Friday, August 29, 2014

Job Vacancy - University Library Technician - Access Services

There will be a vacancy in Access Services for a Library Technician due to Bob Clair's retirement.  The posting for the opening is now on Job Search.  The posting closes on September 11.  Feel free to pass information about this opening to those who would be interested.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Legislative Increase for SPA Employees and Bonus Leave for SPA/EPA Employees

The 2014 Legislative Increase for SPA employees in the amount of $1000.00 should appear in the paycheck dated August 28, 2014.   The increase will be retroactive to July 1, 2014.   Employees that work than less 40 hours per week will see a pro-rated increase. The increase is based on the salary that was in effective on June 30, 2014. 

For employees that received longevity on July 31, the difference will be paid in the August 29 paycheck. 

The 40 hour Bonus leave (pro-rated for employees that work less than 40 hours/week) is expected to be credit to your vacation account no later than October 1, 2014.   The bonus leave will be given to those leave earning employees that were working on September 1, 2014.   Unlike bonus leave granted in recent previous years, you are not required to take the leave by the end of the academic year.  There is no time limit placed on this leave.  Bonus leave is paid in addition to the 240 hour maximum vacation pay out. 

If there are any questions, please let me know. 

September events

We have the following community outreach events scheduled in September that I know about at this time:

Thursday, September 4: Poetry Reading by David Roderick from his new book, The Americans (co-sponsored with MFA Writing Program).
8 p.m. Faculty Center, UNCG

Monday, September 8: Author and Storyteller Doug Elliott.
7 p.m. EUC Auditorium, UNCG

Monday, September 15: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited by Richard
Florida, led by Keith Debbage of the Department of Geography & the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism. 
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

Thursday, September 18: Reading by Lee Zacharias from her book, The Only Sounds We Make (co-sponsored with MFA Writing Program).
7 p.m. Faculty Center, UNCG

On September 24, some members of the Jackson Society will visit the Hunt Library at NC State on a day trip.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Know Your Libraries

We'll be hosting "Know Your Libraries" tomorrow, Wednesday 8/27, in the "Poe" side of the Reading Room 2-5 pm.  This is an event for students to get introduced to Libraries' services.  While primarily intended for new students all are welcome.  An you are, too! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Donations to Libraries last week

Special Collections-Darden:  $5,000
Friends of the Libraries:  $75
Enrichment Fund:  $1,000

Retirement party reminder

Please join us to celebrate Cindy's years of working at the Libraries and wish her well with her retirement:

Event:  Retirement Party for Cindy Zaruba
Date:  Thurs, 08/28/14
Time:  3:00 pm - 4: 00 pm
Place:  Staff Room

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Supplemental travel funds

Since the travel budget is likely to be smaller this coming year, here are some campus funds to help both US and foreign travel. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Government Documents

Lynda Kellam did a ppt on government documents that's mostly designed for training but it also provides a great overview for everyone as to what's where after the shift. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Staff Association Officers and Events

Staff Association Officers 2014-2015:

Susan Hendrickson - President
Karen Grigg  - Vice President
Michelle Courtney - Secretary
Liane Elias - Treasurer
Charlie Birkner & Charrisse Jones - Social Co-Chairs
Charlie Birkner - Staff Room Coordinator

Social Committee
Beth Ann Koelsch (SCUA)
Callie Coward (Cataloging)
Charlie Birkner (ERIT) Co-Chair
Charrisse Jones (ACQ) Co-Chair
Sarah Caudle (Access Services)
Nick McCollister (ROI)
Robin Paschal, (Administration) ex-officio

Dates to remember
Cindy Z's Retirement Party - Thurs. 8/28//14  3 pm
Housekeepers Appreciation Lunch - Tues. 9/16/14  11:30 am
Bob Clair's Retirement Party - 10/16/14  3 pm
Staff Assoc Fall Meeting - Wed 10/29/14  2 pm
2014 Holiday Luncheon - Wed. 12/10/14  11:30

Monday, August 11, 2014

Donations to the Libraries

Friends of the Libraries:$555
WVHP: $25
Enrichment Fund:$100

Pizza party and meeting reminder

Pizza party:  Thursday August 14 12-2 pm, lower level of Jackson

All-Personnel meeting:  Thursday August 14, 2 pm  Reading Room

Friday, August 8, 2014

Staff Development- "Eat This, Not That" Presentations

Below are links to the two "Eat This, Not That" PowerPoint presentations given by HealthyUNCG

May- "Eat This, Not That: Fast Food Edition"

July- "Eat This, Not That: Supermarket Edition"

I will share out additional handouts from HealthyUNCG when I receive them.

Also, if you attended the July event, please share your feedback to the committee: SURVEY


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Donor activity from last week

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Women Veterans Historical Project:   $5,200
Libraries Enrichment Fund:   $1,000
Friends of the Libraries:   $45

Liaisons Open House August 11 from 3-4

Come one, come all! You're invited to an open house Monday Aug. 11 from 3-4 in the reference area on the first floor of Jackson Library, starting at our reference desk, and including brief presentations from all our subject and functional teams.  And we're going to have a drawing for two gift certificates from Barnes and Noble for those visiting each team table and of course, we'll have snacks!

 The Reference and Instructional Services Department has a new name, Research, Outreach and Instruction (ROI), and our structure  includes teams with affiliate members from other departments.  We want to celebrate our new identity and talk about how our mission is shifting to match Libraries and University priorities.    We also will have two new department members to introduce to everyone - our Diversity Resident Librarian, Orolando Duffus who started today and is half time ROI and half time SCUA, and Nick McCollister, who will be joining us on Aug. 11 as our daytime desk coordinator.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone!  Mary

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Zotero Training

In preparation for canceling  EndNote Web on June 30 2015, a small group has been looking at citation managers (Steve Cramer, Lea Leininger, Jenny Dale and Mary Krautter) and several weeks ago we made a recommendation that the Libraries begin supporting Zotero and offering training to faculty, staff and students as needed.  I have also been working with revising the Zotero libguide, originally designed by Michael Ingram and here's a link to the version in the new Libguides, it's fairly minimal right now but has links to other sites .

To help all who are interested get up to speed on Zotero, our small group is going to offer workshops - a basic intro soon and later an advanced Zotero, probably in late September, but sooner if people need.  

We have scheduled two identical one hour sessions on Introduction to Zotero on Aug. 13 at 9 am and on Aug. 19 at 3pm and an invitation to the liaisons group will follow.   You will only need to attend one of these, the content will be the same.    While the formal presentation with hands on practice time will be an hour, we plan to linger for at least a few minutes afterwards for questions and individual assistance.There are plenty of openings for the Aug. 13 session, but only a couple for Aug. 19.  Please email if you'd like to attend, and if these times don't work and  there is enough demand, we'll do additional training. 

The introductory sessions will focus on installing Zotero, the differences between Zotero with Firefox and the Zotero Standalone which works with other browsers and adding citations to your Zotero library using  databases.  
Later sessions will include using Zotero with Word and transferring citations from EndNote Web.  
If you have graduate students or faculty approach you about EndNote Web, at this point we are not recommending that anyone start using this system but instead consider starting with Zotero or EndNote desktop.  We are going to focus on getting our current users off and assisting them in transferring citations in the coming months.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Training opportunities from Safe Zone

These programs will be of interest to those who work closely with students.  Please check with your supervisor:

Hope summer is/has treated you all well! This year we are offering two sessions of our BRAVE bystander intervention program and I CARE suicide awareness and prevention program the week of August 11. Below is a brief description of each and sign up information

The program BRAVE - Building Responsible Advocates for Violence Education - has the goal of promoting healthy relationships for UNCG students through an education and advocacy training program. The program will build a network of allies throughout campus. The BRAVE program will focus on all forms of Interpersonal Violence (IPV) including, abusive dating relationships (physically/sexually abusive and psychologically abusive), sexual assault (particularly among acquaintances), stalking and harassment.

The program I CARE is an interactive suicide prevention gatekeeper training that addresses the following: mental health and suicide on college campuses; how to identify, connect with, ask about, refer, and encourage help-seeking of students having thoughts of suicide; and mental health stigma.

Folks can register here:

Friday, August 1, 2014

"Eat This, Not That" : Supermarket Edition Survey

If you attended Wednesday’s “Eat This, Not That: Supermarket Edition” presentation, please take a few minutes and let the Staff Development Committee know your thoughts.  Your feedback is important to us in the planning of future events. All comments and feedback are anonymous. Thank you!


Also, I will post the PowerPoint and other handouts on BTS as soon as I get them from HealthyUNCG.