Monday, October 10, 2016

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

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 6th floor 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


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Information Literacy Course Development Awards

The UNCG University Libraries will offer three $1,000 awards for courses to be taught in spring 2017 to support restructuring a course in order to more intentionally integrate information literacy and research. This award is open to anyone who teaches a course at the undergraduate or graduate level and has the authority to make substantive changes to that course.
According to UNCG’s Information Literacy Council (2011), to be information literate a person must be able to:
  • Determine what information is needed and why
  • Locate appropriate resources
  • Evaluate, synthesize, and critically analyze information
  • Communicate information ethically and effectively

The purpose of the Information Literacy Course Development Awards is to support instructors in revitalizing courses to foster information literacy skills. These re-envisioned courses will incorporate information literacy throughout the semester, teaching students to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and cite sources in the manner most appropriate for the subject area.

  • Course should incorporate at least 2 information literacy student learning outcomes. Please see this web page for the detailed information literacy outcomes that may be used.
  • Courses may be new or existing courses but may not be experimental.
  • A proposed course design should include assignments that are integrated with a research project. The assignments should be scaffolded throughout the semester and should be developed in consultation with a librarian or archivist partner.
  • Proposals should include a plan to team with a librarian or archivist for at least two class sessions and include other ongoing librarian involvement such as developing new tutorials or incorporating existing ones into coursework, evaluating student work, requiring student/librarian research consultations, adding librarian to course site in Canvas, etc.
  • Proposals should have an information literacy assessment component.
  • After completion of the course, faculty should plan on sharing of course restructuring through a campus or conference presentation or poster.
  • Preference will be given to courses that are required for majors or general education courses.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated for:
  • Integration: To what extent will information literacy be integrated?
  • Scalability: Does this class have potential to influence other courses or academic programs?
  • Feasibility: Is the project appropriate for the class level and subject matter? Is it realistic in terms of what can be accomplished?
  • Collaboration: To what extent is the librarian or archivist involved in the course?

Applications due November 1, 2016
Awards announced by November 15, 2016

The application should include:
  1. Applicant’s name, department, and contact information
  2. Course name and number
  3. A statement of no more than 1000 words that includes the following:
    1. Context of the course, including typical student enrollment, how often course is taught, importance of course to the department (is it required, does it have general education markers, etc.)
    2. Goals of the project
    3. Information literacy outcomes (see link above for examples of existing IL outcomes)
    4. Possible assignments or activities that will accomplish the student learning outcomes
    5. The librarian’s role as a collaborator in the project
    6. Plan for assessing the information literacy outcomes of the course

Please email your application as a PDF to Amy Harris Houk at

Thursday, September 1, 2016

University Libraries Offer Tasty Samples from Home Economics Collection

Please join the University Libraries for "Vintage Viands: The Roaring Twenties," a chance to taste treats made by University Libraries' staff. The recipes come from our authentic 1920's Home Economics Collection.

When: Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where:  Jackson Library Reading Room, 1st floor

1920's attire is encouraged but not required!

We look forward to seeing you there!

More about Vintage Viands.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Improved Study Spaces!

Look for a great new study space when you come back next fall!  Over the summer we will be placing new furniture in the Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library. This floor plan gives you a preview.

Friday, February 19, 2016

New Group Spaces in Jackson Library

Just in time for all those group projects this semester we've added 4 new group spaces on the 3rd floor!  Each has
a computer and large screen so that you can work together on projects.  These rooms may be reserved from the scheduler on the Libraries' home page.

Monday, January 11, 2016

E-Books at the University Libraries

The Libraries' have access to over 600,000 e-books searchable through the "Red Box" on the Libraries' home page. E-books may be used 24/7 from anywhere and are almost always available!

Some provide downloading of sections or chapters and all allow printing.  They don't require a reader but rather may be used via your laptop or desktop.  For more information check our "e-Books A-Z" guide.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Libraries' Hours MLK Weekend

Libraries' hours over Martin Luther King Holiday:  

Jackson Library 


15 Friday Close at 6:00 PM
16 Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
17 Sunday 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
18 Monday CLOSED
19 Tuesday Opens at 7:30 AM

Schiffman Music Library

1-3 Friday - Sunday CLOSED
4-8 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9-10 Saturday - Sunday CLOSED
17 Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
18 Monday CLOSED