Library Gazette

During April 2009...

David Coates and William Kerr First to Join WakeSpace

Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:05 pm

Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies David Coates and Professor of Physics William Kerr are pioneers in WakeSpace, the institutional repository of Wake Forest University. Coates and Kerr are the first faculty members to place their research output in this new digital archive. Scanned books, book chapters and journal articles will be available via the ZSR online catalog as well as through the WakeSpace interface. Professor Coates’ 30-year career has focused on British politics, labor politics, political economy and progressive politics in the United States. Professor Kerr has researched theoretical solid state and statistical physics, computer simulation studies of phase transitions, and soliton effects in condensed matter. The goal for the University repository is to gather the research corpus of Wake Forest faculty and students and to make it openly available to researchers worldwide. Would you like to be next? For more information on participating in WakeSpace, please contact your library liaison.

ZSR Librarians Win Awards

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:06 pm

Clockwise from top left: Lauren Pressley, Lynn Sutton, Wanda Brown, Giz Womack

Four librarians at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library have won national and local awards this semester. Lauren Pressley, Instructional Design Librarian, was designated a 2009 “Mover and Shaker” by the national trade magazine, Library Journal. Library Director Lynn Sutton won the 2008-09 Sirsi-Dynix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association sponsors this award. Associate Library Director Wanda Brown was honored with the Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement by the UNC-Greensboro School of Library and Information Studies. Giz Womack, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, was named an “Emerging Leader” by the Library Student Journal. Congratulations to this award-winning group of ZSR librarians!

First ITC Filmstudio project now showing

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:01 pm

Wake Forest undergrads Corinne Ung, Alana Wilson, Aaron Green, and Marshall Milliken completed the first video project in the ITC Filmstudio late last week. After two days of filming and over six additional hours worth of editing and compiling, the students, with assistance from ITC, created an evening news program for a Spanish class project. Utilizing the green screen setup in the Filmstudio, the students anchor their newscast in front of a Mexico City skyline, conduct an interview in an office setting, and even appear live on location as a street brawl breaks out in the background, each scene created right here in ZSR. Below is the final product, please watch and enjoy!

A special thanks to Corinne Ung, Alana Wilson, Aaron Green, and Marshall Milliken for allowing us to show this video online, as well as to IS, Rick Matthews, and Yip Ching-Wan for making this Filmstudio a reality. We hope to see even more creative use of our facilities in the future.

NY Times op-ed on higher education

Monday, April 27, 2009 9:55 am

Right in time for spring graduation, Mark Taylor wrote an op-ed piece for the NYT Sunday edition called End the University as we know it in which he calls for major restructuring of the higher education system. On first glance it is an interesting read in which Taylor calls for more collaboration and interdisciplinary work (two things that libraries are pretty good at). I was struck by his discussion of the role of educational technology in higher education and the impact of technology on student work particularly in light of the increased call for educational technology support that we have seen over the past few semesters.

Granted, along with these ideas, he suggests some pretty controversial changes to higher education including mandatory retirement(!) and a move away from traditional departments. He also comments that universities are training people for jobs that don’t exist or are already filled to capacity. These are some weighty suggestions so read at your own risk :)

ZSR Librarians Attain Library Faculty Status

Sunday, April 26, 2009 4:07 pm

After two years of study, librarians at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library will change their status from University staff to library faculty. Library Director Lynn Sutton consulted with the University Senate, Wake Forest College faculty, Dean’s Council, Cabinet, and Academic Committee of the Board of Trustees in the effort to give librarians a share of academic peer governance. Beginning July 1, 2009, librarians will be assigned to one of four library faculty ranks: Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, Librarian or Senior Librarian. Provost Jill Tiefenthaler said, “Faculty status will help position the library to better meet the University’s strategic priorities.”

Kristen – Administrative Professionals Conference

Friday, April 24, 2009 1:13 pm

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 Administrative Professionals Conference at Bridger Field House. Our audience was made up of Administrative Professionals from WFU, WFU-Health Sciences, WSSU, UNC School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College. The majority of the audience was female, but there were 3 males at the conference yesterday! We had 206 attendees, which was down a bit from last year due to the economic hardships.

I have been on the Administrative Professionals Committee for 6 years. This year I updated and added new pages to our web site: I was also on the registration sub-committee.

We had 3 great speakers!

Speaker 1 was Cher Holton, her topic was “Living at the Speed of Life, Staying in Control in a World Gone Bonkers”! She presented some really great ideas on how to cope with stress, how to appreciate your self and others, facing fear and growing and building a network. She was a very dynamic and exciting speaker and kept everyone engaged!

Speaker 2 was Denise Ryan, her topic was “Motivation by Chocolate”! We each took a test and based on the test results, we split up into 4 groups. What type of chocolate maker are you?

Group 1 was Forrest Mars – commander, values getting the job done, decisive risk taker, good at delegating work to others, etc. There were only 5 Administrative Professionals in this group!

Group 2 was Mrs. Fields – entertainer, values enjoyment and helping others with the same, full of ideas and impulsive in trying them, wants to work to be fun for everyone, talkative and open about self, etc. This was the largest group!

Group 3 was Milton Hershey – harmonizer, values acceptance and stability in circumstances, slow with big decisions, dislikes change, builds networks of friends to help do work, good listener, easy going, friendly, etc.

Group 4 was Henri Nestle – assessor, values accuracy in details, plans thoroughly before deciding to act, introverted, highly organized, cautious, logical, thrifty approach, etc. For those that know me well, you probably know I was in this group!
We also had a chocolate tasting!

Speaker 3 was Sheri Lynch from the nationally syndicated radio show Bob & Sheri, based in Charlotte – 107.9 FM – The Link. Her topic was; “In the life of an administrative professional, it’s bad enough that you’re at the center of everything. For most women, that “center of everything” is true at home as well with a dizzying number of responsibilities and demands”. Sheri spoke about her life as a radio host and Mother of two girls.

I think this was one of our best conferences! The speakers and food were great! River Birch and Midtown Café catered our lunch! Chick-fil-A (on Peacehaven) donated breakfast, door prizes and 31 table center pieces! The Chick-fil-A cow was also present! Members of our committee collected enough door prizes that each attendee went home with one door prize! A great success!!

The Second “Celebrating Nature: Earth Day @ ZSR” program

Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:54 pm

Earth Day was observed at ZSR a few days early this year, with the second annual “Celebrating Nature” program that was held on Thursday, April 16. Three speakers gave their perspectives on the importance of recycling in terms of conservation strategies, preservation techniques, and the connections on a local and broader canvas.It was also scheduled to coincide with the Earth Day Fair to be held for the first time on Wake’s campus the following Saturday the 18th.

Peter Romanov started the program as a substitute for Becky Bowers, who had been scheduled to participate.He gave a brief tour of the Treehugger website, a source of environmental news as well as tips, forums, and quizzes. Peter demonstrated three of these quizzes to the audience:

What’s Your Green IQ?

Are You Green Car Savvy?

What’s the Footprint of Your Food?

Craig Fansler followed with an example of recycling some of the materials that are discarded from the library. By salvaging endpapers, pictures and text from books that have been withdrawn, he created a series of shadowboxes (seen below), flip books, and magnets.

Dr. Robert Browne of the Biology Department, who spoke at the first “Celebrating Nature” event last year, closed the program with several thoughts about the efforts to encourage sustainability at Wake Forest. Different units around campus have been recycling materials as much as possible, from lawn waste to construction materials. Recycling of paper, glass and metal has been gaining ground, but the problems of cross-contamination have led to the disposal of some recyclables as garbage. In the case of garbage, Dr. Browne commented about attempts by Winston-Salem to keep the landfill as safe as possible by finding ways to prevent the buildup of volatile methane gas, either by capturing and recycling it or by “scrubbing” many of the harmful contaminants by a complex filtration system.

Dr. Browne also shared two little known facts:

  • A serious methane explosion took place in Winston-Salem on the morning of September 27, 1969 at the old city dump located on Silas Creek Parkway behind the National Guard Armory.Gas that seeped into the armory was ignited by a person lighting a cigarette.Three people were killed in the accident and twenty-five more were injured.
  • Some of the marble from the staircases that led to the original main entrance to the library from the fourth floor is still on campus.Several benches were made from that marble and placed along the Reynolda Village Path.If you look closely, the masonry is still visible!

In all, twenty-three people attended this year’s program. Who knows what next year may bring?

ITC Film studio hits inauguraluse, goes multi-lingual in one morning

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:17 am

Students film a news video for their spanish class

This morning our ITC filming studio had its inaugural use this morning. Our own production engineer Barry Davis worked with students to film in front of a green screen so that they can superimpose an image of Mexico City.

Many thanks to Barry for taking on the heavy lifting of this project and to making sure that our students get the support they need for their video projects. If you have always wanted to be filmed in a far away place without leaving ZSR, we now have the equipment and the expertise!

ZSR Offers Tools, Services and Workshops for Your Classes

Monday, April 20, 2009 4:08 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library offers several new technologies to enhance your class. If you would like a blog (including a podcast blog) or wiki, the library can support you, from instruction in its use to providing a web site for your course. For help getting started, please contact the Instructional Design Librarian.

The ZSR Library also offers the Toolkit to help teach your students. The Toolkit contains short tutorials designed to teach specific research skills. Students can search the Toolkit for useful tutorials. 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.

This summer ZSR will offer a series of workshops on Web 2.0 tools and their potential for classroom use. We will host six afternoon workshops from June 9 through June 11. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Web 2.0: An introduction to Web 2.0 tools and their potential for use in the classroom and beyond.
  • Social Networking Applications: An introduction to social networking applications ranging from Facebook to Twitter and how to use them both in the classroom and beyond.
  • Google for Collaboration: Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Sites and the collaborative nature of each application.
  • Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting at ZSR: How blogs, wikis, and podcasts are currently used in the classroom and how to use them in your own teaching. Also learn about hosting opportunities on the library web site.
  • Using Web 2.0 Content: Web 2.0 makes it easy to get information to come to you. Learn how to use RSS to easily gather content and create multimedia web sites.
  • Web 2.0 and Instructional Design: Come to this session to discuss using web 2.0 tools in the classroom. We will discuss the pro and cons of various strategies.

Feel free to attend a few specific sessions, or come for the entire event. Register for the workshops online.

New Multimedia Equipment and Facilities Now Available

Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:10 pm

Faculty and students working on multimedia projects now have more equipment available for this purpose. In addition to the existing digital cameras and camcorders available for check-out from the library’s Information Technology Center (ITC), we now have

  • Three new JVC HD hard drive camcorders,
  • Three new Olympus audio recorders for creating podcasts, and
  • A new LCD projector.

All equipment is available first come, first served, for three-day check-out. If you are planning student multimedia projects for your course, contact Erik Mitchell, Assistant Head, Technology Services, to review the resources available and arrange for equipment instruction or multimedia lab use.

Library Screening Room 260 is now also the ITC mini-studio! Faculty and students can use our video camera, lights and computer to capture lectures and other content, and can output the video to a variety of formats. We recommend that users consult with ITC staff and book the facility in advance to allow enough time to complete projects. Contact Erik Mitchell for more information. To see a creative use of this facility, watch this recent student project resulting from two days of filming and over six hours of editing! Thanks to Associate Provost for Information Systems, Rick Matthews, and Ching-Wan Yip, Instructional Technology Analyst, for making the ITC mini-studio a reality.

May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
May 2006
April 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
October 2005
August 2005
July 2005

Powered by, protected by Akismet. Blog with