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Callie Coward Honored with 2018 University Libraries Staff Service Award

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:29:00 +0000

Callie Coward has been awarded the University Libraries' Staff Service Award for 2018.

The award, which was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation department in Jackson Library, was created to recognize and reward members of the Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of University Libraries.

Coward, who has more than eight years of work experience in Jackson Library as the Special Collections Cataloging and Digital Projects Library Technician in the Technical Services department, has been an integral member of the team supporting NC DOCKS, as well as an important contributor to metadata cleanup projects from a cataloging perspective.

As part of the nomination process to receive the award, Coward’s colleagues commented on her level of expertise and commitment to collaborative projects, stating that a positive attitude and an amazing energy are some of her most redeeming qualities. Coward will receive a monetary award and have her name engraved on the University Libraries Staff Service Award plaque.

Coward received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from UNC Greensboro in 2010, as well as her Master’s in Library and Information Studies from UNC Greensboro in 2018.

Photograph courtesy of Stephen Walsh

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Aqueous Treatment & Paper Tape Removal

Fri, 04 May 2018 20:57:00 +0000

Paper, essentially a relatively flat sheet of bonded cellulose or plant fibers, can be surprisingly strong and long lasting. As with most organic substances though, it is susceptible to decay when exposed to certain environmental conditions such as too much or too little humidity or excessive heat. Paper can also begin to break down due to the acidity from pollutants in the paper fiber, from media (such as ink) that have been applied, or from surface dirt or grime, such as oils from human skin as the paper is handled. 

Image of two facing pages in a book - the ink has leached to the facing page and created a mirror image.
Black printing ink created a brownish mirror image on the
facing page as the acidity leached from one page to the next.

Book and Paper Conservators have various treatment methods for removing or reducing the harmful effects of pollutants from paper, such as surface cleaning, deacidification, and aqueous treatment. Aqueous treatment is most often described as the process of cleaning and deacidifying paper by submerging it in a bath of water, or a series of baths. Depending on the item being treated, each bath may last from about fifteen minutes to more than an hour. After each bath, the item being treated is removed from the bath and the dirty water is emptied and replaced with clean water. This process continues until the bath water runs clear or almost clear after soaking. Aqueous treatment reduces the acidity of the paper somewhat, often reduces the discoloration caused by age or environmental exposure, and helps remove some of the dirt and grime from the paper. It can also be a great method for removing some types of tape and adhesives from previous repairs like paper tapes.

Discolored and stained map of Boston
Map of Boston from The Life of George Washington, 1807.

Two layers of paper tape was attached to
the folded edge of the map.

This map of Boston is from The Life of George Washington, 1807, and was at one time attached in the book with paper tape or else mended with paper tape at some point. Paper tape often has a water-soluble adhesive, so aqueous treatment is an effective way to remove it, provided the paper can be submerged in a bath of water. Sometimes the paper is too fragile to withstand aqueous treatment or it might contain media, such as ink or watercolor, that is soluble in water, which prevents a conservator from using an aqueous treatment. For that reason, the media must first be tested for solubility. If it is stable, aqueous treatment can proceed.

Water droplet applied to ink to test for solubility.
A small piece of blotter was used to absorb the water
droplet and determine if the media was stable.

The blotter was clean, as seen above, so the media
was stable and aqueous treatment could proceed.

Once the media for this map was tested, the map was placed on a piece of Hollytex. Hollytex is a thin, strong, acid-free, woven polyester that acts as a support while the paper is in the water bath. A second sheet was placed on top so that the map was sandwiched between and it was easier and safer to handle. 

Map resting on Hollytex prior to humidification

Before placing the map in the water bath, it was humidified lightly to help it absorb water more easily once submerged. A Dahlia Sprayer - commonly used in conservation, was imported from Japan, and was selected for its ability to provide a fine mist without droplets or splatters - was used to humidify the front and back of the page prior to submersion.

The water flow was tested prior to misting the map.
The back of the map was also sprayed prior to
submersion in the water bath.

Once the map was humidified and the fibers were relaxed, the second piece of Hollytex was placed on top and the map was carefully submerged into a bath of water. Light pressure was applied to encourage the map to absorb water and sink into the bath for soaking.

The map, sandwiched between two pieces of Hollytex,
was submerged into a bath of water.
Light pressure was applied to encourage the map to
absorb water and sink into the bath.

The map was left to soak so that the paper tape's
adhesive could dissolve and release.

The paper tape

After soaking for about a half hour, the adhesive from the paper tape had softened enough to release from the map. The paper tape was peeled back to the extent possible, then a microspatula and a larger plastic spatula were both used to loosen and lift the remainder of the paper tape carrier.

Once both layers of the paper tape were removed, the surface of the map where the tape was adhered was lightly massaged to remove any remaining adhesive.

Using fingertips to gently massage the paper surface
to remove the remaining adhesive.

The map was then soaked in several successive baths to remove acidity and discoloration to the extent possible.

When tilted, it was easier to see how discolored the water had become.

After the last bath, the map was removed from the bath and placed on a blotter to air dry. Sometimes, paper items will need flattening after washing, but fortunately this map dried flat on its own.

The Hollytex makes it much easier to handle the wet paper.

Draining the majority of the water out before placing on blotter.

Wet map drying between Hollytex on blotter.

The map will be mended and hinged back into its place in The Life of George Washington with Japanese paper and starch paste. Because it was washed, much of the acidity has been removed, so it will be stronger and hopefully be used for many years to come.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Safe Zone Summit 2018 - Registration Open

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:32:00 +0000

Presented by the Office of Intercultural Engagement at UNCG

You are invited to register for the second annual Safe Zone Summit, happening on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm in the Elliott University Center at UNC Greensboro. You may register via our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form.

What is the Safe Zone Summit?

The Safe Zone Summit is intended to provide an opportunity, outside of our standard Safe Zone Training for faculty and staff to explore aspects of LGBTQ+ identity more deeply and meaningfully. Consider this an information-packed, build-your-own-adventure rest area on your journey of continuing education around gender, sexuality, and creating more inclusive campuses.

Who can attend? 

The Safe Zone Summit is tailored to faculty and staff however, feel free to also invite graduate students that work in your department. This year, we are extending our invitation to colleagues at nearby institutions for a small registration fee of $25.

What will the day look like?

The Safe Zone Summit will take place on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm . The majority of The Summit will consist of breakout presentations on a variety of topics, allowing attendees to craft their own experience.

For those wanting to review fundamental concepts around gender and sexuality in preparation for The Summit, we will be hosting a pre-conference session that morning, beginning at 8:30am titled "A Safe Zone Crash Course". You can register for this using the main registration form. 

We will close out our day with brief, guided group discussions. These groups are meant to provide space for processing what you've learned, and for considering how to best apply new strategies, skills, and knowledge in your daily work alongside colleagues from different departments and campuses. 

How do I register?

That part is easy! Fill out our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form before Monday, July 2nd, 2018. Registration is free for UNC Greensboro employees, and only $25 for attendees from other campuses.

What else do I need to know?

Nothing! Simply mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, and expect an email from the OIE in early July with more details. Until then, put on your learning pants and add another notch to that belt - because this is sure to be a day full of great information and important dialogue! 

The Office of  Intercultural Engagement appreciates your commitment to inclusion, and they look forward to engaging and learning alongside you during this important opportunity. 

Please contact their office with any questions.

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Jackson Society Members Select Works by Dickens, Twain, Hugo and Flaubert at the Fourth Annual Members' Choice Event

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:41:00 +0000

University Libraries’ held its Fourth Annual Members’ Choice event on April 10, allowing Jackson Society members to vote on their preferred selection of books to be added to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. The additions twill help grow the collection as it strives to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students, as well as the broader community.

Jennifer Motszko, Manuscripts Archivist, gave a short presentation on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This first edition, first issue, second state, with red and blue title page and green end papers with illustrations by John Leech and published by Chapman & Hall in 1843 was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication. Chapman & Hall, a British publishing house founded in the first half of the 19th century, also published William Thackeray and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. After A Christmas Carol, Dickens would write four more small festive books for each successive Christmas.

Additionally, Erin Lawrimore, University Archivist, provided an overview of several Mark Twain titles, including Life on the Mississippi, a first American edition, second state in original brown cloth with gold lettering published by James R. Osgood and Company in 1882, as well as Punch, Brothers, Punch! And Other Sketches, a first edition, first issue in original embossed blue published by Slote, Woodman & Co. in 1878. Jackson Society members selected seven more titles by Twain.

Books selected by the Jackson Society include:
  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches, Eve's Diary, The Curious Republic of Gondour, The Mysterious Stranger. A Romance, Punch, Brothers, Punch! and Other Sketches, Following the Equator, a Journey Around the World, Europe and Elsewhere, Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
  • Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
  • Gusave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
As the Libraries' premier giving society, the Jackson Society is comprised of committed contributors, who are dedicated to the Libraries' mission to advance and support learning, research and service at UNC Greensboro and throughout the state. Members of the Jackson Society are automatically enrolled in the Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries and invited to exclusive events throughout the year. To learn more and explore other ways of giving to University Libraries, please contact Karlene Noel Jennings, Executive Director of Development, at or 336.256.0112.

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Academic Video Online

Mon, 07 May 2018 20:59:00 +0000

Academic Video Online is an eclectic video collection that is available free to UNCG students, faculty and staff. Academic Video Online’s featured partners include Sony Pictures, the BBC, Bloomberg, MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, PBS, the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Thousands of award-winning films, documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs, field recordings, as well as original and raw film footage are available, spanning subject areas including:

·         Anthropology
·         Business
·         Counseling
·         Film
·         Health
·         History
·         Music

Tips on finding, viewing and sharing content can be found here.

Academic Video Online is offered by Alexander Street Press. Alexander Street, L.L.C. was founded two decades ago with the goal of publishing large-scale digital collections of exceptional quality in the humanities and social sciences.

New DVDs at UNCG

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New DVDs

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:49:00 +0000

Black Panther

Peter Rabbit
Mary and the witch's flower

Killing for love : a true story

Fifty shades freed

Fátima : el último misterio
Before we vanish



Atlanta. The complete first season
Doctor Who. Shada
Genius. Season one, Einstein.

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NC Literary Map at Greensboro Bound

Tue, 22 May 2018 16:43:00 +0000

On May 19th we attended Greensboro Bound: a Literary Festival! Having the opportunity to talk to local literary enthusiasts and listen to local authors was an experience we won't soon forget. We hope everyone had as good a time there as we did!

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.

University Archives and the McIver Building Cornerstone Time Capsule

Mon, 14 May 2018 12:40:00 +0000

On Friday, April 27, 2018, UNC Greensboro broke ground on its new Nursing and Instructional Building. The new 180,000-square-foot facility was made possible thanks to state funds from the Connect NC Bond, which was passed by North Carolina voters in the spring of 2016. The $105 million building is slated to open in the summer of 2020.

Chancellor Blackwell sealing the cornerstone, 1959
The new structure will sit on a site that has held a number of campus buildings over UNCG's 125 years. Most recently, the site was home to the McIver Building, which was demolished earlier this semester. Prior to demolition, a time capsule that had been placed in the McIver Building's cornerstone on October 5, 1959 was removed.

On Friday, April 20, 2018, the small copper box that served as the time capsule was opened. Sadly, the time capsule contents did not fare well against the ravages of the environment and time. Water damage and mold covered all of the materials, making them unsalvageable.

Fortunately, because the materials in the time capsule were not unique (most being published materials), the overwhelming majority of these items can be found in University Archives. Many are available for viewing online. Additional items not in University Archives can be accessed through various newspaper databases available to those with a UNCG login.

You can view the virtual version of the McIver Building Cornerstone Time Capsule here.

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May 23rd is #WorldTurtleDay as well as #WonderfulBookWednesday ,...

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:00:40 -0400

May 23rd is #WorldTurtleDay as well as #WonderfulBookWednesday , so we’re celebrating both with this:

Fass, John S. Some Oriental Versions of the Turtle, the Ancient Symbol of Longevity and the Mark of the Hammer Creek Press. [New York]: Hammer Creek Press, 1952. Jackson Library Special Collections-General GR740 .F3  

Spartan Stories

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

Winged Victory - Gift of the Class of 1915

Mon, 21 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000

Known simply as "Winged Victory" for the majority of its time on campus, the armless, headless, statue of Nike (as she was known in Greek) or more properly, The Winged Victory of Samothrace (as the original is called by the Louvre) is an example of a plaster cast statue, created from an original ancient marble statue. The method of production of this type of statue has been discussed here before and in that regard, this statue is no different.
Plaster cast statue of Winged Victory located in the Forney Building, 2018 (photo by author)
The Winged Victory of Samothrace original is located in the Louvre. It was discovered in 1863 on the island of Samothrace by Charles Champoiseau and is believed to have been created about 190 BC, possibly to commemorate a major Rhodian naval victory. 1
The Winged Victory of Samothrace original statue located in the Louvre 2
 UNCG's Winged Victory arrived in 1915, as a gift of the graduating class. Although it's impossible to say where the Class of 1907 bought the statue of Minerva, Winged Victory has its maker's stamp clearly visible.
"Caproni Casts" maker's mark on UNCG's Winged Victory
Caproni Borthers was a well-regarded plaster cast statue manufacturer in the days when these type of statues were in vogue. On page 18 of their 1911 catalog, Winged Victory statues are available in a variety of sizes and prices.
1911 Caproni Brothers catalog, page 18 3
Much like the Class of 1907 Minerva statue, Winged Victory has had a long journey on UNCG's campus. The statue was presented during class day ceremonies in May, 1915, by the senior class and stood for the next 35 years in the old Student's Building (no longer extant), the same building as Minerva.

Image of Winged Victory in the Student's Building from 1929 Pine Needles (yearbook)
The old Student's Building was razed in 1950, leaving Winged Victory without a home. The statue next showed up in a garage behind the "old Scarborough House" which was located about where the Ferguson Building now stands. Winged Victory was saved by Dr. Jim Cooley who was quoted as saying, "One day, I believe some sort of maintenance crew came around and was about to take the statue and all of the contents of the garage out to the dump." Luckily, Dr. Cooley had recognized the importance of the statue, partially due to the small plaque at the base of the statue, identifying it as a gift of the Class of 1915.

Plaque that helped save the statue, identifying it as a gift of the Class of 1915 (photo by author)

Dr. Cooley had the statue moved into his office at the Scarborough House and when his office moved to 313 McIver, the statue went with him. The statue suffered some damage while in McIver from a leaking roof and fallen ceiling tiles and when Dr. Cooley was about to leave campus for research leave in 1985, a group of concerned UNCG staff members had the statue transferred to the basement of Alumni House.
Winged Victory's next location was possibly Weatherspoon Gallery, where it was stored until a permanent home was found. Sometime between 1985 and 1987, the statue was placed in the lobby of the Forney Building where it resides to this day. 4
In 1987, Winged Victory finally received some much needed maintenance and was restored by Simone Spicer-Raab (Class of 1987).  5

2- Public Domain image 
3- The 1911 Caproni Brothers catalog can be viewed online.
4- Today on Campus Wednesday, September 25, 1985 No. 59
5- Campus Weekly Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 1987, page 1

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FREE ICPSR Workshop on Head Start Family & Child Experience Survey 2014

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:43:00 +0000

From ICPSR. This free workshop is in Arlington, VA this summer.

Join us for a free data workshop sponsored by Child Care & Early Education Research Connections to explore the Head Start Family and Child Experience Survey (FACES) 2014 data! FACES 2014 project leads from Mathematica Policy Research will instruct this one-day data training at the National Research Conference on Early Childhood 
​on ​
June 24, 2018. Researchers will be introduced to 
the study’s purposes, new design, instruments, and data structure. The training will also focus on analyses of FACES data over time, including methodological, measurement, and analytic considerations.

The workshop is free! Space is limited and you must be registered for the NRCEC to apply. Researchers interested in using FACES data to answer policy relevant questions in early care and education are encouraged to apply. Be sure to include your key research interest topics along with any previous experience working with FACES data when applying.

Workshop Date:  June 24, 2018 - 9am-4pm EST

Workshop Registration Email:

Please see the attached flyer for additional information. For questions, contact Dharma Akmon at