Welcome to summer and I hope this finds you all safe and well if not wondering what happens next. Next for the University Libraries is to start preparing for the return of students this fall, which is how we expect to spend most of June. You may have already read or seen how the campus is going to modify the academic calendar to get students back home by Thanksgiving and also readying the campus for safe instruction and interaction.

The libraries will be working with UNCG's Office of Emergency Management by following the Governor's guidelines and executing the use of best practices for social distancing, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the continued effort to provide online options for students. Library instruction will continue but with changes to the method of delivery. Resources will still be provided but with the extra protection avoided by quarantine and/or treatment. Spaces will still be available for study but with a focus on individual needs over group study activities. And staff will be spaced appropriately and provided supplies and equipment as needed.

Our mission hasn't changed, "Through expertise in information services, the University Libraries fosters the success and impact of the UNC Greensboro community by promoting learning, inspiring creativity and enhancing research and collaboration in a diverse and innovative environment" but the way in which we complete our mission will change in order to promote a safe and healthy experience.

Have a great summer, even at home or close by, and think of us as we prepare for our next experience of serving our faculty and students in an appropriate execution of best practices during COVID-19.
June is African American Music Appreciation Month! Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage. Formerly called National Black Music Month, this celebration of African American musical contributions is re-established annually by presidential proclamation. University Libraries will be celebrating each week with special content from the Harold Schiffman Music Library ! Make sure to visit our social media channels to learn about featured artists from an array of music genres, including links to listen to music and learn more.
Natalie Branson, a second-year graduate student working on an M.A. in History with a concentration in Museum Studies, researched and developed an online exhibit focused on the work of the Women's Association for the Betterment of Public Schoolhouses , an organization of women advocating for public education in North Carolina in the first quarter of the 20th century. You can see Natalie's wonderful exhibit here: http://uncglibraries.com/wabps/exhibits/show/wabps .

Story by the Martha Blakeney Special Collections & University Archives
Image courtesy of the Martha Blakeney Special Collections & University Archives
The Digital Media Commons (DMC) is hosting a series of multimedia, hands-on, online workshops to support the UNCG campus curriculum. Participants will learn the basics of a variety of multimedia and digital storytelling tools to use in their assignments or personal projects. Registration is open now for UNCG students, faculty and staff. You can register for one or multiple workshops. Workshops will run from June 15 to July 29 on weekdays. Each workshop is offered in two different daytimes for your convenience. Registration information is available at HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/DMCSUMMER2020 .
Queering Campus History: The LGBTQ+ History of UNC Greensboro
June 16, 2020
1 p.m.

 Spend an hour with Stacey Krim, curator of manuscripts and assistant professor for University Libraries, as she takes you through the rich queer history of our UNCG campus and community. Learn about how LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff fought for their place on campus, forming LGBTQ+ organizations and improving the landscape of sex and gender rights. RSVP NOW .

Image courtesy of the Martha Blakeney Special Collections & University Archives
 First Comes Love
June 23, 2020
1 p.m.

Join University Libraries for a virtual presentation and exhibition with Barbara Proud, fine art photographer and artist, in observance of the American Library Association's (ALA) LGBT/Rainbow Book Month. First Comes Love is a book and a travelling exhibit of photographs and love stories that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ+ couples from across the U.S., while Transcending Love consists of portraits and stories of transgender and gender non-conforming couples. RSVP NOW .

Image courtesy of B. Proud
Since 2015, University Libraries has offered stipends to faculty and instructors to redevelop their courses to incorporate more information literacy skills and increase librarian involvement. In 2019, the awards increased from $1,000 to $1,250. These revamped and newly designed courses teach students to locate, evaluate, synthesize and cite sources properly in the manner most appropriate for the subject area. READ MORE .

Story by Holly C. Shields
Image courtesy of Martin W. Kane
Private gifts from members of the community, like you, provide vital resources. From our welcoming environment to our tenacious commitment to student success and everyday real-world impact , private support sustains the UNC Greensboro experience. There are many ways you can make a difference and right now is the perfect time to  make a gift . Giving to University Libraries benefits our collections, students, faculty, programs and projects, and your investment truly makes a difference as we seek to be a place and a resource for all. GIVE NOW .
Mark Schumacher , reference librarian and associate professor for University Libraries, will retire on June 30, 2020, after a 42-year career in librarianship at UNC Greensboro. Schumacher has served in this role since 1978. As a reference librarian, he has been a liaison for many departments across campus, including art, classical studies, languages, literatures and cultures, theatre, interior architecture, community and therapeutic recreation, mathematics and international and global studies. READ MORE .

Story by Holly C. Shields
Image courtesy of Andrew Gardner
Karen Ward , business officer for UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries, retired in March after 29 years with the University. She began her career at UNCG in 1991 as a processing assistant in the Fiscal Plant and worked in Telephone Services and the School of Health and Human Performance as a program assistant. She has worked for University Libraries since 2000. READ MORE .

Story by Holly C. Shields
Image courtesy of Karen Ward
Maggie Murphy , first-year writing, visual art and humanities librarian and assistant professor for University Libraries, has been named as one of  Library Journal’s  2020 Movers & Shakers — Educators. With this recognition, Murphy joins a distinguished group of librarians that are creating strategies to make libraries more inclusive for everyone, while implementing ground-breaking approaches to literacy, learning and teaching. Movers & Shakers is sponsored by  Baker & Taylor  and  SAGE . READ MORE .

Image courtesy of Maggie Murphy
University Libraries has hired April Sapp as multimedia specialist in the  Digital Media Commons (DMC) . In this role, Sapp will coordinate evening services for the DMC and provide consultations to faculty, staff and students in using its technology and resources. The DMC provides space, technology and expertise to faculty, staff and students who are creating multimedia assignments, as well as group and individual instruction on using digital technology based on the patron's needs. READ MORE .

Image courtesy of April Sapp.
"I have been reading Mary Oliver for about 15 years. I especially enjoy the poems about her morning walks and about her dog, Percy. My collection of her work is pictured here for inspiration. There are many more lovely volumes to be had. Choose whichever calls to you; you can’t go wrong. I am currently gleaning great comfort from her last book of poems Devotions , published in 2017.

On April 1st, almost two weeks into staying at home I was on my yoga mat, working through fear, anxiety, and overwhelm. My dear friend and colleague, Gaylor who many of you remember as the determined sleuth who tracked down whatever you needed, wherever it was and caused it to magically appear for your use via InterLibrary Loan appeared in my mind and in my heart. She smiled knowingly and I instantly knew what I needed, I needed Mary Oliver. I grabbed my copy of Devotions from my nightstand, blew off the dust, and let the book fall to a random page.

And I am thinking: maybe just looking and listening is the real work. (Excerpted from “From the Book of Time”) That was exactly what I needed. Thank you, Gaylor. Thank you, Ms. Oliver. I like to believe that on April 1st the two of you were hanging out together, being cool, doing smart lady writer-ly stuff."

MK Amos, Music Cataloging Technician, University Libraries
"L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is my favorite comfort literature."

A Spartan Alumni who teaches in Guilford County

"Amy Poehler's Yes Please is the funniest and most inspiring book I’ve ever heard or read. It’s worth it to read it once then listen to Amy read it to you along with several other comedic friends."

Andrew Gardner, Media and Facilities Assistant, Student Worker, University Libraries
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