Monthly Archives: April 2016

Another Open Door

April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is “Libraries Transform”. This theme allows us to catch you up on many of the changes we’ve made/initiatives we’ve undertaken since January 2015, in order to enhance the services we provide to Stone Center Library patrons.

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We saved our most dramatic transformation for last. In February, we had a door cut between the workroom and the librarian’s office!

This transformation involved a few noisy, dusty days but our patrons were flexible and understanding, and it was well worth it in the end.

This structural modification effectively makes the librarian’s office, the workroom, and the service desk, a unified service point and allows us to better serve our patrons through improved staff communication.

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View from the librarian’s office.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this weeklong peek into what we’ve been up to at the Stone Center Library. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

SCL Reserves

April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is “Libraries Transform”. This theme allows us to catch you up on many of the changes we’ve made/initiatives we’ve undertaken since January 2015, in order to enhance the services we provide to Stone Center Library patrons.

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Moving past the service desk into the adjacent work room, we come to the area where the Stone Center Library Reserves are held. Beginning in the spring of 2016, print reserve materials for the African, African American and Diaspora Studies Department (AAAD) are held at the Stone Center Library.

We did a lot of advance preparation before transferring this portion of the University Library print reserves from the House Undergraduate Library to the SCL, and we have made the necessary adjustments to the library space and our workflow in order to accommodate this service enhancement.

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Course instructors for AAAD courses, for courses being held in the Stone Center, or anywhere on campus, can opt to have their print reserve materials held at the SCL.

Course Reserve Request Instructions

 

Two Whiteboards and a Monitor

April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is “Libraries Transform”. This theme allows us to catch you up on many of the changes we’ve made/initiatives we’ve undertaken since January 2015, in order to enhance the services we provide to Stone Center Library patrons.

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Today, as we move even further into the SCL space, our post is a midweek double feature. It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: “two whiteboards and monitor walk into the Stone Center Library…” but that’s a fairly accurate description of our two most recent service enhancements. Adjacent to the 3M gate, and opposite our CCI printer, is our service desk, where we now have a double-monitor, seen in action below.

monitorThe addition of a patron-facing monitor means that we’re better able to help our patrons navigate many of our electronically accessible tools and resources.

white boardsWe have also recently acquired mobile, erasable whiteboards that can be checked out at the SCL service desk. The boards are used by students for collaborative learning and they have also been used during recent events including the African Diaspora Women Artists Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and THATCamp Archiving Your Activism, hosted by the Stone Center Library.

Networked printing in the SCL

April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is “Libraries Transform”. This theme allows us to catch you up on many of the changes we’ve made/initiatives we’ve undertaken since January 2015, in order to enhance the services we provide to Stone Center Library patrons.

Web badge 468px x 60px: National Library Week, April 10-16, 2015, Libraries Transform

Today, we move into the library space, just beyond the 3M gate that counts library visitors, to the CCI printer that was installed in October, 2015. As a result, the SCL is now part of a networked printing system that “allows students, faculty and staff to print to ITS printers from anywhere on campus using their personal computers and a network connection.”

The printer has been very popular indeed. Because of the Stone Center’s strategic location, the printer located in the SCL serves not only students and other university affiliates who use the Stone Center building, but other buildings in the vicinity as well, including the Genome Science building and Coker Hall.

Screenshot (21)CCI printing campus map

 

Stone Center Library exhibits

April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is “Libraries Transform”. This theme allows us to catch you up on many of the changes we’ve made/initiatives we’ve undertaken, since January 2015, in order to enhance the services we provide to Stone Center Library patrons.

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We begin our NLW blog series at the entrance to the Library. In the hallway adjacent to the Library, we have used the flat case to promote events being hosted or otherwise supported by the Stone Center Library.

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Pictured above, our summer 2015 display featured the university logos of the members of the MURAP cohort as well as information about the series of research skills labs being offered by the library for MURAP students throughout the summer.

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Just inside entrance to the Library, we have used our small exhibit cases to feature micro collections owned by the Library. Pictured above is our fall 2015 display of Negro Digest and Black World magazines, donated to us by retired UNC anthropology professor Norris Brock Johnson.

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Our current display, pictured above, is about the early history of the Stone Center Library. We hope you’ll stop by to see it before May 15.

Tomorrow’s blog post will feature our most popular service enhancement. Can you guess what it is?

 

The SCL Transforms!

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April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. The 2016 NLW theme is ‘Libraries Transform’. We thought we would take this opportunity to tell you about the many ways in which the Stone Center Library has transformed in the last year. Each day next week, progressing from the entrance of the library, through the entire library space, the blog will feature an aspect of our transformation and how it has allowed us to improve our support of teaching and learning at UNC Chapel Hill. Stay tuned!

Mirrored on the Stage: A Selection of Books on African and African-Diaspora Theater

Stories are an integral part of how we understand our communities—both their histories and our place within them. Theater is uniquely suited to this function, as every dramatic performance creates space removed one step from reality. On the stage, we can explore not just who we are, but who we might be.

A highlight of Telling Our Stories of Home, an ongoing 6-day conference-festival that brings artists, activists, and scholars together to examine the concept of “home” in African and African-Diaspora communities, will be the performance of Torn Asunder, a specially commissioned play based on the book Help Me to Find My People by Heather Williams, that focuses on the quest of African-American families to reunite after the Civil War.

It is from Torn Asunder that we take our cue, providing some complementary resources that expand on the intersection of theater and TOSH’s theme of “home.” The following list consists of a small selection of the Stone Center Library’s theater-related books that we hope will spur your imagination and curiosity in this fascinating and vital discussion. All quoted summaries are taken from the UNC-CH library catalog.

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Funding Round Up April 2016

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DEADLINE: April 8, 2016

LIGHT ON THE HILL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

This one-time scholarship supports African American first-year students who exhibit academic excellence, outstanding leadership abilities, the potential to contribute to the community during their time at Carolina, and to become actively involved and informed alumni. Application deadline April 8, 2016.

Application requirements linked here: https://alumni.unc.edu/light-on-the-hill-society-scholarship/

DEADLINE: April 30, 2016

Janet Box-Steffensmeier and John A. Garcia Scholarships

Janet Box-Steffensmeier and John A. Garcia Scholarships are awarded by the Society for Political Methodology to encourage women and underrepresented graduate students in political science to attend the ICPSR Summer Program. The Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. The scholarship is awarded to up to three women graduate students in Ph.D. programs. The Garcia Award is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. The scholarship is awarded to up to three underrepresented graduate students in Ph.D. programs.  Application deadline April 30, 2016.

Application linked here:  http://polmeth.wustl.edu/scholarships

tHE gRETCHEN wALSH book donation award

The African Studies Association offers an annual grant program to assist book donation projects with shipping costs to ship books to African libraries and schools. The Africana Librarians Council, Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Committee reads grant proposals and makes recommendations to ASA. Successful awards are usually small grants in amounts from $200 to $1000. Application deadline: April 30, 2016.

Application requirements linked here: http://www.africanstudies.org/awards-prizes/gretchen-walsh-book-donation-award

The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award for Quantitative Methods Training

The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award is a waiver of registration (tuition) fees for the 2016 ICPSR Summer Program’s four-week sessions, which include courses on a variety of topics, including introductory statistics and data analysis; regression analysis; Bayesian modeling; maximum likelihood estimation; game theory; network analysis; and quantitative issues in the study of race and ethnicity. The First Session runs from June 20–July 15, 2016, and the Second Session runs from July 18–August 12, 2016. All courses are held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Awardees are eligible for a small travel stipend. Application deadline: April 30, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:  http://sumprog.blogspot.com/2016/03/2016-hanes-walton-jr-award-for.html

The NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods

The NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods is provided by the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) and is intended to encourage black graduate students and faculty to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in order to advance their quantitative skills. The Founders Fellowship is a waiver of registration fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. To be eligible, applicants must be a current member of the NBGSA.  Application deadline April 30, 2016.

Application linked here:  http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/sumprog/scholarships