Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New NCLA officers - congrats Amy

Dear NCLA Members,

It is with pleasure that I announce the newly elected NCLA officers:

Vice-President/President Elect:  Rodney Lippard

Secretary:  Jennifer Hanft

Treasurer-Elect: Lorrie Russell

Directors At Large:  Alan Bailey,                        
  Amy Harris Houk
 
ALA Councilor:  Dana Eure

SELA Representative:  Wanda Brown

Join me in congratulating all of the new officers for the NCLA 60th biennium.

Sherwin
Nominations Chair

2013 NCLA Biennial Conference

Greetings, many of you are aware that registration for the NCLA Biennial Conference, in Winston-Salem on October 15th-18th is open.  Since it is anticipated that many of us are planning to attend I wanted to put some suggestions and guidelines out about registration and try to answer potential questions.


First of all, travel allocations this year are expected to be cut by 50% of our regular allocated spending.  Keep that in mind in terms of your total request.  Since this is a local event it will be easier for everyone to attend with less expensive and we are restricted on being able to reimburse for meals and hotels due to proximity.
For registration options, you may register yourself and complete the travel request for reimbursement. If you want Robin to register you with the p-card she will need your member number and password so you should schedule an appointment with her (for online registrations).  Still complete the travel statement and NCLA registration form and you must commit to forwarding back the receipt to her when it arrives in your email.
Please note; although I encourage you to attend the meal functions, you can not be reimbursed for these meals.  Those must be paid for on your own but please note that some items, such as the Friday lunch and All Conference Reception are free with registration. 

You can however; request reimbursement for the Pre-conference workshops and also note that you can register a guest for exhibits at $30 a day, non-reimbursable. BTW, carpooling is also encouraged.
This year's conference is expected to be the biggest yet and in case you haven't heard the 61st Biennial Conference will be in Greensboro in 2015, so seeing what happens in Winston would be a good thing!
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.
Mike

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Heads up on lighting survey

UNC General Administration is supporting all campuses in their energy conservation efforts. In so doing, they have contracted with Johnson Controls to develop a performance contract for lighting and lighting controls. When implemented, this contract will reduce both energy bills and maintenance cost in our facilities. To develop this contract, Johnson Controls will be conducting an inventory of our light fixtures, sensors, and controls. You may see them walking through your facility in the next 30 days but there should be no disruption to your activities. We will make special arrangements for access to research and clinical areas. Please contact Douglas Cato, drcato@uncg.edu, 312-6012, if you have any questions.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Volunteer to promote the Libraries and help new students!

There are several opportunities to staff tables to promote our resources and services and/or help students get oriented to campus:

August SOAR
http://doodle.com/6imqg2gazua7a2hh

Fall Kick-Off
http://doodle.com/mpg2qib7entnfacs

Connector Table
http://www.doodle.com/teg23z8k26wkaiyp

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A new learning management system?

Blackboard, or something else?  Explore the Blackboard alternatives in late August and early September.


UNCG is currently investigating the possibility of moving from Blackboard to a different LMS. The Academic Technology Coordination Committee (ATCC) is heading up the process. Tim Bucknall is the Libraries' representative on the ATCC.

From the July 1 ATCC Minutes-
"EUC Auditorium has been reserved for LMS presentations on Tuesday August 27 (Canvas), Thursday August 29 (Desire2Learn), Tuesday Sept. 3 (Pearson’s OpenClass).  The presentations will be open to the campus community and scheduled between 1:00-4:00 PM.  ATCC representatives should promote faculty attendance from their units.  Attendees will have the opportunity to complete an online survey and provide the committee with feedback on the different presentations.  ITS hopes to create short courses that will allow faculty/students to individually explore the LMSs in a sandbox."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Remembering Kristen Ross at the Camden County Public Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Invitation)



As many of you know, Kristen Ross worked for the University Libraries for a brief time last Fall.  Clara Chu issued this invitation to an event that honors her memory:


Dear LIS community and friends,

Camden County will be holding a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new Camden County Public Library.  (See feature: http://statelibrarync.org/ldblog/2013/07/17/new-library-camden-county-public-library/)   Prior to this, Camden County was the last county in North Carolina that did not have a public library or a joint use public and school library facility.  However, the County did have school libraries and also received bookmobile service from Pasquotank and Camden county.  You are invited to the ceremony, scheduled for Monday, August 5th, at 11:00 a.m., to celebrate this momentous occasion and Kristen Ross.  The library is located at 104 Investors Way in Camden.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCNCPL

While serving as a consultant during the community assessment/planning phase of the new library, Dr. Chow shared with the Camden team the tragic loss of Kristen Ross (MLIS, Dec. 2012) and that she had always dreamed of becoming a librarian and serving the community.  The Library Planning Committee was deeply touched and wanted to recognize Kristen’s dream by dedicating a portion of the Children’s Area of the library in her memory.  Members of the Ross family plan to attend the ceremony, and Dr. Chow and I plan to attend.

Best regards,
Clara M. Chu, Ph.D

Friday, July 19, 2013

REMINDER - Safety Inspection

This is a reminder that Jackson Library will have its annual Safety Inspection Monday morning.  Please allow access to your work space for the inspectors to view.

Thanks!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Next steps to Landscaping Project

If you have used the College Ave entrance the last couple of weeks you will recognize that the Landscaping project is now fully underway.  Remember this is a project funded by our Friends of the Libraries with monies they have raised.  A view of the clean-up part can be viewed at the Jackson Library Renovation Blog:
http://jacksonlibrenovation.blogspot.com/

And if you would like more details of the project now that it is underway, you can visit the Friends of the Library blog at:
http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2013/07/jackson-library-landscape-project-update.html

Starting tomorrow (Friday the 19th) new trees, plants and grass will be installed which will be about a two week project.  We have asked our neighbors on campus to help us maintain this investment by informing groups or event planners of these activities so as to keep folks out of the beds.  You can help to by letting people know that this is a work in progress for the beautification of the library.

Thanks and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Spatan Stories--A Blog with a Following


Read Spartan Stories!

If you didn't know, Spartan Stories brings readers a new "tale from the University Archives" every Monday.  These in-depth stories shed new light on UNCG's history (were you aware we broke the streaking record in 1974?) and the posts cover a wide range of topics such as Faculty Service During World War II and May Day Celebrations on Campus.

Erin Lawrimore, who created Spartan Stories, recently took a closer look at its readership.  Here are some notes from her report:

Evaluating Spartan Stories
Spartan Stories launched on October 1, 2012, as a platform for promoting University Archives through the public dissemination of short (400-600 words plus photographs) blog posts about specific people, events, places, etc. in UNCG history. At the time it was established, Google Analytics was placed on the site to provide robust statistics on use and users. This report outlines the Spartan Stories blog through the first eight months of the blog’s existence (October 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013).
 . . . .

Visitors
During its initial eight months, Spartan Stories received 1,714 visits (3,061 page views) from 1,171 unique visitors. 546 (or 31.9%) of the total visits were by return visitors. Of those 1,714 visits, 1,361 were from readers in the state of North Carolina (1,139 in the Greensboro area).
966 visits came from readers using UNCG’s internet service (56.4%). While this indicates a high readership from faculty, staff, and students, it also means that 43.6% (748) of the total visits came from outside of the UNCG campus.  

Visitors came to the site through a number of avenues. Of the 1,714 visits, 368 (21.5%) came through a direct link. This may include clicks on links delivered by email, copying and pasting links printed in Campus Weekly, or other instances where the direct web address was used. Other significant referrals include:
• library.uncg.edu (Spartan Stories is included in the blog roll featured on the Libraries homepage): 270 visits
• google.com (site accessed through a Google search): 243 visits
• twitterfeed (links to the blog tweeted by Irma Minerva or others): 220 visits

. . . .

The site continues to grow in readership and popularity. The highest rate of visits came in April 2013, with 638 total page views. From November to April, readership steadily grew each month, although a drop off over the summer is expected.

The Blog Posts
Of the 3,061 individual page views over this eight month period, the most popular post was the October 29, 2012 post about campus ghosts, which was directly accessed 167 times. This post was highlighted in Campus Weekly and tweeted by the general UNCG Twitter account. Other posts that were mentioned in Campus Weekly or picked up by the UNCG Twitter account also received a significantly higher number of page views.

. .  . .

During this eight month period, seven SCUA staff members and three student workers/interns published posts on the site.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Library Account

"Renew Items/My Account" renamed "My Library Account"
Renew Items/My Account has been renamed My Library Account to more accurately reflect the functions within this account (viewing checkouts, renewing eligible items, placing holds, viewing fines) and to distinguish it from other accounts.
See this in the top right-hand corner of WorldCat. Right next to it, you will see "Setup Library Account." This provides instructions on how to create an account.

If you are helping a patron set up an account, this link should provide all the information you need.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hold Away!

Hold button to be activated inside WorldCat records on Weds 7/10

WorldCat records for books (and other items??) that are checked out, in storage, or in bindery will once again have a "place hold" button starting on Wednesday 7/10.  The button will lead directly to the sign in page for renewing checkouts and placing holds.

After the hold button is live, library personnel will need a little time to get up to speed.  So we will not be publicizing online holds for a week.

But meanwhile, patrons who have not yet created a password to go with their library account for renewals and holds might find and try to use the hold button. They might want help in setting up a password. (Brief info on accounts is here and more instructions are on the WorldCat Local LibGuide).

We will hold off publicizing this for a week or so so that Access Services can make sure the process is running smoothly.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scholarships for NCLA Conference in October 2013

The State Library of North Carolina is now accepting applications for scholarship funds to attend the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Conference in Winston-Salem from October 15-18, 2013.  Priority will be given to first time conference attendees and the brief essay question about benefits of conference attendance will also be weighted heavily in the awards.
 
The scholarship will cover full conference registration and hotel lodging paid for directly by the State Library (to be eligible for lodging, you must live or work more than 35 miles from the conference location).  All other expenses such as meals, ground transportation, parking, or other incidentals are the responsibility of the staff person and/or library.  
 
The application is available online -  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013NCLA and will close on August 16, 2013.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jeffrey Hamilton at 919-807-7417 or jeffrey.hamilton@ncdcr.gov.
 
 

Monday, July 8, 2013

WorldCat workshops reminder

There are two workshops being offered to help staff with Worldcat/WMS:

Basic WorldCat Searching
Tuesday 7/9/2013, 11 am-noon, CITI lab


We've had the red search box for a year now, but it still offers some exciting puzzles!  Where does each tab go?  In which situations have real, live reference librarians found it to be useful? When something unexpected arises, what are some useful workarounds and library contacts for getting help?

If you're interested in seeing a few basic searches and some results navigation, and interested in participating in discussion and hands-on activities, please attend this Basic WorldCat Searching workshop for library personnel. It will be led by Lea Leininger and Mark Schumacher.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C48ACAE2DA20-basic



 WorldCat Account - Let's Make Lists!
Tuesday 7/16, noon-1 pm, CITI lab

By now you have probably started playing with your Renew Items account, but what about the WorldCat account? That second account is actually pretty helpful! Come to this workshop and we will go over fun features: how to create lists, follow lists, and save searches.  For any library personnel who are interested. It will be led by Emily Mann.

Please create your WorldCat account before coming to the session and bring your log in information to the workshop.  Instructions are here http://uncg.libguides.com/content.php?pid=356907&sid=3867371#14035527.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C48ACAE2DA20-worldcat2 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fourth Followup

For those few folks here today hope you had a fun fourth with family, friends, food  and fireworks:)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Libraries save energy!

The Libraries have helped UNCG save energy and money!  Congratulations to everyone for for your efforts:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Show off Your Collection!

Display Your Collection!

We have reserved the display case in the Lobby for staff use, and over the past two years, we've seen some great displays (including the current one from Mark Schumacher).  Bring in your toys, art, records, books, or whatever else you might collect, and show them off.  Or, use the case to display a recent conference poster.  Email Kimberly (kdlutz2@uncg.edu) or Melvina (mcraydav@uncg.edu) to schedule the case.

Monday, July 1, 2013

WorldCat Workshops for staff

There are two workshops being offered to help staff with Worldcat/WMS:

Basic WorldCat Searching
Tuesday 7/9/2013, 11 am-noon, CITI lab


We've had the red search box for a year now, but it still offers some exciting puzzles!  Where does each tab go?  In which situations have real, live reference librarians found it to be useful? When something unexpected arises, what are some useful workarounds and library contacts for getting help?

If you're interested in seeing a few basic searches and some results navigation, and interested in participating in discussion and hands-on activities, please attend this Basic WorldCat Searching workshop for library personnel. It will be led by Lea Leininger and Mark Schumacher.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C48ACAE2DA20-basic



 WorldCat Account - Let's Make Lists!
Tuesday 7/16, noon-1 pm, CITI lab

By now you have probably started playing with your Renew Items account, but what about the WorldCat account? That second account is actually pretty helpful! Come to this workshop and we will go over fun features: how to create lists, follow lists, and save searches.  For any library personnel who are interested. It will be led by Emily Mann.

Please create your WorldCat account before coming to the session and bring your log in information to the workshop.  Instructions are here http://uncg.libguides.com/content.php?pid=356907&sid=3867371#14035527.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C48ACAE2DA20-worldcat2