Friday, February 28, 2014

Working the graveyard shift - Reflections of an evening/weekend librarian

I just read this article in C&RL News - Working the Graveyard Shift by Lasner -  and thought of all our evening and weekend folks in the library who might agree and feel this way too. Good short read for everyone to appreciate what we all do as a whole to support the UNCG community - during the day and during the night.

Stair climb followup

Kudos to everyone who participated.  Lisa McGuire reported that participation was great.  They usually have around 45 participants and this time it was 152!!  It's wonderful to have these programs to get folks moving and get people in the Library.

Tower Fire Alarm Work starts TODAY!

"On Monday March the 3rd at 8:00am construction will begin at Jackson Library Towers only. This construction will address the old Fire Alarm system. The construction project will be continuing until March the 14th. This project call for a Fire Watch to be in place until its conclusion, so you will see Security personnel on site until the project is complete. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Facilities Operations."

The message above was sent out by Facility Operations to campus contacts.  Once the workers are on site and we've completed a walk-thru I will have more information to share with our staff and will send out a Jackson-L with details.  Please let me know if you have questions.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Streaming film options presentation - March 5th

If you are interested in streaming film options offered by the University Libraries, please join us as we practice a presentation we will be giving at the North Carolina Serials Conference. Cheryl, Cathy R., and Christine F. will see you at 10AM on Wednesday, March 5 in LIB216!

Stair Climb

This has been rescheduled:
Campus Activities is sponsoring a stair climb this afternoon beginning at 3:30.  It starts in the Basement Tower.  Test your lung power!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


All library staff are invited to attend any of these free workshops.   We have one this Thursday online and on free, visual tools! All workshops are listed here:   and also below:

Tech Tool Thursday: Quick and free visual tools in 30 minutes: Discover a few quick and easy to use visual tools such as pixlr for quick online image creation and editing and other tools. These tool can also help you develop a more universal design for learning in your classes. Presenters: FTLC Fellows and librarians Beth Filar Williams and Amy Harris Houk, and Michelle Folkman, LIS Graduate Student & GA in the Digital Media Commons, Library
  • (ONLINE) thur 12:15-12:45pm 2/27/14 Blackboard Collaborate SIGN UP
Tech Tool Thursday: Go Animate in 30 minutes: Looking for ways to add interest to your presentations or class content? GoAnimate! This workshop will introduce you to the functions and features of this free, online animation tool. Presenter: Michelle Folkman, LIS Graduate Student & GA in the Digital Media Commons, Library
  • (ONLINE) thur 12:15-12:45, 3/20 Blackboard Collaborate SIGN UP
Tech Tool Thursday: Using Online Polling Tools to Increase Engagement, in 30 minutes:  Teaching online? Do you struggle with active learning techniques and engaging your students? This session will offer polling tools and methods for creating a more engaged online classroom and better universal design for learning. Presenters: FTLC Fellows and librarians Beth Filar Williams and Amy Harris Houk
  • (ONLINE) thur 12:15-12:45pm, 3/27/14 Google Hangouts or BB Collab SIGN UP
Tech Tool Thursday: Using Alternative Presentation Tools Discover tools beside powerpoint - such as sliderocket or prezi - to use for presenting information and research. Many tools also help create a more universal design for learning in the classroom. Presenters: FTLC Fellow Amy Harris Houk and librarian Jenny Dale
  • (ONLINE) thur 12:15-12:45pm, 4/3/14 Google Hangouts or BB Collab SIGN UP

Reminder - Diversity Residency Recognition

Join us today in Hodges at 1 pm to hear from Nataly about her experience!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekly Donations update

One donation this past week:  $100 to the Friends of the Libraries Fund,

Filming in the Library

On Wednesday a group will begin filming videos for the upcoming Scholarship Recognition Event, and some filming will be in Jackson Library?  Filming would be done by B&G Studios, a film production company with an office on Lee St. (wholly owned and run, coincidentally, by recent alumni and current students of UNCG).  Please be aware of this activity and let admin know if there are any questions that pop up.

Free Film Thursday - " If You Build It" highlighting a high school in NC!

Thursday, February 27 at  6:30PM 
@ Weatherspoon Art Museum

UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series will show this  inspiring local NC high school project, If You Build It.    Travis HicksDirector, Center for Community-Engaged Design and UNCG professor of Interior Architecture will be leading discussion afterwards.  

"If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible."  (from If You Build It)

Upcoming Library Events in March

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


Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner with Nikki Giovanni
When: 3/6/2014 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM
Where: EUC Cone Ballroom
An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni shares her eloquent words of wisdom, spanning the civil rights movement, politics, love, art, and more. Discussing the ideals of equality in her dramatic oratory, she shares the experiences and thoughtful poetry that embody her activism and legacy of passion for the arts. Fee charged. Call Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 or toll free at 1-866-579-8499 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).


FOL Book Discussion--The Return of the Soldier
When: 3/17/2014 7 PM until 8:30 PM
Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Jackson Library
Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries as we discuss Rebecca West's "The Return of the Soldier." Dr. Keith Cushman, English, will lead the discussion. To attend, please register at or email Barry Miller at


Afrique Kilimanjaro – Carolina Peacemaker
3/19/2014 12:00 PM
Where:  Hodges Reading Room

What is The Carolina Peacemaker and who is the audience?  Where can I get a copy?   For my career interest in journalism, how could I work for the Carolina Peacemaker in the future?   These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Hodges Reading Room of the University Libraries.  Ms. Afrique Kilimanjaro, Editor of The Carolina Peacemaker will be the featured speaker for this program.  Since 1967, The Carolina Peacemaker has served as North Carolina’s leading news weekly with a national reputation. The Peacemaker has garnered awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the North Carolina Press Association for outstanding news coverage, commentaries, editorial cartoons, sports and entertainment features, photography and effective public service campaigns. Join us as we explore the importance of The Carolina Peacemaker for the Greensboro community.  We invite you to attend this program sponsored by the Libraries Diversity Committee. 


Campus Tour for Wellspring

When: 3/24/2014 11am.  (Carolyn, Keith, Stacey, and Kathelene)

Golf cart tour of Campus for Wellspring residents


Terry L. Kennedy Poetry Reading
When: 3/24/2014 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor Jackson Library, UNCG Campus
UNCG poet Terry L. Kennedy will read from his debut collection "New River Breakdown." Terry is the author of the limited edition chapbook, "Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives," selected by Thomas Lux for Jeanne Duval Editions of Atlanta, GA. His work appears in numerous literary journals and magazines including Cave Wall, from the Fishouse, Southern Review, and Waccamaw, and has been honored with a Randall Jarrell Fellowship as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is Editor of the online journal storySouth. Free and open to the public.


Georgann Eubanks - "Why Are There So Many Writers in North Carolina?"
When: 3/26/2014 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor Jackson Library, UNCG Campus Find Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor Jackson Library, UNCG Campus with Google Maps
Georgann Eubanks is the author of the Literary Trails of North Carolina series of books, Her visit is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. There is no charge, and the event is open to the public.

Tea and Tour of SCUA 2-4 (hosted by Linda Burr for invited donors)
When: 3/27/2014 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor Jackson Library, UNCG Campus


Coming in April (more details coming later)

April 3 4:00 PM Recognition event for donors to the Renovation of the Jackson Library Landscaping project

April 7: 3:00 PM Lecture by Jennifer Keith in the Hodges Reading Room

April 8: 7:00 PM Launch of Teachers, Textiles and Troops Digital Project, Greensboro Historical Museum
public launch of the digital project Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro 1880-1945 will be held at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 7 p.m. In addition to demonstration of the project website and a brief outline of Greensboro history during the period, Dr. Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will speak. 

April 16 4:00 PM Panel Discussion in conjunction with the launch of the Textiles, Teachers, and Troops Digital Project

 “Historians, Digitization & the Future of Historical Research" will be offered in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library on the UNCG campus at 4 p.m.  Panelists will include UNCG historians Lisa Tolbert and Anne Parson, and PhD candidate Alexandra Chassanoff of UNC Chapel Hill.

FOL Book Discussion—Serena
When: 4/21/2014 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Jackson Library
Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries as we discuss Ron Rash's "Serena." Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English, will lead the discussion.



Friday, February 21, 2014

Tech Lending in the DMC...

External lending to patrons from DMC desk:
all items are a 4 hour checkout for use in DMC only

  • xbox 360 Game controllers (2 per bag)
  • Games
  • webcams
  • headsets

Internal (Library staff only) lending -  please stop by or email to reserve and pick up the following:
  • video camera
  • snowball mic
  • shotgun mic
  • wireless lapel mic
  • computer mic
  • mic stand
  • tripod
  • voice recorder

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Diversity Residency Recognition

Since it was snowed out it's been reschedule to Tuesday, February 25 at 1 pm in Hodges.  Please join us to hear from Nataly about her experience. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

News & Record story by Jeri Rowe about Nikki Giovanni

Some of you may have seen the story on Sunday's book page of the News & Record about Nikki Giovanni, who will speak at our Friends of the UNCG Libraries dinner on March 6.  A fuller version of Jeri Rowe's story appears here.

Carolina 85 Screening

Paula is a student in our Digital Media Commons, FYI:

The Carolina 85 will be screened in the Carolina Film and Video Festival, at the UNCG. It will be thursday, Feb. 27th, between at 8:50 pm and 9:55 pm followed by a Q&A.

Come by and watch the final version of the documentary. 

The complete schedule of the Festival is at their website:

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Elliott University Center, UNCG

8:50 — Second block of films:
  • “Solitary Confinement” — Animation — 2 mins — Dir. Raquel Salvatella de Prada
  • “Virtuos Virtuell” — Animation — 7 mins — Dir. Thomas Stellmach
  • “The Last Session” — Narrative — 21 mins — Dir. Tripp Weathers
  • “Ultramarine” — Narrative — 11 mins — Dir. Matthew Earl
  • “Carolina 85” — Documentary — 21 mins — Dir. Paula Damasceno
9:55 — Q&A with filmmakers

Monday, February 17, 2014

REMINDER: Staff Development- RDA Basics for Non-Catalog Librarians

Good morning all,

This is just a reminder that there will be 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.
The workshop is on Resource Description and Access (RDA), which has become a hot topic the last several years. 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

We look forward to seeing you there!

Staff Development Committee

Donor activity

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:
Library Special Collections Fund   $75
Friends of the Libraries:  $50

Display case for Libraries' staff

Don't forget about the opportunity to reserve a display case at the library! The display case is open for all the library staff to showcase your professional posters or  personal collections and photos. Please share!

If you are interested make sure to fill out the Case Request form and select the
Interior Lobby Case (North).
If you have any questions, please email

Friday, February 14, 2014

Display by Diversity Committee

Check out this FOL blog post about a display in the Reading Room about autographed works by African American authors. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

University Archives Scrapbooks digitized

Please see this announcement about a new digital project from Archives.  The scrapbooks provide wonderful historical information about UNCG offices and student groups:

Monday, February 10, 2014

Donor activity update

Last week's donations to the Libraries:
Friends of the Libraries    $665

Friday, February 7, 2014

Reminder - DMC open house this afternoon

Digital Media Commons Open House: New Gaming Lab & 3D Printer!

Video games – how do they affect us and what can we learn from them?  That’s the question being explored in the newest feature in the Digital Media Commons in UNCG’s Jackson Library. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to see for themselves what the buzz is about on Friday February 7 at 3 pm in the Digital Media Commons (lower level, of Jackson Library) to explore the new Gaming Lab, which opened December 3.  While there, we invite you 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.    The Gaming Lab project was spearheaded by Associate Professor Gregory Grieve, and coordinated by Beth Filar Williams, Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons (DMC). The lab was realized with support from Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital ACT Studio housed in the DMC, along with the financial support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Undergraduate Studies, and University Libraries.   

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Updated DMC web site

Check out the revised DMC web site.  It provides lots of wonderful information on the resources and services there.  And, of course it includes lots of videos and other media! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Save the Date - TALA Paraprofessional Conference

Please save this date, more details to come:
TALA Paraprofessional Conference: 
Academic Libraries: Staying Relevant in Times of Change
May 13, 2014; 8:30am-3:45pm
UNCG Elliott University Center
All staff members from TALA libraries are encouraged to attend!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Donor activity this week

This weeks donations:
$100,000    Libraries Discretionary Endowment Fund (new fund)
$455           Friends of the Libraries
$50             Libraries Enrichment Fund