Friday, December 4, 2015

Copyright workshop recordings now available!

Christine Fruin, a lawyer and librarian from the University of Florida, gave workshops for graduate students and faculty at UNCG on 10/28/2015.

Recordings of those sessions are now available.

Copyright Essentials for the Graduate Researcher (1 hr 26 mins)

Understanding Copyright and Open Access in Modern Scholarly Publishing (1 hr 23 mins)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Shorter library hours and closure Thanksgiving week

This week the library will have shorter hours on Wednesday:

And it will be closed on Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27

Library resources after graduation

Please come to visit in person! 

Jackson Library provides guest computers with access to most library subscriptions.  (notable exceptions include SciFinder Scholar chemistry database and several marketing research databases).  Results can be emailed, saved, or printed with purchase of a guest print card.

Alumnae are invited to join Friends of the Library. The annual $25 fee provides membership in the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Group and checkout privileges for books and DVDs.

Unfortunately UNCG Libraries are unable to offer off-campus access to library subscriptions after UNCG computer accounts expire.  For information on when your iSpartan account expires, please contact (336) 256-8324.

There are other options!
NC LIVE  offers free electronic resources to North Carolina residents.  Health professionals will be interested in the Natural Medicines database and ProQuest articles databases. North Carolinians not currently affiliated with a college or university may gain access to the NC LIVE site through their local public library.  (usually it is the number from your public library card)

Greensboro AHEC Library is located at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Members of the community (including health professionals not affiliated with Cone Health) may visit in person to use the medical library resources.  See their website [] for hours and contact information.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Students - give input on library furniture!

Dear UNCG students,

The University Libraries want your input!  We plan to purchase new furniture for the Reading Room on the 1st floor of Jackson Library and want to find out your preferences.  
You can participate in two ways: 

Take this survey (5 minutes or less):

Come to a 45 minute focus focus group in the Reading Room on one of the following dates. Light refreshments will be available! Please sign up here.  Not required but will just give us an idea how many might come.
  • Monday, November 2, 11:00 am
  • Tuesday November 3, 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday November 4, 3:00 pm
  • Thursday November 5, 2: 00 pm

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Options? Rights? Copyright and Open Access Faculty Forum Weds 10/28, EUC

Faculty, please feel free to invite your graduate students to this event!  And FYI, there will be a lunch and learn on Weds 10/28 on copyright essentials for graduate students.

Grad students - Copyright Essentials Lunch and Learn Weds 10/28

Graduate students, bring your lunch to Jackson Library and learn about some copyright essentials!

Event to be held in administrative conference room 216 (in the main side of the library, not the Tower) next Wednesday 10/28, no RSVP needed.

And feel free to attend the faculty forum later that afternoon on author rights and responsibilities regarding copyright and open access.

Information Literacy Course Development Awards

UNCG University Libraries

Information Literacy Course Development Awards

            The UNCG University Libraries will offer three $1,000 awards for courses to be taught in spring 2016 to support restructuring an undergraduate course in order to more intentionally integrate information literacy and research. This award is open to anyone who teaches a course at the undergraduate or graduate level and has the authority to make substantive changes to that course.

The purpose of the Information Literacy Course Development Awards is to support instructors in revitalizing courses to foster information literacy skills. These re-envisioned courses will incorporate information literacy throughout the semester, teaching students to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and cite sources in the manner most appropriate for the subject area.

Please click here for more information. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Upcoming library workshops - Zotero and Grant Seeking Databases

Interested in one of these topics?  Learn more and sign up here.

Zotero for Graduate Students - Learn about free citation management software
  • Online workshop Thursday Oct/15/2015, 12:00 PM - 1 pm EST
  • In person workshop Wednesday Oct/28/2015, 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm EST
  • In person workshop Thursday Nov/05/2015, 2:00 PM- 3 pm
**Please note, Zotero is free software not licensed by UNCG. UNCG does not provide storage, data backups, security, or tech support.  But if you'd like to see how it works, please join us.

Show Me the Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases
  • In person workshop Tuesday Oct/27/2015, 04:00 PM - 6 pm EST

Thursday, September 24, 2015

How can you get library help? Lots of ways! Sunday 9/27 availability of health sciences librarian

Reminder to UNCG health science students who have wondered "How can I get library help?"

Lots of ways!

The "Chat with a librarian" or "AskUs" service provides help in person at the Reference/AskUs Desk, by phone and chat during weekdays, evenings and weekends:

This is a great service!

Very handy, because your health sciences librarian can not be available all of the time!  If you would like to speak directly with me, an appointment is a good idea.  Please contact me:

I am typically available weekdays, but I sometimes have evening and weekend shifts.  During the fall 2015 semester, I am working at the Reference/Ask Us Desk many Tuesday evenings from 5-7 pm.  And I am scheduled to work at the Reference/Ask Us Desk this weekend, Sunday 9/27 from 2-6 pm.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FREE fitness and relaxation sessions for employees

Guess what I found at the printer this morning?

The Active U/Mindful U schedule for this semester.  This is not library related, except that exercise breaks = happy librarian. So I'm spreading the word.  With thanks to the anonymous librarian who left this sheet sitting out for me to find!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Faculty - DMC/DACTS (digital media help) Open House on Oct 1

Faculty, please join us for a look at the newly expanded Digital Media Commons and Digital ACT Studio in the lower level of Jackson Library.  Thursday October 1, 4-5:50 pm.

Blood drive Tues 9/15

Are you planning to be in Jackson Library on Tues 9/15?   Check out some light reading then visit the blood drive in the building next door to us, Elliott University Center.

Here's the announcement that I just received:
EUC Blood Drive-Tuesday, September 15
Please join us for the first EUC blood drive for the 2015-2016 school year. The drive is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 from 8:30am-6:30pm in EUC Cone Ballroom.

Appointments are available for both Whole Blood collection and Double Red Blood Cell collection (automated). Please indicate when you sign up for and appointment if you are faculty or staff to make the process go quicker for you when you arrive for your appointment.

Sign up now at

For questions regarding this event. Please contact Kathleen McGirty.

Kathleen McGirty
Assistant Director
Elliott University Center
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Vintage Viands in Jackson Library on Friday 9/25!

For any students, faculty and staff close enough to visit Jackson Library in person, please visit the Vintage Viands event on Friday 9/25 from non-2:30 pm.

Vintage Viands will be an interactive exhibit focused on the Home Economics materials in SCUA. It will be held in the First Floor Reading Room (the area across from the Reference/Ask Us desk).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

IE users must upgrade to use Scopus

Do you like using the Scopus citation index and guide to scholarly literature?


Now, if you use Internet Explorer, you'll need to be using a more recent version than IE 8.

Here's the announcement that was sent to our electronic resources librarian:

Dear Customer,
As a designated administrator for Scopus, we wanted to remind you that effective October 1, 2015, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

Why are we ceasing support of IE8?

We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to also follow Microsoft’s directive by updating to more recent versions of IE or by using other supported browsers.
We will discontinue support a few months ahead of Microsoft’s official deadline of January 2016 in order to get an earlier start on some major projects. By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements:
  • Remove current IE8 security issues
  • Enhance existing security measures across all browsers
  • Add support for new browser technologies
  • Add responsive design to aid use of Scopus across devices
  • Improve accessibility to better enable access to people with diverse abilities
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us: – US & Canada - Europe – Asia, Australia & New Zealand – Mexico, Central & South America
Best regards,
The Scopus Team

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New library home page! A work in progress

A nice new look for University Libraries home page this morning:

A few of the links are still being worked on, expect some hinkiness today.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Science Direct & Scopus unavailable Saturday night 8/1/2015

These article databases will be unavailable this Saturday night 8/1/2015 from 6 pm to about 10:30 pm
  • Science Direct - provides full text for many science and health science journals
  • Scopus - citation analysis and more

This is the official announcement from Elsevier, the company that provides these databases to us:
Dear Customer,
We would like to give you advance notice of an interruption of service for Elsevier platforms and solutions due to scheduled maintenance.
On Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT. Please check the World Clock Time Zone Converter to convert the time in your local time.
The platforms and solutions involved are:
  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.
To stay up to date with any developments follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.
Thank you for your patience as we strive to update our products.

Elsevier Customer Service Team

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nurses! Trial access to Nursing Reference Center Plus until 9/22/2015

We have trial access to Nursing Reference Center Plus until 9/22/2015! 
Log into this database with your iSpartan account and give it a try.

Clinical information for nursing practice, education, and management. Disease summaries, care plans, skills checklists, topics on management, regulations, and risk management. Also includes drug information from Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, AHFS Drug Information Essentials, and CINAHL Nursing Guide. Plus videos, images, and patient education materials. 

Should this be added to a "wish list"?  Let us know what you think!

Trial access to DynaMed Plus until 9/22/2015!

Health care faculty and students - we have trial access to DynaMed Plus until 9/22/2015

It provides evidence based summaries for health care providers, labelled according to level of evidence. Over 3,200 topics include specialty content such as critical care, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and sports medicine. Based on cover to cover review of top sources, surveillance of high profile guideline organizations, and targeted MEDLINE searches. Interactive clinical calculators can be browsed by specialty (anesthesia, nursing, nutrition) or by function (clinical criteria, decision trees). Database is updated daily. Patrons at subscribing institutions may activate the freely included DynaMed mobile app for Apple iOS devices and Android devices.

Log into this database with your iSpartan account to give it a try.

Then let us know what you think!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Library home page changes scheduled for August!

Changes to the University Libraries home page  are scheduled for early August.

IT personnel are nearing the end of a thorough process involving review of use statistics, usability testing, card sort exercises, etc.

I don't have any visuals to share, but I did see a mock up during an internal feedback session (looked great to me!).  The version that I saw kept most of the links that are currently located on the home page.  Duplicate links were definitely removed, there was some consolidation of links that currently live in the left navigation bar, plus rearrangement and overall design changes.

Looking forward to seeing what we get!


Friday, June 12, 2015

NIH approves strategic vision to transform the National Library of Medicine

Some interesting recommendations in the report (pdf):

NLM should
  • Promote connection of disparate data sources and streams
  • Play a leadership role in harmonizing and connecting with international databases
  • Lead NIH examining the ethical, legal, and social implications of sharing biomedical data
and much more

Read a press release here

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Researchers - June 9th webinar on federal requirements for data management and public access

Calling all UNCG researchers! 

ICPSR is offering a free webinar on June 9th about federal requirements for data management, public access, and preservation.

Details -

Meeting Federal Research Requirements for Data Management Plans, Public Access, and Preservation
Join us for a webinar on Jun 09, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT.
Register now!
With the deadlines for achieving public access to scientific research data in digital formats approaching (October 2015 and January 2016), this webinar will provide practical advice and resources for writing data management plans as well as tips for evaluating in-house or external public access data sharing services that meet federal research requirements.

The session will begin with a brief update on agency responses to the 2013 OSTP memo, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” with focus on Section 4: “Objectives for Public Access to Scientific Data in Digital Formats.”

The update on the responses will frame the remainder of the session including:
• Developing data management plans
• Elements of good metadata and preservation standards
• Sharing of restricted-use research data
• Data curation training for your staff - training resources for the purposes working knowledge when developing data management plans, reviewing data sharing services for compliance, and interpreting agency guidelines

Lastly, this session will introduce you to a cloud-based research data sharing service known as openICPSR for Institutions and Journals. Developed at ICPSR at the University of Michigan, this data sharing service is designed to meet the needs of universities and departments that desire to comply with federal data sharing requirements but are concerned with the technical and financial costs and risk management associated with managing a publicly-accessible data-sharing service onsite.

The session content will be of particular interest to Offices of Research/Sponsored Programs, university libraries, data centers, research scientists, and those who manage staff that will need general working knowledge regarding data management plans, sharing and preserving research data, and generally understanding evolving federal requirements regarding scientific data in digital formats.

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share the invitation broadly.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Zotero for saving citations - Thursday 5/7, 4-5:30 pm

Jump start your summer research with an introduction to Zotero, a free citation management application.  Get a free Zotero account!  Create in text citations and bibliographies!

This Thursday 5/7 from 4-5:30 pm in the library CITI lab (last 30 mins for extra questions and practice). Please register through the UNCG Workshops calendar:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Shorter library hours starting in summer

Due to budget constraints, University Libraries operating hours will be reduced starting this summer. 

Our data from gate counts and question statistics show these hours have very low traffic.  Staff hours will be re-deployed to provide better coverage.  Current hours are listed here:

Summer 2015

    Jackson Library
    Close at 9 pm instead of 10 Sunday through Thursday.
    Schiffman Library
    Open at noon on Saturday instead of 10 am

Fall 2015


    Close at 7 pm Friday and Saturday evenings instead of 10 pm
    Open at noon on Sunday instead of 11 am
    Open at noon on Saturday instead of 10 am
    Close at 5 on Friday and Saturday instead of 6.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zotero citation management workshops

Do you want to learn about free software for saving publication information and creating in text citations and bibliographies?

Please join us for an introduction to Zotero
  • Monday Apr 13, noon-1:30 pm (planning 60 minutes of content but want plenty of time for questions) - Meet us online & see free software for setting up citations! Registration deadline Apr 10, 5 pm 
  • Thursday May 7, 4-5:30 pm (planning 60 mins of content but want plenty of time for questions) - Hands-on workshop in Jackson Library CITI lab. Registration link.
The libraries provide a guide to Zotero here:

Monday, March 23, 2015

This Weds 3/25, hear about the history of women's physical education at UNCG!

Where: Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
When: Wednesday, March 25th from 2:00-3:00

Founded in 1892, the State Normal and Industrial School was a pioneering institution in the history of higher education for women. Among the most interesting aspects of our University’s history is the early focus on the physical education of women. In honor of Women’s History Month, join Kathelene McCarty Smith as she presents on the history of women’s physical education at this institution prior to becoming a co-educational campus.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Students - what kind of technology do you want in the libraries?

Dear students,
  • Do you check out laptops?
  • Do you love the DMC?
  • Do you usually print your papers in the Library?
  • Is there technology you'd like to see in Jackson and Schiffman Libraries that we don't have?

Then please join us for a focus group.  Let us know what technology you use most in the Libraries and what you'd like to see in the future.
When:  Tuesday March 24, 2015  2:00 pm
Where:  Room 774 in Jackson Library
Snacks provided! Please sign up here:
If you can't come, please send us your technology suggestions:
If you can't come, please take this opportunity to send us your technology suggestions:

Instructors - win a mini-grant for adopting a FREE textbook for your students!

Concerned about the high cost of textbooks?  Students who don't have the textbook the first week of classes (sometimes not at all)?

Consider adopting a "free" textbook for your course.  The University Libraries and the Provost are partnering to offer ten mini-grants to support instructors who make the switch!  Application deadline is April 24, 2015.

Information sessions will be held
  • April 14, noon-1 pm, Jackson Library administration conference room 216
  • April 15, noon-1 pm, Jackson Library administration conference room 216
Campus Weekly story here:

Monday, February 16, 2015

AHRQ releases public access plans

AHRQ is requiring authors to submit peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. By October 2015, AHRQ will require researchers to submit data to a repository.

Details here: AHRQ Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Publications and Data . February 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

**update** 2/23 - the AHRQ link isn't working and I don't see the policy posted elsewhere.  This ARL post states "[AHRQ webpage temporarily unavailable while being revised]. " 

Monday, February 9, 2015

History of African American Students at UNCG - Thurs 2/12, 2-3 pm

History of African American Students at UNCG

The history of our University represents a microcosm for the struggle for African American civil rights. In celebrating African American History Month, join Erin Lawrimore as she discusses the transformation of the State Normal and Industrial School for White Women into one of the most diverse campuses in the University of North Carolina system.

 Thursday 2/12, 2-3 pm, Jackson Library Hodges Reading Room

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Qualitative Researchers! Give feedback to ITS

Thank you for expressing interest in UNCG’s Qualitative Data Analysis Software Evaluation project.  As a campus researcher, your input on selecting software to meet campus qualitative data analysis (QDA) needs is critical to us.  Your input will help guide the selection of QDA software for the UNCG network, and related training & support services available from Information Technology Services (ITS).  
UNCG/ITS has invited Paul Mihas, a qualitative research consultant at the Odum Institute at UNC-CH to present overview sessions of 5 qualitative software options: MAXQDA, Atlas.ti, NVivo, QDA Miner, and Dedoose. The primary purpose of this email is to get feedback on the best date to schedule Paul’s visit to UNCG. One of the sessions will be recorded so those unable to attend will be able to view it later.

To respond with your availability for these sessions, please complete the following poll:

This is an early step in the evaluation project . The project team’s goal is to provide the most useful software feasible within a limited budget. We recognize that many qualitative researchers at UNCG are unsatisfied with the capabilities of NVivo and Atlas.ti, yet we also recognize that dropping either or both licenses could create difficulties for some researchers. We need YOUR INPUT to guide the future of QDA support at UNCG..

We will consider all input, whether or not you attend one of these sessions.  Input will be collected via a web survey following the overview sessions.  Thank you for your time and willingness to help us improve ITS services.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Grad students!! Financial Literacy Workshop Thurs Feb 5th

Had to share this news - I've heard that the Graduate School and the Office of Financial Aid are sponsoring a workshop for graduate students next Thursday -

To Buy or Not to Buy: An Interactive Workshop on Financial Literacy

This workshop will use online budgeting tools and on your feet performance based exercises to promote dialogue and increase financial literacy for graduate students.

Participants will create their own personal budget individually and then collaborate in small groups to explore real time financial decision making.

Topics include Budgeting, Debt Management, Investment, and Lifestyle choices.
Pizza will be served at noon prior to the presentation, which starts at 12:20

Link to registration and more information

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pronunciator language instruction database has health care!

Pronunciator provides online language lessons - over 80 languages!

Each language comes with
  • audio lessons
  • interactive quizzes
  • music and movie
AND a 6 week healthcare course designed to teach front-line providers to communicate more effectively with non-English speaking patients and families.  Learn phrases for greetings, etiquette, body parts, health care terms, and more.

A free account is required (in addition to your UNCG computer account if you're off campus), and a web browser with Flash and with Javascript enabled.  The company also provides apps.

Want to practice offline? The company allows each patron to download up to 90 mp3 audio lessons and 10 e-Phrasebooks per month.

ReferenceUSA Business Directory has healthcare!

The ReferenceUSA business directory has a U.S. healthcare section with basic information on 855,000 doctors and dentists.
  • Custom Search to search by details of the practice (specializing in anesthesiology, ob/gyn, etc) and geography
  • Download and print results

We recently started two years of access through the NC LIVE library consortium, so enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The library is taking over the faculty center! Friday 1/23, 3-6 pm

Faculty, please join us for a lively discussion of library services that can help you!

Faculty Center Takeover: The Library Reimagined Friday, January 23, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Faculty Center

  • Co-hosted by UNCG Provost, Dr. Dana Dunn and University Libraries
  • Mark your calendars for wine, food, and informal conversation about library programs and services to meet the demands of a changing campus community, including some with which you might not yet be familiar!
  • Supported by the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and University Teaching and Learning Commons

NEW sources! Natural Standard, ProQuest journals

We've just gotten two years of access to new health science content through the NC LIVE library consortium. Great sources!  This is the most info excitement that I've had in years.  Steve Martin, how about you?

Natural Standard
  • Summaries of effectiveness and safety of dietary supplements, herbs, and integrative medicine
  • Browse by condition (osteoarthritis) or by substance (chondroitin) or therapy (reflexology)
  • Includes a Sports Medicine Database - lots of ergogenic aids and some very substantial overviews such as "Sports Performance."
  • Includes interaction checker and nutrient depletion checker!
ProQuest Central
Searches many PQ databases. Huge collection of academic journals, professional journals, reports and other sources on many topics!

Like other subscription databases, you'll need your UNCG computer account information for off-campus access.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Open Science Framework - Free research project management and data storage

I just watched a interesting webinar on Open Science Framework, an open access research project management and data storage web platform.  One of the developers wrote a nice introduction to the system here.

"Helps individuals and research teams organize, archive, document, and share their research materials and data" (Nosek, 2014).

Workspace can be kept private. Data can be shared selectively (with collaborators, funders, or publishers) or publicly (as a registry to create a public record of a hypothesis/research design at the outset or share materials farther downstream).

The system was advertised to accept any type of file up to 128 MB with workarounds available for larger files. 

The file versioning, wiki capability, and forking look interesting. Integration with Dropbox, GitHub, Dataverse, Figshare and Amazon S3 sound useful. Apparently there will be discussions with Databib and Databrary and various Earth Science collections, to streamline the search for and deposits to repositories.

It doesn't sound like OSF offers long term preservation and curation.  Also, they advise users NOT store personal, financial, or other sensitive data.