Thursday, October 31, 2013

Staff Association party reminder

Don't forget the party at 2 pm today in the Staff Lounge!  Looking forward to some good costumes and food. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Work on the tower

This is a shot of work on the tower related to updating the Sprint equipment.  This work should last the rest of the week so if you see workers coming and going or hear drilling, that's what its all about!

Online Workshop Thursday!

I know this conflicts with the Staff Association Meeting  :(   but Amy Harris and I are presenting an online workshop from 2-3pm thursday October 31 - please share with others who might be interested!

Tech Tool Thursday: Free Visual Tools
Discover quick and easy-to-use visual tools for online image creation and editing. These tools can also help you develop a more universal design for learning in your classes. We will be covering infographic design, tools like pixlr and jing as well as color schemes and palettes to help with visual design. 

More info and to sign up

Veterans Table and coffee cart today

Campus Activities will be in the lobby today with two activities:

- a table with thank-you cards for Veterans  9-4
- a coffee cart 11-1 (or while it lasts:)

Monday, October 28, 2013

UNCG collections in the DPLA

Last night in Boston, North Carolina was officially announced as one of the three most recent hubs added to the Digital Public Library of America. Over 120,000 records from North Carolina institutions are currently available on the site. 

Please see the press release below for more information.

Special thanks to staff at the State Library of North Carolina, State Archives of North Carolina, and the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, whose collections have already been added.

Share or post your presentations -- reminder!

UNCG has great representation in the upcoming NCLA 60th Biennial Conference in Winston-Salem, the Charleston Conference and the SNCA Annual Conference in South Carolina.
Presenters, please remember to share your presentation on the University Libraries SlideShare account and share your wonderful experience via the Professional Dev at UNCG’s University Libraries blog. If you want to be added to the blog so you can post or get the login for our SlideShare account, please contact Beth FW or Lynda to ask. (Note: you are responsible for your own postings but they can give you a quick overview of how to!) 

Also please consider placing your posters in the staff display case.   You  may reserve it yourself at (interior case north) or check with Nataly Blas or Melvina Ray-Davis

We all look forward to learning from our fellow colleagues!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wrapping Up Archives Week

Thank you to everyone who attended our events during Archives Week and who voted in the "Pick the Spartan Stories Post" poll. The Spartan Stories vote was a close one, but the winning topic was "Annie Petty, our First Librarian." The Spartan Stories post on November 18th will focus on Petty and her contributions to State Normal.

Because the vote was so close though, we'll be featuring some of the other topics in posts throughout the next few months. So, fear not! You'll still get to learn about the history of campus graffiti or student life in 1913. In the spring and summer, we'll also try to work in posts on some of the other great topics folks suggested. And feel free to keep sending the topic suggestions!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Staff development- Business Ethics

Good morning all,

Just a reminder that there is a Staff Development event today in the Hodges Reading Room from 2-3pm.

Department of Philosophy professor, Wade Maki will be speaking on the topic of “Business Ethics” with a focus on libraries as well as including practical examples and discussion.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Student Worker Payroll Dates for October and November

To Supervisors of Work-Study and Departmental Hourly Student Employees;
The November pay period is Oct. 11 - Nov. 2.
Payday is Nov. 27
The December pay period is Nov 3 - Nov 30.
Payday is Dec 23
  • Work study students may continue working after Nov. 30 IF they still have funds from their fall allocation AND they will be returning for spring semester.  If the student should lose their FWS award, the department will be responsible for any wages earned after Nov. 30.
  • Work-Study students graduating in December must stop working as of Nov.30
  • Non-work study students graduating in Dec. may work until Dec. 13, Commencement Day.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Archives Week Celebration on Oct. 23rd!

SCUA is continuing its Archives Week celebration on Wednesday, October 23rd with an Open House at 3pm in the Hodges Reading Room. Come hear SCUA staff give updates on some of our major projects and programs, and then enjoy some snacks! Learn more about our collaborations with ERIT on digital projects and products, our outreach activities to promote use of University Archives and our music collections, and our instruction engagement with undergraduate and graduate classes.

Also, vote in our poll to select the topic for a future Spartan Stories post: Tell us more about the UNCG history topics that interest you! Contact Erin if you have questions about any of our Archives Week activities.

Reminder - Health Insurance Enrollment Session Today in Jackson 216

An additional session on the upcoming changes in the state health insurance plan will be held today in Room 216 at 1:30 PM.  Feel free to bring your questions about enrollment for Emily Foust of HR Benefits.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum - October 22

Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum to Explore Article-Level Metrics for Evaluating the Impact of Research
October 22
School of Education Room 120
3-5 pm

You’ve published your research. How can you find out how and where it’s being cited, referenced, discussed, downloaded, and shared? Try using Article-Level Metrics (ALM), a comprehensive set of easy-to-understand indicators that track how an article is being read, discussed, and cited. This collection of real-time impact indicators let you see the article’s influence and reach. Now you can stay up-to-date with the reach and influence of your research, and then share this information with your collaborators, your academic department, and your funders. Use this data to build your CV, your network, and your career. In other words: maximize the impact of your research.
Come and find out more at the Forum talk.

Our Guest Speaker, Jennifer Lin, Senior Product Manager PLOS(Public Library of Science) will speak followed by reaction from a faculty panel. The panel includes Stan Faeth, Head and Professor of Biology; Emily Janke, Director, ICEE and Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies; and Robin Remsburg, Dean, School of Nursing.

Copyright web page launches today

The Libraries' worked with other offices on campus to develop a fabulous web site on copyright.  Information from David Gwynne:

A new website designed to present copyright information and resources to UNCG faculty, staff, and students, launched on Monday, October 21. Copyright at UNCG ( presents information tailored primarily for faculty members engaged in classroom teaching and research but also provides resources for university students and staff.
Copyright at UNCG includes sections on copyright basics, classroom use of copyright-protected material, issues related to scholarly publication and open access, and copyright and plagiarism topics for students. The material is tailored toward questions that frequently come up in a university setting, so there is an emphasis on audiovisual materials, public performance issues, and scholarly communications. There are links to material on patents and trademarks, issues surrounding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the TEACH Act, and UNCG’s copyright ownership policies. The site also spotlights the use of Creative Commons materials as an alternative to copyrighted work.
Among the features of the site is a step-by-step “fair use” checklist designed to help instructors determine how they may use copyright-protected resources such as articles, video, and primary source materials in the classroom. Each option in the checklist ultimately leads to advice about whether the intended use is likely to be permissible and to a resource link that provides additional information if needed.
The site does not purport to give specific legal advice but to serve as a resource to help members of the university community make informed choices about intellectual property issues.
Hosted by the Office of the Provost, Copyright at UNCG was developed by an interdepartmental team chaired by David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator for the University Libraries. Team members included Coventry Kessler (Division of Continual Learning), Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries), Beth Bernhardt (University Libraries), Joel Dunn (Information Technology Services), Lisa Goble (Office of Innovation Commercialization), Michael Jung (Office of the General Counsel), and Michelle Soler (Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons). Significant assistance was provided by Tim Bucknall, Richard Cox, Beth Filar Williams, Christine Fischer, and Mary Krautter in the University libraries, and also by Bo Bodenhamer in the Office of the Provost.
For additional information, please contact David Gwynn at 336.256.2606 or

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Library 100 years ago

For your enjoyment:  Digital Projects posted this today on FB:

We've come a long way indeed!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New items on the Assessment page

There are a few new items here:

Five-year statistics trends under the Statistics tab
The assessment plan for 2013-14 under the Home tab
An article about LibQual that's meant for the public under the Service Quality tab.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Returned from SEMLA conference

Sonia Archer-Capuzzo (cataloging), David Covert (MLIS student, HSML), Sarah Dorsey (HSML), and Mac Nelson (cataloging) just returned from the Southeast Music Library Association (SEMLA) conference in Nashville, Tennessee, held October 10-12.

Sonia team-taught two preconference workshops on cataloging sound and video recordings in RDA with Sarah Hess Cohen, a music catalog librarian from Florida State University. She also presented on her experiences teaching music librarianship online at UNCG and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the conference itself. Incidentally, UIUC and UNCG were the first two universities in the country to offer music librarianship online.
Sarah co-taught a preconference workshop on collection development with Lisa Hooper, music librarian at Tulane University. She also performed (on mandolin) in a presentation on string band music during the conference

Mac and David attended preconference workshops and the SEMLA conference. David was one of two winners of the Pauline Shaw Bayne Travel Grant, which allows library students, new librarians, and paraprofessionals to attend the SEMLA meeting each year.

*Cosmically, Sarah also had a sustainability conference (AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) in Nashville the first part of the week. She was able to attend because of her FTLC Faculty Fellowship in Sustainability and enjoyed sessions that focused on the intersection of Sustainability and the arts (music, dance, and visual art) which has already resulted in collaboration with colleagues at App State on Campus Sustainability Day (October 23, Weatherspoon).

Monday, October 14, 2013

Volunteers needed for Spartan Showcase

The University Libraries need 3 volunteers for Spartan Showcase on Saturday, October 19th! Spartan Showcase is the fall open house program for prospective students and their families to visit UNCG. We will have a table from 11 am to 1 pm. If you are interested please sign up through the doodle poll. Supervisors please feel free to share with your student workers.

Thanks in advance,

Water Shut Off on Monday morning

This message is from Facilities Operations:  On Monday October the 14th the domestic water system for Jackson Library will be shut down at 6:00am briefly to replace a faulty valve. If all goes as planned the system should be back to normal before 8:00am. If you have and questions or concerns please contact Facilities Operations.

This means that we will need to run water to clear the pipes when we come in and start using water, FYI.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Break Hours Reminder

Jackson Library
11 Friday Open until 7:00 PM
12 Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
13 Sunday 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
14 Monday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
15 Tuesday Opens 7:30 AM
 Harold Schiffman Music Library
11 Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12 Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
13 Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
14 Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Elliott University Center
2013 Fall Break
Building Hours

General Building
Friday, October 11                                                           7:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, October 12                                             8:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, October 13                                                CLOSED
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15                           7:00am-6:00pm


Friday, October 11                                                         8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13                            CLOSED
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15                           8:00am-4:00pm

Barnes and Noble Café
Friday, October 11                                                           7:30am-4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13                            CLOSED  
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15                           7:30am-3:00pm
Food Court
Friday, October 11                                                           7:00am-3:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13                            CLOSED
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15                           CLOSED  

Friday, October 11                                                           8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13                           CLOSED
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15                           10:00am-4:00pm   

Spartan’s Place
Friday, October 11                                                          8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13                           CLOSED
Monday, October 14                                              7:30am-3:00pm
Tuesday, October 15                                             7:30am-3:00pm

University Box Office
Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15                           CLOSED