Monday, December 21, 2015

Smelly food reminder

For those few remaining staff on Wednesday:  remember that trash accumulated that day won't be collected until early Monday morning on January 4.  So..... depending on how you want your office to smell when you return you may want to take food garbage that day to a receptacle outside.

Happy holidays and enjoy the well-deserved break!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Heads Up - Elevator work first week of January

The elevator hoist ropes or cables need to be replaced on the 3 tower elevators.  This work will be done by taking out one elevator at a time while leaving the other 2 in operation.  This work will be done with the elevator service company starting January 4th through the 11th. Most of the activity will be limited to the elevator hoistway and the elevator equipment room.  Please be aware and more information will be provided by January 4th.

BTS Information Session

Good morning everyone!

Just a friendly reminder to come to the BTS Information Session held in Lib 216 at 10:00 am today!

We look forward to seeing you there!

-Michelle and Cheryl

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund - $3,785
Friends of the Libraries - $240
Women Veterans Historical Project - $1,350
Special Collections Fund - $100

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Active Shooter video

Many of us attended a webinar today about security that recommended a video about dealing with an active shooter situation:

Run - Hide - Fight  Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Staff Furniture Forums

We now have quotes from two vendors regarding the new furniture for the Reading Room.  Below are three dates and times for staff forums to review the styles and discuss fabric and colors.  These forums will be in the new instruction lab 177A next to the Superlab.  Dates and times are:
  • Monday the 14th at 10 am
  • Tuesday the 15th at 3 pm
  • Friday the 18th at 1 pm
Please join us to review this refresh of the first floor Reading Room.

Fire alarm repair

A repair has been made to the fire alarm system from last week's event from the DMC.  Early Thursday morning they will be testing the horns and strobes in the DMC to ensure it is working properly, this is just an FYI.

BTS General Information Page

Be sure to take a look at the General Information tab above for help in using BTS to the best advantage.  It includes information on how to submit notices for BTS and lots more great help.

Extended DVD Checkout Limit

Thursday, December 10 - Monday, January 4, the limit on the number of entertainment and instructional DVDs and videos that can be borrowed at one time by Libraries staff will be extended from 2 to 10. The limit will be extended on loans made at the Self Checks and Desks. The loan period will remain one week. Anything borrowed December 17-23 will be due on January 4. So make your lists and check them twice!

Happy holidays from the Access Services Staff!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund -  $2,290
Friends of the Libraries - $275
FOL Speaker Endowment Fund - $1,000
Learning Environment honoring Avi Magid - $1,000

Staff Development 2016

Good morning all,

Just a reminder that the Staff Development and Recognition Committee would like your help in planning staff development events for next year.

Please take a few minutes and answer just five questions HERE.

Your input is greatly appreciated!!

Thank you,

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The new (for a while) Sarah Dorsey

As you know, Sarah is taking a research leave next spring.  She'll spend it in New England but she likes snow so that's ok.

David Covert will serve as Interim Head of HSML during her absence.  David worked in the HSML for several years while both an undergraduate and while he was working on his MLS. David was also an intern in ROI.  He completed his MLS from our LIS department in May 2015.

Please welcome David in January!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BTS Information Session

Please come join us for an information session on BTS December 17 at 10 am in LIB 216.

Cheryl and I will discuss the changes to the site, issues, and posting minutes and documents. We want your feedback on the redesign as well as any new ideas for the future.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund - $2,490
Women Veterans Historical Project - $60
Friends of the Libraries - $125

Posted positions

Search Committee:
David Gwynn - chair
Orolando Duffus
Gerald Holmes
Stacey Krim
Karen Grigg
Kate Hill 
Armondo Collins
Director of Development:
Search Committee:
Keith Gorman - chair
Kathelene Smith
Mac Nelson
Mark Schumacher
Kathy Crowe
Billie Durham (Friends)
Terri Jackson (Director of Development - SOE)
We thank all committee members for their willingness to contribute and their hard work in these important efforts.

Therapy Animals Reminder

Today 12-3 in the Reading Room!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund - $1,105
Women Veterans Historical Project -  $30
University Archives Fund - $125

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund - $3,910
Special Collections - $100
Friends of the Libraries - $125
Women Veterans Historical Project - $100

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free coffee and therapy animals!

Mark your calendars for Therapy Animals on December 1 (Reading Day) in the Reading Room 12-3.  We're working with Pet Partners this time so there will be different animals

Also we'll be providing free coffee on Dec 1,2,3 at 9 and midnight.  Coffee is sponsored by the Friends, Student Government and Campus Activities.

Coffee video:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund - $3,756.00
Friends of the Libraries - $294.67
Women Veterans Historical Project - $851.00

LIS/University Libraries speaker

On November 12 at 10 am in Hodges Reading Room, Jill Strand will join us to speak about the role of special libraries in the library universe and how she sees that role now and in the future. Strand is the current president of the Special Libraries Association. She is also the Senior Manager for Library and Knowledge Information Systems at Fish & Richardson, P.C., a leading global law firm in Minneapolis.

After her talk, we'll have a reception in the foyer outside of Hodges. We hope you'll join us for our Fall speaker event next week! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries - $550
Enrichment Fund - $4,675
Women Veterans Historical Project - $518
Special Collections Fund - $50

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Requesting Items for Display on News/Events, Spotlight, and Digital Signs

The relatively new Digital Visual Communications Team (DVCT) is charged with coordinating the messaging that is displayed on the Digital Signs and within the Spotlight and News/Events sections of the Libraries homepage. 

The Spotlight section of the website homepage is intended to display resources and services that the Libraries want to highlight, whether they are new or not. Some examples are 24/5 service, printing/scanning/copying, quiet rooms, and electronic resources. 

The News/Events section is intended to display one-time announcements and library-related events. Some examples are exhibits, book discussions, FOL activities, and surveys.

The Digital Signs can be used for both purposes, but will geared toward a more general audience. All necessary information should be included on the image as the signs are generally not appropriate if the viewer needs to go somewhere else for more information. Some examples are Libraries & FOL events, current exhibits, general Libraries information, highlighted services, and interesting Libraries and UNCG images. We currently have 3 Digital Signs - they are located in the Jackson Library main lobby, the DMC ottoman empire, and the Schiffman Music Library. Each sign will display both general and localized content.

To request that an item be posted, please use the new submission form at:

This form is also linked from the DVCT page on BTS.

(To access the form you will need to login with your UNCG credentials.)

Because these communication mechanisms are visual displays, all submission should include an appropriately related image. If you don't have an image, the team will work with you to create one. Postings to Spotlight and News/Events also require a URL to link to the resource or news/event information.

The DVCT reviews all submissions for appropriateness and to determine the best mechanisms for distribution, always in consultation with the submitter. Please give the DVCT at least one week to create and post each submission. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Brandsma, the DVCT Chair.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund - $11,755
Friends of the Libraries:  $1029.67
Special Collections Fund - $25
Institutional memory Project Fund - $250
University Archives fund - $25
UNCG Libraries Speaker Endowment Fund - $40

Scholarly Communications Forum Wednesday

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Jenny Raabe's picture

We have mounted Jenny's photograph in her memory on the left wall as you're leaving via the College Ave exit.

Don't forget the event on Nov 6 at 2 pm in the Reading Room.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New student study rooms

The former faculty research rooms on T5 and 6 have been
converted to student study rooms and are now on the reservations scheduler.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Enrichment Fund:   $2,480
Friends of the Libraries:  $410
Special Collections Fund:  $137.50
University Archives Fund:  $537.50
Wirkus WVHP Fund:  $100

Social media

One of our goals this year is to expand our social media efforts.  We've added a Tumblr account and changed our Twitter handle:

Twitter:  @UNCGlib
Facebook:  University Libraries UNCG

Please follow and like us and spread the word among students and friends at UNCG!   We'll be doing publicity, too. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Career services in lobby

Career Services will have a table in the lobby across from Reference today and for two additional days in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Upcoming Staff Development Events

Just a reminder that we have two Staff Development Events this week:

UNCG Accommodations Policy Q & A
October 14th 1-2pm, Hodges Reading Room

Bruce Pomeroy from OARS will be giving a presentation on the new UNCG Accommodations Policy and be available to answer any questions you might have about it. Barry Miller will also be providing information from the library's perspective on how they are addressing changes to the policy.

EXCEL Training Workshop
October 15th, 10-11am, Jackson 117A (Super Lab computer lab)

Judy Guard from ITS will be providing a training workshop on EXCEL where you will learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets. You will learn how to create a workbook, create spreadsheets and link them, and perform basic math functions. You will also learn how to use graphs, and how to format your spreadsheets. This workshop does not require any previous knowledge of Excel or spreadsheets.

Hope to see you all there!



Thanks to all of those who stuffed the bags for the upcoming NCLA conference.  You did a great job!!
You Made it Matter!!

Development activities from last week

FOL Speaker Fund - $100
Friends of the Libraries - $200
Enrichment Fund - $1345
WVHP - $14
Bates Fund - $35
Special Collections Fund - $50

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Have a suggestion for the Keker First Year Common Read?

Since we are certainly a community of readers we're an ideal group to suggest titles for the 2016 book.

More information, guidelines and the suggestion form are here.  You may also contact Jenny Dale who represents the Libraries on the committee.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Updated Statistics Dashboard

The University Libraries updated its "Library Statistics Dashboard" to show trends in how our collections, technology services and buildings are used. Check it out to see how popular we are with patrons for studying and learning!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Charging Station is here........finally!

The new charging station is finally here and we should have it up and running later today.  The bulletin board kiosk has been moved to the connector, grab-a-book moved over and the new charging station is front and center (almost) of the info commons area.

Last week's donations to the Friends of the Libraries:

Enrichment Fund- $25
Friends of the Libraries - $75

Recital reminder

Join us on Friday for the Concert of Music by Louise Talma, organized by Sarah Dorsey to showcase her research on Talma.

Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Flu Shot Appointments

Flu Shot Appointment Sign Up

Flu season is right around the corner and once again Human Resources will be sponsoring flu shot clinics here on campus. To sign up for an appointment go to:

1. Click the ‘Sign-Up Now!’ button
2.When prompted, enter your Invitation Code: UNCGFlu2015
3. Enter the requested information
4. Select your preferred vaccination event & time

Available Dates:
October 19th (EUC - Kirkland)
October 20th (Campus Supply Training Room)
October 28th (EUC - Kirkland)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

DMC/DACTS Open House

Please join us next Thursday, Oct 1 at 4 pm  to see demonstrations of our new services for you and your students on the lower level of Jackson Library:

  • New consultation and learning space for the Digital ACT Studio
  • New Video, Image and Audio Lab
  • Enhanced Gaming Lab
  • Enhanced Maker Space
Snacks provided! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Suicide Prevention workshops

I wanted to make you all aware of a wonderful opportunity: the Mental Health Association of Greensboro is presenting two 90-minute QPR trainings (question, persuade, refer) regarding suicide prevention hosted by the Office of Intercultural Engagement. This is a crash course in recognizing students in crisis and appropriate response. Each training is capable of accommodating about 20 participants. 

The first training is for students on September 30th1-2:30 pm, and the second is for faculty/ staff October 15th, 11:30am-1pm. Both are housed in the Office of Intercultural Engagement's Multicultural Resource Center (062 EUC, bottom floor by the Meditation Room). I will shortly be sending out a Google Form for surveying interest. Remember these spots are limited: first come, first served. 

Please make time in your busy schedules for this program! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me or Porshe, the Assistant Director of the OIE, at

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries:    $720
Enrichment Fund:            $100
Special Collections Fund: $100

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jackson Library Evacuation Plan

In response to questions that arose from the two recent fire alarms, there is now a document called General Action Steps for Evacuation of Jackson Library posted on BTS on the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Planning Committee page under the Committees, Groups, Task Forces, & Projects tab.

Updated Mission Statement, Values and Goals

AAG approved these revisions of the Libraries' mission, values and goals 9/8/15 and the web page was updated:

Cheryl will post minutes soon!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries - $100
Margaret Maron Fund for Archives and Manuscripts - $5,000

Friday, September 4, 2015

Lower Level Added to Computer Availability Maps

The updated map of the Lower Level has been added to the computer availability maps.  You can view it here Lower Level or by following the link on the Main computer availability map.

More floors will be added in the near future. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

program next week

See You Next Tuesday for the Conversation with the Community on Straight Outta Compton!!!
September 8th at 6:00 pm in the EUC's Kirkland Room, AADS will host A Conversation with the Community on "Straight Outta Compton: The Story of NWA" with Dr. Tara T. Green, Professor & Director of AADS, Mr. Armondo Collins, Adjunct Professor of AADS, and Dr. Watson Jennison, Associate Professor of History at UNCG. Please join us for a discussion on the film, which is a historical piece on the iconic 1990's musical group NWA. This discussion will focus on the film's relationship to contemporary social issues including race, masculinity, politics and policing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Public PCs - Poe Side of Reading Room

We have added 8 public PCs on the Poe side of the Reading Room. They are visible on the Jackson main floor computer availability map. A reminder - this is only a temporary location for these PCs. The Provost gave us one-time money for public computing and we used some of that money to purchase PCs for the Reading Room Ideathon renovation. We are scattering those PCs around the library now, so that the public can go ahead and use them before that renovation is completed.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Upcoming Training Opportunities in September from the State Library

There are almost 80 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during September. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as digitization, fair use, data analysis, genealogy, project outcomes, and more. Be sure to check out the listings at the Train Station, your one-stop destination for continuing education and professional development opportunities:


Monday, August 31, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Save the dates!

On Oct 1 come and celebrate the new spaces in the lower level 4-5:30.

On Oct 2 join us for a recital and learn more about Sarah Dorsey's research on Louise Talma.  5:30 in the organ recital hall in the Music Building.

September events

September is going to be a busy month at the University Libraries in terms of events.  Below are listed the ones I know about at this time:

Saturday, September 12Newbery Award Winning Children’s Book Author and Poet Kwame Alexander at Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem, sponsored by the University Libraries through the Pam and David Sprinkle Children's Book Author and Storyteller Fund.  See

Monday, September 14: Newbery Award Winning Children’s Book Author and Poet Kwame Alexander. 7 p.m. Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG. (Also at Bookmarks Festival on September 12 in Winston-Salem)

Tuesday, September 15: Reception to recognize gift of Major Donors Terri and Clint Jackson (Walter Clinton Jackson IV). 3 p.m., Hodges Reading Room.

Tuesday, September 15: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors Meeting. Elm Room, Elliott University Center. 4-5:30 p.m.

Monday, September 21: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People Who Make Our Clothes, led by Jenny Dale and Lynda Kellam of the University Libraries. 4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

Wednesday, September 23: Presentation by Our State editor Elizabeth Hudson. 4 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG.

Friday, September 25: Vintage Viands: Take 2.   Reading Room, Jackson Library, 12-2:30

Monday, September 28: Tenure and Promotion Celebration Event, Virginia Dare Room 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 30: Reception to mark the opening of the Maud Gatewood exhibit in the Hodges Reading Room. 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Continuing Evolution of BTS

If you have been wondering what happened to the blogs icon on the main page of BTS, we were able to turn it to its own tab at the top of the page.

The blogs are still organized by type once you click on the tab.

We are also planning on adding a “handy tips” or a general information tab at the top and continuing to make minor tweaks to the site. 

If you have any suggestions or questions, please click on the "submit feedback" icon below "Library Events." This will take you to a Google form where you can be anonymous if you'd like.

Again once we complete the items we can from everyone's recommendations (see the document on our committee page), we'll hold an information session. 

Thanks for everyone's patience while we continue to work on the site!

-BTS Committee

Monday, August 24, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries:                       $75
Mae Douglas Fund:                       $20,000  This to name the Presentation Practice Room in the DMC.  There will more info about this soon!  
Enrichment Fund:                           $1,175
Women Veterans Historical Project:    $130
University Archives:                            $125

Friday, August 21, 2015

Retirement Planning Checklist

This list is from our Employee Assistance Program ComPsych

Retirement Checklist

You’ve worked hard your entire life to get to this moment. But are you really ready to retire? Here’s a checklist to help ensure that you are both financially sound and physically and emotionally prepared for this life-changing event.
The Checklist

1. Have you paid off your mortgage and any other debt? Reduced debt will ease your stress in retirement.
2. Have you talked with your spouse or partner? Don’t wait until you have retired to find out your spouse wants to continue working or expects you to do the same.
3. Is your vision for retirement clear? Do you want to relax? Do you want to spoil your grandchildren? Would you like to see the world or spend your days playing golf?
4. Have you created a realistic retirement budget? If you intend to have an active retirement, you may need as much money or more as when you were working.
5. Have you assessed the resources available to fund your retirement? When are you able to start drawing on your pension or investments?
6. Have you given retirement a test drive? Take a two-week vacation and act like you are retired. You may realize that sitting around the house drinking lemonade is not as fulfilling as you thought.
7. Have you assessed your asset allocation? With retirement right around the corner, you don’t have time to weather a correction in the market.

This information is brought to you by ComPsych GuidanceResources. This benefit offers confidential help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, at no cost to you or your immediate family. GuidanceConsultants can assist you with your concerns at:
Call: 800-630-4847 TDD: 800-697-0353 Online: App: GuidanceResources Now -Web ID: UNCG

Free webinars from ACRL

Some free webinars on a wide range of topics:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jackson gate count up this year

Just in case you didn't know how busy we are here's a fact to confirm it.  Our gate count for 2014-15 was 1,212,744, up 8% from last year!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Almost there!

Today was another "punch list" walk thru and we are almost there with our renovation project.  This is what the gaming lab is looking like:
This is how the VIA Lab is coming along:
And this is the Instructional Lab:
With a few more tweaks we are hoping to have all of these areas in service next week.

Calling all bakers/cooks!

Vintage Viands is back! Digital Projects will once again be putting on a taste testing event for students to sample old recipes that have been digitized, but we need your help! I know we have some exceptional cooks/bakers among us, so we thought we would do an all call for those who might be interested in helping us out with the baking/cooking AND with the actual event. This year’s theme is the 1940s, so we ask that you choose recipes from that time period. Crock pots are fine, but we only have a limited area to put everything, so please be mindful of that.

Here’s a link to the online collection tailored for the 1940s:

There’s some great recipes both online and in print that are in Special Collections. Carolyn has kindly put together an awesome LibGuide for the event, which you can view at this link: In the LibGuide, you will find a link to the digitized collection and a tailored WorldCat query for ones that could not be digitized due to copyright concerns but are eligible for this event. You will also find all the links to sign up for the event.

Vintage Viands will take place Friday, September 25, 2015 from 12-2:30 in the Reading Room on the main floor of the library.

If you plan to help us out, please let us know by Tuesday, September 15th at the absolute latest. The earlier we know how many people are willing to participate, the easier it will be for us to plan, so please let us know A.S.A.P. As an added bonus, there will be prizes for the tastiest and most unique recipes!

You can let us know if you intend to help by filling out this form:

or this one if you would just like to work the event (or you can fill out both!):

These links are also on the LibGuide.

The form asks for information like recipe name, pamphlet title, and all that, so please have a recipe picked out before you fill out the form. If you want to make more than one thing because you just love to cook, please fill out the form for each recipe. Also, try to stick to the original recipe as much as possible, but we understand that some ingredients may need to be updated/substituted. 

If you have any questions about some of the baking language (like what’s a moderate temperature and what’s a gill), please don’t hesitate to ask.

Even if you don’t participate by helping with the event, please come by and check it out if you get a chance and sample old recipes (and tell your students)!

Thank you all and we can’t wait to get cooking/baking with you!

Digital Projects

Monday, August 17, 2015

Flu Shot Schedule

Flu season is right around the corner and once again Human Resources will be sponsoring flu shot clinics here on campus. To sign up for an appointment go to:

1. Click the ‘Sign-Up Now!’ button
2.When prompted, enter your Invitation Code: UNCGFlu2015
3. Enter the requested information
4. Select your preferred vaccination event & time

Available Dates:
October 19th (EUC - Kirkland)
October 20th (Campus Supply Training Room)
October 28th (EUC - Kirkland)

Tours for new students - - spread the word!

Hack the Stacks: Explore Jackson Library
Stop in for a quick tour of Jackson Library focusing on the first floor, the tower, and the newly renovated Digital Media Commons! 
Tuesday 8/18 2:30pm-3:00pm (Jackson Library 1st floor)
Wednesday 8/19 4:30pm-5:00pm (Jackson Library 1st floor)

Library Website 101
Take thirty minutes to get comfortable with the library website and save time later! We'll focus on the search box on the Libraries' homepage.
Tuesday 8/18 2:00pm-2:30pm (Jackson Library CITI lab)
Wednesday 8/19 2:00pm-2:30pm (Jackson Library CITI lab)

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100
Friends of the Libraries:   $725
Special Collections Fund:   $100
Enrichment Fund:  $83.87

Friday, August 14, 2015

Professional Development – Fall 2015
Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Negotiation of Disputes - Practical Strategies
Thursday, September 3rd from 1:30pm - 4pm Eloise McCain Hassell, J.D., Attorney, Department of Management, Bryan School

Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum
Monday, September 14th from 2pm - 4pm
Wade Maki, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy

SPA Position Description and Employee Competency Assessment Forms
Friday, September 18th from 9am - 10:30am
Angela Mahoney, HR Consultant

*EEOI: Equal Employment Opportunity Institute - Level I
Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22nd
Angela Mahoney, HR Consultant-Classification/Compensation (SPA) *Required of all state managers and supervisors by NC Office of State Human Resources (OSHR). The Equal Employment Opportunity Institute (EEOI) became a legal mandate for state government managers and supervisors when North Carolina Assembly ratified House Bill 959 on June 26, 1991. This act requires managers and supervisors, employed by the state, to attend equal employment opportunity training within their first year of appointment or promotion.

Leave Management 101 Thursday, September 24th from 2pm - 3:30pm Marcia Rey, Employee Services Specialist & Rhonda Rogers, Human Resources Specialist (SPA Team Leader)
Working at Play and Playing at Work Friday, September 25th from 11am - 12pm
Dr. Omar Ali, Interim Dean, International Honors College

**EEOI: Equal Employment Opportunity Institute - Level II
Tuesday, September 29th from 8:30am - 4:30pm Bobbi S. Wardlaw-Brown, HR Consultant, Talent Management, Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) **This course is designed for chancellors, deans, vice chancellors, provosts and department heads of universities or others who report directly to a department or agency head or university chancellor. It is required for all of these employees who were hired, promoted or appointed since July 1, 1991.

Other Professional Development Opportunities in September:
• Overcoming Procrastination
• How to Receive Criticism and Make it Work for You
• Being Accountable in Work and Life

Updated Code of Conduct

We've updated our Code of Conduct and it's now on the Libraries' policy page.  We will update our entrance signs to correspond and they'll be posted soon.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BTS Redesign Update

Here is short update on the progress of the BTS update:

As you have seen, BTS is continuing to evolve.  You may have noticed that the blog list is no longer on the front page.  The blogs were moved to their own tab, and put into three sections to minimize scrolling through the lists, but we have had some technical issues in publishing that new tab (ERIT is working on that).  We put a temporary link to the blogs at the top of the left column. 

You will see changes appear as we get them completed.  When we have most of the requested changes in place, we will have focus groups and training. 

Please let us know what you think!  You can talk to Michelle, Cheryl, or Kathy B, or you can use the 'Submit Feedback' option on the BTS front page.  Thank you for your patience as we continue this work.

Libraries receive funds from named professorships

We now have four named professorships that are giving 10% of their endowment to the University Libraries:

1. Houston Professorship -- Tp Dr. Bill Gerace (Physics)
2. The Vacc Professorship - To Dr. Michael Parker (Writing Program)
3. The Hill Professorship - To Dr. Mac Banks (Business)
4. The Dickson Professorship - To Dr. Cheryl Lovelady  (Nutrition)

Each of these professorships is providing over $4,500 to the Libraries for collections in all formats to support the research of these four faculty members. These are recurring funds as long as the faculty member is in the named professorship.

The policy to distribute 10% of the named professorships was approved in 2006.   We are finally beginning to reap the rewards.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Staff Star Nominations

Staff Star Nominations

UNCG Employees are long known for volunteering and service.
Do you know a UNCG employee that has been caught in the act of caring? The Staff Recognition Committee encourages all staff, campus-wide, to nominate employees whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful or considerate. Ready to make someone a Star? Complete the Staff Stars Recommendation Form:

(Note: Requires UNCG username and Password)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fidelity Reps on Campus August 11 and August 18

Cleo Morgan, our Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant, will be at UNCG on August 11th (yes today) and 18th from 9am-5pm. Please consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to help address your questions and needs. Cleo can assist with:

• Managing your retirement savings goals
• Reviewing investment choices
• Building a plan that’s easy to put into action

Please schedule a free one-on-one appointment by calling 1-800-642-7131 or registering online at:

Remember ALL Personnel Meeting Thursday, come take a tour

This is a reminder that the All Personnel Meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon starting at 2 PM in the DMC.  After some brief updates we will be providing tours of our new spaces before the ice cream truck arrives..................did I say ice cream?  Here is the current status:

DMC's green wall is up!
Microfilm cabinets are in place:
Instruction lab is getting there:
3rd floor collaboratories are set, monitors to come:

You will have a chance to see all of this on Thursday, up close and personal!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Development activities

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:
Friends of the Libraries:  $50
Enrichment Fund:  $25

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Student Orientation

A reminder that we'll have orientation for public services student employees on Sunday, August 16 in the DMC.  Students are expected to be there at 1:30.  This is always a fun event and gets the year started off well.  Here's a pic from last year:

Monday, August 3, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries:    $200
Enrichment Fund:  $25
Women Veterans Historical Project:   $75

Friday, July 31, 2015

Major Changes to BTS

No doubt you all have noticed the color changes to the site recently, but here are some other upcoming changes to the site that will happen very soon:

  • New tab at the top for blogs that will link to a new page within Sharepoint that will display library blogs and links to them. They will also be recategorized by type. Thus far, we have been unable to get it to sort by date posted.
  • Blogs section on home page will go away. This will free up room for info in next bullet...
  • Today in the University will be the actual imprint of the website blog that you can view, click, etc. from within Sharepoint.
  • Colors will also change a bit more as we are still fine tuning the theme for the site.

Stay tuned...

-BTS Committee

First Aid Kit

We have ordered and received a first aid kit along with some tourniquets requested from a previous event:
This kit is meant for staff use and will be located behind the reception desk in the admin office:
Students seeking band aids or minor first aid supplies can be directed to the EUC information desk or our Access Services desk for limited options.  Major issues should be referred to the health center.