Library Gazette

During April 2007...

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Monday, April 30, 2007 2:51 pm

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Cook Elementary School Visit

Saturday, April 28, 2007 5:18 pm

On Friday, April 27th, a group of fifth graders from Cook Elementary School visited the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Their tour was part of their Wake Forest University campus visit, and we were asked to show them some of the interesting things that can be done in the library.

After a quick history of the university with digitized images to illustrate some of the neat things libraries do, Kevin Gilbertson used clickers to talk with the students about technology in libraries. The elementary school students liked the clickers as much as the college students do. One student even asked, “Will I get to use clickers if I come to WFU?” to which Kevin smartly replied, “You will if you take the library class!”

After that, we were out and about in the library. We went to reference, so the students could see where they could come get help with research one day. We saw Craig Fansler in the “book hospital” and he showed them some of the ways he repairs books and wowed them with his preservation tools. Everyone was impressed with the various cutting machines. Finally, we went to rare books to see Sharon Snow. She showed the students some of the older and newer rare books and explained some of the qualities that make books rare.

It was a good afternoon, and a pleasure to host the Cook Elementary School students.

Maya Angelou Honored at Reception

Saturday, April 28, 2007 2:53 pm
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

On April 12, 2007, WFU honored Dr. Maya Angelou with a reception to celebrate her gift to the library. With the Film and Theatre Media Manuscript Collection, Dr. Angelou has given the library her extensive works in cinema, television and theatre. The collection encompasses her work as writer, director, producer, editor, and featured actor.

The materials in the collection include play drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, movie scripts, photographs, movie posters, theatre playbills, and directorial schedules totaling more than 63 linear feet. The celebration in April honored the life and work of Dr. Angelou while expressing gratitude for this unique and valuable gift collection.

The collection’s primary and secondary source materials feature the multimedia works and writings of a prominent American writer, speaker, and director. Works represented include

  • Down in the Delta, Angelou’s directorial debut film in 1998 featuring Alfre Woodard, Esther Rolle, and Wesley Snipes
  • Georgia, Georgia, (1972) Angelou’s first original screenplay and musical score
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a CBS production airing in 1979 based on the book of the same name starring Diahann Carroll, Esther Rolle, and Ruby Dee.

Beginning with the production of The Blacks by Jean Genet in 1961 in Berlin – featuring Maya Angelou – to Dr. Angelou’s performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame 2000 production of The Runaway in 2000, the library’s gift is the pre-eminent collection of her multimedia compositions and productions.

Speakers at the event included President Hatch; Dr. Lynn Sutton, Library Director; Sharon Snow, Head of Special Collections & Archives; Dean Emeritus Tom Mullen; Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson; and Professor of English Emerita Elizabeth Phillips. A presentation of a framed “READ” poster was made to Dr. Angelou at the close of the addresses. See more photos from the event at the library’s Flickr site.

ZSR Exhibit Spaces Available for Faculty

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 2:55 pm

‘In His Image: The Face of Alexander during the Hellenistic Age’ exhibit

The library has prominent and secure exhibit space that is available for a variety of purposes.

Our exhibit space can also be used for classroom projects. Over the past ten years, several academic classes have used a library exhibit as a final class project. Dr. Jeff Lerner (History) has used library exhibits for First Year Seminars as well as history surveys. Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus (Humanities) has also used library exhibit space for class projects focusing on American Indian land issues.

For ideas and information about ZSR exhibits, please contact Craig Fansler, Preservation Librarian, at x5482.

Coming to a Catalog Near You…

Friday, April 20, 2007 2:57 pm

Book Covers and More!

Have you noticed something different in our catalog records lately? Book cover images are just the beginning.

Click on the “more information on this title” link and you might find

  • Summaries & annotations
  • First chapter & excerpts
  • Book reviews from Library Journal and Choice

Cover images and other special features are available not just for books, but for music and videos as well. Happy searching!

Faculty Technology Training is Year Round

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:03 pm

Join us the week of June 11th for a series of Faculty Technology Training Classes. We will have something for everyone.

Sessions will range from multimedia classes on topics such as “Using Windows MovieMaker to Edit your Digital Movies” to Technology Talks on topics like “Open Source and Free Alternatives to Common Software you need on your Home Computer”!

Register online for these and other faculty technology classes.

Can You Identify this Photo?

Monday, April 16, 2007 2:59 pm

Can you identify this photo?

The University Archives in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library needs your help! We have many unidentified photos in our collection, and we need more information about these pictures to better preserve the history of Wake Forest University.

We hope this project will enhance the University Archives and what we can offer researchers. We also hope to serve as a liaison between friends, families, and colleagues who may have lost touch. Seeing a photo that brings back happy memories of Wake Forest might be just the inspiration for a reunion of sorts!

How You Can Help

Any information you can provide about the photographs on the page will be a great help to us. Just click on a photo, fill in the form on the page, and submit the information. We will put your information with the original photo in our collection.

You don’t have to know everything about the photos. We will be glad to get a name, date, location, or any tidbit you can share. If you know an anecdote that goes along with the people or events in the pictures, we want to hear that too!

For more information about the Photo ID project, contact Vicki Johnson, Archives Librarian, at x5089.

Advanced Book Repair Workshop

Monday, April 2, 2007 2:37 pm

On Saturday (yes, Saturday) March 24, I traveled to the Etherington Conservation Center in Brown Summit, NC for an Advanced Book Repair workshop sponsored by the NC Preservtion Consortium. The workshop was taught by two ECC conservators, Matt Johnson and Sally Key. These two knowledgeable people covered many topics for the 12 participants gathered that day. Sally and Matt spent some time discussing conservation adhesives which can be broken down into 4 groups:

  1. Starch/Cellulose adhesives – rice or wheat pastes;
  2. Ether Cellulose Adhesives – Methyl Cellulose;
  3. Protein Based Adhesives – Hide or fish glues; and
  4. Synthetic Adhesives – PVA (the glue I use most often in Preservation).

My favorite part of the workshop was the cooking and mixing of rice starch paste. This archival, reversible paste is made by taking the rice starch powder and mixing it with water into a slurry. Boiling water is then added to make a sort of translucent goo. Trust me, its good stuff! This one demonstration made the workshop worthwhile for me.

We also discussed and practiced re-sewing loose signatures onto a text block, cleaning off old adhesives, and various Japanese hinging papers. We also made a new case for a text block from binder’s board and conservation buckram. All in all, it was a worthwhile workshop. Anyone who wants my recipe to make rice starch paste in the microwave-just ask!

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