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During February 2008...

Book Review – “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder

Friday, February 29, 2008 3:54 pm

While at the First-Year Experience Conference (blog post, podcast), I heard several schools talk about their summer reading programs for freshmen. One book came up at several of these sessions, Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” It is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man working to stamp out diseases like Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis while also bringing proper healthcare to countries where people still die from very treatable illnesses. Dr. Farmer’s story is so compelling because he is so deeply committed to his work, even though it comes a cost to both his personal and professional life. This book is a great read R154.F36 K53 2003

Book Review – Robin Wasserman’s “Lust”

Thursday, February 21, 2008 1:23 pm

While traveling to the First-Year Experience conference (see my postings on the ZSR Professional Development Blog) I read Robin Wasserman’s book “Lust.” It is the first in a series of books, each based on one of the seven deadly sins. The characters are all seniors in high school living in the fictional town of Grace. While much of the drama of the relationships may seem standard, Robin Wasserman brings some needed depth to the characters to make the appealing in spite of their behavior. The tag line on the cover “It’s getting hot in here” is very true. For those of us who went to high school a long time ago, this is a very different generation. I plan to pick up the next book in the series “Envy” before I get on the plane to come home!

Did you know about BibIDs?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 4:07 pm

A BibID is a unique identifier for each bibliographic record in the catalog. BibIDs have several nifty uses even for people who never use the back end of Voyager.

Links to catalog records
You can make a short and persistent link to a specific record in the OPAC by using this syntax:
http://catalog.zsr.wfu.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?bbid=123456

In this case 123456 is the BibID. BibID links are how we connect to ZSR Print Holdings on the Journals page.

Reporting errors
When submitting a FixZak report, you can include the BibID number to ensure that we’ll quickly get to the right record. You may find typing in a BibID faster than typing in a title or otherwise describing where you were in the catalog.

Great! So how do I find a BibID?
Click on Staff View in any record. Copy the number in the 001 field, which is always the second row in the record.

Need a study room? Reserve Online!

Monday, February 18, 2008 5:06 pm

To reserve a study room, go to Study Room Reservations.

ZSR has implemented a study room reservation system that is completely online to allow students to reserve one of its 7 study rooms. Click on the “Study Rooms” link from the ZSR homepage or bookmark the link. Any currently registered student can choose to request an available room for up to two hours per day. Reservations can be made in segments from half an hour to two hours long, but students can only reserve two hours total per day. Students can make reservations up to 5 days in advance. WFU username and password are required to make the reservation.

ZSR Library Goes 24/5

Saturday, February 16, 2008 6:26 pm

In response to student requests, starting tomorrow, February 17, 2008, ZSR Library is moving to a open 24/5 schedule. This means that each week, the library will open at 10 am on Sunday, and stay open until 7:00 pm on Friday evenings, during the spring and fall semesters. Saturday hours will remain the same as before. Details on the new schedule are available on our library news blog. Also, read about the new hours in an Old Gold & Black article.

Black History Month exhibit

Friday, February 15, 2008 2:31 pm
Black History Month exhibitFor Black History Month, one part of the exhibit holds books from the library collection on the 1960′s Civil Rights Movement.

For Black History Month, the exhibit focuses on literature about the 1960′s Civil Rights Movement and the 1960 Sit-ins in Winston-Salem. During these Sit-ins, 12 students from Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State were arrested. A historical marker in downtown Winston-Salem marks the location of the event.

Chinese New Year exhibit

Friday, February 15, 2008 2:29 pm
Chinese New Year exhibitCristina Yu put together an exhibit for the Year of the Rat which begins on Feb 7, 2008

Cristina Yu and I put together an exhibit for the Year of the Rat which begins on Feb 7, 2008

ZSR Librarian Recognized for Innovation

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 3:28 pm

Susan Smith, Head of Information Technology at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been selected to receive the 2008 Innovation Award from the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Susan will receive a prize of $3000 and a plaque at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in Anaheim this June. Susan was nominated for her role in the Sociology course, “Social Stratification in the American South” held for two weeks last summer on a road trip through the Deep South. Susan worked closely with Professors Earl Smith and Angela Hattery to design the technology portion of this biennial course. Susan introduced the use of wikis, blogs and image sharing for the course website and gave course-related library instruction to fourteen students on the bus, in hotel lobbies, and even in the Laundromat!

ZSR is a campus leader in the use of Web 2.0 technologies to engage students. Wikis and blogs are two valuable tools for incorporating collaboration into coursework, as evidenced by the central role they played in the South Course. If you would like a wiki or blog for your course, contact Susan Smith or Lauren Pressley, Instructional Design Librarian.

Library Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 3:31 pm

It’s not too late to catch the last few programs in ZSR’s Library Lecture Series.

  • “Pietro Bembo’s History of Venice (1551)”
    Wednesday, March 5, 3:00 p.m., Library Room 204
    Robert Ulery, Professor of Latin, Classical languages
    Based on his recent book, Professor Robert Ulery will speak on “Pietro Bembo’s History of Venice (1551).”
  • Sociology of Film
    Thursday, March 20, 4:00 p.m., Library Room 204
    Saylor Breckenridge, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology
  • Buddhism and the Challenges of Religious Pluralism
    Reflections on the Doctrine of Skillful Means
    Wednesday, April 16, 3:00 p.m., Library Room 204
    James Ford, Associate Professor and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow

Open all night 5 nights a week!

Monday, February 11, 2008 1:24 pm

Starting Sunday February 17, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be open overnight 5 nights a week. The library will open each Sunday at 10 a.m. and will not close until 7 p.m. the following Friday. Saturday hours, currently 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will remain the same. The new schedule will remain in effect every week during the fall and spring semesters.

“Ever since I became ZSR Director in 2004, students have been asking for longer library hours. First we stayed open until 1:00 am, then we started Wake the Library during exam week, and now we are pleased to remain open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. It is all part of fulfilling our mission: helping our students succeed!” said Lynn Sutton, ZSR Library Director.

From 1-8 a.m., only students, faculty, and staff will be admitted to the building, and will need to swipe their ID cards to enter. A security guard will be posted near the entrance from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night. “We also wanted to ensure that we could continue to provide a safe and welcoming study space for the students of Wake Forest. So, we are very pleased that Campus Police has also provided coverage throughout the overnight hours at our security desk. The security guard will ensure that only currently registered students, and currently affiliated staff and faculty are the only people that can come into the library between 1am and 8am Monday through Friday,” according to Mary Beth Lock, Head of Access Services for the library.

Wanda Brown, Associate Director of the ZSR Library, said, “Providing 24/5 access to our library’s facility, collections and services is the first of several strategic initiatives that we believe once implemented will greatly enhance and support the continued successes of our students, faculty and staff. So stay tuned, there’s more excitement to come!”

Day Hours
Sunday Open at 10 am
Monday Open 24 Hours
Tuesday Open 24 Hours
Wednesday Open 24 Hours
Thursday Open 24 Hours
Friday Close at 7 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm

The complete library calendar is available online. The library may have reduced hours during holidays, between semesters, and over the summer.


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