Monday, September 30, 2013

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The University Libraries will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, October 8th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Hodges Reading Room.    We invite you to participate and share your favorite Latin American book/e-book passage, poem, or short story with us all.  (5 minutes or less) Please  contact Gerald Holmes if you want to volunteer a  Light refreshments will be served outside of the Hodges Reading Room.   Join us for a fun and festive occasion.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Libraries budget cuts 2013-14

From Rosann:

University Libraries Budget Reduction, 2013-2014

A summary of our budget cuts for this year:

No cuts from the collections budget

Two EPA positions and two SPA positions cut

The student wage budget reduced by $30,000

Supplies, equipment and purchased services  reduced

A review of telephones and maintenance contracts will be conducted to assess cost efficiencies

Travel will be reduced to make certain that we stay within our budgeted allocation

Additional information will be in the AAG minutes

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Information on Upcoming Healthcare Changes to be held in Jackson Library

A representative from Human Resources Services will conduct a session on the upcoming changes to the State Health Plan.  The session will be held on Monday, October 7 at 3:00 in Room 216.  If you aren't able to make this session, feel free to attend of the upcoming sessions conducted by HRS.  Click on the link below to enroll in one of the sessions:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Video Phone Installed in Rm 263

New Service in Jackson Library-Video Phone in Room 263

Sam Parker in the Special Education Services department in the School of Education has been working with Sorenson Communications, an international video interpreting service. They have donated a video phone along with a television monitor for installation in Room 263 of Jackson Library. This Monday the installation was complete, and now anyone can go to Jackson Library, check out the key to Room 263, and can access the video phone for free. The approximate worth of this equipment is $3,100.00. The goal of having this installed in the Library is to offer accessible phone services to deaf students who are part of the greater University population. This service is also available for the general public. Sam's goal on this project was to allow UNCG to become more accessible to the deaf community. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flu shots for State Health Plan members

State Health Plan members can get flu shots on campus next month.  Here are the scheduled dates and locations:

Wednesday, October 9 - EUC Claxton
Thursday, October 10 - EUC Claxton
Monday, October 21- Campus Supply

Each clinic will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and you'll need to bring your BCBS identification card.  For those employees whose work schedule does not permit them to go to an on-campus clinic, go the the State Health Plan website to find alternative locations.

For more information, visit

Friday, September 20, 2013

New subject and functional teams

From Mary Krautter:

Liaisons Reorganization

We  wanted to share news with all on the reorganization of the Reference Department, which we are basing on the recommendations of the Task Force co-chaired by Steve Cramer and Amy Harris.  We've been very busy in the past few months and are currently working on finalizing our objectives for the year.  We're also still deciding on the name for the new group.  We plan to have a space on Behind the Stacks in the near future to share information with all. 

We working in a team based model on the theory that small groups can be more flexible and focused on working on projects. The focus is very much on cutting across departmental lines to improve communication and collaboration.  There are subject teams for liaisons from broad subject areas and also functional teams that are centered around particular areas of responsibility.   Here's the current list of teams. with leadership and members: 

Subject Teams

Humanities – Team Leader - Jenny Dale; Members:  Mark Schumacher, Kimberly Lutz, Gerald Holmes, Kathy Crowe, Keith Gorman, Sarah Dorsey, Amy Harris, Mary Krautter

Social Sciences – Team Leader- Lynda Kellam; Members:  Nancy Ryckman, Steve Cramer, Mary Krautter, Liane Elias, Beth Ann Koelsch, Beth Filar Williams, Nataly Blas, Amy Harris

Sciences- Team Leader- Lea Leininger  Members:  Karen Grigg, Jenny Dale, Emily Mann

Functional Teams

Collection Management- Team Leader Beth Bernhardt; Members:  Karen Grigg, Nancy Ryckman,  Mary Krautter, Christine Fischer, Tim Bucknall, Jennifer Motszko

Information Literacy – Co Team Leaders Amy Harris and Beth Filar Williams; Members – Jenny Dale, Emily Mann, Erin Lawrimore

Data/Scholarly Communications- Team Leader Beth Bernhardt; Members –  Lea Leininger, Anna Craft, Lynda Kellam, Stacey Krim, Kathy Crowe

Desk – Co Team Leaders Mark Schumacher and Emily Mann; Members – Susan Farr, Liane Elias, Jenny Dale, Nataly Blas

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recommend a Book for the First Year Summer Read

What Book Do You Think All Incoming First-Year Students Should Read?

For the past two years, the University Libraries have worked with the First-Year-Summer-Read, serving on the selection committee,  helping with programming, and supporting teaching.  See the excellent libguide Liane put together on this year's read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for one example of our involvement.

Now the committee is soliciting recommendations for next year, so what do you think first-year students should read?

The following is taken from their website:

The FYSR book selection team considers the following criteria when selecting the FYSR text for each fall:
  • Potential to engage students and spark passionate discussion
  • Appeal to a wide range of students; a fit with the UNCG student
  • Possibilities for classroom use among various departments, including Learning and Living Learning Communities, Foundations for Learning, and any interested academic unit
  • Possibilities for campus programming, particularly hosting an author visit
  • Possibilities for community programming, including alumni and Greensboro reading groups
  • Richness of themes; interdisciplinary in nature
  • Relevance to student life (i.e. coming of age, diversity, relationships, family, self-exploration, identity, etc.)
  • Relevance to global or international appeal if possible
  • Relevance to service
  • Written within the past 4 years
  • Available in paperback
  • 400 pages or less
The FYSR Book Selection Team will review all recommendations for consideration of the selected book.  The team will make a final recommendation to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for approval.

Visit this link to recommend a book: 

Looking for something to recommend? Visit these pages for examples/ideas:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Staff Association information

From Staff Association president Nancy Ryckman:

It’s that time of year when your dedicated members of the Staff Association and the Social Committee are requesting a modest monetary contribution to help pay for all of the coming year’s activities. Your donation of $10 helps fund decorations and supplies for festive events like last Thursday’s pizza party honoring the housekeeping staff, cards and flowers for illnesses, bereavement cards and donations, and whatever else might arise.
To make it very convenient to part with your money, volunteers from each department have offered to collect cash or checks made out to University Libraries Staff Association. Please visit your local “collection agent” by October 4.  We’ll be planning a party for later that month.

Access Services—Amy
ERIT and DMC—Charlie
Reference—Nancy or Liane

We hope everyone will be willing to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor.
Thank you so much for your continued support!!

Staff Association Officers
President: Nancy Ryckman
Vice President: Stacey Krim
Secretary: Callie Coward
Treasurer: Liane Elias
Staff Room Coordinator: Alva Jones

Social Committee:

 Co-Chairs: Emily Mann (Reference) and Scott Hinshaw (SCUA)
Amy Smith (Access Services)
Charile Birkner (ERIT)
Charrisse Jones (Acquisitions)
Cindy Zaruba (Cataloging)
Robin Paschal (Administration) ex officio

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ERS Abolished

Changing the Group Responsible for Database Decisions

For more than decade, the Electronic Resources Subcommittee (ERS) has been making database renewal/cancellation decsions for the UNCG Libraries. ERS was a subcommittee of the Collections Management Committee (CMC). Because CMC is being phased out, and because all ERS members are on the Collections Team now, ERS has been abolished.

Effective immediately, anything that would have gone through ERS for a decision (mostly database subscription renewal/cancellation decisions, and one-time purchase decisions) will now go through the Collections Team. However, until we hire a new E-resource Librarian, Tim will continue to perform all the support functions that he did as chair of ERS (analyzing usage stats; monitoring XDBS, XDB1, and XDBM budgets; negotiating prices; investigating platform and pricing model options; consortium purchasing, etc). Look for futher changes once the E-Resource Librarian position is filled.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Increase in Campus Thefts--Be Aware!

In the last two weeks, 10 thefts have been reported on campus

WGHP Fox 8, 9/10/2013 UNCG NEWS, UNCG FACULTY/STAFF - UNCG Police are reminding students to keep a close eye on their valuables following a string of thefts on and around campus. Police say there have been 10 reported thefts over the last two weeks, with thieves targeting cell phones, laptops and book bags. The department spoke with FOX8 about an initiative it developed to crackdown on the crimes.

For the full story see:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Electronic Resources Librarian position approved

This position has been approved and will be posted very soon.  Check for it on the jobsearch page under faculty.  The search committee includes:

Mac Nelson (Chair), Nataly Blas, Lea Leininger, Terry Brandsma and Anne Owens.  Kathy Bradshaw as ex officio.   

Professional Librarian – Electronic Resources Librarian

Position Summary

The University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro invite applications for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian.  We are seeking a dynamic, user focused, collaborative and creative individual to serve as Electronic Resources Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions, this position provides leadership in all aspects of the life cycle of electronic resources such as managing the purchasing, licensing/negotiation, assessment, and support of ongoing access to electronic information resources acquired by the University Libraries.   This is a twelve-month tenure-track faculty position. Demonstrated professional achievement, service, and scholarly/creative activity are required for reappointment and tenure.

The position is responsible for managing the lifecycle of licensed electronic resources. These responsibilities include:
·         Establishing resource trials and acquiring pricing information
·         Assisting with license interpretation and the recording of terms
·         Maintenance of accurate, timely holdings data in the library’s knowledge bases, proxy server and other systems
·         Testing e-resources access points
·         Troubleshooting patron connection issues
·         Collection and analysis of usage statistics
·         Renewal / cancellation activities
Serve as a member of the Carolina Consortium (an electronic resources purchasing consortium comprised of 147 community colleges, public universities, and private institutions of higher learning within North Carolina and South Carolina), duties include:
·         Establishing trials and acquiring pricing information
·         Negotiating with vendors and publishers
·         Communicating information to members
·         Updating information on offers available to members
·         Harvest usage statistics for members
·         Provide reports on ROI to members

This position will also be responsible for: 
·         Establishing and maintaining effective workflows with Cataloging and Acquisitions staff for all electronic resources and streaming media requests from faculty
·         Working with Acquisitions staff on collection management projects by providing usage statistics etc. for electronic resources
·         Promoting and answering questions from UNCG faculty and staff about the University’s Institutional Repository.  Provide training support to faculty who work with Open Journals Systems
·         Participating in teams, committees, task forces and working groups as assigned
·         Establishing relationships with vendors, publishers and suppliers
·         Providing information for the patrons through LibGuides on various types of electronic resources
·         Researching and keeping up to date on emerging trends in electronic resources
·         May serve as UNCG’s representative to the Library Publishing Coalition

Required Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program
·         Two years of professional library experience, with at least one of those years working in acquisitions or e-resource management in an academic library
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills
·         Knowledge of significant trends and issues in electronic resources
·         Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment that encourages personnel to work across departments to support the goals and initiatives and priorities of the University Libraries
·         Knowledge in negotiating  license agreements for electronic resources

Preferred Qualifications:
·         Experience with implementing or using an electronic resources knowledge base management system such as WorldCat Management Services.
·         Strong analytical and decision making skills
·         Experience creating statistical reports
·         Experience with project management
·         Experience with harvesting COUNTER statistics
·         Experience with proxy configurations

Effective Date:  December 1, 2013 or negotiated start date. 
Applicants should submit their vita with a letter explaining their interest in the position, a description of their approach to the responsibilities of the position and include information regarding your background and qualifications for this position and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Application packages should be emailed to:

By mail to:
Kathy Bradshaw
Human Resources Librarian
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include: 24 days’ vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional optional dental, life and disability benefits.

UNCG, one of seventeen (17) campuses in The University of North Carolina system, is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity and as a community-engaged campus. Enrollment is approximately 18,000 students, including 3,000 graduate students, in the College and six professional schools. Greensboro is a city of about 240,000 in the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina, a location providing easy access to the Research Triangle and to recreational opportunities at the coast and the mountains. The local metropolitan area (which includes the cities of High Point and Winston-Salem) has a population of almost one million and offers an excellent quality of life.