Monday, May 22, 2017

Sean Mulligan Wins 2017 Staff Service Award

Sean Mulligan with Interim Dean Kathy Crowe
Sean Mulligan, an Archivist in Special Collections and University Archives, has been named the winner of the Staff Service Award for 2017. Created by the Head of Circulation Martha Ransley upon her retirement, the award was first given in 1998. It recognizes and rewards SHRA staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the mission of the University Libraries.
In the statement announcing his award, Mulligan was recognized for his exacting attention to detail and his willingness to help others. He was hired in 2008 as an Archivist in Special Collections and University Archives department and is responsible for processing the Libraries’ collections and creating finding aids to ensure they are available to researchers. He works on the public service desk and assists faculty and students when they need to use the collections for class projects.Additionally, Mulligan has worked tirelessly to implement professional development opportunities and morale-building programs for staff.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

University Libraries' Faculty Present at The Innovative Library Conference

Reference Librarian and First-Year Instruction Librarian Jenny Dale and Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam presented Beyond Popular vs. Scholarly: Teaching Outside the Peer-Reviewed Checkbox at The Innovative Library Conference at Radford Universtiy on May 10. The conference, which grew out of the Libraries Exchange Observation (LEO) is dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pet Partners' Therapy Animals Return to Jackson Library

During final exam days, UNCG students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs and cats. University Libraries will host Pet Partners of Greensboro and its friendly canines and felines in the First Floor Reading Room from 12 - 3 p.m. on May 3. University Libraries has held therapy animal sessions in past academic years and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, according to library staff members. Make sure and share your photos with us using #LoveLibraries.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Late Night Study Break

University Libraries, UNCG Campus Activities & Programs and the UNCG Student Government Association will provide free coffee, tea and hot chocolate on the 1st floor of Jackson Library at 9 pm and 12 am on May 3, 4 and 7. 
Studying for final exams can be a challenging time, so put down the books for a few moments, take a deep breath, de-stress and re-energize with us! 
Our thanks to the Friends of the UNCG Libraries for providing these beverages to our Spartans! Share your photos with us by using #LoveLibraries! 

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.