Thursday, January 29, 2015


From Rosann:

Everyone is invited to join us for a fun “IDEA-THON” event. 

We want to spruce up and make the Jackson Library reading room more attractive and effective for students. 

We plan  to hold a half day “IDEA-THON” event, for a TBD date in May, to brainstorm ideas in one of five different topics. Everyone who is interested in brainstorming ideas is welcome to come. Everyone selects the table they would like to sit at based on the topic they would like to discuss.  

Table topics are:
·         Materials and Resources
·         Seating and Furniture
·         Express Desk
·         Technology
·         Functions

We want everyone who is interested in participating to come to this fun event. We very much want to hear your creative and innovative ideas as we have this library-wide dialog about space issues and design focused on the first floor reading room. 

At the end of your table brainstorming discussions, groups will report out their ideas to everyone. 

We hope that this type of all-inclusive event will lend itself to the development of creative ideas, diversity of thought, teamwork and faster implementation since we will not be using a task force model.

Of course, refreshments and snacks will be served:)

More information will be coming……………

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BTS task force

One of the questions on the staff survey last fall concerned BTS.  Admin responded that we'd appoint a task force to look at the issues.

I'm delighted to announce that Cheryl Cross, Michelle Courtney and Kathy Bradshaw will serve on this group with the charge below.  If you have any other thoughts or concerns with BTS please share with one of them. 

Behind the Stacks Task Force
The staff survey conducted in fall 2014 indicated that BTS has improved communication and is working well overall but suggested there's room for tweaking to improve it.   This task force will evaluate BTS and provide recommendations. 
Specific issues to address include:
·         Communicating to staff the purpose of BTS - both "keeping up to date" and archival aspects
·         Training for staff to learn how to access it best to suit them (icon, RSS feed, etc) and use all its features including the blogs and tabs for other sections.
·         Establishing procedures for committee chairs to keep membership and minutes up to date.
·         Improving the design of BTS.
·         Recommending other ways to improve BTS the task force would like to consider.
The task force should provide recommendations to the ADs by March 30, 2015.

Good budget news (finally!)

As you may recall from an all personnel meeting a few months ago, we had been planning to reduce the number of PCs, laptops, and iPads in the Library. Basically, we had to cut $40,000 worth of equipment in order to stay within the reduced Library IT equipment budget. Fortunately, computer prices have recently dropped by about $100 each, which saves us the $40,000 without having to reduce the total number of machines we support. Hooray!

Office of Multicultural Affairs: Upcoming Events

Greetings from the Office of Multicultural Affairs!!! Here is a list of our upcoming events!

1. Empty Bowls
When: Monday Jnauary 26-30     10am -2pm
Where: EUC Azalea

Empty Bowls is a UNCG annual project to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger and food insecurity.   Painters can drop in- no sign-up required. If you would like to paint with a large group please email Kristina Snader at to sign up for a time.

If you would like to volunteer to help set-up, tear down, or supervise painters please sign-up here:

Mark your calendars to come out for our April Bowl Sale!


Coming to campus March 2015

What is the Tunnel of Oppression?

The Tunnel of Oppression (TOP) is an interactive event that takes place on a number of college campuses each year in order to highlight contemporary issues of oppression. The event originated as a diversity program in 1993 at Western Illinois University and has since expanded nationwide, introducing students to concepts such as power, privilege, and oppression.

Tunnel of Oppression participants will walk through various rooms that focus on a particular social justice issue with an assigned tour guide. While the situations encountered may make some uncomfortable, the Tunnel is designed to engage emotions and make participants think critically about what is experienced in the room. The scenes that take place in the Tunnel are not meant to be representative of all people who have experienced oppression. Instead, they are intended to portray one example of how oppression may be experienced.

What rooms will be featured at UNCG's Tunnel?

UNCG will feature four different rooms in its first ever Tunnel of Oppression! However, we would like to receive student input in regards to which rooms we should feature. Please give us feedback by completing a quick survey below:

Tunnel of Oppression - Room Preference Survey  (survey will close on Friday, January 23rd)

Featured rooms at other institutions have included the following: social class, physical disability, body image, homophobia, transphobia, religious oppression, relationship violence, racial profiling, and immigration. This list is not meant to be exhaustive - please add your suggestions with the "Other" box provided in the survey.

How can I or my student organization get involved?

The Tunnel of Oppression requires a lot of volunteers in order to make the event run smoothly. We are currently looking for assistance in a number of capacities! To learn more about how you can get involved, please consider attending one of the following:

Volunteer Interest Meetings

   Monday, January 26th , 2015 at 1:00 pm
   Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in 062 EUC

   Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
   Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in 062 EUC

If you are interested in getting involved with the Tunnel of Oppression but are unable to make it to an interest meeting, please contact Niki Paganelli at or Justin Shreve at for more information. Any other comments or concerns can also be addressed to Niki or Justin.

3. Kaleidoscope Peer Education Program - Diversity and Social Justice programs available upon request!

The Kaleidoscope Program aims to create space on campus to hold difficult discussions on multiculturalism and social justice in order to foster a more inclusive, safe and equitable campus that is informed and shaped by all our communities.

Peer facilitators are available to deliver both standard programs and programs tailored to the needs of particular audiences. Topics covered by the program include but are not limited to issues of stereotyping, discrimination, racism, homophobia, sexism, identity, power dynamics and oppression. Appropriate audiences include student organizations, residence hall associations and classrooms.

For more information contact Niki Paganelli ( or Dr. Mark Villacorta (, or see

4. Oh the Places!!! Artist Talk/Artist Reception
When: February 4th  4pm - 5pm
Where: EUC 062 MRC Open Area

The MRC Art series will feature photos taken by students around the African Diaspora. UNCG students will display their photographs taken on their various Study Abroad programs. Refreshments will follow.

5. LGBTQ Community Outreach Hours
When: Every Wednesday until April 22 4p-6p
Where: EUC 062 MRC Conference Room

The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides an inclusive, affirming, safe and welcoming environment for individuals and allies of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. The Office works to enhance awareness, understanding, and advocacy of the LGBTQ student community. Refreshments will be provided

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Calling all bakers/cooks!

Digital Projects will be putting on a taste testing activity for students to taste test 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 actual baking/cooking. If you are interested, please look through our site and find a recipe you would like to make and bring in for the students. It can be anything you chose but please think about convenience for the students (and the people who are working the booth). 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:

Please stick to the online collection so we can showcase what’s been put online. There’s some great recipes. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even make things that don’t sound the most appetizing (like overly aspic rings like this one: found on page 4) and we’ll have a taste-if-you-dare part of the exhibit.

We will be doing this taste testing exhibit (which we are tentatively calling “Vintage Viands”) February 13th from 12:30 to 2:30 in the Reading Room on the ILL side.

If you plan to help us out, please let us know by February 9th 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 best and worst tasting recipes!

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

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.

This is to showcase our online collection, so anyone can come by and taste what we have available, so this isn't strictly for students but it is student focused. Please come by and check it out if you get a chance and sample old recipes!

Thank you all and we can’t wait to get cooking/baking with you! See Erica or Callie with questions.

Digital Projects

Water fountain in Admin hallway

After serving us valiantly for who knows how long this water fountain has met the end of its life.  May it rest in peace.

We'll be installing a bottle filler soon and will let everyone know when it's ready.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Renovation Project Update

We are now in a position to share some information regarding the renovation project that has been discussed the last several months.  To recap, this renovation involves two areas, the remainder of the unfinished area in the lower level and the building of a larger instruction space in the SuperLab.  The following drawings represent the general design that has now been agreed upon and the architects will now begin work on creating schematics that will be used as the basis for construction.  

The first drawing is the lower level, the elements are:  DACTS will be positioned over to the right side (south side) of the lower level in the unfinished area current housing table and chairs.  There was not enough money to bring speaking and writing into this space as well so it will just be DACTS.  This provides the spaces used currently by DACTS to be incorporated fully into the DMC operation.

On the DMC side, the upper left corner in the drawing will be remodeled for makespace activities and the gaming room (the old dock space) will be enhanced for gaming activities.
 This drawing represents the SuperLab and the space within the Superlab that will portioned off and remodeled into a larger instruction lab.  This is expected to seat 40 with wall monitors for viewing accessibility by all.
Over the next few weeks we will be seeing and hearing more details related to construction and infrastructure design as well as finalizing an expected schedule.  Currently we are hoping to begin construction as soon as this semester ends and expect to be complete prior to the start of fall classes.  More updates to come as learned.

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Women Veterans Historical Project:     $150
Friends of the Libraries:    $1,025