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Archive for April 2009

May 2009 Graduation Information

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UNCG will hold its Spring Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 15, 2009. The university-wide ceremony will take place at 10:00am in Greensboro Coliseum. The School of Education ceremony will take place at 6:00pm, also in the Greensboro Coliseum. You must have RSVP’ed to attend either ceremony.

The LIS Department will hold a reception for May 2009 graduates from 3:30-4:30pm on May 15 in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. The reception is open to all graduates, even if you are not attending the graduation ceremony. Refreshments (i.e. cake) will be provided, and friends and family are welcome to attend. If you plan to attend the reception, please e-mail Cindy Felts at cpfelts@uncg.edu. Also let her know if you will be bringing guests and if so, approximately how many.

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April 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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Welcome, Dr. Chu!

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The Department of Library and Information Studies and its sister departments in the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro are pleased to welcome Dr. Clara M. Chu as Department Chair and Professor beginning in fall 2009. She has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1990 and an affiliated faculty member at the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies. She holds the MLS and Ph. D. from the University of Western Ontario. Having published, presented and consulted internationally in English and Spanish, she is a leading voice on multicultural library and information issues, and serves on the editorial boards of various information and Asian Pacific American journals, including The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Counterpoise, and Amerasia Journal. Professor Chu brings a strong commitment to social activism and to multicultural issues in information services, and an international perspective in library and information studies to the UNCG program.

Professor Chu’s research examines the social construction of information systems, institutions, and access in order to understand the usage of and barriers to information in multicultural communities. Dr. Chu’s research and her engagement in diversity in LIS education strengthen a major commitment of the UNCG program. As a Peruvian-born, Chinese Canadian American, she is personally familiar with the issues and sensitivities of international residents and cultural minorities.

Her exceptional record of national service to ALISE, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, the Chinese American Librarians Association, REFORMA, and internationally to IFLA brings a new dimension to the program. She has, additionally, been a major contributor to the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Round Table and to ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as a member and chair of its Advisory Committee.

The LIS faculty and the faculty of the other departments that constitute the School of Education at UNCG enthusiastically welcome Clara M. Chu to the UNCG community. We look forward to the dynamic new leadership she will provide.

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April 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm

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New LIS Department Chair Chosen

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The LIS Department is delighted to announce that Dr. Clara Chu has been chosen as the next Chair of the department. She will begin serving in this capacity this summer. Dr. Chu currently serves as an Associate Professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

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April 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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LIS Students Participate in Research Expo

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The LIS Department will be well-represented at the upcoming UNCG Graduate Student Research Expo. The Expo will take place Thursday, April 23, from 8am – 11am in the Elliot University Center’s Cone Ballroom.

Kathelene Smith and Katherine Sun will give a research presentation at 9:30am on “Designing Web Sources for High School and Middle School Students – The STARS Alliance Project.” Two groups of students will share their research through posters at the university-wide expo: Teresa Shaw, Dan Martensen, and David Gwynn will present “Organizational Library Management” (8:00-9:15am) and Margaret Smith and Melinda Livas will present “Increasing LIS Diversity” (9:30-10:45am). Both posters will be available for viewing throughout the expo; the times given indicate when members of the group will be present to discuss their research.

We are proud of the hard work that our students put into their research – please come out and support them at the Expo!

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April 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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Dr. Chow Awarded UNCG New Faculty Grant

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chow_041309LIS Department faculty member Anthony Chow, in his first official year as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, was awarded a New Faculty Grant in the amount of $4,720.00. His one year study entitled To fine or not to fine: is punishment or reinforcement a stronger motivator for library patrons will examine the effects of positive reinforcement on patron behavior in terms of turning in library resources in on time. The study will use quasi-experimental design to compare new patrons who receive positive reinforcement only, those who receive both positive reinforcement and punishment, with a third group that only receives the library’s traditional fine for overdue items.

Says Dr. Chow, “This is really a study about both organizational management and general usability of library resources. The compelling question is could positive reinforcement both increase instances when library resources are turned in on-time as well as change the general relationship between patron and library in a more positive, collaborative fashion?”  Thanks to Dr. Chow’s innovative study, UNCG’s LIS department is going to help investigate answers to this intriguing question.

If you would like to blog on this question, please visit http://tofineornottofine.blogspot.com/ that Dr. Chow has set up to discuss the topic as he progresses through his study.

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April 13, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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Mentoring Program: Lauren Pressley

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The LIS department is happy to announce our third and final facebook mentor for Spring 2009, Lauren Pressley. She is the Instructional Design Librarian at Wake Forest University. She has worked in libraries since 2003, and earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2007. She is active in the American Library Association, Library and Information Technology Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. She regularly presents and writes on issues of education and technology. This summer her book, So You Want to be a Librarian, will be published by Litwin Books. She was a member of the 2008 ALA Emerging Leaders class and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009. Her website is http://laurenpressley.com.

Click here for more information about the mentoring program.

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April 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Fall 2009 registration going on now!

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Advising for the Fall 2009 semester has begun! Advising will continue through April 29. Contact your advisor to make an appointment! If you don’t know who your advisor is, drop by the LIS offices or contact Cindy Felts at 336.334.3477 or cpfelts@uncg.edu.

Early registration for the Fall semester began on April 6. To find out what classes are being offered these terms, consult the Schedule of Classes on UNCGenie. You should have received your registration code by e-mail from the University Registrar. If you did not receive your code, then contact the University Registrar’s Office at 336.334.5946 or by e-mail at registrar@uncg.edu.

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April 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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