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No Boundaries in Preservation - Preservação sem Fronteiras - Preservación sin Fronteras

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:18:00 +0000

No Boundaries in Preservation has completed its project awarded by last year's University Libraries grant. It has accomplished its initial educational purpose, which was to provide equitable access to basic, relevant preservation and conservation information to a wider and diverse community of libraries and archives in the United States and abroad.

It was quite a journey through the year of 2015/2016 for those who participated in this project, directly or indirectly, doing research, filming, editing, translating and creating five original videos and posters, in three different languages. Not to mention the generosity of others in proof reading the materials, creating the website and collaborating to the content.

The result is a total of thirty educational resources! The theme of each original video and poster results from the answers of an online survey regarding preservation and conservation of books and documents.

Our mission to assist others has not ended and we ensure that the continuity of guidance in the field of preservation of books, documents and family heritage will be kept alive.

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UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Strategic Plan Update

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:39:00 +0000

The Diversity Committee has submitted a two-year update to the University Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan. University Libraries’ diversity activities and action items for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 are highlighted in the update report. We are grateful to the University Libraries’ faculty and staff for their continuing generous support of our Diversity Strategic Plan.

Download and view the report here.

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.

Libraries welcome Jenay Solomon as Diversity Resident

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:54:00 +0000

We welcome Jenay Solomon as our 5th Diversity Resident. She began on July 25 and will be with the Libraries for two years.

Jenay comes to us from Nebraska where she received her BA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MLS from Emporia State University.  Jenay worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Administrative Assistant in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State.  She was also a Student Reference Assistant in Research and Information Services and in Diversity and Multicultural Services at the Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She was an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar in 2014.

In her spare time Jenay enjoys reading, painting, cooking and listening to  variety of music. She lives with her dog, Jade, and cat, Lacey.  She also likes to travel and counts Palau (where her father is from) , England and Scotland among the places she's been so far.

Jenay is very excited about joining the Libraries and being our Resident.  She looks forward to gaining solid experience in academic librarianship and bringing her skills and experience to the program.

Welcome, Jenay!

New DVDs at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:03:00 +0000

Batman v Superman : dawn of justice

Elvis & Nixon
My big fat Greek wedding 2
Barbershop, the next cut

Actor? : a documentary

The perfect match
Eye in the sky
A perfect day
Miles ahead
Miracles from Heaven

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

NC Lighthouses

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:30:00 +0000

Thinking about heading to a North Carolina beach?  How about exploring one of the state's seven lighthouses, while there?  Guarding just over 300 miles from Corolla down to Oak Island, these lighthouses were once used to warn ships and their crew of impending and often unseen dangers.  Today, most of these lighthouses have been decommissioned and are open to the public.

The NC Lit Map contains various titles about these magnificent structures.  Local historian John Hairr wrote about their history in "North Carolina Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations".  Got kids?  Then you might want to peruse Terrance Zepke's aptly titled "Lighthouses of the Carolinas for Kids".  Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!


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.

Learning from Medieval Manuscripts

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:28:00 +0000

On exhibit in the Hodges Reading room in Jackson Library

“Learning from Medieval Manuscripts”

The University Libraries is fortunate to have in its collections, “Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts.  Western Europe: XII-XVI Century”, a portfolio collection created by Otto F. Ege in the 1940’s, a professor of art history and dean of the Cleveland Institute of Art.  His intent through these portfolios was to provide opportunity for many to view and learn from these individual leaves. 

The selected leaves span through several centuries and across countries, taken from imperfect volumes from Otto Ege’s personal collection.  These manuscripts have provided the university community rare and special opportunities to view first hand historical documents that illustrate a time before mechanical printing was introduced. 

Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives  has made available these medieval manuscripts to university faculty and students through teaching opportunities and research.  Through the years the original storage has become less than perfect.  The preservation division was able to design and create new protective enclosures for these portfolio items to ensure their conservation for the future. 

The exhibit documents the construction of the new enclosures and provides a view of several of the leaves from the collections, presenting some interesting historical facts regarding the creation of medieval manuscripts.

-Audrey Sage

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!

#WhodunitWednesday wraps up the Mysteries Published in July...

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:00:53 -0400

#WhodunitWednesday wraps up the Mysteries Published in July theme with 
Peters, Elizabeth. Seeing a Large Cat. New York: Warner Books, 1997.

In this book, Amelia Peabody has this adventure:

While digging in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, English archaeologist Amelia Peabody discovers the mummified body of a recently dead woman. The victim was the fourth wife of a famous archaeologist and she disappeared five years earlier, supposedly eloping with a lover. Amelia turns sleuth.

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UNCG University Libraries and ECU Joyner Library were awarded a joint grant to help faculty to use alternative textbooks in their courses

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:22:00 +0000

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid students at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro by reducing their costs for required textbooks. The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at ECU and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to Alternative Textbooks. Including matching funds from both universities, the  total cost of the two-year project is $184,332. 

Sharing best practices, procedures, and promotional materials, the librarians at both institutions will work with departmental faculty to reduce students' textbook costs and increase their academic engagement through two concurrent strategies. One strategy is to award departmental faculty mini-grants to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources (OER's) as the bases for their syllabi. The second strategy is to identify required texts that either the library already owns or can purchase as ebooks that students may use in addition to or instead of a printed copy that they purchase.  
Textbook affordability is a personal goal for Joyner Library director Janice S. Lewis, as well as a library goal. She is looking forward, she says, to working with colleagues at UNCG's Jackson Library on "our cooperative efforts to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money." Kathy Crowe, Interim Dean for the UNCG’s University Libraries, says “We are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance and build on our OER initiatives at UNCG and broaden the scope across the state.”  Student response to a UNCG pilot program was equally enthusiastic; one student commented "I believe that this method of teaching is great, and I have learned just as much as I would using a textbook."   

The Alternative Textbooks Project benefits to students include a reduction in the cost of attending college and increased opportunities for engagement and academic success in their classes. Studies of student achievement across multiple colleges and universities have suggested that students in OER  classes take more classes, have higher retention rates and shorter times to degree, and have learning outcomes equivalent to or slightly higher than students in classes with traditional textbooks.   

Any OER objects created will be made freely available to a global audience, and planning documents, procedures, and promotional materials will be shared with other libraries so that they can adopt this model for their own campuses. For more information, contact any of our co-principal investigators: Cindy Shirkey or Joseph Thomas from East Carolina University, or Beth Bernhardt from UNC Greensboro.   

Spartan Stories

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

Louise Brevard Alexander: Raising “Fewer Dahlias and A Lot More Hell”

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Louise Brevard Alexander was a woman ahead of her time. A strong advocate of suffrage and of women’s education, Alexander would make her mark in North Carolina as a lawyer, a judge, and an educator. Described as scholarly, conscientious, dynamic, and inspiring, she became one of the most popular teachers at Woman’s College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) from her arrival in 1935 until her retirement in 1957. Hired to replace her friend, Harriet Elliott, who had been appointed to the staff of the Democratic National Committee, Alexander taught history and political science to young women for the next two decades.

Louise Alexander
 Louise Alexander and Harriet Elliott had been fast friends since they arrived in Greensboro in the early 1900s. Bonding over their devotion politics and to the Suffrage Movement, they were active in the League for Women Voters and tireless advocates for the 19th Amendment supporting women’s right to vote. Alexander’s captivating speaking style rallied the women of North Carolina to endorse the ratification of the proposed amendment, declaring “Raise fewer Dahlias, and a lot more hell! The place is here, the time is now. The opportunity is yours. It is not the time for women to be alone. They must work together.”
Alexander remained outspoken about world politics, and her activism continued through the years of World War II. Attempting to give a historical background for understanding national and world events, she taught courses in political science and history to her students and gave presentations to the community. She also dispersed recruitment information to young women on campus who might be interested in joining the military. Alexander became known at the college and in the community as a “Human Reference Library” for legal issues as well as national and international political affairs

Epicurean Club, Presbyterian College, 1907
 Her interest in government and political activism was a natural progression of her early life and career choices. Born in 1887 in Hickory, North Carolina, she graduated from Presbyterian College (now Queen’s College) in Charlotte, where she was the president of the student body, the president of her literary society, the editor of the yearbook, the captain of the Daddy Rabbit Tennis Team, and a member of many clubs, including the Epicureans. After graduating from Presbyterian College in 1907, Alexander pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee before taking a faculty position at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. In 1911, she moved to Greensboro to teach history, civics, and economics at Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley High School).

Deciding that she needed to expand her horizons, Alexander changed the course of her life by deciding to attend law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After being admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1920, she returned to Greensboro as the first woman lawyer in Guilford County. She was appointed as Clerk of Municipal Court in 1923 and served concurrently as juvenile court judge until 1935, when she began her tenure as an extraordinarily popular political science professor at Woman’s College. She continued her interest in politics for the rest of her life. Alexander and Harriet Elliott, both influential forces in the Democratic Party, had a standing dinner date for the next thirty years, listening to the election night returns on the radio.

Presbyterian College, Class of 1907
Known for her love of reading, music, cooking, baseball, but especially for her chief hobby of “dogs, dogs, and more dogs," Alexander was a favorite among the students at Woman’s College. Referred to as “Miss Alex,” she made her classes “a lively experience of the living past in which leaders and people live again in their political struggles and aspirations for freedom and democracy.” Her courses were extremely popular, both because of her ability to make politics vital and timely and her reputation for being an easy grader. Often more than 150 students would squeeze into her classroom to hear her to explain “how to live.”

Woman's College Judicial Board, 1949
Her dedication to teaching and to her students culminated in being honored with the first O. Max Gardner Award in 1949, presented to “that member of the faculty of the Consolidated University of North Carolina who in the post academic year has made the greatest contribution to the human race.”

In 1960, Alexander was further honored by the dedication of a conference room in her name in the Elliott Center (now the Elliott University Center) in recognition of her service to the college as a professor and as an advisor to the Judicial Board. After a long and incredibly active life, Alexander died at High Point’s Maryfield Nursing Home on May 30, 1978, leaving as a legacy a generation of students to whom she taught the importance of political activism, public service, and women’s rights.

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Webinar on The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP): Overview and selected findings about olfaction and sleep

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:40:00 +0000

ICPSR is offering the following webinar in August:

The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP): Overview and selected findings about olfaction and sleep
Join us for a webinar on Aug 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT.
Register now!
The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a longitudinal study of health and social factors among community-dwelling Americans born between 1920 and 1947 as well as a cohort comparison of baby-boomers born 1948-1965. Two waves (2005 and 2010) of data have been collected, with a third wave (2015) currently in the field. In 2005-06, 3,005 in-home interviews were collected, and in 2010-11, the initial respondents were reinterviewed, along with their spouses or cohabiting romantic partners, 3,377 interviews. When completed in 2015-16, the surviving participants and their partners will have been reinterviewed, and the new “baby boomer” cohort added (individuals born 1948-1965 and their spouses or partners), about 4,600 interviews.

NSHAP data enables the study of a wide range of health and social measures, including physical health and illness, frailty, cognitive and sensory function, emotional health, health behaviors, social connectedness, sexuality, and relationship quality. Novel measures include olfactory function, and objective sleep measures for a third of respondents.

Olfactory decline in aging is a prevalent sensory impairment, and our longitudinal data show for the first time in a representative population, that olfactory decline strongly predicts 5-year mortality in older US adults, which is not explained by cognitive decline, physical health, comorbid diseases, or health behaviors.

Sleep data collected in 2010-11 are the first objective sleep data available for a nationally representative sample of the population in the United States. Here we present data that explore the associations between the most commonly reported sleep problems: insomnia symptoms and actigraph sleep features.

Attendees of this webinar will receive an overview of the NSHAP dataset, learn about the power of a decline of sense of smell, and learn about the sleep substudy and how actigraph and survey measures of sleep relate to each other and health.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Digitization project priorities, 2016-2017

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:29:00 +0000

The University Libraries Digital Projects Priorities Team met on Wednesday 22 June and approved the following priority projects for 2016-2017:

New projects:

Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015
This LSTA-funded project will digitize over 47,000 documents, photographs, and other items related to the growth of medical practice and institutions in Greensboro and will include materials from the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Public Library, and the Greensboro Historical Museum in addition to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG.

This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Women's Professional Association Records
Contains meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, and organizational records from the Women's Professional Forum, a local women's organization that was founded in Greensboro in 1977. The forum has presented UNCG with a donation to defray the cost of digitization.

Early Cello Manuscripts and Published Works
The pieces selected for this digital project are among the earliest and rarest works found in the Cello Music Collection. In many cases, UNCG is the only library or archive worldwide with the holdings for these editions which date to the 1700s.

Peter Paul Fuchs Papers
Peter Paul Fuchs (1916-2007) was a conductor, composer, teacher, and a significant figure in the performing arts history of Greensboro. Materials too be digitized and included in the Cello Music Collection include 74 unpublished music scores and parts, totaling more than 1600 pages.

North Carolina Alpha Delta Kappa Collection
ADK is an international honorary organization for women educators and these scrapbooks (dating 1954-1994) represent a completely unique view of the activities of a women's organization.

Ongoing projects:

Cone Hospital Collection
This project, undertaken through the financial support of Cone Health, involves digitizing some 15,000 photographs and other documents that chronicle the history of Greensboro's Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Target date for completion is December, 2016.

Women Veterans Historical Project
Additional oral histories, photographs, and other items will be added to this extensive digital collection documenting the service of women in the American armed forces, once of UNCG's most used digital resources.

Maud Gatewood Collection
Gatewood was an instrumental part of the art in North Carolina during the late 20th and early 21st century. As a graduate of Woman’s College, she is also part of our institution’s history. Her entire collection, including thousands of sketches, along with correspondence and other materials, is being digitized.

I Wish To Say
This project will create a digital archive of the "I Wish to Say" project undertaken by UNCG Assistant Professor Dr. Sheryl Oring, and will present images and transcriptions of messages composed and sent through the project since 2004. Target date for completion is December, 2016.

Pre-1923 Children's Literature
This project encompasses digitizing approximately 100 public domain children’s books from the Early Juvenile Literature Collection, Woman’s Collection, and Special Collections General, some dating to the 1700s.

Metadata and exploratory projects:

We will also be moving forward on:

  • The ongoing metadata cleanup for the American Publishers Trade Bindings Collection.
  • A new project to create more user-friendly and browsable categories for our digital collections.
  • A new project to add rights and usage statements that correspond with the DPLA/Europeana model and offer users a more accurate picture of the rights (and re-use) status of our materials.
Further, we will be working to solicit partners and attract funding for the second phase of the north Carolina Runaway Slave Ads Project, to discover and digitze ads placed between 1840 and 1865.

It's going to be a busy year!