Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Surplus Run next week

Next week I have scheduled City Transfer to be at Jackson for some help with various projects including moving some materials to the Surplus Warehouse.  Please let me know if you have anything not already identified to go to surplus, there is not a staging area but I'm keeping a list.

Annual Benefits Enrollment for 2015

Open Enrollment for the State Health Plan will take place from  October 1 to October 31, 2014. During this time you may enroll or make changes for yourself and eligible dependents for all of your benefits.  Any changes made during annual enrollment will be effective January 1, 2015.
For employees currently enrolled in the State Health Plan, unless changes are made during the open enrollment period, you will remain in your current health plan. However, if you are enrolled  in the 80/20 Plan or the Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP), you must re-do your health assessment and smoking attestation by October 31, 2014 to continue receiving the premium credits.  Failure to complete the health assessment and smoking attestation by October 31, 2014 will result in higher monthly premium costs in December for January 2015 coverage. Click here to read more.

This year, enrollment for NCFlex (dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, etc.) has moved onto the same online platform as the State Health Plan.  If you need to make changes to your NCFlex benefits or enroll/re-enroll in flexible spending accounts, you will need to take action through the online enrollment portal during this annual enrollment period in October. Click here to access the 2015 NCFlex Enrollment Guide.
The Human Resources Benefits Staff will hold information sessions throughout the month of October. Please click here  to register. Questions on open enrollment can be directed to Human Resources at 334-5009. 

Additional information may be found on the  HR Open Enrollment Site 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All Personnel Meeting - SAVE the date!

Please save this date and time, October 14th from 3 pm to 4 pm for an All Personnel Meeting.  The purpose of this meeting will be to update everyone on projects and events.  This is during fall break so we'll set up the Poe side of the Reading Room for our discussions.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

State the Library Survey

If you have not already done so, could you please take a few minutes and fill out the State of the Library Survey for Staff Development. It only contains 5 questions.

Survey: http://tinyurl.com/JacksonLibrarySurvey

Your anonymous feedback will help influence the future of the library by letting AAG and library administrators know what the upcoming 2014-2015 priorities should be and any areas you feel they should be addressing.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Donations to the University Libraries from last week

University Libraries Enrichment fund:  $3000
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100
Friends of the Libraries: $105

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Upcoming public events in October at the University Libraries or sponsored by the Libraries

Below are the events coming up in October that I know about at this time:

The following events are free and open to all

Wednesday, October 8: Presentation by Dr. Joy Kasson about author and illustrator Lois Lenski.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG

Thursday, October 9 at 2 pm in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library, SCUA staff will present a talk on "Interpreting College Scrapbooks as a Microcosm of Institutional and Social History." Archivists Kathelene Smith and Jennifer Motzsko will chart the evolution of the scrapbook, from its origins as a commonplace book to the commercially produced album found on 19th century college campuses

Wednesday, October 15, 2pm
Campus Walking Tour (RSVP to SCUA@uncg.edu, limited to 15 participants)
Thursday, October 16: Poetry Reading by Fred Chappell from his book, The Familiars (co-sponsored with MFA Writing Program).
7 p.m. Faculty Center, UNCG

Monday, October 20: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, led by Anne Hershey of the Biology Department.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor.

Wednesday, October 22, 2pm
Campus Walking Tour (RSVP to SCUA@uncg.edu, limited to 15 participants)

Thursday, October 23: Open Educational Resources - Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum 
3-5 pm Kirkland Room, EUC.

Tuesday, October 28, 2pm, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
"A Biographic Overview of Lev Aronson" lecture by Stacey Krim, curator for SCUA's Cello Music Collection.  Stacey will present a biographic overview of Lev Aronson, whose manuscript and annotated music is among the most recent additions to the collection. Lev Aronson (1912-1988) was an established performer and teacher of the violoncello and Jewish survivor of the German and Russian labor camps of World War II.

Wednesday, October 29: Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery - Nancy Pickard.
7 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG

The following events are for invited persons or for those registered only.  It does not include classes:

9/24 - Jackson Society trip to NC State’s Hunt Library (all day)

9/30 – Tea and Tour for Donors in Hodges Reading Room 2-4 pm

10/2 Promotion and Tenure Attainment Celebration in the Virginia Dare Room at 4:30 pm

10/2 Beth Ann Koelsch will speak at Wellspring about Women Veterans

10/3 Special exhibit for English Renaissance scholars in Hodges Reading Room 3-6:30 pm

10/7 NC Preservation Consortium workshop in Hodges Reading Room all day

10/14 Reception for Howard Coble, Hodges Reading Room 5:30 pm

10/17 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians at Wake Forest

10/22 Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board Social at home of Jackie Wilson 5:30 pm

Housekeepers' luncheon

We had a great time feting our housekeepers yesterday to thank them for keeping the Libraries clean and tidy for us and our customers! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Position Vacancy - Harold Schiffman Music Library

There is an opening for the Day Manager of the Harold Schiffman Music Library (University Library Technician - Advanced.)  The vacancy has been posted on Job Search and the link to the position posting is below.  Feel free to share the link with those that may have an interest.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Last week's donations to the University Libraries

Women Veterans Historical Project:  $770
Special Collections Fund:  $100
Jewish Studies Reading Room:  $1,000 pledge
Friends of the Libraries:  $75

More Sprint work this week

This is an FYI, there will be more work on the Sprint equipment this week, mostly focusing on the equipment mounted at the top of the tower.  You might see workers and/or materials moving from the loading dock to the ninth floor, as well as some traffic in SCUA on third floor main.  If you notice anything not proper or have any questions, please let me know.

Housekeeper's Lunch reminder

Don't forget the lunch tomorrow at 11:30 in the Staff Room!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall online workshops // Join in // tell your friends/faculty/students :)

How many people MAKE something?  Making can be called tinkering or creating, or even play.  You can make cookies, or curtains  ... or maybe even a chair! (Read this short summary called "What is Making?")  Spaces to make can be called a makerspace, a fablab, a hackspace, a hub - or a library! The library supports people's making from creating videos to researching to make (or write) a paper or their own unique research.

Through a North Carolina State Library LSTA grant awarded to some staff here at the UNCG University Libraries for 2014-15 academic year, we are dedicating time to educate people on making within an academic library, the campus and specifically focusing on our Library and Information Studies students who one day, may be running their own library makerspace! Through hands on learning experiences, course curriculum assignments,  and online workshops open to all we hope to give many people a chance to find the maker in them. Resources will be added to this tab throughout the year! 

Focusing on MAKING this year, we are offering several Thirty Minutes to Making online workshops - all are welcome to attend! Read the descriptions + sign up below:  http://uncg.libguides.com/workshops  (NOTE: We will RECORD these sessions so you can view later if you cannot attend live!)

fyi - budget presentation

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The Faculty Senate Budget Committee would like to invite you a "UNCG Budget 101" Information Session on Tuesday, September 23 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Vice Provost Alan Boyette and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charlie Maimone will be providing an overview of the university budget process, information about the 2014-2015 budget, and where we go from here.

Given the concerns about the budget that have been raised over the past few years, it is important that we are all better informed about the budget and the ways in which both the state and UNCG allocate funds. Therefore, we hope you will be able to attend! We realize, of course, that some people may have other obligations on the 23rd; therefore, we are making plans to tape the presentation and make it available on the web at a later date.

Again, we hope you will attend, and if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email either of us.


Wayne Journell, Chair of the Faculty Senate Budget Committee

Spoma Jovanovic, Chair of the Faculty Senate

Archives month celebrations

See SUCA's blog post for activities during October:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Housekeeper's Appreciation Lunch

Please join us to thank the Housekeepers for keeping us neat and tidy

9/16/14  11:30 am  Staff Room

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


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.


BRAVE program objectives are: (1) To help students recognize the early warning signs of interpersonal violence and the multiple factors that enable it. (2) To give students the opportunity to practice and implement leadership skills to take preventative action in risky situations. (3) To build empathy for their peers experiencing unhealthy relationships and interpersonal violence. (4) For students to leave feeling our training feeling confident about how they can make a difference to contribute to a safer campus environment for UNCG and to help model and build healthy relationships. In addition to learning the warning signs for all types of relationship violence, students will learn what a bystander is and will model and practice the four steps (Observe, Assess, Act and Follow Up) to become an active bystander through a series of scenarios applicable to the college population. Upon completion of the BRAVE training, students will receive materials that will serve as a visible notice to all other students that they are BRAVE certified and are peers who can be counted on to help and make appropriate referrals for those involved in unhealthy dating relationships or other IPV situations.

Lunch will be provided. Click here to register!  https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77000940

Monday, September 8, 2014

UNCG Cares Class Offerings

 Two classes in the "UNCG Cares" series are being offered this semester.  The descriptions for each class are included. 

UNCG Still Cares
Friday, September 26, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Elliott University Center, Sharpe

The Dean of Students office would like to invite new faculty, staff and UNCG Cares alumni to “UNCG Still Cares"! During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, October 3, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Sharpe

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns. 

Here is the link to sign up for the course offerings:


Remember to check with your supervisor before committing to attend a class.

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund:   $1,100
Friends of the Libraries:  $105

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vehicle access on drive between Jackson and the EUC

At this point this is an FYI.............yesterday I attended a meeting to discuss vehicle traffic on the drive and sidewalks between Jackson Library and the EUC.  This includes traveling the underpass to the College Ave. side.  There has been mounting concern on campus over vehicle and student congestion on these types of areas and this area in particular has been identified as potentially dangerous due to the traffic circle.

Until more information or physical changes are made, we have been asked not to drive any vehicles onto the drive or sidewalks in this area and that same word is being spread to all departments on campus.  Various situations such as special event planning and maintenance vehicle parking were discussed and are under consideration, so more information will be shared as decisions are made.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Charging Station

A new charging station has been placed right outside the library, in the connector area for students to be able to charge phones and other electronic devices.  This is a simple model for us to test the concept and we selected this location so that students can plug in and also have seating options to watch their property.  This area is also available during 24/5.

Before we invest in purchasing more of these, or higher end models, we want to observe usage, so any feedback or observations that you make with the use of this charging station would be appreciated.  Thanks,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Women Veterans Historical Project     $100
Friends of the Libraries:                       $350
Enrichment Fund: