Library Gazette

5 Questions for Le’Ron Byrd

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:37 am

Le'Ron Byrd talks with Maggie Perez Vincente ('15)

Welcome to our 5 Questions series! These mini-interviews introduce our dedicated staff and faculty, and share behind-the-scenes stories about the work that we love to do! In this installment, we caught up with the ZSR Library Fellow, Le’Ron Byrd (’14). As the ZSR Library Fellow, Le’Ron has worked with the ZSR Library Administrative Team in a year-long position as a full-time staff member of the university.

Le’Ron, you also worked with ZSR as a student assistant during your undergraduate experience. How has your view of ZSR changed from working here as a student assistant to your current experience as the ZSR Fellow?

I worked as a student assistant in Access Services throughout my undergraduate career and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with people who approached the main desk. As a student assistant, I had the unique opportunity of getting to know not only my immediate supervisors but some of the library staff. They truly are amazing people and are enthusiastic about their jobs on a daily basis. What changed once I became the Fellow was my overall perception of the staff and faculty here at ZSR. I learned that that each individual here in the library (even those who work behind the scenes) are committed to working hard towards bringing ZSR’s mission– to help students, staff, and faculty succeed– to life. It is honestly something that amazes me every day I come into work.

As the ZSR Fellow, you have a hand in work that goes on behind the scenes and in the public eye . . . What have been some of your favorite contributions?

It’s hard to identify a particular favorite project because it’s not about the actual project to me, it’s about having the opportunity to collaborate with others. I mean, let’s be real… ZSR is home to the best staff and faculty here at Wake Forest. Everyone in this building is excited at every opportunity to show why ZSR is the heart of our campus. It shows during Wake the Library– which would be my favorite “project” if I had to choose.

What’s next, and what’s your best advice for the next ZSR Fellow?

Next is continuing to work in academia. I was so sure I wanted to go right into law school next year but being a Wake Forest Fellow has taught me that I still have a lot more to learn about myself before embarking on my career. Thus, the best advice I have for the next ZSR Fellow would be to come into this position open-minded about yourself. Do your best to not visualize your time as the ZSR fellow as a means to an end. You can discover so many opportunities during your tenure as the fellow.

Has your opinion of libraries or librarians changed? How so?

Oh absolutely! I now know how complex libraries are and how far along ZSR is, as it relates to other academic libraries. In particular, I’ve learned how many different departments exist inside of libraries and how they all function together to make the institution work. I mean… working at a library has defeated my preconceived stereotypes of librarians too. ZSR librarians are so much more than people who shelve the books and are louder than most people imagine! They’re actually quite humorous.

What are some of your favorite ZSR memories?

(smiles) As a student during Finals Week watching the sun rise in the Atrium, after pulling an all-nighter. Although pulling the all-nighter was quite terrible, watching the sun rise in the Atrium made the painful experience a little better. My second favorite memory happened as the ZSR Fellow in November. I helped bring ZSR to China alongside the Wake Forest Advantage Program. While in China, all I could think about was my first day working in ZSR as a student assistant in 2010. I just never thought I would have gone from being a student assistant in ZSR to an advocate for ZSR in different countries.


The Office of the President is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Z. Smith Reynolds Library Fellow. For more information, or to apply, visit Wake Forest Fellows Program. Applications are due by February 6th.

Announcing RootsMOOC: A Free Online Genealogy Course

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:47 pm

If you’re like me, researching your family history has been one of those fascinating pastimes that have always seemed just out of reach. There are about a million different places to start and just as many different ways to get overwhelmed. Without a little guidance, it’s easy to write off genealogy as one of those projects that are just too big for one person.

We in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library wanted to change that. We wanted to convert hesitant researchers like me into knowledgeable, confident family historians. To do this, ZSR collaborated with the fantastic librarians at the State Library of North Carolina to create a free online genealogy course, RootsMOOC, which is now open for enrollment to the first 5,000 learners who sign up.

Interested? Sign up here!

Through video interviews, tutorials, discussions, and structured learning activities, we’ll learn the very basics of genealogy research, such as the best places to get started, how to stay organized, and what kinds of documents and search tools you’ll encounter along the way. We’ll all share our research progress and help each other overcome roadblocks as we share our best tips and tricks in the online discussion forums. Librarians, archivists, and other experts from North Carolina and around the United States will be participating right alongside us, answering questions and pointing us all in the right direction.

If you’ve been looking for a place to get started on your family history research, RootsMOOC just might be the thing you’ve been waiting for. We can’t wait to get started!

When does the course start? How long does it last? RootsMOOC will run from March 23 to June 1, 2015.

How much does it cost? Nothing! RootsMOOC is 100% free!

How much time will I need to devote each week? That depends. We feel that the best way to learn is by doing, so we encourage all participants to do their own research concurrently with the course. This might involve calling up family members, visiting physical libraries, and diving into online repositories, all of which can take some time. There are no grades, however, so you’re free to spend as much or as little time on this course as you like.

How do I sign up? Enroll here.

What if I find I can’t keep up with the course? No worries. Life is busy! If you find that you’ve fallen behind, you’ll always be able to go back to the course later. The discussions might be closed by then, but all of the content should still be there. If you want to drop the course altogether, it’s easy to do that, too.

Virtual Browsing in the Catalog

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:39 am

With the increasing numbers of electronic materials available in the catalog, many faculty and students (and librarians) lament the loss of the serendipity that comes from browsing the shelves and finding unknown material. While walking the stacks is by no means dead, a reliance on only print sources can now mean that you miss important publications that may only exist electronically. Fear not, however, you can browse the shelves of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library virtually, so to speak, using the features of the online catalog. Below are some hints for those who want to try it out.

From the catalog, you can go to any record and use the links within the record to browse similar items.

  • Author’s Name: See all the other books in the catalog by that author.
  • Subjects: Most books have assigned subject headings, and each heading is a link. If you see a subject that looks particularly relevant, click it and see what other items in the catalog also have that subject.
  • Call Number: The call numbers are also links. You can virtually see what would be on the shelf next to your item. Many e-books have Library of Congress call numbers specifically to enable this kind of browsing.
  • Similar Items: This box on the right side of the results screen shows items with similar subjects and call numbers to your item.

All these things should allow you to easily find other materials related to your research right from your computer screen. You will have access to print books, e-books, items from Offsite Storage and fully online items such as government documents and primary source material from databases. Happy browsing!

Senior Showcase to Return in April

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:36 am

Senior Showcase 2014 Honorees (L to R): Ryan Whittington, Christopher Earle, David Inczauskis, Rachel Cumbest

On April 21, ZSR will host the sixth annual Senior Showcase to celebrate outstanding research and artistic theses or projects completed by Wake Forest University undergraduates. Since 2010, the Showcase has featured the research of 20 former students, representing 12 academic fields, from philosophy to theatre to anthropology to chemistry. As an additional recognition of each student’s achievement, winners will receive a $1,000 prize.

The Showcase gives students the opportunity to share their research or projects before the Wake Forest community at a public event. A committee of library faculty will select up to five students, one per College division, from a pool of nominees recommended by College faculty. Projects in progress or completed during the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible. The review committee will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

  • Clear statement of purpose
  • Evidence of thorough research
  • Credible sources
  • Development of the idea
  • Well organized
  • Well written
  • Sound reasoning
  • Skill/aptitude
  • Interpretation
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Importance to the field
  • Strength of the faculty advisor’s recommendation, summarizing the above Impact areas

Look for additional details and a formal call for nominations in February. Contact Molly Keener with any specific inquiries. Plan now to nominate your top senior students’ theses and projects!

Library Lecture Series, Spring 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:36 am
  • Gracie Harrington, 2014 Wake Forest student recipient of the Building the Dream Award, will present the Annual Martin Luther King Lecture.
    Thursday, January 29, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Pamela Howland, Wake Forest Department of Music, and her husband Wendell Myers will present “Chopin’s Nocturnes: A Fusion of Music and Visual Art.”
    Monday, February 23, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Ammons Gallery (Room 401, Reynolds Wing)
  • Jim Otteson, Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching, Wake Forest School of Business, will discuss his recently released book The End of Socialism.
    Wednesday, February 25, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Earth Day Lecture, Details TBA

Visit the Lecture Series website for more information.

Dean’s List Gala

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:35 am

The second annual Dean’s List Gala will be held in ZSR Library on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. The event was initiated in 2014 to celebrate the academic success of Wake Forest seniors and was held during the spring Family Weekend. This year’s event is being expanded to honor all sophomores, juniors and seniors who achieved dean’s list honors in spring 2014 or fall 2014. All faculty are invited to attend the Gala to celebrate these students’ accomplishments!

Upcoming Technology Workshops

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:34 am
  • Zotero Workshops – Students often use online tools like EasyBib or Citation Machine to generate citations. Now, Zotero provides both students and faculty with an easy-to-use tool for managing sources and creating citations in a wide variety of citation styles! Zotero workshops take place on weekdays and weekends in order to meet the needs of both students and faculty interested in learning to use this program to organize research and streamline the citation process.
  • The RIGHT way to CITE Workshops – Do your students need help with parenthetical citations or footnotes? This one-hour workshop will take students through the basics of both MLA and APA citation formats. Instructors will cover in-text citation and Bibliography/Works Cited formats. Source management strategies will also be discussed. Designed for students at any stage of research to help make those citations easy!
  • Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals – BrowZine is an app for iPad, Android tablets, iPhones, and Android phones that works by organizing articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines on your iOS or Android device. In this session, participants will install the BrowZine app, login, and then learn how to search for and organize journals of interest. Additionally, participants will learn about downloading and emailing articles, including adding articles to Zotero. An iOS or Android device is required for this class.

ZSR Receives Preservation Grant

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:33 am

Special Collections & Archives at ZSR was recently awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will fund a visit by nationally known facilities consultant, Thomas Wilsted, in 2015.

Digital Publishing: An Update and Preview

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:33 am

The new year brings a host of new publishing-related services and events to WFU faculty, staff and students.

First of all, Digital Publishing @ Wake has launched a new imprint, Library Partners Press. As its name implies, LP Press partners with libraries from across the state to offer a full range of publishing services to NC LIVE-affiliated library patrons. The press aims to produce quality books in both electronic and print formats, and thus render local content accessible to a broader audience. Submissions from WFU faculty, staff and students are encouraged. Meanwhile, LP Press also participates in the SELF-e program sponsored by Library Journal, wherein such indie-published titles are distributed back into libraries’ permanent circulating collections. LP Press will thus both collect content from library patrons, and make this content available from library collections. Look for the official launch of the first Library Partners Press books this spring.

Meanwhile, the Digital Publishing department now offers a new journal hosting service in partnership with Scholastica. This mediated service streamlines the peer-reviewed journal management process, more easily tracks manuscripts and permits more collaboration with editors, authors and reviewers without the hassle of software installation or training. The costs are very low (~$10/article), and so academic, scholarly, peer-reviewed journals can survive and thrive absent heavy subsidy. Contact Digital Publishing for more information about launching a new (or migrating an existing) scholarly and Open Access journal.

Finally, save the dates for two interrelated events in April: the Bookfeast and the E-Books Freakout. The Bookfeast will celebrate independently-published works with readings by the authors themselves. The E-Books Freakout, on the other hand, will be a more serious exploration of some of the difficult issues surrounding the acquisition and preservation of such born-digital works. Participants will ponder the future of e-books vis-à-vis the future of reading and the future of library collections.

Electronic Resources News

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:22 am

The statewide library consortium NC LIVE begins a new subscription cycle this year. As a result, there are many new databases available for your use.

Several new article databases are available:

Other new databases include:

  • ClinicalKey: Medical books, journal articles, patient education materials, etc.; a Wake Forest School of Medicine Library subscription
  • DSM-5 Library: Clinical manual of mental disorders; also includes DSM-5 Clinical Cases and DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
  • ebrary Academic Complete: Scholarly and general nonfiction e-books in a broad range of subject areas
  • Films on Demand: Multidisciplinary streaming video collection
  • Hoover’s Company Profiles: Profiles of more than 40,000 companies across 600 industries
  • Natural Standard: Information on complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pronunciator: Language learning tool, with over 75 languages plus ESL in over 50 languages
  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship: Articles, books, market research, company profiles, business cases and other content specific to entrepreneurship
  • Science in Context: Topic-based general science reference database, including links to relevant journal articles, news stories, websites, etc.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source: Search portal covering current social issues, science, history, government and the arts and humanities
  • Statistical Abstracts of the World: Statistical information from over 40 countries, generally issued by national statistical offices

There have also been some changes to existing databases:

  • Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete have been replaced by Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier. Please note that any article-level permalinks you may have saved from either Academic Search or Business Source Complete will no longer work. Contact your library liaison if you need assistance.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps now includes Sanborn Maps GeoEdition. In the past, North Carolina maps had been browse-able, but not searchable. GeoEdition provides digital access to large-scale historical maps of North Carolina towns and cities, now searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

NC LIVE has discontinued its subscriptions to the following databases:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • EBSCO K-12 databases (Kids Search, Primary Search, MAS Complete, etc.)
  • MasterFile Complete
  • Mergent Intellect
  • Novelist
  • Regional Business News
  • Science Reference Center
  • Serials Directory
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • TOPICsearch

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