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J. Murrey Atkins Library Newsletter, November 2020

Atkins-inspired Liberry Lager is available for a limited time

UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library has partnered with Triple C Brewing to create Liberry Lager, a limited release craft beer brewed in a collaboration between the research library and the Southend brewer. 

The 4.5% ABV ale is available for a limited time at Triple C Brewing Company on tap and in 16-ounce carryout 4-packs. The brewery is located at 2900 Griffith Street in Charlotte's Southend. 

Triple C Brewing describes Liberry Lager as a “clean, single malt American Lager. Fermented cold with aromas of tropical kiwi and citrus lime. Crisp, light, and easy to drink for all 49ers events.”

“We are excited to partner with Triple C to bring a unique lager to our friends and supporters in Charlotte,” said Anne Cooper Moore, Dean, J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte. “This partnership also offers an opportunity for Atkins to create collections and programs related to the history of the craft beer industry in Charlotte.”

Atkins Library receives 10 percent of every pint of Liberry Lager sold at Triple C Brewery. MORE INFORMATION

Panel Discussion on T.J. Reddy - A Life of Art and Activism 

Thomas James “T.J”  Reddy was a UNC Charlotte alumnus and a talented artist, poet, musician, and civil rights activist. As a student here, he helped to found the Black Student Union and Africana Studies Department at UNC Charlotte. 

Along with two other activists, together known as the “Charlotte Three,” Reddy was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting a horse stable on fire. After his sentence was commuted by Governor Jim Hunt in 1979 and he was released from prison, Reddy brought art to life with his paintings and poetry. 

Reddy passed away on March 31, 2019, but he is still with us in art and memory.  Please join us virtually on December 2 from 4-5:15 pm for a panel discussion on Reddy’s life featuring UNC Charlotte professors Akin Ogundiran (Africana Studies), Mark West (English), and Lisa Homann (Art History).

Atkins New Offsite Storage Offers Numerous Benefits

UNC Charlotte has signed a 10-year lease on 44,233 square feet of warehouse space for offsite storage to house low-use print materials, in order to provide library space needed to accommodate the growing student population both during and after COVID-19. J. Murrey Atkins Library’s offsite storage is located at a new warehouse facility on Derita Road in Concord and is a 15-minute drive from the main campus. 

Contractors will finish building out the interior of the warehouse by November 20, and the shelving and collections move will begin at the end of the month. The relocation of these materials will open up large areas of open space on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library to provide social-distanced seating for students; Atkins has ordered movable tables, chairs, and casual seating to fill the open spaces. Eventually, and after the main elevators have been replaced, new study and service areas will be developed on the tower floors. An offsite storage coordinator has been hired, and a van has been purchased to travel twice daily between the storage location and Atkins Library for pickups and deliveries. A radio-frequency identification system (RFID) and other equipment for the offsite storage location have also been ordered. Once the collections have been moved, requestors should receive their materials in the same amount of time as it took for us to retrieve items from inside Atkins and as they have been during the tower closure. Read more.

Atkins Moved Quickly To Keep Services Going During the Pandemic

By the middle of March, it became obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic would significantly alter how Atkins Library provided services to its patrons. In one week the library went from in-person service to nearly online-only. 

Between March 17 and August 30 a handful of in-building staff coordinated the retrieval of materials and laptop-checkouts for library users. They either mailed materials or arranged for pickup from a table set up outside of the main doors. Face-to-face help and consultations were switched to chat, text, phone, and email. Librarians provided instruction in courses through the Canvas learning management system. Special Collections and University Archives staff assisted the campus community and others with research by digitizing items for users and through email consultation. It looked and felt different, but we continued to provide library services to our users while our doors were closed. Full Story

Bring a historic map back to life!

Left: Instruction Archivist Randi Beem and students study the Mouzon Map

Henry Mouzon’s Accurate Map of North and South Carolina with their Indian Frontiers is a hit with students and visitors to the Dalton Special Collections Reading Room. Printed in 1775, it indicates the locations of cities called Charlottesburg and Charles Town as well as the Catawba Nation and other native people. Showing few roads but plenty of creeks, it informed 18th-century viewers where there was “high rich land” and “pleasant good land.” 

A few years ago, the map was in storage, where we had been keeping it to save it from exposure to damaging ultraviolet light. Too large to fit in the map cases in the reading room, it was inaccessible for study. But it got a new lease on life when we placed it under the care of a professional team of paper conservators, who cleaned it, repaired it, and built it a custom box. The Mouzon Map is now enjoyed frequently and is an indispensable way to teach principles of cartography, state history, and Native American Studies.

Another equally valuable, rare, beautiful, and interesting map is waiting for someone to give it a new life. John Collet’s Compleat Map of North-Carolina from an Actual Survey (1770) needs repair, cleaning, and a custom box so it can be enjoyed for the next 250 years. The estimate for this work on the Collet Map is $3000-$4000. Please contact Dawn Schmitz, Associate Dean for Special Collections & University Archives, to learn more about this opportunity.

Helping Students Succeed With Improved Study Rooms

When you make a gift to Atkins Library, you invest in the future success of the 30,000 students we serve as well as help us support the research efforts of our renowned faculty. One high-impact funding project for Atkins is the refurbishing of study rooms. 

In our Spring 2019 student survey, students requested that our group study rooms be renovated with new furniture and technologies. As part of the Library's strategic plan to "continuously seek to increase/renovate collaboration and quiet study space," five first-floor group study rooms were renovated with new paint, writable walls, furniture, and technology including screens with Air Media wireless presentation technology. These study rooms are always the first ones reserved each day and are the most heavily used in the building. The cost is $12,500 per room, which can be spread over three annual payments. Please support the Atkins Library by contributing to this or one of the other projects on Atkins Giving page. Your gift is deeply appreciated.

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