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.