Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Jan 17 free lunch and film screening "Paywall : The Business of Scholarship"

Join the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee and the University Libraries in the showing of the movie “Paywall : The Business of Scholarship.” The movie, produced by Jason Schmitt, provides focus on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40 percent profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. The movie is one hour in length followed by a discussion on the topic.
When: January 17, 2018, noon – 1:30 p.m;
Where: Faculty Center

Lunch will be provided by the University Libraries. Please register at

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

upcoming webinars -Making Images Accessible with Alternative Text, Researching with Digital Archives

There is still time for you to sign up for the Online Learning and Innovation webinar series (30 minute webinars hosted on Webex Meetings) on Making Images Accessible with Alternative Text this next Monday, December 3rd at 1pm, hosted by Melanie Eley, UNCG Online Accessibility Coordinator:
*Sign up form at the top

There is also a library Research and Application webinar (30 minute webinars hosted on Webex Meetings) on Researching with Digital Archives on Monday, December 3rd at 11am hosted by Kathelene Smith, Instruction and Outreach Archivist and David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator:  
*Sign up form at the top

Friday, November 2, 2018

Researchers and Canvas Instructors - webinars on ARC video and Sage Research Methods

Just a friendly reminder that there is still time for you and your faculty to sign up for the Online Learning and Innovation webinar on Canvas ARC this Tuesday, November 6th at 11am, hosted by Amanda Schipman and Denise Cowardin:
*Sign up form at the top

There is also a library Research and Application webinar on Sage Research Methods (collection of materials on research methods) on Thursday, November 8th at 1pm hosted by the librarian Amy Harris Houk:  
*Sign up form at the top

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Library research award - Nominations by Mar 25

UNCG Instructors,

As you collect and evaluate papers and projects this semester please keep the University Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award in mind.
This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media. 

Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2018 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2019 semester.  It is open to all undergraduate students.  

 If your students have turned in excellent research assignments, we urge you to nominate them for this award.   

Applications are due on March 25, 2018  and full details are available at:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Faculty and staff - Millennial Campus "Open House"

On Oct. 18, there will be an "open house" for faculty and staff to hear presentations about our Millennial Campus vision and provide some input/feedback.  Information about this is in the attached flier.  While we are promoting in Campus Weekly and through other communications, we ask (with the chancellor's support) that you also cascade this to your team and encourage them to stop by and engage, given the strategic importance if this initiative to so many campus constituents.  This is a good additional opportunity to provide some input.

Thank you for your help in sharing.
Jeff Shafer
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications
UNC Greensboro 
1100 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27412

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Students - pizza and possible gift card for DMC focus group

Do you use the Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library?  Please join us for a one-hour focus group:
  • Tuesday October 16, 5-6 pm
  • Wednesday October 24, 5-6 pm

VIA lab in the DMC
Pizza provided and you can enter a drawing for a $25 B&N card!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

PubMed updates coming in 2019 - see PubMed Labs for preview

In early 2019, PubMed will be updated. It will look different, have new features, and it will be moved to Amazon Cloud Services.  Library links into PubMed and links from PubMed out to UNCG full text are all supposed to still work fine.

PubMed Labs is a website where new PubMed features are tested and feedback is gathered. It is not the full version of PubMed, but it is the best source that we have for what the new PubMed website will look like.  About PubMed Labs

If you'd like to see a preview of what the new PubMed website will look like, try PubMed Labs.  Give feedback.

FYI, currently the labs website doesn't have links to UNCG full text.  In most cases, you can simply copy the article title and paste it into WorldCat Discovery, the red search box on the libraries home page, in order to get full text or a shortcut to Interlibrary Loan.

Selma screening Thurs Oct 4, 6:30 pm, 120 SOEB

The next HRRN film is on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 pm in 120 SOEB. The discussant is a guest speaker from Rutgers named Elmira Nazombe who was active in the civil rights movement and marched in Selma.

Monday, October 1, 2018

PubMed Health to be discontinued Oct 31

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will will stop providing the PubMed health website on Oct 31, 2018.

In order to consolidate its consumer health and comparative effectiveness resources, the content will be available through other well known websites -  PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Bookshelf.

Story here -

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

UNCG class/activity cancellations and Jackson Library closure in anticipation of Hurricane Florence

In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Florence in the Triad, UNCG is cancelling classes and scheduled activities starting at noon on Weds 9/12.
See more information here and please check SpartanAlert for the latest campus updates.

Jackson Library is closing at 5 pm today.  Normal library operations are expected to resume Sunday at 5 pm. See the library hours page for details.

ICPSR Data Fair - Oct 1-5

ICPSR Data Fair!

“Data: Powered By You.” We'll learn about current trends and best practices in data transparency, data activism, what to do with data, and more! October 1-5, entirely virtual and free to all. 

See a list of webinar sessions on specific ICPSR data products and techniques 

Topics include data activism, tobacco and health study, data sharing with communities that have reason to be wary, community profiles maps and other free tools from ARDA, and much more!

 Learn more:


Monday, September 10, 2018

Students - Wiley Researcher Academy Workshop in Jackson Library Sept 20, 12 - 1:30 pm

Wiley Researcher Academy is a new product. It has online self paced learning modules on writing and publishing intended for early career researchers.

The first time you use it, you need to be on campus to create your own account with Wiley. Yes, the liaison librarian for your subject can do this for you. Please allow 24-48h turnaround during the week b/c we are not always on campus.

If you're like to learn more about this product, please register to attend a workshop in Jackson Library on Sept 20.  Details below:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

RESOLVED - WorldCat Discovery (catalog) and "check for full text" link problems


OCLC, the company that makes WorldCat Discovery and our link resolver (check for full text links), says that those products are working again.

From what I saw of these systems while teaching, that is correct.

Thank you for your patience!  I look forward to being able to use the systems to help you individually and during library instruction.


This morning are problems with WorldCat Discovery (the library catalog) and with the link resolver (that gives us "check for full text" links to articles).

Apologies for any system problems that you're experiencing.

When I get an update, I'll post it.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Grad student workshop Weds 11/14 - Citation Analytics Using Scopus and Google Scholar

Hi all,

On Weds 11/14, there will be a library workshop for graduate students -

Citation Analytics Using Scopus and Google Scholar
Introduction to citation analytics - Tracking the number of citations to a source, finding core journals for a topic, an overview of journal ranking systems and author impact

Interested graduate students should register through the UNCG Workshops calendar:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On campus Weds, Thurs, or Fri? Visit Jackson Library for welcome events

Jackson Library is hosting several events this week
  • Wednesday from 3:30p to 5:30p there will be board games and snacks in the first floor reading room (DVD area)
  • Thursday from 3:00p to 5:00p we will have a library resource fair (open house style) in the lobby near the reference desk
  • Friday from 1p to about 3p we will have therapy pets in the first floor reading room (DVD area)
There are also many other events offered during Rawkin' Welcome Week.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

DynaMed on iOS and Android devices

I just heard a great question - how can UNCG students and faculty get DynaMed onto a mobile device?

1. Start by downloading the DynaMed app from iTunes or Google Play

Authenticate the app (connect it to our UNCG subscription).  The fastest way to do this is -

2. Open the DynaMed website link from UNCG Libraries.

3. Click the link "Get the DynaMed Plus Mobile App" (lower right, under Spotlight) and enter your email address.

4. On your mobile device, open the email message with instructions and authentication for DynaMed Plus.  Click the authentication key" link in the message.

5. You'll be prompted to download content with or without images, in case you'd like to save space on your device.

Here are some helpful links:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wiley Researcher Academy now available - create an account while on campus

Wiley Researcher Academy is now available!

It's an asynchronous teaching tool designed to guide grad students, post docs and even beginning faculty members through the scientific funding and writing process. 

How can you access this resource?

You must be on campus the first time you use this website.

1. Click this link:

2. Create a username and password or Wiley Researcher Academy (something new - this isn't your UNCG computing account and won't be synced with it)

After those steps, you should be able to access the website off campus by using the link above , signing in with your UNCG computing account, then signing in with the username and password that you created specifically for Wiley Researcher Academy.

RESOLVED - Interlibrary Loan currently unavailable

*** update *** ILL service is available again.  Thank goodness.

Hi all,

Interlibrary Loan services are currently unavailable.  Here is the information that I've gotten:

"For the time being, our system is down. I anticipate that your department will be contacted by patrons with questions/concerns. Patrons will receive an error message that reads, "This site cannot be reached: refused to connect." Unfortunately, patrons will have to wait and submit their requests once the system is back online."

Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ICYMI - National Guidelines Clearinghouse website has been shut down

The National Guidelines Clearinghouse website has been shut down. Here's a statement from the AHRQ and reporting by CNN.

The National Guidelines Clearinghouse was a free website for locating clinical practice guidelines.  It didn't create the guidelines, but it was a helpful place to locate them.

If you've got a UNCG computing account, here are some options for locating practice guidelines -
If you're not affiliated with an institution that has these subscriptions, here's a good alternative -

TRIP database
  • a free "clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care"
  • type your topic, then on the left side of results click Guidelines to narrow your results

Monday, July 16, 2018

Attend an online library orientation for a chance to win a gift card

UNCG University Libraries is offering online orientations to undergraduates, graduates, and instructors for an introduction to library services and resources.  These are 30 minute virtual orientations, offered at a variety of times in early August through Webex and are open to online or face-to-face students and instructors.  If you attend one of the sessions, you have the chance of winning a $25 gift card to Barnes and Nobles.

Online Orientation: Undergraduate Students

Online Orientation: Graduate Students

Online Orientation: Instructors

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Webinar today - Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources that Can Help

I just learned about this webinar.  Registration info is below.

The US FDLP provides fantastic information!  If you're interested in learning more, FDLP Academy webinar recordings are here (check back at that page later if you're interested in the webinar today but can't attend).

Webinar: Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources that Can Help

Register to attend the live training webinar, "Making the Most of Workplace Retirement and Health Plans – The U.S. Department of Labor has Resources that Can Help."
Note: This webinar was originally scheduled for May 15, 2018. Those who registered for the original webinar will not need to register again. New login information will be emailed the day before the webinar.
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)
Recording and closed captioning are available. All webinars are free of charge.
  • Speakers: 
    • Abiezer Moyet, Supervisory Benefits Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
    • Justin Padilla, Benefits Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Learning outcomes: This webinar will introduce you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) – the agency responsible for administering the Federal law governing workplace retirement and health plans provided by private sector employers. This includes many well-known laws including ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA. Participants will learn how EBSA assures the security of the retirement and health benefits of workers and their families and the resources EBSA has to educate and assist the public in making the most of their workplace-based benefits. Through its three education campaigns – the Saving Matters Retirement Savings Education Campaign, the Fiduciary Education Campaign, and the Health Benefits Education Campaign – EBSA provides education to workers and their families and small business owners to help them understand the law so they are prepared to make informed and timely decisions. Participants will be introduced to EBSA’s publications, online tools, and videos for workers that help with basic financial planning including setting goals, budgeting, and managing debt. The resources for workers also help in preparing for a financially secure retirement with information and tools to determine a target retirement saving rate and how much one might spend in retirement. EBSA also has resources to help workers understand the protections under the law for their retirement and health benefit plans. In addition, participants will learn about the resources EBSA has for small businesses. For those with no retirement plan, EBSA provides information on the many retirement savings options available; for those with a retirement or health plan, EBSA provides resources to help them understand and comply with the law. Lastly, participants will learn how to locate the information on EBSA’s Website – whether they prefer to look by audience, topic, or law – as well as how to order free copies of EBSA publications.
  • Expected level of knowledge for participants: No prerequisite knowledge required
Upon registering, a confirmation email from sqldba @ will be sent with instructions for joining the webinar. To ensure delivery of that email, configure your junk mail or spam filter(s) to permit messages from that address. If you do not receive it, please notify GPO. In order to attend or present at a GPO-hosted webinar, a WebEx plug-in must be installed. Download instructions.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Instructors - Canvas meeting Thursday July 12

UNCG is hosting a NC Canvas Meeting for those interested in learning more about using Canvas or migrating to Canvas on Thursday, July 12th from 8:30am-4pm.  This is a free meeting, with lunch provided.  Sessions are performed by instructional technologist and librarians from all over the state.  Some sessions include Canvas Quizzes.Next (new quizzing demo), accessibility in Canvas, Canvas ARC, the library integrating in Canvas, Canvas Commons, and more.   

Please be sure to check out the schedule for the day and register to attend if you want to learn more about using Canvas your institution or are thinking about migrating to Canvas. 

If there are any questions about this event, please email: 

This meeting is being hosted and sponsored by UNCG instructional technologists, Information Technology Services (ITS), University Libraries, and UNC CAUSE. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

NIH releases strategic plan for data science

Library workshop Mon 6/11, 11 - 11:30 am Finding Health Information You Can Trust

Finding Health Information You Can Trust
Where do you get your health information...Facebook? Blogs? Great Aunt Betty? 
Learn about some resources for finding and evaluating online health information during this workshop. Please come with your iSpartan (UNCG email) user name and password. 

Monday 6/11, 11 am - 11:30 am
Jackson Library CITI lab (across from the Checkout Desk)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Moving from WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery

This summer, the red search box on the libraries home page will start pointing to WorldCat Discovery, a newer version of our library catalog and discovery system.

Want a sneak peak?  WorldCat Discovery is already active.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sat May 19 - Guilford County Heart and Stroke Walk

The 2018 Guilford County Heart and Stroke Walk will be held at UNCG on the morning of Saturday May 19. Suggested donation instead of a set registration fee and free parking.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Instructor CFP - create an open textbook

Call for Proposals: University Libraries and the Provost Office Seeks Faculty to Author Open Textbooks.
Open access textbooks present the opportunity to revolutionize how knowledge is disseminated. By making teaching materials freely available online, readers worldwide can engage with them, regardless of their ability to pay.
We invite UNCG faculty members to submit textbook proposals for any discipline taught at UNCG at the undergraduate or postgraduate level (a UNCG faculty member must be the sole or lead author). We seek proposals for texts that are comprehensive works geared toward a specific field of study. Preference will be given to proposals with applicability towards multiple, high-enrollment courses taught by faculty in a single department.
Faculty are invited to apply through a competitive grant process that will award $5000 to two faculty who submit successful proposals outlining efforts to create an open textbook.   The funds will be given in two payments $2500 at the beginning of the project and $2500 when completed. The winners will be given three years to finalize their textbook.  The chosen faculty will be provided help with design, editorial and production services through the University Libraries’ participation in the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative.  For more information please contact Beth Bernhardt (

Please visit  and submit a description of your project and include the following information:
1.       Your name, job title, department; please include complete contact information. Include brief bios for coauthors if applicable.
2.       A statement of support from your Department Chair, Assistant/Associate Dean or Dean.
3.       Describe your intended audience, and any courses that would be likely to use the book at UNCG or other schools.
4.       Provide manuscript specifics, such as a table of contents, chapter-by-chapter description, and the manuscript’s estimated length.
5.       How often do you anticipate revisions/updates will be required?
6.       Briefly discuss how you will address peer-review for your manuscript and please suggest 2–3 possible peer-reviewers (2 reviewers must not be affiliated with UNCG), including contact information, affiliation, etc.

Applications must be submitted by May 8th, 2018.
Applicants notified by May 11, 2018.
Textbook available July 2021.