We've made it half-way through the fall semester, and I believe resilience is key for the completion of a successful term. Normal lifestyles and personal activities have been turned upside down in a lot of ways between changing work conditions, childcare limitations and general keeping everybody safe and healthy.

So how can you be resilient and move forward without being overwhelmed by the stress of it all? Several methods and strategies exist and a couple that have surfaced lately in the face of the issues around COVID are worth mentioning. Harvard University published a paper on helping families and staff build resilience recognizing that we are all unique with different levels of concern or ability to respond to adversity

Using a see/saw visual with a fulcrum in place to hold and pivot the balance between negative and positive, the point is made to “unload” the negative side, which is what the libraries have been doing for students and faculty by providing answers to questions, guidance and support for the negative issues people face. We “load up” the positive side by connecting people to the resources they need to improve their situation, be it financial, timing or relationship based. We also can help people “move the fulcrum” by tipping the scale to more positive outcomes while educating them on core skills that are needed to reduce negative outcomes. Enhancing student learning and success and serving our faculty, students and community with excellence (physically and virtually) has been our goal this semester and helps develop the resiliency people need in their lives — all while creating a new normal.

Other studies recognize the need to cultivate relationships to develop the agency needed to help people become more resilient to the stress around them, https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/24641. This is done by utilizing shared values to develop trust. For students, this can transition into a sense of belonging that builds resilience and for faculty and staff this can be seen as developing community. In the University Libraries, we have seen our colleagues come together and work towards common goals that benefit us all. The development of trust and community, along with helping tip the scale to more positive outcomes for our stakeholders, positions us as a critical component to develop the resiliency needed to make it to the end of this pandemic.

Although it has been a difficult semester to navigate, we have done so with Spartan Spirit, careful insight and planning for what lies ahead. Stay with us, be resilient, we’ve been in this together and we will finish together!

Michael Crumpton, MLIS, SHRM-SCP
Interim Dean and Associate Professor
The Chronicle of Higher Education is academe’s essential source for news, opinion and insights into the trends influencing higher education. The University Libraries now provides on and off campus access to a current subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education for UNCG faculty and staff. Access is available from the library website or via 
Has a librarian made a difference in your life? Nominations for this year’s I Love My Librarian Award are open until November 9, 2020. Ten amazing librarians from public, school and college/university libraries will win $5,000 each in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities. If you know a librarian who’s gone above and beyond, especially during the pandemic, submitting a nomination is the perfect way to thank them. 

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or a library at an accredited K-12 school or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2020.

The philanthropic foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library also supports the award program. The American Library Association (ALA) administers the award through the Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.
When it comes to campus folklore, the UNCG Donut has become one of the most beloved – and bizarre – stories that is passed down among Spartans.

Legend has it that in 1980, Dunkin’ Donuts were served at a library staff orientation in the basement of Jackson Library. After the meeting, one donut remained, and no one wanted to take the last one.

As told in the Spartan Stories blog, which details the origins of this campus legend, the donut remained on the platter, and several days later, it caught the staff’s attention as they worked to fix the reception on their radio. After adjusting the radio antenna to no avail, they added the donut to a binder clip on the improvised antenna, and the “college radio station came in loud and clear.” 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Image courtesy of Martin W. Kane
The Flick! is a small scale festival presented by the University Libraries' Digital Media Commons (DMC) dedicated to promoting and encouraging the production and exhibition of experimental, innovative and creative short films. The festival curates diverse local, national and international image in movement works that offer alternative points of view and alternative processes of filmmaking to the mainstream media, and pieces displaying risk taking and innovative solutions in telling a story.

We encourage the production by UNCG students through mini-grant awards and selections for the final screening event. Through viewing, discussing and making experimental work, Flick! provides a space for collaborative learning and teaching skills development. Ultimately, it is dedicated to visual and multimedia literacy, diversity and inclusion.


The DMC will award four works of $150 each to a UNCG student and a selection of the five best films will be screened on December 2, 2020.
  • Length: One to seven minutes 
  • Categories: Afrofuturism, experimental, video art, screen dance, animation
  • Opens: September, 23, 2020
  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
Digital Storytelling: Website Building Using Wix Workshop
Presented by the Digital Media Commons
October 16 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Learn the basics of creating a website in Wix and discover the platform that gives you the freedom to create, design, manage and develop your web presence exactly the way you want.
The Moor's Account Book Discussion
Moderated by the University Libraries' Diversity Committee
October 20 at 11 a.m.
Please join us for our last session of Dr. Laila Lalami's "The Moor's Account" book discussion. The novel won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The virtual discussion will focus on chapters 19 through 24 and will be moderated by members of the University Libraries' Diversity Committee. "The Moor's Account" is a fictional memoir of Estebanico, the Moroccan slave who survived the Narvaez expedition and accompanied Cabeza de Vaca. He is widely considered to be the first Black explorer of America.

Image courtesy of Simon & Schuster
How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Armondo Collins
October 21 at 12 Noon
Join the UNCG Alumni & Friends Virtual Book Club, October 21, 2020, at 12 noon for its discussion of chapters 13 through 15 of Ibram Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist." The event will be moderated by Dr. Armondo Collins, head of the Digital Media Commons (DMC) and visiting assistant professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG. Haven't read the book? Not finished with the chapters? No problem, please feel free to join the discussion anyway! 
Flick! Film Festival Artist Talk Presented by Jennida Chase
October 21 at 7 p.m.
Professor, filmmaker and scholar Jennida Chase will talk about multiplatform filmmaking. Chase is a multi-media artist who primarily works with film, video, animation, sound and photography. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at UNCG. In 1998 she received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2009 she completed her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Photography and Film. Her work has been extensively shown in galleries, museums, art fairs and film/video festivals worldwide.

Image courtesy of Jennida Chase
Basic 3D Modeling with Tinkercad Workshop
Presented by the Digital Media Commons
October 23 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make 3D design, electronics and coding. It is used by teachers, kids, hobbyists and designers to imagine, design and make anything!
Is This a Quality Journal to Publish In? How Can You Tell? Webinar Presented by Anna Craft
October 27 at 1 p.m.
The publication and sharing of peer-reviewed journal articles is critical for many academic disciplines. Electronic content availability and open access practices have contributed to a large and growing community of online journals, but not all of these journals are created equal. Our librarians can help you find appropriate and reputable journals to publish in, and can assist in identifying journals to avoid. This session will offer methods and resources to help evaluate the quality of online journals, provide an overview of predatory and unethical publishing practices and show examples of red flags related to journal practices and quality. Register today for this 30-minute webinar.
An Evening with Laila Lalami
October 27 at 7 p.m.
Join us as we host award-winning novelist and essayist, Laila Lalami, for a virtual author talk on October 27, 2020, at 7 p.m. Moderating the conversation is Dean of UNCG's Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Global and Comparative African Diaspora History Omar Ali. The interview will include discussions on Lalami’s collection of work and latest publication, “Conditional Citizens." The novel with a bookplate signed by the author can be purchased from Scuppernong Books located at 304 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, 336. 763.1919. Shipping is available.

Image courtesy of Jesse Dittmar
23rd Annual Women Veterans Luncheon Featuring Deshauna Barber
November 6 at 12 noon
The 23rd Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held via Zoom on November 6, 2020 from 12 noon - 2:30 p.m. and feature keynote speaker Deshauna Barber, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). Barber is also an Army Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and an award-winning international speaker, coach and entrepreneur. This year's event will feature dramatic readings of letters from the collections and more!
Free Data Visualization Tools for Your Research Toolbelt Webinar
Presented by Jo Klein
November 9 at 11 a.m.
Thinking of ways to share your research output? Data visualization is an effective tool used to communicate findings from a variety of disciplines through scholarly publications, popular magazines and journals, reports, social media and more. Come learn about some of the data visualization tools available to you for free at UNCG in this 30-minute webinar.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Algorithms Webinar
Presented by Jenny Dale
November 10 at 11 a.m.
Algorithms are in the news almost every day as our world becomes increasingly automated. This webinar will focus on pedagogical approaches instructors across disciplines can use to engage students in conversations about the potential impacts of algorithmic bias in an information society. Register today for this 30-minute webinar.
Flick! Film Festival Artist Talk Presented by Adrian White
November 18 at 7 p.m.
Los Angeles-based photographer Adrian White creates portraiture primarily dealing with memory, trauma and history from the perspective of people of the African diaspora. A question and answer session about his recent exhibition that mixes photography and video will follow the discussion. White was born and raised in the small tobacco and cotton town of Stantonsburg, North Carolina. He received his bachelor of arts from North Carolina Central University in 2002, a bachelor of fine arts from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2014 and a master of fine arts in photography and related media from the Parsons School of Design in 2019.

Photo courtesy of Adrian White
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