During November 2008...
This month’s emerging technologies talk was requested from several people: a discussion of some of the similarities and differences between popular photosharing sites. We were working with a limited time span, so we covered the three top contenders: Flickr, Picasa, and Facebook.
If you’re interested in more information about current photosharing site, ReadWriteWeb has a great writeup.
Join us on December 18th at 11:00 for a talk on the current state of the Google Books settlement and new resources from Google such as the collection of Life Photos.
On Monday, November 17th I attended the Writing Symposium panel discussion in Benson along with what appeared to be 75-100 faculty, staff, and students. The symposium was sponsored by the Department of English, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Offices of the Dean and Provost. Tom McGohey of the English department gave a background on how this symposium came to be, referring to the results of the 2008 Wake Forest Faculty Writing Survey that expressed a need to make writing more visible across the University. He also introduced the members of the panel, Nancy Sommers, Joseph Harris, David Smit and Elizabeth Wardle.
The message of panel was that a focus on writing should be curriculum-wide, not just in the English department. A message that came across clearly in the writing survey results. The importance of both content and method was discussed as well, citing the importance of different academic disciplines conveying the various writing methods of their discipline to their students in the major.
Elizabeth Wardle was a very colorful speaker on the panel, describing the challenges of managing a writing programs for 50,000 students at the University of Central Florida with 77 writing instructors and 33 adjuncts who are paid only $1800 per course. The writing class at the University of Central Florida has students writing about writing rather than writing about some other topic or issue that is covered in the course.
After the 45 minute panel discussion each panel member met with faculty and staff in breakout groups in Tribble Hall. I was not able to attend the breakout groups but Sharon Snow and i enjoyed the panel discussion before heading back to ZSR. (Sharon may also have taken better notes than me on the panel discussion!) It was a very worthwhile event and interesting to hear some of the feedback from the faculty in the audience. While most were very in favor of more writing in the major, one faculty member in particular was concerned about the idea of focusing students on discipline specific writing at the undergraduate level, saying that perhaps getting into the methods of writing in a specific discipline should not necessarily be applied to undergraduates, but only to those at the graduate and PhD levels. All in all it was a living, engaging discussion on writing across the University curriculum.
On December 8, 16 students in Dr. Jeff Lerner’s FYS on Herodotus discussed their exhibits as a final projects. While the doors let in extremely cold air and people streamed in and out of Starbucks, the class which were divided into groups of 2 and 3, discussed each display. These students will worked on their projects in Preservation and installed them in the library exhibit cases. I met the class in October and discussed what made a good exhibit. After I gave them my handouts, we came as a group over to the library. I showed them how to use the online catalog and then took them to Preservation, where they would do most of their work. I really believe that getting the students into the library lets them use our space in a different way than they would normally. This process allows them to feel at home in the library and really see how much we have to offer. The exhibits are a big success!
On behalf of the Staff Association Committee, THANK YOU LIBRARY STAFF for your generous donations to this year’s Turkeypalooza, hosted by Campus Kitchen. Campus Kitchen provides meals to local food shelters and community centers in Winston-Salem and hosts Turkeypalooza each November, which prepares roughly 15,000 Thanksgiving meals. This year, the ZSR Library provided 5 gallons of orange juice and over $30 in cash donations. In case you were wondering, the orange juice is used to prepare the Sweet Potato Casseroles.
Thank you again for your generous donations during this Holiday Season. If you would like more information, please visit the Campus Kitchen website.