Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:18 pm
Today, May 7, 2015, marks the end of yet another successful spring Wake the Library (WTL) week. This semester, WTL featured many new components that will hopefully be added to some of the traditions that encompass our WTL week.
Many of the new WTL additions this semester were facilitated by the ZSR Library Ambassadors, University Police, and the Advancement Office. The ZSR library Ambassadors gave out Arnold Palmers, ice cream, and candy to students studying around the library, and consistently replenished the relaxation station. In addition to free candy and food, the ZSR Ambassadors posted over 300 tearable puns and compliments around the library for students to stay encouraged. Midway through exam week, University Police decided to give away Krispy Kreme doughnuts to students in their efforts to continually establish trust among students. During that same time, Advancement’s alumni office supported our WTL efforts by bringing therapy dogs for students to take a quick study break to enjoy.
Overall, I cannot be happier with the way WTL turned out this semester. Special thanks goes to ZSR Ambassadors president and vice presidents Heidi Gall (’15) and Madison Cairo (’15) who helped organize the ZSR Ambassadors efforts, the WTL committee and volunteers for making the midnight experience a success, and Meghan Webb and Christian Burris for marketing each event. I could not have asked for a better final project as the ZSR fellow.
WTL photos are posted on the ZSR library Flickr site.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:37 am
The ZSR Research and Instruction Team is embarking on some regular assessments of our services in and we have just gotten back results from a survey we did of the students who requested one-on-one meetings with librarians through our Personal Research Session request form during the spring 2015 semester. This is one of the primary services we provide to our students and we are constantly on the lookout for how to make them better. We are really pleased with the responses we got.
65% of the respondents met with a librarian one time during the semester while 35% met more than once. Most had heard about the service from their instructor or from a librarian visiting their class, but 16% had been referred by a friend. 23% had met with a librarian before this semester.
As for what the students worked on with the librarians, there was a wide variety:
100% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “The help I received in this session made or will make my research paper or project better.” They cited a variety of ways their session helped them including:
- Finding more sources for my work
- The librarian I worked with was extremely helpful and directed me toward invaluable resources.
- Helped me understand how to navigate the ZSR website better
- Before this I had no idea how to even start research.
- More statistics that I could not find
- I have better and more credible sources.
- I had no idea where to look to find the transcripts for a trial that I wanted to cite. The librarian not only helped me locate this exact source, but she showed me how to access different primary source databases that I had never heard of before.
- I am more confident of the sources i found
Perhaps the most gratifying statistic was that the students who participated in these sessions would come back and would recommend the service to a friend!
We will leave you with some of the great comments students had about the service! The full report will be up on the ZSR Library Assessment web page soon.
- The most useful thing was how the librarian made me feel during our meeting. Not only did she help put me on the right research track, she also instilled a great amount of confidence in me by listening to my ideas and helping me shape them. Her enthusiasm for my project made me even more enthusiastic!
- I was unsure and not confident about my topic, and the meeting helped me find sources and feel more sure about the paper.
- I not only received the sources I needed, but I also received directions on how to access databases on my own.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:17 am
Floor plan of flexible table configurations for the Atrium renovation
As soon as the last car drives off campus on graduation day, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library – with the help of Facilities – will commence with several summer renovation projects:
Starbucks Refresh: After six years of brisk business, the Starbucks will receive a much-needed refresh. New furniture, carpet and finishes designed by Starbucks will be installed on both levels. The work will begin on May 19, and Starbucks will be closed for four to six weeks. The two adjacent study rooms and the library entrance on the east (Tribble) side will also be closed for the duration.
Atrium: The final stage of the Atrium renovation will occur right after exams. Electricians will add new power sources. Existing furniture will be removed, and the cork floors will receive their annual strip/refinish process. This activity will begin the night of May 20 and will be completed May 22. During this time, the Atrium will be closed to make sure the new finish cures properly. Signage will direct visitors to alternate routes to the Wilson Wing. Right after Memorial Day, new furniture will be delivered and installed. Look for a complete update with flexible table configurations, cozy banquettes, tall tables, and cushioned bookcase seating, all with bright colorful fabrics!
Compact Shelving: ZSR has been installing additional compact shelving units in a multi-year effort to increase capacity for book storage using a smaller footprint, thus freeing up space in ZSR for people to use. Two installation projects will happen in Wilson 1 this summer, beginning in late June with completion slated for August. The books shelved in these areas will remain accessible throughout the project.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:16 am
Beginning in May, ZSR Library will offer a new service called Build.ZSR, which enables faculty to partner with librarians to develop scholarly digital projects in support of research, teaching and learning.
ZSR provides considerable expertise in project development, from simple course blogs and online exhibits to more complex and experimental digital initiatives. ZSR can help by providing Web hosting and Web development or even by implementing a new tool. Throughout, Digital Initiatives Librarian Chelcie Rowell can consult with you to determine your desired results, shape your work plan and lay a strong foundation for your project’s success.
Why work with ZSR as you build your scholarly digital project?
- ZSR brings expertise in project development, including metadata, digitization, preservation, web development, user experience design and more.
- ZSR offers Web development services on a cost-recovery basis, which is often considerably less expensive than working with a commercial operation.
- ZSR will help ensure that your scholarly product will be preserved long-term and shared widely for the greatest impact.
Learn more by visiting build.zsr.wfu.edu.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:15 am
E-books constitute a small portion of the library budget but provide big bang for the buck.
Most of the e-books available through the library come from two sources:
- 140,000 titles from the Ebrary subscription service. This service is provided through the statewide consortium NC LIVE.
- 180,000 titles in the demand-driven acquisition (rental) program.
For the titles in the rental program, the library pays for titles only as they get used. The library does not incur any cost for titles with no use. For that reason, the library can offer an extensive collection of recent academic e-books for a comparatively low cost. In the last fiscal year, the library spent less than $1 per e-book offered.
Still prefer print? ZSR has you covered. The library still spends over three-fourths of its monograph budget on print books. Please communicate your preferences and your research interests to your library liaison so they can accommodate you when making purchase decisions. The Interlibrary Loan department will also supply you with print even when ZSR already has the e-book.
Want to know more? Your liaison can answer specific questions or can arrange for a more comprehensive overview of e-books at a faculty meeting.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:14 am
In the basement of Tribble Hall is a small collection of library materials, often described as a hidden gem, nestled among offices and classrooms. These books comprise the Joseph O. Milner Collection of Children’s Literature. The collection includes a diverse range of engaging literature for young readers— from preschool through young adult. Wake Forest University faculty and staff can check out these books for three months. You may even request delivery to your office through the ZSR Delivers service.
You can search the collection in the ZSR Library Catalog by title, or you can search by subject or keyword and limit your results to the location “Education Departmental Library” from the available search filters.
During the academic year, the Milner Collection library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library has reduced operating hours during the summer: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Remember that before we are readers, we are read to. Please enjoy sharing books from the Joseph O. Milner Collection with your young reader today!
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:13 am
Interested in using the citation management tool, Zotero, to organize and cite your sources? Already a Zotero user and ready to take your research management skills to the next level? ZSR will host Zotero workshops on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday May 21.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:12 am
Conservator Claudia Walpole assesses the condition of this banner — painted by artist David Bustill Bowser in 1857 — and discusses the feasibility for restoration with Tanya Zanish-Belcher.
Special Collections & Archives (SCA) recently sponsored a visit from textile conservator Claudia Walpole, who reviewed a historic banner, which was tentatively identified as belonging to the Philomathesian Literary Society of Wake Forest College. The banner was painted on silk and is rapidly deteriorating. The banner was named an Endangered Artifact for the State of North Carolina by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium.
The Philomathesian Society was one of two literary groups that began at Wake Forest in 1835 (the Euzelians being the other). For much of the 1800s, these societies challenged young farmers and ministerial students to study and debate historical, political, and philosophical questions of the day. In addition to intellectual stimulation, the societies gave the members a sense of fellowship and belonging. With formal education at Wake Forest still in its infancy, the societies emerged to slake “a thirst for intellectualism unquenched in the classroom,” wrote Timothy Joseph Williams in his history honors thesis.1 For a century, the societies guided students’ intellectual, moral and social development, and heavily influenced campus life, from governing student behavior to selecting Commencement speakers. The societies met weekly in separate ornate halls decorated with expensive carpets and draperies and portraits of distinguished alumni members. Each society stocked its bookshelves with periodicals and history and reference books. The society libraries merged to form the College library in the 1880s.
During her visit, Walpole unwrapped and unfolded the fragile textile. She also discovered new information about its creation, including the fact it was created in 1857 and signed by African-American artist, David Bustill Bowser (1820-1900). During the Civil War, Bowser also created banners for several regiments of U.S. Colored Troops. The Clio Society at the Oxford Female Seminary (a now-defunct sister institution to Wake Forest) purchased the banner for the Philomathesian Society.
At the end of the conservation visit, the banner was surrounded and supported by acid-free tissue, muslin and foam padding. Then it was enclosed in an acid-free box. It is now stored flat in SCA oversized storage. Walpole also made recommendations for any future conservation and repair work, should funding ever become available.
To obtain a copy of the report, please contact SCA Director Tanya Zanish-Belcher.
Read more about the banner in Wake Forest Magazine.
1 Williams, Timothy Joseph. “Literary societies at Wake Forest College.” BA honors thesis. Wake Forest U. 2002.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:11 am
L to R: Caroline Huskey, Morna O'Neill, Rachel Rhine, Shoshanna Goldin, Courtney Smith, Patricia Dos Santos, Bruce King, Rachel Brown, Lynn Sutton
From present-day IVF treatments in Israel to the picturesque travel market of 18th-century Ireland to an evaluation of Basel III to the Netizens of contemporary China to advancing antibiotic development, the research presented at the Sixth Annual Senior Showcase captured the breadth and depth of undergraduate research interests. The Senior Showcase, hosted by the ZSR Library on April 21, honored five seniors with the opportunity to share their research with the campus community, and through the awarding of a $1,000 prize to each honoree.
The audience heard presentations from:
- Shoshanna Goldin, “The Land of Milk, Honey, and Motherhood: An Examination of Jewish, Muslim, and Druze Women’s Perspectives of IVF Policy in Israel”
- Caroline Huskey, “A Revolutionary Civil Society: The Rise of the Micro-blogger and Innovative Censorship in Contemporary China”
- Rachel Rhine, “Strangers in their Own Land: An Exploration of Irish Travel Images in the 18th Century Within the Wider Context of British Isles and the Depiction of Travelers in William Ashford’s Killarney Series”
- Rachel Brown, “Basel III and Financial Inclusion: Unintended Consequences of Risk-based Capital Requirements on Financial Access and Inclusion in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs) “
- Courtney Smith, “Mechanism of Action of Metronidazole, a Nitroheterocyclic Antibiotic”
Nominated by their faculty advisors, these women were selected to present at the Showcase by a panel of library faculty. Selection was based upon both the strength of the faculty nomination and the student work.
The original inspiration for the Senior Showcase came from Jermyn Davis (’10) who desired a campus-wide forum for his peers to share their research more broadly. During its six-year history, the Showcase has received nominations from 53 faculty representing 20 College departments.
Following the presentations and a joint Q&A that ended with a lighthearted question to all honorees about their pre-graduation jitters, the Showcase concluded with a reception sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center (URECA).
See slides from this year’s Showcase, as well as select slides from past Showcases, on WakeSpace.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:11 am
Since 2013, ZSR has been developing ZSRx, a platform of free online learning opportunities for the greater WFU community. The most recent ZSRx offering, RootsMOOC, launched on March 23 and is the most ambitious ZSRx initiative to date. The free course, which introduces the basics of genealogy research, was developed in collaboration with the State Library of North Carolina and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
RootsMOOC, like all ZSRx courses, differs significantly from the classes you may have taken in college. For starters, RootsMOOC is free and not for credit, so there are no graded assignments or final exams. It also has close to 3,900 participants, making it the biggest course offered by ZSRx so far. Instead of having one expert teacher, RootsMOOC has become a community of learners of all levels of experience. This community includes professional librarians and archivists (including those at the State Library of North Carolina), family history researchers who have been researching their families’ stories for decades, as well as complete newcomers, all of whom are sharing questions, advice, and fascinating stories of their own experiences.
You can still sign up and complete the course at your own pace. RootsMOOC will run until June 1. To enroll, visit the RootsMOOC website.