Monday, October 31, 2016

Special Collections and University Archives Hosts "Hop into History"

The University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), along with the Library at Wake Forest University, recently hosted a "Hop into History" event at Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company in downtown Greensboro.  Forty UNCG alumni, Libraries' staff and others came to view exhibits based on a Halloween theme. Items included creepy dust jackets, the infamous McIver death mask and a William Jennings Bryan life mask.

Hop into History is designed to engage the greater community to learn about the collections in SCUA.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lynda Kellam on Horizon Report Library Panel of Experts


Lynda Kellam, Data Services Librarian and Assistant Director of International & Global Studies, has been invited to join the NMC's Horizon Project Library Panel of Experts, which will produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition. These bi-annual reports examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. 

The report is a collaboration between the NMC and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) as key dissemination partner. More information about the Horizon Reports and past editions are available on the NMC website.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Libraries Hosted Open Textbook Network Workshop

The University Libraries hosted a workshop by the Open Textbook Network on September 9, 2016 

Over 35 UNCG faculty attended the workshop led by Rajvi Jhangiani, psychology professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
Major points  Jhangiani covered  included:

– The burden of cost for higher education is trending toward the student, with less support by state funding.
– Textbook prices have risen at a much higher rate than inflation.
– Average student nationally spent around $1300 for textbooks and course materials for 2015-16.
– To cope with the cost, students nationally are delaying purchasing a textbook, purchasing older editions, sharing a textbook with other, or never purchasing the textbook.

The workshop was part of a larger initiative by the Libraries to reduce educational costs for our students.  In the spring, University Libraries will open applications for faculty to apply for incentive grants to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials. These can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. 

The Greensboro  News & Record  reported on UNCG’s initiatives in the recent front page feature “As Textbook Prices Soar, UNCG Looks for Alternatives.” The piece noted that UNCG last year became the first North Carolina university to join the Open Textbook Network.

If you are interested in using Open Textbooks or Open Educational Resources in your class and want more information visit the website http://uncg.libguides.com/oer or contact Beth Bernhardt atbeth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Libraries Co-Host Faculty Tenure Attainment Recognition Event

Faculty promoted and/or tenured in 2016 were honored at the promotion and tenure attainment recognition event held on Monday, September 26 in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. This program, jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries, offers honorees the opportunity to select a book (or other resource) that has special meaning to them. The titles are added to the Libraries collection. A display is mounted next to the Reference desk in Jackson Library, and photos of the honorees with their selections are posted here http://library.uncg.edu/info/events_and_awards/recognition/2016/ 

We are particularly pleased to be recognizing three library faculty members who were granted tenure: Keith Gorman, Jenny Dale and David Gwynne pictured here.