Library Gazette

During April 2008...

Summer Renovations at ZSR

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 3:31 pm

The library entrance will be temporarily relocated.

Summer will be a busy time at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library with renovations taking place in several areas of the building. The two 24-hour study rooms will be completely renovated with a coffee shop on one side and a new quiet study area on the other. Our Current Periodicals collection has been moved to the Reference area. The Johnson Room will be transformed into a graduate student lounge, and the former Current Periodicals Room on the 4th floor will be a spacious study area with all new furnishings. The reading room near Reference has been designated the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room and is decorated with memorabilia from his distinguished career. During the construction, the library entrance will be temporarily relocated to the west side of the library atrium. Please pardon our dust during the summer as we transform library spaces into a more user-friendly environment!

Earl Smith is First Recipient of Open Access Funds

Monday, April 28, 2008 3:33 pm

Earl Smith, Professor of Sociology and Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies

Earl Smith, Professor of Sociology and Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies, is the first faculty member to benefit from the WFU Open Access fund. His article, African American Men and Intimate Partner Violence, appears in the June 2008 issue of Journal of African American Studies.

The journal’s publisher, Springer, offers an Open Choice program whereby authors may make their articles freely available online by paying a processing fee. The ZSR Library and Office of Research announced an Open Access fund earlier this year to help authors pay such fees. Under the current agreement, the costs are split three ways between ZSR, the Office of Research, and the author’s home department. Any faculty member who is interested in applying for such funds should complete the online information form. For more information, contact any member of the library’s Scholarly Communications Committee, Sarah Jeong, Ellen Daugman, or Kevin Gilbertson.

“ZSR Delivers” is a Hole in One!

Saturday, April 26, 2008 3:36 pm

ZSR Delivers” will bring any circulating library material right to your office.

The ZSR Library has purchased a golf cart to improve its delivery services to staff and faculty on the Reynolda Campus. “ZSR Delivers” will bring any circulating library material right to your office. Deliveries take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, all year long. Thanks to the cart’s zippered enclosure, deliveries can be made rain or shine without fear of getting books, DVDs, or deliverers wet!

Faculty and staff can schedule a free on-campus delivery by clicking the “Faculty/Staff Delivery” link at the top of any ZSR catalog record. We’ll check the book out and bring it to you on our next scheduled run. Any questions? Please call Mary Beth Lock, Head of Access Services, at x6140.

“Celebrating Nature” program on Earth Day (April 22)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 11:25 am

At 12 noon on Earth Day, ZSR hosted a program called “Celebrating Nature” in Room 204. It was a joint lecture by four faculty members who addressed how nature could be celebrated in different ways: Bob Browne (“Celebrating Nature Through Preservation”), Emily Wakild (“Celebrating Nature Through Movement”), Bonnie Carr O’Neill (“Celebrating Nature Through Literature”), and Avram Hiller (“Celebrating Nature Through Photography”). Although it was a lunchtime program and there were several events going on at the same time, 33 people were in the audience. The feedback was very positive and included questions about whether another program could be held next year- it could be a tradition in the making!

This event would not have been possible without special contributions from several individuals: Carol Cramer for marketing suggestions, Craig Fansler for designing the flyer, Carolyn McCallum and Mary Reeves for helping with the planning details, and Caroline Numbers for recording it for a later podcast. Also, special thanks go to Lynn Sutton and Wanda Brown for their support of the idea. Thanks to all of you for providing another great opportunity for ZSR to reach out to the campus community through its programming!

Student Exhibits Examine Religious Intolerance

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 3:37 pm

Working on exhibits for Dr. Lynn Neal’s course on ‘Religious Intolerance.’

A student furiously cuts a sheet of black foam core with a small knife along a metal ruler. Meanwhile a classmate trims photographs on a large paper trimmer. A third student applies double-stick tape to the back of an image and burnishes it to the foam core with a bone folder. All three students are enrolled in Dr. Lynn Neal’s course, Religious Intolerance in the United States. The class, which met in Spring 2008, is working on a project entitled Portraits of Hate, Lessons of Hope: Examining Religious Intolerance in America. In addition to a library exhibit, the class developed a web site and lesson plans for teachers. Dr. Neal received grants from the Chambers Family Fund for Entrepreneurship and the Wake Forest University Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts to complete this project. The library displays will contain images of religious hatred along with some historical context and analysis designed to stimulate dialogue. Visit the ZSR Library this fall to experience this compelling exhibit.

Friday Night Live at ZSR Debuts

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 2:44 pm

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Friday Night Live at ZSR debuted on April 11th at 6pm. Sophomore Thomas Kozak sang and played acoustic guitar. He was periodically accompanied by a violinist, a keyboardist, drummer, and female backing vocals. Most of the songs were his own, but he did manage to throw in a few covers. He did a fantastic job! I was really impressed with the professionalism of his singing and guitar playing. At it’s peak, the audience reached 48 people all of which seemed very focused on the performance. Interestingly enough, Carol Cramer reported that she could hardly hear a thing in the study room across the hall or inside the library.

Many thanks to Carol Cramer and Chris Burris for helping me in re-organizing the study room furniture afterwards. Also, many thanks to Wanda Brown, Erik Mitchell, and Mary Beth Lock for attending the show! Hopefully, this series will become a permanent fixture in the Fall. I look forward to seeing other performances such as dancing, poetry slams, stand-up comedy, and student made films.

Expanded Coverage for Journal Citation Reports and Other Database News

Saturday, April 12, 2008 3:38 pm

Journal Citation Reports: Social Science Edition

The ZSR Library has upgraded WFU‘s subscription to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) to include over 1700 Social Science journals. With JCR, researchers can track citation trends such as the cited half-life of journal articles and can compare impact factors of journals in the same discipline.

Other New Databases

Databases on the Move

The following databases have new names and/or URLs. Please update your bookmarks:

Cancellation

Alt Health Watch has been canceled by the Carpenter Library.

Blended Learning in the Classroom @ WFU

Friday, April 11, 2008 10:09 am

Yesterday I gave a talk on Blended Learning through the ITC. The formal description of the program was “Many students experience a disconnect between their experience in the classroom and their personal interactions on the web. One way to address this is the integration of tools that students already use with regularity. This presentation will explain how to do this with an introduction to blended learning, and it will cover how blended learning techniques can be used to strengthen the academic experience. Blended learning techniques can lead to a more engaged and communicative class and help prepare students for the changing work force.” The presentation was based on the following, though a bit toned down for our audience:

I attempted to introduce some generational trends, discuss a little bit of learning theory, and talk about some solutions that we can implement. I also tried to sell the library’s blog and wiki program, myself as someone who can help faculty figure out what makes the most sense for their class, and the library as a resource for technology training.

The content appeared to be newer for the group than I expected, but I did get a few requests for follow up meetings, so I’m excited about that!

A few people said they would like to come but weren’t able to make it. Giz and I are planning to offer the session again in late summer and in the fall if you’d like to try to make it!

ZSR Staff Development Tour of the ASU Library and Information Commons

Friday, April 4, 2008 1:45 pm

On Wednesday, March 25th, 7 members of the ZSR Staff, Rosalind Tedford, Mary Beth Lock, Lauren Pressley, Kaeley McMahon, Sarah Jeong, Christian Burris and myself loaded up in the WFU Student Life van and headed up 421 to visit the ASU Library and Information Commons in Boone. We arrived and started a tour around 10:30am. Four members of the ASU staff who were members of the”Library Internal Building Group” led us all over the building. After an amazing tour, we were treated to lunch by our host and had a discussion about the lessons they learned in this building process. After lunch and discussion we resumed our tour and by 3:30pm were back on 421 to WFU! Our ASU hosts were just amazing as was their facility. To see pictures of the ASU Library and Information Commons, check out the library’s photo set from this trip!

At the ZSR Professional Development Blog there is a post with a list of tour highlights, positives outcomes from the building experience and lessons learned. The seven staff who attended collected these items together in a Google Doc to make this a collaborative report!

Teaching and Learning Center Session on Blogs and Wikis@ZSR

Friday, April 4, 2008 10:45 am

On Wednesday, April 2nd, the Teaching and Learning Center held a session in room 204 on Blogs and Wikis@ZSR. Eight faculty members attended this event where two other faculty members, Professor Christa Colyer of Chemistry and Professor Stephanie Pellet of Romance Languages, presented how they are using Wikis and Blogs from ZSR in their classes this semester.In this one hour session, Professor Colyer showed the blog her first-year seminar has created. Each student posts on recent developments in science that are in the news, then students comment on each other’s posts. In the past Professor Colyer has students keep hand-written journals that they turned in monthly for her review. Doing this journaling in a blog has resulted in longer entries from the students and allowed the students to see each other’s posts and comment, something not possible in a hand-written journal. Kevin and I had met with this class back in January to get them started blogging, but it only required a few minutes and they were off and running!

After Professor Colyer showed her class blog, Professor Pellet showed the wiki her class has created for French 345-Langage et Societe. In this class students work in groups and create content that can be used not only by the class, but by anyone. Additionally, Professor Pellet is exploring options for using this same wiki in future classes, having students update and refine the content. Lauren had met with this class early in the semester to get them started using the wiki and that was all it took to get them successfully using it in class.

The faculty who attended the session asked numerous questions and had an excellent discussion of pedagogical issues regarding using blogs and wikis in the classroom. All in all it was a well-received program and we hope to repeat it this summer and next fall!


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