Thursday, April 13, 2017

Holiday Hours April 14, 2017

Jackson Library will be closing at 7 pm today, April 13, and remain closed tomorrow, April 14, in observance of the Easter holiday. We will operate at reduced hours on Saturday, April 15, (11 am - 6 pm) and return to our normal hours of operation on Sunday, April 16, (opening at 12 pm). 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Marcus Girardeau Joins Electronic Resources and Information Technology as Technology Support Technician

In March, University Libraries welcomed Marcus Girardeau as its new Technology Support Technician in Electronic Resources and Information Technology (ERIT). Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UNCG. Prior to joining University Libraries, Marcus worked in Information Technology Services at UNCG. In his new position, Marcus will be responsible for technology support to faculty, staff and students. He will also be troubleshooting the express machines in the library. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Off the Record: Sharing the Story of the LGBTQ+ History of UNCG

Join us for a panel discussion, Off the Record: Sharing the Story of the LGBTQ+ History of UNCG, on April 20, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Reading Room, Jackson Library, 1st floor. The event is free and open to the public.

Of the 19,000 students presently enrolled at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), UNCG’s Fall 2016 ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA) estimated that 23 percent of these students self-identify as LGBTQ+. In spite of UNCG’s present status as a welcoming campus, there are significant gaps in the UNCG LGBTQ+ history, such as the first “out” student in the historical record of the school not appearing until 1979.

The panel will consist of six participants, including three current LGBTQ+ students and three LGBTQ+ faculty, two of which attended UNCG as students, as well. The historical perspective of the LGBTQ+ history of UNCG based upon these panelists spans from the 1970s until present, elaborating upon the gap-filled evidence represented in the historical record. Since homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder until 1973, and transgender identity was diagnosed as gender dysphoria until 2012, the LGBTQ+ communities remained hidden populations in the historical record for their own safety. An interview with a named, non-anonymous LGBTQ+ student does not exist in UNCG history until 1992, one hundred years after the opening of the university. Four of these panelists participated in the oral history project, making strides to fill in the gaps in UNCG’s historical record. 

The event is inspired by the oral history project underway as part of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG). With Chancellor Gilliam’s sponsorship, the University Archives of UNCG Libraries is conducting a two year project (2016-2018) of oral history interviews. This ambitious project hopes to capture oral histories from a wide variety of interviewees with connections to UNCG, such as faculty, administrators, alumni, staff and current students. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lynda Kellam Elected as an ALA Representative to the IFLA

Lynda Kellam, Librarian for Data, Government Information, History, Political Science, and Peace & Conflict Studies and Assistant Director of International and Global Studies has been elected as an ALA representative to the International Federation of Library Association's (IFLA) Standing Committee for Social Science Libraries. IFLA is the leading international body representing library and information services. The Standing Committees provide programming and resources as well as represent the interests of their constituents during the annual IFLA World Library & Information Congress. She will serve from 2017-2021 starting at the end of the annual meeting in Wroclaw, Poland.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Lynda Kellam and Anna Craft Recently Presented at the Empirical Librarians Conference at NC A&T State University

Congratulations to University Libraries UNCG's Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian, and Anna Craft, Coordinator of Metadata Services, who delivered the presentation "Under Construction: Building Research Data Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - UNCG" at last week's Empirical Librarians Conference at North Carolina A&T State University.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Will Cook Joins Access Services as Facilities Manager

University Libraries recently welcomed Will Cook as its new Facilities Manager. Cook received his Bachelor of Science in Community Recreation and Events Management from UNCG. Originally from New York, Cook now calls Greensboro home. Prior to joining University Libraries, Cook was the Assistant Building Manager for the City of Greensboro and worked at North Carolina A&T State University. He gained valuable experience with University Libraries during his time as a student worker and is excited about his new role. As Facilities Manager, Cook will be responsible for monitoring the operations of the building on a daily basis, working on space management and working assigned shifts on the circulation desk. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Digital Library on American Slavery Presentation at the High Point Museum

Richard Cox, University Libraries' Digital Technology Consultant, will give a presentation at the High Point Museum about the Digital Library on American Slavery (DLAS) on February 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. The DLAS contains unique, detailed information extracted from legislative and county court petitions, runaway slave ads, slavery-era insurance registries, slave deeds and slave trade voyages. Buried in these documents are names and other data on more than 200,000 individuals. In his presentation, Cox will demonstrate how to search the database and review what can be found within the collection, as well as answer any questions participants may have about the contents and use of the database.