Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Presentation next week on International experiences

Don't miss our presentation next week regarding international experiences, titled:

"Developing an International Perspective on Librarianship: Experiences Abroad"

This presentation will be given by myself, Lynda Kellam and Beth Filar-Williams in which we share our experiences working with international organizations and the value that it brings to the profession.
This will be in Hodges on December 3rd starting at 10 am and is sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee in celebration of International Education Week.  We look forward to your participation.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Best Practices in PowerPoint Handout

Hi all,

For those who were not able to attend Dr. Lindsay Sabatino's presentation last week on "Best Practices for PowerPoint," I have provided a link to her handout that gives a summary of some of the tips/suggestions that she had.

Document:  https://drive.google.com/a/uncg.edu/file/d/0B9a1DLpKX0dRS3oxdXlXd1dQSkE/view?usp=sharing


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Last week's donation activities..........

 ..............thanks for the support.
Friends of the Libraries:   $190
Enrichment Fund:  $1358.33
Institutional Memory Project:  $100
Special Collections Fund:  $100
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wireless Update Project

An update to our wireless network  (Wireless Project) will start in Jackson tomorrow (11/18/14), it should take about one week. Please be aware that PCT (Performance Cabling Technologies, Inc.) will be working in the building.  If any problems or questions arise, please let me know.

Donation activity

This is actually activity from the week before:
Enrichment Fund:   $3,280
Friends of the Libraries:   $355

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Friday - School of Education Research Symposium: Using Makerspaces to Improve Learning

Friday, November 14, 2014 1-4 PM in 226 SOEB

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kylie Peppler from the School of Education at Indiana University

“ E-Textiles: Designs for More Equitable and Higher Quality Learning Outcomes”

Abstract of Talk

Central to our understanding of literacy and learning today is the relationship between various

tools, technologies and their socially situated practices. This talk focuses on a novel set of tools

and materials called e-textiles--computers and electronics integrated into clothing and other

accessories--which represent a unique nexus of three distinct and historically gendered practices:

crafting, coding and electronics. Drawing on mediated discourse theory as well as constructionist

learning theory, this work examines how these tools and materials bear traces of their unique

histories of cultural use and access, tacitly communicating gendered scripts that invite

participants to perform masculinities and femininities in socially recognized ways. These scripts

implicitly grant access to and participation in educational activities, thus affording opportunities

to disrupt participation patterns in the classroom for non-dominant youth and lead to

significantly improved learning outcomes. The implications for rethinking our current toolkits

for teaching conceptual understanding and for more equitable participation in classrooms will be



Kylie Peppler is an assistant professor of learning sciences in the School of Education at Indiana

University Bloomington. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the

intersection of the arts, new media and informal learning. She is the co-editor of Textile

Messages: Dispatches from the World of E-Textiles and Education (Peter Lang Publishing,

2014) as well as co-author of Interconnections (MIT Press, 2014), a four-volume curricular

toolkit aligned to Common Core and English Language Arts standards, co-developed with the

National Writing Project and the Institute for Play. Peppler received a PhD in education from the

University of California, Los Angeles. Her work is currently or has been supported by the

National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, The Wallace Foundation, The

Spencer Foundation, The Moore Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and

Learning Initiative among others. She can be contacted at kpeppler@indiana.edu.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Last Sustainable Film Night this fall - thursday - called Shored Up

Consider attending the last film night of the fall, this Thursday Nov 13  -- it's partially set on the Outer Banks of NC!   (and tell your Green Office person if you go as you get points for attending!)

Film: Shored Up

Nov 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Film: Shored Up photo Set in Long Beach Island, NJ and the Outer Banks of NC, the film explores the political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Shored Up talks to scientists, politicians, residents and a wide range of experts to expose major shortcomings in coastal management and the immediate need for change. Filmed over three years and culminating in the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it becomes an eerie foretelling of the storm's devastation and a witness to its dramatic aftermath. Directed by Ben Kalani, 2013. 84 minutes.

Tonight's post-screening discussion will be led by Rob Lamme, the North Carolina Coastal Federation's government relations consultant who has represented the organization in the NC General Assembly since 2010. The Coastal Federation is a home-grown, North Carolina-based conservation organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the NC Coast through advocacy, open space preservation, and restoration and education. For more information about the Coastal Federation visit: http://www.nccoast.org

The Weatherspoon, along with the UNCG Office of Sustainability and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, is proud to support this year's films in conjunction with the Warren Ashby Dialogue series, a year-long interdisciplinary conversation on the philosophy of localization as a response to global social and environmental change.

Panel discussions with local experts will give participants a chance to ask questions and learn more about sustainability issues relevant to North Carolina. Films begin at 6:30 pm and are free.

from http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/eventcalendar/show/?title=498-film-shored-up

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Renovation Status

Several folks have asked about the status or progress with the expected renovation project in the lower level and SuperLab areas which was discussed last month at the All Personnel Meeting.  The most recent meeting with designers resulted in us receiving price estimates which were outside our budget.  So at this point in time we are still negotiating with all of the parties involved over our future course of action.  This means a variety of different options are on the table and it would be premature to speculate exactly how we will move forward.  We are expecting to receive more information soon that will help inform us of a direction and we will be sure and share at that time.  Once a decision is reached on how to move forward details and progress can be posted timelier.  If you have a specific question, I'll be glad to try and answer.

Best Practices for PowerPoint​- Thursday, November 13th 2-3pm

Just a reminder that the Staff Development Committee is sponsoring a
"Best Practices for PowerPoint​" workshop on Thursday, November 13th 2-3pm in the CITI Lab.

Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital ACT Studio, will be presenting on ways to help you think about best practices for PowerPoint, rhetorical choices while designing, and how to make your PowerPoint aesthetically compelling.

If you are interested, please let us know HERE.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Holiday Luncheon

Don't miss the event of the year -- the annual University Libraries Holiday Luncheon!  December 10, 2014, 11:30 - 1:30.  Cone Ballroom A.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Emerging Themes for UNCG's Strategic Visioning

Here is the final version that Rosann submitted to the Provost.   Thanks again to everyone for their excellent participation and input. A special thanks to the facilitators for organizing and leading the sessions so capably.

Emergent Themes from Strategic Visioning Forums Conducted by the University Libraries
·         UNCG will be able to respond to the needs of every individual student regardless of their diverse background(s) and continue to be known nationally for its commitment to inclusion and diversity acceptance.
·         UNCG will be an institution of first choice for both local students and beyond.
·         UNCG will have a reputation for producing well-rounded graduates with highly employable skill sets.
·         UNCG will be an affordable option creating a competitive value for the students.
·         UNCG will advocate for the importance of a liberal arts education and develop a niche within STEM education, building on its strong base of established programs while cultivating interdisciplinary connections and new programs.
·         UNCG will create classes that are pedagogically appropriate for the discipline, whether face-to-face or online.
·         UNCG will have a sustainable plan for technology that anticipates evolving teaching and research requirements.
·         UNCG will be a place where employees at all levels are valued and rewarded based on the economic marketplace.
·         UNCG will be an employer of choice by:
o   Providing a diverse and culturally competent environment;
o   Providing rewards and incentives for high performance.
·         UNCG will provide strong teaching support for both face-to-face and online classes.
·         UNCG will continue advocating for changing forms of scholarship, open access, and open educational resources.
Local Community:
·         UNCG will be a leader in a service learning program that connects to the community and focuses on the local impacts of teaching and research as an economic driver.
·         UNCG will enrich the community by providing culturally significant events and programming, and by partnering with local organizations.
·         UNCG will actively support underserved local communities through a variety of programs and activities.
·         UNCG will have broader and stronger support from an active alumni base.
·         UNCG will be a leader in local environmental initiatives and will be a carbon-neutral campus.
·         UNCG’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurism will be a strength and driver in the local community.
·         UNCG will work closely with area high schools and have strong ties to community colleges to make certain that graduates have the necessary skill sets to be successful in a seamless transition to UNCG.
·         UNCG will have a strong identity based upon the success of our graduates and our relationship with the community.
Global Community:
·         UNCG will provide the opportunity to be globally engaged and contribute in a global environment by cultivating partnerships with universities, corporations and service agencies from around the world.
University Libraries:
·         UNCG Libraries will have a new library addition and will provide user-centered learning spaces and serve as the information hub for the campus.
·         UNCG Libraries will continue to improve and evolve its services and spaces based upon faculty, staff, student, and community needs.
·         UNCG Libraries faculty and academic faculty will work closely together as partners in integrating the libraries into teaching and research.