Library Gazette

During October 2006...

New Faculty Reception at ZSR

Monday, October 30, 2006 1:34 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library welcomes all new faculty members to Wake Forest. We hope you’ll make frequent use of our resources and services. We’d like to welcome you with a wine and cheese party on Tuesday September 19th from 4 – 5 p.m. in the reference department. At this reception, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the library’s liaison for your department as well as the reference librarian who specializes in your subject. Department heads and library representatives are also invited to attend and we hope they will accompany all faculty who are new to the campus – be they tenure-track, visiting or adjunct – to this event. Please RSVP to Kristen Morgan.

2006-07 Library Lecture Series

Saturday, October 28, 2006 1:35 pm

John McNally, Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University, with his book, America’s Report Card

Z. Smith Reynolds will sponsor its popular lecture series again this year. We will present a wide variety of speakers, ranging from authors of popular fiction to those celebrating banned books and Black history month.

On September 28th Emily Giffin will appear in the library. Ms. Giffin (WFU ’94) has written several New York Times best sellers. Her most recent novel Baby Proof was published this summer, while her previous books Something Borrowed and Something Blue were published in 2005. A book signing will follow her talk.

Dr. Ed Hendricks will help us celebrate Homecoming by presenting “Why Wake Forest Moved to Winston-Salem” on September 29th at 1:30 p.m. The library’s Homecoming celebration will continue in the Wake Forest Archives with the presentation and identification of old photos for the 50th anniversary of the move.

John McNally will speak on Tuesday October 3rd at 3 p.m. Dr. McNally, Associate Professor of English, has published a number of books. His most recent novels are America’s Report Card and The Book of Ralph. He will sign books following his talk.

On October 17th, we’ll commemorate banned books with a reading in the atrium. Three faculty members – Ed Wilson, Harold Tedford, and Charles Sligh – will read from banned books. Join us to celebrate our freedom to read.

On November 15th at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Allen Mandelbaum will read some of his favorite poems including “The Savantasse of Montparnasse” which is being reprinted by the University of California Press.

Other speakers remaining to be scheduled include student Micah Andrews in a reprise of his Martin Luther King, Jr. speech performance and more! Please visit our lecture series web page for updates and more information.

Faculty Technology Training Classes

Thursday, October 26, 2006 1:36 pm

The ZSR Library is offering a wide variety of faculty technology training classes this semester on topics ranging from “Upgrading to EndNote 9″ to “Introduction to Instructional Design”. In addition to classes, we will also have “Tech Talks” on a variety of emerging technologies. For more information and to register, go to: Faculty Technology Training.

Browsing Books Moving to Library Atrium

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 1:37 pm

And Other Stack Moves

If a library fundraising drive is successful, the popular browsing book collection will move from the 4th floor to the library atrium. Custom oak bookcases will be built to line the back wall of the Reynolds wing. If you would like to contribute to this fundraising effort, contact Director Lynn Sutton. Donations in any amount are most welcome. A gift of $2,000 provides a naming opportunity for one bookcase.

Music scores and books, call letter M, have been moved from Reynolds, Level 3, up to Room 403, on Reynolds, Level 4. We have new 12″ deep shelving to better accommodate the scores. Military science books, call letter U, have also been moved to Room 403. Naval science books, call letter V, will be moved there soon.

English literature written after 1900, call letter PR, has been moved from Room 403 to Reynolds, Level 3. We are also in the process of moving the American literature written after 1900, call letter PS, from Room 410 to Reynolds, Level 3. When this is completed, all the English and American literature will reunited on the same floor.

Please also note these other recent changes: German literature, call letter PT, has been moved from Reynolds, Level 3, down to Reynolds, Level 2. Children’s literature, call letter PZ, has been moved from Reynolds, Level 3, to Room 675 on Wilson, Level 6. Bibliography, call letter Z, is currently split between Reynolds, Levels 7 and 2; soon we will reunite this collection on Reynolds, Level 2.

Please ask the staff at the circulation or reference desks for assistance in locating books.

Presidential Grants Awarded to Enhance Library Collections

Sunday, October 22, 2006 1:38 pm

Last August, in response to a letter from seventeen departmental library representatives, President Hatch affirmed his support for Wake Forest libraries. Shortly after, he pledged a portion of the money raised through the Presidential Trust campaign to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The first project the Library funded with the Trust money was our first-ever round of “Presidential Grants.”

The grants are intended to fund special purchases and collection development projects. This year, the Library received 29 proposals and awarded just over $50,000. Individual grants ranged from $1,000 to $4,500. Projects funded include:

  • retrospective developing of our ethnomusicology collection,
  • filling in gaps in our holdings of the “The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples, and History of the Pacific” series,
  • strengthening our collection in religious counseling, and
  • acquiring of books/videos on contemporary Palestine and conflict management/resolution between Israel and Palestine.

We also gave grants to purchase expensive reference sources such as the Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the program! We anticipate awarding a second round of grants next spring, so think about potential projects.

New Electronic Resources

Friday, October 20, 2006 1:38 pm

We have purchased several new databases recently. They cover physics, statistics, market research, religion full text, and more.

Featured Changes

Anthropology Plus is a web database that combines and replaces two prior subscriptions — Anthropological Literature on Disc and Anthropological Index Online. It covers all aspects of anthropology, and also covers archaeology and linguistics.

Our ATLA Religion Database subscription has been upgraded to the full text version. The 81 titles in full text include coverage back to the 1940s.

Inspec is the main indexing database for physics. It also covers electrical engineering, electronics, control engineering, computing, information technology, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, production, and communications.

Mintel Reports is our new market research database. It focuses on the USA and Europe. Each user must create a personal profile to use the database.

Statistical Warehouse includes many types of statistics about the United States. Topics include population and demographics, economics, social indicators, health and mortality, voting and elections, geography, intellectual property, social services, and libraries.

Other New Databases

All of these databases are available from our Find a Database page.

and courtesy of the Professional Center Library…

New Electronic Journal Packages

Individual titles in these packages are linked from our e-journal page.

Also, the Professional Center Library has purchased campus-wide access to The Economist from 1997-present.

New Online Reference Books

All of these titles are available from our Find a Database page.

Databases on the Move

These databases have changed names, URLs, and/or vendors lately.

Also, all EBSCOhost databases have changed URLs. As always, up-to-date URLs are available on our Database page.

Cancelled Titles

ZSR has dropped Business and Company Resource Center in order to fund some of our new business databases. PCL has dropped Mergent Online in order to purchase Thomson One Banker.

WFU Full Text Options Improved

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 7:00 pm

If you have been searching in the databases offered through the WFU Libraries, perhaps you have noticed the WFU Full Text Options link. This bright gold button links to a comprehensive list of print and electronic options available for the item you’re seeking.

We’ve offered this service for several years, but in May we switched to new vendor, SerialsSolutions. We are very excited about the improvements this service has seen. More articles are now available with fewer clicks required to access these articles. However, due to the complexities involved with OpenURL services such as this, there will inevitably be glitches. If you spot an error in WFU Full Text Options, please use the “Report an Error” feature so we can try to fix the issue. When searching for monographs, please keep in mind that WFU Full Text Options is most reliable when searching by ISBN. If ZSR does not have the item you are looking for, you can also use WFU Full Text Options to pre-populate an Interlibrary Loan form. To see WFU Full Text Options in action, try this article from the Social Science Quarterly.

Library Enhances Reserves Systems

Monday, October 16, 2006 1:41 pm

Pilots Streaming Media with Music Department

This semester the ZSR Library has implemented several new features in our course reserve system. The enhanced system allows easier access to reserves lists and enables direct links to reserves pages from external systems such as Blackboard. To access the URL for your reserves page, go to the Catalog, click on the reserves tab, find a course and click on the ‘View List’ button. Copy the URL from the location bar on the resulting web page and paste it into Blackboard, your syllabus, or local website.

This new site links students directly to course reserves and electronic copies of articles, and allows sorting of results by author and call number in addition to title. Another new feature of the system is support for RSS feeds. RSS represents a different way of displaying web page data so that faculty and students can view the results in an RSS aggregator such as Bloglines. The benefit of using an RSS subscription over the regular web page is that students can now have their reserve readings ‘pushed’ to them on a regular basis rather than having to visit the reserves page throughout the semester to obtain the current week’s readings.

The library is currently working with faculty member Patricia Dixon in the Music Department on a pilot project involving weekly delivery of electronic reserves using this method. We are providing streaming music access for the students in her Latin American Music class. The library worked with Professor Dixon and Instructional Technology Consultant Jolie Tingen to digitize and convert listening assignments to streaming audio files which have been secured and made available via the library reserves system. By working from Professor Dixon’s syllabus, the library was able to add the class date information to our reserves database, enabling students to sort by class date and view just the reserves assignment for a particular class.

To see the system in action, visit the course reserves page and find the reserve list for Dixon, Patricia – Music 210. On this page, students can sort the assignments by class date and limit the view to the current assignments. By clicking on one of the RSS feed links at the top of the page, students get a feed that can be included in their favorite aggregator. We are looking to expand this pilot project in the spring. If you would like to include the class date information with your reserves materials for spring semester, have comments/suggestions, or want more information on how to use RSS feeds, contact Mary Reeves.

Document Delivery at Your Service

Saturday, October 14, 2006 1:41 pm

Need something from the library but don’t have time to run over? Just submit an online Document Delivery request! Document Delivery services include delivering books, DVDs, Interlibrary Loan materials, and digital copies of journal articles. We also pick up returns. Most services are free, with the exception of a nominal charge for digital copies. To submit document delivery requests, please visit our Document Delivery page, login to your account, and choose Request a Delivery, Request a Photocopy, or Request Pickup. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact the Interlibrary Loan department at x5006 or through email.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Reynolda Campus Construction

Thursday, October 12, 2006 1:42 pm
Reynolda campus during construction

Reynolda campus during construction. Click the image to see more photographs from the Biebigheiser Digital Archive.

With the Lloyd Winchell Biebigheiser Digital Archive

Lloyd Winchell Biebigheiser (1884 – 1961) was an architect and designer trained in the Beaux Arts tradition. Biebigheiser was hired by architect Jens Fredrik Larson to design the ornamental features – lighting fixtures and chandeliers, stone and wood carvings, and wrought iron designs – for Wake Forest College’s new Winston-Salem campus.

While working on the Wake Forest campus, Biebigheiser documented the progress of the construction with more than 500 slide photographs. Beginning with the groundbreaking ceremony in 1951 and ending with the first Convocation on the new campus in 1956, this collection provides a photographic history of nearly every aspect of the Reynolda campus construction.

Digital images of the collection are accessible through the Library’s web site. Please contact the Special Collections Department, x5755, with any questions or comments about the Biebigheiser digital archive.

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