Monday, November 27, 2017

Therapy Pets Visit Jackson Library on November 30

Calling all Spartans! Don't miss your opportunity to visit with Pet Partners' therapy pets on November 30, 2017, from 12 - 3 p.m. in the First Floor Reading Room of Jackson Library.

Take a break from studying for finals and stressing about deadlines to relax with therapy pets at University Libraries. These furry friends are all geared up to play away your anxiety.

UNCG students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and hug their favorite dogs and cats!

Have questions about therapy pets? Want to express how excited you are to meet these animals? Tweet us @uncglib, check our Instagram @uncglibraries or contact us on Facebook @uncglibraries, Don't forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #LoveLibraries and stop by and visit with these wonderful pets in person!

11/30, 12/3, 12/4 - Free coffee in Jackson Library

Free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be provided for UNCG students on the first floor of Jackson Library with deliveries at 9 pm and 12 a.m. on November 30, December 3 and December 4, 2017. Co-sponsored by University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, UNCG Campus Activities & Programs and UNCG Student Government Association.

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.



Great news!

UNCG Libraries now has AccessMedicine - online medical textbooks, drug information, study guides

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 nursing resources
2. Use your iSpartan account to log in

We have access for 18 months.



Great news!

UNCG Libraries is providing AccessAnesthesiology - textbooks, study questions to review for anesthesiology exams, and video tutorials.

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 nursing resources
2. Use your iSpartan account to log in

We have access for 18 months.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thurs 10/19 Film Screening - The Day the Sun Fell

UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series

Oct 19, 6:30PM – The Day the Sun Fell 

Location: School of Education Room 114 – just park in the Weatherspoon lot and walk across and down Spring Garden – see a campus map here.

Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience. While gathering the memories and present views of these very last survivors, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima strikes and history seems to repeat itself.

Discussion leader will be Etsuko Kinefuchi, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research covers diverse areas including critical inter/cultural communication, ecology and culture, ecofeminism, cultural identities, transnationalism and diaspora, and building intercultural alliances. Kinefuchi has conducted research in post Fukushima Japan. I look forward to her reaction to and interpretation of this important film.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Haunted House in Jackson Library Basement on 10/31/2017

The DMC and DACTS invite you to our Open House October 31, 2017, 3pm-6pm. Our departments turned 5 years old this year so we decided to celebrate our growth with a HAUNTED HOUSE!!! 

The Open House will feature: A Zombie VR experience, a Haunted Greenscreen Photobooth, a Spooky Special Effects mini-workshop in DACTS, Scary 3D print giveaways, and of course FREE FOOD.

We can't wait to see you there. Contact staff in the DMC (Digital Media Commons) or DACTS (Digital Act Studio) if have any questions.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Student input on library space Tues 10/3 from 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Dear Students,

The Libraries are engaging a consultant to help us plan changes and renovations to Jackson Library.  This is a time for your voice to be heard!

Please join a student meeting with the consultant on Tuesday October 3 10:30 - 11:15 am in Room 216 in Jackson Library.

Cookies will be provided!

Please sign up on this Doodle poll

Friday, September 22, 2017

NHIS Data Alert

Our data services librarian just got this news about NHIS data -

"The CDC/National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which produces the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, has discovered several issues in the 2015 and 2016 NHIS data. We are sharing their published guidance with you and letting you know how IPUMS will approach the delivery of these data.
2016 Sample Weights. NCHS discovered a problem with how the sample was distributed between urban areas within some states. This problem has resulted in inaccurate sampling weights in the 2016 NHIS data. NCHS advises users to repeat any analyses they have conducted using the 2016 sampling weights when the revised weights are released later this year. Their investigations indicate that national estimates and estimates for key subgroups are largely unaffected when the current sampling weights are used.
IPUMS will continue to offer the original 2016 sampling weights on our website and add the revised 2016 sampling weights as soon as they are released by NCHS. Users should use these weights with caution and re-run any analyses once the new weights are available.
2015 Cancer Supplement. NCHS discovered errors in the 2015 cancer supplement data. NCHS urges users to delete the file and repeat their analyses with the revised data once they become available.
IPUMS has temporarily removed all variables that contained 2015 cancer supplement data from our website. We advise users to delete any extracts using the incorrect 2015 data. There are no problems with earlier years, but in order to immediately remove the 2015 variables we had to suppress affected variables in all years that they appear. We are working to make these variables available again soon for the period before 2015. We will add the revised 2015 cancer supplement file as soon as NCHS releases it.
Best regards,
The IPUMS Health Surveys Team"

Show me the money! Funding search workshop Oct 25 9 am

Show Me the Money! Locating Grant Funding Opportunities-, October 25, 2017, 9-11 am, 304 Curry

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words.  Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by Helen Kiss (Office of Sponsored Programs) and Gerald Holmes (University Libraries). Register at