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During October 2007...

Embedded Librarians

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 3:07 pm

Social Stratification in the Deep South: 2007 Participants

On the Road in the Deep South

ZSR Director Lynn Sutton and Head of Information Technology Susan Smith accompanied Sociology professors Earl Smith and Angela Hattery on their two-week summer course called “Social Stratification in the Deep South.” The class traveled throughout Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi while focusing on the race, class and gender issues that have long divided the region. The group also spent three days in Hancock County, Mississippi helping the local library system recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The librarians’ roles were to coordinate all aspects of instructional technology and to arrange the library service learning component. Creative uses of wikis, blogs and image-sharing sites made the class an enjoyable learning experience for all. For a sample of class interaction, visit the course site.

Sharon Snow, Head of Special Collections and Archives at ZSR, has been invited to participate in the annual Feather and Stone Exchange next June at the San Carlos Apache Reservation in San Carlos, Arizona. This is another example of “embedding” librarians into academic experiences to enrich course content and service learning opportunities.

Would you like to collaborate with an embedded librarian? Do you need more information about using wikis or blogs in your courses? Contact Lauren Pressley, Instructional Design Librarian.

Wanda Brown appointed Associate Director

Sunday, October 28, 2007 3:12 pm

Wanda Brown

Wanda K. Brown has been appointed Associate Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. She was formerly Head of Technical and Access Services at the library. She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ms. Brown joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Library in 1977 as a Library Technician and rose through the ranks as Cataloger, Assistant Head of Cataloging, Head of Cataloging, and Team Leader for Technical Services prior to her current position.

Ms. Brown is active in the technical services and library diversity communities. She is currently Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair-Elect of the Library Administration and Management Section of the North Carolina Library Association. She is also President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and has been accepted into the 2007-08 class of the Leadership Winston-Salem program.

New Faculty Reception

Friday, October 26, 2007 3:13 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library welcomes all new faculty members to Wake Forest. We hope that you will make frequent use of our resources and services. We’d like to welcome new faculty with a wine and cheese party on Monday, September 24 from 4-5 p.m. in the Reference Department. At this reception, you will have the opportunity to meet your department’s library liaison and other library staff who are eager to help you in your work. Please RSVP to Prentice Armstrong.

cn i hlp u? The reference desk initiates text messaging service.

Friday, October 26, 2007 9:29 am

On Thursday, the reference department initiated service via txt messaging. By doing so, we’ve joined a small handful of academic libraries making this format available to patrons.

In order to txt the reference desk, patrons should dial 265010, enter our IM screen name “askzaklive” followed by their question and press enter. The question will arrive at the reference desk computer in an instant message window, and the librarian will enter her response as with any other IM. There only two small differences between a reference session initiated via IM and one via txt messaging: instead of the patron’s screen name, her mobile phone number appears at the top of the window and there’s a limit on the number of characters allowed per message. Otherwise the transaction at the ref desk is the same as an IM. With this program, mobile phone users can send text messages to anyone with an AIM screen name who’s online.

We had been looking for a program to integrate text messaging with instant messaging for several months because most Wake Forest students have cell phones and text messaging is growing in popularity among this demographic cohort. We had been stymied in our efforts by a lack of service providers: one alternative provided only an international phone number which would have been prohibitively expensive to users, while another charged a handsome subscription fee. We had decided to wait until a better alternative became available and on Wednesday evening, Lauren found it. While reading a blog she came across an entry from American University describing their recently-launched text messaging reference service. We tested it on Thursday morning, found it worked seamlessly with AIM decided to go live.

We currently receive approximately one third of all reference questions via instant messaging and we’ll be tracking the statistics for text messaging, as well. We’ll report our finding in a later posting.

New Text Messaging Reference Service!

Thursday, October 25, 2007 2:23 pm

We have just initiated a brand new service: text messaging reference service! Got a question? Need help with research? Text us!

How to Send a Text Message to Us

  • Our number is 265010
  • Type askzaklive
  • and send your message!

Let us know what you think!

Apply for a Presidential Trust Collection Development Grant

Monday, October 22, 2007 3:14 pm

ZSR Library is sponsoring a second round of Presidential Trust grants to fund one-time special purchases and collection development projects. Grants are particularly useful for new faculty who work in areas of research that are new to this campus. Last year, the Library received 29 proposals and awarded just over $50,000 in grants. The grants are funded by the Presidential Trust for Faculty Excellence. For more information on the grant process, contact your department’s library liaison. The deadline for grant proposals is October 31, 2007.

Tech Team’s 2007 Retreat

Saturday, October 20, 2007 10:18 pm

Official 2007 ZSR Information Technology Team PortraitOver the years, the Information Technology Team (aka “Tech Team”) has held fall retreats to set aside time to plan the upcoming year and reflect on the past year’s efforts. Our goal is to have an annual event away from the library, so we have quality uninterrupted time to team build and conduct planning activities. For most years, we have retreated to Wake Forest’s Lodge at Fancy Gap. That doesn’t always work out, but this year we were able to schedule our 6th visit to Fancy Gap in 9 years (Has it been NINE years?). The participants have varied through the years due to personnel changes and one-time conflicts that prevent a member from attending. This year, we were disappointed that Erik had to miss for the first time, but he was accepted to present a poster session at the ASIS&T Conference in Milwaukee and they declined to change their dates to accommodate our retreat. I do think I’m correct in saying that Tim and I are the only original Tech Teamers to make all scheduled retreats! Caroline Numbers, Giz Womack, Tim Mitchell, Kevin Gilbertson and Susan Smith made the journey for the 2007 event.

We have streamlined our retreat process over the years so that our “typical” retreat is an overnight where we travel to our destination Friday afternoon. Friday evening is spent preparing and sharing a meal, followed by a “social” activity of some sort. This year, we went “high tech” and left our board games at home. We set up Giz‘s Wii game, complete with a screen and projector. It was like we held a mini Get Game@ZSR. Giz and Caroline had the edge, since they both own Wii systems, but everyone had a blast playing tennis, bowling and boxing (ask Tim about knocking me out). Then the group consensus for the movie of the evening was to watch “Snakes on a Plane.” Which goes to prove that every group decision isn’t a good one.

Saturday morning, after breakfast, we always hold the business session of the retreat, which typically lasts until lunch time. This year, it became a long session because, in addition to our normal topics of planning next year’s capital budget requests and assessing YTD progress of team and individual goals, we grappled with issues and opportunities that have arisen due to the library’s and university’s strategic plans. As a team, we want to be proactive in promoting and accomplishing the library’s mission in the context of the new administration and the overall strategic plan. We discussed potential scenarios that might result in new or different roles for the team and what would be required to succeed with new initiatives and directions. It was a stimulating, productive exchange that produced many action items and desired conversations with other teams and the library administration.

After we finish business, we have a hearty lunch, pack up all our stuff and depart the Lodge to have an afternoon team activity. This year, it was Caroline‘s choice, and months ago she decided a hike would be fun. Since the Lodge is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we drove down to Cumberland Knob, 18 miles away – the site where construction of the Parkway was started in 1935. It was a beautiful fall afternoon and we chose a challenging 2.5 mile loop that took us down along a rocky creek bed and back up. Next time, it’s Tim‘s choice – wonder what we’ll do?

If you are interested in viewing our retreat photographs, the authoritative collection is on my personal Flickr site.

Fall 2007 Library Lecture Series

Saturday, October 20, 2007 3:15 pm

ZSR Library will launch its fall 2007 lecture series with an observance of “Banned Books Week.” Banned Books Week is a nationwide, annual event to promote free expression that is sponsored by libraries, booksellers, publishers and writers. Charles Sligh, visiting assistant professor of English, and Jessica Richard, assistant professor of English, will read passages from challenged books at 4 p.m. September 27 in the library atrium.

The series continues October 10, with Margaret Bender, associate professor of anthropology at Wake Forest and department chair. She will speak on “Visibility, Authenticity and Boundaries in Cherokee Language Ideologies” at 3 p.m. in room 204 at the library.

Matt Johnson, senior book conservator at Etherington Conservation Services, will deliver a lecture titled “A Massive Undertaking: The Conservation of the N.C. Museum of Art’s Audubon Folios” at 3 p.m. November 7 in room 204 at the library.

All events are free and open to the public. If you would like to present at a future series event, contact Mary Reeves at x4713.

Faculty Technology Training Classes

Thursday, October 18, 2007 3:17 pm

Faculty Technology Training Classes this semester range from technology sessions on Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Microsoft OneNote to training classes on EndNote, MovieMaker and creating your own WFU Home Page. In addition to classes, ZSR Library also offers Tech Talks on a variety of emerging technologies. Register online for these and other faculty classes.

ZSR Supports WFDD’s Pledge Drive

Thursday, October 18, 2007 11:33 am

On Wednesday afternoon Chris Burris, Elise Anderson and I worked the phones at the WFDD pledge drive. We took contributor’s pledges and provided them with information about the thank-you gifts that are available at various donation levels. During our 2.5 hours at the studio, we collected $7,394 in pledges for our NPR station.

Why so much? I think three factors motivated listeners to call: we were there during the evening rush hour which is a heavy-listening time; there was a contribution match in place, so each donor’s pledge was doubled; and, there were some awesome thank-you gifts available including five ZSR library cards. For a donation of $200 to WFDD, a listener could receive one of our library cards and in fact, one donor claimed a card while we were on the phones. The other sought-after premium was the Terry Gross ticket package for the Fresh Air hostess’ visit to Greensboro next month.

We enjoyed chatting with our WFDD supervisors and had a chance to chat briefly with Denise Franklin, Molly Davis and other WFDD folks. As always, they fed us well – pizzas from Mellow Mushroom. Working the phones during the pledge drive was a fun experience and it felt good to support WFDD.

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