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.

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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

 

 

“So be it! See to it!”: A Celebration of Octavia Butler

Handwritten notes from one of Octavia Butler’s notebooks. Photo from the Huntington Library’s blog.

Feb. 24, 2016, marks the 10thanniversary of the death of Octavia Butler (1947 – 2006), known as the “grand dame of science fiction.” Her books and short stories critiqued contemporary power structures while imagining a radical new future, addressing issues of class, race, gender and sexuality along the way. Her powerful visions of the world as it could be helped kickstart a new literary genre: Afrofuturism, an examination of the intersection between race and technology that envisions the future while interrogating the past.

A lifelong writer, Octavia Butler’s body of work includes twelve novels and two short story collections. Her novels have won numerous honors and awards within the science fiction community and beyond. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.”

The Stone Center Library is proud to join the celebration the literary impact of Octavia Butler’s life. Many of Octavia Butler’s writings are available at UNC Libraries, so rather than list her novels, we would like to highlight the literary conversation that is part of her legacy.

In this post, we’ve gathered books that feature discussion of Octavia Butler’s work, analyzing its themes and looking at it in the context of African American, science fiction, and Afrofuturist literature.

All of these books are available at the Stone Center Library. Each title links to the book’s UNC Library catalog entry, where you can check their availability and learn more about them. Each entry is also accompanied by quote from the book’s official description.

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Funding Round Up March 2016

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DEADLINE: March 1, 2016

African studies center faculty research awards

The African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides funds to faculty members who wish to conduct new research in Africa. Priority will be given to those who have not conducted research in Africa before and for those who are seeking top off funds for grants already received. The award amount is between $2,000 and $4,000. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://africa.unc.edu/funding/faculty/faculty_funding_main.asp

Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History Dissertation Fellowship

The Library Company of Philadelphia offers an African American History Dissertation Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to increase the population of scholars from underrepresented areas and promotes research in the collections of the Library Company. Applicants should be in the later stages of their writing or research. The $25,000 stipend is shared equally between two award winners.  Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.librarycompany.org/fellowships/dissertation.htm

National museum of African art internship

The National Museum of African Art offers a 10 week summer internship. Applicants should have backgrounds in art history, anthropology, museum studies, or a related discipline. This internship is open to undergraduates as well as graduate students who wish to explore a research topic or the museum profession. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://africa.si.edu/about/opportunities/

DEADLINE: March 11, 2016

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History provides a new program providing scholars with the funds and information to help complete a substantial research project. The $4,000 stipend will help cover travel, housing, and research expenses. The Evers Scholar Program encourages the work and research in history of civil and human rights. Application deadline: March 11, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://mdah.state.ms.us/new/news/evers-scholar-program-established/

DEADLINE: March 25, 2016

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Travel Grant

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) offers a travel grant to Ph.D. students, post-Docs, and junior faculty studying any aspect of the Middle East and Africa region. The funds provided by this grant may cover travel costs associated with traveling to the annual ASMEA conference.  Application deadline: March 25, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.asmeascholars.org/resource/awards-research-travel-grants/

DEADLINE: March 31, 2016

Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant

The Southern Historical Collection at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  is accepting applications for the Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant. This grant pertains to research projects studying African Americans or race relations in the American South. The grant is a $1,200 award. Application deadline: March 31, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://library.unc.edu/wilson/shc/visiting-scholars-grant-program/

 

 

Funding Round Up February 2016

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DEADLINE: February 9, 2016

Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Boren Awards provides funding opportunities to U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages around the world. An initiative of the National Security Education Program, this fellowship involves areas underrepresented in study abroad and in areas critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholarships provide up to $8,000 for a summer program, $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for an academic year.  Application deadline: February 9, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

The Smithsonian NMAAHC Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship Program

The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a fellowship opportunity in Curatorial Studies. This opportunity is available to current or recent graduates of Doctoral or Masters of Arts and Sciences degrees, from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students from other institutions who demonstrate a strong interest in the curtatorship of African American heritage are encouraged to apply. This is a one year paid position, with a stipend of $30,000 and travel and research funds. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://nmaahc.si.edu/GetInvolved/mcf-info

Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics

The NCAA provides graduate level opportunities for underrepresented women and minorities. Applicants must be seeking admission or have been admitted to graduate programs that directly benefit intercollegiate athletics. Applicants must be in their final year before their graduate program begins. $7,500 will be awarded to 13 females and 13 ethnic minorities. More information can be found at the link below. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.ncaa.org/ethnic-minority-and-womens-enhancement-postgraduate-scholarship-careers-athletics

DEADLINE: February 26, 2016

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

The Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs Office offers rising junior year UNC Chapel Hill students resources necessary to be successful in perusing a Ph.D through the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Applicants to this program must be first generation college students and low income or be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate level programs. More information can be found at the link below.

Application deadline: February 26, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://mcnair.web.unc.edu/apply/

DEADLINE: February 29, 2016

CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Fellowship

The Council on Library and Information Resources is offering a fellowship to support dissertation research in the humanities and related social sciences at the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress. A part of the Mellon Fellowship Program, this fellowship has a maximum award of $31,000. More information about the application can be found at the link below.

Application deadline: February 29, 2016.

Application requirements linked here:

http://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon/preservation.html