Friday, December 20, 2013 3:04 pm
As 2013 draws to a close, it’s customary to see “Best of _____” lists for every category to appear. We wanted to share ten lists of the “Best Books of 2013″ with you, and maybe you’ll find a few that will spark interest with your own favorite authors, genres and styles.
And now, we’d love to hear from you about your picks. Did you have a favorite book from the past year? If so, share it with us in the comments below!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:30 am
It’s almost time for the next phase of the ZSR Library Atrium renovation. You’ve seen the new windows in the Atrium. Next up is new flooring that will be installed during the semester break! If you follow ZSR activities, you may have read about this project in an early September post. On the day following the last exams (Sunday, December 15), the project will begin with a planned completion date of January 10, right before students return for spring semester. In addition to new flooring, the number of electrical outlets in the atrium floor will be increased to 80!
The floor plan below shows the areas of the main level (Level 2) that will be impacted by the project. All of the existing carpet and tile will be removed. The darker color shows the areas where resilient flooring will be installed. In the atrium cork flooring will be installed, a choice made because of the numerous benefits:
- Cork’s cellular structure makes it soft to walk on.
- Cork has insulating properties and remains warm in winter.
- Carpet accumulates dust, hair and dander which is hard for those with allergies. Cork is naturally hypoallergenic.
- Cork is easy to maintain and longer lasting than carpet.
- Cork absorbs sound.
- Cork is soft, yet is naturally resilient to furniture dents and heel imprints.
For our users who will still be on campus and will be visiting ZSR Library during the break, here is information on what you can expect during the construction.
- The Library will be open the hours posted on the calendar.
- Signs will be posted to direct users around the construction so that they can get to the Wilson Wing and other public service areas in both wings.
- General schedule for Construction activities:
- December 16-20: Demolition of old flooring, trenching concrete for additional electrical outlets, and floor preparation. We expect noise and dust levels to be increased during this part of the project.
- December 21 through January 1: ZSR Library closed.
- January 2-3: Cork flooring installation.
- January 4-5:ZSR Library closed.
- January 6-9: Cork floor seal cures, no traffic on floors.
- January 10: Furniture is moved back into the atrium.
Monday, December 9, 2013 2:22 pm
ZSR is a building full of avid readers and you can often catch ZSR library faculty and staff chatting about books before meetings, at parties, during lunch, in our sleep :)
In an effort to extend those conversations to the wider world, ZSR has launched our own account on Goodreads, the social reading site, where we hope to share what we are reading with others. You do not have to be a member of Goodreads to follow our lists of books – just visit our profile page. If you are on Goodreads, we’d love to have you as a friend.
So far we have the following reading lists up and going with more to come! If you have suggestions for any of these lists, leave them in the comments or send us a message on Goodreads. Happy Reading!!
Friday, December 6, 2013 9:34 am
I had to write about this. This book, with a lengthy title: The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants: … with their descriptions in English and French. To which is prefixed, a new and correct map of the countries; with observations on their natural state, inhabitants, and productions, is a larger than life literary work. I mean this literally because this book weighs in at 45 pounds if it weighs an ounce. It is almost two feet in height (53 cm). It was printed in London in 1771 and is one of two volumes (we only have the first volume).
I am writing only about the preservation of this volume, not its history (Rare Book of the Month?). I’ll just say that the author, Mark Catesby (1683-1749) was an English naturalist. The “Catesby” had a detached board on the front (ie. the front cover fell off). It took some time to get it back onto the book. I first lifted the end sheets inside the book and attached a piece of Japanese paper to the board and the text block of the book. This repaired the interior hinge. On the exterior hinge, I also lifted the leather and attached a piece of Japanese paper to the board and then under the leather of the spine.
I also had to repair both the interior and exterior hinges (or joints) on the rear of the book. These repairs take time: tearing the Japanese paper, glueing it up, attaching it to the book and smoothing it down with a bone folder, then allowing it to dry. I also did some small paper repairs on the inside pages where there was damage. When I had completed the repairs, I added several coats of Klucel-G, which is a leather consolidant composed of methycellulose dissolved in ethyl alcohol. This solution keeps the leather from getting too dry and rubbing off on everything it touches. The Catesby is now back in Special Collections and is well worth a visit. The 220 illustrations in the Catesby are hand-colored and amazingly vibrant after 243 years.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 2:03 pm
In preparation for the holiday season, don’t forget to check out some of the wonderful selection of holiday DVDs that ZSR has to offer! Mary has pulled many of the holiday titles and displayed them on the small bookshelf by the door of the DVD room. We thought we’d highlight some popular and not so popular titles on the shelf.
The most popular Christmas movie in our collection (so popular, we own two copies) is Elf, starring Will Farrell, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel. It is the story of Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he is an elf in the North Pole. When he learns he is a human, he goes to New York City to find his biological father and spread Christmas cheer. This is a funny and heartwarming film, sure to make your holidays that much brighter.
Some other DVDs that deserve highlighting are The Bishop’s Wife and The Preacher’s Wife. The Bishop’s Wife stars Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. The film follows a Bishop (Niven) and his wife (Young) who are having troubles in their lives, specifically with the planning and building of a cathedral. The answer to their troubles comes in the form of an angel played by Cary Grant. The film was nominated for many Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning Best Music. This is a lovely film and we could all benefit from watching this during the holiday season. A 1996 remake of The Bishop’s Wife, The Preacher’s Wife stars Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, and Courtney B. Vance. Also nominated for a few Academy Awards, this modern retelling, directed by Penny Marshall, is a great choice for holiday cheer.
If your idea of Christmas movies include Gremlins and Die Hard, we suggest Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Described as a “Finnish horror-fantasy film,” this 2010 film is sure to mix up your holiday movie nights.
As you know, ZSR has many more films, holiday and otherwise, for your consideration this season. Make sure you drop by the DVD room and check one out. Thanks to Mary for these and many other suggestions!
Monday, December 2, 2013 11:21 am
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library understands that the need for good information does not stop when you leave college. In fact, sometimes it increases. That is why ZSR has provided library borrower cards to alumni free of charge for years. But we are always looking for ways we can assist our alumni who do not live close enough to take advantage of our print resources. We are now pleased to announce that we can provide access to three EBSCO databases (Academic Search Alumni Edition, Business Source Alumni Edition and Business Book Summaries) for use by WFU alumni from any computer anywhere in the world. For more information or to log in, visit the ZSR Alumni Portal.
Save the dates of April 4-5, 2014, for a weekend of intellectual engagement for alumni, co-sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Alumni Office. Familiar faculty and campus leaders will discuss the theme of well-being from all sides, including; emotional, intellectual, physical, financial, occupational, environmental, spiritual and social. There will even be an opportunity for alumni to give their own lightning-round talks around these themes. If you are interested you can get on our mailing list by contacting Lauren Suffoletto, our ZSR Fellow!
Finally, ZSR is continuing its popular series of online courses, ZSRx, this spring. ZSRx is an effort to bring lifelong learning opportunities to the greater Wake Forest community. Offered by ZSR, these free online courses are designed to be informal ways to connect alumni, parents and families to new skills and ideas in an interactive online learning environment. The successful initial course, “The Cure for the Common Web,” was followed this fall by a course designed for Wake Forest parents: Deacon Development 101. Upcoming offerings include: Digital Publishing, Winter 2014 and Social Media, Spring 2014. Sign up to be updated about future offerings on our ZSRx page.
In these new programs and in all we do, ZSR strives to live up to its mission of helping our students (past and present), faculty and staff succeed.
Saturday, November 30, 2013 7:55 pm
On Saturday, November 30th, the ZSR Library hosted “Pizza and a Movie” for any students remaining on campus during the Thanksgiving break! This idea developed from Dean Sutton, based on feedback from students who were on campus over Thanksgiving last year and needed more services. ZSR opened on Friday and Saturday to help meet the study needs of our students, and we hosted “Pizza and a Movie” on Saturday night to give these students a study break. Dean Sutton arranged for ZSR to sponsor the event, and together with Sarah Jeong, Lauren Suffoletto, we arranged a screening of Marvel’s “The Avengers”, ordered a dozen pizzas from Papa John’s and bought sodas and cookies for the event. We had 34 people show up for pizza. 2/3 were undergraduate students, about 1/3 were graduate students. We also had a few staff attend as well. One of the Faculty Fellows, Allison McWilliams came with some of her first year students and Greg Moreau, from Residence Life and Housing came by to check it out and support the event! Fewer students stayed for the movie than expected. Now we know for next year that the food is the draw for this event!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:35 pm
Got fines and a desire to help the hungry in our community?
This December the Z. Smith Reynolds Library will accept non-expired, unopened canned goods as payment for overdue fines. For each can of food donated, $1 will be waived from your library fines. (No maximum.) Only canned goods will be accepted. The program will run from Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 13, 2013.
The canned goods will be donated to Campus Kitchen to provide groceries to those in need in our community this holiday season. Take advantage of this program to both help provide food for the hungry in the community and get your overdue fines forgiven! Even if you don’t have fines, you can feel free to donate unexpired canned goods.
The “Cans for Fines” waiver is for library fines only and may not be applied to replacement fees for lost items, nor may it be used as credit against future fines.
Thanks for participating!
Monday, November 18, 2013 11:34 am
In the next few months, ZSR will host several exhibits I wanted to mention. In addition, I was invited to participate in the Letterforming exhibit at Scales Fine Arts Center.
Currently, there is an exhibit based on the classwork of Lynn Book called Everyday Innovations. Lynn’s class on Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise uses journaling to come up with innovations to improve everyday life. “One of the main course goals is to expose the students to the creative process and the associated forms of experimentation that come with the innovation and design process.” The exhibit has examples of the students journals-many of which are out for exploration by the Circulation Desk. In addition, Book and co-editor David Phillips compiled a book on creativity entitled Creativity and Entrepreneurship : Changing Currents in Education and Public Life which is in one of the cases. The book grew out of two creativity symposiums at Wake Forest.
Paul Bright and Marcus Keeley, who manage the Hanes Gallery at Scales FAC, asked me to contribute some letterpress work to this Letterforming exhibit, which runs from October 21-December 8. This exhibit expires the evolution of letters and type through history and covers everything from hand-made letterforms to conceptual use of letterforms in contemporary art.
Over the holiday period, we will install an exhibit put together by Phoebe Zerwick, Senior Lecturer at Wake Forest along with Michelle Johnson and photographer, Christine Rucker.
The exhibit called The Story of My Life follows the lives of six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The exhibit tells their stories through photographs, text and their artwork.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to see and experience these exhibits right on your doorstep.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:05 am
Travis Manning was named WFU Employee of the Year on Tuesday, November 11, 2013, at the University’s Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon held in the Snead Club Room at Bridger Field House.
He won in the non-exempt category. The criteria for winning the award included a demonstrated commitment to Integrity, Accountability, Inclusion, Dedication to Excellence, and Pro Humanitate. His nomination read in part: “Travis takes his responsibilities seriously to create an inclusive and supportive environment that helps all of the students he supervises feel a part of the team. He helps them transition to life as a college student and guides them through the uncertainty of starting a new job in a new place. He is patient and kind to everyone, and creates a team of students who support and care for each other, always leading by example. Travis has been solely accountable for an innovative service and has implemented it to great acclaim among the faculty. He is always among the first to volunteer when there is a call for assistance in the library. Travis has a great ability to build a bridge of understanding between people. He provides superlative, exceptional service and serves as an example to the students who work with him allowing his good attitude to have impacts beyond his own actions.”
The Employee of the Year Award in the exempt category was awarded to Shayla Herndon-Edwards, the Diversity Education Program Manager, and also a friend of the library.
A heartfelt congratulations to both Travis and Shayla! Thanks from ZSR and the wider WFU community for your continued good work!