Friday, April 1, 2016

Jamaican Librarian Speaks at UNCG

Visiting Jamaican Scholar/Librarian Matthew Blake visited and spoke at the University Libraries on Friday, April 1.  Mr. Blake has been a librarian at the Jamaican Tourist Board since 2002, and has worked extensively with the Jamaica Tourist Board’s 60th Anniversary Historical Exhibition and Celebration.

He is an adjunct lecturer for the University of the West Indies Department of Library and Information Studies, focusing on information architecture, web access and the usability and management of library and information units.  He is a past chair of the Special Libraries Section of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica and serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Library of Jamaica.

Greetings from Interim Dean Kathryn Crowe

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Interim Dean of the University Libraries.  I have been on the Libraries’ faculty since 1983 and have seen us grow and change over the years along with the University. 

The Libraries are proud to serve as the information and learning hub for UNC Greensboro and the community with our excellent collections, learning spaces, and technology.  Our outstanding faculty and staff collaborate across the campus and in the community to develop instructional programs and resources.  We also offer interesting many exhibits and programs throughout the year.  The Libraries enjoy a reputation for encouraging and supporting innovation.  Here are some examples of our recent accomplishments:

•    A collaboration with Provost Dana Dunn to provide stipends to 10 faculty to implement Open Educational Resources into their courses.  This initiative saved students a total of $150,000 during the fall 2015 semester.

•    The Video, Image and Audio Lab in the Digital Media Commons that allows users to film and edit video in a single space. Our 3D lab was also enhanced to provide hands-on opportunities for 3D making technologies.

•    Three stipends for faculty to integrate information literacy more thoroughly into their courses.  The awardees partnered with our librarians on each project.

•    A grant-funded community outreach program from Special Collections and University Archives that provides instruction in using primary sources to middle and high school students in four counties.

•    A Born Digital Record Management tool that enables the University Libraries to preserve and access the University’s digital records.

We are very grateful for the support of the UNCG community and the Friends of the Libraries.  It is crucial for our success!  I look forward to working with all of you over the coming year to ensure that the University Libraries are meeting your needs. 

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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