You might think the book, which won the Newbery Award as the best in children's literature this past year, is a novel in verse for young people about basketball, but it's a lot more than that.

As one observer writes, "You don't have to be a basketball fan to feel the exhilaration of a game well played in Kwame Alexander's novel.  You don't have to be a poetry fan either to appreciate the verve and variety of his verse, but chances are, after reading this book, you'll become one."

As fellow author Ashley Bryan writes "The Crossover crosses over as gift to all ages."

A sample of the poetry of The Crossover
(click on the image to enlarge it)
Don't miss the opportunity. Experience The Crossover and meet Kwame Alexander.

When and Where (Both free and open to the public):
In Greensboro at UNCG, 7 p.m. September 14 in the Elliott University Center Auditorium
In Winston-Salem at the Bookmarks Festival, Saturday, September 12  (10:15-10:45 a.m. in Winston Square Park)

Please contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations for the UNCG event. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Friday, August 28, 2015

NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson to Speak at UNCG October 8 at 4 pm

Who: North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson 
When: 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8
Where: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room in Jackson Library at UNCG.  

The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program.

Shelby Stephenson, who was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, lives on the small farm where he was born near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” he says, “where memory and imagination play on one another.”

Perhaps Margaret Maron, Stephenson’s cousin, described him best when she wrote the following, included in the program for his induction into the NC Literary Hall of Fame:
http://ncartseveryday.org/2015/02/my-cousin-shelby-stephenson/.
Educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and served as editor of the international literary journal Pembroke Magazine from 1979 until his retirement in 2010. His awards include the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, North Carolina Network Chapbook Prize, Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Poetry Prize. He has published a poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photographs by Roger Manley), plus ten chapbooks, most recently Steal Away (Jacar Press).Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Oscar Arnold Young Award.

The state of North Carolina presented Shelby with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature.

Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers Network, will introduce Mr. Stephenson.

Please contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

UNCG Librarians Lead Webinar for Association of College and Research Libraries on High Impact Educational Practices

Jenny Dale
Kathy Crowe
First Year Instruction Librarian Jenny Dale and Associate Dean Kathy Crowe led a webinar hosted by ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) on Aug 26. In the webinar, they described their work supporting the development and implementation of High Impact Educational Practices on the UNCG campus.  This interactive webcast provided a review of research on how high impact practices foster student success nationally. Then, using learning communities (LCs) as a case study, it provided information on how LCs contribute to student retention and success, and recommended strategies for partnering with other campus units to promote high impact practices and then use the results to demonstrate the value and impact of the library on its campus.


Digital Media Commons/Digital ACT Studio to Host Open House October 1


Join us for an Open House at the newly renovated Digital Media Commons and the Digital ACT Studio on October 1 from 4-5:50 pm on the lower level of Jackson Library.

You will be able to see demonstrations of our new services:
  •     New consultation and instructional space for the Digital ACT Studio
  •     New Video, Image and Audio Lab
  •     Enhanced Gaming Lab
  •     Enhanced Maker Space
Snacks provided! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Our State Magazine Editor Elizabeth Hudson ('95) to Speak September 23 at 4 pm

Elizabeth Hudson (’95) operates at the intersection of Energy Street and Enthusiasm Avenue. 

When you meet her, she quickly informs you that she has the best job in the world, and she credits UNCG for preparing her to get it.

Hudson began at Our State magazine answering telephones.  Now she’s the editor-in-chief, and she puts more than 2000 miles a month on her car visiting all around the state in order to better communicate the many great things she sees about North Carolina.  Each month, Our State magazine "celebrates the very best of North Carolina through authentic storytelling and stunning photography. Begun in 1933, Our State has long been the trusted resource for all things North Carolina.  It’s the perfect source of information for those who’ve lived in North Carolina all their lives, those just becoming acquainted with the state, or those looking to visit or relocate."

She knows whereof she speaks.  Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 80-year-old publication in 2009. Each month, she works with the top writers and photographers in the country to produce a magazine that has garnered national attention, and in 2011 and 2012, Our State won consecutive Gold Eddies for “Best Issue” of a regional magazine in the country, the top honor from FOLIO: Magazine, the magazine industry’s leading publication recognizing editorial excellence. For her work with the magazine, Hudson is also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

She especially enjoys working with former professors and writers at UNCG and in Greensboro, commissioning them to write stories with the same kind of love and affection for the state that she employs in her own monthly essays, many of which were collected into her book, Wish You Were Here. Former Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board members and authors Michael Parker and Susan Kelly are but two of those voices who contribute frequently to the magazine.

Please join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries in welcoming Board member Elizabeth Hudson to the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House on the UNCG campus at 4 pm on Wednesday, September 23.  She will sign copies of her book following the program.  The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

UNCG Librarian Coordinates Webinar Series About Government Information

Lynda Kellam
Are you interested in learning more about government information and government resources?  We invite you to check out the Help! Accidental Government Information Librarian Webinars on YouTube organized by UNCG Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam.

The original series for the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) began in April 2011 as an educational forum for librarians across North Carolina to learn more about government information, an area of research and support that can be challenging. Over the past few years, the group has produced webinars on a variety of topics from "The Beginner’s Guide to Legislative History” to “Data & Statistics for Researching Education". On September 16 the group will present its 50th webinar on US and global trade data, which will be led by the UNCG’s Business Librarian, Steve Cramer.

In recognition of the series' impact on the library profession, Lynda and the NCLA Government Resources Section received the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Award for 2015, which provided support for the migration of the webinars from Blackboard Collaborate to the new YouTube channel where they will be more accessible to the library profession and the wider community. She received the award at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in San Francisco in June 2015. The group currently has fourteen videos available on YouTube, but the rest of their recordings are still on the original NCLA GRS website.

All are welcome to view and learn from these recordings.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dr. Jo Anne Safrit Gives to University Libraries

Dr. Safrit
The University Libraries wish to thank Dr. Jo Anne Safrit (’57) a member of the Excellence Foundation at UNCG, for her recent gift to the University Libraries Enrichment Fund, where it will support the Women Veterans Project.  Other recipients of her most recent gift include the UNCG Alumni Association Fund, the Spartan Athletics Scholarship Fund, the New York Theatre Showcase, and the Jo Anne Safrit Undergraduate Kinesiology Scholarship Income Fund.

After obtaining her B.S. from UNCG, she earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and received
an honorary Doctorate in Education from the Shanghai University of Sport.  Now retired and living in Greensboro, she was previously the Henry-Bascom Professor for the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Chair of the Department of Health and Fitness.

In thirty one years of giving to UNCG, Dr. Safrit has given three scholarships and a research fund.  The University Libraries are proud to be among those campus institutions that she has supported. 

Others wishing to donate (in any amount) to the University Libraries Enrichment Fund may do so online by visiting here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fall Event Schedule of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries

All of the following events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 14: Newbery Award Winning Children’s Book Author and Poet Kwame Alexander.
7 p.m. Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG. (Also at Bookmarks Festival on September 12 in Winston-Salem)

Monday, September 21: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the
Countries, Factories, and People Who Make Our Clothes
, led by Jenny Dale and Lynda Kellam of the University Libraries.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

Wednesday, September 23: Presentation by Our State editor Elizabeth Hudson. 4 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG.

Thursday, October 1: Open House in the Newly-renovated Digital Media Commons/Digital ACT Studio. 4 p.m. Lower Level, Jackson Library.

Monday, October 5: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, led by Emeritus Professor Dr. Janne Cannon of UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Rob Cannon  of the Biology Department.
7 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor.

Thursday, October 8: Presentation by North Carolina’s Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Thursday, October 22: Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery - Charlaine Harris.  Reservations suggested, email barry_miller@uncg.edu.
7 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG.

Thursday, October 29: A Conversation with Emeritus Authors Ann Saab and Lollie White.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Monday, November 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Lecture and Book Discussion - Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, by Timothy Egan, led by Dr. Bob Gatten, Emeritus Professor of  Biology.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor.

Saturday, November 14: Women Veterans Luncheon (fee), exhibit and program featuring students who will perform a piece using oral histories from the Women Veterans Historical Project.  11:30-2:00 p.m. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  For tickets and information call 336-334-5838.. 

You are asked to register for book discussions at
http://library.uncg.edu/giving/friends_of_the_libraries/Register.aspx .

Books in the  discussion series are available from the UNCG Bookstore, Scuppernong Books, Bookmarks and other area retailers.

Please contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.




UNCG’s Hodgkins Awarded 3-Year NEH Grant to Create Digital Edition of George Herbert's Works, Using Special Collections and University Archives Resources

Christopher Hodgkins, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been awarded a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant. The money will be used to support co-editor Hodgkins and Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University (NMU), in producing George Herbert: Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse.
A once-in-several-generations project, Hodgkins’s and Whalen’s edition will provide a foundational resource for Herbert studies. When completed, it will include digital captures of all known manuscripts and first print editions of Herbert’s works—all of the latter housed in the Special Collections of UNCG’s Walter Clinton Jackson Library. The edition also will present original-spelling transcriptions linked to the high-resolution images of each manuscript or print page; edited texts, partially modernized; translations of the Latin and Greek works; and a scholarly apparatus that includes a full set of textual and critical annotations. Constructed as an XML database, the finished product will yield both a digital version accessible and searchable through conventional web browsers and a manuscript for print publication. Together with generous support from UNCG and NMU, the award funds all aspects of production over a three-year period.

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a near contemporary of John Donne and William Shakespeare, public orator at Cambridge University and a priest in the Church of England before the English Civil War.  He is best known, however, as one of the “metaphysical” poets and author of The Temple, widely considered the finest volume of devotional verse in the language. A poet’s poet, his influence as a master of form and technique has reached across the centuries to inform the works of Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill, to name but a few of his artistic progeny.

Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse is a major expansion of Hodgkins’s and Whalen’s previous edition of Herbert’s English poetry, The Digital Temple. This earlier project, also funded by the NEH, was published in 2013 by University of Virginia Press and selected that year by the American Library Association’s Choice as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles. It can be found by all UNCG students, faculty, and staff at http://digitaltemple.rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/ via the Databases supported by the Jackson Library.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gerald Holmes Honored


Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes has recently been honored with two awards.  The General Alumni Association of UNC Chapel Hill has honored him with the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding black alumni who have been stellar leaders within the University community and/or within their local community.  He will formally receive the award on November 6.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has recognized Gerald with the Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award, for his significant and extraordinary contributions in service to the library profession.