Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Digital Library on American Slavery Recognized

The Digital Library on American Slavery, produced by the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro using the research of retired History Professor Loren Schweninger as well as other resources such as runaway slave ads, was recently named by Family Tree Magazine as one of their "101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2015" where it is listed in the Best Websites for Finding African-American Ancestry section.

There's also a podcast from Familytreemagazine.com where they describe the UNC Greensboro site.  The African American part begins at the 17:00 mark, with our part at the 23:00 mark.  On her blog,  African American Genealogy expert Taneya Koonce writes, “The Digital Library on American Slavery is a wonderful resource – the team at UNCG is doing such great work and many of us benefit from the efforts, as indicated by my own family-related find. Kudos!”

Many thanks, Ms. Koonce.  We are pleased to be able to make this important research available without charge to genealogists, researchers, and students across the globe in a convenient and accessible manner.  In 2015, the Digital Library on American Slavery was accessed more than 620,000 times.  Users came from all 50 states (Texas, Georgia and California had the most) and a number of other countries from the Canary Islands to Romania, with the most coming from the UK (over 7300), Canada (3972), and Australia (786). No records of individual users of the site are recorded, only this type of general statistical data.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Short Film Festival at UNCG

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's New Short Film Festival.  The Festival is created and coordinated by students, in collaboration with Art Department and Media Studies Department professors at UNCG
as a new way to share and increase knowledge through an informal and creative process of film and art making.

1) February 1st: Experimental Film Night. Hosted by Prof. Michael Frierson from the Media Studies department. Prof. Frierson has curated several unique examples of experimental film in an effort educate us all about the importance of this film genre. The event will be held in the VIA lab, located in the DMC on the lower-level of Jackson Library. The event starts at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Free drinks, pizza, and light refreshments provided.

2) March 14th [note change from March 3, when it was originally scheduled]: Screen Dance Night. Hosted and curated by Prof. Robin Gee from the Music, Theater, and Dance department. Prof. Gee will introduce us to the emerging art of screen dance, a blend of traditional dance and multimedia technology. The event will be held in the VIA lab, located in the DMC on the lower-level of Jackson Library. The event starts at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Free drinks, pizza, and light refreshments provided.

3) April 27th: Outdoor Screening. The final Film Festival event. Films curated by DMC staff with help from Media Studies faculty. Included in the screening are a selection of films made by UNCG students, as well as shorts created by filmmakers from round the globe. The event starts at 8:30 and will be held on the front lawn of Jackson Library.