Friday, August 30, 2013

Spartan Hour Tuesdays

Spartan Hour Tuesday – September 3

Celebrate UNCG’s inaugural Spartan Hour Tuesdays – Tuesday, September 3 with Food Trucks and the annual OLSL Volunteer and Service-Learning Fair on College Avenue behind the Elliott University Center!

11 – 2:30 p.m.    Food Trucks that will be available:   Camel City Grill and Kona Ice
11 – 2 p.m.         OLSL’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Fair

Students, faculty, and staff can pay with cash, check, or their UNCG Flex dollars on their Spartan Card. And while you are having lunch stroll around the Volunteer and Service-Learning Fair and consider some of the many opportunities of getting involved in the greater Greensboro community. Sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities & Programs with the Office of Leadership & Service Learning and UNCG Dining Services.

Take a look at the Digital Projects Blog

Digital Projects Priorities

Check out the Digital Projects Blog   to see what priorites the Digital Projects team has set for 2013/14.   Textiles, Teachers, and Troops tops the list, and there are some interesting pilots proposed, including one to digitize Lois Lenski children's books.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's a holiday weekend!!

Don't forget this is a holiday weekend.  We are closed on Monday for Labor Day and we have shorten hours Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.  ENJOY!

re-posting Cheryl's announcement on Jackson Leaks

Staff Video and Audio Equipment Loans

Starting this semester, the camcorder, tripod, microphones, headsets, and voice recorder that used to be loaned to library staff from ERIT will now be handled through the DMC. To reserve the equipment, contact Cheryl, Armondo, or Beth FW. Other equipment will continue to be loaned through ERIT.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Audacity Workshop!

Tech Tool Thursday: Intro to Audacity  
8/29/13 4-5pm
Presented by DMC Staff
Learn the basics of using Audacity to create audio files or podcasts. Bring your laptop for some hands-on time, or just a DMC computer for practice!  REGISTER HERE

Check out more workshops here (you do not have to be faculty to attend - staff and students are also welcome!)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TODAY! DMC & DACTS Lunch & Learn

Want to know more about DMC? Wonder what that other entity DACTS - Digital ACT Studio - is doing down in the DMC space?  Join us TODAY 8/27/13 at 12:30-1:30 in the DMC Ottoman Empire Area for the FTLC Lunch and Learn (open to anyone faculty, staff or students) Bring your lunch and join us to learn more. Sign Up Here!

Know Your Libraries!

Know Your Libraries--Today

A reminder about this event today.  Please stop by as your schedule allows to meet students and let them know how great the Libraries are!

On Tuesday August 27 from noon-4 our Student Libraries Advisory Council (SLAC)  is sponsoring this event in the Reading Room ("Poe" side).  It's aimed at first year students but all are welcome.  We'll have information tables set up and will offer brief tours as well as food (provided by SLAC) and prizes (from non-state funds). 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Retired, but active!

Bill Finley at the Greensboro Public Library

On Monday, September 9, you have the opportunity to re-connect with former colleague Bill Finley:

Mark Twain Presentation and Film Screening
Monday, September 9 at 7 pm, Central Library
Dr. Bill Finley of UNCG presents a talk and screening of Mark Twain: His
Amazing Adventure. There will be a Q&A session after the movie.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Campus Weekly--News About the Libraries

In case you didn't read this week's Campus Weekly . . .

Several of the stories in this week's Campus Weekly pertain to the University Libraries:

Well-Spring and UNCG celebrate collaboration  
While the University Libraries are not mentioned in this article, we are very much involved in the campus collaboration with the Well-Spring Retirment Community.  Barry, Keith, Linda and Rosann were at this event, and Well-Spring has already sent a representative to visit Jackson Library and explore SCUA (many Well-Spring residents have strong ties to UNCG, either as former employees or students).  We are looking forward to seeing Well-Spring residents join the Friends, attend events, and make use of our resources.  If you are interested in learning more about this collaboration, talk with Keith, Barry, Rosann, or Linda.  And, look for updates here.  Also, let us know if you have friends or family at Well-Spring!

Book discussions at library 
Campus Weekly promoted our upcoming FOL book discussions.

FTLC fellows Did you know that three of our librarians are fellows at the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center this year? Congratulations to Beth Filar Williams, Amy Harris Houk, and Sarah Dorsey.  These three will lend their expertise on technology tools for learning (Beth), information literacy (Amy), and sustainability in the curriculum (Sarah). Campus Weekly also included an article encouraging faculty and staff to  Join an FTLC learning community .  These typically meet once a month, often as a lunch-n-learn. 

The latest from UNCG Libraries was our way of letting faculty and staff across campus know what we've been up to all summer.  With WMS, retirements, new faculty hires, and interim department heads, it was a pretty crazy summer.  If you are working on something that you would like the campus community to know about, please let either Barry or Kimberly know.

And, under People, you will see mention of our own Steve Cramer.  Steve is one of the new Coleman Faculty Fellows for 2013-14. Read more about this felowship on the FOL blog.
Steve Cramer (University Libraries) is one of the new Coleman Faculty Fellows - See more at:
Steve Cramer (University Libraries) is one of the new Coleman Faculty Fellows - See more at:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Know Your Libraries event

On Tuesday August 27 from noon-4 our Student Libraries Advisory Council (SLAC)  is sponsoring this event in the Reading Room ("Poe" side).  It's aimed at first year students but all are welcome.  We'll have information tables set up and will offer brief tours as well as food (provided by SLAC) and prizes (from non-state funds). 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Scholarly Communications

Have a question about scholarly communications?

Thanks to Beth B, Emily, and Nataly there's a research guide that describes our scholarly communications work within the library.  Learn about author rights, copyright, open access and more. 

If you have any questions, please email Beth Bernhardt at

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gaming room in DMC

This summer we were approached by Dr. Greg Grieve in Religious Studies to collaborate on providing a space for gaming for his classes.  He incorporates gaming into his curriculum and wanted to see if we could provide a space in the DMC.  Greg has a grant and is working with the Office of Undergraduate Studies on this project.

We've agreed to provide space in the meeting room of the DMC.  The grant is paying for the games, controllers and consoles.  The Libraries bought carts (similar to what we put our digital screens on) and will buy furniture.  We have moved the furniture from that room to 574 and are in the process of getting furniture (like bean bags!) for the gaming room. It will be added to the scheduler  - not as a room - but as 3 gaming stations that each can be reserved. Users will have to come to the DMC desk to get into the locked room, and obtain the 4 controllers for that gaming stations associated with their reservation only and held at the DMC desk. Games are on reserve at Access Services - but students can bring their own games to use as well.

We hope to have it open for use by September 1 but aiming for a quiet, soft roll out this fall. Professor Grieve may start using this room with another class this fall, though the key class he wants the gaming room for will be in the spring. Stay tuned for more!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Town Hall Meeting today!

All Personnel Town Hall Meeting
Friday, August 16, 2013, 10:00-11:30am
Digital Media Commons


Welcome – Rosann
Staff Development – Sean
Behind the Stacks – Kimberly
WMS – ILS Committee members: Terry, Beth Ann, Lea, Mary Jane, Cathy, Christine
Values and Priorities – Rosann
Questions, Answers, Discussion
WMS “Interim Thank You Celebration” – Cup Cake Truck

Thursday, August 15, 2013

University Libraries Lightning Round Presentations

University Libraries Lightning Round Presentations

info from Sean Mulligan:
Good morning all,
The Staff Development Committee is hosting a University Libraries Lightning Round Presentations today at 2pm in the Hodges Reading Room.

Each of the presenters will have up to 9 minutes to speak which includes questions and answers.
The line up and topics includes:

  •     Jenny Dale: connections between libraries, learning communities, & student retention
  •     Beth Bernhardt: latest trends on Open Access publishing
  •     Mark Schumacher: update on his research on book cover designer Amy Sacker
  •     Darinlee Needham: productive uses of WorldCat Local lists
  •     Stephen Catlett: introduction to the Textiles, Teachers and Troops LSTA Digitization Grant
  •     Tim Bucknall: results of the UNCG General Administration Ejournal Efficiency Initiative

Safe Zone training schedule for fall

Registration for fall Safe Zone workshops is available.  Safe Zone provides training in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.  Several Libraries staff have attended in the past and you're encouraged to attend.  Just check with your supervisor first!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Custom links in World Cat Local

From Terry Brandma's blog:

The custom links now available in our WorldCat Local interface (drop down menu in upper left hand corner)

 The custom links now available in our WorldCat Local interface are:

Ask Us!

  • Leads to the standard Ask Us! page, and displays an "Ask Us!" link on all search results pages.

Searching Guide

Setup Library Account

  • Provides information on how to access your "My Library Account". The link also displays next to the My Library Account Sign In link in the upper right corner.

UNCG Subscription Login

  • This link is required to enable remote login access to UNCG licensed materials that are available through WorldCat Local. Unfortunately, if you select this link it doesn't really do anything because you are not yet requesting anything to be proxied.

Locations of Materials

Delivery Services

  • Leads to information on all delivery services, including Campus Book Delivery.

How the links work depends on the browser you are using and if you have customized your browser settings. The link may open up a new smaller webpage (like a pop-up), or open in a new browser tab.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chancellor's State of the Campus Address

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the start of the new academic year. It is wonderful to see campus come alive again with our vibrant community of faculty, staff and students. I hope you’ve had an enjoyable and productive summer, and are refreshed and ready to welcome the Class of 2017. I would like to invite you to the 122nd State of the Campus Address that will take place in Aycock Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Please note the new time this year -- 10:30 a.m. After the address, at 11:15 a.m., please join your colleagues and me for a luncheon inside the newly renovated Moran Commons and Plaza.

If you cannot attend the State of the Campus Address, we have arranged for the event to be web-streamed at The text of the speech will be posted on UNCG’s home page on Wednesday. I look forward to seeing you Aug. 14 as we embark on an exciting year together.

Linda P. Brady


Monday, August 12, 2013

Campus Book Delivery

The news that we've all been awaiting - yes there will be book delivery to faculty and staff offices on this campus  during the fall and spring semesters!

It won't be as seamless as it was before through buttons in book records in the catalog. Instead, there is a delivery services page with a link to an ILLIAD form for campus book delivery.  Faculty and staff will click into ILLIAD, see the standard ILL home page and choose "campus book delivery" from the sidebar. That option will be available the first day of classes, August 19.

To make this process more convenient for patrons, the delivery services link is also inside WorldCat Local, under the "UNCG University Libraries"drop down menu. 

We'll compose an email for liaisons to send to faculty.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Events Next Week

In addition to the campus events scheduled next week, we have University Libraries events to remember as well.  As previously indicated, the All Personnel Meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 16th at 10 am, in the Digital Media Commons (DMC).  There will be light refreshments, including coffee, served and we will re-orientate the seating for better listening.

Also, on Sunday, August 18th, we will have the annual student worker orientation starting at 1:30, also in the DMC and also with light refreshments.  This will be a two hour program designed to welcome our new student workers into the organization.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


UNCG on Princeton Review's List of "Best Colleges"

You can see an article about this at The Business Journal .

There are roughly 2,500 colleges and universities in the country and only 15% make it onto the Princeton Review's list.  The other NC schools on the list? Elon, Guilford, Catawba, Davidson, Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Warren Wilson.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Know Your Digital Projects!

North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisments, 1751-1840

The blog of Southern Spaces (a multimedia, open access journal), featured a nice write up of the University Libraries digital project on Runaway Slave Advertisements.  If you have not yet perused the project, check it out at  As its website describes, "The North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements project provides online access to all known runaway slave advertisements (more than 2300 items) published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840. These brief ads provide a glimpse into the social, economic, and cultural world of the American slave system and the specific experience within North Carolina. Working from microfilmed copies of these rare publications, the project team scanned the ads to provide digital images, create full-text transcripts and descriptive metadata, and develop a searchable database. 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."

Friday, August 2, 2013


Need a box? Take a box!

ERIT accumulates a large number of boxes over time, and rather than merely recycling them, it makes more sense for staff to use them. From now on, we will put unneeded but usable boxes outside of the ERIT front door. Typically we will only put larger boxes out there, but if you have a need for one(s) of a specific size, please contact a member of the support team - Charley, Michael, Brown or Franklin.

In the interest of keeping clutter down, however, we will clear them out at the end of every week. So, if you need them, please take them!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Help Patrons set up "My Library Account"

How to Help Patrons Set Up My Library Accounts and Renew Books

Faculty, staff, and grad students really need to set up a "my library account" to renew books sooner rather than later.  Why? Our new system will send them one email for each item that is due.  As most of their items are due on the same day, this means they could get flooded with emails from our system for the dozens of books they have checked out.  They are aware of this, thanks to an email sent this week, but we anticipate all of our patrons may have questions about how to set up their accounts.

You can help patrons by referring them to this helpful resource guide.

Or, you can go directly to these great video tutorials. Please note--videos don't show up well on the BTS homepage, but you can click "More . . . " at the end of this post to get to the blog interface.

Video instructions for creating a password:

Video instructions for renewing library items: