Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Faculty lecture this Thursday

Please join us at 3:00 pm on February 26 in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library for a lecture by Dr. Gregory Grieve of the UNCG Religious Studies Department. 

His talk,  "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library"  will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Dr. Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries' Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies' Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion on Digital Games.  Final group projects in these classes require students to develop a video.

His recent books, Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus and  Playing with Religion in Video Games explore this topic extensively. To quote Dr. Grieve:

Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious undertones. From the Shinto-inspired Japanese video game Okami to the internationally popular The Legend of Zelda and Halo, many video games rely on religious themes and symbols to drive the narrative and frame the storyline.

We hope to see you at this dynamic lecture!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Library:   $250

Innovation grant talk reminder

Please join me, Armondo, Cathy, Brown, Richard and Erin for a presentation on: "The Innovation Program: Transformative Experiences".
With the approach of this year's call for innovation grant applications, we thought it would be interesting for you to hear from the past and current recipients of the Libraries' Innovation Grant Award.  They will talk about their projects, what they were about, what was accomplished, and how the innovation grant allowed them to move creative ideas forward to benefit the students and faculty at UNCG.
The presentation will be in EUC-Claxton on February 24th from 2-3:30pm.
Please join us!   Armondo, Brown, Cathy, Erin and Richard have interesting stories to tell!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

new water fountain ready (almost)

The new water bottle fountain in Admin is ready to use.  There's one more thing that needs to happen before it cools but on a day like today that's probably not an issue.  C'mon up! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Library:  $925
Enrichment Fund:   $183.33
Institutional Memory Project:   $500
Women Veterans Historical Project:    $100

Thursday, February 12, 2015

UNCG Cares Workshops

Please note these workshops announced in Campus Weekly:


The UNCG Cares workshops are very useful for student supervisors and staff who work closely with students.  As usual, check with your supervisor first! 

HIstory of African American Students at UNCG

Don't forget this today:  

Where: Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
When: Thursday, February 12th from 2:00-3:00

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ALA President coming to UNCG!

Please join us on March 20, 2015 from 10:30-11:30am when Courtney Young, the current President of the American Library Association, will be speaking on "The Importance of Libraries in Student Success".  Her presentation will be held in Kirkland, EUC. It is not often that we get the President of ALA to join us.  Hope you can attend. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tell your story and support libraries everywhere

I got this email today and invite any who are interested to join me in posting their "library story."

"For each story submitted to the My Library Story community (through February 28, 2015), Gale will donate $1 to an advertising fund used to promote libraries through mainstream media during National Library Week 2015. The donation tracker is updated daily as guest posts are published (not real-time upon submission).
You can contribute! Share your own story and encourage others to share their experiences as well."

This is great... but it could use LOTS more contributions. As of now the running total is just $189.

Submissions can be just a few sentences. Librarians or users (can write theirs in moments. Not only is this raising $$, but of course it's also amassing a collection of positive stories for later use.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries:   $425
Enrichment Fund:   $25

Visit from Appalachian State University

On Thursday February 13th we will host five visitors from ASU.  They will be meeting with the tenured and tenure-track librarians in Hodges, 1:30 - 3:30,  to discuss how their librarian ranks work.  This visit is the first step in exploring adding ranks to our Libraries' faculty promotion and tenure process. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries

Friends of the Libraries:   $370
Women Veterans Historical Project:    $50
Enrichment Fund:     $100

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Short sharing sessions reminder

Today at 3:30 in Hodges:

We will have these short presentations with Q/A:
  • Cheryl Cross on expansion of the DMC Makerspace
  • David Gwynn and Brown Biggers on two current LSTA grants: MakerSpace (not the same as the DMC) and Community History 
  • Stacey Krim and Mac Nelson on "Cello Music Metadata is Googlicious"
  • Carolyn Shankle on the upcoming Shakespeare exhibit in the Hodges Reading Room
  • Scott Hinshaw on a video he and Laath Martin made concerning the Lois Lenski exhibit
Everyone is welcome! Thank you