Thursday, November 9, 2017

Instructors - Appointment Slots in Google Calendar

Hi all,

I'm a fan of teaching tips from the University Teaching and Learning Center.  With ITS, they've started providing tech tips for instructors.  Huzzah!

To learn about creating appointment slots with a calendar that you probably already use, watch this (2 mins):

For myself, I already have a system for scheduling appointments.  LibCal, only licensed for use by library employees. 

But the Google cal method looks lovely.  The video shows a link to get more information.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Health & Wellness Resource Center

We now have Health & Wellness Resource Center - online encyclopedias, magazines, journals, images, and more.  

It is linked in the libraries Databases list and you can log in using your iSpartan account.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

UNCG Online Instructors - take a survey, win a gift card

A few weeks ago we sent out a survey to help the library better understand the information and service needs of our faculty who teach online classes, so that we can work towards better serving you! If you have not completed it yet, there is still time. We are extending the deadline to November 6th! While participation is completely voluntary, responses will greatly help us help you. Completing the survey will also enter you into a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card. The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.

The survey results will be anonymous to both the researcher and all data shared will be in aggregate form. Risks include possible personal identification by the researchers based on answers, but the aggregate form of sharing should prevent such identification by the broader audience. Individual responses will only be viewed by the PIs on this research and all potential identifiers, including IP address, will not be associated with results. Data will be stored securely in qualtrics and only accessible to the researchers involved. Other risks are not greater than those experienced from regular computer use. Benefits include the improvement of library services and resources available to distance and online faculty, as well as improved outreach and marketing of new resources.

Take the survey here:

Thank you for your time and your responses!

Kate Hill, Electronic Resources Librarian
Sam Harlow, Online Learning Librarian
UNCG University Libraries

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


UNCG Libraries have  PolicyMap, which provides geographical data for the United States.
  • demographic, economic, health, education and quality of life information
  • compare regions and create reports
Health data from sources such as the CDC, Census, CMMS, HRSA, SAMHSA, and USDA.

Find mortality, chronic health conditions, access to health care, access to food, healthy behaviors, and more. Some down to the census tract level!

You can access PolicyMap through the libraries' list of databases.  Use your iSpartan account to log in.  Create your own additional account with the database to save your maps in the system.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Faculty - Information Literacy Course Development Awards for Spring 2018

We are looking for faculty members teaching in Spring 2018 who are interested in "revitalizing courses to foster information literacy skills." 
This is our third round of Course Development Awards and we will be able to award five $1000 stipends this year! 
Applications are due Friday, November 17. Jenny Dale will be holding a workshop for interested faculty on Wednesday, November 8 at 4pm in the CITI lab. More details available here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Group meditation sessions in Greensboro

Looking for some company in contemplation?  Here are some meditation groups that meet in Greensboro.  

All are free, but some groups accept voluntary donations to rent the space where they meet.  I've heard that the Monday Meditation group at Presbyterian is struggling to keep going.

Meditation Meetings In Greensboro

(as of October 2017)

Gate City Zen at Scuppernong Books, 304, S. Elm St. Sundays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

MindBodyFitnessYoga, 2915 G Battleground Ave. Sundays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

College Park Baptist Church, 1601 Walker Ave. Sundays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Meet in the sanctuary.


Mindful Mondays, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Spring Garden at Tate Street Monday, 12:30- 1:00

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S Mendenhall St. Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 12:00-12:30 p.m. (Insight Meditation)


Deep River Sangha Community of Mindfulness, two locations.
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5603 Hilltop Rd, Jamestown)
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Rd) FRIDAY
YesPlus Yoga & Meditation, Student Club, UNCG, Kaplan Center (Studio 3) Fridays, 4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Great news!

UNCG Libraries now has JAMAevidence - ebooks, lecture notes, podcasts, and more on the practice of evidence based medicine

You can get to this database from the UNCG Libraries' home page:

1. Select it from the list of all Databases, or from the library guide to evidence based practice resources
2. Use your iSpartan account to log in

We have access for 18 months.