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Awareness at the Library

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:55:00 +0000

Two years ago we decided to make an exhibit about how some of our books are not treated in the correct way at the Jackson Library. We thought that doing an exhibit would create awareness on all those who visit the library and enjoy not only our facilities, but what we have to offer in terms convenience and knowledge.

This week I was doing a research on conservation and preservation and found a nice video produced by the Preservation staff, at Kansas State Libraries, and decided to share with you all, as it focus exactly to the same points we shared previously in our exhibit.

So here you have a link of the exhibit in Jackson Library, in 2013.

Jackson Library Exhibit about books not being treated in the right way!

And here the "vintage video" produced by our friends from Kansas State Libraries:

Preservation Faux Pas

Hope you enjoy it !

Friends of the UNCG Libraries

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are advocates and supporters of the Libraries. Our Friends make a real difference in our ability to serve the campus and the local community.

Friends' Book Discussion Group to Discuss Ordinary Men, by Christopher Browning

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:57:00 +0000

If you are interested, our last Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion of this academic year will be on Monday, April 20 at 4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.  Karl Schleunes will lead us in a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning.  In the book, Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.

The event is free.

Irma's World at UNCG

Keep up with Irma & the University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

New DVDs

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:23:00 +0000

Irma's Suggestion Box

Free Coffee in Jackson Library!

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:59:00 +0000

Good Luck on Exams!

Free Coffee in Jackson Library:

Tuesday April 28
Wednesday April 29
Thursday April 30
Sunday May 3

Deliveries at 9 pm and midnight

Sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries, Student Government and Campus Activities and Programs

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

SCUA collects, preserves, and makes accessible rare, unique, or otherwise significant materials outside the scope of the general UNCG library collection. We also deliver presentations, classes, tours, and exhibits. Our collections include official records, personal manuscripts, rare books, textiles, A/V materials and artifacts. Subject strengths include women's history, literature, theatre, music, and dance.

UNCG Class of 1965's 50th Reunion Weekend Exhibit

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:10:00 +0000

On Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, 2015, archivists Beth Ann Koelsch, Erin Lawrimore, and Kathelene Smith created a large exhibit for the Class of 1965's 50th Reunion weekend. The exhibit, which was mounted in the EUC Auditorium's lobby, included photographs, textiles, yearbooks, and other items from University Archives that document the Class of 1965's time at UNCG. Portions of the exhibit highlighted the commercial class, the nursing program, and civil rights activities on campus. Also, uniforms and photographs of members of the Class of 1965 who are part of the Women Veterans Historical Project were also featured.

During the weekend, SCUA also received donations of photographs and other materials from many members of the Class of 1965. If others have photographs or other materials related to their time on campus, please contact SCUA. While we are no longer seeking yearbooks or class jackets from this time, we are interested in unique items related to student life during the 1960s (and later).

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

This is a great illustration of why collecting all editions...

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:01:46 -0400

This is a great illustration of why collecting all editions matters when conducting research or, in our case, building a research collection. The pictures show John Gunn’s “The theory and practice of fingering the violoncello,” from the Luigi Silva Cello Music Collection. One of the earlier treatise in English on cello method, the author published two editions within two years, 1793 and 1795. We have both editions in our collection, which demonstrate significant differences in content. The first section of the 1793 edition is devoted to the history of the instrument and its technique. The first part of the second edition goes straight to a treatise on fingering, corresponding roughly with p. 35 of the 1793 edition. Most importantly, our 1795 edition contains these very critical cat paw prints on page 32, demonstrating that 18th century cats behaved the same as those of the 21st century.          

Scholarly Communications and Data Services at UNCG

Deciding on next year’s textbook adoption? Learn about ways to save your students money

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:49:00 +0000

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students?  The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents. A new program at UNCG encourages you to do something about that concern.

The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support UNCG’s Open Education “Mini-Grants” initiative to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Ten $1000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring, and are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.

If you are interested in applying for these “mini-grants”, you are encouraged to attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held April 14 and April 15th from 12 pm to 1 pm in Jackson Library Room 216.  Please RSVP prior to the workshop or direct your questions to Beth Bernhardt at

Additional literature on open educational resources is available at

See what UNCG students think about textbook costs
The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is April 24th.  You can apply at

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Tradition of the Daisy Chain: A Link to the Past

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000

Daisy Chain, 1901
The tradition of the Daisy Chain is not unique to the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG), although it was one of the campus’ earliest customs. Other American women’s colleges, such as Vassar, had decorated their halls with daisy chains for their graduation festivities, and State Normal followed suit. The college created its first Daisy Chain in 1900, when the students fashioned two fifty foot long ropes of daisies procured from fields located outside of town. Several early years saw the shortage of daisies and students were obliged to replace the flowers with ivy and other greenery. Soon the college began to contract local farmers to grow daisies for the purpose of making the chains.

Daisy Chain, 1946

In addition to being a festive accessory to the graduation ceremonies, the Daisy Chain represented a sister class project between the sophomores and the seniors. The sophomore class was responsible for gathering the flowers and crafting the Chain, which was used for the Class Day exercises and again the next morning during the graduation ceremony. The seniors were honored by walking between the floral ropes. The Daisy Chain ceased during the late 1960s after the university became co-educational, along with other traditions such as sister classes, class jackets, the Junior Show, and Rat Day.

Gathering Daisies for the Daisy Chain, 1965

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Explorers digitizing Greensboro history

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000

By Stephen Catlett

The UNCG-Hayes-Taylor IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant has gotten off to a great start since we officially launched to the public on February 21. Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson generously agreed to help kick off our project that day, and within a week we had a select group of seven students from the Y's Achievers program. 

These DGH Explorers (Digitizing Greensboro History) have already participated in a lively history conversation with Community Historian Linda Evans of the Greensboro Historical Museum on March 7. And since then have received training on the use of digital cameras and scanners. We started with the actual capturing of some of the Y's own history, digitizing photographs and newspaper clippings on April 4.

Our first "In The Field" session took place last night (April 16) at the law office of local lawyer Richard Gabriel, of Gabriel Berry Weston and Wells. Mr. Gabriel's father, George, operated two small grocery stores on East Market and East Washington Streets after 1940. Richard worked closely with his father and mother and has wonderful stories and information about East Greensboro, especially the vibrant business community as it existed before Urban Renewal destroyed it in the 1960s and 1970s. His father was well respected in the community, especially with the Bennett College students. They autographed Mr. Gabriel's personal copies of the Bennett yearbook, thanking him for his generosity, especially in providing store credit. As one student wrote: "Without your store I would have gone hungry plenty of nights."

We plan to capture more history in the next two months, but it has been especially gratifying working with these young students, who are very inspiring.