Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Diversity Resident

Jenay Solomon will join us on July 25, 2016 as our Diversity Resident for 2016-18.  Jenay received her MLS degree from Emporia State University in Kansas where she also worked as a Graduate Assistant in their School of Library and Information Management.  Jenay also worked at at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Love Library in Research and Information Services and their Diversity and Multicultural Services office. She was also an ALA Spectrum Scholar in 2014.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Development Report

Friends of the Libraries $225.00
Enrichment $1,072.00
Special Collections $293,953.04 (bequest)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Libraries' Digital Projects for 2016-17

The Digital Projects team has finalized projects for next year.  Click here for more information.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Upcoming ERIT Briefings in July and August

ERIT Briefings
In response to requests, ERIT will again conduct summer briefing sessions on a variety of IT-related topics. All sessions are open to all staff. Each will be held in room 216 at 3:00.
Monday July 11, 3:00 - Digital Partners grant and Faculty Research Support
Richard will discuss the four faculty digital projects selected for the first year of our University Libraries Digital Partners grant. He will also discuss how the grants fit into our overall research support faculty, and some recent developments with the Digital Library on American Slavery.
Monday July 18, 3:00 - Digital Projects
David will discuss the progress we've made on last year's digitization projects and the new projects selected for 2016/17.
Tuesday July 26, 3:00 - Technology and library space
Tim will lead a discussion of what types of technology we should be considering for various library spaces. Your input is encouraged.
Wednesday August 3, 3:00 - Campus computing update
Franklin will discuss some upcoming campus decisions that may affect library staff, including Windows 10, Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, two factor authentication, better library/campus Windows domain integration, and more. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congratulations to Kate Hill

Kate was selected to participate in the NCLA Leadership Institute!  More information at:

Weekly Development Report

Friends of the Libraries $510.00
Enrichment Fund $625.00
Special Collections $3,793.24
Sprinkle Storyteller Series  $5,000

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Retirement party for Mary Krautter

Please join us at 3 pm on Wednesday June 29 at Taylor Garden to wish Mary a happy retirement.  Rain (or heat?)  location is the Faculty Center.

A card is in the Admin Office and Robin is collecting money which, at Mary's request, will go to the Diversity Fund.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Exploring Films on Demand: Streaming Video from NC LIVE

Exploring Films on Demand: Streaming Video from NC LIVE

Here's what will be covered:

Do you want to learn more about NC LIVE's Films on Demand streaming video

Participants will learn about the content provided, key features of the platform, and benefits to patrons, students, faculty, and library staff. After the webinar you should feel comfortable using the platform and informing your patrons and colleagues about the Films on Demand resource.

This webinar will be on Wed., June 29th at 2pm

If you'd like to register for this informative and FREE presentation, go to:

We hope to "see" you then!


Jenny Dale

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reminder: Stronger Passwords, Changed Less Frequently: New Password Policy for University Accounts

From Campus ITS:

An improved password policy for university computing accounts will take effect on June 15, 2016.
The update will extend the password reset interval from 90 to 365 days and simplify password requirements; new passwords will only require:
  • a minimum of 16 characters
  • a mix of upper and lower case alphabet characters (a-z, A-Z)
Users will continue to reset passwords at
These changes encourage the use of longer passwords, sometimes referred to as “passphrases,” to increase account security. Passphrases are memorable and easy to type on mobile devices while being more difficult for an attacker to guess. Passphrases for university computing accounts may be as long as 30 characters. ITS (Information Technology Services) recommends that you create passphrases by combining unrelated words.
For additional account protection, ITS encourages you to consider enrolling in two-factor authentication (2FA).

Additional information:

  • Numbers and symbols are no longer going to be required; however, they can still be used.
  • Password history will also be enabled.  This means that you will need to use a new unique passphrase every time you change you password.
Please contact ERIT if you have questions about these changes or if you'd like more information about two-factor authentication (2FA).  ERIT will be happy to provide anyone who is interested with a demonstration of how 2FA works.

Innovation Grant Award Announcement

I'm delighted to announce that the 2916-17 Innovation Grant is awarded to Callie Coward, Erica Rau and Carolyn Shankle for "Vintage Viands and the Roaring '20s."

Here are some of the goals of the project:

Vintage Viands offers an opportunity for students, staff, and the local community to sample foods from an earlier era. Ingredients change over time, as does taste – literally. The event opens a window into both the Home Economics Pamphlets Collection and the Home Economics and Household Collection for those who attend in a way that an online or physical exhibit of print materials could not. We are able to create a memorable interaction with the collection for our campus community. Events such as Vintage Viands stay in students’ minds, putting University Libraries in a favorable position.

We wish to better document the event so that the still images and video captured will be of a higher quality. These visuals can then be incorporated into online and print media as well as into the Vintage Viands research guide. This process can be used as a template for how to open a presumed hidden or limited-use collection to a wider audience who may not have known how applicable the collection can be for personal use, research, and curriculum development.

We also hope to use this project to spearhead an LSTA grant. We are hoping to be able to use this format and modify it to create curriculum guides to be used in school curriculum across all levels in the future.

Thanks to  everyone who submitted projects.  All were noteworthy and show the wonderful entrepreneurial spirit of the University Libraries.

Please join me in congratulating the Vintage Viands team!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bryan Building Second Floor Pedestrian Bridge Closing June 11th


Facilities Operations will need to make final repairs to the second floor pedestrian bridge facing Theta and Stirling Street on the north side of the building. To complete the repairs it will be necessary to close the bridge to normal pedestrian traffic on Saturday June 11th. During an emergency, the bridge can be used. Signs and caution tape will be placed at the bridge entrances alerting pedestrians.  

Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated while we complete the repairs.

If you have any questions please contact Bob Woods at (336) 334-3363.

Thank you

Libraries receive grant

We'll do more a more formal announcement but wanted to go ahead and let everyone know that we received another LSTA grant to support Open Educational Resources.  Congratulations to Beth Berhhardt  who collaborated with ECU librarians:

rant Category:         Project Literacy & Lifelong Learning
Institution/Library:       East Carolina University
Project Description:
Librarians at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will conduct an alternative textbook project to run simultaneously at both institutions. Sharing best practices, procedures, and promotional materials, the librarians have a two-pronged approach to reduce students' textbook costs and increase their academic engagement. One strategy is to award departmental faculty mini-grants to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources as the bases for their syllabi. The second strategy is to work with the university bookstore to identify required texts that either the library already owns or can purchase as ebooks for unlimited simultaneous users.
The total between us is $85K

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Library Statistics Meetings

Ever wonder if our DVD checkouts are going up or down? Or how the number of UNCG Libraries' instruction sessions compares to those of other libraries of similar size? Or which services are the biggest drivers of gate count?
If you are interested in these stats, and many, many more, you are invited to attend one of three identical sessions on library statistics in room 216
- Monday, June 6, 9-10:00
- Tuesday, June 7, 2-3:00
- Thursday, June 9, 2-3:00
Tim and Christine plan to spend about 20 minutes presenting the data. The rest of the hour will be devoted to questions, input, and discussion from the attendees.