Library Gazette

During October 2008...

Make that a Latte: StarbucksĀ® to Open September 22 @ ZSR

Thursday, October 30, 2008 3:39 pm

Renovations: Before and After

Exciting summer renovations have transformed several library spaces into warm, welcoming, and comfortable places for faculty and students to read, collaborate, and linger over coffee and delicious food. A full-service Starbucks will open September 22 in the Rhoda K. Channing Reading Room just inside the front entrance. On the opposite side, a beautiful revamped quiet study room, complete with a new mezzanine, invites students to do their best work. The remodeled areas included three new group study rooms equipped with SMART BoardTM technology. The Gerald Johnson Room has been converted into the Johnson Graduate Student Lounge to give graduate students from both campuses a place to call their own. The current periodicals collection has been moved to Reference. The collection’s former home, Room 401, will re-open in late September with beautiful and functional furniture that is conducive to both individual and collaborative study. For a pictorial history of the renovations, visit the ZSR Flickr site.

Wake the Library 5K/1 Mile Fun Run on October 11

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 3:42 pm

Join us for the inaugural ARAMARK-StarbucksĀ® “Wake the Library” 5K and 1 mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 11! The race will start and finish in front of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and is open to faculty, students, families, and community members. The race route is a scenic mix of roads and trails that wind through campus. Proceeds will support library programs including the “Wake the Library” studython held each semester. Both events are walker-friendly and are on limited-traffic roads. Come out for a beautiful fall morning of running and enjoy refreshments from the new Starbucks coffee shop in library. Register online (through or via mail (use the registration form available on the race website). Race day registration will be available.

Course Reserves are Easier than Ever!

Sunday, October 26, 2008 3:44 pm

We’ll take care of Copyright and Retrieval

ZSR has changed the Course Reserves service to make the process easier for faculty than ever before.

First, the library will take over compliance with copyright for Course Reserves. We have long recognized that copyright laws can be frustrating and securing copyright permissions can be time-consuming and costly. In the past, faculty were required to sign that they had secured permission for posting electronic reserves. No more! Now the library will submit all items to the Copyright Clearance Center on behalf of faculty. All reasonable copyright fees will be paid by the library. If you submit a printed photocopy or PDF for Reserves, please include the copyright page from the book or journal. This information will assist us in locating the rights holder and will help your material become available more quickly.

Secondly, requests for reserve items can now be made online. Use our Faculty Course Reserves Request Form to send us a citation, a PDF, or a link to an online item. To comply with licensing agreements, articles from electronic journals and databases must be linked to, rather than copied. On-site reserves for books and films can also be requested via the online catalog. Look for the “Faculty Course Reserve Request” link at the top of any catalog page.

Finally, the library is happy to pull reserve items for you from our collection. Use the online form as stated above and our staff will take care of locating items in the stacks.

We hope these new services will simplify Course Reserves for faculty while keeping us all compliant with copyright law and licensing agreements. For more information, please read our Faculty Course Reserves information or contact Mary Beth Lock, Head of Access Services, at x6140.

Library Lecture Series Fall 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008 3:45 pm

“The Creators of Jazz,” a concert & lecture by Matt Kendrick Wednesday, September 24, 3:00 p.m.

The ZSR Library Lecture Series returns this fall for another stimulating set of book talks and lectures on a wide array of topics. Speakers from the Music, English, and Communication departments have been scheduled along with a special guest speaker from the local Press 53. For a full lineup, please see our Library Lecture Series web page.

Faculty Technology Training Classes

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3:46 pm

This semester, learn to manage references in a technology class on EndNote or Zotero or discover how to use Google for research. In addition to classes, ZSR Library also offers Tech Talks on a variety of emerging technologies. Register online for these and other faculty classes.

Guerrilla Marketing at ZSR!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:34 pm

Mary Lib Slate came by my office today and asked if I could take some pictures of the sink outside room 401 (old Current Periodicals). I assumed it was to document some mechanical issue. Imagine my surprise when I saw a sink full of ice and Red Bull with signage marketing how Red Bull “gives you wings!”

Free Red Bull @ ZSR!

-Giz Womack

ZSR Launches 200-Level Library Instruction Courses

Monday, October 20, 2008 3:47 pm

This fall marks the first semester of the ZSR Library’s 200-level library instruction classes, which will supplement our popular LIB100 course. These one-hour elective classes are intended for students who are majoring or minoring in a broad discipline area. These courses will strengthen students’ searching skills and help them become critical thinkers as they evaluate the information they encounter in both traditional and electronic formats.

This semester, Bobbie Collins, Rosalind Tedford and Carolyn McCallum are teaching “Social Science Research Sources and Strategies” and Sarah Jeong is teaching “Science Research Sources and Strategies.” In Spring 2009, Mary Scanlon and Giz Womack will offer “Business Research Sources and Strategies” and Ellen Daugman, Kaeley McMahan and Sharon Snow will teach “Humanities Research Sources and Strategies.” Fall of 2009 will see the addition of “History, Political Science and Legal Research Sources and Strategies.” Each course will give students a broad understanding of the processes by which research is produced, distributed and used in these discipline areas. We hope these classes prove useful to our students as they conduct research at Wake Forest and as some of them contemplate graduate school. For more information about our LIB200 series, contact Rosalind Tedford at x5910, or any course instructor.

ZSR Partners for “The Big Read”: Fahrenheit 451

Saturday, October 18, 2008 3:48 pm

National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read

The Forsyth County Public Library has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to sponsor a community-wide Big Read project as an extension of their annual “On the Same Page” program. The ZSR Library is a contributing partner to this project. The county-wide program will kick off at the Bookmarks Festival at Bethabara Park on Saturday, September 13. We are excited by the selection of Fahrenheit 451 because it resonates so strongly with our students. As part of our participation, ZSR is making 1500 free copies available to the WFU community. The books are located near the Circulation desk and they have been flying off the shelf. We have heard so many students say “I LOVE that book” as they take a free copy. Don’t miss out; pick up your copy today!

Wake Forest will host three Big Read events in October.

  • Wednesday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.

    Censors, Banners and Burners, Oh My!

    A Panel Discussion on the Power of the Book
    Z. Smith Reynolds Library

    A panel discussion with Dr. Andrew Ettin, Professor of English; Dr. Rian Bowie, Visiting Assistant Professor of English; and Dr. John Llewellyn, Professor of Communication.

  • Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

    Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion

    Z. Smith Reynolds Library

    Book discussion on Fahrenheit 451 and showing of “A Conversation with Ray Bradbury.”

  • Sunday, October 12, 3:00 p.m.

    The Life and Times of Ray Bradbury

    Featuring Bradbury Biographer Sam Weller
    Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall

    Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury and is a professor in the Fiction and English Departments at Columbia College Chicago. He is a regular feature writer for the Chicago Tribune Magazine. He will sign his books, including The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, at a reception immediately following the program.

Traditions Exhibit Features Wake Forest University Archives

Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:49 pm

The Wake Forest University Archives was happy to collaborate with the Traditions Council and Hanes Gallery Director Victor Faccinto to create an exhibit titled “The Old Alma Mater: A Wake Forest History Exhibit.” Visitors can get a glimpse of wool banners, Samuel Wait’s travel chest, an early version of the Demon Deacon, ledgers from the Euzelian and Philomathesian literary societies, the football from the Tangerine Bowl, and photos of President Truman’s visit to Winston-Salem during the groundbreaking for the “new campus”. All of these items are from the University Archives’ collection and tell part of the wonderful story of Wake Forest Institute/College/University. The exhibit is in the Hanes Art Gallery and will run through October 12.

What’s New With Google?

Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:53 am

Today we had the second Emerging Tech Talk session. This month’s topic: What’s new with Google?


Google seems to go in phases. Sometimes their work seems to be more about software, other times it seems to be more about search and data representation. We’re in a search phase right now.

So, we talked about the new features in search. We started with general things coming from Google labs. In this area, we talked about trends (which the image above is from) and lively. Neither of these obviously tie to library work, but some librarians are doing interesting things with them so we talked about ways they could be used in our day to day jobs. We also talked about the political information coming from Google labs. You can search for quotes from the presidential candidates on specific words (like library or net neutrality) and you can search video for specific words. I am most excited about searching video for words; if they roll this out beyond the political speeches, the same technology could make YouTube much more search friendly. I think this could have fabulous benefits for the Toolkit, too. We talked about some things that have been around, but haven’t been talked about as much. Specifically, you can use Google to be notified anytime your name shows up on the internet. You can also use Google to easily create fancy websites. Giz was kind enough to demo a site he’s created and help usunderstand how these sites can be useful for information literacy classes or library association work. Finally, we talked about projects that former Google employees are creating. One is the Cuil (pronounced like “cool”) search engine that came out a little bit ago and the other is FriendFeed, a type of RSS reader for your friends. Finally, we talked a little bit about the differences between Google Reader and Bloglines.

We had a good turn out and covered a lot of ground! If you have a technology topic you’d like to see covered, let me know! So far we’ve had a vote for Picasa vs. Flickr, so if I don’t hear anything in the next few weeks, that’s the one I’ll start preparing for November. :)

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