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