Textbooks have become increasingly unaffordable for college students, but luckily there are some innovative solutions, such as Open Educational Resources (OER). Librarian Jen Mayer recently completed a sabbatical focused on researching the impact of OER. In addition, for the 2022 Bears Give Back annual Day of Giving, University Libraries raised fund to support textbook affordability.
This spring, the creativity of the UNC community was on display as the Mari Michener Gallery hosted a colorful diorama display starring Peeps! Prizes were awarded in categories including Best in Peeps and Peeple's Choice. We've got a list of the winners and photos of some of the top entries here.
This fall, we'll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Michener Library! If you have a story or special photo of of your time at Michener, we would love to include it in the next newsletter. You can find out more and share your memories here.
Nikaiya Lawson is a busy UNC student who's already an accomplished artist! In addition to her internship in University Libraries Archives & Special Collections, she contributed several works to the Spring 22 student art exhibit in the Mari Michener Gallery. And this fall, for the first time, she'll curate an exhibit. Nikaiya talked with librarian Annie Epperson about her art, her work on campus and around Greeley, and her hopes for her forthcoming exhibit.
Please join us in welcoming our new staff members, wishing the best to our staff that retired or departed this year, and congratulating our 24 student employees that graduated during the 2021-22 academic year. While their departures are bittersweet, we are excited to welcome a dynamic group of faculty and staff to the team.