Library Gazette

During December 2007...

ITC Updates Equipment and Adds A Public TV

Sunday, December 16, 2007 9:05 am
New LCD in the ITCNew 46″ Sharp LCD Monitor and TV in ITC Screening Room

With classroom, meeting room and group study space at a premium in the library, we have been slowly trying to upfit the ITC screening room so it can offer flexibility for a variety of uses. Last year we replaced the furniture but weren’t funded to upgrade the audiovisual equipment. So, this month we dipped into our own budget and purchased a 46″ Sharp LCD/TV with a VHS and DVD-R unit. Now this room can be used for group viewing of movies, presentation practice where their laptop can project, LIB100 classes, BI sessions and faculty/staff meetings.

You’ll also see that we’ve installed a 37″ LCD HDTV in the ITC lobby. This is the first permanent installation of a public viewing television in the library. We plan to broadcast news, weather and sporting events.

ZSR Recycles!

Friday, December 7, 2007 3:36 pm

You may have noticed that ZSR has stepped up its recycling efforts this semester. We’re keeping pace with the rest of the university as Jim Alty, the new Assistant VP of Facilities Management, drives Wake Forest toward a more sustainable posture.

Throughout the library, one can find receptacles for recycling glass, metal, paper and plastic. In ITC, one can deposit spent batteries for recycling and outside the mail room, one can leave cardboard for recycling. Glass, metal and plastic can be recycled in the same container but paper must be recycled by itself.

If you look, you’ll find recycling bins throughout the building to make it easier for patrons and staff to recycle rather than throw away recyclable material. We’re using a variety of bin styles based on availability and the size of the bin and its location. In the 24-hour study rooms, you might see the big black bins or the square metal containers; in the stacks and stairwells you’ll see the black bins and the low blue bins while in government documents, Mary Lib has supplied her own tiny green recycle bins to fit in a small space!

We’ve had two recent additions to our collection of recycling containers. In the atrium you’ll find two multi-material recycling stations. These four-slot stations allow patrons to throw away trash, paper or glass/metal/plastic in a single container. You may have seen this same style of recycling station in Benson Center. Secondly, we’ve recently received personal recycling containers from the facilities department. Each office and public work area now has its own blue recycling container. Please note that our housekeeping staff will NOT empty these; each person must sort and empty her materials into the appropriate larger bins in your area. Housekeeping empties the larger recycling containers twice a week.

Did you notice that recycling bins are usually clustered with a trash can? That was done by design; making a trash can available near the recycling bins decreases the degree of contamination in the recycling bins. When a trash can isn’t readily available, patrons often deposit trash in a recycling bin, making its entire contents unfit to be recycled. By placing trash receptacles with the recycling containers for paper and glass/metal/plastic we’ve tried to maximize the amount of material we recycle. If you have a question about whether a container is intended for trash or recycling, here’s the indicator: trash cans are lined with black plastic trash bags but recycling containers are lined with clear bags.

Please, do your part to minimize the volume of trash ZSR sends to the landfill by recycling all the materials you possibly can.

ZSR Gets Blog Post in OGB

Friday, December 7, 2007 10:33 am

Check out these blog posts on the Old Gold and Black website:

There’s nothin’ like kickin’ it at Club ZSR until dawn

ZSR Begins Extended Hours for Exams

Also, a mention about the renovations in the 24 hour study rooms in the News and Opinion sections of this week’s OGB:

Students offer suggestions to renovate study rooms

24-hour rooms at ZSR need to become more cozy

“The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett

Thursday, December 6, 2007 4:01 pm

I’ve decided to bring back an old staple to the Gaz, the book review! A friend of mine, a British expatriate living in Houston, keeps me supplied with British book recommendations that I might otherwise miss. His latest recommendation is by Alan Bennett, the author, playwright and Tony Award-winning actor.

Alan Bennett’s recent work includes the play “The History Boys” (made into the movie of the same name, DVD5238) and the novella I just read “The Uncommon Reader”. In the opening scene, Queen Elizabeth II is retrieving her wayward corgis from a bookmobile parked in front of Buckingham palace. Feeling obligated to check out a book, she begins a journey down a new path that creates consternation and conflict for not only her staff but also her subjects who must find a way to respond to the Queen’s new favorite question “And what are you reading?”

For a complete review of this work, see The Guardian Online.

Wireless Issues During the Last Week of Class Cause Chaos in the ZSR Library

Thursday, December 6, 2007 3:54 pm

The Library hit a little snag this week when wireless in our building started causing consternation amongst our busy student population. It was quite the mystery on campus as to why all of a sudden people were being kicked off the internet or not allowed on.

Upon further investigation from our Information Systems department, the problem was discovered, an issue with a recent security patch that affected the entire campus.

The good news, wireless on campus, and in the Library, is back up and running with no complaints, just in time to finish those research papers and end the semester on a high note!

Meet Joe

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 4:00 pm

I’ve enjoyed meeting you all over the past couple of months, and thank you for helping me to feel welcome at ZSR. At the request of our very own blog-czar, and in case anyone happens to be interested, here are a few details that may help you to feel you know me a bit better.

First of all – there’s just no getting around it – I’m from Iowa, home to such cultural treasures as the Field of Dreams and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and birthplace of, among other notables, Herbert Hoover and Bill Bryson. I was born (almost literally) in the shadow of Maytag’s (now defunct) headquarters in Newton and grew up in a suburb north of Des Moines. My Midwestern roots notwithstanding, I have lived for six out the past seven years right here in the Old North State, first in the Chapel Hill-area and now in W-S.

I am an alumnus of the University of Iowa and of UNC-Chapel Hill, where I studied philosophy and classical languages. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy brewing beer, playing board games, hiking, and spending time with my partner, Catherine, and my dog, Gus.

Senior Art Major Uses ZSR as Canvas

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 8:09 pm

Sunken by Billy Brown

Billy Brown, a Senior Art major from Nashville, Tennessee is using the ZSR Library as a template for his art work. Billy’s piece is called, Sunken, and it’s his final project for his Public Art class. Each night, from 9pm-12am (somedays it starts at 6pm), Billy is projecting moving images onto the outside back wall of the library just above the awning on the loading dock. The 19 minute loop of moving images consists of 13 different objects found on the Wake campus slowly being pushed up out of the water by his hand. The object is then slowly rotated by his hand and then sunk back into the water. Billy filmed all of this using a tripod set up over a fish tank filled with blue water. He says that the objects coming out of the water could represent vices, but he says it’s definitely open to interpretation.

When I asked Billy why he chose to use the library, he said it was mainly because of the darkness of the location and that it is a busy area for foot traffic. It’s also close to where the shuttle picks up and drops off students. He also added that he felt more comfortable asking the library for the space because we seem to be more open to supporting this kind of creativity.

The project will end on December 9th. So if you are around campus after dark, come take a look. You can also see more of Billy’s work at: www.robobilly.com.


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