Thursday, March 31, 2016

Five Honored at UNC Greensboro's Celebration of Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

The following library faculty of the University Libraries were recognized at the recent celebration of Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity at UNC Greensboro.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rosann Bazirjian Honored with National Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

Retiring Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian has been awarded the ALCTS Honor Award in recognition of her long standing dedicated service and leadership to the Association.  

Founded in 1957, ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.  Its members are dedicated to acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification, and preservation of all kinds of library materials; are tasked with developing and coordinating the country’s library resources.

ALCTS Honors are given by the ALCTS Board of Directors for outstanding contributions at all levels within ALCTS, stellar dedication to service, uncompromising commitment to excellence, willingness to accept challenges, and a sustained and exemplary record of moving ALCTS forward.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Final Events of the New Short Film Festival Set

posted on behalf of Armondo Collins of the Digital Media Commons, host of the New Short Film Festival

What better way to spend a warm April night than under the stars watching movies with your friends? Wednesday, April 27th, come to the lawn in front of UNCG’s Jackson Library, and watch the final screening of the New Short Film Festival, hosted by the Digital Media Commons. Pizza, soda, and lively conversations are all being provided for free, all you need to do is bring a chair, a blanket, and a willingness to have fun. Over 400 films were submitted to the festival this year, judges have narrowed the field down to 17, with a total run time of 1 hour. No film is longer than 7 minutes and fall under one of three categories: experimental, screen dance, or animation. Below is a list of the films that will be screened with a brief explanation of their content.
Dream of Spring - a modern day fairy tale depicting the despair of a young woman suffering through the winter snow and an angel bringing her the hope of spring. It was inspired by the works of experimental filmmaker and choreographer Maya Deren.
USE VALUE/EXCHANGE VALUE -This film was shot in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Once, CABA, explores exchange value, and quantitative relationships in which use values are mutual.
Kindred Part 1 & 2 - An experimental short documentary exploring the similarities between the human body and nature.
The Glass Record - A not-so-exhaustive visual accumulation of reflection, transparency, and the contact point where physics converts into digital.
COLISEIDOSCOPE - A little bit of apocalypse...
CLOUD VISIONS - In less than two hours we'll change millenium.
I Am Nobody - an adaptation of an Emily Dickinson poem.  The work explores the emotional journey of creating a poem and the nature of solitude.
It's only three nails !! saturn devouring his son -   explores the mechanics of transforming a man into a nail, which has specific tasks, and is doomed to everlasting regulations that  intersect with the values of social equity, injustice and tyranny .
Beware of Time -  Memories from the past are lingering in the dust as the old building falls to the ground. Here, everything exists side by side: yesterday, today and tomorrow.
 Tropical Cannibal  - Cannibalistic sacrifice of totemic consummation.
Origin -The ceramist is working with the clay. That's how it all started...
Spawned Seeds  - One of the major developments in 20th-century contemporary dance, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression.
An Apple for the Androgyne - Androgyne is a symbol of man born physically or mentally between the two sexes. Throughout his life, he is torn between male and female, Adam and Eve inside and outside.
Black & White In Color - A mesmerizing, experimental response to treating black and white as an editing afterthought.  
Redpoint - You can see wonderful city...with heart and brain!!
My EnemiesSigmund Freud as seen through the eyes of his wife Martha.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Research Travel Grant from University Libraries Brings Sports Historian to UNCG to Conduct Research

Dr. Rita Liberti at work
in UNC Greensboro's Jackson Library
As if she were opening a door into another world, sports historian Rita Liberti draws you into the 1920’s and 1930’s when basketball opened opportunities for black women at historically black colleges and universities that were not shared by many of their white counterparts.  At HBCUs in North Carolina, and particularly at Greensboro’s Bennett College, women’s basketball reached a level of prominence and success that would fade as the 1940’s came and expectations about gender roles changed.  Between 1925 and 1945, however, with strong administrative support, young women from as far as Detroit were recruited to come play basketball at Bennett, and provided grants-in-aid to do so.  They played on high profile, well-organized teams that traveled extensively and played 20 game schedules against teams from other black colleges and universities.

Liberti has an infectious passion for her subject.  She is revisiting this topic eighteen years after writing her dissertation about it at the University of Iowa in 1998, and spending 18 years teaching sports history in the Kinesiology Department at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA.  In the interim, she has taught, done research, and written extensively, including a book about Wilma Rudolph published in 2015 by Syracuse University Press. 

For Liberti, a Research Travel Grant from the University Libraries has allowed her to see how UNCG’s Archives could open up new insights into the context of the remarkable experiences of the women basketball players at Bennett.  She is effusive in her praise for the University Archives at UNCG and the archivists who are helping her locate the materials she wants to explore.   In the papers of Walter Clinton Jackson and Julius Foust, for example, Liberti finds contrasts in the role of women’s basketball at what is now UNCG (then North Carolina College for Women and after 1931 Woman's College) and links to the relationships between players, white and black, who never met on a basketball court but often came together in such places as the interracial work of institutions like the YWCA.  When Liberti did her dissertation research almost two decades ago, Bennett basketball player Amaleta Moore (’38) had told her about how good the relations between students at Bennett and WC had been.  According to Moore, the students at WC were “really nice.” As she follows up on that comment, Liberti is gaining more insight into race relations in Greensboro during that time period, about the interaction of the students, and the activities of WC President Walter Clinton Jackson, who served on the Bennett Board of Trustees and was awarded an honorary degree from Bennett in 1949. 

Liberti is excited about examining how differing views of what it meant to be a lady led to very different opportunities for competitive basketball experiences at the two schools.  At what is now UNCG, she says that Head of the Physical Education Department Mary Channing Coleman adhered to a philosophy that stressed intramural basketball for women, while at Bennett competition with other schools received much more attention.  For her 1998 dissertation, Liberti recalls, she interviewed Ruth Glover (later Ruth Glover Mullen) about whether or not she played against the girls from white schools.  “She did not,” Glover remembered, “they were southern ladies, and basketball was considered too rough for them.  “We were ladies too,” said Glover, “we just played basketball like boys.”  Bennett President Dr. David Dallas Jones, installed in 1926, believed that competitive basketball would help give the women at his schools the tools to enter a world that was in many ways not yet ready for them.

The University Libraries at UNC Greensboro is pleased to provide a Research Travel Grant to Dr. Liberti to further her research as she plans to write a new book-length monograph about women’s basketball in North Carolina’s black colleges and universities between 1925 and 1945.