Library Gazette

During January 2008...

Cintas Security Containers

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 3:24 pm

Ever wonder what happens to the papers we place in the Cintas Security containers conveniently located on levels 2 (behind Circulation), 4 (in the Reference workroom), and 8 (in room 802)? Well today while walking in to the Library I happened to see the Cintas truck getting ready to load and shred the contents of our bins! I pulled out my trusty cell phone and took a picture.

As you can see from the photo, the Cintas Security containers are emptied into a large rolling bin that attaches to the side of the truck and is lifted up and dumped into the truck. The screen by the operator allows people to see the contents of the bins being shredded as they enter!

Cintas Truck Shredding Papers from ZSR

Wikis and Blogs

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 3:19 pm

Now Available from ZSR Library!

Have you ever thought about trying out new Web 2.0 technologies to engage your students? Wikis and blogs are two valuable tools for incorporating collaboration into coursework. Because the library’s mission is to help our faculty and students succeed, ZSR offers to host wikis and blogs locally for WFU academic and administrative use. If you would like a wiki, go to wiki.zsr.wfu.edu. If you would like a blog, go to cloud.lib.wfu.edu.

Several faculty and staff are already incorporating either a blog or wiki into their spring courses or departmental organization. Earl Smith of Sociology will utilize a blog for students’ profiles of exceptional athletes. In the Chemistry Department, Christa Colyer will use a blog in her First Year Seminar, Scientists: Born or Made? Other Chemistry faculty plan to have students blog about their lab experiences. An English Department graduate student has established a blog to share interactive video from a trip last summer to update Johnson and Boswell’s 1773 travel “experiment” in Scotland. Also, Dot Sugden of the Registrar’s Office will use a wiki to manage office information.

Library staff can meet with you to discuss the potential of these tools and to help you decide on the best approach for your needs. Contact our Instructional Design Librarian, Lauren Pressley at pressllm@wfu.edu, or attend a library workshop on the use of wikis and blogs.

Need a New Computer or Accessories?

Monday, January 28, 2008 3:22 pm

Want to Help Your WFU Libraries at the Same Time?

Lenovo offers discounts to the Wake Forest community (and their friends and family) on Lenovo’s entire product line including ThinkPad laptops. To take advantage of these special prices visit: WFU Lenovo Friends & Family. 5% of each sale goes directly to support your campus libraries: Coy C. Carpenter Library, Professional Center Library, and Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Visit often – Special offers change frequently on items including:

  • Notebook computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Monitors
  • Security items
  • Carrying cases
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Wireless accessories
  • Storage
  • And more!

Presidential Grants 2007

Saturday, January 26, 2008 3:24 pm

This fall, ZSR awarded a second round of grants based on money raised through the Presidential Trust for Faculty Excellence campaign. These “Presidential Grants” fund special library purchases and collection development projects.

This year, the library received 30 grant requests and awarded more than $110,000. Individual grants ranged from $800 to $20,000, with the average grant ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Purchases from the grants will support a wide range of projects including:

  • Retrospective development of our Middle East and Arabic collections,
  • Strengthening our collections in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies,
  • A collaborative teaching project on performance art,
  • Purchase of documentary films on eating disorders and other health issues confronted by college students, and
  • A multi-pronged teaching approach that will use an extensive array of media to explore the cultures of four indigenous groups along the Pacific Rim.

ZSR also awarded a grant to the Counseling Department and WFUBMC Trauma Center in support of their collaborative Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Project. Another grant went to the School of Divinity in collaboration with the School of Medicine to support the new Graduate Certificate in Health and Spirituality.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the program! A summary of all Presidential Grants is available online.

MLK-ZSR connection

Saturday, January 26, 2008 1:10 pm

From the Director:

Many of you know by now that I have a deep and abiding love and respect for all things related to the good Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the last three years, I have tried to encourage meaningful programming at ZSR to honor his legacy and help fulfill his dream. The first year we had Micah Andrews read the famous “I Have a Dream” speech in our beautiful atrium.

Micah Andrews Read poster

The next year, Micah wrote his own call-to-action speech entitled, “What’s Going On?”

Micah Andrews

This year, ZSR sponsored the showing of the film “I Am Not My Brother’s Keeper”produced by Wake Forest faculty member Mary Dalton, describing the lunch counter sit-in by Winston Salem State and Wake Forest students in 1960.

Mary Dalton

The film tied in to the joint WSSU-WFU celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 21, which had many ZSR ties as well. Microtext and ITC student Benny Cooper, who also participated in the South Course last summer, won the student prize for the annual Building the Dream award. Dr. Angela Hattery, faculty member and creator of the South Course trip, won the faculty “Building the Dream” award. Attending the luncheon at WSSU to celebrate the awards were Lynn Sutton, Wanda Brown, Chris Burris and Doris Jones. Later that night Lynn, Chris and Mary Beth Lock attended the MLK program featuring an inspirational speech by LeVar Burton (of Roots, Reading Rainbow and Star Trek fame) and an outstanding spoken word performance by WFU graduate Tyrell Dozier and his little brother. Jessica Armstrong (Circulation student and daughter of our own Prentice) sang in the gospel choir. Craig Fansler did his usual magic with exhibits, producing one on Dr. King and one on LeVar Burton:

LeVar Burton exhibit

Next year we will continue to do our part to raise awareness until the whole campus is truly involved and takes ownership in the MLK holiday that affects us all. Or as Dr. King said,

Or as Dr. King said...

Get Game@ZSR

Friday, January 25, 2008 10:26 pm

The Library hosted the semi-annual Get Game@ZSR Friday, January 25th from 7-11pm. This installment of Get Game was both an open game night and a Halo 3 tournament. Lynn Sutton, Susan Smith, Erik Mitchell, Tim Mitchell, Kevin Gilbertson, and Caroline Numbers (along with two very dedicated RTAs and John Vientos from Information Systems) were all on hand to help Get Game’s fearless leader, Giz Womack. Along with flyers and posters hung up all over campus, the Library received a tremendous mention on The Student: Get Game @ ZSR! 40 people played and/or stopped by during the night. Due to technical issues at UNC-Greensboro, a tournament between the schools was not possible. However the WFU tournament was held.

Tournament Winners

The festivities ended when we awarded our trophy to two students, Joel Ernst and Peter Jin pictured above, who proved that they were truly Halo 3 masters.

ZSR Staff Tour 88.5 WFDD

Thursday, January 24, 2008 7:04 pm

As a Staff Development activity, on Thursday, January 24th, Chris Burris, Joe Harrington, Mary Horton, Mary Beth Lock, Lauren Pressley, Lynn Sutton, and I went on a tour of 88.5 WFDD. Greg Keener, Membership Operations Coordinator for the station, was kind enough to volunteer to show us all around.

The station is located inside a renovated house so the interior is rather crowded in some areas, but everything was well laid out and professional looking. WFDD is staffed by 12 members and has three studios. The station also has three bandwidths on HD Radio: WFDD 1 which plays the regular WFDD format, WFDD 2 plays classical and opera music, and WFDD 3 (which is scheduled to launch in February) plays an eclectic blend of music ranging from bluegrass to ambient.

We sat in one of the conference rooms and Greg shared some interesting facts about the station:

1946: WFDD was “born” as a 5 watt station on the campus of Wake Forest College

1948: Officially accepted by the FCC. Thus, this is the year they consider to be their radio debut. The goal for the first pledge drive of that year was $200!

1967: Became the first non-commercial FM station in Winston-Salem

1971: Charter member of NPR (yes, even before WUNC!)

1989: Hurricane Hugo caused the radio tower to collapse

1991: Moved into current location. Prior to that they were located in Reynolda Hall

After Greg fielded some questions from all of us, we went into a studio with one of the Producers and Hosts of WFDD programming, Bradley George. We were able to watch him push some buttons and announce on-air traffic and weather. He also took a few questions from us. It was very brief, but very interesting.

Our time at WFDD was very pleasant and informative. Greg was also kind enough to send us all off with an 88.5 WFDD flower pot coffee mug. WFDD will be having their Winter fundraiser during the week of February 8th-13th. Tune in and give if you can!

An Introduction to Zotero

Thursday, January 24, 2008 4:39 pm

On Tuesday, Dan Johnson, graduate student and new father, took time from his busy schedule to teach a Zotero workshop for the ZSR staff. Dan is such a fan of this product that he volunteered for this assignment! Having ditched EndNote, Dan uses Zotero exclusively to manage his thesis citations.

A Firefox extension, Zotero is available for download from www.zotero.org. Dan began the class by having the participant download and install this useful plug-in to our web browser. Next, we learned the core features of this product, using it to create entries for a variety of source types from library catalogs to databases. We even learned how to attach PDF files and screen shots of the articles into Zotero.

Dan did an amazing job covering this extensive amount of material in a 60 minute session. For those who missed the class, the Zotero website has excellent tutorials and other support resources for new users! I encourage anyone who uses EndNote to give Zotero a try, who knows, you may decide this web based product meets your citation needs!

Open Access

Thursday, January 24, 2008 3:24 pm

Transforming the Scholarly Publishing Landscape

In late 2007, President Bush signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill, whereby the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require all investigators who receive NIH funding to make digital copies of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts publicly available in the National Library of Medicine’s digital repository, PubMed Central. This law betokens the emergence of Open Access (OA) publishing as a viable alternative for the dissemination of scholarly information.

Z. Smith Reynolds Library has established a fund of $5,000 to provide assistance to Reynolda Campus faculty in paying the publication fees charged by open access journals. Under a new cost-sharing arrangement, the Office of Research, the home department, and the library will each pay one third of the costs. In addition, the three WFU Libraries have launched a University-wide Scholarly Communications Committee. This committee of faculty and librarians will help raise campus awareness of various publishing methods and opportunities.

Open access literature has been defined as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions”. Open Access advocates maintain that the results of research funded by taxpayers should be made available to the public. Like other scholarly journals, open access journals conduct the peer-review process. Open access can be delivered by two routes:

  • Gold OA: Authors pay a fee to publish their articles in an OA journal, and the publisher subsequently makes the article freely available to readers. (e.g., BioMed Central and Public Library of Science).
  • Green OA: Authors publish their articles in a non-OA journal, but they also self-archive them in an OA archive (e.g., PubMed Central, arXiv, institutional repositories).

If you have questions about the new fund, please use our online form.

For more information, please visit: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Resources for Authors, Directory of Open Access Journals.

ITC Equipment: Policy Change

Sunday, January 20, 2008 9:20 pm

For the first time in ITC history, we have instituted a fine structure to encourage our student patrons to return cameras, camcorders and projectors on time. We have offered loans on digital equipment and accessories for many years, but are limited by budget on the number of items we can buy. We depend on our users to return borrowed equipment on time so that it is available for others to check out. Unfortunately, some students don’t appreciate the dilemma and often keep the equipment far over the due date.

After attempting other methods to persuade users to be timely, we have decided that it is time to use a fine system to promote on-time returns. This policy will apply to undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty and staff will not be charged fines because, traditionally, they are conscientious about meeting due dates for equipment.

The 3 day loan period with no renewal will stay in effect. When a user checks out a piece of equipment or accessory item, a customer checkout receipt will be generated that shows the due date. A hard copy notice explaining the new policy will be included with each item. A day before it is due, a courtesy reminder will be emailed to the user. Once it is overdue, the fine will accrue on a daily basis for a two week period. Overdue notices showing the accrued charge will be sent daily. After two weeks, it will be declared lost and a lost fee will incur. If the student returns the item at that time, the lost charge will be forgiven, but the fine is still owed.

The fine/lost fee schedule is:

Camera: Fine of $5.00/day overdue; $150 lost/replacement fee

Camcorder: Fine of $5.00/day overdue; $500 lost/replacement fee

Projector: Fine of $10.00/day overdue; $800 lost/replacement fee

Accessories: Fine of $1.00/day overdue; $50 lost/replacement fee
(cords and cables, power supplies, projector screens, tripods, headphones)

Proceeds from collected fines will be used to increase the equipment loaner pool.


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