Learning Spaces for the 21st Century: The Future of the University Libraries

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:47:00 +0000

Jackson Library is busier than ever and filled with students engaged in a variety of learning opportunities. Last year’s record of 1.2 million visitors is double the number from 10 years ago. Those visitors asked library staff over 75,000 questions, and nearly 22,000 attended our instruction sessions and research consultations. There were over 300,000 uses of library technology and technology-assisted learning spaces. Numerous studies show that these activities have a significant positive impact on student learning outcomes.  The Libraries are committed to increasing these important services to our community.

Jackson Library is not slated to be renovated for some time. Meanwhile, UNCG’s enrollment is increasing and our current space configuration does not accommodate the variety of learning environments we should be providing to our students. These environments, along with the expertise of our staff, enable students to create projects needed for their course work including traditional papers, media and 3D objects and support your mission in the classroom.

To accomplish this goal we need to remove some of the shelving in the Jackson Library tower. We will free up shelves by eliminating unneeded duplication of titles, increasing the number of items per shelf, and removing some of the non-essential titles that have not circulated in more than 25 years. Just like pruning your garden, weeding is a standard practice in libraries, and is considered necessary for maintaining a healthy and relevant collection. We estimate that we would reduce the number of titles in our collection by only two to three percent. If you need materials that are not in our collection we remain committed to obtaining them for you through purchase, Interlibrary Loan, shared online collections or other means.

This project will begin in 2016 with a pilot on the 6thfloor of the Jackson Tower. The pilot will provide the opportunity to learn the best procedures for accomplishing our goals. Implementation of the entire project for the Tower will likely take 5-8 years.

If you have any questions or suggestions about this initiative, please contact Beth Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communications at


Books Are Fun

A New Drawing Book of Modes - Picart

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:14:00 +0000

This is a lovely small book on how to sketch the human figure and is part of the University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. It was printed for Richard Ware at the Bible & Sun in Amen-Corner, Warwick-Lane, London, in the late 1700’s, or beginning of the 1800’s.

  The cover received a traditional handmade marble paper design with a 24K gold stamping on a maroon leather title label. A clamshell box was created using the same colors found on the original cover.

Marble papers go back in time for centuries. This technique traveled from the Orient, Middle East and reached Europe in the 1600’s. Today we can find marble paper everywhere, but there are only a few places that are specialized on the making of marble paper in a very traditional way.
A brief history of marble papers can be found here:

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Transcending Trauma

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:16:00 +0000

Forgiving others is not easy.  Forgiving ourselves is equally hard.

Patty Grant’s youth was characterized by emotional, physical and mental abuse.  She barely finished high school because of constant bullying and threats to her life.  Patty’s journey to forgiveness has taken her from personal trauma to recovery.  Along the way she envisioned a way to help others heal and begin their own journey toward reconciliation.  Patty weaves a story that moves the audience through Indian boarding schools, survival, abuse, and addiction.  In dealing with historical grief and trauma, Patty found a way forward and has been teaching this concept to others ever since. Patty is a behavioral health consultant for the Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition.

This presentation, scheduled for Tuesday 15 November in the Elliott University Center Auditorium, is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Women and Gender Studies.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Augusto Pena at 336.334.5090 or

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.

Lynda Kellam on Horizon Report Library Panel of Experts

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:30:00 +0000

Lynda Kellam, Data Services Librarian and Assistant Director of International & Global Studies, has been invited to join the NMC's Horizon Project Library Panel of Experts, which will produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition. These bi-annual reports examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. 

The report is a collaboration between the NMC and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) as key dissemination partner. More information about the Horizon Reports and past editions are available on the NMC website.

Harold Schiffman Music Library at UNCG

HSML Student Employees Fall 2016 - Wheee!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:51:00 +0000

I Know, I should just call this blog the HSML Student Employee Blog, because a majority of posts  for the last few years have been all about these cool people who make all the difference for us and keep us running.

That said, I can't resist doing this again!

Alpha by first name (because, after all ,I am a librarian), here they are, the amazing, the awesome....the SCHIFFMINIONS!!!

Happy New Year!!! We are so happy you are here and part of the HSML team!

















And the Supervisor Team:




Go team!

New DVDs at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:03:00 +0000

Free state of Jones

Alice through the looking glass
Independence day. Resurgence

Our kind of traitor

Doctor Thorne
Bates Motel. Season three
Bates Motel. Season four

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

The 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Ceremony

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:49:00 +0000

Congratulations!  On Sunday, October 16th, Margaret MaronClyde Edgerton, and Carl Sandburg were inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.  Members of the North Carolina Literary Map team attended the wonderful event held at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines.  A great time was had by all!

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.

Ennio Bolognini Joins the Cellists Represented in the UNCG Cello Music Collection

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:58:00 +0000

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections &University Archives is pleased to announce the addition of Ennio Bolognini’s personal papers, photographs, and artifacts to the UNCG Cello Music Collection. Ennio Bolognini (1893-1979) was an Argentine-born cellist, composer, conductor, pilot, and professional boxer. Referred by Pablo Casals as “The greatest cello talent I ever heard in my life,” it is rumored that even Emmanuel Feuermann stated, “For my money, the world’s greatest cellist is not Casals, Piatigorsky, or myself, but Bolognini!”

Bolognini began studying cello performance with his father (Egidio Bolognini), completing his education with José García at the St. Celicia Conservatory in Buenos Aires. He debuted as a soloist at twelve years of age, winning the Luigi Rovatti cello (presently in thecollection of the Smithsonian) at an Ibero-American International competition. Bolognini was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by the University of Buenos Aires in 1921, and spent two years conducting in Chile before immigrating to the United States.
Caricature of Sammy Davis Jr. on manuscript music in the hand of
Ennio Bolognini

Bolognini moved to the States to serve as the sparring partner boxer Luis Firpo to prepare Firpo for his match with Jack Dempsey. Bolognini had been welter-weight champion of South America in the past. In addition to music and boxing, he was also an avid pilot, co-founding the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the United State Air Force during World War II. Bolognini was responsible for training cadets to fly B-29 bombers. He was known to be extremely proud of his talent in flying, honored to be a member of the elite “Quiet Birdmen’ Pilots” organization.

Bolognini served as principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1929 to 1930, when a dispute made him quit the orchestra. After leaving, he enjoyed a successful career as a soloist in the night club scene, as well as performing in major music festivals such as Ravinia. In 1951, he moved to Las Vegas, performing in casino orchestras and founding the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra in 1963. Within the course of his career, Bolognini composed seven pieces for cello, six of which are dedicated to noted cellist Christine Walewska, one of his students.   

The Ennio Bolognini Collection is a small, but growing collection donated by his wife, Dorothy Barber Bolognini. Presently, it contains a few manuscript musical sketches, caricatures drawn by Bolognini, articles, concert programs, and photographs relating to his life and career. Ennio Bolognini is the thirteenth cellist represented within the UNCG Cello Music Collection. Consisting of the archival music collections of Luigi Silva, Elizabeth Cowling, Rudolf Matz, Maurice Eisenberg, János Scholz, Fritz Magg, Bernard Greenhouse, Laszlo Varga, Lev Aronson, Lubomir Georgiev, Marion Davies, and Douglas Moore, the Cello Music Collection at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro constitutes the largest single holding of cello music-related material worldwide.  

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!

Only the finest fashions for the cover of the 1988-89 #UNCG...

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:00:57 -0400

Only the finest fashions for the cover of the 1988-89 #UNCG student handbook!! #tbt

Spartan Stories

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

“Ready for Teddy:” Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 Campus Visit

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000

While campaigning for the 1912 presidential election, Theodore Roosevelt embarked on a 22-town whistle-stop tour of North Carolina, arriving in Greensboro on April 22nd. Roosevelt’s exuberant and charismatic personality made him a natural campaigner, and he toured the country widely.

The Greensboro stop came only two months after he decided to "throw his hat into the ring" for the 1912 election. Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909, but opted not to run for another term. Instead, he groomed his close friend William Howard Taft to follow him in 1908. Yet after Taft won the presidency, Roosevelt became increasing frustrated by his conservative policies. He decided to challenge the incumbent for the Republican nomination during the 1912 presidential election cycle. Loosing the nomination to Taft, Roosevelt ultimately ran on the Progressive, or “Bull Moose,” Party ticket. His third-party candidacy split the Republican Party, allowing the Democrats to win both the presidency and Congress.

Theodore Roosevelt in Front of the Students' Building with State Normal President Julius Foust

But on this rainy April morning, Roosevelt was still a hopeful presidential candidate. Although his train was not scheduled to reach Greensboro until 2 o’clock, a crowd had begun to gather. As if on cue, when the train arrived at the station the rain stopped and by the time he began to speak, the sun was out. Addressing an audience of over 5,000 men and women, Roosevelt made a brief speech before traveling by car to the State Normal and Industrial College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro). In anticipation of his visit, 700 students donned their best white dresses and waited patiently in the auditorium of the Students’ Building. On his arrival, “Colonel Roosevelt” was introduced by his campaign manager, John Dixon. Perhaps a bit overwhelmed by his female audience, Roosevelt immediately stated, “I always had very great difficulty in speaking to young ladies.”

Theodore Roosevelt on a Later Whistle-Stop Tour to Greensboro, 1912*

Not surprisingly, he chose to talk about women’s education. Roosevelt praised the college for not only offering a teaching curriculum, but also business classes. Predicting that education would undergo significant changes during the next fifty years, he stressed the value of practical as well as cultural coursework for both young men and women. Typical of his pragmatic nature, Roosevelt believed that the goal was to be more efficient and “more fit to do the actual work of life.” Yet he also emphasized the importance of scholarship. An ardent naturalist, he specifically used the dogwood tree to make his point. Recounting his trip through North Carolina, he described the mountains as being “aflame with dogwood blossoms.” He counseled the students to appreciate nature and when possible, to put this appreciation “vividly and truthfully on paper, in books, and in magazines.” Before he departed, Roosevelt encouraged the young women to take advantage of their great educational opportunities, reminding them, “To you much has been given, and from you much will be expected.”

Students' Building at the State Normal and Industrial College

Roosevelt's choice to visit the State Normal was an interesting one, since his audience was not comprised of voters. It would not be until the 1920 election, following the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1919, that women could actually cast a ballot for a United States president. But on the afternoon of April 22, 1912, Roosevelt captivated his audience with talk of women’s education, the importance of scholarship, and dogwood blossoms.

*Image courtesy of Greensboro Historical Museum

UNCG's Dataland

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

UNC Dataverse Webinar

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:50:00 +0000

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 11:00 - 12:00pm

As recently announced, the Odum Institute archive has recently upgraded to Dataverse 4. The newly launched University of North Carolina Dataverse offers vast improvements to the user interface, including faceted search and browsing, additional data handling capabilities to ensure long-term data preservation, access and re-use, expanded metadata to support a broader array of disciplinary domains, and integration of innovative data analysis and visualization tools using new API functionality.

The Odum archivists will be hosting a free webinar on October 25th from 11:00am to 12:00pm, which will introduce users and anyone else interested to these new advanced capabilities and the ways in which UNC Dataverse now caters to a greater diversity of researchers seeking data management and sharing solutions.

To join the Webinar, click on this link: The webinar will be hosted using GoToMeeting.  Please be sure to download/launch the application prior to the webinar start time.

For more information please contact the Odum Institute archive at

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Anna Gove postcard collection digitized

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:01:00 +0000

We're excited to announce that we have added a group of over 1700 postcards to the Anna Gove digital collection

Anna Gove was one of the first licensed woman physicians in North Carolina and was resposnsible for all health-related issues at the college that became UNCG. Gove also worked withe the Red Cross and traveled extensively throughout her life.

These cards mainly document the era before and after World War I but also include some items from as early as the 1890s and as late as the 1930s. Of particular interest are a group of cards depicting the devastation in France following the war. 

Anne Gove's papers are being digitized as part of the Good Medicine: Greensboro's Hospitals and Healers digitization project, which is a collaborative effort between the UNCG University Libraries, the Cone Health Medical Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum, and the Greensboro Public Library. The project is funded through the Library Services Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina. The full project will be online by the summer of 2017.

Thanks to student workers Christian Henderson and Masami Oshita for all their work on this part of the project!