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During January 2009...

A TLC Workshop

Saturday, January 31, 2009 6:55 pm

After midwinter, I came back to a busy week of teaching. But the presentation that I was focused on the most was for the Teaching and Learning Center. It was the first presentation that I have done with them, and we had 27 people signed up to attend! The group was fairly chatty, so instead of a presentation I facilitated a discussion. In case anyone is interested, here are the materials I created for the session:

The presentation:

And here’s the (non-copyrighted part) of the handout:

View Syllabus Handout on Scribd

It was a fun time, and a nice opportunity to collaborate with the TLC. If you have syllabi questions, please let me know! :)

Inauguration/MLK Event: The Dream Realized?

Friday, January 30, 2009 3:56 pm

What Barack Obama’s Election Means to America

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library proudly announces the first event of the Spring 2009 ZSR Library Lecture Series, “The Dream Realized? What Barack Obama’s Election Means to America.” This program will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and commemorate the history-making inauguration of our nation’s 44th president with a panel presentation featuring Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students. The panelists will share their personal reflections on the election of President Barack Obama.

Following opening remarks by Lynn Sutton, ZSR Library Director, speakers will include

  • Fred Parent, WFU student, reading his father’s essay, “What to the African-American is the Fourth of November,”
  • Rhon Manigault, Assistant Professor of Religion,
  • Jermyn Davis, WFU Student Government President,
  • Matt Tripplett, WFU Student Government Speaker of the House,
  • Wanda Brown, Associate Director, ZSR Library,
  • James Bryant, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies, and
  • Richard Heard, Associate Professor of Music.

Please join us in the library atrium on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20 at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will follow the presentation.

Korean Film Series sponsored by the Museum of Anthropology

Friday, January 30, 2009 10:55 am

This semester, the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University is sponsoring the Korean Film Series at the Reynolda House on Thursday evenings in January and February in conjunction with the exhibit, “Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World.” Last evening, I served as commentator of the film Never Forever, which was directed by Gina Kim. Specifically, I discussed the film’s theme of the relationship between the 1st generation Korean parents and second generation Korean-American son as it relates to my personal experiences as a second generation Korean-American. More information on the Korean Film Series and events on Korean culture are available at

Best Practices in Syllabus Construction

Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:26 am

Here is the presentation from today’s workshop:

View Syllabus Handout on Scribd

If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me or leave a message in the comments. If you’d like to share your syllabus, please put a link in the comments!

Announcement about the next post:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 7:47 pm

Hi everyone, I’m teaching a class on syllabus construction for the Teaching and Learning Center and need a home on the web for the content. I figured this blog is the best option I have. The folks in this course might find that information useful, and maybe the people in the workshop will find the content in the blog relevant. So, the next post isn’t specifically for you, but take a look if you’re interested! :)

Fines for Overdue DVDs to Begin in January

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 3:59 pm

After consulting with the Library Planning Committee (consisting of both faculty and student representatives), the ZSR Library will begin charging overdue fines on DVDs this January. After a two-day grace period, fines will accrue at $1 a day. If another user has recalled the DVD, overdue fines will accrue at $5 a day. The fines are intended to benefit the entire WFU community by making the DVD collection more accessible.

For several years, the Library Planning Committee has fielded complaints from both students and faculty regarding problems accessing DVDs. Many borrowers habitually returned DVDs long after the due date, as they had no incentive to bring them back on time. Since the DVD collection is very heavily used, keeping an item beyond its due date is likely to adversely impact other users. Other measures that have been tried in response to the concerns proved ineffective, so the fine structure was deemed necessary.

The library is implementing other changes to help users who need DVDs longer than three days. Borrowers will receive courtesy emails one day prior to the due date. As long as a DVD does not have a hold placed on it by another patron, the borrower can renew it for up to two additional three-day periods. As always, we will work with faculty to meet course instruction needs.

We hope the fine structure will make our DVDs more readily available to all patrons. Please contact Mary Beth Lock, Head of Access Services, at x6140 with any questions about this policy.

On the Lookout for New Books?

Monday, January 26, 2009 3:59 pm

The New Books Wall displays the cover art of all books the library received in the last week. Click on a cover to view the book’s catalog record. If you are really intrigued, you can place a hold on the book via the “Request Hold/Recall” link at the top of the catalog page. If the book is still “in process,” we will rush it to you within a week, and if it’s on the shelf in the library, we can deliver it to your office!

In the future, look for a similar web page that will highlight the library’s new DVDs. We hope you enjoy this new and easy to view presentation of recent acquisitions.

Pay by Credit Card

Friday, January 23, 2009 2:19 pm

Need to pay an overdue fine or purchase a CD, but don’t have cash or Deacon Dollars? ZSR Library now accepts payment by credit card for DVD and CD purchases, overdue fines, and replacement fees. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Some Rights Reserved: ZSR’s Flickr Site and Creative Commons

Friday, January 23, 2009 10:46 am

With the approval of Admin Council, I have added a Creative Commons license to most of our Flickr pictures. What’s does that mean? Well, if you’ve ever noticed the awesome photography in any of Lauren P.’s presentations recently, then you’ve already seen one of the benefits. Creative Commons allows us to tell potential users in advance that it’s OK to use one of our pictures, e.g. in a PowerPoint, provided that

  • it’s not for commercial purposes
  • they attribute the photo to ZSR
  • the work they create (the PowerPoint show) is also distributed under the same terms, aka “share-alike.”

The exception is our READ posters. We have contractual restrictions that prohibit us from sharing these photos with a Creative Commons license. Therefore, those 5 images still say “all rights reserved.”

Hopefully this move will provide more exposure for ZSR as well as help to advance the conversation about copyright and open access in today’s information universe.

New and Cool Tools for You and Your Students

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 4:00 pm

  • Blogs and Wikis
    Several WFU faculty and librarians use blogs and wikis in their courses. The library can provide a free WFU blog or wiki for your classes. For help getting started, please contact the Instructional Design Librarian.
  • The Toolkit
    The Toolkit contains brief multimedia tutorials designed to teach students specific research skills. Faculty can combine tools to create a customized online research instruction session and can embed tools into Blackboard courses. Faculty can also request new tools. For more information, please contact a librarian.
  • Research Guides
    Librarians create online Research Guides for courses that request a library instruction session. Each guide assists students in conducting library research on course material. Some guides apply to multiple courses. You can browse existing guides by subject, and if you’d like a new one, you can request one for your class.
  • SMART BoardsTM
    All ZSR study rooms are equipped with SMART board technology. Users can project to the board from their computer and annotate what they see with special “markers.” All SMART board work can be saved to a computer. Although these study spaces are not designed for full classes, the rooms can be especially useful for collaborating on small group projects.
  • EndNote Workshops
    On February 10, Donna Kirking, senior product trainer from Thomson Reuters, will lead three sessions:

All sessions will be held in ZSR Library Room 204. Use the links above to register! For more information, contact

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