Library Gazette

During September 2008...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Library Renovations

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:19 pm

Ribbon Cutting to Officially Open Starbucks

L-R: Mike Lancaster, Director Lynn Sutton, Provost Tiefenthaler, President Hatch, Mark Williard

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30 to celebrate the Summer 2008 renovations in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, including a new Starbucks, which opened September 22.

James Alty, associate vice president for facilities and campus services, was the master of ceremonies for the Sept. 30 ceremony. The program included brief remarks by Jill Tiefenthaler, provost; Lynn Sutton, director of Z. Smith Reynolds Library; Jermyn Davis, student government president; Chuck Hoover, senior regional development manager for Starbucks; and Randy Rogan, associate dean of the Graduate School. Mark Williard, the architect for the library renovation project and Mike Lancaster, vice president & principal for Frank L. Blum Construction Company were introduced and applauded for the superb project. Refreshments were provided in Starbucks before and following the ceremony.

New Study Room Ready for Students!

Monday, September 29, 2008 6:04 pm

Room 401, the room that used to house Current Periodicals on the 4th floor of the Reynolds Wing, has been repurposed into student group and individual study space. New furniture, complete with additional power capabilities, was delivered and installed on September 25. The new space adds 82 new seats, a combination of soft seating and collaborative/individual table seating.

Library hits the bricks!

Thursday, September 25, 2008 11:02 am

Hit the Bricks 2008

The ZSR library hit the bricks today to help support the Brian Piccolo cancer research fund. Eight hours of fun, walking, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Susan led the team off at 11am and currently Carol Cramer is braving the headwind and clouds to keep our baton heading around the quad!

Starbucks is Open

Monday, September 22, 2008 9:17 am

Stop by the library and get some coffee at the new Starbucks!

Hours for Starbucks are:

Day Hours
Sunday 10 am – 1 am
Monday – Thursday 7 am – 1 am
Friday 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm

The grand opening will be next Tuesday, September 30th at 11:30 am. Enjoy!

Biblio Social Software

Friday, September 19, 2008 3:08 pm

Yesterday we held the inaugural Emerging Technologies Talk for the staff development committee. Our plan is to host a monthly discussion (two weeks off from the journal group) on new and emerging technologies.

To get us off to a good start I though I’d go with something that people in the library would be interested in personally, might find relevant for work, and would show that emerging technologies can be fun. The topic? Social Software built around books and reading. You might have heard of some of them: GoodReads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, Amazon’s profiles, Google’s My Library, and My Worldcat. I ran through a quick presentation just to get everyone on the same page, then we talked about some of the similarities, differences, strengths, and weaknesses in each of the options.

If you’re interested, here’s the presentation:

We’d like to host on of these workshops once a month, so if there’s a new technology that you’re curious about, just let me know! We’ve already had requests that next month we talk about some of the things that Google is doing (the Chrome browser and the move from Google Pages to Googld Sites) and some of the things that former Google employees are doing (the Cuil search engine and Friendfeed).

Presidents’ Leadership Conference

Sunday, September 14, 2008 10:20 pm

For the third year in a row, I was invited to the Presidents’ Leadership Conference, jointly sponsored by the President of the University and the Student Government President. Student leaders invite administrators whom they wish to engage in discussion about campus issues. The format is a weekend retreat, held this year at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. The setting is very beautiful and conducive to openness and creativity.

On Friday night, the students prepared dinner in the condo units (pringles, spaghetti, chips ahoy cookies) and then brainstormed issues on campus that students were concerned about. On Saturday morning, we had a series of presentations: academic update by the Provost, possibilities for Deacon Village, diversity check, and future of technology for WFU students. I gained lots of good insights from the latter and felt gratified that students feel the library is a leader on campus for things like collaborative technology, Google Docs, blogs, Smart Boards, training, etc. Students showed receptivity to the idea of e-books (especially for textbooks) and confessed that if a journal isn’t electronic, it isn’t worth having. One student lamented there weren’t enough e-journals linked from the MLA database.

At lunch, President Hatch shared his insights on leadership in general, and then how he applied them to Wake Forest. We had free time Saturday afternoon so my suitemate Nancy Crouch and I took a walk around the resort and then I watched a lousy football game (no comment). Saturday night we were back at it, choosing an issue from Friday night and then crafting a solution.

On Sunday morning, each group presented their identified problem and proposed solution. They were amazingly creative!

1) Bike paths both on and off campus

2) Group lunches between students and university leaders

3) Fostering class identity and unity (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year) to build community

4) Pro Humanitate community service honor roll

5) Friday/Saturday night social programming as an alternative to “partying” (my group)

I was very glad to be a part of the group and got to know a number of student leaders that I had not yet met. One guy came up to me at the end and thanked me for all the changes in the library and how much he enjoyed them. That was worth the weekend, right there.


Open Source Business Intelligence Software

Thursday, September 11, 2008 5:00 am

As many of you know, the ZSR library is beginning to look at open source alternatives to our current systems.  A few of us have seen Vufind in action and have talked about Open ILS alternatives.  This discussion is just starting and should yield some interesting results in the coming months.

One thing that I have heard from many people at our library is the need to have an easy to use online reporting tools for our information systems.  Every year we run EOY reports, general statistics, fund accounting reports in addition to lots of disposable queries.  Right now we are limited to using MS Access to design our queries and pull this information.  There are more sophisticated tools out there though.  Some of you may remember a brief period when we were using Cognos in conjunction with our departed ERMS.

In the last few years, a few companies that serve this purpose but in an open source environment have come along.  I was curious about what this market currently looked like and wondered what sort of functionality we would be looking for specifically so I created a short page in our Wiki to start gathering ideas.

If you are curious about what BI software does or want to add your thoughts – hit the wiki page.

By the way – more to come soon on evaluating Open Source Catalogs….

WFU’s Museum of Anthropology Artifact Database

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 3:44 pm

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology launched its Online Artifact Database ( at a reception on September 9, 2008. Erik Mitchell and I attended this event.

Museum Director, Stephen Whittington informed guests that the digitization of its collections and the production of an online database was a project four years in the making. The Museum was awarded two Museums for America grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), one at the beginning of the project and one to continue the project. Wake Forest students from various academic disciplines assisted in the development of the database by photographing and assessing the artifacts. This database is accessible to universities, scholars, public schools, and the general public.

Recently, the Museum was awarded a third Museums for America grant to continue its digitization work. This award will allow the Museum to digitize its archival records and include them in the database. The addition of this information will assist users in understanding the cultural and environmental context of the artifacts.

LIB210 Gets Familiar with ZSR

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:02 am

Yesterday for our LIB210: Social Science Research Sources and Strategies class, Bobbie, Carolyn and I planned a variation on the library tour. We divided our students up into three groups and sent them to different areas of the library. They had three questions to ask:

  • What resources or services would a WFU student find here?
  • What resources or services do you provide to help with research?
  • What is one thing about your department that you think students should know but don’t?

They also took along cameras Carolyn had checked out from the ITC and they took pictures of the departments.

When they returned to class each group told the other students about the departments they had visited. While they talked I uploaded the pictures into a Flickr page. Then this week they will be going in to name the pictures, put in a description and tag them. This will then lead us nicely into our discussions next week about search terms, controlled vocabularies and the benefit of using the subject terms within our electronic products.

We were thrilled with how much the students enjoyed the exercise. They were all excited about going out and learning new things and we heard a lot of “I never new that” and “that’s cool!” from the class as different areas or services were discussed. It worked so well I’m going to do it for my LIB100 class in October.

Many, many thanks to those on our staff who met our students and discussed our services with them. Mary Beth, Mary Reeves, Erik, Kaeley, Mary Lib, Sharon and Vicki. The students all commented on how nice the folks they had met were and how eager they were to help students.

If you want to see the pictures, here’s the site and toward the end of the set some pictures have been named and tagged already. I’m sure they would love to have some comments!!

Get Game@ZSR

Thursday, September 4, 2008 9:31 am

Join the ZSR Library and the Resident Technical Advisers (RTAs) as they host a video game night in the Library atrium on Friday, September 12th from 7pm-11pm. Register in advance by emailing to reserve a space for game play or drop by the event to watch the games and tournament and enjoy some pizza!

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