Books Are Fun

A 1/4 Leather Book from 1766

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:01:00 +0000

Interesting Historical Events on the Province of Bengal - Indostan - 1766

I'm always searching for great findings in our library stacks and rescue them for Jackson Library Special Collection and University Archives (SCUA). The book here presented is from 1766 with original cover in poor condition, leather was degraded and marble paper was very abraded.

Indostan was a term used to designate the region today know by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

A total of nine maps gives the reader a broad view of what Bengal Province region looked like in the XVIII century. The book is a great source for the researcher looking into the modern history of the Indian civilization.

Following several conservation procedures in its treatment, we can highlight the new binding in 1/4 calf leather and marble papers. The maps were mended and folded 'per original'. The original sewn endbands were gone, new ones were added.

Also new handmade conservation endpapers replaced the ones used when book was originally bound, they were very acidic and did not belonged to the same type of paper used to print the book.

Here is the Google url shortner link for this book in our Special Collection:

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

The Status of Black Women and Girls in the U.S.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:52:00 +0000

The African American & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program at UNCG will host a Conversation with the Community on “The Status of Black Women and Girls in the U.S.” on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. in the UNCG Curry Auditorium, Room 225. Join a discussion on the status of Black women and girls in the United States. Students, faculty, and community members will discuss the social, economic and cultural forces that shape the lives of Black women and girls, and how they are responding to these forces.

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.

Author Chris Bohjalian to Address Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner March 22

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are pleased to announce that author Chris Bohjalian will be the guest speaker at their Annual Dinner on the night of March 22, 2016.

More details will follow at a later date.

Lincoln, Vermont’s Chris Bohjalian is the author of 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers.  His work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies.

He has a new novel arriving in January, 2016, The Guest Room, a story of a human trafficking, a party gone horribly wrong, and a marriage in crisis.

The paperback of his most recent novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, was published in May.

His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.

His awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia's Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; and the Anahid Literary Award. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.  He has been a weekly columnist in Vermont for the Burlington Free Press since February 1992.

Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated is Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.

Harold Schiffman Music Library at UNCG

HSML dives into Social Media - STAY TUNED!

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:52:00 +0000

Dear Folks,

We at the Harold Schiffman Music Library are excited to alert you to the fact that over the next week we will be all over social media in a new way (for us). The platforms are:

Blog: (before we were the Harold Schiffman Music Library!)
Facebook: Schiffman Music Library

Find and follow us on these platforms:

Twitter: @hsmluncg
Instagram: hsmluncg
tumblr: hsmluncg
Pinterest: UNCG Harold Schiffman Music Library

OR in a much more visually pleasant and informative way (thank you, Alaina!):

We are planning to share:

Mother Earth Mondays
What is it Wednesdays
Fun Fact Fridays
a return to Sleevefacing - WOO!
as well as miscellaneous fun and fabulous factoids.

The social media team leaders consists of Evan and HDavid with help from Alaina and Dallas and moi. All of our wonderful student employees will be adding to the conversation. THANKS to all for your involvement!! Share, follow, like and the like...


Irma's World at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:48:00 +0000

Marvel Avengers, age of Ultron

Batman, the brave and the bold. Complete season 3

Bleach uncut. Set 26


All American high : revisited

I'll see you in my dreams


Entourage: the movie


Outlander. Season one, volume two

The affair. Season one

Empire. The complete first season

The big bang theory. The complete eighth season

The Mindy project. Season three

Brooklyn nine-nine. Season two

Irma's Suggestion Box

Libraries' DVD collection is very popular!

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:58:00 +0000

You said:  I'd like to see more up-to-date movies in the collection and be able to check out more than 2 at a time

Irma says:  We'd love to hear your suggestions!  Please put them in the suggestion box across from the Check Out Desk on the first floor or enter them in the online suggestion box. 

Follow this blog to keep up with new DVD titles.

As you can imagine our DVD collection is very popular so the reason we limit to 2 DVDs per checkout is to make the collection as accessible as possible to as many people at a time.

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

NC Lit Map and friends at the Bookmarks Festival!

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:18:00 +0000

Hi all:

The NC Lit Map had a great time handing out tote bags and telling folks about the North Carolina Literary Map at the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, on September 12th.

We happened to have a table right next to our friends at the NC Writer's Network.  How awesome was that!

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.

#AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter, October 1st!

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:27:00 +0000

SCUA staff will be available throughout the day on Thursday, October 1st to answer your questions on Twitter as part of the Society of American Archivists' second annual Ask An Archivist Day. We'll be joining archivists from around the country to answer questions about our collections and our work. 

To participate, simply ask your question on Twitter and use the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. If you have a question specifically for us, please remember to use our handle (@UNCGArchives) in your tweet. We can't wait to chat with you!

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!

“Moods of a Moonshiner” for String Quartet

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:01:12 -0400


October is Archives Month, so our #MusicMondays will be exploring the selected theme of  “Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts, and Music Traditions” as represented in the UNCG Special Collections and University Archives. 

Perhaps, one of the most iconic images of North Carolina is that of the tenacious moonshiner, smuggling illicit booze down the Appalachia mountains, bringing un-taxed, intoxicating refreshment to the people. Raleigh, North Carolina-born and Pulitzer Scholarship Fellowship-winning composer, Lamar Stringfield (October 10, 1897 – January 21, 1959), used this as the inspiration for his piece, “Moods of a Moonshiner.” 

The piece is a suite in three movements, arranged for string quartet (or full orchestra or flute and string quartet). The first movement, “At a Still,” illustrates the “various conflicting moods and emotions created by the life of alternate monotony, alertness and outright excitement experienced by the moonshiner as he is engrossed in the operation of his woodland heritage - the still.”

The second movement, “On the Cliff,” “depicts the mood of vigilance as the moonshiner, on a cliff overlooking the surrounding country, watches for revenuers, whose visit would mean and end to his activities, something he would not permit without a bitter struggle.

The final movement, “Moonshiner Laughs,” portrays the reaction of the moonshiner after the officers have searched in vain. He is derisive, jubilant and in high spirits at having once more outwitted those who sought to destroy his source of livelihood.”        

This piece is available in the North Carolina Holograph Collection (


Scholarly Communications and Data Services at UNCG

Digital Partners Grants Avaialble to Faculty to Create Open Access Components to Research Projects

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:06:00 +0000

Are you a UNCG faculty member working on a research project for which you would like to create a freely shared, open access digital component? If so, consider applying for a Digital Partners Grant of $22,500 worth of resources from the University Libraries, which will assist you in building an online scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term
To apply, simply fill out a short one-page online form by January 12.  The Selection Committee will review submissions and announce recipients by the end of February. We are happy to help you with the form! All you need is a good idea and we'll guide you through the application process. The awards' funding period is March 2016 - February 2017.

Why work with the University Libraries on your digital project?  The University Libraries has considerable expertise in collaborating with faculty on long-term web hosting, web design, user interface development, programming, database design, metadata, usability testing, and digitization.  We’re here on campus, and we’re committed to serving you and the broader scholarly community for the long term.

Here are some examples of our previous projects:
·        English Professor Jennifer Keith worked with the Libraries to create an online, open access critical edition to accompany her book about early English poet Anne Finch. Her work was further supported by an NEH grant.
·        Historian Loren Schweninger and the University Libraries created a searchable database of the materials in his Race and Slavery Petitions Project.  Even with Dr. Schweninger’s retirement, the database remains available and has been expanded into the Digital Library on American Slavery developed and maintained by the University Libraries.

Perhaps you are interested in a scanning project to make materials searchable and available on the web, an online map putting a graphic element on data or research materials, processing of oral histories, or a web-based interface to large research data sets.    The University Libraries are open to creative ideas, and are happy to consult with you about yours.  

Examples of other Library collaborative digital projects may be found here.

The recipient(s) will receive up to $22,500 worth of resources (most likely from the Library IT department, but that depends on the needs of the applicant). The Library will provide its appropriate, existing hardware and software at no cost (but will not make expensive new purchases on behalf of the faculty).

Applicants must be UNCG faculty members. The digital project must be hosted on the Library's servers, and must be Open Access and freely shared.  The Faculty member must resolve any copyright or intellectual property issues (but we can help with that).
Selection of the funded project will be based on the following criteria:
  1. Projects that build on the strengths of the Libraries' extant digital projects
  2. Projects that develop a library of resources that support a range of scholarly activities in general rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course.

Please review the Library/Faculty Digital Initiatives Partnerships website or contact Assistant Dean of the University Libraries Tim Bucknall ( for more information.

Spartan Stories

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

Dark Shadows, Deep Closets: A LGBT History Month Special Post

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0000

When reflecting upon events that serve as vehicles for social consciousness, a library book display is unlikely to rate as an impactful medium to facilitate and stimulate dialogue relating to controversial topics. Such displays are passive and frequently overlooked. However, a book exhibit installed in Jackson Library, at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, launched the student body into a critical discussion relating to gender, sex, and ethnicity.

In Jackson Library, PRIDE!, the LGBTQ student organization on campus at the time, constructed a book display, featuring queer African American authors and entertainers in honor of Black History Month in February of 2002. The exhibit, titled “Dark Shadows, Deep Closets,” communicated the conflicts faced and achievements earned by LGBTQ individuals in the Black community. The display consisted of books from the library collection that focused on homosexuality and ethnicity, as well as contained photographs of significant queer figures in African American history. The exhibit counts as among the first public initiatives on the UNCG campus exploring the intersectionalities of race, sex, and gender.

The display immediately attracted attention. The library received over a dozen phone calls objecting to the exhibit within the first day. The officers of the Student Government Association were bombarded with so many complaints that there was fear PRIDE!’s funding was in jeopardy. The student newspaper, The Carolinian, devoted extensive coverage to the student body’s reactions to the exhibit and the evolution of the discussion, beginning with race, transferring to money, and ending with politics.

In the first week of the display, campus opinion very much focused on sexuality and race. Interviews in The Carolinian featured the opposing positions, revealing the struggles encountered by LGBTQ individuals in the African American community. A student protesting the display, stating “This is black history month and that’s something to be proud of… And gays ain’t something to be proud of.” A member of PRIDE! From Greensboro College (who is identified as a gay African American male) maintained, “We’re celebrating Black History month by showing people another side of it. I would never say anything derogatory about black American homosexuals…”

As discussion about the display and the role of PRIDE! as an organization continued throughout the month of February and into March, the subject matter transitioned from race and sexuality to that of money. The argument opposing the funding of PRIDE! with student fees has been debated for decades. Several students viewed the conflict brought about by the exhibit as an opportunity to revisit the issue. One student argued that, “relatively few students are concerned with issues relating to sexual orientation until they are brought up by groups like PRIDE!. So to say that we as students should pay for a group supporting an issue we are unconcerned about – I really don’t agree with this.”        

However, some students saw PRIDE! not as a student organization devoted to creating an inclusive campus environment for students of all sexualities and genders, but as a platform for spreading political ideology hiding behind a civil rights-oriented student organization. In a letter to the editor of The Carolinian, the most vocal opponent against PRIDE!, Jason Crawford, argued that “PRIDE uses the homosexual issue as a shield to insulate themselves from critics that might otherwise have something to say about their increasingly radical left-wing agenda.” Crawford maintained that PRIDE!’s support of “anti-war rallies” and establishment of “forums that question our government were initiatives intended to deliberately provoke politically conservative students. He called for the SGA designation of PRIDE! as a non-budgetary organization in order that student organizations be held to a high “standard of accountability. Therefore student groups that receive money from students should make reasonable effort to not offend significant numbers of students.”

In spite of vocal opposition, the story ends with the exhibit remaining in Jackson Library through the month, PRIDE! keeping its funding, and the launching of a much needed discussion relating to sexuality and gender in the campus community. This entire event took place during a time UNCG was introducing several initiatives to make the campus more inclusive for sex and gender diversity, including Safe Zone Ally training for staff and faculty and the inclusion of a statement of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation in the UNCG policy manual. Perhaps the greatest indication of progress can be viewed in that PRIDE! and University Libraries recreating the display for Black History Month in 2013 without any complaints. Who would thing a book display in the library could stir such progress? 

UNCG Digital Collections

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Vintage Viands : 1940s Edition

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:58:00 +0000

Vintage Viands, an event where staff from the University Libraries prepare foods using recipes from the Home Economics Pamphlet Collection, Woman's Collection - Cookbooks, and the online collection Home Economics and Household Collections, is happening this Friday from noon to 2:30 in Jackson Library. The tasting event also includes a contest to reward the tastiest ane most unique dishes.

Here are the categories for this year's contest:
  • Appetizer
  • Main Dish
  • Desserts
  • Best Hot Dish [AKA Casseroles]
  • Best Jell-O [or other brand of gelatin]
Recipes will be judged by these rankings:
  • Tastiest [Over all categories]
  • Most Unique [Over all categories]
For this year's interactive exhibit, we are featuring cuisine from the 1940s, which will include "ration book" specials, "meat extenders" and postwar delicacies featuring items that had been unavailable during the war years. There will also be displays of the cookbooks and pamphlets from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.