Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Business Librarian Steve Cramer Wins National Award

UNCG Business Librarian Steve Cramer has won the PrivCo Prize for Excellence in Business Librarianship.  The PrivCo Prize is awarded to the librarian deemed best to embody the core values of the profession, and the winner is selected by an independent committee of leading business librarians committed to the adoption of best practices in the community. In addition to giving careful consideration to the resourceful application of business librarianship and the anticipation of continued achievement in the field, the judging panel took into consideration effectiveness in the areas of:
  •     innovation
  •     impact
  •     community outreach
  •     capacity building
  •     creativity
  •     leadership
"Especially notable was Steve's appointment as a UNCG Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship as well as being selected as an assistance director within the program. He has maximized his instructional impact with an substantial amount of courses combined with numerous library guides. He has contributed to the overall profession by co-founding the Business Librarians in North Carolina section of the NC Library association. Steve's publishing on business information aspects completed his overall resume of business librarianship excellence." - Judging Panel

Steve blogs on business librarianship and liaison experiences at:

Steve was nominated by the Head of Research and Instruction at UNC Greensboro, Mary Krautter. She says that "his challenge has been to build relationships and promote library services with over 3,000 Bryan School faculty and students. Steve extends his substantial impact beyond UNCG by mentoring numerous graduate students and librarians and teaching a business librarianship course in UNC-Greensboro's ALA-accredited MLS program. He has created and currently maintains 54 online research LibGuides which have been accessed 63,838 times during 2014."

You can read an interview with Steve here.

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
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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 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.