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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Print Culture in Early Modern France: Abraham Bosse and the Purposes of Print

Author of Print Culture in Early Modern France: Abraham Bosse and the Purposes of Print, Professor Carl Goldstein, has been a guest lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Walters Gallery, Baltimore, the Liebieghaus, Frankfurt, Germany, and the Louvre, Paris, France.

"In this book, Carl Goldstein examines the print culture of seventeenth-century France through a study of the career of Abraham Bosse, a well-known printmaker, book illustrator, and author of books and pamphlets on a variety of technical subjects. The consummate print professional, Bosse persistently explored the endless possibilities of print – single-sheet prints combining text and image, book illustration, broadsides, placards, almanacs, theses, and pamphlets. Bosse had a profound understanding of print technology as a fundamental agent of change. Unlike previous studies, which have largely focused on the printed word, this book demonstrates the extent to which the contributions of an individual printmaker and the visual image are fundamental to understanding the nature and development of early modern print culture."-Cambridge Books Online

Print Culture in Early Modern France is available in print at Jackson Library and .pdfs of the text are available at Cambridge Books Online.

To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963

To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963 was written by Associate Professor Kelly Ritter. Dr. Ritter is a faculty member in UNCG's Department of English.

"Kelly Ritter chronicles the evolution of writing programs at a landmark Southern women’s college during the postwar period. She finds that despite its conservative Southern culture and vocational roots, the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina was a unique setting where advanced writing programs and creativity flourished long before these trends emerged nationally."-University of Pittsburgh Press

Associate Professor Wendy Sharer from the Department of English at East Carolina University calls Dr. Ritter's work, “A fascinating and instructive reminder that there is no history of composition: there are histories of composition, conflicted and filled with politically and culturally constructed understandings of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and—as this book in particular makes clear—geographical region and disciplinary identity. This thoroughly researched local history adds a needed layer of complexity to the historical frameworks that have informed archives-based scholarship in composition studies.”

To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963 is available from Jackson Library and as downloadable .pdfs on Project Muse.

Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship

Dr. Dianne Welsh  is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Dr. Welsh, one of the editors of Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship, is a leader in her field and was invited by the United Nations to speak on Entrepreneurship, Commercialization, and Innovation. The publisher explains that the current version of Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship:
  • Is a user-friendly, easy-to-read compilation of global cases that explain the principles that come from entrepreneurship, international business, cross-cultural management, strategy, exporting, international education, international economics and environmental concerns, and leadership.
  • Includes cases based on the authors’ and contributing authors’ experiences around the world; including work in the former U.S.S.R, Afghanistan, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, and more.
  • Presents each case with questions that apply the basic principles of global entrepreneurship, a teaching note with case overview, learning objectives, relevant courses, data sources, analysis with discussion questions and answers and references.
  • Focuses on real dilemmas, opportunities and challenges from an entrepreneurship perspective.

Democratic Science Teaching: Building the Expertise to Empower Low-Income Minority Youth in Science

Assistant Professor Edna Tan, faculty member of the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is one of the editors of Democratic Science Teaching: Building the Expertise to Empower Low-Income Minority Youth in Science.

The publisher's website says, "Democratic science pedagogy has the potential to shape learning outcomes and science engagement by taking on directly issues of pedagogy, learning,and social justice. In this text we provide a framework for democratic science teaching in order to interrogate the purposes and goals of science education in classrooms globally, as well as to call attention to ways of being in the classroom that position teachers and students as important and powerful participants in their own learning and as change-agents of a larger global society. We develop three core conceptual tools for democratic science teaching, that together frame ways of thinking and being in classrooms that work towards a more just world: Voice, Authority, and Critical Science Literacy. Each conceptual tool is developed in the introductory chapters then taken up in different pedagogical and analytic ways in the chapters that span the text. The chapters present researcher, teacher, and student centered lenses for investigating democratic science education and reflect elementary through high school education, both in school and out of school, in the US and globally."

Jackson library holds this book in both print and electronic formats.

Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia

 Dr. Watson Jennison is an assistant professor in UNCG's Department of History and author of Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860. Claudio Saunt, author of Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family, praises Dr. Jennison's book saying, "Colonial Georgia has long been known as 'the debatable land' contested by the British and Spanish crowns. That imperial conflict, as Watson Jennison shows, was the tip of the iceberg. In a sweeping account, Jennison describes the struggle between Low Country planters, Revolutionary republicans, black maroons, free people of color, and Native Americans to control the region. Georgia's violent and tumultuous first century culminated in the creation of a white man's republic. Readers of this excellent book will know that the outcome was neither uncontested nor inevitable."

Publisher, University Press of Kentucky, explains that Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860 "explores the centrality of race in the development of Georgia, arguing that long-term structural and demographic changes account for this transformation. Jennison traces the rise of rice cultivation and the plantation complex in low country Georgia in the mid-eighteenth century and charts the spread of slavery into the up country in the decades that followed. Cultivating Race examines the “cultivation” of race on two levels: race as a concept and reality that was created, and race as a distinct social order that emerged because of the specifics of crop cultivation. Using a variety of primary documents including newspapers, diaries, correspondence, and plantation records, Jennison offers an in-depth examination of the evolution of racism and racial ideology in the lower South."

Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera

The Documentary Channel says the film Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera "chronicles the life of one of America's most significant and enigmatic visual artists. A philosopher, architectural preservationist and an early surrealist, his photography and writing documented the cultural and spiritual landscape of 20th Century America."

It also explains that "Laughlin was an irascible character, an under recognized artist, and an artistic genius. He struggled against the prejudice that was directed toward Southern artists of his day, and was ostracized for using techniques that were not readily accepted by the dominating photographic hierarchy. His legacy is a remarkable body of work that is a testament to an artist who relentlessly drove himself to achieve his dreams. Today, his 17,000 master prints are considered to be one of the most important archives in American photography."

Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Studies Michael Frierson, from the Department of Media Studies, was one of the directors and producers of this film. Jackson Library has both an instructional DVD copy and one that is available to be checked out.  More information about the film can be found at the website for Michael Murphy Productions Inc.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Optimizing Information Security and Advancing Privacy Assurance

According to the publisher, "Optimizing Information Security and Advancing Privacy Assurance: New Technologies reviews issues and trends in security and privacy at an individual user level, as well as within global enterprises. Enforcement of existing security technologies, factors driving their use, and goals for ensuring the continued security of information systems are discussed in this multidisciplinary collection of research, with the primary aim being the continuation and promotion of methods and theories in this far-reaching discipline."

Associate Professor Hamid R. Nemati is a member of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Information Systems and Operations Management and editor of Optimizing Information Security and Advancing Privacy Assurance: New Technologies. Both a print and an e-book version of this book can be found at Jackson Library. Dr. Nemati is also the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Information Security and Privacy and of the Advances in Information Security and Privacy (AISP) Book Series.

Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature

Jackson library has Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature: The Pen and the Sword available in both print and as an e-book. According to her website, author Jennifer Feather's, an assistant professor in the Department of English at UNCG, "scholarly and pedagogical interests include theories of violence and trauma, theories of embodiment, gender, and sexuality, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century British historical writing, interdisciplinary and historical approaches to literature, and early modern anatomies."

When describing Dr. Feather's book, Palgrave Publishing explains, "By examining competing depictions of combat in sixteenth-century texts such as Arthurian romance and early modern medical texts, this original study reveals both the importance of combat in understanding the humanist subject and the contours of the previously neglected pre-modern subject."

When reviewing Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature: The Pen and the Sword, Patricia Cahill, associate professor of English, Emory University said, "Feather's compelling book considers the centrality of armed combat and physical suffering to English Renaissance literature. Arguing that medieval understandings of corporeality and combat functioned as crucial materials for English self-definition, she offers bold readings of texts drawn from a wide array of genres, including drama, poetry, romance, epic, and chronicle history. An impressive and theoretically sophisticated work."

Cradle to Cradle Home Design: Process and Experience

Associate Professor Anna Marshall-Baker who is also the department chair and undergraduate coordinator in the The Department of Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Marshall-Bakerwho is one of the authors of Cradle to Cradle Home Design: Process and Experience. The publisher's website explains that this resource features:

• Discussion that differentiates c2c principles and competition information
• Sample projects related to chapter subject for users to develop a c2c project for their portfolios, supported with images from the various competition entries in addition to any derived from the exercises
• Interviews with practicing designers to provide insight into their experiences regarding sustainable design and informed design decisions
• Key terms featured in each chapter
• End-of-chapter exercises that demonstrate stages in the design process related to the chapter for students to apply the c2c principles
• Current website links to provide emerging information

The Fairchild Books goes on to say:

"Residential design that is inspired, responsible, and in harmony with the planet: that is the concept behind cradle-to-cradle systems, which seek to go beyond sustainability to the use of waste-free products that return to the earth's lifecycles. Cradle to Cradle Home Design: Process and Experience is a groundbreaking text that offers a case study in this revolutionary design concept via the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Home Competition, based out of Roanoke, Virginia. More than 600 submissions from students and professionals around the world provide the archive for the book, creating a spirited, smart, and engaging guide that both delights in the possibilities offered by the paradigm, and inspires an alternative approach to design. Developed for interior design and architecture studio courses as well as practicing design firms, this book is a must-read for anybody looking to incorporate sustainable design principles and materials into his or her work."

You can find two copies of this work in Jackson Library.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Library Technology and User Services: Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering

Assistant Professor Anthony Chow in the Department of Library and Information Studies and Assistant Dean of University Libraries, and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies Tim Bucknall wrote Library Technology and User Services: Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering. Chandos Publishing explains that the book is:

"Written for all types of library settings, this guide focuses on library technology and automation within the larger context of strategic and systems planning, implementation, and continuous improvement. Technology is an essential resource for attaining both organizational and patron goals, and planning needs to emphasize the alignment between the clearly defined goals of each in an efficient and cost-effective manner. By providing an overarching theoretical and application framework for technology integration that emphasizes usability, this book will help readers understand both the why and the how of library technology, planning, and implementation."

Contents of  Library Technology and User Services: Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering include:

  • Stone tablets, paper and the Internet: the same old library?
  • Strategic planning, organizational goals and technology: what and for whom? 
  • Customized fashion: finding the right fit
  • Technology and budgeting
  • Evaluation: is technology meeting the needs of the organization’s users?
  • Emerging technology trends in libraries

Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms

When reviewing Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms Laura Robb, author of Teaching Middle School Writers: What Every English Teacher Needs to Know, tells educators to "Make room on your professional bookshelf for a much needed book! You'll learn how to explicitly teach genre features and coach students as you establish meaningful writing purposes that inspire students to read. Not only do the authors provide solid guidelines for teaching genre in writing and reading, but they also invite you into classrooms to see how teachers and students create environments that engage all learners. And for each genre, you'll find lists of books to teach reading and writing!"

The publisher's description of Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms says:

"Drawing from theory and research that suggests students learn better and more deeply when learning is contextualized and genuinely motivated, the book presents five guiding principles for teaching genre. Emphasizing purposeful communication, it will guide you through teaching students to read, write, speak, and listen to different real-world genres that inspire and engage them. Nell Duke, Samantha Caughlan, Mary Juzwik, and Nicole Martin:

  •  identify commonly used assignments and practices for teaching genre that are fundamentally flawed and explain why
  • offer inspiring alternative practices, grounded in research and illustrated in real projects in real classrooms
  • show how the five guiding principles come to life in reading and writing projects across the whole K–8 grade span
  • provide planning sheets and other tools and tips that will allow you to manage genre-with-purpose instruction in your classroom.
This book is about teaching genre differently—with purpose. Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K–8 Classrooms will help you reinvigorate your teaching."

One of the authors, Assistant Professor Nicole M. Martin, is part of UNCG's Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education.

Black Vanguards and Black Gangsters

Steven R. Cureton is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. According to the publisher, Dr. Cureton's book "examines the extent to which black gangsterism is a product of civil rights gains, community transition, black flight, social activism, and failed grassroots social movement groups. Unfortunately, the voice of the ghetto was politically tempered, silenced, ignored, and at times rebuked by a black leadership that seemed to be preoccupied with a middle-class integrationist agenda. As a result, a once strong sense of universal brotherhood became fractured and the mood of the oppressed shifted to confusion only to be tempered by relentless frustration, out of which emerged black gangs."

Selected chapters include: 8. To Overcome or Be Over-run: Civil Rights Movement and Black Power, --14. The Emergent Gangsterism Perspective: Manhood Is Essential as the Air I Breathe, and --16. Gangs By Any Other Name: Omega Fraternalism and Hoover Gangsterism.

The University Libraries has Black Vanguards and Black Gangsters: From Seeds of Discontent to a Declaration of War in both print and as an e-book.

But Don't Call Me White

Assistant Professor Silvia C. Bettez's is part of UNCG's Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. Her website explains that Dr. Bettez's "dissertation research project explores the life stories of sixteen adult mixed race women who have one white parent and one parent who is a person of color." She further explores this topic in the book But Don't Call Me White: Mixed Race Women Exposing Nuances of Privilege and Oppression Politics.

The publisher's website states "Silvia Bettez exposes hidden nuances of privilege and oppression related to multiple positionalites associated with race, class, gender and sexuality. These women are “secret agent insiders” to cultural Whiteness who provide unique insights and perspectives that emerge through their mixed race lenses.  Much of what the participants share is never revealed in mixed – White/of color – company.  Although critical of racial power politics and hierarchies, these women were invested in cross-cultural connections and revealed key insights that can aid all in understanding how to better communicate across lines of cultural difference."

The library has this work available both as a print book and as an e-book.

Monday, April 9, 2012

George Herbert's Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins from UNCG's Department of English edited George Herbert's Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies. The publisher's website explains that "The essays in this collection feature many of the world’s leading Herbert scholars and are drawn from the more than fifty papers and plenary presentations delivered at the George Herbert’s Travels conference held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in October 2008. They track Herbert’s “heart in pilgrimage” through four centuries of time, through west and east across space, through the inner spaces of the suffering body and soul, and through modernity into the postmodern. These essays ask how travel through space and time influences the reception and creation of literary art; in other words, how the movement of poetry affects and effects poetic movements. The interdisciplinary contributors observe Herbert’s poetry traveling geographically (from earlier British receptions, to the “American strand,” to the Far East), traveling internally (through the interior terrain of formal and bodily experience), and traveling temporally (through the shifting cultural landscapes made by Modern and Postmodern minds). Along the way, they discover connections between Herbert and a kaleidoscopic range of writers and thinkers including Augustine, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Edward Herbert, Anne Clifford, Robert Herrick, Henry Vaughan, Christopher Harvey, Thomas Traherne, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Ridler, R. S. Thomas, Simone Weil, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Philip Larkin, Harold Bloom, Anthony Hecht, John Bradburne, Seamus Heaney, Dallas Wiebe, Carole Rumens, and Vikram Seth."

Dr. Hodgkins is the Director of UNCG's Atlantic World Research Network and also directs the George Herbert's Living Legacies conferences.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs

Edward Elgar Publishing describes The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs by explaining "This research collection illustrates the wide range of methodologies and methods available for the evaluation of public programs. All these methods address the benefits of the programs and most compare the benefits to costs, but the types of benefits and their measures vary greatly across the studies and across the different types of public programs. The key articles presented here explore these different approaches and offer many examples of actual evaluations of public programs across different public policy settings."

The editor asserts that Professor Albert N. Link, from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro's Department of Economics, and his co-author "provided an authoritative original introduction, which elucidates this diversity of approaches and settings and challenges scholars to contemplate an evaluation in terms of its theoretical foundation."

Professor Link also edited Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise which is available from Jackson Library both in print and as an e-book. The publisher says "The core of the book presents the new methodology and demonstrates how it avoids the pitfalls of past approaches."

He also authored  Employment Growth from Public Support of Innovation in Small Firms which, according to the publisher, provides "a statistical assessment of the employment growth associated with public support of R&D in small, entrepreneurial firms through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program."