Friends of the UNC Greensboro University Libraries Annual Dinner Set for April 28
(Greensboro, NC)—UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries will host its 60th Annual Friends of the Libraries Dinner fundraiser on Sat., April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The theme of the evening is Reflections & Projections: Taking Giant Steps to Inspire and Build Our Future. The evening’s festivities—which will take place at the Greensboro Country Club—will include dinner, the new Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Literary Award presented to Scuppernong Books, a keynote talk by North Carolina author and UNC Greensboro alumna Marianne Gingher, honoring the State Librarian of North Carolina Cal Shepard on her retirement and hearing about the planning for a future University Libraries’ addition. Proceeds from the event will help support University Libraries’ most pressing needs, including its collections, resources and services.
The new Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries Literary Award will be presented to Scuppernong Books. The award will be given annually to an individual, company or organization in recognition of significant or long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering reading, books and literary activity in Greensboro.
Gingher, an award-winning novelist, editor and educator, is a professor of English at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published a much-praised novel, Bobby Rex’s Greatest Hit, a collection of stories, Teen Angel and Other Stories of Wayward Love, and a book of essays, A Girl’s Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings, and Luck. She is also the editor of Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers, which showcases a mix of familiar favorites and newer voices, expressing in their own words how North Carolina shapes the literature of its people. Her nonfiction has also appeared in the Oxford American, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, O and Our State. Gingher holds a master’s degree from UNC Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Shepard has held a distinguished career in library services and was appointed by Linda Carlisle, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, as the State Librarian of North Carolina. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the UNC School of Library and Information Science and on the boards of Educopia and the North Carolina Center for After School Programs. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.
Dr. Martin Halbert was appointed Dean of UNC Greensboro University Libraries in July 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, in which he provided strategic, organizational and visionary leadership to the libraries and served as Chief Executive Officer. He holds a Ph.D. in Liberal Arts from Emory University, a M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Philosophy from Rice University.
Halbert will report on the status of the library and planning for the future UNC Greensboro’s library addition.
“Reaching out to the community is essential in building a strong base of funding,” said Halbert. “To create a balance between maintaining core collections, growing specialty collections and ensuring adequate user services, private funding has become more critical than ever.”
Tickets for the Friends of the UNC Greensboro Libraries are available in three categories and include dinner and reception.
· $100 ticket per person ($50 tax-deductible)
· $125 ticket (name recognition in program in honor of UNC Greensboro’s 125th Anniversary) per person ($75 tax-deductible)
· $850 Table Sponsorship (Name recognition in program) for eight tickets ($450 tax-deductible)
For more information or to register for the dinner, contact Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160 (Monday-Friday 12-6 p.m. or Saturday 2-6 p.m.) or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8552133.
ABOUT UNC GREENSBORO: UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and more than 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in more than 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNC Greensboro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT UNC GREENSBORO UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES: A wide range of student and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the University Libraries’ integral role in the community. As an essential component of education and primary source material at UNC Greensboro, University Libraries’ collections include more than 1.2 million printed books, federal and state documents and other digital material. It provides access to more than 100,000 ejournals and more than 800,000 ebooks. Its collections also feature almost 300,000 streaming films and audio files. The Libraries’ buildings provide a variety of spaces for group collaboration and quiet study, some of which are open 24/5 during the academic year. University Libraries includes the Walter Clinton Jackson Library and the Harold Schiffman Music Library, as well as the holdings in the Michel Family Teaching Resources Center, the Intercultural Resource Center and the Interior Architecture Library. Through its quality information resources, technology, learning environments and staff expertise the University Libraries serves as the information and learning hub for the UNC Greensboro campus and surrounding community. For additional information, please visit library.uncg.edu and follow University Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.