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Cleaning Books and Paper Documents

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:19:00 +0000

Cleaning Books and Paper Documents

Check for a few tips on cleaning books and documents. No Boundaries in Preservation second poster and video is all about that. You can download the poster and watch the YouTube video at:

No Boundaries in Preservation is a three languages project - English, Portuguese and Spanish -  and is committed to outreach a large number of communities in the Americas and Western Europe, offering videos and posters with basic technical information in the libraries and archives preservation field. 

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Funding for No Boundaries in Preservation was generously provided by the University Libraries Innovation Grant Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Distinguished Jewish-Christian relations scholar to speak at UNCG

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:42:00 +0000

Amy-Jill Levine, a distinguished scholar of Jewish-Christian relations, will deliver her lecture “Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories” on Wednesday, April 20, at UNCG.

Levine is currently a professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and she received her master’s and doctoral degrees at Duke University. She has published numerous books including “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” “The Historical Jesus in Context” and “Feminist Companions to the New Testament.”

Hosted by the UNCG Jewish studies program in partnership with the Religious Studies Department, Levine’s lecture is part of the Henry Samuel Levinson Lecture.

Levine’s lecture will be held in the Elliott University Center auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on April 20. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Religious Studies at 334-5762 or email Ellen Haskell at

April 19, 2016 by Campus Weekly Staff

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Jackson Society Chooses Rare First Editions for Special Collections and University Archives

Tue, 24 May 2016 17:10:00 +0000

Group I:
British Victorian Literature
Collection (click to enlarge)

The Jackson Society's Members Choice Event was held recently, and members again chose some rare titles to add to the collections of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.  In thanking the members for their support, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives Keith Gorman wrote:

"The event was held on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30.  Attendees examined 28 British and American literary works from the 19th century.  All of these rare works were first editions.  Attendees were presented with three groupings of works...Selection #1--British Victorian Literature, Selection #2--Works of Thoreau and Longfellow, and Selection #3--Assorted British and American 19th Century Literature.  

Attendees were asked to cast their votes for the three groupings.  They placed poker chips in assigned ballot boxes.  Votes were than tabulated.

Jackson Society Members voted for the collection of British Victorian Literature (Selection #1).  The British Victorian Literature Collection includes:
  •     Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  •     Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
  •     Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
  •     Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  •     Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates
  •     Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset
Jackson Society Members had a certain amount to spend on titles.  With the group voting to purchase Selection #1,  there was still money remaining to spendm so attendees were asked to cast their votes for specific titles.  Jackson Society members were asked to place their chips next to the titles that they wanted to vote for.  The two winners of this second round of voting were:
  •     Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
  •     Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
What an exciting evening.  All of these titles are wonderful editions to our permanent holdings in Special Collections at Jackson Library.  I want to thank the Members of the Jackson Society for helping to grow our collection and to meet the needs of current and future faculty and students."

New DVDs at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Sun, 15 May 2016 19:01:00 +0000


One piece. Collection no 6

The Apple Dumpling Gang
A royal night out

Where to invade next

East side sushi
Henry Gamble's birthday party

Mojin : the lost legend
El club = The club

The 5th wave

War & peace : the complete miniseries
Grace and Frankie. Season one

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

NC's Outer Banks

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:11:00 +0000

Summertime is coming!  Last week, the focus was on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the west.  Now let's go to the eastern area of the state, specifically the Outer Banks.  These "Outer Banks" are actually 130 miles of barrier islands located just off of the North Carolina coast.  The NC Literary Map has several titles pertaining to this highly popular region of our state.

One of these books is entitled "On This Day in Outer Banks History" by Sarah Downing.  The Outer Banks has a fascinating history dating all the way back to the days of Blackbeard and 18th century pirates.  From the Wright Brothers' inaugural flight in 1903 to modern-day tourism, one can always learn more about this region's exciting past.  Check it out at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and traveling)!

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SCUA at Reunion Weekend: Welcoming back the Class of 1966!

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:13:00 +0000

On Friday, April 15 as part of the University's Reunion Weekend activities, staff of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives set up a large exhibit on University history and the University in the 1960s in the Pre-Function Room of the EUC Auditorium. Members of the Class of 1966 were able to reminisce while looking at photographs of former faculty members, gym suits, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and other items from their time on campus. Materials from members of the Class of 1966 who were veterans were also on display.

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

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#FoodieFriday can’t let #NationalSalsaMonth slip by without a...

Fri, 27 May 2016 14:22:01 -0400

#FoodieFriday can’t let #NationalSalsaMonth slip by without a recipe! Enjoy this Salsa de Barbacoa from  St. Vincent’s Guild (Silver City, N.M.). How to Prepare and Serve– Mexican Food: Recipes. Silver City, N.M.: [publisher not identified], 1947.  Jackson Library Special Collections-Home Economics Pamphlets  TX716.M4 H690 1947  

Spartan Stories

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

Celeste Ulrich: Dog Trainer and Professor of Physical Education

Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:00 +0000

Dr. Celeste Ulrich, long time professor of physical education at UNCG, was also known for her dog training skills.  Several newspaper articles cited her expertise with man's best friend and her love for dogs, particularly her favorite Collie, "Rory."  But there's much more to the story of Dr. Ulrich...

Dr. Celeste Ulrich, c. 1956
Celeste Ulrich was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1924.  She came to the Woman's College (now UNCG) as a student in the Physical Education program in 1942, the height of WWII.  In an oral history interview, Dr. Ulrich recalled the effects of the war on the students at Woman's College.
"We had, at that time, there was only one telephone to every dormitory and so that therefore the students took turns in manning the telephone and when a telephone call came in to a specific girl, you had to call over the loudspeaker and announce, “Mary Jones, you have a call down here.” And anytime that there was a phone called—phone calls were not made in that time just for fun and you knew that something terrible had happened and one of my poignant memories was the fact that as you called up over the amplifier to hear an absolute scream of horror from the girl as they say, “Mary Jones, you  3 have a telephone call.” And then to hear this shriek knowing then it probably announced the death of somebody."
In addition to her memories of WWII, Dr. Ulrich recalled all of the wonderful faculty on campus. She was especially fond of her experiences with Harriet Elliott who served as Chair of Woman's Division of the War Finance Committee.  Through Dr. Elliott, Celeste met Eleanor Roosevelt during one of the First Lady's visits to campus.  Dr. Ulrich was also a student of Mary Channing Coleman, first head of the Physical Education Department at Woman's College.  According to Dr. Ulrich, Miss Coleman "brooked no nonsense. When we first arrived she told us—she looked at us and said to us, “Three fourths of you will never graduate from my course.” She said, “If you survive, you are going be second to none.”"

Dr. Ulrich graduated from Woman's College in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.  She received her M.A. from UNC - Chapel Hill in 1948 and a Ph.D in Physical Education from University of Southern California in 1956.

Dr. Ulrich returned to the Woman's College as faculty in 1956. She was an active member of many professional organizations, including the North Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (NCAHPER), where she served as Chairman of the Therapeutics Section and Vice President of the Health Division; The American Associations for Health, Physical Education and Recreation; The Southern and National Associations for Physical Education of College Women; and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Throughout her career, Dr. Ulrich became involved with issues dealing with women's rights and sports. She was named president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER) in 1976.  As president, she pursued an effort "to restore some sanity in amateur sports - particularly at the collegiate level."  She stated, "there are literally hundreds of colleges where athletics have been priced beyond where anybody can handle it, where the entertainment element in collegiate athletics has become dominant over the educational element...I would like to see sports become educational again." A point of discussion which is still raised today.

In 1977, she received the 1st distinguished alumni award presented by the UNCG School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, where she was lauded as a teacher, a speaker, a writer, and a professional leader.  In 1979, Dr. Ulrich left UNCG to become the Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Oregon.

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What's in There? Searching by Variable at ICPSR

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:27:00 +0000

Free webinar from ICPSR on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT.

Register now!
George Alter, Director of ICPSR, will demonstrate strategies for searching more than 4.5 million variable descriptions in ICPSR's Social Science Variables Database, including our new crosswalk between the American National Election Study and the General Social Survey. 

The ICPSR Website allows users to search for variables singly or in groups. The "Compare Variables" feature brings up question text, frequencies, universe and other information, and all searches are linked to ICPSR's dynamic online codebooks. 

The ICPSR variable search, supported by its thorough methods documentation, is an effective tool for those that are: 

• Searching for data with particular questions/content for analysis (for research papers/publishing) 
• Desiring to compare or harmonize data across projects 
• Mining for questions to design research surveys and/or to teach survey design 
--Including the demonstration of the effect of question wording and answer categories on variable distributions and the changes (evolution) in question wording/response categories over time 
• Desiring to deposit research data for curation to enhance data discovery, increase research impact, and demonstrate that federal data sharing requirements have been met. 

This webinar will benefit research scientists, teaching faculty, students, and those assisting these individuals. 

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation! 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Then and now

Wed, 25 May 2016 18:19:00 +0000

Several years back, we digitized some "panoramic" photos (created by gluing together still prints) taken about 1991 in the area of UNCG's Walker Avenue parking deck, which was completed in 1994, and the Elliott University Center expansion and Kaplan Commons, which were completed in 2006. Digital imaging technician Robert Bixby, who passed away in 2013, scanned and color-corrected the images.

This area of campus has changed drastically in the past twenty-five years; numerous houses and apartment buildings were torn down for the construction projects, and entire blocks of Theta and Forest Streets ceased to exist.

Armed with an iPhone set on "panorama" mode, David Gwynn and Erica Rau from the digital projects team recently shot some contemporary images from the same vantage points as the 1991 photos, and we present the here for your enjoyment.

East on Stirling Street between Theta and Walker (1991):

Same view (2016):

North on Theta Street between Stirling and Forest (1991):

Same view (2016):

Southeast at Walker Avenue and Forest Street (1991):

Same view (2016):

South on Stirling Street from Walker Avenue (1991):

Same view (2016):

West on Stirling Street between Theta and Walker (1991):

Same view (2016):

East on Kenilworth Street between Theta and Walker (1991):

Same view (2016):

South on Kenilworth Street from Walker Avenue (1991):

Same view (2016):