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.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


After positive feedback from the staff sessions on Monday and Tuesday, LWAC has decided to proceed with the launch of the new homepage next week. If anyone wants to review the new page a bit more, it can be viewed at
but please keep the following in mind:
- it is still under development, so some things may not be functional
- we have not yet made final decisions on the images for the page. The ones there now are "placeholders"
- we still have time to make minor tweaks prior to the launch, but we do not have time to make major changes. Any suggestions for major changes would have to be considered after launch.
- the new site has the new version of the homepage ONLY. If you'd like to look at the latest content for 2nd level pages, please use the pages on the current site -

Textile Talk Reminder

You've seen the beautiful displays of class jackets, gym suits and dresses.  Now you have the chance to learn more about them!

Kathelene Smith will provide a lecture about SCUA's Textile Collection on Today at 2:30 pm in the Hodges Reading Room.  Please join us!

The talk is sponsored by the Humanities Team.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Updates to Anti-virus Software and Run Advertise Programs on July 30, 2015

Campus ITS will be pushing an update to all staff PCs in the University Libraries on July 30, 2015.  This update will remove Symantec anti-virus and replace it with Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection.  It will also remove Run Advertise Programs (RAP) and replace it with Software Center and the Application Catalog.

These updates will happen in the background and should not interrupt your work.  However, you may see a message during the anti-virus update that indicates that your system does not have anti-virus software installed.  If this message does appear you may ignore it.

Once RAP has been replace you will be able to see the available software by browsing in Internet Explorer to  The software presented in the Application Catalog is the same software that previously appeared in RAP.

Please contact ERIT if you have questions or concerns.

Project Update July 29

Very interesting project meeting today, things are getting down to the wire and that means we are working Saturday to stay on track.  I'm sure you noticed today the furniture shipments, this was for the SuperLab as they are updating equipment and furniture this week:
Also, the lights have come in for the instructional lab (boxes in lower left), so once those are in, the ceiling tile will be added and the room will start to look whole:
Tomorrow carpet should be completed and they will start hanging doors soon.  An interesting feature is this Connectrac, which will run under the tables in the instructional lab and the back of the SuperLab.  It's will help with wire management and overall use of the room:
You will also see move furniture toward the end of next week.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

24/5 service

Ever wonder how much 24/5 is used?  Our staff does monthly headcounts to see.  In 2014 15 we averaged 2,156 people per week for a nightly average of 431 studious (or sleepy!) students.  Thanks to Maryanne and Thomasina for keeping watch over them and the Library during the wee hours.

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries - $215

Monday, July 27, 2015

Libraries' blogs

Want to know how much our blogs are used?  There's a new report under "Service Quality" on the Assessment LibGuide.  Scroll down to "Blog reports."

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Liaison web pages

Check out the new,  updated web page that describes our liaison program.  It's linked on "About the Libraries" and "Help with Research."

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Website Redesign Banner Image Options Survey

The Libraries Website Advisory Committee (LWAC) has developed a survey to get your feedback on 9 potential images that could be used as the background of the new graphical banner.

Please fill out this survey within the next week or so. You may also add comments after selecting your top 3 images. The three images that receive the most votes will be used by LWAC to select the new background for the initial release of the website.

Take the Survey at

Additionally, please feel free to contact any member of LWAC with your questions or concerns:
Tim Bucknall, Chair
Mike Crumpton
Jenny Dale
Kate Hill
Richard Cox
Terry Brandsma

Thank you!

More progress

Today we saw some more progress that helps demonstrate our spaces are coming together.  The carpet installation began on the DACTS side and will extend to the west wall where the microfilm cabinets are going:
And in the instruction lab the ceiling grid was installed, once the wiring above is complete they will start adding the tiles:

Continuing Education survey from the State Library

The State Library and its Continuing Education Advisory Committee (CEAC) invite you to participate in a new Continuing Education survey.  The purpose of this survey is to collect information that the CEAC will use to recommend a continuing education plan for 2015-2016.  Your responses will help us identify the most important topics and set training priorities for the coming year.  The survey is anonymous, quick, and open to everyone in the NC library community!  

We want to hear from NC library staff in all types of libraries so please share this announcement and the CE survey link with others in the NC library community.  This year’s CE survey will close on Friday, August 14th.  Please contact CE Consultant, Kelly Brannock, at the State Library if you have any questions.
Thanks for sharing your opinion!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Project Update July 22

If you are downstairs you will notice the plastic is down:
Carpet is scheduled to start today as well as painting during the rest of the week:
And, if you are wondering about this little wall behind the door, it is the install a hold open, tied to the fire system, to allow us to keep that door open for ease of access.  The door was too wide to swing all the way:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Orolando Duffus Wins Award at American Library Association Annual Meeting

University Libraries Diversity Resident Orolando Duffus won 1st place for his poster entitled "The Library as an Incubator of Anti-discrimination and Multicultural Engagement" at the recent American Library Association meeting.  The poster was presented during the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair on Saturday June 27th.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the UNCG Libraries:  $275
University Archives Fund:  $37.50
Special Collections Fund:  $37.50

Final Version of the Library Home Page - July 27th at 9am and July 28th at 3pm in 216

The Library Web Advisory Committee will reveal and discuss the (nearly) final version of the library home page at two identical sessions in 216 on Monday, July 27 at 9:00, and on Tuesday July 28 at 3:00. At these sessions we will focus on the changes that have been made since the June staff feedback sessions, and on the timeline and process for making additional website changes in the future.

Spoiler alert!- Based on feedback from the June staff and student sessions we have made quite a few tweaks and wording changes, but the overall page is basically the same.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Project Photos from July 15th

These photos show some of the progress on the renovation project:

This is the hole that the new return air duct will enter, this is the reason the have to have these shutdowns of the system:

This was a busy day in the new instructional lab, in addition to the HVAC duct work they are running data lines and electrical wiring for the additional equipment that will be there.......and new drywall, caulking and paint.

This is a look at the DACTS rooms and some of the color being applied:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Donations to the University Libraries July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

Cello Fund:                                                                                  $5,500
Class of 1950 Anniversary Fund:                                                $1,000
Doris Hulbert Endowed Fund:                                                     $1,000
Friends of the Libraries Event Fund:                                           $8,801.66
Friends of the Libraries:                                                              $30,643.50
Friends of the Libraries Speakers Endowed Fund:                     $1,500
Wirkus Women Veterans Fund:                                                  $1,500
Avi Magid Learning Enrichment Fund:                                        $1,000
Special Collections Fund:                                                           $2,575
Hodges Special Collections and University Archives:                 $5,000
Sprinkle Children’s’ Author and Storyteller Series:                     $30,000
Coble Preservation Fund:                                                           $35,000
Institutional Memory Oral History Fund:                                     $1,775
Special Collections Enrichment Fund:                                        $75
University Archives Fund:                                                           $1,750
Diversity Fund:                                                                            $880
Enrichment Fund:                                                                        $127,594
Enrichment Fund for Technologies:                                            $205
Service Award Income Fund:                                                      $500
W.C. Jackson Acquisitions & Preservation Fund:                       $15,000
Women Veterans Historical Project:                                           $8,996.67

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lower Level Bottle Filler

The new bottle filler for the lower level lobby area has been installed (yes they still need to paint across the top), and it is ready for use.  This is located in the basement, outside the staff lounge, across from the tower elevators.  Enjoy!

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:
Friends of the Libraries:  $1,925
Library Special Collections:  $100
Enrichment Fund:  $1,083.33
Women Veterans Historical Project:  $100

Conflict Resolution Workshops

Want to refresh your skills in conflict resolution?  Please join us for a role-playing workshop that will include scenarios from a variety of customer interaction situations.

These workshops are sponsored by Public Services and the emphasis is for staff in those units but all Libraries' staff are welcome.

The sessions will be conducted by Dr. Wade Maki from the UNCG Philosophy Department.  Dr. Maki has provided similar workshops for Human Resources.

Light refreshments will be provided!  


July 15, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
July 23, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
July 28, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Where: Jewish Studies Room 974

Friday, July 10, 2015

Project update and future expectations

The renovation project has been moving along very well, thank you for your patience from dealing with the noise and dust.  We are expecting to be done by the start of the semester but a lot still needs to happen.  This is the scenario that you can expect over the next several weeks in preparation for the start of fall semester:
  •  Next week they will start painting in the lower level, so expect to smell paint.
  • On July 23rd, we will have City Transfer here to make some moves and pull surplus.  Let me know if you have anything that needs to go.  They will be back a couple of weeks later to move the microfilm cabinets but this run is to try and take care of all of the odds and ends.
  • The week of July 27th, the SuperLab will be closed to switch out their new furniture and equipment.  They will be informing students of this but be aware that folks could be looking to use our computers more during that week.
  • The week of August 3rd, we have a company lined up to clean the furniture in the DMC and toward the end of that week, our new furniture will be installed in DACTS, the DMC (replacement pieces), instruction lab and on the third floor of the tower (new open collaboratories).
  • The week of August 10th, City Transfer returns on Monday the 10th to move the mircofilm cabinets back across the room in the space between DACTS and the wall for Preservation Services.  ERIT will reinstall the DMC equipment and DMC folks will return to their offices.  We are planning to hold the All Personnel Meeting in the DMC, the afternoon of the 13th, and will include tours of the new areas.  We are expecting the DMC to be officially opened for students on the 14th and will have the student worker orientation there on Sunday, August 16th.  More details on the All Personnel Meeting will come separately.
Once again, thanks for your patience, below is a look at the instructional lab adjacent to the SuperLab, which we will also tour on the 13th.  Have a great weekend and let me know if there are any questions.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New staff member in ILL

Please welcome Chanda Jackson to the Libraries!  On July 13 she will join us as the new ILL Lender.

Chanda comes from the GTCC library where she is a Circulation Technician handling  ILL as well as billing, claims and general information services.  She has also worked at High Point Public Library and Nordstrom. 

Chanda is a UNC Greensboro alum (2012) with a degree in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies.  

We look forward to her arrival.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Last week's donations to the University Libraries:

Friends of the Libraries:   $475
Enrichment Fund:  $5,200
Pam and David Sprinkle Childrens Author and Storyteller Series:   $25,000

Cataloging Display

In honor of Mary Jane's upcoming retirement Cataloging did a display in one of the lobby cases on the first floor.  It's got some fun artifacts of days gone by and good pictures.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Changes to Second Level Library Website Pages

To support the launch of our new home page, The Library Web Advisory Committee is making numerous (mostly minor) changes to second level pages such as "Databases", "Libraries and Collections", "Spaces", "Help with Research", and "Services". We aren't deleting content; we are just reducing duplication and jargon, and moving links to places that will make more sense within the context of the new home page and its new navigation elements. To give you just one example, the HSML and the Affiliate Libraries now appear on the "Libraries and Collections" page. To see all the changes, visit those 2nd level pages on our live web site. If anyone has any questions, concerns, or comments, please send them to any member of LWAC (Tim, Richard, Terry, Mike, and Jenny).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Project Update

At our weekly meeting today for the renovation project we discussed the timeline, etc.  The contractors are expected to be completed by August 7th and we will have furniture install and equipment set-up in and around that date, so being ready for the first day of classes will be tight.  But the work is going well, here are some pics from behind the curtain(s):

This is the new wall in the back corner which will be the visual innovation studio.

This is the new wall between the gaming room and the presentation room that replaces a door and allows us to mount a monitor.

This is the door frame for the replacement door leading into the DMC from the monument staircase.

This is in the newly inclosed DACTS space.

This is the wall up for the new instruction lab, the blocks are supports for mounting monitors.

Watch for another update next week.

Drilling tomorrow morning

There will be loud drilling tomorrow on the first floor near Mary Krautter's office.  It's to install some cable for the renovation project and they have to drill through the terrazo. It will begin at 7AM and is SUPPOSED to last only a couple of hours.