Monday, June 26, 2017

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries wants to make you aware of a budding book fair/literary festival, to be held May 18-20, 2018Greensboro Bound:  A Literary Festival targets bringing 60+ authors to downtown Greensboro for presentations, workshops, panels and an array of family-centric activities.  

Spearheaded by Guilford County's two indie bookstores, Scuppernong Books of Greensboro and Sunrise Books of High Point, plus an emerging group of community partners, the all-volunteer organizing committee would love to get feedback from FOL to help craft programming and identify the authors you'd love to see in Greensboro.   Take a moment and help us launch Greensboro Bound:  A Literary Festival

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jenay Solomon Will Present at the Diversity and Outreach Fair of the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago

Jenay Solomon, Diversity
Resident Librarian
Jenay Solomon, Diversity Resident Librarian, will present a poster at the Diversity and Outreach Fair of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA)'s Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 24 in Chicago.

Her presentation, "Global Engagement in the Academic Library," highlights University Libraries's programs and services for international students, including its annual Diversity Expo and outreach to faculty.

As part of this annual event, the Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates library services, programs and collections to underserved and under-represented communities. 

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and holds its Annual Conference each summer. It brings together up to 25,000 librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries and to network. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ennio Bolognini's Personal Papers and Artifacts Added to the UNCG Cello Music Collection

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives recently welcomed the addition of Ennio Bolognini's personal papers and artifacts to the UNCG Cello Music Collection. Bolognini is the 13th cellist represented in the Cello Music Collection, which is the largest single holding of cello music-related material in the world. While the collection is small, it contains a few manuscripts, musical sketches and caricatures drawn by Bolognini, articles, concert programs and photographs relating to his life and career.

Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979). Image courtesy of
UNCG Special Collections & University Archives
Bolognini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 7, 1893. His mother was a prominent singer and opera coach at the Teatro Colón. His father was an Italian correspondent for the Paris-based newspaper Le Figaro and an amateur cellist, who taught his son the instrument. Bolognini made his debut at the age of 12 and soon enrolled in the St. Cecilia Conservatory in Buenos Aires. At 15 he won the Iberian-Am

erican international cello competition and was awarded as first prize a cello made by the Argentine violin and cello maker Luigi Rovatti. At 17 he performed Le Cygne, accompanied by Saint-Saëns himself, and later the Richard Strauss cello sonata, also with its composer at the piano.

As he continued his musical education he also became a professional boxer and won the welterweight championship of South America. Upon graduation, he worked in Chile for two years as a cellist and conductor.

Caricature of Sammy Davis, Jr. on manuscript music. Image
courtesy of UNCG Special Collections & University Archives
In 1923 Bolognini came to the United States to serve as a sparring partner for Luis Firpo in preparation for Firpo's legendary world heavyweight championship fight against Jack Dempsey. Afterwards he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra. Four years later, he moved to Chicago, where he became principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Often described as a charismatic man with a fiery temper, Bolognini became known for such eccentricities as bringing his dog to all rehearsals and playing all the other instruments of the orchestra.

He became an aviator in the early days of flight and was one of the founders of the Civil Air Patrol. During World War II he trained cadets to fly B-29 bombers. He was also a notable marksman, swimmer, sketch artist and gourmet cook. He spoke fluent Spanish, Italian, French, German and English and was conversant in Hebrew, Greek, Japanese, Hungarian, Russian and 15 different Italian dialects.

After leaving the Chicago Symphony in 1930, Bolognini toured as a soloist and became a popular conductor of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, as well as an instructor.
In 1951 he moved to Las Vegas, where he lived for the remainder of his life and founded and conducted a symphony orchestra. He disliked musical recordings and refused to allow his performances of major cello works, such as the Bach Suites, to be recorded. The few professional recordings in existence today are limited to musical vignettes and his own short compositions.

Bolognini died in his sleep at the age of 85 on July 31, 1979, at his home in Las Vegas. His Rovatti cello was donated by his widow, Dorothy Bolognini, to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where it remains in its permanent collection. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Students' Love of Libraries Makes Impact on Capitol Hill

Librarians from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 1 and 2 to visit with lawmakers as part of the American Library Association's National Library Legislative Day. This year, representatives from University Libraries, the Master of Library and Information Studies program in UNCG's School of Education, the North Carolina Library Association and the State Library of North Carolina represented North Carolina with students and families to visit their representatives on Capital Hill. 

Current issues for 2017 included continued funding for libraries, which was at the center of every conversation with lawmakers. Advocates asked Congress to fully fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at $186.6 million, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA) and to appropriate $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. 

LSTA is the only federal funding program for libraries. Most of its resources flow to each state through the IMLS in the form of a population-based matching grant. The State Library of North Carolina uses LSTA funds to increase the capacity of North Carolina libraries to improve services for residents. In North Carolina, all 100 counties have benefited from LSTA funds and the average allocation each year is $4.3 million. 
Michael Crumpton and Kathelene Smith
advocate on behalf of University Libraries.
Save the date and join us in advocating for libraries next year! National Library Legislative Day will be May 7 and 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Learn more today and visit

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ryan Ridpath Wins 2017 Undergraduate Research Award from University Libraries

Jennifer Motszko presents award to Ryan Ridpath
Assistant Dean Michael Crumpton and Undergraduate Research Award Committee Chair Jennifer Motszko presented the 2017 University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award to Ryan Ridpath on May 3 at the Student Honors Convocation. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding original research project or paper written by an undergraduate student or students at UNCG. A successful project demonstrates sophistication, creativity, originality and depth or breadth in the use of library collections and scholarly resources, an exceptional ability to use these resources in the creation of an original research project or paper and responsible use of information including appropriate and accurate citations and credits. 

In his paper, Ridpath explores “women’s roles and the emotions attributed to them, comparing them to men in Njal’s Saga, and analyzing the sorts of gendered language and insults hurled by both genders” to “derive a more concise understanding about the societal values of legitimate violence as it related to gender in the Viking Age, said Motszko.” Ridpath was nominated by his professor, Dr. Richard Barton. "Ryan produced some extremely valuable insight, particularly concerning the dynamic relationship between manliness and violence that existed in Icelandic society and concerning the role of insult as a way for such relationships to be expressed and, occasionally, transgressed,” said Dr. Barton. Additionally, he commented on Ridpath’s excellent use of library resources, particularly in finding the best English translation of Njal’s Saga and assembling a bibliography of secondary scholarship to support his research. His personal essay included a description of the research process, which involved using online databases and inter-library loan materials. He also browsed sections of the library stacks to find books related to his topic. Through the research process, he learned how invaluable it is to have a familiarity with the physical system of the library and that often, just by looking on the shelves, one can find both the necessary piece for their current research and the cornerstone for the next research project. University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award was established to recognize students who make these discoveries and apply them to their coursework. Ridpath’s winning paper has been added to NC DOCKS, UNCG’s Institutional Repository.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Friends of UNCG Libraries Announce New Board Members for 2017-2018

Jennifer Koenig, Chair
Jennifer Koenig has been named Chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. She is an attorney with Shell Bray Attorneys and Counselors at Law in the trusts and estates practice group. She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries. In addition to representing public charities, Koenig assists clients in creating private foundations and other charitable entities. In her free time, Koenig enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Nel. She is on the Business Ethics Award Committee and serves on many volunteer boards in the Greensboro community, including the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro's Future Fund Steering Committee and its Professional Advisors' Committee. 

Elizabeth Hudson, Vice-Chair
Elizabeth Hudson has been named Vice-Chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. She is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (’95) and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine, where she started in the circulation department answering telephones before moving to the editorial department. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief in 2009.

In 2016, Hudson was the recipient of the North Carolina Travel Industry Association’s Charles Kuralt Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals who bring positive public attention to North Carolina. Additionally, she was the 2014 recipient of the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries 2017-2018 Board Members
Jennifer Koenig, Chair
Elizabeth Hudson, Vice-Chair
Kate R. Barrett
Betty J. Brown
Carolyn Carter Burgman
Jud B. Franklin
Bob Gatten
Carolyn T. Green
Bob Hansen
Jane Harper Gordon
Miriam Herin
Clint Jackson
Terri Blackwood Jackson
Catherine Magid
Glenda Schillinger
Karl A. Schleunes
Leigh Seager
Pat Austin Sevier
Mary Ellen Shiflett
Joyce Traver
Hermann J. Trojanowski
Laurie "Lollie" Lake White

Friday, May 5, 2017

Third Annual Members' Choice Event Selects Books to Commemorate the 125th Anniversary of UNCG

University Libraries’ held its Third Annual Members’ Choice Event on April 20. This exclusive event for the Jackson Society, allows members to vote on their preferred selection of books to be added to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. These additions, many of which are first editions, will commemorate the 125th anniversary of UNCG and help grow the collection as it strives to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students, as well as the broader community. The items recently added to UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives are listed below:

•          Isaac Johnson, Slavery Days in Old Kentucky                               
•          Thomas H. Jones, The Experience of Thomas H. Jones                   
•          Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave                                             
•          Peter Randolph, From Slave Cabin to the Pulpit                           
•          Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks                      
•          Sojourner Truth, Narrative of Sojourner Truth                              
•          Jane Austen, Emma                                                              
•          Abraham Lincoln, Political Debates                                               
•          Abigail Mott, Biographical Sketches                                    
•          William W. Brown, Narrative of William W. Brown                                
•          Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom                      
•          Frances Harper, Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted               

•          Harriet Wilson, Our Nig

As the Libraries' premier giving society, these committed contributors are dedicated to the Libraries' mission to advance and support learning, research and service at UNCG and throughout the state. Jackson Society donors are automatically enrolled in the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and are also invited to other exclusive events throughout the year. Annual gifts of $1,000 or more ensure your place in the Jackson Society.  To learn more about the Jackson Society and explore giving to the Libraries, please contact Karlene Noel Jennings, Executive Director of Development, at or 336-256-0112 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Krystal Speights Announced as 2017 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award Winner

David Arneke, Krystal Speights and Kathy Crowe
University Libraries is pleased to announce Krystal Speights as the 2017 Outstanding Student Library Worker Award (OSLWA) winner! Speights is a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNCG. She has been working in Jackson Library for more than four years. 

She currently serves as Student Manager in Access Services and is responsible for supervising other students, responding to chat and email requests on behalf of the Check Out Desk, opening and closing the library and reporting on service, facilities and security issues.

“Krystal has a sunny nature and is always smiling and happy,” said Marilyn Hanichak, Desk Manager in Access Services and Speights' supervisor. “Krystal inspires others to do well. Her friendly attitude fosters sociable relationships among the students, which helps build the team. She encourages the students to rely on one another, support each other and collaborate to get the job done with a joint effort,” said Hanichak.  

The award is made possible through a gift from David Arneke of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and is given annually. The winner receives a place on the award plaque, $500 from Arneke and a $500 gift card from the University Bookstore. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

University Libraries' Faculty Honored at Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity

University Libraries’ faculty were recently honored by the Provost's Office on April 4. The event was sponsored by Provost Dana Dunn and recognized the outstanding contributions and achievements of UNCG faculty in research and creative activity. 

Omar Ali and Beth Bernhardt
  • Beth Bernhardt─Co-PI on a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina for “The Alternative Textbooks Project” awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to alternative textbooks. $184,332 including matching funds over two years.
  • Kathryn Crowe─Co-editor, The Future of Library Space. (Advances in Library Administration and Organizations v. 36) Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016.
    Jennifer Motszko and Michael Crumpton
  • David Gwynn─Co-PI with Jennifer Motszko on a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, for “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015.” $66,713.
  • Lynda Kellam─Co-editor, Datalibrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. Chicago: ACRL, 2016. 
  • Jennifer Motszko─Co-PI with David Gwynn on a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina for “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015.” $66,713.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tech Savvy: University Libraries Provide Information Literacy Education to Sixth to Ninth Grade Girls

Tech Savvy is a daylong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grades to these fields and inform families about STEM education and careers. The national event also provides instruction to parents encouraging them to reinforce their daughters’ interest in STEM. The event is hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greensboro Chapter. 

The day also included savvy skills classes designed to help, them gain knowledge and confidence to enhance their success. This year, University Libraries taught a course on April 1 on information literacy titled, “Fake, Fact or Somewhere in Between.”

Librarians at the UNCG University Libraries work closely with students and community members of all ages to help them evaluate and select reliable information sources. With more than 1,000 instruction sessions each year on campus and in the community, including online tutorials and more than 800 online resource guides, UNCG University Libraries have been addressing “fake news” long before it was in the news. 

The sessions provided an interactive course for parents and taught them how to help their children find reliable information sources. Participants also enjoyed a guided tour of Jackson Library, highlighting its learning spaces, collections, support services and cutting-edge technology. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dr. Martin Halbert Appointed Dean of UNCG University Libraries

Dr. Martin Halbert has been appointed as Dean of UNCG University Libraries by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn. He currently serves as Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas. In this role, he provides strategic, organizational and visionary leadership to the libraries and serves as chief executive officer. 

Prior to his appointment at the University of North Texas, Dr. Halbert served as the Director of Digital Innovations and the Director for Digital Programs and Systems at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Halbert also held positions at Rice University, Rolm Corporation, IBM Corporation and the University of Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Liberal Arts from Emory University, a M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Philosophy from Rice University. Dr. Halbert will begin his role at UNCG on July 17, 2017.

“Martin Halbert impressed all of us with his preparedness and enthusiasm for the UNCG University Libraries’ deanship,” said Provost Dunn. “He has integrated his rich background into an approach to libraries and leadership that meshes seamlessly with UNCG’s needs at this time. He will enrich our campus community for years to come.” 

Dr. Halbert succeeds Kathryn Crowe who has served as Interim Dean since April 2016 when Dean Rosann Bazirjian retired. She will return to her role as Associate Dean for Public Services, a position she has held since 2006. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jenna Townend Awarded Special Collections and University Archives Research Travel Grant

Jenna Townend is pursuing her Ph.D. at Loughborough University and was recently awarded the Special Collections and University Archives’ Research Travel Grant. She visited UNCG's University Libraries earlier in 2017 to study the seventeenth century literary borrowings from George Herbert’s “The Temple” (1633) and to conduct comparative bibliographic research into the watermarks and ornaments of six texts published by Philemon and Robert Stephens. University Libraries offers one research travel grant per year to support the work of a researcher who utilizes the holdings of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Collections include rare books, manuscripts, women’s literature, cello music, University archives and Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project. The research travel grant is intended to pay for travel and lodging costs associated with a research trip to Greensboro, North Carolina. Graduate students, post-docs, teaching faculty and independent scholars are encouraged to submit a grant application. Applicants must live outside of the North Carolina Piedmont area to be eligible and have a clear research plan that involves the on-site use of UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chris Cassidy Artist Talk March 6

Join University Libraries' Digital Media Commons (DMC) for the Chris Cassidy Artist Talk on Monday, March 6 at 5 p.m. in the VIA Lab of Jackson Library. Cassidy’s area of expertise includes sculpture, installation and digital media. He is currently Associate Professor of New Media & Design and Interim Director of the School of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the United States as well as in international venues. He has been commissioned for work by private and public institutions, including the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and the State University of New York at Albany. Recent projects use installation, video and interactive digital media to explore how experience of place is mediated by pre-existing mental constructs like maps and models, and the potential of technology to radically alter the perceptual relationship between individuals and their environment. He received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA in Sculpture from the State University of New York at Albany.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Learning the Apostles' Creed: A Christian Mannes Bileeve, Lyric, and Sciences of the Heart" March 7

Professor Nicole Smith, from the University of North Texas, will be giving a talk on her research on A Christian Mannes Bileeve.  This text, a vernacular commentary on the Apostles’ Creed, stands as an exceptional example of a didactic text used by women religious to teach ecclesiastical doctrine. Most remarkable is, in comparison to other explanations of the Creed, CMB’s use of a variety of genres from example to lyric in its explanation of Christ’s Passion in Article IV: “Under Pontius Pilate, He suffered, died, and was buried.” At the most affective moment in the text, these lyrics and examples cultivate love and “kindness” in ways to reveal that “heart knowledge” (sapientia ) and “head knowledge” (Scientia ) are not mutually exclusive.  In this way, CMB stands as an exception to those other texts of affective piety and spiritual devotion that often, as scholars have argued, conflate scientia and sapientia.  The talk will be held March 7, 2017 in the Hodges Reading Room from 5-6:30p.m., with a reception to follow.  The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Students Add to Digital Library of American Slavery

UNCG has outstanding digital archives. What you might not know is that, through coursework and internships, students have the opportunity to contribute to them.
This spring, several history courses are interacting with one of UNCG Libraries’ most valuable resources – the extensive Digital Library of American Slavery, created by professor emeritus Loren Schweninger over more than 20 years, and currently managed by Digital Technology Consultant Richard Cox.
Dr. Lisa Tolbert’s undergraduate history research methods course and Dr. Joey Fink’s graduate history course are using, and adding to, the DLAS’s Runaway Slave Advertisement Database. The advertisement database is managed by University Libraries’ Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn, who is helping to facilitate the students’ contributions. A recently awarded Strategic Seed grant will fund student interns to help digitize advertisements and work with classes in adding to the database.
Since the Runaway Slave Advertisement Database presently includes ads up to 1840, the students from Tolbert’s class are adding content from the 1850s and 1860s. To find this content, they’re reading newspapers on microfilm to find runaway slave ads, and later creating transcriptions and metadata that will make it easier for researchers to locate patterns within the ads. When they finish the data collecting portion of the assignment, they will develop research projects that will contextualize the slave ads. Their projects will include different areas of research—they may include looking at social networks of runaways, how advertisements document the skills of runaways or the distinct experience of women runaways.
“I am particularly excited that these students will get an opportunity to see how a primary source database is created,” says Tolbert. “More and more, historical documents are being digitized and students are regularly using sources on the web, but they don’t often get to see how many choices go into digitizing those documents and how those choices affect the way we interpret a source.”
With Tolbert’s guidance the classes are discussing the way that newspaper readers of the nineteenth century may have seen the advertisements on newspaper pages, compared to the way we see the scans of the ads today.
The DLAS is one of the most used digital collections in the UNCG libraries, and, as Tolbert has said, shows the outstanding commitment to a teaching mission demonstrated by the University Libraries’ staff, beyond their work as collection managers, curators and preservationists.
Tolbert has been working closely with David Gwynn and Sarah Prescott to integrate the DLAS into coursework. Gwynn and Prescott have led a class workshop that instructs students in filling out the metadata spreadsheet and shows them techniques for transcribing the ads. Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam has trained the students in using microfilm readers and will lead workshops on bibliographic development as the students embark on their research this spring.
“This project offers them unique opportunities to develop more sophisticated digital and information literacies, says Tolbert. “I feel incredibly lucky to have the instructional support we enjoy from the library staff here at UNCG.”
The initial phase of the Runaway Slave Advertisements Database was supported by a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the State Library of North Carolina. The database contains more than 2,300 items published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840. The NCRSA website includes digital scans of the ads, contextual essays to address their historical research value, full text transcripts, an annotated bibliography to aid researchers and a searchable database. In the fall, a library information science class will also use and contribute to the DLAS. 

By Susan Kirby-Smith, Campus Weekly

All the Light We Cannot See Book Discussion March 21

Join UNCG University Libraries at its next book discussion of All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. The event will be led by Dr. Chuck Bolton, Professor in the History Department at UNCG and will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library, 2nd floor. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at or 336-256-0184.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Greensboro Public Library Hosts Booklovers Social on February 22

The Greensboro Public Library will host its eighth annual Booklovers Social from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 at the Central Library, 219 N. Church Street. This year’s featured author, Quinn Dalton, discusses her latest novel Midnight BowlingThe Booklovers Social offers bibliophiles the chance to connect with fellow booklovers. New and established book clubs will be on hand to welcome new members. There will be door prizes, food and music. Participants will also get the chance to vote for their favorite books of 2016, as well as books to read for 2017. Dalton’s book, Midnight Bowling, uses the backdrop of bowling that was working-class America’s favorite sport, but on the decline in the 1970s and ‘80s. She tells the story of a young standout bowler who is faced with the challenges of transitioning into adulthood as she uncovers the complicated lives of the adults around her. Dalton received her master's in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the author of the novel High Strung, as well as two short story collections, Bulletproof Girl and Stories from the Afterlife. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Politics, Media and Information: An Evening with Ray Suarez March 29

Tickets are on sale for the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner, and they’re going fast.

The event for UNCG’s Libraries will be March 29 at 6 p.m. in the Elliot University Center’s Cone Ballroom. The guest speaker will be Ray Suarez. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed books including, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a NationThe Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America and The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration
Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include 8 tickets, special pre-reception, preferential seating and recognition at the event.
Reservations are required and may be purchased through Triad Stage by visiting or calling 336-272-0160. The deadline to purchase your ticket is March 22. For more information about sponsoring a table, contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at or 336-256-0184.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Believe In the G: 100 Gifts. 48 Hours. February 15-16, 2017

Believe in the G is a 48-hour giving challenge during which our alumni family can invest in the future of UNCG. It's a time to come together and celebrate what makes our community great: loyalty, generosity, innovation and a commitment to lifelong learning for people from all walks of life. This year, Believe in the G is February 15-16, and there are three big ways that alumni can participate: wear blue and gold, spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BelieveInTheG and make a gift online. Our goal is 1,000 gifts by midnight on February 16, and we'll be updating our progress toward that goal at Believe in the GTo mail a gift in early, send it to: University Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro NC 27402. Be sure to put "Believe in the G" in the memo line of the check so that we can count it toward our goal. Make a gift online today.   

Thursday, February 2, 2017

University Libraries Now Accepting Applications to Recognize Outstanding Research Projects or Papers by UNCG Undergraduates in Any Discipline

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award (ULURA) is given in recognition of an outstanding original research project or paper in any media. Created by an undergraduate student or students at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), successful individual or group projects will demonstrate the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources. The winning entry will receive a $500 cash prize funded by the University Libraries. Review eligibility, requirements, submission guidelines, evaluation criteria and download your application materials here. Nominations are due by March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Motszko, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Committee Chair at or 336-256-1111. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Diversity and Global Exchange Expo

University Libraries will host a Diversity and Global Engagement Expo on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library. The expo will feature a collective sharing of music, food, culture and values. Drawings for prizes will also be included. Join UNCG faculty and staff in conversation promoting the importance of diversity and multiculturalism on campus with a panel discussion beginning at 4 p. m. with Dr. Omar Ali. The event is cosponsored by the University Libraries, the Department of International and Global Studies, the Office of Intercultural Engagement, UNCG Campus Activities and Programs and the International Programs Center.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stipends Will Provide Support for Information Literacy and Librarian Involvement

The UNCG University Libraries will award stipends to three faculty members to provide support for the revision of their spring 2017 courses to more fully integrate information literacy and increase librarian involvement into the classes.
The stipend recipients are:
  • Shana Scudder, English 305
  • Daniel Christen, Chemistry 355
  • Liz McNamara, Honors Seminar 228 

Dr. Scudder will collaborate with Jenny Dale, University Libraries’ liaison to the English department, and Armondo Collins, Head, University Libraries’ Digital Media Commons, on her contemporary rhetoric class. Students will complete scaffolded information literacy assignments throughout the semester culminating in a final multimedia project.
Dr. Christen will collaborate with Karen Grigg, University Libraries’ liaison to the Chemistry department on his intermediate organic chemistry laboratory. Students will learn information literacy skills through writing formal lab reports and creating a guide for important resources in chemistry.
Dr. McNamara will collaborate with Beth Ann Koelsch, University Libraries’ curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), and Lynda Kellam, University Libraries’ liaison to Political Science, on her honors course, entitled, eagles, dragons, bears and bulls: introduction to international relations. Students will use the primary sources in the WVHP as well as secondary sources to complete papers and a debate.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Book Discussion

Join UNCG University Libraries at its next book discussion of
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. The event will be led by Saundra Westervelt, Ph.D., professor of sociology at UNCG and will be held on February 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. For more information, please contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at or 336-256-0184.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ray Suarez Announced as Guest Speaker for UNCG’s Friends of the Library Annual Dinner on March 29

Ray Suarez will be the guest speaker at this year’s UNCG Friends of the Library annual dinner on March 29. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed books including, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America and The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration. Suarez engages audiences, even on difficult and complex topics, with a warm and accessible style, while his presentations are passionate, quick-witted and establish a strong connection to listeners.

Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets for the program, only, are $20. Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include eight tickets, preferential seating and recognition at the event. The event will be held in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and tickets will be available soon. For more information about sponsoring a table, contact Hollie Stevenson-Parrish at 336-256-0184 or

Friday, January 6, 2017

Libraries' University Archives contributes to press about "Hidden Figures."

The recent release of the film "Hidden Figures" has generated press about a NC College for Women (now UNCG) alumna, Virginia Tucker, who worked in the same center as the women featured in the film.   A Spartan Stories post about Tucker provided much information for a recent Greensboro News and Record story and follow-up blog post.