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Awareness at the Library

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:55:00 +0000

Two years ago we decided to make an exhibit about how some of our books are not treated in the correct way at the Jackson Library. We thought that doing an exhibit would create awareness on all those who visit the library and enjoy not only our facilities, but what we have to offer in terms convenience and knowledge.

This week I was doing a research on conservation and preservation and found a nice video produced by the Preservation staff, at Kansas State Libraries, and decided to share with you all, as it focus exactly to the same points we shared previously in our exhibit.

So here you have a link of the exhibit in Jackson Library, in 2013.

Jackson Library Exhibit about books not being treated in the right way!

And here the "vintage video" produced by our friends from Kansas State Libraries:

Preservation Faux Pas

Hope you enjoy it !

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.

Friends' Book Discussion Group to Discuss Ordinary Men, by Christopher Browning

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:57:00 +0000

If you are interested, our last Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion of this academic year will be on Monday, April 20 at 4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.  Karl Schleunes will lead us in a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning.  In the book, Browning reconstructs how a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.

The event is free.

Irma's World at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:23:00 +0000

Irma's Suggestion Box

Have a suggestion for the UNCG Libraries?

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:30:00 +0000

The Libraries would love to hear your thoughts about Jackson and Schiffman Libraries.  Let us know what you like and what we could do better.  You can submit a comment online or in the suggestion boxes on the first floor of Jackson Library across from the Check Out Desk, in the  Digital Media Commons on the lower level of Jackson and in the Harold Schiffman Music Library.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

UNCG Class of 1965's 50th Reunion Weekend Exhibit

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:10:00 +0000

On Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, 2015, archivists Beth Ann Koelsch, Erin Lawrimore, and Kathelene Smith created a large exhibit for the Class of 1965's 50th Reunion weekend. The exhibit, which was mounted in the EUC Auditorium's lobby, included photographs, textiles, yearbooks, and other items from University Archives that document the Class of 1965's time at UNCG. Portions of the exhibit highlighted the commercial class, the nursing program, and civil rights activities on campus. Also, uniforms and photographs of members of the Class of 1965 who are part of the Women Veterans Historical Project were also featured.

During the weekend, SCUA also received donations of photographs and other materials from many members of the Class of 1965. If others have photographs or other materials related to their time on campus, please contact SCUA. While we are no longer seeking yearbooks or class jackets from this time, we are interested in unique items related to student life during the 1960s (and later).

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!

Happy Birthday Fritz Magg!

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:01:47 -0400

Fritz Magg (1914-1997) was chosen as solo cellist of the Vienna Symphony at the age of 20. His major teachers were Paul Grümmer and Diran Alexanian. After leaving Vienna in 1938, he joined the Chamber Orchestra of the New Friends of Music in New York as their principal cellist. Later, he held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1948, the Berkshire Quartet was invited to become the quartet in residence at Indiana University. There, Magg remained to influence countless students over the next five decades as Cello Professor and Chair of the String Department. He also established himself as an international soloist through world-wide tours and recordings. From his retirement from Indiana in 1984 until his death in 1997, Magg continued performing and produced a series of recordings on his unique approach to teaching the cello, Cello Sounds of Today

The Fritz Magg Cello Music Collection was the sixth cellist’s sheet music collection to be added to the UNCG Cello Music Collection, the largest largest single holding of archival cello music-related materials in the world.

Photographed are three versions of the Prelude of Bach’s Sixth Suite for Solo Cello annotated in the hand of Fritz Magg. Performances of Bach’s Solo Cello Suites represent the standard by which all cellists are judged. The Sixth Suite, called “a symphony for solo cello” by Mstislav Rostropovich, is considered to be the most technically complex of the all.  The variations of performance annotation by a world-class cellist, such as Fritz Magg, constitute a treasure trove for performers and musicologists. 

Scholarly Communications and Data Services at UNCG

Deciding on next year’s textbook adoption? Learn about ways to save your students money

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:49:00 +0000

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students?  The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents. A new program at UNCG encourages you to do something about that concern.

The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support UNCG’s Open Education “Mini-Grants” initiative to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Ten $1000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring, and are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.

If you are interested in applying for these “mini-grants”, you are encouraged to attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held April 14 and April 15th from 12 pm to 1 pm in Jackson Library Room 216.  Please RSVP prior to the workshop or direct your questions to Beth Bernhardt at

Additional literature on open educational resources is available at

See what UNCG students think about textbook costs
The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is April 24th.  You can apply at

Spartan Stories

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

Dorothy "Dot" Casey (class of 1948): Champion for Women's Athletics

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000

For much of her time at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, Dudley, NC native Dorothy "Dot" Casey spent her time involved in athletics, both in the classroom and in club sports (she was involved in more than a dozen club sports in her Junior and Senior years). Casey graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.

Her love of athletics and physical education led her next to UNC Chapel Hill where she worked as a graduate assistant while completing her Master’s degree. Even before she received that degree in 1951, she joined the faculty of the Physical Education Department at Wake Forest University.

Casey participated in many club sports at WCUNC
When Casey arrived at Wake Forest in 1949, women’s athletics were strictly intramural only. Part of her job was to encourage the female students to play sports. In the late 60s, Casey organized and coached a tennis team. In 1970, fellow Physical Education faculty member Marge Crisp asked WFU President James R. Scales for a budget for women’s athletics. He gave her $500. During this pre-Title IX era, female students and coaches often had to provide everything for themselves or make do with what little they had. Female student athletes were responsible for their own transportation, food, and often, uniforms and equipment. Important organizations for female athletes like the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) in which Casey served, helped to bring women’s sports up to par with their male counterparts.

Dot Casey with Dr. Jack Sawyer, 1988
While Title IX, passed in 1972, required equal opportunities for both sexes at all institutions receiving any federal funds, it took many years to implement fully. Still, at institutions like Wake Forest University where Casey became Director of Women’s Athletics in 1974, the passage of the law meant that women’s athletics would be rapidly expanding. The change from intramural sports to intercollegiate competition had arrived. Casey was a large part of that transition as she headed the women’s athletics program at WFU for 14 years, ending with her retirement in 1988.

Casey served in various capacities as teacher, coach, and Director of Women’s Athletics over her distinguished career of 39 years at Wake Forest University.  Casey won an Honor Award from the North Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1984. In 1993, she was one of the first two women inducted into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame. Dorothy “Dot” Casey passed away July 16, 2013, having devoted a majority of her 87 years of life to the cause of Women’s Athletics.

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Explorers digitizing Greensboro history

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000

By Stephen Catlett

The UNCG-Hayes-Taylor IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant has gotten off to a great start since we officially launched to the public on February 21. Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson generously agreed to help kick off our project that day, and within a week we had a select group of seven students from the Y's Achievers program. 

These DGH Explorers (Digitizing Greensboro History) have already participated in a lively history conversation with Community Historian Linda Evans of the Greensboro Historical Museum on March 7. And since then have received training on the use of digital cameras and scanners. We started with the actual capturing of some of the Y's own history, digitizing photographs and newspaper clippings on April 4.

Our first "In The Field" session took place last night (April 16) at the law office of local lawyer Richard Gabriel, of Gabriel Berry Weston and Wells. Mr. Gabriel's father, George, operated two small grocery stores on East Market and East Washington Streets after 1940. Richard worked closely with his father and mother and has wonderful stories and information about East Greensboro, especially the vibrant business community as it existed before Urban Renewal destroyed it in the 1960s and 1970s. His father was well respected in the community, especially with the Bennett College students. They autographed Mr. Gabriel's personal copies of the Bennett yearbook, thanking him for his generosity, especially in providing store credit. As one student wrote: "Without your store I would have gone hungry plenty of nights."

We plan to capture more history in the next two months, but it has been especially gratifying working with these young students, who are very inspiring.