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.