Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Therapy animals today!

De-stress in the Reading Room today with dogs and a cat!  12-4.  SLAC is providing some light snacks.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SPA rep to AAG

Its that time of the year again to appoint a new SPA rep for AAG, thanks to a tremendous effort this year from Sean Mulligan.  This changeover occurs during the summer at the AAG Retreat.  I already know of someone who is interested, but if someone is interested that I am not aware of, please let me know by next Tuesday at 

SAVE THE DATE- Staff Development and Recognition Week

Just a reminder that the "3rd Annual Staff Development and Recognition Week," will be held May 19th - May 23rd.

The Staff Development Committee is in the final stages of planning the events for the week.  We will be emailing out an official program with full details soon.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Last week's donor contributions to the libraries

$250 - Friends of the Libraries
$525 - Enrichment Fund
$100 - Class of 1950 - 50th Anniversary Fund

Campus Activites event in Lobby

CAP will have a table in the lobby 12-2 today to provide exam care packages to students. Send your student employees!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Time to Change Your Password - “Heartbleed” Security Vulnerability Part 2

ITS has completed their analysis of the systems that they maintain here at UNCG and are now making the following recommendation.
As a follow-up to the “Heartbleed” internet security vulnerability, Information Technology Services (ITS) advises that all UNCG computer account holders now change passwords for their UNCG accounts. Passwords should be reset by visiting 
Since becoming aware of the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, ITS has been working to address the problem on known vulnerable systems, including applying vendor-updated patches as they become available. All major systems with known vulnerabilities have now been updated. Password resets are necessary due to the risk that existing passwords might have been exposed during the time that services were vulnerable. 
(Note: Banner/UNCGenie accounts were not vulnerable and do not require a password reset.)
Additional work to identify and update vulnerable systems may require a future password change. If this is the case, ITS will again make an announcement to the campus.
Please contact ERIT if you have any questions or would like additional information about how this applies to systems managed by the University Libraries. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Staff Development- Introduction to Visual Literacy

The Staff Development Committee would like to cordially invite you to attend "An Introduction to Visual Literacy" at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on April 28 at 2:00 PM. The event will begin with a brief presentation about Information Literacy and its relationship to Visual Literacy, then we will move into the Galleries, where Ann Grimaldi will engage us in an interactive visual literacy activity.

If you have questions, please contact Amy Harris Houk.  (

We hope to see you there!

Staff Development Committee

New Digital projects

The Digital Projects team announces the debut of several new digital collections:

This collection makes available the papers of UNCG's founder and first president, largely in their entirety. Comprising over 123,000 pages of material, the McIver Records document the founding and early years of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) and include material on early construction, the typhoid epidemic, and the fire that destroyed Brick Dormitory. This collection, by far the largest single collection ever digitized at UNCG, was done as part of the larger Textiles, Teachers, and Troops grant project (

The Robert W. Watson Manuscripts date from 1948 to 1980 and contain manuscripts, typescripts, publisher's proofs and galleys, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and reviews. Watson was the main architect of UNCG's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, considered one of the best in the nation. The Watson Papers have been digitized almost in their entirety (nearly 6000 pages of material); several folders were skipped due to copyright concerns. 

Home Economics, Food, and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection (
The Home Economics and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection consists of government and commercial publications on the subject of home management and nutrition and include educational materials, recipes, household hints, and other materials. The digital collection was built from resources held in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives and the University Libraries Government Documents Collection. All materials are presumed to be in the public domain. The Government Documents portion of the collection was digitized as UNCG's contribution to the ASERL Centers of Excellence Program ( Additional materials will be added in subsequent phases.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Program Today

Laath Martin
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2 PM,
Hodges Reading Room

Everyone is welcomed to join us for this photo journey documenting the Ghanaian culture while building a school in Kyekyewere by photojournalist (our own) Laath Martin.  Laath's incredible photographs capture sights not typically seen by Americans.

In January of 2011, a team of Interior Architecture students from UNCG had designed a modest school to be built in the small village of Kyekyewere in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Kyekyewere had no academic institution nearby, and because children would have to walk great lengths to seek education, many never did. This school was a proposed solution and, partnered with the Ghanaian nonprofit organization, Rescue Aid Foundation, a building site was chosen.

"I joined this assignment as a documentary photographer, in charge of visually chronicling the endeavor and the Ghanaian culture, but also as a make-shift construction worker, lending a hand during the conception.  The photographs tell a story of progress, intimacy, and a culture and people who welcomed me into their country with open arms. But they also tell a story of a ghost of a reality as the project remains unfinished due to ceased funds. What I brought back was so much more: a new outlook, a new purpose. I hope to help have this project finished."
This event is sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee, please join us!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Panel discussion on Textiles, Teachers & Troops this afternoon

Historians, Digitization & the Future of Historical Research"

When: 4/16/2014: 4 PM until 5 PM
Where: Hodges Reading Room, 2nd floor Jackson Library 
In association with the launch of "Textiles Teachers & Troops: Greensboro 1880-1945," this program will examine the implications of using digital resources such as this one. Panelists will include UNCG historians Lisa Tolbert and AnneParsons of the UNCG History Department, and PhD candidate Alexandra Chassanoff of UNC Chapel Hill.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Additional rooms on reservation system

In the effort to provide more quiet space we're releasing the Faculty Research Rooms on T2 (264-270) and placing them on the online scheduler so that students can reserve them.  Publicity is going out!

Donations to the University Libraries last week

Friends of the UNCG Libraries:  $1,400
Enrichment Fund:  $1,050

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Heartbleed" Security Vulnerability

There have been numerous reports from the media recently about the "Heartbleed" security vulnerability.  ERIT and ITS have been assessing the risk to the University Libraries, and to UNCG, and we are working to insure the security of our users and services.

ITS is currently recommending that users wait to change their UNCG passwords until ITS has had a chance to address any vulnerabilities in their systems (Note: if your password is expiring please go ahead and reset it).  ITS News release about this issue can be viewed by going to

ITS recommendations only apply to UNCG accounts.  For your other internet based accounts you will need to determine the status of the providers security and then determine if you need to change your password.  The following two articles may be helpful in evaluating how the "Heartbleed" vulnerability impacts your non-UNCG accounts.

Please contact ERIT if you have questions.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Display cases

A few reminders about the display cases:

People can check for availability and request a case at this linkIt's under "services" on the Libraries' web site.

Melvina keeps the schedule and keeps the calendars.  Questions may be referred to her.

The keys are kept in Reference so that folks can put up displays on evenings and weekends.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Donor activity from previous week

Last week's donations:
Friends of the Libraries:   $770
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100
Enrichment Fund:  $1,025

Class of 2014 ALA Emerging Leaders


Nataly Blas

Position: Diversity Resident Librarian
Name of library: Walter Clinton Jackson Library, Greensboro, North Carolina
What are your goals as an Emerging Leader? To grow professionally, participate and network with other leaders in our profession, and have fun!
What is your primary information specialty? Business and social sciences
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope to be working in an academic library helping students with their research and mentoring new librarians.
Fill in the blank: Chocolate-covered…anything is my favorite!
Who’s your hero? My mother. She is compassionate, independent, and awesome.
What’s your favorite place in the library? The reference desk
What author do you want to have dinner with? Laura Esquivel
What inspired you to become a librarian? I have been “working” in libraries since I was 6 years old; it is my home away from home.
Name something that few colleagues know about you. I am terrified of bugs.
What is your favorite social media tool? Facebook. It is a great way to stay connected with friends and family.

Reminder: Faculty lecture today

Please join us today at 3:30 pm in the Hodges Room for a lecture by Dr. Jennifer Keith, Associate Professor of English:

"The Works of Anne Finch: Manuscript, Print, and Digital Transmission"
For the past few years we've invited  a UNCG faculty member whose work relates to the Libraries  to provide a lecture for us.  Dr. Keith worked with ERIT to develop the Anne Finch Digital Archive. She will discuss the significance of Anne Finch's work, the collaboration with ERIT and the uniqueness of the project. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Managed Print Services

The Managed Print Services memo that was distributed to campus on March 11, 2014 generated numerous questions and concerns.  In an attempt to address these questions ITS and Purchasing have created a FAQ.  The MPS FAQ can be viewed at

Please contact Franklin if you have additional questions about the MPS and how it may impact printing in the University Libraries.  He has attended a number of meetings about the MPS and will be working closely with ITS, Purchasing, and Systel to insure all of the University Libraries printing needs are met.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reminder - Deadline for Using Annual Special Leave is Approaching

The 2013 General Assembly awarded a one-time five days (40 hours) of special vacation leave on July 1, 2013 to eligible State employees to be used during the Fiscal Year 2013-2014. If the special leave is not used between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, it will expire. The intent is that all employees awarded Special Leave be allowed to use this leave. As stated in the policy, retroactive timesheet adjustments are not allowed, so if an employee could have used Special Leave earlier in the year but chose not to, they cannot go back retroactively and replace Special Leave for other prior approved use of leave such as sick leave, vacation leave, etc.

Therapy dogs (and a cat)

A few weeks ago I asked for some advice about hosting therapy dogs in the Library to help students de-stress before exams.  Thanks for all the wonderful tips!

We're going to work with Kopper Top Life Learning Center.  The Executive Director, Deborah Meridith, is a UNCG alumna from HSS and works with several UNCG departments.  In fact they'll be here next week on April 8 somewhere outside near EUC and Alumni House 12-2.

We will have dogs and one cat on Reading Day, April 30, 12-4 pm somewhere in the Reading Room (haven't worked that out yet).  Staff, of course, are also welcome to come and enjoy the de-stressing benefits of therapy animals!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Faculty lecture

Please join us on Monday, April 7 at 3:30 pm in the Hodges Room for a lecture by Dr. Jennifer Keith, Associate Professor of English:

"The Works of Anne Finch: Manuscript, Print, and Digital Transmission"
For the past few years we've invited  a UNCG faculty member whose work relates to the Libraries  to provide a lecture for us.  Dr. Keith worked with ERIT to develop the Anne Finch Digital Archive. She will discuss the significance of Anne Finch's work, the collaboration with ERIT and the uniqueness of the project. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Upcoming events in April

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 11: 4:00 PM Reception for Kathy and David Crowe in recognition of their planned gift to the University Libraries (open only to those who work in the University Libraries)


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.

April 24 11:00 AM Golf cart tour of UNCG for Wellspring residents, hosted by SCUA

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."

Donor Recognition Event on Thursday at 4

FYI, the University Libraries are hosting a donor recognition event for those who gave money for the renovation of the landscaping in front of  Jackson Library on Thursday at 4 p.m.  We had more than 60 donors to this project, and some of them have accepted our invitation to come to campus and see and celebrate the completion of that landscaping project.