Monday, February 29, 2016

Brown Biggers of the University Libraries Named 2016 Paralibrarian of the Year by Library Journal

The March 1, 2016 cover of Library Journal, one of the most respected journals in the field, brought welcome news to UNCG.  It features our own Brown Biggers, named Paralibrarian of the Year.

Here's they way the Library Journal story opens:

In a compelling entry supported by 20 passionate letters from the academic community of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), and beyond—including deans, faculty, administrators, librarians, community leaders, and coworkers—Brown Biggers was overwhelmingly recommended for LJ‘s 2016 Paralibrarian of the Year Award, sponsored by DEMCO. Among the highlights, nominators pointed to Biggers’s communication and teaching skills, technological expertise, commitment to service both at his job and in the larger Greensboro community, and genuine love for people.

A member of the UNCG Libraries IT Department, Biggers “tends to be behind the scenes and invisible to our users,” says nominator Tim Bucknall, assistant dean of university libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at UNCG, “but he has made a habit of making himself highly visible by finding new ways for all libraries to help their communities.”

For those with UNCG IDs and therefore access to our databases and electronic journals, you may view the full story here.

Congratulations to our most deserving colleague. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Three UNCG Librarians Earn Tenure

Please join us in congratulating Jenny Dale, Keith Gorman and David Gwynn. They have each been awarded tenure!   This is a significant achievement and well deserved.

Jenny Dale,
Reference, Outreach and Instruction
Keith Gorman,
Special Collections and
University Archives Department

David Gwynn, 
Electronic Resources &
Information Technology Department

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington Will Talk about Lessons in Leadership April 21

Thursday, April 21: Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation Between Biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington.  4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd Floor, UNCG.  FREE

 What makes a successful leader?  What sets some leaders apart from the rest?

The afternoon of April 21, 2016 offers an opportunity for seeing two extraordinary perspectives on the nature of leadership and philanthropy.  That afternoon, at 4 pm in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library at UNC Greensboro, veteran journalists and biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington will engage in a conversation about the lessons in leadership they have gleaned from their books and newspaper careers. The program is free and open to the public.  Those interested in attending are asked but not required to notify Barry Miller at that they are coming.

Ned Cline is a veteran journalist and biographer, and like Howard Covington, a former chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.  He is rumored to have “retired” in 1997 from a distinguished newspaper career spanning 30 years. Ned is a self-described political junkie, and his work and his interests often took him on the road, traveling with the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George Wallace, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard where he concentrated on a study of Southern politics and was one of 20 journalists nationwide chosen for a four-month study of Congress at the Washington Journalism Center. His newspaper career began on the Salisbury Post where he concentrated on civil rights, including the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan which helped to send the Grand Dragon to prison. During Ned’s 11-year stint as managing editor of the News and Record here in Greensboro, the newspaper was often acknowledged to have the best news coverage in the state and was three times named the best overall in North Carolina.

Ned is well qualified to talk about leadership.  Since his “retirement” he has written biographies of a number of important leaders in our state.  His first biography was of Greensboro’s own Joseph Bryan, which brought Ned into our Library on a frequent basis to use the Bryan Papers in our Archives.  He followed that biography with one of Stanley Frank, also of Greensboro, focusing on his philanthropic activities.  Biographies followed of Al Lineberry of Greensboro, Marshall Rauch of Gastonia, former Lieutenant Governor Bob Jordan from Mt. Gilead, Texas oilman-turned-benefactor to UNC Walter Davis, and most recently former Glaxo Pharmaceuticals CEO Charles Sanders.  He also found time to write a history of the First Lutheran church in Cabarrus County, so Ned has looked at leadership from many different perspectives, centered on the theme of philanthropy.

Howard E. Covington, Jr. began his career as a reporter on the Charlotte Observer where among other achievements he co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981.  He was executive city editor of the News and Record in Greensboro when he also “retired.” Once again, no one could ever tell that he retired, as his writing continued with a series of books.

Among major works are his multi-generation biography of George Watts and the Hill family of Durham, Favored by Fortune, which received the Ragan Old North State Award for best non-fiction from the NC Literary and Historical Society.

He also wrote well-regarded biographies of Judge Henry Frye of Greensboro, former governor and US Senator Terry Sanford, philanthropist A.J. Fletcher, and Albert Coates, founder of the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill. He co-edited The North Carolina Century, Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000, and was co-author of The Story of Nations Bank, Changing the Face of American Banking, and the author of histories of the Belk stores, Crossnore School. His book, Lady on the Hill, which is about the private preservation of Biltmore Estate, has been reprinted several times. Once upon a City, his history of Greensboro during the 20th century was published by the Greensboro Historical Museum and was the subject of a previous talk sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries a few years ago.

For disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at or by calling 336-256-0112.

Monday, February 1, 2016

University Libraries at UNCG Contribute African American History Materials to Google Cultural Institute

Housekeeping Staff
of the State Normal and Industrial School, circa 1895
Starting this week, artifacts from the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro can be viewed online by people around the world due to a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the University Libraries.

Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute site may also view an exhibit regarding African Americans at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1892-1971.  To view the exhibit and learn more about the UNCG materials on the site, see

This exhibit traces the history of African American faculty, staff, and students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), from its opening as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892 until 1971. Through digitized photographs and documents as well as audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project, viewers can learn more about African American employees on campus prior to desegregation, Jim Crow-era debates over the use of facilities by African Americans, the fight to integrate the student body, student involvements in the sit ins and protest movements of the early 1960s, the founding of the UNCG Neo-Black Society in 1968,  and the hiring of the first African American faculty members.

Some of the highlights of the exhibit:
  • Photographs of African American employees who worked on campus in the 1890s and 1900s. Many of these photographs have never before been published.
  • Letters from campus administrators outlining the Jim Crow era segregation laws that impacted the use of campus buildings and facilities by African Americans.
  • Audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project. Clips include JoAnne Smart Drane discussing her arrival on campus as one of the first two African American students, Karen Lynn Parker recalling her participation the Tate Street protests over segregation in 1963, and Marie Darr Scott discussing the founding of the Neo-Black Society in 1968.
The University Libraries’ project with the Google Cultural Institute was coordinated by the Special Collections and University Archives (Erin Lawrimore) and the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department (Richard Cox and David Gwynn).

The Google Cultural Institute and its partners are putting the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users and are building tools that allow the cultural sector to share more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1,000 institutions giving a platform to over 250,000 thousand artworks and a total of 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history. Read more here.

UNCG Faculty Members Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon will Present “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” on February 9 at 4 pm

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information or to request  disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or