Friday, October 30, 2015

UNC Greensboro Students Win Scholarships at NC Library Association

Left to right: Scholarship Committee Chair for
Libby Stone, Kapil Dharm Vasudev,
Megan Northcote, Lynette Inez Kendrick
and Shelby Lynn Fields. 
Photo courtesy of Libby Stone (MLIS '98)
Several UNCG Students won scholarships at the recent North Carolina Library Association biennial meeting.

Kapil Dharm Vasudev received the $1,000 Query-Long Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who works with children or young adults.

Megan Northcote received the $1,000 Appalachian Scholarship, which is awarded to a student who plans to become a school library media specialist in NC.

Shelby Lynn Fields received the $400 McLendon Scholarship.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nancy Fogarty and Gerald Holmes Receive Awards at the NC Library Association Biennial Conference

Nancy Fogarty
Two UNCG Librarians were among those recognized at the recent Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association in Greensboro.

Retired Reference Librarian Nancy Fogarty was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award, which is presented to a professional librarian who is no longer actively engaged in library work and whose contributions to the state and to the profession were especially notable.

Gerald Holmes
Gerald Holmes received the Distinguished Library Service Award which marks distinguished professional library services to North Carolina, significant service or other professional contributions provided during either a short or long span of time, and service resulting in a regional or national impact on librarianship in general.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

UNCG and the North Carolina Library Association's Biennial Conference October 20-23

The University Libraries and the UNCG LIS Department will be well-represented at the upcoming North Carolina Library Association’s biennial conference October 20-23.  In addition to UNCG people handling many local arrangements, the following 31 programs by UNCG librarians are on the program, and so are many by UNCG alums.
Academic Library Websites as Information Gateways: Prioritizing User Needs in Website Evaluation and (Re)Design  Presentation by Terry W. Brandsma,  Information Technology Librarian at the University Libraries, and Ingrid Ann Johnston of UNCG.
Accessing Art Poster session about the University Libraries Art Collection website created by Breanne Crumpton, now the GlaxoSmithKline Fellow at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Building Pyramids: Creating Partnerships in Digital Scholarship presentation by Richard Cox, Digital Technology Consultant at the University Libraries, and Chelcie Rowell at Wake Forest.
Color with Creativity: Designing Staff Development with Limited Resources presentation by Kathy Bradshaw, Human Resources Librarian,; with Michael Frye of Winston-Salem State and Denelle Eads of UNCG Charlotte.
Developing an Entrepreneurial Library Culture presentation by Mary Krautter, Head of Research, Outreach, and Instruction at the University Libraries with Mary Scanlon and Mary Beth Lock of Wake Forest.
Diversity from the Inside Out: 8 Years of the UNCG Libraries Diversity Committee presentation by Stacey Krim, Special Collection Technician at Jackson Library; Orolando Duffus, Diversity Resident Librarian at UNCG; Tiffany Henry, Metadata & Digital Initiatives Librarian, Campbell University; and Liane Elias, Reference Services Assistant at Jackson Library, UNCG.
Drive It Home: Increasing Interactivity in Instruction with Google Drive presentation by Amy Harris Houk, Reference Librarian at UNCG and Jenny Dale,  Coordinator of First-Year Programs at the  University Libraries.
Growing Leaders in North Carolina Libraries presentation by Michael Crumpton,  Assistant Dean for Administrative Services at UNCG and Joella Pittman, of Braswell Memorial Library; Tiffany Hayes of Cumberland County Public Library; Cathy Wright of Alamance county Public Libraries, and Catie Roche, Braswell Memorial Library.
Keeping the Community College Library Relevant presentation by Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services and Nora Bird, Associate Professor, Library and Information Studies Department at UNCG.
Lite Project Managment for Librarians, an all day workshop, led by Kathy Bradshaw, Human Resources Librarian at UNCG.
Make it Matter: How Schools that provide LIS Education are Working to Improve Diversity and Inclusiveness  presentation by Gerald Holmes Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator
UNCG, Nora Bird, Associate Professor, Library and Information Studies Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Kim Becnel of Appalachian State, Claudia Gollop of UNC Chapel Hill;  Ismail Abdullahi of North Carolina Central; and Lou Sua of East Carolina.
Make Your Instruction Matter: Practical ways to implement the ACRL IL Framework in library instruction  presentation by Jenny Dale, Coordinator of First-Year Programs, UNC Greensboro University Libraries; and Kathy Shields of High Point University.
Making Connections: Strategies for funding collaborative community engagement projects with archival and digital collections presentation by Jennifer Motszko, Manuscript Archivist Librarian at UNCG and David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator at the University Libraries.
Making the Most of Social Media: Strategic Planning for Effective Engagement presentation by Erin Lawrimore, University Archivist at UNCG.
Managing Change: Your Role in Strategic HR Initiatives  presentation by Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services at UNCG.
NCLA Student Ambassador Program – Giving Youth a Voice, Gaining the Attention of Legislators presentation by Anthony Chow, Associate Professor in the UNCG LIS Department and LaJuan Pringle of Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Helping Non-Traditional Students Succeed presentation by Karen Grigg, Science Liaison Librarian at the University Libraries; Mendy Ozan, UNC Charlotte; and Alison Bradley.
Open Educational Resources at UNCG- Alternatives to Pricey Textbooks presentation by Beth Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications at UNC Greensboro; and Karen Grigg, Science Liaison Librarian in the University Libraries.
Practical UDL for the One-Shot Library Instruction Session presentation by Amy Harris Houk, Reference Librarian, UNCG and  Jenny Dale, Coordinator of First-Year Programs at the University Libraries.
Reaching beyond the Ivory Tower: The Role of Academic Libraries in Fostering Community Life-Long Learning presentations by Kathelene McCarty Smith, Archivist, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and Archives and Keith Phelan Gorman, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and Archives.
Real Learning Connections presentation by Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, and Nora Bird, Associate Professor, Library and Information Studies Department, both at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
RTSS Business Meeting presentation by Anna Craft,  Metadata Cataloger at the University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Shaping the Future: Increasing Library Impact in Title I Schools Through Strategic Planning and Partnerships with Public Libraries. Presentation by Anthony Chow, Associate Professor in the UNCG LIS Department; and Karla Regan.
Starting a Makerspace on Zero Dollars a Day: An Introduction to Free or Inexpensive Maker Resources presentation by Brown Biggers, Systems Programmer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries; and Michelle Folkman,  Davidson County Community College.
Strategic Planning and Performance Dashboards presentation by Anthony Chow, Associate Professor in the UNCG LIS Department.
Technical services careers: A world of possibilities presentation by Anna Craft, Metadata Cataloger at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Nicole de Bruijn of Wilkes county Public Library, Emily Vorhies of NIEHS, and Lauren Reno of Duke University.
The Expanding Role of the Academic Liaison: Balancing Subject Versus Functional Skills presentation by Steve Cramer, Business Librarian, UNC Greensboro; Marla Means, Reference Intern, UNC Greensboro; and Richard Moniz of Johnson & Wales.
The Library as an Incubator of Global Engagement poster by Orolando Duffus, Diversity Resident Librarian, UNC Greensboro
User-Centered Design, Information Architecture, and Website Usability: Two Case Studies presentation by Anthony Chow, Associate Professor, UNCG LIS Department;, Michelle Underhill; Elizabeth Acevedo; and Laura Brown of Granville County Public Library.
Virtual Reference: Trends on International, National, and State Levels  presentation by Anthony Chow, Associate Professor, UNCG LIS Department and Rebecca Croxton, Doctoral Student / LIS Instructor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Well Begun Is Half Done: Developing Effective Student Learning Outcomes  presentation by Amy Harris Houk, Reference Librarian, UNCG and Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean for Public Services, UNCG.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Photographer and Ethnographer of the Native Americans of North America is the Subject of Upcoming Book Discussion and Lecture

Monday, November 9 at 4 p.m. in Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. Lecture and book discussion about Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, by Timothy Egan. Discussion leader: Dr. Bob Gatten

Ray Olson of Booklist says: Before half its 20 volumes were published, The North American Indian was called the most important book since the King James Bible. When the last emerged, its director and primary researcher and author, self-made master photographer Edward Curtis (1868–1952), was old, broke, and dependent on his daughters. Though his great work consumed $2.5 million of J. P. Morgan’s money over the course of three decades, Curtis never took a cent in salary. He lost his business, his property, his marriage, and any control of his great project. But he completed it, preserving a great deal of what we know about Indian cultures, including more than 75 languages, thousands of songs and stories, traditional practices in everything from clothing to religious ritual, and the Indian accounts of such historic milestones as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Simultaneously, he fixed the image of the North American Indian in a body of work as iconic as any created by any other visual artist in any medium. To accomplish this, he braved the remote, nearly inaccessible places where small tribes clung to their identities, painstakingly won the confidence of wary elders in many larger tribes, and wooed the titans of American wealth to keep going. Ace popular historian Egan makes Curtis’ story frequently suspenseful, always gripping, and monumentally heroic.

Dr. Bob Gatten, who will lead the discussion and provide a 50 minute background lecture on the subject illustrated with many photographs by Curtis, is Emeritus Professor of Biology at UNCG  He served as Head of the Department of Biology and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences over a period of 16 years.

The discussions are free and open to the public on a space available basis, with preference given to members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries who register.

If you have questions, contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.

Please contact Barry Miller at 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.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Dean Rosann Bazirjian to Retire April 1

Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirian
 Rosann Bazirjian, Dean of University Libraries at UNC Greensboro for the past 11 years, has announced her retirement from the University, effective April 1, 2016.  Rosann first became Dean in August 2004 when she came to UNCG from Penn State.

With her ability to see changes others might not have foreseen, the University has benefited greatly from her broad vision.  Among her many accomplishments:
  • Dramatic enhancement of the Library’s spaces, including
  • beautification of both the interior and (with such strong support from the Friends) the exterior of the building;
  • creation of new collaborative learning spaces including the Learning Commons and Digital Media Commons,
  • renovated space for Special Collections and University Archives, Electronic Resources and Information Technology, and the Music Library, which was named the Harold Schiffman Music Library during her tenure
  • A strong commitment to diversity, including the creation of the ACE Scholars Program, the naming of Gerald Holmes as Diversity Librarian,  the creation of the Diversity Residency position, and the development of a strategic plan for diversity that has made our library a national and campus leader in this area, as well as multiple visits from international guests.
  • A passion for innovation, as witnessed by the creation of the Librarian Entrepreneurial Conference, the Triad Area Library Association’s Paraprofessional Conference, and our Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant, awarded annually to someone in the University Libraries to implement a new idea.
  • A commitment to make research broadly available to the scholarly community and to the public, which led her to secure membership for the University Libraries in leading professional associations working toward the goal of open access such as SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and CNI (Coalition for Networked Information).  NC DOCKS, our own database of UNC system research from multiple universities in addition to UNCG, is further evidence of this strongly held commitment.
  • A deep engagement in encouraging her colleagues to publish and serve in professional  organizations and engage in community activities that resulted in dramatically increased scholarly and creative output.
  • A renewed emphasis on the value of special collections and making them available to the research community through digitization and increased use in teaching students.
  • The rebirth and repositioning of the Jackson Society to support the University Libraries, to which many of you belong, and which has raised the level of private support.

Provost Dana Dunn has said that she expects to appoint an Interim Dean in the coming months to work with her during the transition and following Rosann’s retirement while UNCG conducts a national search for the next Dean.  That search will commence in the fall of 2016.

Please join us in congratulating Rosann on her retirement and thanking her for the many contributions she has made to UNCG and to the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NC Poets Laureate Coming to Greensboro

This Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. , there will be a presentation by North Carolina’s current poet laureate Shelby Stephenson at UNCG in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor.

Shelby Stephenson
Kathryn Stripling Byer
We have also been informed that UNCG alum and former NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer will be in Greensboro on Monday, October 19 at 7pm at the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Author Chris Bohjalian to Address Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner March 22

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are pleased to announce that author Chris Bohjalian will be the guest speaker at their Annual Dinner on the night of March 22, 2016.

More details will follow at a later date.

Lincoln, Vermont’s Chris Bohjalian is the author of 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers.  His work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies.

He has a new novel arriving in January, 2016, The Guest Room, a story of a human trafficking, a party gone horribly wrong, and a marriage in crisis.

The paperback of his most recent novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, was published in May.

His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.

His awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia's Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; and the Anahid Literary Award. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.  He has been a weekly columnist in Vermont for the Burlington Free Press since February 1992.

Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated is Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

UNCG Archivist Erin Lawrimore Appointed to National Post

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore has been appointed Vice Chair/Chair Elect for the Society of American Archivists' Committee on Public Awareness. She will take over as Chair for the 2016-17 year starting in July.