Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dust Barrier up in DMC, FYI

New position posted

Today - May 28th - Presentation Practice for WMS Users Group Meeting - 3pm in room 216

Come help Darinlee practice her presentation for the East Coast WMS User Group Gathering in front of a live audience. Any and all are welcome to sit in and listen as she expounds on the wonders of serials functionality in our fabulous library system.

Presentation Title: Tips and Tricks for Serials
When: Thursday, May 28th at 3:00pm
Where: LIB216
Who: open to all
Why: To help Darinlee practice her presentation before the conference

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Project Start Up

This summer's renovation project officially got underway today as workers began hanging dust barriers as such:

This is in the SuperLab for the work on the new instructional lab.  For the next couple of months we will be routing the SuperLab traffic through the other side by Ann's office:

This means the entry to the SuperLab with the woman's room and door the the stairwell will be closed.  Later in the project these doors might also be restricted but I will give a heads up on that.

Some information to be aware of right now includes:

  • We will be keeping the side door to the loading dock room unlocked from 8 am to 5 pm to allow worker access to the building.  This is to be their only point of access, through the back receiving doors and into the DMC via that side door.  Please do not lock it back until it is locked for the evening.
  • Recycle bins in the back dock area will be rearranged in order to keep the dock area less congested.    Please help by avoiding this area and do not leave materials or equipment there we need to keep access open.
  • On Tuesday I have scheduled a City Transfer run to make last minute moves and take care of any remaining surplus.  If you have movers needs please let me know.
Thanks in advance for you patience and support during this quick renovation this summer and let me know if you have questions or see issues.

June 3rd - Presentation Practice for WMS Users Group Meeting 10-11 a.m. in 216

Come help Mary Jane practice her presentation for the East Coast WMS User Group Gathering in front of a live audience. Any and all are welcome to sit in and listen about "You Want THAT in the Online Catalog?"  
Description: Lack of the ability to put brief bibliographic records that don't appear in OCLC's master database is a shock when first migrating. Suddenly catalogers need to input new records into OCLC for everything they want discoverable, from equipment like laptops, extension cords, and sand bags to tools and manipulatives. How do you handle these? Especially if you don't have staff to spend significant time originally cataloging these materials.  See how one academic library handled these types of materials.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Development Update

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:
Enrichment Fund - $1,200

Fidelity Representatives on campus June 3 & June 26

Cleo Morgan, our Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant, will be at UNCG on June 3, 2015 from 9am-5pm and June 26th from 9am-5pm. Sessions will take place in the Human Resources Conference Room, 159 Mossman. 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
Schedule a free one-on-one appointment by calling 1-800-642-7131 or registering online at:

Susan's Retirement Party Tomorrow 5/26 3:00 pm

Just wanted to send out a reminder about Susan's party, tomorrow at 3:00 in the staff lounge. Please come celebrate with us as we wish her well in her retirement. See you all then! 



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Digital project proposals

It's that time of year again. If you have a proposal for a digital project, please fill out the form you can find at and return it to David Gwynn by Monday 15 June 2015, so that the DP Priorities Team can begin its assessment.

If you have any questions about the form or about a project, please check in with David or any member of the team. We ask that you not distribute this form outside the Libraries. If you would like to work with a faculty member on a promising project, feel free, but for now we would still prefer that all projects be submitted internally by Libraries faculty and staff so as not to overwhelm the process.

Please keep in mind the four priority focus areas for digital projects. Projects fitting in one or more of these subject areas are given priority over other projects in the absence of any other compelling factors. The four areas are:
  • University (UNCG) history
  • Local and regional history
  • Women's history
  • Performing arts
To see our current digital collections, please visit


Digital Projects Priorities Team:
  • Tim Bucknall, Chair
  • Mary Jane Conger 
  • Anna Craft 
  • Keith Gorman
  • David Gwynn

Why is the grass still brown in front of JL?

I was asked about this so consulted with someone from the Grounds crew.  It's Zoysia which is a warm weather grass. Much of the rest of campus is Bermuda which is a cool weather grass.  The fact that we had a cold weather has impacted the Zoysia.  The Grounds crew person said hopefully it will start turning green soon.  The green pushing through is weeds and probably leftover grass from before this planting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SPA representative to AAG

Each year as we prepare for the AAG (Administrative Advisory Group) retreat we provide the opportunity for a new SPA employee to participate with the group for the following year.  This year Michelle Courtney has been part of the AAG group and has done an outstanding job, please join us in thanking her for her service.

Beginning with our AAG retreat this year, scheduled for June 16th, Cheryl Cross will take over as SPA representative and will be participating with the AAG activities.  Congratulations to Cheryl.

Idea Thon ideas

Thank-you again to everyone who participated in the Idea Thon yesterday. We very much appreciate your time and effort.   It was very productive with many great proposals generated. We have lots of great ideas to consider. And, it was lots of fun! 

We'll be debriefing with the facilitators in June and  will then discuss it again in the AAG retreat on June 16.  We'll then move forward with proposals to consider and have student focus groups in the fall.  We'll continue to work on plans next year with the hope of doing renovations so as to not disrupt students during the academic year.

Here are pictures of all the white boards.  Some had two sides and may have gotten out of order but all the ideas are there.  Below are ideas from the morning "function" group because they ran out of white board space! 

Functions notes from 9:30
Function is the first thing to consider – everything else flows from this
Vision is student centered – name should be changed to something less generic – for example  Student Commons, Info Commons (from space near AS), Minerva’s Parlor,  Student Forum, Minerva’s Forum, Collaborative Commons – there should be a distinct identity for the room, cohesive in terms of furniture which should closely match function
At least a large portion of furniture should be mobile and easy to move  - right now there is too much furniture, looks crowded and cluttered
Take out at least some of shelving – remaining shelving should be low, not high, shouldn’t close off the room and natural light  - shelving arrangement, doesn’t all have to be together in rows, orientation could shift or put remaining shelving in small groups or on walls
Put computers in central area where shelving is now, but still make it easy to walk through
Increase number of outlets, consider a charging station in the room
The DMC area is well used – take ideas on furniture and furniture arrangement from there – consider using some of the tall tables in the DMC style (maybe these should be next to columns)
Get rid of current wrap around tables on columns, use a more collaborative type of furniture
Think of variety of student needs – commuter students who need a place to hang out, room for play and socialization as well as study and group meetings
Consider needs of tutors – should perhaps a space be created that would suit their needs, consult that group on needs
Move materials less likely to be used by students, such as journals – maybe to Tower, maybe to Ref.
?move DVDs to tower OR Consider moving DVDs to walls to allow shelving to be moved from center of room
Consider coffee kiosk in this area – perhaps in the back to take advantage of water line
Make space for student exhibits – consider mobile, hanging from ceilings displays
While lectures and events should be considered for this space – they should be secondary and the room arrangement should be geared more toward student needs, but build in flexibility for possible different room set ups – events for students should be most important, but reservations shouldn’t be too open (as with collabortories) – consider a moveable wall for events
Need for screen and projector or monitor for events -
Knock out portion of wall with poetry nook on the other side – move poetry collection to a more visible area

Overall need better maps and signs – make it easy for people to find things, find available computers, maybe electronic signs, maybe a menu with different displays

Monday, May 18, 2015

New SPA Performance Management Plan for 2016 – COMING SOON!

In anticipation of the new SPA Performance Management Plan that has been approved by the State Human Resources Commission, the new PMP cycle for 2015-16 will be from July 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016. The new policy, process and procedures will be effective April 2016. Please stay tuned for more information.

Beth Bernhardt Elected to National Office with ALCTS

Beth Bernhardt is the Chair-Elect for the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services - Collection Management Section for 2015/16 and will become chair in 2016/17. This section supports library professionals who perform collection management and development while selecting and evaluating all types of library materials in all types of institutions.  Congratulations to Beth.

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries - $355
Enrichment Fund - $1183.33
Special Collections Fund - $100
Diversity Fund - $100

2015 Staff Development and Recognition Week Survey

If you have not already done so, can you please take a few minutes and fill out the 2015 Staff Development and Recognition Week Survey.  All feedback is anonymous and we appreciate any feedback and suggestions you might have for the future. Thanks!



Friday, May 15, 2015

Wii Tournament Champions!!

Congrats to Alaina Jones and Laath Martin on winning the Wii Mario Kart Tournament for 2015!! 

Lower Level Update

We finally got all of the surplus gone this week so we are almost ready for construction to start:
The shelves in the back have been offered up to another department and we are just waiting to hear if they can use them.  A dust barrier will be installed near the carpet line, FYI.

In the meantime, the microfilm cabinets will live temporarily down the aisle in the DMC and will still be accessible from the stairs and elevator:
And finally its time to limit traffic into that area, so please use the tower side for reaching preservation services, the staff lounge, the receiving dock, etc.  These signs will be posted soon around the main side lower lever access points:
Hopefully, more details will be available next week.

Wii Championship

Wii Championship today at 1-1:30pm in Room 216.

Come and cheer on the finalists!

The Super Koopa Bros (Alaina and Laath) v. ERIT Avengers (Erica and Lee)

Friday Staff Development and Recognition Week Events

9:00am-11:00am- “Keeping Us/You/Them Safe” – Security and safety at UNCG and Jackson Library
Location: Room 216

This presentation is in two parts to update everyone on some new tools and communication options related to safety and security.  Starting at 9 am, we will discuss a project by the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Planning Committee, as well as updates on building security issues.  At 10 am we will be joined by Chief Herring from Campus Police to discuss broader issues as well as a demonstration of a new app the Police Department is expecting to implement.  This meeting has been moved to 216 in order to utilize the equipment.

1:00-1:30pm- Mario Kart Tournament Championship
Location: Room 216

Come join your fellow co-workers and watch the last two teams battle it out to determine who will be the Mario Kart champion for 2015.

3:00-4:00pm- Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Staff Association 
Location: Staff Lounge in the basement

As a way to end the Staff Development and Recognition week on a high note, we invite you to attend an Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Staff Association to be held in the Staff Lounge.  There will be vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and orange sherbet from Yum-Yum’s Ice Cream as well as all your favorite toppings. There will be a Staff Association meeting held during the ice cream social where we will elect new officers. Karen Grigg has offered to serve as the next Staff Association president.

5:15-6:15pm- Happy Hour at Old Town Drought House
Location: Old Town Drought House

Come join your fellow co-workers for an after work social event to hang out, have a beer, eat some food and just relax. Please note that all food and beverages are on you. Beth Bernhardt has agreed to be the designated person to look for when you get there.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wii Tournament Times

Here are the Wii Tournament Times for Thursday, May 14th. All games are being played in Room 216.

Round 2: 2-3pm

Game 4:

Tasmanian Tornadoes (Marcie and Audrey) v. ERIT Avengers (Erica and Lee)

Game 5:
The Super Koopa Bros (Alaina and Laath) v. Espresso Crashers (Katherine and Michelle)

Thursday Staff Development and Recognition Week Events

10:30-11:30am- “Drink This, Not That” presented by HealthyUNCG
Location: Hodges Reading Room

Did you know the average American drinks about 450 calories a day. That’s a quarter of the calories you’re supposed to eat in an entire day! This “Drink This, Not That” presentation will give you simple swaps that will save you calories and help you lose pounds!

12:00-1:30pm- Brown Bag lunch- Librarian Instruction and Pedagogy  
Location: First floor Reading Room

Within our organization many individuals provide instruction in various forms and formats.  This brown bag is to discuss ideas, best practices and techniques in providing instruction or making presentations.  There will also be a call for skills development in terms of creating a plan for programming in the coming academic year.

3:00-5:00pm- Stream Clean
Location: Meet outside by the Walker Ave. circle

Have you ever wondered what that sign on Walker Ave. is referring to and what that stream clean thing is all about? Well, now you have a chance to find out. Come join your fellow co-workers and help pick up trash and make our little part of the stream system in Greensboro a little cleaner. You can bring boots or swim shoes - both work. Or you can avoid the water completely and just clean the banks. You should wear work clothes (jeans and long sleeves are good) and we supply the gloves and the trash bags. We're usually done in two hours. Please sign up if interested so we can find you to sign the liability release form. We'll find a rain date if the weather doesn't cooperate. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Dorsey (

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Having Fun at the TALA Conference

President Lincoln consulting with UNCG attendees
at the TALA Conference in High Point

State Health Plan Enrollment Changes

The State Health Plan will transition to a new Eligibility and Enrollment Services partner, Aon Hewitt, effective June 1, 2015. This change will be largely seamless for most members. During Annual Enrollment in October, the enrollment process is expected to change slightly to a more streamlined procedure. Members do not need to take any action at this time, but please stay tuned for more information. Updates will be posted in the State Health Plan’s Member Focus monthly e-newsletter and online at the Plan's website. Members will also receive more information in the mail.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Training Opportunities from the State Library for May

There are more than 90 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during May. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as collection development, leadership, emergency preparedness, reference, infographics, census data, and more. Be sure to check out the listings at the Train Station, your one-stop destination for continuing education and professional development opportunities:

Wii Tournament Times- Tuesday

Here are the Wii Tournament Times for Tuesday, May 12th. All games are being played in Room 216.

Round 1: 1-1:30pm
Games 3-C is for Chaos (Cheryl and Darinlee) vs. The Super Koopa Bros (Alaina and Laath)

Tuesday Staff Development and Recognition Week Events

11:00am-12:00pm- “What can Google do for you? – Google Drive and Google Forms” presented by Judy Hunsucker, ITS Training Coordinator
Location: Hodges Reading Room

Two Google Applications will be covered in this presentation; Google Drive, and Google Forms. Come and learn what Google Drive has to offer as a collaboration/online storage tool. You will learn how to get to Google Drive, what kinds of files can be stored there, how Google Drive aids collaborative work, and more. Stay to learn how Google Forms can help you quickly put together a data collection form, and send it out. You will see how the data is collected, and what the options are for analyzing the data after collection!

2:00-2:45pm- SCUA Exhibit Presentation by Carolyn Shankle and Kathelene Smith, SCUA
Location: Hodges Reading Room

This curatorial discussion will feature the current exhibit, A Portable Likeness: Selected Portrait Miniatures and their Literary Context. In this curator talk, Carolyn Shankle and Kathelene Smith will discuss the evolution of portrait miniatures from a luxury item to a popular portable art form.

3:00-4:00pm- Service Award Presentation 
Location: Hodges Reading Room

This annual event will celebrate this year's winner of the Martha Ransley Staff Service Award as well as recognizing our staffs' years of service with service award pins.  Light refreshments and food will be provided.

Monday, May 11, 2015

UNCG Shred-a-Thon is June 12th

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) will host a paper shredding event at UNCG on June 12, 2015 (9am – 1pm). The location of the UNCG Shred-a-Thon will be on Administration Drive in front of the Foust Building. The UNCG Shred-a-Thon will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to dispose of paper records that have met retention requirements. Remember to maintain proper security of records containing sensitive information.

For more information about the UNCG Shred-a-Thon, contact OWRR at 334-5192.

Last week's donations to the University Libraries

Friends of the Libraries:  $125
University Archives Fund:  $500
Enrichment Fund:   $1500
Diversity Fund:  $60
Wirkus WVHP Fund:  $100

Wii Tournament Times

Here are the Wii Tournament times for Monday, May 11th. All games are being held in Room 216

Round 1:
Game 1: 1-1:30 pm
Koopa Troopas (Sean and Jennifer) vs. Tasmanian Tornadoes (Marcie and Audrey)

Game 2: 1:30-2pm
ERIT Avengers (Erica and Lee) vs. Espresso Crashers (Katherine and Michelle)

Monday Staff Development and Recognition Week Events

11:30am-2:00pm- Staff Development and Recognition Week “Kick-off” Picnic
Location: Charlie’s Yard (outside the front of the library facing College. Ave)
[rain location- First Floor Reading Room]

As a way to start off our 4th annual Staff Development and Recognition Week, we invite you to attend an outdoor picnic for the staff filled with all of your favorite cook-out foods including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts.  There will also be vegetarian options available.

3:00-4:00pm- Cardioblast presented by HealthyUNCG 
Location: First Floor Reading Room (Poe Side)

No time for a run? Not able to fit Zumba into your schedule? Stuck in an office all day? Research shows that spending long hours in a sitting position can lead to serious health consequences, on top of draining your energy levels. Luckily, Cardioblast will teach you how short bouts of aerobic exercise can be done right in your office! This program will help you get in those 30 minutes a day one needs to counteract negative health effects and give you the energy you need to power through your workday!

All Week- Mario Kart Wii Tournament

A fun, head-to-head single elimination video game competition to determine the top racing team in the library.  The championship rounds will be held on Friday before the ice cream social.

Friday, May 8, 2015

May 28th - Presentation Practice for WMS Users Group Meeting

Come help Darinlee practice her presentation for the East Coast WMS User Group Gathering in front of a live audience. Any and all are welcome to sit in and listen as she expounds on the wonders of serials functionality in our fabulous library system.

Presentation Title: Tips and Tricks for Serials
When: Thursday, May 28th at 3:00pm
Where: LIB216
Who: open to all
Why: To help Darinlee practice her presentation before the conference

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Fire Alarm Inspections

Fire alarms for the following buildings that will be tested in the upcoming weeks. The buildings will have audibles sounded in them, briefly, while the building is inspected.

The buildings are:

Aycock Auditorium: 5/11 
Oakland Deck: 5/11
Walker Deck: 5/12 
McIver Deck: 5/12 
Jackson Library: 5/13, 5/14*

*I requested 5/13 as many of you will be at the TALA event, the 14th is an overflow date if needed.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Staff Development and Recognition Week

Good morning all,

Just a reminder that next week we will be having our Fourth Annual Staff Development and Recognition Week here at the library. The following is a list of the events we have planned for the week. If you are interested in attending the event, can you please click the [sign up] link and let us know. Signing up does NOT commit you to attending the events, but helps us with planning.

Look forward to seeing throughout the week!


  • Staff Development and Recognition Week “Kick-off” Picnic- SIGN UP
  • Cardioblast presented by HealthyUNCG- SIGN UP
  • Mario Kart Wii Tournament- See email sent out on May 1st for link
  • What can Google do for you? – Google Drive and Google Forms- SIGN UP
  • A Portable Likeness: Selected Portrait Miniatures and their Literary Context- SCUA Exhibit Talk- SIGN UP
  • Service Award Presentation- SIGN UP
  • Drink This, Not That” presented by HealthyUNCG- SIGN UP
  • Brown Bag lunch- Librarian Instruction and Pedagogy- SIGN UP
  • Stream Clean- SIGN UP
  • “Keeping Us/You/Them Safe” – Security and safety at UNCG and Jackson Library- SIGN UP
  • Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Staff Association- SIGN UP
  • Happy Hour at Old Town Drought House- SIGN UP

Last week's donations to the University Libraries

Friends of the Libraries:   $250
Enrichment Fund:    $1001.57
Diversity Fund:   $125
Service Award Fund:  $500

Annual Steam Shutdown

UNCG Facilities Operations
Utility Outage Notification

To:                        All Building Contacts
Cc:                       EH&S, Facilities Operations, Police Services
What:                   Annual Steam Shutdown
Where:                 Throughout Campus
When:                  Friday, 5/8/2015 3:00 PM through Wednesday, 5/13/2015 PM 4:00 PM

Why:                     Central steam for the campus is planned to be shut off at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 8th until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 13th to support construction and perform preventative maintenance on the steam distribution system.  The outage will affect domestic hot water, building heat and steam humidification systems in most buildings on campus.

Contact:              For questions or concerns, please contact Lester Rogers at 334-5336, Bob Johnson at 256-1076 or Jon Soter at 256-0434 in Facilities Operations.  Another notice will be sent out a few days before the shutdown.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Entrance to Superlab re-routed

During the construction this summer, patrons will enter the Superlab on the left side on the hall where Ann Perdue's office is.  Superlab staff will be creating directional signs. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

UNCG Student Employee of the Year - Paula Damasceno

Paula Damasceno was chosen as the UNCG Student Employee of the Year for 2014/2015.  Paula works in the DMC where she created and ran the New Short Film Festival for the University Libraries this year.