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Patrick Dollar Joins the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA)

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:08:00 +0000

Patrick Dollar
On August 1, University Libraries welcomed Patrick Dollar as the new Processing Archivist in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).

Dollar earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He also holds a Master’s degree in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Prior to joining the University Libraries, Dollar served as a temporary archives assistant at UNCG, as well as various student positions and internships at libraries across the state. He is interested in promoting access to archival materials, as well as promoting diversity in archival collections. As Processing Archivist, Dollar will assist the team at SCUA with processing collections, working with born digital materials and promoting access to the collections through outreach and instruction.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Welcome LGBTQ+ to Campus - LGBTQ+ Reception

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:36:00 +0000

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.

2017 Aspire IT ("IT is for Girls/Women") Summer Camp

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:55:00 +0000

University Libraries’ Digital Media Commons (DMC) partnered with the Aspire IT (“IT is for Girls/Women”) Summer Camp, a Women In Information Technology (WIIT) initiative and AAUW Greensboro during the week of July 24 through July 28 to encourage middle school girls to pursue paths and careers relevant to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and build leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills.   

While the camp offered students insight into the many aspects of IT, it also included talks from women in various STEM fields, demonstrations in 3D printing, robotics and a visit to Analog Devices in Greensboro. The camp, led by Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, UNCG Associate Professor and Director of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Graduate Programs, began in 2009. This year, the camp hosted four sessions for 68 middle schoolers and 22 high school/college mentors. The workshops included app development, robotics, filmography and creating Arduino/Makey-Makey style gadgets. 

WIIT strives to increase awareness of girls (in K-12 and higher education) and women about IT/computing education/career opportunities and provide educational support for women to advance in the IT field. While women represent about 58% of the total workforce, the under-representation of women in computing continues to be a concern as studies show that only 25% of computing jobs in the U.S. are held by women. Information technology job prospects are growing significantly (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014) and women are losing out in opportunities in the IT field (Women in IT Website, 2017). 

Highlights of this year’s Aspire IT (“IT is for Girls/Women”) Summer Camp culminated with a presentation of video projects to students, mentors and parents. A special thanks to Film Festival Leads Dr. Aprille Black, Instructional Technology Consultant/Lecturer at UNCG, and Dr. Maureen Allen, Adjunct Instructor in Management at Elon University. Digital Media Commons’ faculty, staff and student employees facilitated the planning, filming and editing of the videos. Alyssa Wharton, University Libraries’ Digital Media Technician in the DMC, has been slated for the 2018 Film Festival Session Lead next year. 

Harold Schiffman Music Library at UNCG

HSML Student Employees 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:09:00 +0000

Yes, here it is again, the annual post that says we love you, Schiffminions, from your Supervisors, Alaina, Dallas and Sarah. 

There is no way we could do our jobs without your help. Thank you for being so very awesome and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Looking forward to working with y'all!

Alphabetical by first name because, yes, librarians do that, right?


















And the supervisory team:




(peace, y'all!)

P.S. 10 points if you can tell me who wasn't there last week...

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:07:00 +0000

The fate of the furious
Ghost in the shell
King Arthur : legend of the sword

Resident evil : vendetta
The boss baby
Smurfs, the lost village

Carrie Pilby
Going in style
Diary of a wimpy kid. The long haul

Wild weather
Покушение на Россию = Blowing up Russia.

The zookeeper's wife
Their finest
The Ottoman lieutenant
The promise
The case for Christ
Everything, everything
Do you take this man

Shin Gojira = Shin Godzilla
La granja

Kong : Skull Island
Alien. Covenant

The Circle

Big little lies
Shooter. Season one.
Jack Irish. Set 1
Jack Irish. Set 2
Broadchurch. The complete second season
Underground. Season two.
Prison break : event series.
Endeavour. The complete third season
Endeavour. The complete fourth season
Victoria. The complete first season
Emerald City. Season one
Mrs. Bradley mysteries : the complete series.
Mr. & Mrs. Murder. Series 1

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

Bookmarks Festival 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:40:00 +0000

Mitch Capel.  Diana Gabaldon.  John Feinstein.  Lisa Wingate.  What do all of these famous authors and storytellers have in common?  They are all scheduled to appear at the upcoming Bookmarks Festival!  This four-day event runs from Thursday to Sunday, September 7-10, in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Book and poetry readings, writers' workshops, and book signings with award-winning authors are just a few of the many events being offered.  For more information, please visit their website.  Hope to see you there!

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 Showcased in 125th Anniversary Celebrations

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:00:00 +0000

On October 5, 2017, UNCG will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first ever first day of school. On that day, nearly 200 women from across North Carolina traveled to Greensboro to attend classes at the State Normal and Industrial School. Over the last few weeks, the University Archives has been busy with pop up exhibits across campus to help promote the university's history and the anniversary celebration.

Following Chancellor Gilliam's State of the Campus address on August 8th, the staff of the University Archives presented a "pop up museum" exhibit in celebration of the 125th anniversary of UNCG's opening. Campus Weekly wrote a great summary of the exhibit.

We debuted our new "portable" university history exhibit (a series of five banners) on August 8th.
One exhibit case featured materials related to founding president Charles Duncan McIver and his wife Lula Martin McIver.
A second case highlighted African American staff on campus at State Normal as well as student life.
Textiles and artifacts on display included gym suits, a class jacket, a nursing university, a Neo-Black Society Gospel Choir robe, a typewriter used by JoAnne Smart Drane, and a drum signed by members of the Darlinettes.

On August 15th, the University Archives set up a pop up exhibit on College Avenue as part of Fall Kickoff, an annual event featuring student organizations and student services. And on the afternoon of August 17th, they presented an exhibit in Jackson Library as part of Rawkin' Welcome Week.

University history under the trees at Fall Kickoff

Stay tuned for information on more exhibits and other opportunities to learn about and celebrate our 125 years! You can also find updates on our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram).

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!

A glamorous closeup with 1981 #UNCG vocal students, Larry Thomas...

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:43 -0400

A glamorous closeup with 1981 #UNCG vocal students, Larry Thomas and Tracey Roberts, from the opera, I Pagliacci

Spartan Stories

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

Darlinettes and Rhythmettes: Big Band Sounds at the WC

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:49:00 +0000

In 1942, big band music from the likes of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman were all the rage, but local big bands were hard to find. Most of the musicians in these groups were male, and they were being drafted into military service during World War II. But a group of students at the Woman's College stepped in to fill the void, forming the Darlinettes and their four-member vocal group, The Rhythmettes, in 1942.

Practicing in the Brown Music Building
Many of the Darlinettes' and Rhythmettes' performances took place at Woman's College. They played many of the formal dances and "soldier dances" held on campus during and immediately after WWII. But the group was not confined to the WC campus. They played shows at the USO Club on North Elm Street, and they entertained troops stationed at the Army Air Corps' Overseas Replacement Depot in Greensboro. In 1946, they traveled to Asheville to provide entertainment at the 1st annual conference of the 191st District of Rotary International. Cleveland Thayer, General Chairman of the Distrct, wrote to offer his personal thanks to the Darlinettes for "the fine work of your orchestra."

The founding leader of the Darlinettes and Rhythmettes was Cherry Folger, who also played trumpet. Folger was reportedly the first trumpet major in the history of WC, and was quite the musician and leader. At the age of 14, she was fronting an all-male musical group in her hometown of White Plains, NY. According to a newspaper article from 1943, she "often hits high 'E' above high 'C' on the instrument, and has been known to touch high 'G.'" She formed the Darlinettes soon after arriving at WC in 1942 (she transferred after spending her first two years of college at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester).


When Folger graduated in 1944, Doris Funderburk took over the baton for the Darlinettes. Under Funderburk's leadership, the Darlinettes continued their busy performing schedule. But they also found time to record an album, titled "Autumn Serenade." The 78 rpm records were made May 26, 1946, at the Vic Smith Recording Service in Greensboro. They featured 10 songs, including an original piece written and orchestrated by Funderburk called "You Don't Get it From Books."

The group continued performing, with membership swapping out with each graduation, through the early 1950s. Many of the Darlinettes took up non-musical careers after graduation, but a few continued in a musical path. Frances Stevens Snipe of Clemson, SC, sang with Greensboro band leader Burt Massengale's group for a number of years. Mary Sampson Irvin played trombone with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. And Doris Funderburk Morgan served as the organist at the old Charlotte Coliseum for many years, playing music to enliven crowds at the Charlotte Checkers ice hockey games.

In September 2002, several members of the Darlinettes were reunited at an event organized by Burt Bruton, the nephew of the late Sue Bruton, an original member and saxophonist in the Darlinettes. The following May, the UNCG School of Music declared May 2 to be Darlinette Day. They hosted an event featuring Darlinettes members and established a Darlinettes Artist in Residence Endowment Fund, aimed at bringing female jazz artists to the school.

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UNCG's land of data releases, new data sources, fun stats information, and much more!

New Data Releases from IPUMS

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:23:00 +0000

IPUMS Health Surveys released the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, including supplemental variables on hepatitis, diabetes, chronic pain, food security, child mental health, heart disease and stroke prevention, tobacco, internet and email usage, and disability. This release also includes 600 variables from the 2015 NHIS cancer supplement.

IPUMS Time Use released the 2016 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data through ATUS-X

IPUMS CPS released new basic monthly data along with variables from the fertility, education, and voter supplements.

IPUMS USA released full count 1910 data, source variables for all modern data, new family interrelationship variables that identify same-sex and cohabiting partners, and several other improvements to the data. ACS editing procedures are also available now.