Friday, May 30, 2014

Powerpoint of Images from our Hunt Library Visit!

This spring the DMC staff took a road trip to the NCSU Hunt Library to glean some digital media and makerspace ideas! Our fabulous volunteer Bernetiae created this ppt showing off our photos of exploring the space... ENJOY!

PS Its a long slide with lots of images that might take a while to load. You can also view here and download from there as well.

Student Focus Groups next week

During late spring, we conducted a survey and some observation studies related to how students use the building, similar to our 2008 study.  As a next step, I would like to conduct focus groups to gain clarification on the data obtained and I am seeking the assistance of our own student workers to do so.  Below are 4 dates and times next week in which I would like to have these conversations.  Please share them with your students and encourage them to invite their friends.  They should only attend one session.
All sessions will be in the admin conference room 216 and I will provide snacks.  They will simply be asked to share their opinions and insights into how the libraries are used and any student would be welcomed to attend.

Focus Groups on Spring Surveys and Observational Studies

Monday, June 2nd at 3 PM
Tuesday, June 3rd at 4 PM
Wednesday, June 4th at noon
Thursday, June 5th at 10 AM
Thanks for spreading the word, let me know if there are any questions.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Staff Developmen​t and Recognitio​n Week Survey

If you have not already done so, could you please take a few minutes and fill out the 2014 Staff Development and Recognition Week survey?  The committee truly values your thoughts and feedback on the week.  All responses are anonymous.


2014 Undergraduate Research Award Winner

The University Libraries congratulate David Banks, the winner of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Award for his paper, "The Human Gut Microbiome: A Physiological System Approach." This annual award, sponsored by the Libraries, recognizes a research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select and synthesize information from scholarly resources.  It includes a $500 cash prize funded by the Libraries. 
Learn more about David's research project in this video:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FYI, this work is happening around us.

On Thursday, May the 29th, at 2:30pm power will be shut down at the Dining Hall to remove the old electrical transformer and install the new one as part of the Dining Hall renovation project. This shutdown will last until 4:30pm on the same day. When this happens, three other buildings will receive a brief interruption in power for a minute or two. These buildings will be Gove Health, Gray Home and Grogan Dorm. When power is restored to the Dining Hall at 4:00pm these three buildings will receive another short interruption  in power and then things will be back to normal. Earlier, on the morning of the 29th at 8:30am, we will be switching some of our switches to eliminate extended outages during this procedure and to get our electrical grid Circuit B back to normal from the Pedestrian Tunnel Project.At this time, several buildings will have a short interruption in power of a minute or two. These buildings are Cone Dorm, Residents Chiller building, Reynolds Dorm, Mary Foust Dorm, Guilford Dorm, Spencer Dorm and the McIver St. Chiller Plant. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Facilities Operations.

Update regarding last week's development activities

Last week's donation:

Enrichment Fund for Technologies: $500
Friends of the Libraries: $425
Special Collections Fund: $75
Women Veterans Project: $35
George Darden Music Collection: $100

Digital Projects Proposals

Digital Projects Proposals

It's that time of year again. If you have a proposal for a digital project, please fill out the form you can find at and return it to David Gwynn by Friday 20 June so that the DP Priorities Team can begin its assessment.

If you have any questions about the form or about a project, please check in with David or any member of the team. We ask that you not distribute this form outside the Libraries. If you know of a faculty member with a promising project that you would like to propose, feel free, but for now we would still prefer that all projects be submitted internally by Libraries faculty and staff so as not to overwhelm the process.

Please keep in mind the four priority focus areas for digital projects. Projects fitting in one or more of these subject areas are given proriry over other projects in the absence of ang other compelling factors. The four areas are:
  1. University (UNCG) history
  2. Local and regional history
  3. Women's history
  4. Performing arts
To see our current digital collections, please visit


Digital Projects Priorities Team:
  • Tim Bucknall, Chair
  • Mary Jane Conger
  • Keith Gorman
  • David Gwynn

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Exhibits from SCUA

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce that we have recently updated our exhibit cases in the first floor reading room of Jackson Library. The rotating exhibit titled "What's New in SCUA” features recently acquired artifacts, books, documents, and photographs from the Special Collections and University Archives.

Currently on display is a book by Joseph Guy Lubbock titled Life force: Original hand-coloured prints and text. Of the thirty books he authored and illustrated, Life Force is his final work. The prints are from copper plates, worked by etching, deep etching, aquatint, and engraving. The colors are applied by hand in intaglio and relief, and some have watercolor added. The design and printing of the text are by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, and the binding is by the Fine Book Bindery. This copy includes two original pieces of artwork: a proof print of a seal and a pencil sketch of a stag beetle.

In addition, there is a display highlighting the history of UNCG from 1897-1919. It includes images of the Students’ Building, documents related the Typhoid Epidemic of 1899, and the telegram President Julius Foust received alerting him of the Dr. Charles McIver’s untimely death in 1906.

Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 Staff Service Award!

For those of you who missed the ceremony yesterday a BIG congratulations to Katherine Nunnally, this year's winner! Thanks for all your great work, Katherine.

Also kudos for those who received 5, 10, 15, 10, 25 and 35 year pins! 

Staff Development Week- Friday Events

Friday May 23rd

10:00-11:00am- Championship Mario Kart Tournament
Location: Digital Media Commons- Game Room

12:00-2:00pm- Staff Recognition Picnic
Location: Charlie’s Yard (outside the front of the library facing College. Ave)
[rain location- Digital Media Lab]
As a way to end the Staff Development and Recognition week on a high note, we invite you to attend an outdoor picnic for the staff filled with all of your favorite cook-out foods including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts.  There will also be vegetarian options available.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Staff Development Week- Thursday Events

Thursday May 22nd
11:00am-12:00pm-Lois Lenski: Art, Illustration, Literature, Research” presented by Scott Hinshaw
Location: Hodges Reading Room  
Scott Hinshaw, from Special Collections and University Archives, will host an informal exhibit curator's talk titled “Lois Lenski: Art, Illustration, Literature, Research” (the current exhibit in Hodges Reading Room) to provide insight into the process behind the design and purpose of the exhibit, and to explore some of the ideas presented within it.         

3:00-4:00pm- Service Award Presentation
Location: Hodges Reading Room 
This annual event will celebrate this year's winner of the Martha Ransley Staff Service Award as well as recognizing our staffs' years of service with service award pins.  Light refreshments and food will be provided.   

5:15-6:15pm- Happy Hour at Old Town Drought House or Natty Greene’s
Location: Depends on number of people who wish to attend.  I will email out the exact location the day of the event. 
Come join your fellow co-workers for an after work social event to hang out, have a beer, eat some food and just relax. Please note that all food and beverages are on you. Beth Bernhardt has agreed to be the designated person to look for when you get there.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Donor activity from last week

Friends of the Libraries: $355
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $75
Enrichment Fund:$100
Special Collections Fund: $100

Thanks for the support!!

Staff Development Week- Wednesday Events

Wednesday May 21st
11:00am-12:00pm- Emerging Technologies in the University Libraries
Location: Hodges Reading Room
Join the ERIT technical staff in a discussion of new and emerging technology in the University Library.  We will explore new software packages, new cloud based services, and show off some new hardware.  We'll also be happy to answer questions you may have about new technology initiatives at UNCG. 

2:00-3:00pm- The Key to Developing Effective Teams: A UNCG TeamQuest workshop
Location: First floor Library Reading Room
We have partnered up again with the staff at TeamQuest to provide a fun, interactive workshop that offers a variety of experiential education activities where participants actively engage in their learning and team developing experiences.  The program is designed to be an entertaining and engaging way to get to know your colleagues better and learn some important skills along the way.

Unlike years past, there is NO release waiver to sign in advance and the activities will be done here at the library, so no traveling is involved.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Staff Development Week- Tuesday Events

Tuesday May 20th
11:00am-12:00pm- “Eat this, Not that” presented by HealthyUNCG
Location: Hodges Reading Room   
Don't let sneaky calories add extra pounds to your waistline. Join HealthyUNCG for an interactive program that helps you determine the healthier eating choices at some of the nation's most popular restaurants and fast food places, including some on the UNCG campus. The results may surprise you!

2:00-3:30pm- Access Services Open House
Location: Information Commons (area outside CITI lab)
Come find out what's happening and new in Access Services!  Tour the department, meet the staff, and learn about Circulation, ILL, Reserves, Instructional and Tech Lending, Stacks Management, and 24/5 services.  Earn chances to borrow additional DVDs this summer!       

Monday, May 19, 2014

DMC Staging Area

The wide open space that has been created in the DMC, part of the Ottoman Empire, has been created for the staging of the Gov Doc's boxes which are being transferred to Ferguson.  Please help us keep furniture out of this area during the project.  Thanks!

Safety Inspection

This is a reminder that the annual university safety inspection is Tuesday morning starting at 9 AM.  Please review your areas for any potential concerns.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Photo of Jackson Library

Sharing this beautiful photo that Stephen Catlett took."Jackson in Springtime!"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Staff Development and Recognition Week Reminder

Good morning all,

Just a reminder that next week kick's off our 3rd annual "Staff Development and Recognition Week" here at the library. Below is the schedule of events.  If you are interested in attending one, please sign up.  This does not commit you to attending but helps us better plan.

Monday May 19th

10:00-10:30am- Staff Development and Recognition Week “Kick-off” presentation

2:00-3:00pm-  History of UNCG Walking Tour with Hermann Trojanowski 
[Sign Up]

3:00-4:30pm- Green Screen Fun in the DMC

Tuesday May 20th

11:00am-12:00pm- “Eat this, Not that” presented by HealthyUNCG

2:00-3:30pm- Access Services Open House

Wednesday May 21st

11:00am-12:00pm- Emerging Technologies in the University Libraries

2:00-3:00pm- The Key to Developing Effective Teams: A UNCG TeamQuest workshop

Thursday May 22nd

11:00am-12:00pm- “Lois Lenski: Art, Illustration, Literature, Research” presented by Scott Hinshaw

3:00-4:00pm- Service Award Presentation 

5:15-6:15pm- Happy Hour at Old Town Drought House or Natty Greene’s

Friday May 22nd

12:00-2:00pm- Staff Recognition Picnic

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jackson Library Annual Safety Inspection

This is a heads up, the the annual safety inspection for Jackson Library is scheduled for Tuesday morning, May 20th.  Please review your areas for any potiential issues that need to be addressed.

Last week's gifts to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries:  $185
Enrichment Fund: $1,000

Monday, May 12, 2014

Annual Fire Alarm Schedule

Jackson Library is scheduled to have our annual fire alarm inspection on May 15th and 16th.  This is the test in which all devices are checked to ensure proper operation.  This usually takes two days for the inspectors to check every device.  There will be a period of brief sounding of the horns to check those as well.  I'll try to give a heads up when that is to occur.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tenure announcements!

We are very pleased to announce that Beth Ann Koelsch and Beth Filar-Williams have received tenure!  The Chancellor and Board of Trustees have confirmed their approval.   Please join us in congratulating them on this wonderful honor and achievement!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Brown Biggers named a Staff Star

The Libraries' own Brown Biggers was honored as a UNCG staff star this spring. Congratulations, Brown - well deserved! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New Staff Association officers

We are pleased to announce the following Staff Association officers for June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015:

President:  Susan Hendrickson
Vice President: Karen Grigg
Secretary: Michelle Courtney
Treasurer: Liane Elias

Treasurer’s Report
Beginning balance 9/17/2013:  $1289.87
Income:   $923.97
Expenditures:   $762.27
Ending balance  5/1/2014:   $1451.57

Reminder: each department needs to appoint a representative who will serve on the Social Committee for 2014-15. Please let Susan know as soon as possible if you will be your departmental representative.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blackboard Access will begin May 7th

As mentioned during our meeting at spring break, regarding Blackboard Access, we will be engaging the new system soon.  I asked that we wait until after the semester was over and we finish 24/5 hours, so we will begin on May 7th.  This means that access to the building before we are open to the public will need to be done with your Spartan Card at the library connector entrance.  If you have lost your card please obtain a new one at the Spartan Card Center EUC 121.

Each semester the hours will be established within the system as it relates to the public hours.  For summer semester the "staff hours" will be:

Monday thru Thursday: 6:45 am to 10:15 pm
Friday:  6:45 am to 6:15 pm
Saturday:  8:45 am to 5:15 pm
Sunday:  11:45 am to 10:15 pm

This means that "we" should not be in the building except during those times.  Your card should not allow access during the closed, non-staffed times, including holidays in which we are closed.

Exceptions to this need to be coordinated through the campus police department, which I can for you with the proper justification or need.  At a later point in time, the lock cores for College Ave. and the receiving door will be changed to a police only.  The connector door becomes our "official" entrance.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


FYI, campus steam shut down

The campus Steam Plant is scheduled to be shut down for annual maintenance at 12:00 noon on Friday, May the 9th and will be brought back on line Wednesday afternoon, May the 14th. The shutdown is required to perform maintenance on the plant and the distribution system on campus. This will affect all steam usage and some hot water systems campus wide. Campus buildings that have gas and electric water heaters will continue to have hot water service. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and we will try to finish our task as quickly as possible and return the system back to normal. Please contact Facilities Operations at 334-5684 for additional information.