Friday, January 31, 2014

Learning Management System pilots

Faculty members have volunteered to pilot two LMS's (Canvas and Deseire2Learn) during the Spring semester. It is possible that one could be selected to replace Blackboard at UNCG. During a Faculty Senate Forum in March, faculty will discuss their experience with Canvas and D2L. More details on the forum will be announced later.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Discount tickets for library employees for the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner with Nikki Giovanni

Several folks have been asking about discount tickets to the Friends Dinner on March 6.  Discount tickets are available to University Libraries employees and for 1 additional guest ($28 each), but these must be ordered by phone or in person by February 27 from Triad Stage at 336-272-0160.  These discounted tickets are NOT available if you order online. 

Program-only tickets are $20 for everyone.

New Computing Request Policy from AAG

In an effort to ensure we are spending our limited IT dollars as effectively as possible, we are asking that all $100+ requests for staff hardware/software be sent through the relevant department head, who will assign it a priority. The Public Service Heads Group (plus Lindsay Sabatino from DACTS) will assign priorities to the requests for public computers. By the end of March, we should have a good idea of how we will spend the Libraries' IT budget.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cloud Storage and File Sharing

On Feb 1, ITS will launch a pilot of Box ( The pilot will run for about 2 months. Compared to the UNCG S: drive, Box features more quota (50G instead of 5G), better Mac access, improved remote access, task assignment, version history, synching, commenting, and preview mode with many file formats. ERIT will be part of the UNCG pilot of Box. If anyone else wants to be part of the pilot, please talk to Tim.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

February events

These are the upcoming Library events in February that I am aware of at this time.  For events open to the general public, continue to watch

Launch of the Gaming Lab in the DMC
2/7/2014 3:00 PM 4:30 PM
Where: Digital Media Center, Jackson Library, UNCG campus
Come see the latest addition to the Digital Media Center in UNCG's Jackson Library, a gaming lab in which students and faculty can explore the use of games in teaching and learning.

UL/LIS Lecture - Donna Lanclos from UNC Charlotte speaking about"Ethnography in a Time of Library Change:  The Role of Full-Time Qualitative Research in Academic Library Policy."
When: Thursday February 20 -3 pm 
Where: Alexander Room (EUC)
 (see Erin Lawrimore for details)

FOL Book Discussion--Goodbye to All That
2/24/2014 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Jackson Library
Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries as we discuss "Goodbye to All That," by Robert Graves. Dr. Ron Cassell, History, will lead the discussion. To attend, please register at or email


Preservation Workshop at Wellspring by Kathelene Smith, Audrey Sage and Isabella Dodge

When: 2/26/2014 at 10 am at Wellspring


Tea and Tour in SCUA for invited donors
When: 2/27/2014 2-4 pm

Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Jackson Library

Jane Austen Celebration – performances of Pride and Prejudice by the UNCG Theatre
Taylor Theatre, February 14-23, 2014
8 pm on February 14
, 15, 21, 22; 2 pm on February 16 & 23; 7:30 pm February 18-20

and coming up:

Thursday, March 6:   Reception and dinner @6:00 p.m.  Presentation @8 p.m
Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner - An Evening of  Love and Laughter with Poet Nikki Giovanni. Fundraiser, fee charged. Call Triad Stage at (336) 272-0160 or toll free at 1-866-579-TIXX (8499) to obtain tickets.  Discount tickets available to library employees and for 1 additional guest, but these must be ordered by phone or in person by February 27 (discount not available online).

Gifts/Donations to the University Libraries last week:


Enrichment Funds - to support the Darden Collection:  $2,500
Friends of the UNCG Libraries:  $230
Enrichment Fund:  $100
The University Libraries appreciates all gifts, large and small!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Staff Development- RDA Basics for Non-Catalog Librarians

Good morning all,

The Staff Development Committee invites you attend a presentation titled "RDA Basics for Non-Catalog Librarians" on Wednesday, February 19th from 2-3pm in the Hodges Reading Room.  It will be taught by our own Sonia Archer-Capuzzo.

Librarians have heard about the development of Resource Description and Access (RDA) for several years, but it is now quickly becoming a reality. While many catalogers have been studying RDA for some time, librarians in other areas have wondered what RDA really is and what it means for them and their patrons. This presentation will address the basics of RDA and how it relates to other standards, like AACR2 and MARC21. It will go on to explore how RDA might impact the work of librarians in a number of different areas and how you can use this new standard to improve service for your patrons.

If you are interested in attending, please let us know by signing up HERE.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Staff Development Committee

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CAP presents WinterFEST this week

In case it has been too cold to read the posters as you pass by outside the EUC, here is your own copy.  CAP is presenting a variety of activities the next couple of weeks to keep away the winter blues, so please let students know if needed!
More information can be found at

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Last Week's Donations

Donations/Gifts to the University Libraries that were received last week:
Friends of the UNCG Libraries:    $225
Class of 1950 - 50th Anniversary Fund:   $1,000
Friends of the UNCG Libraries, Garden Project:   $100
Institutional Memory Project:  $2,000

We thank these donors for their generosity.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Save the Date: Staff Development and Recognition Week

The Staff Development Committee would like to announce that the 3rd annual "Staff Development and Recognition Week" will be held May 19th through 23rd.

More details to follow in the coming months.

If you have any event/presentation suggestions, please let a committee member know.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Join the DMC and DACTS for the very 1st DMC/DACTS Film Festival!

The DMC and DACTS are excited to be hosting the very 1st DMC/DACTS Film Festival tomorrow, January 17th at 4:00 pm in the Digital Media Commons. The DMC/DACTS Film Festival was intended to encourage and showcase the work of UNCG students and provide them with the opportunity and venue to share their work with a larger audience.  Come join us for the screening of the finalists’ videos and enjoy some yummy popcorn!

For more information please feel free to visit our website at

Digital Media Commons Open House- February 7th at 3pm

Good morning everyone,

The Staff Development committee, in conjunction with the Digital Media Commons (DMC), invites you to attend the DMC Open House on Friday, February 7th at 3pm to explore and learn more about the new Gaming Lab.  The Gaming Lab project was spearheaded by Associate Professor Gregory Grieve, and is coordinated by Beth Filar Williams, Interim Head of the DMC.

In addition, you’ll have a chance to see the new MakerBot 3D printer now being installed. 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file - enabling rapid prototyping of design concepts and functional, working models.

There will be food and refreshments at the open house. Hope to see you there!

Staff Development committee and DMC

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Scheduling ERIT Conference Room (LIB224C)

The ERIT conference room may now be schedule by any member of the libraries' staff.  To schedule the room simple invite LIB224C to your meeting, if the room is available your reservation will be created automatically.  This is the same method that you can use to schedule LIB216 and LIB304.

Please e-mail if you have questions or problems reserving LIB224C or any of the other libraries' staff conference rooms.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Donations from last weel

As mentioned during the All Personnel Meeting, we have ongoing donations outside of specific big events.  Below is a recap of donations received last week:
Libraries Enrichment Fund:   $11,358.31
Friends of the UNCG Libraries:   $470
Women Veterans Historical Project:   $350
Speaker Endowment Fund:   $5,000

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 MLK Celebration

The 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will take place January 23rd, 7:30 pm at the Harrison Auditorium, North Carolina A&T State University. This year's theme is Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement, with Jeff Johnson (MSNBC Contributor) as the featuring keynote speaker.

The MLK Celebration is one of the many collaborations between UNCG and NC A&T. Buses will be traveling between UNCG and NC A&T from 6:00-7:30 pm and from 9:00-10:30 pm.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Coming soon - a bigger search box on our home page.

After reviewing data, and at the suggestion of the AD's, the Library Web Group is expanding the size of the red search box on our home page. We are hoping the change will be implemented before the semester starts. For more info, see the LWG minutes for 1/8/14.

Donations to the University Libraries

Donations are important to our organization to provide funding and flexibility for needs not covered by our regular state budget allocation.  We usually announce larger donations but its important to know that the smaller ones count as well.  Each week a report is generated that lists donations for that time period, this is an example from the January 6th report: representing the previous week's giving activity:
Archives Fund:  $300
Friends of the UNCG Libraries - Landscaping Project Fund: $100
Enrichment Fund: $2,050
Women Veterans Historical Project: $1,000
Friends of the UNCG Libraries:  $270
Howard Coble Fund: $1,000
Large or small, we are grateful for all contributions made on our behalf to help us move forward on projects and activities we deem important.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thursday's Meeting Agenda

All Personnel Meeting Agenda
January 9, 2014

Meeting will be in first floor Reading Room on the Poe side.
Changes in the New Year – Mike/Kathy

  • ·         Tax withholding default
  • ·         Travel rate at .56
  • ·         W-9 for non-affiliated payouts
  • ·         Status of open positions

Overview of DACTS - Lindsay Sabatino, Director, Digital ACT Studio

FOL Dinner – Barry Miller

ERIT – Tim Bucknall and Franklin Graves

  • Discussion of computing equipment budget, policy, and strategy (Note: Two relevant documents were posted to the main BTS blog on Jan 3) 
  •  Equipment Requests for 2014/15

  • ERIT tracking and resolution system (SpiceWorks)

  • Google Voice pilot

Budget and space - Mike

  • ·         Space and furniture needs and goals
  • ·         Remote storage research status
  • ·         One-time spending on furniture
  • ·         Gov Doc move project

Facilities, Safety and Emergency Planning Committee – Karen/Laath

  • ·         Update on committee split
  • ·         Meeting with Jason, plans for the year

Other announcements

Questions and Comments

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January events

The students don't begin class for a few more days, and January is a light month for Library events.  For public events such as Friends of the UNCG Libraries events which are open to everyone this semester, see

There are no public events scheduled during January that I know about, but there is a tea and tour event of SCUA for invited guests scheduled for 2-4 on January 23 in the Hodges Reading Room.

In addition but some of us will be working with Wellspring's College Day on January 9 at 4 pm at Wellspring, and Erin Lawrimore is giving  a history lecture at Wellspring on January 30 at 4 pm.

I will try to post February events around the first of next month.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cathy Griffith Named to 2014 UNCG Leadership Institute

Cathy Griffith, Interim Head of the Access Services Department of the University Libraries, has been named to the 2014 class of the UNCG Leadership Institute. 

The UNCG Leadership Institute is designed to provide staff, faculty, and administrators with a significant, year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness at the unit, department, or division level. The program is focused on emerging leaders. It will cover important topics in leadership, but also provide participants with the opportunity to engage in action learning through the development of a project to solve an institutional issue or problem with guidance from a coaching mentor. Participants will present their completed project to the Chancellor and Executive Staff at the close of the Leadership Institute Program. The program begins in January and consists of eight all-day and half-day sessions held throughout the calendar year.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Campus Emergency Contact Info

This link: provides you campus status and contact information as needed.  Please check this week and going forward this winter if you are uncertain about conditions or status of campus activities.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Libraries' Computing Strategy Framework

The Libraries' Administrative Action Plan for 2013/14 calls for the development of a multi-year computing strategy that takes into account our current budgetary challenges. In response, a small group (Tim Bucknall, Franklin Graves, Mike Crumpton, and Steve Cramer) have created two documents that create a framework for our strategy.

The Public Computing Goals document seeks to define the Libraries' role and goals in providing computing devices for students, faculty, and the general public. The Library IT Request, Purchase, and Support Policies document outlines practices and procedures. Both documents were discussed at the 12/17/13 AAG meeting, and both will be discussed at the upcoming all staff meeting.