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Insight for Critiquing Data Visualizations

February 22, 2017

We are all vulnerable to being swayed by dramatic, graphically represented sets of data and it is often hard to parse the value and the reliability of the information we are exposed to. To provide a little insight, statistician Nathan Yau (PhD in statistics from UCLA), of the website FlowingData, wrote the following short, generally focused, and recommended guide: How to Spot Visualization Lies.

An Excerpt:

A chart doesn’t make something true. Data doesn’t make something true. It bends. It shows many things. So keep your eyes open.


Unsure about some data visualization in particular, need a more in-depth or academic source for critiquing visual sources, or if you would like help finding your own statistics for a research project, get help from a librarian!

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals Exhibit in Blowers Gallery

February 17, 2017

UNC Asheville is currently hosting the North Carolina debut of the traveling historical exhibition, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery. The university is also hosting the traveling exhibition Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, created by the nonprofit organization Family Diversity Projects based in Amherst, Mass.

Both exhibitions will be on view until April 7, and are free and open to everyone. Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 is displayed in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery, open during regular library hours. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People is on view in Karpen Hall, weekdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Through reproductions of historic photographs and documents, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People features photographs and interviews with transgender people of all ages, and with their partners and children.

Lectures, film screenings and discussions complementing the exhibitions:

  • Screening of Paragraph 175, a documentary which takes its name from the part of the German penal code used by the Nazis to arrest homosexuals and send thousands to concentration camps where many perished. The film was directed by Academy Award-winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Tickets at the box office 30 minutes before show time.
  • Beyond Kinder, Küche, Kirche’ (children, kitchen, church): Gender and Sex under National Socialism, a lecture by Eric Roubinek, UNC Asheville assistant professor of history. Noon on Tuesday, March 7 in the Highsmith Union Intercultural Center. Free and open to everyone.
  • Screening of Out in the Night. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Afterwards there will be a Q&A with Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson, subjects of the film.
  • Screening of  A Womb of Their Own. 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 in the Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion.
  • Panel discussion: Gender Minorities in Faith Traditions, featuring members of Asheville’s clergy. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 in Karpen Hall, room 038. Free and open to everyone.

To arrange docent-led tours and for more information, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, at or 828.232.5024.

Below are pictures of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945’s opening reception held on February 16th in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library:



Learn how to create digital media in Ramsey Library 🎬

January 31, 2017

Do you want to create images, video, audio, printed media or websites but don’t know how?

The Media Design Lab in Ramsey Library welcomes all students, faculty and staff of all ranges of experience. Lab assistants can show you how to use the software and support you along the way.

Scan and crop a photo, cut a video clip for Powerpoint, design a flyer or create closed captioning. It’s easier than you might think and we can show you how.

Record material in the Audio Lab or TV Studio next door. No previous experience is needed since technicians operate the equipment for you.

You can also check out recording equipment at the library’s front desk.

The lab is open 7 days a weekDrop by anytime and we can show you around.

Professors are invited to bring their classes for a brief orientation to these resources. To schedule a time, please contact the lab manager, Sasha Hussey (sthussey@unca.edu828.250.3951).

Located in Ramsey Library, lower level, room 045.


UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch Streaming Videos Added to NCLive Collection

December 19, 2016


Season 18 of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch is now available through Ramsey Library’s Online Resources for free as part of the NC LIVE online collection at The 30-episode season features authors such as Scott Ellsworth, Bridgette Lacy, Lee Smith, Kathy Reichs, Pam Saulsby and more.

North Carolina Bookwatch is the state’s premier literary series, bringing the Tar Heel State’s best and brightest Southern writers to the small screen. In every interview, host D.G. Martin sheds light on authors’ lives, books and the state’s indelible imprint on their works.

To access the North Carolina Bookwatch episodes, access Ramsey Library’s alphabetical list of online resources here, select NCLive as your database, and then use the search box on the NC LIVE homepage. For specific episodes, search for the author’s name or browse all Season 18 episodes by searching “North Carolina Bookwatch.” On the search results page, the links to the North Carolina Bookwatch episodes are listed by title in the lower right-hand corner of the screen in the “Videos” box. Clicking the title will take you directly to the video on UNC-TV’s website,

Have any questions? Get one-on-one help from a librarian here at

Original Press Release

Accessing Training Courses

December 16, 2016’s library of over 4000 courses in business, technology and creative skills  is available on- and off-campus to UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff.

Just visit and choose “Organizational Login” and “UNC Asheville” and then log in with your university username and password.

The holidays are a great time to learn a new skill. Interested in music? Learn how to play the mandolin, how to write a song, how to produce music and more!

Beat Making with MASCHINE by JK Swopes

Three Days in Sacred Stone Camp Video Online Now (Dakota Access Pipeline Protests)

December 12, 2016

UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production has recently finished and made available online ‘Three Days in Sacred Stone Camp.’ This video is related to the ongoing protests at the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline’s final stretch under the Missouri River.

The Standing Rock Sioux are protecting the waters of the Missouri River as well as their sacred sites from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Gilliam Jackson (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Trey Adcock, Ph.D.(Cherokee Nation) and Juan Sanchez Martinez, Ph.D. (Colombia) traveled to North Dakota to deliver supplies for the Sacred Stone Camp at the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers. They share their perspectives, photos, and video clips and welcome comments and questions from the public and the community.

Enjoy this video? See other videos by the UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production team at their YouTube page here.

Need a Study Break? Come Kick off Exam Season With Us in Style Monday 12/5 @ 7:30pm

November 30, 2016


Come join us in the Blower’s Gallery of Ramsey Library and the Sandbox on Monday, December 5th at 7:30pm as we toast to the exam season with snacks, drinks, board games and more! Have questions or need some last-minute help with research? Get help here! And good luck on your exams!