Monday, April 24, 2017

125th Student Researcher Jobs Available!

Beginning in October 2017, UNCG will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the opening of the institution as the State Normal and Industrial School. In anticipation of this year-long celebration, many departments and units across campus will be researching their organizational histories and using the resources in University Archives to plan and promote their commemorative events. Additionally, the University Archives will be working on numerous events and activities to help promote institutional history. We are currently seeking two student researchers to help with our work on this fun and exciting celebration!

These positions are only open to undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled at UNCG during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Each student researcher will be expected to work 10-12 hours during the academic year (pay rate is $10 per hour). Preference will be given to students who are able to work the complete academic year (as opposed to just the Fall 2017 semester).

The positions are available to start in either Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. No previous work experience in archives is required (although, that is always a great bonus!), but an interest in UNCG history and a willingness to learn are absolutely necessary.

If you are interested in working as a student researcher in the University Archives during the 125th anniversary celebration, email erlawrim@uncg.edu, including your resume along with a cover letter that addresses why you are interested in the job.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Exhibit in Hodges Reading Room: "Athletics and Active College Work"

A new exhibit titled "Athletics and Active College Work: Women's Fitness and Sport at State Normal, 1892-1920" is now on display in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. This exhibit explores women's athletics at the turn of the 20th century through the lens of the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG).



From its opening in 1892, the State Normal and Industrial School emphasized physical activity and personal health. Curriculum in the first year of the school’s existence (1892-1893) included the Department of Physiology and Heath, which had two objectives: instruction in hygiene and an individualized program of exercise. A course in Physical Culture was required of all students, and all faculty members were expected to be able to give instruction in the subject. The work included gymnastics, calisthenics, and other exercises that were meant to promote the student’s general health and strength. These courses took place in the campus gymnasium, a small room located on the top floor of the northeast section of the Main Building (now Foust).

Students, however, wanted more. In 1898, they petitioned State Normal President Charles Duncan McIver for a designated space for them to participate in team or outdoor sports, including basketball and tennis. The Class of 1900 finally convinced McIver that the school needed both athletic grounds and a campus Athletic Association. He and the school’s Executive Committee ordered that an outdoor playing field be prepared, "surrounded by an evergreen hedge or some other construction to avoid observation from without." Members of the Class of 1900 did most of the work involved in cleaning and preparing the new athletic field, including clearing the area of brush and debris, marking the fields, and installing nets and basketball goals.

Although it received little to no financial support from the school, the State Normal’s Athletic Association grew, electing officers, forming committees, and planning for the long-term upkeep of the fields. Additionally, the organization developed intramural tennis and basketball tournaments, with each class establishing its own team. In 1902, the Association adopted their official motto: "Athletics and Active College Work Go Hand in Hand."



In the "Athletics and Active College Work" exhibit, you will see photographs of the many basketball, field hockey, tennis, and baseball teams that competed in the Athletic Association tournaments and Field Day competitions. Also on exhibit is a gym suit worn by students during this time.

The exhibit will be on display in Hodges Reading Room through August 1st. It is available for viewing during SCUA's normal operating hours (typically Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm).

Monday, April 17, 2017

SCUA is Hiring for Student Employee Positions - Undergraduate and Graduate UNCG Students


 SCUA is currently hiring for the following positions:

Positions Available April 2017

Literary Map - Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Graduate Student Assistant
Greensboro, North Carolina - On-Campus - Non FWS
Description
The Graduate Assistant/s will be working with the Literary Map of North Carolina (http://library.uncg.edu/dp/nclitmap). This online map reflects North Carolina’s rich literary heritage and serves as a geographic guide to both famous and little-known writers, of any and all literary genres, who were born here, who moved here, who retired here, who were educated here, or who wrote about the area. The works represented on this map include novels, biographies, historical works, poetry, plays, short stories, children’s books, and young adult literature.

The Graduate Assistant/s will be responsible for researching information concerning North Carolina authors and inputting corresponding names and bibliographical information into the Literary Map of North Carolina database and other related projects.
Qualifications
• Demonstrated research skills
• Knowledge of current web technology
• Superior communication skills
How to apply:  Search SpartanCareers


Oral History Transcriber - Women Veterans Historical Project, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives
Greensboro, North Carolina - On-Campus - Non FWS

Description
The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives department within University Libraries is seeking to hire a motivated and resourceful individual to assist in the transcribing, researching, and editing of oral histories. The successful candidate is expected to work 8 hours per week and directly report to the curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project and the Assistant Dean.

Job Description:
Successful candidate will edit, research, and transcribe audio interviews from the department’s Women Veterans Historical Project and University Oral History Collection. These interviews were collected on audio tapes and digital files. The employee will also assist in metadata creation. The focus of this position is to make the oral history collections more accessible to the research community.

Position is available to begin summer 2017.

Responsibilities:
• Transcribe oral history interviews from audio files (using relevant style guide); (60%)
• conduct research in order to add, clarify, correct historical information; (5%)
• edit transcriptions for accuracy; (25%)
• metadata creation: (5%)
• provide weekly updates to supervisor. (5%)

Qualifications
• must be dependable, adaptable, detail oriented, and able to follow instructions;
• excellent keyboarding skills and good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and databases;
• good organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
• ability to work under own initiative and as part of a small team;
• methodical approach, with an eye for detail and ability to concentrate for long periods;
• ability to handle and respect sensitive and confidential information. 
How to apply:  Search SpartanCareers


Positions Available May 2017

Special Collections, Manuscripts, and University Archives [Jackson Library] Student Assistant Position
Greensboro, North Carolina - On-Campus - Non FWS

Description
The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives [ http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/ ] at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro relies on the skills and energy of its student employees to perform the necessary work in supporting research and learning.

SCUA currently has openings for students interested in working with University Archives and UNCG-related collections. Positions are available beginning summer 2017.

Student will be working on a variety of projects which may involve Special Collections and University Archives. Duties include, but are not limited to:
• assisting in the organization and inventorying of material which includes but is not limited to Women Veterans Collection, rare books, manuscripts, cello music, and/or artifacts
• labeling processed and unprocessed collections
• packing/unpacking archival records, manuscripts, rare books, cello music, and related materials
• completing additional projects as needed

See our collections here:
Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project: http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/WVHP/

Qualifications
Student must be dependable, adaptable, detail oriented, able to follow complex instructions, work with diverse colleagues, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs. This position will call for repetitive bending and lifting. The successful candidate will have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills and familiarity with MS Office software. Library or Archives experiences helpful, but not required. Knowledge of Library of Congress classification system helpful, but training will be provided. Strong interest in archival management, books, the books arts, preservation, history, and violoncello music appreciated and encouraged.
How to apply:  Search SpartanCareers



Positions Available Beginning in August 2017

University Archives and Manuscripts Federal Work Study Student Assistant
Greensboro, North Carolina - Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Description
The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives [http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/ ] at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro relies on the skills and energy of its student employees to perform the necessary work in supporting research and learning.
Student will be working on a variety of projects including, but not limited to, Manuscripts, University Archives, and the Women Veterans Historical Collection. Duties may include processing and writing finding aids for a backlog of small collections, assisting in the re-organization and inventorying of materials, processing, labeling, sleeving historical photographs, editing and creating abstracts for oral history interviews, and completing additional projects as needed.

Student may interact with researchers and be required to answer basic reference questions or direct them to information resources.

Qualifications
MUST HAVE FEDERAL WORK STUDY AS PART OF FINANCIAL AID. Student must be dependable, adaptable, detail oriented, able to follow complex instructions, work with diverse colleagues, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs. This position will call for repetitive bending and lifting. The
successful candidate will have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills and familiarity with MS Office software. Library, archives, or museum studies experiences helpful, but not required. Strong interest in preservation and history appreciated and encouraged.
How to apply:  Search SpartanCareers




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

125th Anniversary Student Researchers Celebration

Please join us on Friday, April 28th at 3pm in Hodges Reading Room for a celebration of our 125th Anniversary Student Researchers. These six student researcher positions were made available thanks to generous support from the Office of the Chancellor. Our student researchers this year have done so much great work -- everything from oral history interviews to pop up exhibits to historical research for campus departments (and more!).

Our 125th Anniversary Student Researchers this year are:
  • Agotime Adefunmi-Shongode, a senior studying Communications and Media Studies
  • Ashlie Brewer, a sophomore majoring in Music Education 
  • Brittany Hedrick, a 1st year History graduate student
  • Kaitlyn Jessee, a sophomore double major in Dance and Geography
  • Sara Maeve Whisnant, a 2nd year Library and Information Studies graduate student
  • Lacey Wilson, a 1st year Public History graduate student
At the event, each of the students will talk briefly about their work this year, and then we will have a reception in the lobby to thank them for all of their hard work. We hope you can join us!

Monday, April 10, 2017

SCUA Welcomes Class of 1967 with Reunion Exhibit

On Friday, April 7th, SCUA staff continued their annual tradition of mounting an exhibit to welcome the 50th anniversary class back to the UNCG campus during Reunion Weekend. This year's exhibit, focused on the Class of 1967, featured their class jacket, yearbooks, scrapbooks, class newsletters, photographs, and more from University Archives. Materials on women in the Vietnam War from the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project were also displayed.





The Class of 1967's class banner, which is part of our University Archives Textile Collection, was prominently featured in the exhibit. It also made an appearance during the class meeting on Friday morning and at their luncheon on Saturday.



We want to thank everyone who stopped by the exhibit. We hope you had a wonderful Reunion Weekend and a wonderful return to UNCG!