Friday, December 19, 2014

Current Literature

You may have noticed that Current Lit shrunk.  Due to budget cuts we canceled our subscription to McNaughton. Some with the green labels are still there since we decided to purchase them.  (It was a lease program w/ McNaughton. 

This affects only the hardbacks on the front side of the shelves.  The paperbacks are purchased with Friends money so that they can go to the book sale since they aren't purchased with State funds. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ERIT receives Green Office Certification!

ERIT green office certification


January All Personnel Meeting

Please put on your calendars and SAVE THE DATE, for January's All Personnel Meeting.  It will be Thursday, January 8th starting at 2 pm, on the Poe side of the Reading Room.  Please plan to attend and help kick off the new year.  Anyone with agenda items can send to me.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Save the date!

Please join us at 3:00 pm on  Thursday, February 26 in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library for a lecture by Dr. Gregory Grieve of the UNCG Religious Studies Department,  "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library"

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last week's donations to the University Libraries

Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100
Enrichment Fund:    $1293.33
Doris Hulbert Endowment:  $1000
Friends of the Libraries:  $225
Special Collections Fund:   $100
University Archives Fund:   $1000
Libraries Speakers Endowment Fund:  $1000

Christine Fischer Accepted into 2015 UNCG Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Christine on her acceptance into the UNCG Leadership Institute.

Holiday DVD checkout reminder!

"Monday, December 15 - Monday, January 5, the limit on the number of entertainment and instructional DVDs and videos that can be borrowed at one time by Libraries staff will be extended from 2 to 10. The loan period will be one week. We plan for the Self Checks to be able to allow check out of up to 10.  Anything borrowed December 17-23 will be due on January 2.  So make your lists and check them twice! 

Happy holidays from the Access Services Staff!”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Clock Tower and Time Capsule

Maybe you noticed the clock tower that appeared at the EUC connector entrance a few weeks ago, this 7' tall replica was made by Bo Bodenhamer from the Provost Office and is on loan to us for a while.  A complete write up is posted next to the model for more information.

And where did the time capsule go?  Since its actually part of the artifact collection, it is now on the second floor lobby outside of Hodges.  For more information please go to:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund:  $1160
Friends of the Libraries:  $55
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $2090.67
Childrens Author and Storyteller Series:  $5000

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Exam coffee video

Most of us aren't here when the students come for coffee but this video Laath did shows us how popular it is:

Professional Development Opportunities in Human Resources Services for Spring 2015

With the fall semester wrapping up and the spring semester quickly approaching, we want to make you aware of a few of the new and exciting professional development courses scheduled for the upcoming spring semester. Also, be on the lookout for the Professional Development Spring Catalog available in early January on the Human Resources website at: HR would also like to thank the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education for their collaboration in providing these excellent courses. Here are a few highlights from the new catalog:

Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Negotiation of Disputes - Practical Strategies – January, 20, 2015
Instructor: Eloise Hassell

Ka-Pow! Creating Powerful Presentations – February 5, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt

Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum – February 10, 2015
Instructor: Wade Maki

NEW! Appreciative Inquiry – February 11, 2015
Instructors: Pam Cash and Amy Strickland

The Key to Customer "Delight": The Journey to Excellence – February 12, 2015

NEW! The Key to Customer "Delight": The Journey to Excellence Continues! – February 26, 2015

Performance Measurement for Continuous Improvement – March 17, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya

Obtaining Work Authorization for Foreign National Employees: "Immigration Services 101" –February 25, 2015
Instructor: Leigh Olsen

NEW! Simulation of Organization – March 4, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Madsen

Preventing Bullying and Mobbing in the Workplace – April 14, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Tom Maytok

Navigating the Workplace through the Power of Play (Part I) – April 22, 2015
Navigating the Workplace through the Power of Play (Part II) – April 29, 2015

Instructor: Dr. Omar Ali

Take a look at the current Professional Development course catalog to see what will be offered during the spring semester.   Remember to consult your supervisor before signing up for a course.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Staff DVD checkout over the break

"Monday, December 15 - Monday, January 5, the limit on the number of entertainment and instructional DVDs and videos that can be borrowed at one time by Libraries staff will be extended from 2 to 10. The loan period will be one week. We plan for the Self Checks to be able to allow check out of up to 10.  Anything borrowed December 17-23 will be due on January 2.  So make your lists and check them twice! 

Happy holidays from the Access Services Staff!”

Gladys Strawn Bullard Award Nominations Accepted Through January 16, 2015

It's the time of year to solicit nominations for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. This prestigious award honors faculty, staff, and students who provide outstanding leadership and service to the University. The Bullard Selection Committee is soliciting nominations of those who meet the criteria for this award.  The deadline for submitting nominations is January 16, 2015. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Gwen Evans, Compensation and Classification Manager/Committee Chair at  The criteria for the award is provided in the link below:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Fidelity Representative on Campus

Eric Svenson, Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant, will be at UNCG on December 15, 2014 from 8am-5pm in the Human Resources conference room (Mossman 159). Please consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to help address your questions and needs. Eric can assist with:
• Managing your retirement savings goals
• Reviewing investment choices
• Building a plan that’s easy to put into action

Schedule a free one-on-one appointment by calling 1-800-642-7131 or registering online at:

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Affordable Care Website at UNCG

There is a new page on the Human Resources website dedicated to information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ACA as it is often called. On this page you will find information about employment considerations, an eligibility calculator, information about the measurement periods, information about the high deductible health plan—MedCost, frequently asked questions as well as other ACA related tools and resources.

 The page is located at:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cathy Griffith completes Leadership Institute

Cathy Griffith participated in UNCG's 2014 Leadership Institute. She worked with a team to present on Research.  See the Campus Weekly article! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Juanita Thacker joins Access Services Department Staff

Juanita Thacker will start work on December 1 as the Weekend/Asst. Stacks Manager in ASD.  

 Juanita’s normal work hours will be Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday 3 pm-midnight and Friday and Saturday 1-10 pm.  Until classes being in January, she will be working @9 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday for training purposes.  

Juanita comes to us from the Semans Library at the UNC School of the Arts where she has worked as a circulation manager for the past 6 years.  Previously, she worked at the Wake Forest School of Law Library as an evening manager for 5 years.  She also has experience working in a public library and worked as a student assistant in Joyner Library at ECU.  She is pursuing an MLIS degree here.
Please join the ASD staff in welcoming Juanita to the University Libraries.

Therapy animals

Don't forget therapy animals tomorrow 12-4 in the Reading Room.  Libraries' staff need stress release as well as students!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Presentation next week on International experiences

Don't miss our presentation next week regarding international experiences, titled:

"Developing an International Perspective on Librarianship: Experiences Abroad"

This presentation will be given by myself, Lynda Kellam and Beth Filar-Williams in which we share our experiences working with international organizations and the value that it brings to the profession.
This will be in Hodges on December 3rd starting at 10 am and is sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee in celebration of International Education Week.  We look forward to your participation.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Best Practices in PowerPoint Handout

Hi all,

For those who were not able to attend Dr. Lindsay Sabatino's presentation last week on "Best Practices for PowerPoint," I have provided a link to her handout that gives a summary of some of the tips/suggestions that she had.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Last week's donation activities..........

 ..............thanks for the support.
Friends of the Libraries:   $190
Enrichment Fund:  $1358.33
Institutional Memory Project:  $100
Special Collections Fund:  $100
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wireless Update Project

An update to our wireless network  (Wireless Project) will start in Jackson tomorrow (11/18/14), it should take about one week. Please be aware that PCT (Performance Cabling Technologies, Inc.) will be working in the building.  If any problems or questions arise, please let me know.

Donation activity

This is actually activity from the week before:
Enrichment Fund:   $3,280
Friends of the Libraries:   $355

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Friday - School of Education Research Symposium: Using Makerspaces to Improve Learning

Friday, November 14, 2014 1-4 PM in 226 SOEB

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kylie Peppler from the School of Education at Indiana University

“ E-Textiles: Designs for More Equitable and Higher Quality Learning Outcomes”

Abstract of Talk

Central to our understanding of literacy and learning today is the relationship between various

tools, technologies and their socially situated practices. This talk focuses on a novel set of tools

and materials called e-textiles--computers and electronics integrated into clothing and other

accessories--which represent a unique nexus of three distinct and historically gendered practices:

crafting, coding and electronics. Drawing on mediated discourse theory as well as constructionist

learning theory, this work examines how these tools and materials bear traces of their unique

histories of cultural use and access, tacitly communicating gendered scripts that invite

participants to perform masculinities and femininities in socially recognized ways. These scripts

implicitly grant access to and participation in educational activities, thus affording opportunities

to disrupt participation patterns in the classroom for non-dominant youth and lead to

significantly improved learning outcomes. The implications for rethinking our current toolkits

for teaching conceptual understanding and for more equitable participation in classrooms will be



Kylie Peppler is an assistant professor of learning sciences in the School of Education at Indiana

University Bloomington. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the

intersection of the arts, new media and informal learning. She is the co-editor of Textile

Messages: Dispatches from the World of E-Textiles and Education (Peter Lang Publishing,

2014) as well as co-author of Interconnections (MIT Press, 2014), a four-volume curricular

toolkit aligned to Common Core and English Language Arts standards, co-developed with the

National Writing Project and the Institute for Play. Peppler received a PhD in education from the

University of California, Los Angeles. Her work is currently or has been supported by the

National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, The Wallace Foundation, The

Spencer Foundation, The Moore Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and

Learning Initiative among others. She can be contacted at