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Jordan Richmond Awarded Undergraduate Research Award at Student Honors Convocation

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:23:00 +0000

Dean of University Libraries Martin Halbert and Manuscript Archivist Jennifer Motszko presented the 2018 University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award to Jordan Richmond on April 26 at the Student Honors Convocation. The award focuses on the ability of a student to locate, select and synthesize information from library resources for the creation of an original research project or paper. The winner receives a $500 cash prize. 

Richmond’s winning paper, “Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh: Sociocultural Underpinnings and Political Barriers to the 2016-2018 Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing,” was part of a capstone assignment in the International and Global Studies program.

“Her 35-page project…was a true 'tour de force' of creative research, involving over 70 published pieces on the topic drawn from an extraordinarily broad spectrum of sources and source types," said Robert Campo, Richmond's professor and faculty sponsor.

He was similarly impressed by Richmond’s use of Jackson Library’s resources.

“In order to locate these many sources, Richmond made significant use of the Library's many databases. Specifically, she cross-referenced the academic databases of EBSCO, JSTOR, ProQuest, Political Science Complete and SocIndex,” said Campo.

Due to the ongoing nature of Richmond’s research topic, she depended on the Library’s resources to obtain current information. In her application letter, she noted the assistance provided to her by Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam.

"I relied heavily on local and on-the-ground news reporting to develop my thesis. Lynda Kellam of the University Libraries directed me to LexisNexis to keep up to date with local developments, and I heavily relied on this to develop a current understanding of the crisis,” said Richmond.

Richmond graduated in 2018 with honors from UNC Greensboro and holds a double major in International & Global Studies and Political Science, and two minors in Chinese and Women's & Gender Studies. These accomplishments have pushed her toward her goal of working in immigration law.

Richmond recently started work as a paralegal for an immigration law office. “I love the work that I get to do every day,” said Richmond.

Along with being the winner of the 2018 University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award, Richmond was also presented with the Student Excellence Award and an honorable mention for the Economics, Behavioral and Social Sciences division of the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo at UNC Greensboro.

Richmond’s award-winning paper has been added to UNCG’s institutional repository, NC DOCKS.

Written by Jules Miller

Speaking Volumes


Restoration of a Collection of String Quartet Compositions

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:35:00 +0000

Prioritizing our work can be challenging as we provide services to the general circulating collection in Walter Clinton Jackson Library, the collections of the Harold Schiffman Music Library, as well as the various collections of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Part of our consideration of how to devote our time depends on how an item will be used, such as in an exhibition, with a class, or for a scheduled researcher appointment. The curator of each collection makes those decisions and the work falls into our work queue according to how soon it will be needed and for what purpose it will be used.

The cello music collections at UNCG constitute the largest single holding of archival cello music-related materials in the world. Stacey Krim manages the collection. One of her many duties is identifying items needing conservation and/or restoration (what's the difference?) so that they may be used by researchers or in classes, stabilized for storage, or handled for digitization purposes. 

Four volumes before treatment

This set of four volumes was bound by one of its previous owners and contains the instrumental parts for a variety of string quartet compositions written by variety of composers and published by different publishing houses between 1780 and 1809. The set was donated to the UNCG Cello Music Collection as part of the Bernard Greenhouse Collection. Krim identified the items as a priority for conservation and transferred them to Preservation Services. We determined that due to their intended use with classes and researchers, both repair and restoration would be necessary.

Left to Right: Quarter Leather, Half Leather, and Full Leather Bindings

The binding style of these four volumes is referred to as half leather. A book with all leather or all book cloth as its covering material is referred to as full leather or full cloth respectively. A book with leather or cloth at the spine and fore edge corners (or sometimes there is a strip of leather or cloth all along the fore edge instead of just at the corners) with an alternate material for the rest of the cover is half leather or half cloth. And, a book with leather or cloth just at the spine with a different material, such as cloth or paper, covering the remainder of the book is referred to as quarter leather or quarter cloth. Quarter and Half bindings were developed as a way to minimize use of the more expensive binding materials by covering the rest of the book cover in a more economical material such as cloth or paper.

Bound volumes with missing or detached spines

Three of the bound music scores were missing the spine all together and one book had a detached spine. The leather at the spines and fore edge corners was dry and brittle. In some cases, the leather had worn away to reveal the book board underneath. 

Tail edge of damaged volume before treatment

Mended pages during the treatment process

After restoration treatment

The paper sides, in this case blue paste paper, were also damaged and worn, particularly at the edges. The text block pages were in fairly good condition, but there were some tears and losses, including insect damage in a few places.

The interior pages were mended with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste. The covering material required several steps of treatment. The leather was treated with Klucel-G, a consolidant that also helps prevent the leather from burning (darkening) during the mending process as it is exposed to the moisture of the paste.
Worn leather fore edge corner with damaged board underneath

Rebuilding the board with linen cord remnants and adhesive

The book board was consolidated as well, and in some cases it was rebuilt where it was too damaged or was missing parts. 

During treatment - Japanese paper applied, then toned to match

After treatment - corners fully restored

Toned Japanese paper was applied over the exposed book board and then further toned with watercolor to more closely resemble the original covering material of either leather or paste paper. A coat of Klucel-G was applied over the newly attached Japanese paper and watercolor to further seal and protect the Japanese paper and to match the sheen of the original leather.

Spines during treatment

Spine reattached and secured with toned Japanese paper

The new spines were created with Japanese paper laminated to Irish linen to lend strength, then attached to the books. The one remaining original spine was reattached over the laminated Japanese paper and Irish linen.

Four volumes after treatment

Not all of the books we treat receive full restoration such as these. For example, the priority for a book in the generally circulating collection is to return it to service quickly having been repaired in a method that can withstand the use of many patrons over a long period of time. Though we make every effort to create a tidy, attractive repair, the priority is the strength and speed of the repair. Though the restoration of the four volumes of cello music provides a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution, it required a much more time-consuming process and is perhaps not capable of receiving the regular handling as a book in the general collection.

Nonetheless, it is a treat for us to do restoration work as it is a change of pace and often provides such satisfying results, though more challenging work to do.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Present at UNCG's Safe Zone Summit

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:53:00 +0000

The Office of Intercultural Engagement invites you to submit a proposal to present at our second annual Safe Zone Summit, happening on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm in the Elliott University Center.

All proposals must be submitted by end of day on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Below are a list of examples from last year's workshops:

Crash Course in LGBTQ+ Identities
Never attended a Safe Zone Workshop before? You’re in luck! This 45-minute conversational program will give you the opportunity to become more acquainted with LGBTQ+ identities, equipping you with language and basic knowledge before exploring more in-depth topics during the remainder of the Safe Zone Summit.

Exploring Sexual Orientation Microaggressions on Campus and in Residence Halls
What microaggressions--brief, everyday exchanges that denigrate individuals due to their group membership--are experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer students on campus and in their residence halls? What is the relationship of these microaggressions to LGBQ students' sense of belonging? This session presents findings from a 2-campus research study.

Understanding Asexuality: What does it mean to be ace?
What is asexuality? Asexuality is a sexual orientation that is not widely known about or discussed in society. This presentation will highlight the ongoing asexual definition debate, consider what identities currently fall on the asexual spectrum, and discuss the differences between orientation and behavior for an ace individual.

Navigating Professional Dress as a Queer, Genderqueer, and/or Nonconforming Professional
During this session, attendees will be introduced to concerns that queer professionals can run into when it comes to dressing “professionally”, along with resources that have been helpful to me through my own journey.

WorQing it Out: Tiny leaps creating big changes to support the alphabet soup
Excited about creating a culture of care for Queer and Trans folks but you just don't know where to start? This interactive session will allow you to put theory into practice! During this session, you will learn tips on how to enhance recruitment, training, support, and programming practices to support this diverse population. We will also explore some exclusive practices that may be keeping you and your office from reaching its full potential. Please join me for this interactive session that explores changes that you can make a difference for members of the LGBTQIA+ community!

Exploring Mental Health & Substance Abuse in LGBTQ+ Communities
LGBTQ+ communities are at higher risk for mental health and substance use concerns. In this session, we will explore what those concerns look like, as well as identify protective and risk factors affecting well-being of individuals and communities. Building on these, our discussion will consider ways we can enhance the overall well-being of LGBTQ+ communities.

The Status of Gender Neutral Housing in ACUHO-I Member Institutions 
How widespread is the practice of gender-neutral housing (GNH) and how is it being implemented? What barriers to establishing GNH have campuses encountered? What GNH policies have been developed? Results and implications of a national study of GNH at ACUHO-I member institutions will be shared and discussed.

Being an Ally in the Workplace 
During this session, we'll work through several scenarios meant to test our readiness to act as an ally in the workplace. Learn how your colleagues might approach a situation, share your own thoughts and strategies, and come clean about times when you aren't sure you were the best ally you could be. Walk away from this session with a clearer idea of your own strategy as an ally in the workplace!

What does it mean to be Nonmonosexual in a Gay/Straight World?
In this interactive session, participants will learn more about what it means to hold a nonmonosexual identity. We will debunk common myths, assess our own biases toward people who are nonmonosexual, and discuss the damaging implications of erasure both in our monosexist society and within the LGBTQ+ community.

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PRIDE! of the Community Holds First Scanning Event

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:35:00 +0000

The first scanning event for UNC Greensboro’s PRIDE! of the Community project was held on May 19. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guilford Green Foundation, the PRIDE! project hopes to record the often invisible history of the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to North Carolina, especially in the Triad area and Greensboro.

Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn, Special Collections Technician Stacey Krim, and Manuscripts Archivist Jennifer Motszko were all present at the first scanning event to ensure the transition from physical to digital went smoothly. Most of the items they scanned during the first event were from one of their partners, the Guilford Green Foundation. They hope that as time goes on, more LGBTQ+ people and organizations will take advantage of the PRIDE! scanning days.

These events serve as a way to create digital copies of physical items such as photographs, t-shirts, organizational newsletters and records, bar or club fliers, protest signs, activism materials, and/or letters and postcards, that will stand the test of time. “Our intention is to get the LGBT[Q+] community excited about their own history,” says Motszko.

The team hopes to digitize material from the LGBTQ+ community as a whole and historically underrepresented groups within the community, such as people of color, women, older people, and transgender individuals. However, Gwynn clarifies, “Anybody who’s got a story to tell, we want to hear from, or [anyone who] has stuff that might be of interest.”

Motszko spoke to her excitement about the project, saying, “I really love this project because Greensboro has had such a large population of people in the LGBTQ[+] community...and having a very sort of quiet, undocumented group just kind of breaks my heart. So I think that the significance in this project is getting these groups...and having them also see the significance in their history.”

PRIDE! of the Community’s next scanning event will be on June 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Guilford Green Foundation. Visit the event page for more details.

Written by Jules Miller

Librarian Recommended: Electronic Resources at UNCG

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Academic Video Online

Mon, 07 May 2018 20:59:00 +0000

Academic Video Online is an eclectic video collection that is available free to UNCG students, faculty and staff. Academic Video Online’s featured partners include Sony Pictures, the BBC, Bloomberg, MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, PBS, the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Thousands of award-winning films, documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs, field recordings, as well as original and raw film footage are available, spanning subject areas including:

·         Anthropology
·         Business
·         Counseling
·         Film
·         Health
·         History
·         Music

Tips on finding, viewing and sharing content can be found here.

Academic Video Online is offered by Alexander Street Press. Alexander Street, L.L.C. was founded two decades ago with the goal of publishing large-scale digital collections of exceptional quality in the humanities and social sciences.

New DVDs at UNCG

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New DVDs

Thu, 31 May 2018 19:23:00 +0000


Early man 

Game night 

The bad kids

God's own country 
The 15:17 to Paris 
Please stand by 

Forbidden films : the hidden legacy of Nazi film

Small town crime
Sweet Virginia 
It comes at night
Red sparrow

Dear white people. Season one
The night of
Rick and Morty. Season 1
Rick and Morty. Season 2
Rick and Morty. Season 3
Modern family. the complete fifth season
Modern family. The complete seventh season
Orange is the new black. Season three
Orange is the new black. Season four

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LGBT Pride Month

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:25:00 +0000

June is LGBT Pride Month! It was first officially recognized by President Bill Clinton in 1999, the month of June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in American LGBT History.

This month we would like to highlight the life and works of Bertha Harris. Bertha Harris was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1936. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and moved to New York City in the 1960s, but her work has often been inspired by her experiences in the South.

Harris’ writing is defined by her inventive and experimental narrative styles. Her first novel, Catching Saradove, is the most rooted in convention. The novel is set in New York City and North Carolina, and is semi-autobiographical, exploring the themes of feminism and other social movements that permeated the 1960s. Her most ambitious work, however, is considered to be the novel Lover. Lover is a postmodernist work that rejects narrative for an experimental style. It has themes of radical lesbian philosophy and features characters both fictional and historical.

Those interested in lesbian and feminist fiction will find her works revealing and engaging. She is very highly regarded by critics and her work resonates with contemporary and modern feminists alike. Harris died in 2005, at the time she had been working on her fourth novel, a comedy entitled Mi Contra Fa. Although this novel was unfortunately never published, you can find Harris’ other works at your local bookstore or library. Celebrate Pride Month by supporting the work of local LGBT authors, and learning about their experiences through their writing.

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.

New LSTA Grant!

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:54:00 +0000

We're pleased to announce that UNC Greensboro University Libraries was awarded a 2018-2019 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) EZ grant. The grant provides $14,416 to support one year of work to research and develop a statewide archival processing service. This service would provide smaller cultural heritage institutions with assistance in arranging and describing their archival collections, thereby providing researchers with greater access to collections often considered “hidden.” University Archivist Erin Lawrimore wrote the successful application and will serve as the grant's principal investigator.

Through this grant, a steering committee will be formed to explore the most effective ways of providing these services as well as the scope of the future service. Guidelines to be developed through this initial project include an application process and rubric for prioritization of service requests from institutions, best practices for archival arrangement and description completed through the service, and a workflow for ingesting and sharing finding aids from institutions. Additionally, online training modules in archival management will be created to ensure that institutions benefiting from the service will be prepared to manage and provide access to their archival collections after the processing service concludes.

This grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18).

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!

Duston Spear’s scrapbook chronicles her art project,...

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:35 -0400

Duston Spear’s scrapbook chronicles her art project, “3 Women in Black.” The project protested war, rape, and human rights abuses and was presented at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in 1996. To learn more about the project or installation, visit

Spartan Stories

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

Celebrating "Service" with Park Night

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000

From 1920 through 1935, the Friday evening of commencement weekend at the North Carolina College for Women (later Woman’s College and now UNCG) featured a ceremony known as Park Night. This allegorical drama typically took place outdoors in an outdoor theater constructed in Peabody Park. The production featured a character named Service (meant to represent the ideals of the school) as well as her attendants Mind, Body, and Spirit.
A scene from the 1923 Park Night ceremony
In a July 25, 1927 letter, alumnae Julia Cherry Spruill discussed the origins of Park Night. Spruill had been appointed chairman of a committee to promote school spirit amongst students. She was asked to highlight particular features of the school that made her most proud. Spruill recalled deciding “our park was our peculiar possession of which we were particularly proud, and that we could have some symbolical exercises down there which would represent the highest ideals of our college.” She consulted with President Julius Foust, who agreed to sponsor the production and to clear some land in Peabody Park for a theater.

Selection of the student to portray Service was conducted by secret ballot. A 1929 Carolinianarticle noted, “this is the highest honor that a student can win at this college and goes each year to the girl in the senior class who in the opinion of her associates has rendered the most outstanding service during her college career.” For example, the role of Service in 1926 went to Georgia Kirkpatrick of Efland. Kirkpatrick was class president, a charter member and president of the Alethian Society, member of the Faculty-Student Council, cabinet member of the Athletic Association, member of the Playlikers, and a staff member of both the Carolinian newspaper and the Pine Needles yearbook.

Prologue dance from the 1923 Park Night ceremony
The script for Park Night was written by the students, with the intent of it becoming a yearly tradition. The production began with a prologue in the form of a dance. It was followed by a dramatic processional featured fifty students dressed in white robes, carrying lit torches, and singing the college song. Service and her attendants then entered, and each attendant presented Service with allegorical gifts, often through a solo dance as well as a lyrical Grecian-style poem.  After the individual presentations, Service spoke, accepting the gifts and giving a dramatic monologue. The production concluded with an epilogue featuring “a Dance to the Future.”

Although the tradition of Park Night ended in 1935 when graduating seniors decided to forgo the production in favor of honoring a number of leading classmates in a formal ceremony, “Service” remains the motto of UNCG today. From the words of Service’s concluding monologue, “when full liberty, sweetness, and joy have driven out misery and night, we shall live in the light of the glorious day when Service has won all the earth.”