Library Gazette

During August 2008...

Introducing LibGuides!

Friday, August 29, 2008 3:59 pm

You might have heard recently that there’s a new research guide format that the reference folks have been learning to use. It’s called LibGuides, and allows for users to create research guides that take advantage of a number of web 2.0 tools. We’re still learning, but you can see some of the examples here. Not only do these guides make it easy to include the standard information that we’ve included in the past, but you can also include delicious bookmarks, videos and images, and embed chat boxes within the guides themselves.  We’re working on setting up some training options for anyone who might want to make a guide for their subject area, but in the meantime, if you want to see what is possible and the ease of use, you can watch this video:

I’ll send something to lib-l once we have a time/date/place for training. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have questions or comments!

Religious Intolerance Exhibit

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:06 pm

Religious Intolerance exhibit

To create the Religious Intolerance project, Dr. Neal received a grant from the Chambers Family Fund for Entrepreneurship and a grant from the Wake Forest University Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts.The class, which met Spring Semester, 2008, is working on a project entitled: “Portraits of Hate, Lessons of Hope:Examining Religious Intolerance in America.”I met with students in Dr. Neal’s class to develop library exhibits.The exhibits in the library will contain images of religious hatred along with some historical context and analysis to begin a dialogue about this issue.Six students in Dr. Neal’s class worked with Craig Fansler in the ZSR Library to put the exhibit together.The exhibit was installed August 25th after the construction in the library entrance was completed.

Orphaned microfilm finds new home

Thursday, August 7, 2008 10:56 am

It is with much joy that the ZSR library shipped the first set of our orphaned microfim off to a new home today.  In recent years the library was able to replace these collections with online versions of the material and we were excited to learn of a library last week who was interested in this set of Early English Books Microfilm!

Many thanks go out to library staff and students who helped get this shipment out including Barry, Roz, Giz, Craig, Dan, Chris B, and Steve for helping move the microfilm out the back door.

If you missed out on this one, don’t worry – we have lots more to come!

A Visit With UNCG

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 4:04 pm

Today some of the RITS team members, Kevin, Kaeley, Sarah, and I, traveled to UNC-G to meet with reference librarians interested in technology at Jackson Library. It was a good meeting with a turnout of about 12 library staff members between UNCG and WFU.

The conversation was casual, with short demonstrations of some of the different things we are doing followed by discussion of similarities and differences in our experiences. Here’s Kaeley talking about marketing:

kaeley talking about marketing

On the WFU side, we talked about marketing, blogs as a CMS, the toolkit, and libguides. UNCG shared their IR project, chat widget, use of Facebook in marketing, and their Blackboard project.

We had a good time meeting our colleagues, and a tasty lunch at Jack’s Corner. It was good to hear what local colleagues are doing, and to know that we’re all looking at some of the same issues and challenges though our communities are quite different.

Hopefully, once the renovations are done, we can have our UNCG friends to come see the improvements first hand!

Government Documents/Microtext Consolidation Project

Friday, August 1, 2008 1:54 pm

Government Documents Weeding Project

For the past three years, an ongoing weeding project has been taking place in ZSR Library’s Government Documents Department. As more resources go online, efforts are being made to convert to electronic and reclaim much needed shelf space by removing out-of-date and out-of-scope materials. We work with the Regional Depository at UNC to ensure that only appropriate materials are removed and that we send UNC any titles that are needed for the regional collection.

In conjunction with this effort, similar activities are taking place in the Microtext Department. We are assessing where we have exact duplication of microtext collections with archival electronic versions. We are offering the microtext versions to other schools who may not be able to afford the electronic purchase.

When both collections have been downsized, the Microtext Department will be moved into current Government Documents space. This will reduce the number of service points on the 4th floor, improving our ability to serve our patrons effectively. The space vacated by Microtext can be repurposed for other essential needs.

This project will be under Mary Scanlon’s leadership. Joining her in the core working group are Steve Kelley, Carolyn McCallum, Lauren Pressley, Mary Lib Slate, and Susan Smith. Consulting members are Erik Mitchell, Laura Spear and Roz Tedford.  As this sizable project proceeds, we plan to share our progress with you in the Gaz.

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