Library Gazette

Folk Night @ ZSR

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:48 am

By Lauren Suffoletto

When I began planning Friday Nights @ ZSR with several library colleagues, we knew that it would be an experiment. The series has promoted fun events after hours in the library throughout the spring semester. We knew that there was potential for the library to think outside the box, and bring new ways for the Wake Forest community to engage with one another.

And this is what our last event in the series set out to do. Last Friday evening, the library hosted “Folk Night @ ZSR,” a concert in the Outdoor Reading Room near Tribble Courtyard. The space was transformed, and had the atmosphere of an outdoor café.

It was a warm, beautiful spring night. Around 120 people came out to hear amazing folk artists share their music. Student Organizations including The Nya Nya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades hosted a massive bake sale to fund raise and increase awareness about their groups supporting global causes. Starbucks stayed open late for patrons.

 

Bake Sale to Benefit The Nyanya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades!

 

The first band, Kozak & The Poets, featured Thomas Kozak, who led the band vocally and on acoustic. He was joined by Zack Koontz on drums, Kory Riemensperger on bass, Michael Anderson on the piano. The second group to perform was The Minor Circle, a group derived of members from the well-known bluegrass band, The Unbroken Circle. Jordan Lee led the group on the guitar and vocals. He was joined by Ella and Bailey Allman, (with special guest appearance by Joe Allman on bass for “Atlantic City”), Jodi Hildebran, William Huesman, and Sara Pesek.

 

Minor Circle is comprised of performers from The Unbroken Circle.

As the sun went down, the space was beautifully lit for the talented headliner, Asheville singer-songwriter Sarah Tucker. The crowd, delighted by warm weather, yummy treats, and even sweeter conversation, gathered around to watch her perform. People raved about the ambiance the evening provided, and the performance was certainly a crowd pleaser. Not only does Friday Nights @ ZSR have the potential to grow, but as Folk Night proved, the Outdoor Reading Room provides a unique space for the library to engage with the Wake Forest community!

Beautiful Night for Folk Night

5th Annual Senior Showcase

Monday, April 14, 2014 8:56 am


The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself’”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man’”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 22. Event details and registration may be found at pdc.wfu.edu/event/7584.

Extreme Outreach: #bigdisrupt and Connections & Conversations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:38 pm

This has been the Year of Outreach at ZSR. We have tried a number of different modes of outreach, from ZSRx to Dean’s List Gala to the alternative break Staycation. The latest two outreach activities were very ambitious in scope: a campus-wide symposium on the future of higher education, dubbed The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and an alumni weekend called Connections and Conversations. I will explain each.

#bigdisrupt was the hashtag created for the event that started with an idea from Bob Hebert, as chair of the Staff Development Committee. He was looking for a program to offer in collaboration with the Librarians’ Assembly Mentoring Committee. When they consulted with me on the idea for a program on the future of higher education, I advised that it become a larger, university-wide event with high level speakers. We eventually settled on a panel of three speakers: Provost Rogan Kersh, Vice President for OPCD Andy Chan, and Mike Riley, a Wake Forest alum who is currently the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. I was happy to serve as moderator of the panel. We drew in assistance from the Library Lecture Series experts, as well as Barry and Kevin and Lauren Suffaletto. As usual, it takes the whole ZSR village to put on a show!

Nearly 200 people attended the event and by all accounts, it was a great success! I framed the question with preliminary remarks, mentioning how the changes we have seen in libraries foreshadow the changes coming to higher education. Then I asked a series of questions on topics such as MOOCs, value of a liberal arts degree, tenure, unsustainable costs, changing demographics, admissions, and the failure of the model. Panelists knew the general topics in advance, but did not know what their individual questions would be. Audience members asked hard questions during the Q&A and a lively twitter feed ran throughout.

Barry recorded the entire event, which you can find here. Charles took these photographs (thank you, Charles).

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Connections and Conversations started with a suggestion from an alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors. He said that not all Wake Forest alums come back for Homecoming and other events centered around sports. He wondered if the University could offer a weekend back on campus around intellectual topics, where they could engage with faculty on ideas, just like the old days. That sounded so worthwhile that I offered to work with the Alumni Office to make it happen. We wanted it to take place in ZSR so that alums who had not seen the library in a while could witness the changes that had happened over the years. We chose the theme of “well-being” because of its central importance to the university. I recruited six faculty and staff speakers around the 8 dimensions of well-being. Provost Kersh, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, and Student Government President Jacqueline Sutherland were the keynote speakers. We added tours of the new buildings on campus and Reynolda House for variety. Provost Emeritus Edwin Wilson was a crowd favorite at the opening reception on Friday night at Graylyn.

Feedback has been been extremely positive from the attendees. They loved being on campus and interacting with faculty and students again. They said we should do it every year! I offer my deepest gratitude to Pat Boone from Alumni Services, Lauren S, Barry and Susan for spending their Saturday on this event. For more pictures, you may view Susan’s Flickr set here (thank you, Susan).

Sources, Citations and Cookies!

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:24 pm

If you are working on a research paper or project this semester and would like a bit of help from one of the research experts at the ZSR Library, here’s your chance. We are holding three drop-in research help sessions during the end of the semester paper-writing season in ZSR Library classroom 476:

  • Sunday, April 6th from 3:30PM – 7PM
  • Monday, April 14th from 3:30PM – 7PM
  • Sunday, April 20th from 3:30PM- 7PM

We will have librarians available to help with any aspect of your research project from selecting a topic to citing tricky sources. Cookies and refreshments will also be available to help get you through the stress!

There is no need to sign up for a time, but if you would like to, you can reserve a time from the Professional Development Center website.

If these times don’t work, you can always use our Personal Research Session request form to schedule an appointment with a research librarian at a day and time that is convenient for you.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Research and Instruction Team, ZSR Library

 

ZSR Hosts Staycation

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:58 pm

During spring break, The Office of Service and Social Action in Campus Life offers a program known as Wake Alternative Break (WAB). This program provides a number of service trips, both domestic and international. (See this WFU news story to learn about the most recent WAB trips.)

Over the past few months, a group of staff at ZSR and Campus Life collaborated to create a “Staycation,” a WAB trip offered to students who do not leave campus during spring break.

The Staycation took place Sunday, March 9th until Friday, March 14th. The trip was themed broadly around “Literacy”- (specifically language, technology, and information literacy). Six students, led by their student leaders Hannah Duane and Nora Kane, served their community and spent their afternoons volunteering at El Buen Pastor in Winston-Salem. During the morning however, they engaged in sessions with ZSR Staff.

The trip was packed with fun programs and events, and I had the privilege to coordinate and participate in many of them. I would like to share a few highlights from this fantastic week!

On the first night, ZSR hosted a kick-off pizza party after hours. The students loved being in the library late at night, and spent hours searching through the topographical maps of southeastern states that were offered!

On Monday morning, the Staycationers met with librarian Amanda Foster, and participated in her Lib-100 class. This was followed by a bell tower tour at the top of Wait Chapel. Associate Dean Susan Smith and I joined the students, and I was thrilled that we were not only able to go to the very top, but we were able to play “Dear Old Wake Forest” on the actual bells!

On Tuesday the Staycationers met with Director of Special Collections, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, and got a behind-the-scenes tour of Special Collections. They were enthused by the library’s vast collection, and were very surprised to learn about all the work that goes in to acquisitions, exhibitions, and preservation of rare books.

Our very own Hu and Roz kicked off a bright and bubbly Wednesday morning session on “all things Zotero,” which the students found extremely helpful! Wake Forest Fellow Linsday Schneider and I took the students to lunch at The Loop to discuss leadership, the meaning of pro-humanitate, and the importance of work-life balance in college. After a crazy afternoon thunderstorm, I met with the students for dinner at ZSR after hours again, and we proceeded to Creekside Bowling for some fun bonding time!

On the last day of the trip the students met with research librarian Sarah Jeong, and learned all about her knowledge and expertise on the sciences! Shortly after, the Staycationers went to Hanging Rock State Park to hike together. It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon!

I was so excited the group posted reflections from the week on their Tumblr. The social media presence was entertaining, and the students created #staycation #stayawesome together.

We are so happy that the students had a wonderful trip filled with opportunities to learn and serve. I hope that Staycation becomes a tradition between ZSR and Campus Life!

ZSRx Digital Publishing: The Reckoning

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:24 pm

Back in the Fall of 2013 (when we were all young and innocent), a young librarian named Billy was approached by a nice library dean and asked if he wanted to conduct a MOOC of his own. He agreed, under one condition: pro humanitate. As such, our (normally shy) hero enjoyed complete autonomy and/or academic freedom re the content of the thing. This is his story. This is history. This is the dramatic story of ZSRx Digital Publishing.

Our friend Kyle had a platform, but needed content. Billy happened to have content, but needed a platform. Either way, Lynn had the “students.” And so the deal went down: Bill would record three modules’ worth of digital publishing-related content, provide external links and readings, conduct online (and “plausibly live”) discussions going for about three weeks, and promise to keep the distracting Tom Waits clips to a minimum, with Kyle massaging said content into the Canvas platform, all while Lynn would recruit some registrants.

Meanwhile, I used primarily the (free) screen-capture program called ScreenCast-O-Matic, and it was awesome, in that it recorded my yammering in front of PowerPoint slides and online websites in such a way that I didn’t really even need a firm script, and so the clips had the distinct feel of a loosey-goosey (who me?) lecture — complete with my incessant stammering and ill-paced cadences. (Honestly, ten minutes of that at time is plenty.) These clips were published directly to my YouTube channel (everyone has one, btw), which Kyle would then “embed” into the Canvas platform, so we didn’t need to bother with fancy/costly video production (or lighting (or makeup (though we probably could’ve stood some of the latter))) or other hassles regarding video storage or distribution. (And I was ready with a rejoinder if anyone might’ve complained about the homemade/rickety aspects of the clips: you get what you pay for.)

Anyhow, we sent come-hither emails in January to various listservs (ASERL, Library Publishing Coaltion, WFU Alums, etc.) and waited. I bought a press release, which got picked up by LJ online, and we waited some more. By the time the course started in February, we had about 400 students signed up — librarians, publishers, vendors, parents, friends, neighbors, homeless people — mostly from North Carolina and the U.S., but some international folks. And since there were actually at least one student each from the continents of Europe, Asia, and Australia, it’s fair to say that ZSRx Digital Publishing was a global phenomenon by the time it officially launched in February (right after the SuperBowl).

We rolled out one “module” a week, for three weeks, with each module consisting of maybe 1 hour’s worth of video (in maybe 6- to 12-minute segments) and links and readings and discussion considerations. I would send a jaunty “announcement” each week, and Kyle and I would prompt some “engaging” discussions based on that week’s module’s content. The discussions turned out to be a hoot and a half — we had a nice handful of maybe a dozen regular contributors, who helped move things along.

Speaking of moving along, I better get around to telling the dark side of my mini-MOOC: there was some distinct attrition, participation-wise. That is, though we had ~400 folks sign up, and though those folks consumed thousands of pages of web content, the course analytics indicated a pretty significant (if typical, according to Kyle) drop-off:

Still, and though the formal exit survey is yet to come, I did fashion a fun little “final exam,” wherein I left some room for “final thoughts,” and here’s where I’ll perk back up by quoting exactly what some students said therein:

  • I appreciate the time that was spent putting this together!
  • I did learn a lot, although I was definitely a passive learner simply because of other commitments for my time!
  • This was an awesome MOOC!
  • I learned so much about digital publishing that I never had an inkling about!
  • Every MOOC should be this much fun!
  • Very interesting course. Thank you for offering it!
  • Enjoyed the course; lots of good information!
  • For my first “online” course…I really enjoyed this!
  • Thanks for your time and effort to put this together!
  • Mindboggling – the amount of digital information and books available!
  • Thanks!!

Not gonna lie, the exclamation points got to me.

And so I’ll close now by just stone-cold declaring my personal and genuine feelings about the whole deal (minus any and all hint of irony or sarcasm or impatience (of which I’m sometimes accused)): my participation in ZSRx has been the highlight of my career at Wake Forest University (and maybe anywhere) so far. And I can’t thank Kyle and Lynn and everyone at ZSR Library enough for allowing me the honor.

–wpk

 

 

An Enchanted Evening: The Dean’s List Gala

Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:19 pm

By Lauren Suffoletto, Wake Forest Fellow at ZSR Library

My experience as the Wake Forest Fellow at ZSR Library this year has been phenomenal. I have loved every opportunity to work on library events, student outreach, and fundraising initiatives. While it would be difficult for me to pick a favorite, the most memorable moment of the year occurred on Friday evening, February 28th in the library atrium.

Atrium is Gala Ready

It all began during a brainstorming discussion among Library colleagues. I discussed my experiences as an undergraduate at Wake in relation to the Friday Nights @ ZSR initiative, which promotes hosting events after hours at the library on Friday evenings. “Students who make the Dean’s List are sent a congratulatory email,” I explained to them. “It would be neat to host a reception in the Library that honors their academic achievement!” Thus, the Dean’s List Gala was created. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, it was an exceptional event, as many of these students call ZSR their second home, and spend much of their undergraduate experience studying here.

It was an enchanted Friday evening. The atrium space betwinkled from floor to ceiling, transformed into a formal reception hall filled with flowers, bistro tables, and the sound of upbeat jazz. About 300 students, family members, and faculty gathered in the atrium to honor seniors who achieved the Dean’s List during their junior and senior years. Waiters strolled through the crowed to pass hors’ d’oeuvres and Arnold Palmers were served. Each senior was given a commemorative bookmark handmade on the Library letterpress, and their names flashed on our new digital signage congratulating them for their achievements. Students were delighted to see their names appear on the screen, and took pictures next to the board, proudly celebrating with their families.

At the Gala

Christy Buchanan, Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Lynn Sutton, our very own Dean of ZSR Library, gave remarks, and led everyone in a sparkling cider toast to the seniors. It was a memorable moment, and it embodied the caring, academic spirit that fills Wake Forest.

 

A Toast to the Dean's List Seniors

There are so many library and university colleagues who helped make this joyous event possible. The Library is grateful for the Office of the Dean of the College, Office of Parents Programs, and the Division of Campus Life for their contributions and support to the gala. Several Library faculty and staff played essential roles in all aspects of event planning and programming, and I cannot thank them enough for supporting this idea with such enthusiasm!

President Nathan Hatch and his wife Julie attended the entire event, and predicted it will become a new Wake Forest tradition. Dean Sutton proclaimed the night a spectacular success. The future of the Dean’s List Gala is bright, and I will be excited to see how this event expands over the years!

 

 

Welcome!

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:42 am

Welcome to the Business Information Commons at Farrell Hall! Since July 1, 2013, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library has become the source of library operations and services to the combined School of Business. The Info Commons is a digital library of the future, with no traditional print books or journals. However, the entire collection of ZSR resources and services stands behind this virtual information center.

In this special edition of our newsletter, we are pleased to introduce our business library faculty and the services they can provide. Our mission is to help Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff succeed. Here is how we can do it for you.

Meet Mary Scanlon

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:41 am

Contact Mary Scanlon
758-4303
scanlomg@wfu.edu
251C Farrell Hall

Mary G. Scanlon is the Research and Instruction Librarian for Business & Economics at Wake Forest University. She earned her M.B.A at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and her M.L.I.S at Kent State University. Before coming to Wake Forest, she held a variety of marketing positions in the corporate world, managing products in both B2B and B2C environments. Since coming to Wake Forest, she has been serving as liaison and subject specialist to the undergraduate business and M.S.A. programs in the School of Business. She also serves the Department of Economics and the minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. She helped organize several successful conferences including the “Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarian” series. In addition, she has written and edited several publications, including The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service from McFarland.

Meet Bob Hebert

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:40 am

Contact Bob Hebert
758-4567
hebertb@wfu.edu
251F Farrell Hall

Bob Hebert has been assisting Wake Forest graduate business students and faculty with their research since arriving at the University in October 1992. Until the opening of Farrell Hall, Bob worked in the Professional Center Library for Law & Management in the Worrell Professional Center. Bob is now part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library organization, but his office is in the Business Information Commons in Farrell Hall.

Before coming to Wake Forest, Bob worked six years in the library at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as the Public Services Librarian. He has an undergraduate degree in Government from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees from the School of Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and photography.


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