Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Announce Fall 2016 Book Discussions Schedule

Monday, September 19, 2016: Discussion of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, by Christopher Benfey, led by Emily Stamey of the Weatherspoon Art Museum. 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, 2nd floor Jackson Library.

Monday, October 10, 2016: Discussion of Looking for Palestine, by Najla Said, led by Dr. Jeff Jones of the History Department, 7 p.m., Hodges Reading room, 2nd floor Jackson Library.

Please note the different start times on these two discussions.

Emily Stamey of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Jeff Jones of the History Department will lead two book discussions this fall for the ongoing series of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

On Monday, September 19 at 4 pm, Dr. Stamey will lead a discussion in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library of a book chosen in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Weatherspoon.
The book, Christopher Benfey’s Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, was a 2012 NY Times Notable Book with a bit of a North Carolina flavor. Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay follows one incredible family to discover a unique craft tradition grounded in America’s vast natural landscape. Looking back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry—and an aesthetic—that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial explorers and Quaker craftsmen, who carved new arts from the trackless wilds of the frontier. Benfey’s father escaped from Nazi Europe—along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers—by fleeing across the Atlantic and finding an eventual haven in the American South.

Bricks form the backbone of life in North Carolina’s rural Piedmont, where Benfey’s mother was raised among centuries-old folk potteries, tobacco farms, and clay pits. Her father, like his father before him, believed in the deep honesty of brick, that men might build good lives with the bricks they laid. Nurtured in this red-clay world of ancient craft and Quaker radicalism, Benfey’s mother was poised to set out from home when a tragic romance cracked her young life in two. Salvaging the broken shards of his mother’s past and exploring the revitalized folk arts resisting industrialization, Benfey discovers a world brimming with possibility and creativity.

Benfey’s father had no such foundation in his young life, nor did his aunt and uncle. Exiled artists from Berlin’s Bauhaus school, Josef and Anni Albers were offered sanctuary not far from the Piedmont at Black Mountain College. A radical experiment in unifying education and art, Black Mountain made a monumental impact on American culture under Josef’s leadership, counting Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Buckminster Fuller among its influential students and teachers. Focusing on the natural world, innovative craftsmanship, and the physical reality of materials, Black Mountain became a home and symbol for an emerging vision of American art.

Looking for Palestine, by Najla Said, will be the Keker First Year Common Read for this year.  Dr. Jones will lead the Friends’ discussion at 7 pm on Monday, October 10, also in Jackson Library.   

The daughter of the famous intellectual and outspoken Palestinian advocate Edward Said and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural background and identity. Said knew that her parents identified deeply with their homelands, but growing up in a Manhattan world that was defined largely by class and conformity, she felt unsure about who she was supposed to be, and was often in denial of the differences she sensed between her family and those around her. She may have been born a Palestinian Lebanese American, but Said denied her true roots, even to herself—until, ultimately, the psychological toll of her self-hatred began to threaten her health.

As she grew older, she eventually came to see herself, her passions, and her identity more clearly. Today she is a voice for second-generation Arab Americans nationwide.
Both discussions are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira Wins Outstanding Student Library Worker Award

Paula Damasceno De Oliveira has won the 2016 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award.  Paula is a Student Manager in the Digital Media Commons, helping patrons with video, audio, web design, file transfer and conversion, and any technology or software issues that they have.  She also works with 3D print and 3D laser scanning, and is the New Short Film Festival project manager. 

In winning the award, Paula was especially cited for her high quality, reliable and timely work; her willingness to assume responsibility; her strong customer service orientation and commitment to mentoring other students; and her efforts to make the Digital Media Commons (DMC) run better.  She conceived the New Short Film Festival, which drew more than 700 submissions this year, which her nominator says is "the most ambitious and unique project that a DMC student has undertaken to date."

Paula is also a Lloyd International Honors College student.

Congratulations to Paula.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Amy Harris Houk's Article Recognized

Assistant Head of Research, Outreach and Instruction Amy Harris Houk was recently notified that her article, "Curriculum Mapping in Academic Libraries," was selected by the ALA Library Instruction Round Table's (LIRT's)  as a 2015 Top Twenty article.  The article was published in New Review of Academic Librarianship.  The article may be found in the NC DOCKS institutional repository here.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Celebrating Reading at UNC Greensboro with ALA READ posters; National Library Week is April 10-16

Each year the Student Government Association at UNC Greensboro works with the University Libraries to place READ posters featuring SGA leaders in Jackson Library, showing their support for the popular program developed by the American Library Association (ALA) to promote libraries nationwide.  At UNCG and in the ALA program, honorees choose their favorite book and have their picture made with their book of choice. ALA’s Celebrity READ Campaign has been an internationally recognized program for more than 25 years.

The SGA president and vice-president automatically get posters each year.  Other students submit their book with an essay about why it's important to him/her.  The essays are then judged by a SGA panel and two are selected.  This year’s READ posts were installed in Jackson Library and celebrated on March 28.  Provost Dana Dunn joined them with her own poster, and all discussed why they chose their book.

Want to know the favorite books of those honored at UNCG this year:
  • Senior and Student Body President Brittany Hudson Chose Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin.
  • Senior and Vice Present Allen Walker chose Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls.
  • Freshman Ayana Courd chose Burn Lake, by Carrie Fountain.
  • Junior Anna Kirsten Poteat chose The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
  • Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn chose The Other America: Poverty in the United States, by Michael Harrington.
Want to know the favorite books of a number of celebrities currently featured by ALA?  See here.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

UNC Greensboro's Erin Lawrimore Elected to Archives Post

Erin Lawrimore, University Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Society of American Archivists’ Council. The 12-member SAA Council is the organization’s governing body. It is responsible for ensuring SAA’s financial stability and growth, developing and implementing the Society’s strategic priorities, providing overall leadership and direction for SAA and its component groups, building and coordinating relationships with individuals and groups outside of SAA, and providing oversight of the Society’s executive office.

Lawrimore holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her 2011 arrival at UNCG, she worked at North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also serves as a lecturer for San Jose State University's School of Information.

Lawrimore has been an active member of SAA since 2001, previously serving as vice chair of the Committee on Public Awareness, chair of the SAA Awards Committee, chair of the Description Section, and steering committee member of both the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section and the Issues and Advocacy Roundtable.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect New Officers

Camille Payton
The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting, which featured best-selling author Chris Bohjalian. Chairperson Camille Payton served as master of ceremonies at the event, attended by more than 200 members and other attendees.  Funds raised at the dinner support the University Libraries.

Camille Payton of Greensboro was re-elected Chair of the Friends for the coming year.  Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm's workers' compensation department. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working as a reporter and then a copy editor in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work as a copy editor for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers' Compensation Forms Manual.
Jennifer Koenig

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Jennifer Koenig of Greensboro.  Koenig is a member of the Schell Bray law firm, where she specializes in trusts and estates.  She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries.  Koenig holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from UNC Chapel Hill.   Outside the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time hiking, biking, attending church activities, and playing the violin with her 11-year-old daughter, Nelessen, while her husband, Dan, accompanies on his cello.

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Ms. Carolyne Burgman, Dr. Bob Gatten, Ms. Carolyn Green, Ms. Miriam Herin, Ms. Leigh Seager and Dr. Lollie White, all of Greensboro.  Re-elected to a second term was Kate Barrett, also of Greensboro.

The Dinner also marked the last Friends' event for retiring Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian.   Kathy Crowe became Interim Dean of University Libraries on April 1.

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.