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University Libraries to Host Library Diversity Institute Program

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:01:00 +0000

UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance was awarded a $211,783 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant in April of 2018 to pilot a national Library Diversity Institute program that addresses the needs of professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and broadly advances diversity in U. S. academic libraries.

Dr. Martin Halbert, Dean of University Libraries, serves as the principal investigator and overall project director of the IMLS grant, and Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Residency Coordinator, serves as the project co-principal investigator.

UNCG University Libraries will develop and deliver two institutes for incoming ACRL diversity residents to improve their chances of successfully finding and keeping a job, as well as encourage professional networking. An ongoing open access publication "Journal of Library Diversity and Residency Studies" will be established along with an associated webinar series to disseminate research and practical guidance for institutions seeking information on diversity and residency programs in library settings.

UNCG’s Library Diversity Institute will be held August 31 through September 2, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. UNCG is the fourth institution to host the Library Diversity Institute and the first institution to receive funding support for residents of the program. Diversity residents who are starting their residencies in 2018 at ACRL Diversity Alliance Member schools will be in attendance. The institute will orient new residents to best practices in getting the most out of their residency experience, as well as provide them a professional network of colleagues nationally.

Speaking Volumes


Innovation & Program Enrichment Grant Award: Revitalization of Spring Garden Press

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:15:00 +0000

Preservation Services Staff are pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Innovation & Program Enrichment (IPE) Grant. The Dean of University Libraries, Martin Halbert, along with his predecessors, has identified restricted funds for innovation and program enrichment here at UNCG Libraries. This year, we have been awarded the IPE Grant for the purpose of revitalizing Spring Garden Press, the imprint of Jackson Library's elegant 19th century Washington Iron Hand Press.

UNCG Libraries' circa 1850s Washington No. 2 Iron Hand Press

Spring Garden Press will be revitalized for the purpose of outreach to the UNCG community as well as the greater Greensboro community. The IPE Grant will provide funding to reinvigorate and enhance Spring Garden Press for regular, recurring programming. It will afford the opportunity to train a group of University Libraries staff to operate the iron hand press so that it can be used for educational and outreach purposes. Such training will allow for integration into various departments' curricula, promotion of assorted holdings in Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA), education of patrons about the history of printing and its evolution over time, demonstrations for special events and library supporters, and provide an opportunity for our digital-native students to experience hands-on traditional letterpress printing, possibly as a method for exploring their own ideas.

The circa 1850s Washington No. 2 Iron Hand Press has been used for class demonstrations periodically over the last 25-30 years that it has resided in the library, most recently under the tutelage of Paul Hessling. Hessling serves as the Special Collections/Chief Monographic Cataloger and is the only staff member at present who is knowledgeable about the operation of our press. The press use has dwindled in recent years for various reasons despite a core group of library staff – Hessling and a number of SCUA staff – being very interested in seeing the press used more often and becoming a more integral part of the department’s offerings and outreach.

Ten SCUA staff have volunteered to be trained by Paul Hessling and Sarah Smith to use the press. As Program Manager of the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College Library, Smith teaches letterpress printing, bookbinding, and other aspects of bookmaking. She works closely with faculty at Dartmouth to create hands-on projects to strengthen the impact of their coursework—and with students and non-students on their extra-curricular projects. In November, with thanks to the IPE Grant Program, Smith will travel to UNCG to conduct a workshop on the Iron Hand Press for SCUA staff.

If you are unfamiliar with iron hand presses, please see the following video of Amelia Fontanel, an Associate Curator at the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, as she walks you through the process of printing using the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion iron hand press, a similar press to our Washington No. 2 iron hand press.

A core group of our staff will be trained to use the iron hand press for presentations and demonstrations. The goals are to increase faculty collaboration with SCUA in use of the press as well as existing collections and to expand existing partnerships with Guilford County Schools (GCS). We will collaborate with GCS art teachers and students to educate students about printing history, book arts, and SCUA collections and meaningfully tie in with a classroom project.

It is our hope that the revitalization of Spring Garden Press will allow for a sustainable collaboration with GCS, regular, recurring programming with faculty and students, and to leverage the existing talent and expertise of SCUA staff by training them to use the iron hand press both in existing partnerships and in new ones to be determined over time. 

Spring Garden Press will be SCUA’s version of a makerspace by inspiring creativity and new partnerships in the UNCG community and beyond. What's a makerspace? Learn more by clicking HERE.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

LGBTQ+ Reception

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:51:00 +0000

You are invited to join the Office of Intercultural Engagement for their annual LGBTQ+ Reception, bringing together new and returning students, faculty, staff, and alumni, all LGBTQ+ or allied, as they kick-off a new year. This provides a visual showing of support for LGBTQ+ students, while giving them the chance to connect with many resources and opportunities for engagement in one place!

When: Sunday, Aug. 19th at 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Where: Intercultural Resource Center, room 62 in Elliot University Center

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!

An undated photograph of the Rosenthal Pool as it appeared when...

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:30 -0400

An undated photograph of the Rosenthal Pool as it appeared when built in 1925. It was touted as the largest and most up-to-date pool in the south when it was built.

Spartan Stories

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

Letters from Abroad: McIver’s Trip to Europe

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000

Charles Duncan McIver had not been well. Although he was only 45, the years of hard travel, an indulgent diet, and the responsibilities of his role as founder and president of the State Normal and Industrial School had taken its toll. Those close to him were concerned about his health and suggested that a sea cruise might provide the rest and relaxation he would need to restore his strength.

Charles and Lula McIver and their "quartet" of children
 In the summer of 1905, McIver began to finalize his plans for a trip to Europe. Accompanying him would be his friend, James Y. Joyner, a fellow University of North Carolina alumni. McIver and Joyner were part of a group that championed teachers’ education in North Carolina, holding training institutes across the state. In 1891, when the North Carolina legislature finally agreed to establish the State Normal and Industrial School, a state sponsored college for women, McIver took the helm as president and Joyner served as a professor, then head of the English Department. In the years after the school was established, Joyner left to pursue other endeavors, but McIver remained president with the constant pressures and responsibilities that came with the position.

James Joyner and Charles Duncan McIver
McIver’s wife, Lula encouraged her husband’s trip with his college friend and agreed to spare him for what would be an eight week adventure, while she remained home caring for their four children. Lula was an educated woman in her own right and matched her husband’s intellect and energy. A Salem College graduate, Lula had studied medicine and was a committed supporter of women’s rights. They were a very devoted couple, conferring about all matters and writing copious letters during their many separations, as McIver often traveled for business. Yet, this trip would be different – it was longer and communication would be more tenuous. Overseas correspondence could take weeks to deliver and telegrams and telephone calls were costly. As his departure time drew near, the couple devised a code that could be telegraphed inexpensively (the charge was per word), serving as a short-hand to convey how they were doing. For example, “Alog” meant “We are well. How are you?” or “Comem” meant “Come home, Annie is sick,” etc. Promising to write every day, McIver set out on the first leg of his trip, a train from Greensboro to New York, the first week of September.

With a gregarious and engaging personality, McIver encountered many interesting acquaintances as he made his way north. He wrote to Lula the evening of September 4 (on Park Avenue Hotel stationery), telling her of meeting a Captain E. J. Parish of Durham, who suggested that he go into business for the American Tobacco Company. He was obviously flattered and intrigued by the thought of a career change. When he arrived in New York, he met with Mr. Mebane, who tried to persuade McIver to postpone his European trip and instead, stay in New York to discuss taking a job there. It is apparent by his letter that McIver was seriously pondering this offer, but it would have to wait until he returned. While he was in New York, McIver also had the opportunity to meet “Dr. Booker Washington,” likely referring to Booker T. Washington, the African American educator and orator, with whom he had a relationship through the Southern Educational Board.

Correspondence from New York
Lula responded to her husband’s letters with relief and reports of the home front. These mostly included everyday household news of the children, visitors, and her attempts at campus maintenance. Many of her letters reflect her deep worry for his health. She writes, “Sweetheart, please please take care of yourself. It makes me so anxious to see you so sick and tired. I cannot rest.” She also begs him to watch his diet. McIver loved rich food and it was perhaps impractical to suppose that he would curtail his eating habits on a European cruise. She signed her letters affectionately with “lots of kisses from your loving wife.”

While in New York he met his friend, James Joyner, and finalized their travel plans. After considering several different ocean liner companies (including the White Star Line, which would later launch Titanic), they decided on the S. S. Blucher, of the Hamburg-Amerika Line. The friends booked first class passage and also purchased tickets for their return trip October 20, departing from Boulogne, France, and arriving in New York on October 28.

As the ship departed from New York, McIver took the time to quickly write a note to Lula “to say another goodbye,” assuring her that he was well and that his he liked his ship’s quarters very much. He signed the letter, “I love you Sweetheart, I tell you I do. Love to the dear quartet (his children Annie, Charlie, Verlinda, and Lula Martin). Affy (affectionately) your husband, Charles Duncan McIver.” And with this note, written at 11am, he began his European adventure.

The S. S. Blucher
Next week: McIver’s shipboard experience and his “Grand Tour” through Europe!

 *Courtesy of GG Archives

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New Research Data Management Toolkit

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:36:00 +0000

Check out the new Research Data Management Toolkit from Jisc in the UK. While it is primarily UK focused, there are general guides, reports, and tools for non-UK researchers.