During March 2010...
On Friday, March 26th, Andrea Ellis of the the Professional Development Center led a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop for 18 faculty and staff. The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives.
Types are indicated by four letters representing your preferences. A preference clarity index shows where individuals fall along a continuum in each category.
- Where you focus your attention: (E)xtraversion or (I)ntroversion
- The way you take in information: (S)ensing or I(N)tuition
- The way you make decisions: (T)hinking or (F)eeling
- How you deal with the outer world: (J)udging or (P)erceiving
We started the workshop with a brief description of each type and were asked to self-assess. Then we broke into groups and worked on projects that helped us learn about each category. After that we were given the results of our MBTI test that we were assigned to take online prior to the workshop. I was surprised to learn that even though I had tested as an ENTJ many years ago, I now tested as an ENFP.
This two-hour workshop was both fun and enlightening. Learning not only about my own type but also other types will hopefully help me better understand myself and others. The Professional Development Center can also do a Myers-Briggs workshop for specific departments.
As you can see, we have updated the look of the library website. We’ve moved some things around and added a few things to the home page but, overall, it should be familiar. So what’s next?
Well, first, we want to know what you think of the new look. Like it? Dislike it? Easier to use? Can’t find something? Other feedback? Leave us a comment.
And what does the future hold? The new look is a first step in a larger redesign process. During this process, we’ll be talking with you to find out what changes we can make to improve our web resources and services. Got ideas? Let us know!
On February 26, a request for a library tour/class came in via our library instructional request form on the library homepage. One of the teachers at First Assembly Christian School requested a session for his students on March 10. His students are writing a research paper on a modern US historical event. I have worked with this teacher in the past so I responded to his request.
The 28 students arrived around 10:00 a.m. and spent the first part of the class period in Room 476 learning about the online catalog and databases such as Readers’ Guide Retrospective. Following the brief introduction on how to locate library resources, the students were divided up into groups and were given a topic to research in ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The little hands-on activity provided an opportunity for them to become familiar with searching, printing and emailing. After the library tour, students returned to the Reference Department to apply their new knowledge and skills gained in the orientation session.
Spring break is always a good time for students to visit our library, and I enjoyed meeting with this group. Hopefully, as these students continue to research their topics, they will come back to ZSR to identify more resources. Who knows we might see some of these smiling faces here at Wake Forest in a few years!
On the morning of Thursday, March 4th, Ellen Makaravage and I attended the Gatekeeper’s Workshop: Enhancing our Community through Inclusion. This three-hour workshop was led by Donna Stringer and Andy Reynolds of Executive Diversity Services. No computers were allowed, but the workshop flew by so quickly I barely noticed I was “offline”. (My handwritten notes are not legible, so I’ll keep this short!)
We discussed diversity, inclusion and engagement. An interesting point they made was that Equality is not equity and engaging environments are about equitable treatment! We also discussed how conflict often gets attributed to what you can see (color, gender, disability, general appearance) rather than the actual cause of the conflict.
Everyone knows the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, well we replaced this with a Platinum Rule, “Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.” Seems like a minor change, but it makes a huge difference.
We learned a variety of techniques for improving cross-cultural interactions ranging from slowing down knee-jerk reactions to checking assumptions and assuming positive intentions. Other techniques included stating your intent and allowing others to share the impact of your behavior.
This was an excellent workshop, well worth the time and I would encourage everyone to attend if it is offered again in the future!
Each semester I’ve taught LIB100, I try to find a broad,general topic for the class to work from. I like a topic that will have sufficient research that each group can find lots of good material for their group exhibits. Spring 2010 led me to using “Global Warming and Climate Change” as this general topic. Wake Forest has opened an Office of Sustainability, announced a conference: “Taking It to the Next Level: Strategies for Adaptation across the Sustainability Curriculum,” and invited Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas Friedman, to speak on campus. This topic was very timely and I knew the students would buy into the topic. The class worked in groups of three to refine a narrow topic from the broad topic; select a title for their exhibit; design, produce and then install their exhibits in ZSR.
Along the way, each group learned to use the library resources. On the final class day, each group presented a short talk by their completed exhibit in Room 401. I’ve grown to really like the students working on exhibits in the Preservation Lab. You get to know them better and I feel like they engage in way they wouldn’t normally engage in a classroom setting. I invite you to stop by the 4th floor- Room 410 and see the latest crop of student exhibits.
On Tuesday afternoon, Heather Gillette, Susan Smith and I attended the session held in Pugh Auditorium to hear about the environmental impacts of the new Admissions and Welcome Center currently under construction adjacent to Starling Hall. The session was led by Jim Alty with assistance from Keith Callahan and representatives from Lambert Architecture. The construction of the new building and parking areas are expected to be completed in February, 2011 and the building is hoping to get a “silver” LEED designation. The building will have improved parking allowing for places for buses to park as well as expanded lots for cars, and a 260 seat auditorium, more workspace and office space for the admissions staff. The presentation made heavy use of overhead photos to allow us to understand the rationale for site placement.
In his remarks, Jim Alty explained that while we all love our mature tree canopy on this campus, that the canopy itself is really no older than the new campus. In original photos taken of the area when the first few buildings were built, you could see that the campus used to be farmland. The forested areas have been planted and cared for since the campus moved here. The site for the new building was chosen because:
- It was close to the entrance of the university, but not far from the heart of it
- it was chosen over other proposed areas because that sector of land contained many invasive species, not native plants
- the native plants that were growing on the space were removed and replanted elsewhere on campus
In responding to the charge that more cover had been removed from the area than was in the original design, Keith and Jim both said that they had to change the plans from the original plans that had been circulated as a result of new stormwater run off conditions that had been put in place by the city of Winston Salem. Essentially, projects constructed now have to engineer a way to manage the run off that would be expected in a 25 year flood. This caused some removal of some more trees and creation of some retention ponds that will be dry most of the time, but will be utilized if such a great rain fall occurs.
All plant materials that were removed from the site have been either replanted on campus or ground up into chips. None of it was landfilled. The topsoil and chips were removed off site since there was no ability to use it immediately on campus and storing it, since it would be such a large amount, would be detrimental to the trees that it was stored around.
At the end of the program more overhead drawings were shown of the area where the new building will be, indicating summer growth approximately 5 years later. Many of the areas where trees had been removed will be replanted with hardwoods to bring back more of the forested feel. I think the view from the path to Reynolda Village will never be exactly the same, but when all is said and done, it will be an improvement from what we see now.