Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Author Kathy Reichs to Speak at Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner on Wednesday, April 8

Dr. Kathy Reichs
photo by Marie-Reine Mattera

Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.  Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the long-running TV show Bones.

Tickets are available from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160 on online.  The evening begins with a reception at 6 pm, followed by a seated dinner  in Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center and a short business meeting.  The presentation begins at 7:45 and will be followed by a book signing. Copies of the author's books will be for sale by the UNCG Bookstore both prior to the event and during the evening.

Ticket prices are as follows:
  • Sponsored table of eight:  $600 (includes recognition on signage and in program if received by March 15)
  • Members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries: $60
  • Non-members: $70
  • Program only (no dinner, admitted at 7:40 pm) $22 
Dinner reservations must be received by April 1.  Presentation-only tickets are available while they last. 
Wednesday, April 8
 Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner with 
Author and Forensic Scientist Kathy Reichs.
6 p.m. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  
Tickets on sale from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160.

For more information, contact Barry Miller at

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Schlosser to Give Talk about Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I

Wednesday, February 25: Presentation by journalist Jim Schlosser, “Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I.”
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  Free and open to the public.

 In the summer of 1914, when  World War I erupted in Europe, Greensboro residents were curious but not too concerned about an event so far away. Few Greensboro men knew anything of military service. The last draft was 50 years ago in the Civil War. For this latest war, President Woodrow Wilson pledged strict neutrality for America.

As the world observes the centennial of the  war’s beginning, Jim Schlosser, retired writer for the Greensboro News & Record and O. Henry Magazine, will discuss life in Greensboro from 1914 to April, 1917 when the nation finally went to war against Germany and its allies.

During the  interlude,  Henry K. Burtner continued to sell furniture at his family’s Burtner Furniture Store on South Elm Street. Floyd W. Booker  worked at Cone Mills’ Proximity plant.  Annie Wade Reveley, a graduate of Greensboro's St. Leo's Hospital nursing school, went daily from her home on a narrow downtown street to help the city’s sick and injured.

The  city prospered as it grew from a post-Civil War backwater town to a major manufacturing and insurance center. The railroad had made good times possible. Tracks radiated in six directions from the city.

Greensboro people became armchair warriors. Will’s book store and Meyer’s department store advertised war maps for following battles fought in places locals had never heard of, including Armentieres.

Greensboro newspapers ran interviews with area people who had escaped from Europe. Not all did. Dr. Claribel Cone of the wealthy textile family wound up stuck in Germany for the duration, unable to continue her art collecting. The Germans apparently didn’t associate her with Cone Mills, where her brothers were retooling their factories to make clothing for British and French soldiers even before the U.S. joined the war.

It would be a short, victorious war for the Yanks. But the experience was traumatic for Greensboro. Of the 1,634 men and 12 female nurses from the area  who went to war,  Burtner, Booker and Reveley were among 78  killed in combat or who died from influenza that swept European battlefields. The cost was heavy for an area that never expected to go to war.

Monday, January 5, 2015

"Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library," a lecture by Greg Grieve

Please join us at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 26 in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library for a lecture by Dr. Gregory Grieve of the UNCG Religious Studies Department.

His talk,  "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library"  will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Dr. Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries' Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies' Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion in Digital Games.  Final group projects in these classes require students to develop a video.

His recent books, Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus and  Playing with Religion in Video Games explore this topic extensively. To quote Dr. Grieve:
"Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious undertones. From the Shinto-inspired Japanese video game Okami to the internationally popular The Legend of Zelda and Halo, many video games rely on religious themes and symbols to drive the narrative and frame the storyline."

We hope to see you at this dynamic lecture!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Settling in for a Winter Break

Happy holidays to all.  See you in 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jackson Library Conference Room Named for Retiring Congressman Howard Coble

photo by Carly Glazier Photography
A conference room in UNCG’s Jackson Library has been named for retiring U.S. Representative Howard Coble.  The J. Howard Coble Conference Room is located on the third floor of Jackson Library, where the Congressman’s papers reside in the Special Collections and University Archives.  “We are thrilled and honored to have Congressman Coble's archive at the UNCG libraries,” says Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian. “Researchers, faculty and students will make wonderful use of his valuable papers and we are so proud that we can provide access to and preserve his collection for generations to come.”

"We are so honored by this very generous donation," says Keith Gorman, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives. " This gift helps to support our efforts in collection development, research support, and the use of archival materials in instruction.  Moreover, the newly named conference room will provide us with a space to hold faculty consultations, conduct hands-on workshops, and teach small seminars."

The naming culminates a season of generosity from Coble’s friends and supporters, who provided the money for a major gift to the University Libraries, with a substantial portion of the gift coming in December just before the winter break.  The funds from the gift will be used to complete the processing of Congressman Coble’s papers and, with any remaining funds, to up-fit the conference room that will bear his name.  The latest money came through a fundraiser that honored the Congressman upon his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives.  Money was given by corporations, businesses, and individuals.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Third Cohort of ACE Scholars Graduates from UNCG, Adding Diversity to the Library Profession

Students in third cohort of ACE Scholars Program at UNCG
with Michael Crumpton and Nora Bird
The December 11 UNCG commencement exercises marked the graduations of the third cohort of students finishing UNCG’s ACE Scholars program, through which eleven students earned their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degrees.  Altogether, 50 students completed LIS degrees from UNCG as a result of the program. 

Like those of their predecessors, the educations of these most recent graduates were funded through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program administered by IMLS, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.    Throughout its existence, the ACE Scholars program was intended to broaden the level of diversity within the library profession and was the result of close collaboration and planning between the University Libraries and the Library and Information Studies program, with significant aid from the University Libraries' Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes, who was a mentor to many of the students who completed the program.

Co-principal investigators Assistant Professor Nora Bird of the Library and Information Studies Department and Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean of the University Libraries sought and obtained IMLS funding for this third cohort in the ACE Scholars program.  Because of Crumpton and Bird’s interest and expertise in community college librarianship, this cohort focused on building diversity among librarians interested in working in community colleges.  Crumpton and Bird are acknowledged experts in that field and are the co-authors of Handbook for Community College Librarians, published in 2013 by Libraries Unlimited, a division of ABC Clio.

UNCG’s engagement in the ACE Scholars program actually began in 2009,  when the first cohort of students were admitted.  Former Associate Director of University Libraries Sha Li Zhang, now Dean of University Libraries at the University of Montana, conceived the program and received funding from IMLS to support it.  Additional IMLS funding in 2011 supported a second cohort, and funding for the third cohort was secured by Crumpton and Bird in 2013. 

Sarah Caudle Earns MLIS

Sarah Caudle, the Weekend Evening Manager in Access Services, received her MLIS degree from Valdosta State at their December 2014 commencement.

Congratulations to Sarah !