UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

African American Institutional Memory Update - TODAY!

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:29:00 +0000

You may be familiar with the African American Institutional Memory project, which focuses on conducting oral history interviews with African Americans who attended Women's College/UNCG in the 1960s. What you may not know is that, thanks to the hard work of recent UNCG graduate Lisa Withers (M.A., museum studies), we have added 16 new interviews to the collection since May!

Join us in the Hodges Reading Room TODAY, August 11th at 2pm to learn more about Lisa's work with the AAIM project this summer. We'll also demonstrate ways in which we're increasing access to these interviews through the use of the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, and we'll talk a bit about the future of the project and of our institutional memory oral histories in general.

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.

Taking a Closer Look at Author Kwame Alexander's The Crossover

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000

If you haven't done so, check out, purchase, or pull out a copy of Kwame Alexander's novel, The Crossover.  Alexander will visit UNC Greensboro and Bookmarks in September, and some of you will get to meet him.  You might think the book, which won the Newbery Award as the best in children's literature this past year, is a novel in verse for young people about basketball, but it's a lot more than that.

As one observer writes, "You don't have to be a basketball fan to feel the exhilaration of a game well played in Kwame Alexander's novel.  You don't have to be a poetry fan either to appreciate the verve and variety of his verse, but chances are, after reading this book, you'll become one."

As fellow author Ashley Bryan writes "The Crossover crosses over as gift to all ages."

A sample of the poetry of The Crossover
(click on the image to enlarge it)
Don't miss the opportunity. Experience The Crossover and meet Kwame Alexander.

When and Where (Both free and open to the public):
In Greensboro at UNCG, 7 p.m. September 14 in the Elliott University Center Auditorium
In Winston-Salem at the Bookmarks Festival, Saturday, September 12  (10:15-10:45 a.m. in Winston Square Park)

Please contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations for the UNCG event. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Harold Schiffman Music Library at UNCG

Concert of Music by Louise Talma, Friday, October 2, 5:30PM

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:08:00 +0000

Louise Talma Concert to celebrate the UNCG Linda Arnold Carlisle Grant Awarded to 

Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey

Louise Talma 1945

The FREE concert will take place on Friday evening, October 2nd at 5:30 in the Organ Recital Hall at the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Performers include UNCG faculty and students. Following the performance, there will be a reception in the Harold Schiffman Music Library.

Sarah B. Dorsey, Head of UNCG’s Harold Schiffman Music Library, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Women’s and Gender Studies Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant Award. Dorsey’s award supports her work on a biography of composer, pianist and pedagogue, Louise Talma (1906-1996), which she will complete while on Research Assignment during the spring semester of 2016.

Talma was a pioneering American composer of the twentieth century. The second female composer to receive a Guggenheim fellowship, she was the first to win two consecutively (in 1946 and ‘47). She was the first American to teach with famed French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau. Thirteen years after receiving an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters for her three act grand opera (The Alcestiad, written on a libretto by Thornton Wilder), Talma was finally 
invited to join the august institution in 1974, the first female composer so honored.

Chamber music, organ music and choral music, including at least one world premiere, discovered last year at the Library of Congress, will make up the program. The pieces to be performed include over five decades of compositional output by Talma, who lived in Manhattan most of her life, taught at Hunter College for over 50 years and composed in the woods of New Hampshire at the MacDowell Colony. Pieces presented will reveal Talma’s fascination with the environment.

In addition to celebrating the Carlisle Grant, Dorsey will feature recordings from the concert as part of her book which will link to a web site enabling her readers to hear the music while reading about it.

If you have any questions, contact Sarah at or 336.334.5610.

Irma's World at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:53:00 +0000

Irma's Suggestion Box

Gaming lab

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:53:00 +0000

You asked:  Please bring back the gaming laboratory in the Digital Media Commons

Irma says:  Due to the renovations in the lower level, re-opening of the gaming lab was delayed.  It will be back soon along with other new and exciting things in the DMC.  Stay tuned!

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

Greensboro: "One City One Book" Kickoff

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:30:00 +0000

The "One City, One Book" official kickoff is THIS weekend, August 29 and 30!  This year's chosen title is "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.  The Greensboro Public Library, along with several community partners, will be sponsoring this event.  For more information, please visit the Greensboro Public Library "One City, One Book" webpage.  Hope to see you there!

Plus, starting in September, many lectures, hikes, movies, and more for young and old alike will be held on a regularly scheduled basis until November.  Interested?  Please download the "Calendar of Events" brochure on their website!

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.

A Flair for the Dramatic: Early Campus Theater Productions,1896-1916

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:08:00 +0000

A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1912
The students of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro claim a rich history of dramatic performance. From the campus’s earliest years as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women, the student body has authored plays, created stage sets, sewn costumes, and performed both male and female roles. The first theatrical performance was County Fair in 1894, and each subsequent year saw an increase in the dramatic repertoire enjoyed by students, faculty, and the public. As there was no drama program at the time, student groups, such as the campus literary societies (predecessors of the modern sorority), the YWCA, specific classes, and the Dramatics Club (beginning in 1912) organized and performed for the pleasure of the campus.

An exhibit featuring photographs of student dramatic productions dating from 1896 to 1916 is on display in the Elliott University Center connector from September 1st until November 1st.

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!

#UNCG men’s soccer celebrating their third straight NCAA...

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:30:47 -0400

#UNCG men’s soccer celebrating their third straight NCAA Division III national championship title in 1987.

Scholarly Communications and Data Services at UNCG

Open Educational Resources Grant Winners Start Saving Their Students Money This Fall

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:45:00 +0000

Last spring the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries announced that they are joining together to support faculty interested in providing their students with a less expensive yet educationally rewarding alternative to expensive commercial textbooks.  Ten $1000 stipends were granted to faculty as an incentive to encourage the faculty 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.
                                                                                       OER Logo 2012 J. Mello, used under a Creative Commons license CC-BY

The winners of the grants are: 
  •         Robert Anemone , Professor and Department Head, Anthropology
  •         Heather Helms, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies 
  •         Channelle D. James, Lecturer, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism
  •         Liz McNamara, Lecturer, Political Science
  •         Carrie A. Wachter Morris, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Development 
  •         Nancy Myers and Brenta Blevins, College Writing Program Director and Asst. Director, English
  •         Terence A Nile, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  •         Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, Art
  •         Jennifer Reich, Associate Director/Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences Advising/Art 
  •         Kelly L Wester, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Development.
The faculty used their time this summer to research and create resources that their students could use in class without having to purchase an expensive textbook. Grant recipient Jennifer Reich says, “The resources I found are much better than the textbooks and the students can do more with them.”  

At the end of the fall semester the University Libraries and the grant winners will assess the effectiveness of this initiative in their classes.  

Spartan Stories

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

Death Mask of Charles Duncan McIver

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Death mask of Charles Duncan McIver
On the morning of September 17, 1906, Charles Duncan McIver passed away from apoplexy at the age of 45, leaving behind a lasting legacy as the founder and first president of the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG). Immediately following his death, Wells L. Brewer, a prominent Greensboro architect, designer, and sculptor, was commissioned to create a death mask of McIver. Arriving at the undertakers with his tools in hand, Brewer worked diligently for several hours taking detailed measurements of McIver’s features and sculpting the mask. Unlike typical death masks, which only take impressions of the face, a cast of McIver’s entire head was done in order for busts of him to be created at a later time.

The casting of a death mask was not an uncommon practice in the 18th and 19th century. Since the time of ancient Egypt, they have been used by portrait sculptors to create life-like replicas of an individuals. They were often valued as mementos of the dead. Several famous death masks include that of President Abraham Lincoln, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, scientist Sir Isaac Newton, and even movie director Alfred Hitchcock.

After McIver’s death, a committee was formed with the purpose of ensuring that his love and service to the school and education in the state of North Carolina was preserved in the form of a memorial statue. In 1909, Brewer sent the death mask to Frederick Wellington Ruckstuhl who had been commissioned to create the sculpture. Following the completion and dedication of the statue, Ruckstuhl maintained possession of the death mask until 1915, when he returned it to Edward K. Graham, President of the University at Chapel Hill. It was placed on display in the Peabody Educational Building for several years.

In March 1962, Dr. James W. Patron, Head of the Southern Historical Room in the University Library at Chapel Hill, wrote to Woman’s College (WC) Chancellor Otis Singletary, inquiring if he might be interested in obtaining McIver’s death mask. Following up on the query, WC Librarian Charles M. Adams happily accepted the offer and on May 22, 1962, he drove to Chapel Hill with Lula Martin McIver, the daughter of Dr. McIver, to retrieve the mask. Today, the death mask resides in the Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG where it has become a unique and popular oddity.

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

Database trial: SAGE Research Methods

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:33:00 +0000

SAGE Research Methods (trial access until 9/15/2015) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.  More information can be found here.
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