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During April 2010...

Herodotus FYS Exhibits

Friday, April 30, 2010 11:18 am

Exhibit Design & Production

Herodotus- Father of History and Father of Lies is the title of this First Year Seminar. Herodotus apparently had an inclination to record history and make things up. This year is probably the tenth year I’ve worked with Dr. Jeff Lerner and his history classes doing exhibits. The class came to Preservation about a month ago where I gave them the “How to do a Good Exhibit” talk, showed them the space they’d be working in, samples of current student exhibits, and some examples from the past.

Exhibit Design & Production

Next, work times were established for each exhibit group to come and begin work on their exhibit. This starts slowly as they must navigate the three-dimensional, attractive exhibits side of things, as well as the well-written text side of things. We talk individually about each group’s topic, what ideas the group has, and how to execute these ideas. It is always fun to watch and listen as each group embarks on exhibit production as they look around the Preservation Lab for possible materials and ideas, visit Demon Reprographics and call home.

Faculty Assistance

Slowly, each individual exhibit takes shape and the installation phase begins. Over several days (and nights) the cases are cleaned and refilled with Greek history.

Exhibit Installation

Finally, on Reading Day, each group shows photos of their exhibit to the class and makes a short presentation.

Hoplites
Babylon
Salamis
Delphi
The Scythians
The Royal Road

The exhibits this year are some of the best we’ve had. I encourage everyone to take a look at these interesting student exhibits at the library entrance.

Cristina Elected to Museum of Anthropology Advisory Board

Monday, April 26, 2010 10:04 am

I have been elected as a member for the Museum of Anthropology Advisory Board for a three-year term, starting 2010-2011. MOA’s programming is impressive. Each year, a theme is chosen, funding and experts are sought and special exhibit, lectures, and films are planned – this year’s theme is African culture. I was involved with the “Asian Games: The Art of Contest” project in 2005. My children also played a role by demonstrating and leading some games on the Community Day.

My connection with the Museum actually goes back to 1997 when my first child started the summer camp at the Museum. They learned about a different part or people of the world each year, including China, Australia/New Zealand, South Eastern Indians, Pacific Island, etc. They proclaimed it is their favorite summer camp. They finally got too old for it, and they started volunteering at the camp.

Winston-Salem community is very fortunate to have the Museum, and the resources the Museum provides. The Museum offers a variety of opportunities for experiencing and learning about different cultures. Not only does it give on-site programs and classes, it also takes the cultural presentations to schools for curriculum enrichment.

I am honored to be serving on the Advisory Board. I am looking forward to assisting in the endeavor of whatever the Museum of Anthropology will embark on.

Senior Showcase

Monday, April 26, 2010 9:45 am

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library hosted the inaugural Senior Showcase, an event honoring exemplary research completed by Wake Forest University undergraduates in their final year. Honorees shared their research from their senior theses before the Wake Forest community in a three-part lecture in the Library’s Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room. The 2010 honorees were:

  • Anna Nicodemus (History, Division I); nominated by Dr. Paul Escott
  • Courtney Vris (French Studies, Division II); nominated by Dr. Kendall Tarte
  • Mallory Durr (Political Science, Division IV); nominated by Dr. Helga Welsh

Anna Nicodemus’s thesis, “Prudential Unionism: Southern Sentiment, Unionist Reasoning, and Maryland’s Allegiance in Early 1861,” examined the conflicting emotional and strategic support given to the Union across Maryland, her home state, at the outbreak of the Civil War. As Anna noted, Maryland’s position south of the Mason-Dixon line yet north of Washington, D.C., made the state geographically vital to the Union, but many citizens were predisposed to Southern identification. Although Maryland remained in the Union, Anna’s research found that strong sympathies with Southern ideals resulted in several clashes within Maryland in the spring of 1861. Interestingly, Southern sentiment is still enshrined in Maryland’s state song (written in April 1861 and adopted in 1939, but recently challenged), found in the closing lines: “She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb- / Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!”

Courtney Vris’s thesis, “Renée Saccard et Paris, ville complice, dans La Curée d’Émile Zola” (Renée Saccard and Paris, urban accomplice, in Émile Zola’s La Curée), examined the role that the city of Paris played in Zola’s novel in the character development of Renée Saccard, the central character. Focusing on four Parisian places – the Bois de Boulogne, the hotel Saccard, the hotel Béraud Du Châtel, and theCafé Riche – Courtney demonstrated how each location acted as an influence upon and reflection of Renée’s behavior and emotions. As later discussed during the question and answer session, Paris could easily be interpreted as a fourth main character in Zola’s novel.

Mallory Durr’s thesis, “Divided Societies: Power Sharing in Multilingual Democracies,” was a case study of four countries that have differing multilingual traditions and codified linguistic policies, and how those impact democracy. Her research examined the role that official linguistic policies play in addressing conflict and upholding democracy in Switzerland, Belgium, India, and South Africa. Mallory found that no single overt, official linguistic policy plan is better at supporting democracy through the engagement and protection of linguistic minorities, but rather that covert, voluntary cultural policies need to rise within the political realm to ensure greater equality and protection.

Photos from the Showcase, including photos of the honorees and their nominating faculty, can be viewed here. Plans for the 2011 Senior Showcase are already in progress, with the primary aim of adjusting the eligibility deadline for nominations to achieve future representation from all five divisions of Wake Forest College.

Some Thoughts About the iPad

Saturday, April 24, 2010 9:02 pm

Some people who could not attend the TLC program on the iPad asked if I would be repeating the presentation. Instead of trying to repeat it during this busy time of year, I’ve posted an entry on my blog with a link to my prezi presentation and some other links about the iPad. (Prezi is a cool presentation tool I first heard about from Leah McCoy and Erik Mitchell!)

http://gizwomack.com/1/post/2010/04/bouquets-and-brickbats-for-the-ipad.html

Quick Response Codes… first in Japan… now in ZSR Library!

Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:46 pm

My QR Code
As many of you know, I am really interested inAugmented Reality. There’s some pretty amazing potential there for embedding additional metadata into the real world as well as providing instruction at point-of-use, point-of-need locations. However, the technology is still pretty far off. We’d need a user base that had devices that work with augmented reality implementations. We’d need to do some pretty fancy work on the technical end of things. We’d need to devote some serious time to embedding content into the environment around us… so it’s more of something to be aware of at this point rather than something to do. (Though, if you’re interested in seeing a library implementation, check out NCSU’s WolfWalk.)

So, augmented reality has potential, but isn’t something that most libraries are likely to work with in the near future. Yet, many of our users do have smart phones that provide some of these capabilities and there are ways to provide a similar service with significantly less investment on our end. One answer: QR Codes! QR Codes have been around for some time and are very popular in Japan. They’re just now entering in use in the US.

“QR” stands for “Quick Response.” If you have a phone that is capable (all smart phones, as well as some intermediate-level phones) and an app, you can scan the code with the camera on your phone and get additional information. For example, if you scan the code at the top of the post, you’ll get my contact information:

Contact Information

You can also add links to websites and multimedia to the QR Codes. They’re easy to create. If you want one of your own, you can use a QR Code Generator to make it for you. This ease-of-creation is why you might have begun noticing them on people’s nametags or business cards at conferences, or on products you might have purchased. (I hadn’t really been paying attention, but then after learning more about them, I realized there was one on a carseat we had just purchased… and now I’ve noticed them in a few other places as well.)

So what does this mean for library service? In theory, you could do all kinds of interesting things! You could have QR Codes posted with step-by-step instructions by things like the printers or machine to add cash to Deacon Cards. You could have them posted by study rooms to show when the specific room is next available. You could post them in the stacks to bring up a list of LibGuides on topics related to the books in the area. You could have them in the stacks to show where the ebooks would be on the shelves. You could do point-of-need instructions on how to read call numbers and find books. You could put them all over campus with links to digital libraries or items from our special collections related to the different buildings. There are a huge number of potential opportunities here.

However, again, that all takes time and we don’t even know if our users would be interested. So, in conversations with Susan, Erik, Roz, Kevin, Mary Beth, Lauren C., and Craig (did I miss anyone?) we brainstormed up a few easy uses, made a few codes, and posted them in a few places in the building (with some additional signage to help people figure out how to use them). At this point, they mostly either link to a part of our website explaining the services offered at a desk, or perhaps contain a paragraph of text explaining what something is (the lockers, for example). The display cases have codes referring to where to get additional information on the exhibits.

So, check them out and let us know what you think! Or, if you want to see if your phone is capable, swing by and we’ll check it out. It’ll be an interesting experiment to see how/if our users take to it… and if they do, what types of services this technology might enable us to provide!

Annual Administrative Professionals Conference

Friday, April 23, 2010 2:11 pm

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the 2010 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 2 males at the conference yesterday! We had 260 attendees, which was up from last year since we did an early bird conference rate this year.

I have been on the Administrative Professionals Committee for 7 years. This was my second year updating and adding new pages to our web site: http://groups.wfu.edu/adminprof/ I was also on the registration sub-committee. I helped check-in attendees at the door. Each attendee was given a goodie bag when they checked in.

We had 3 great speakers! All three tailor-made their presentation to our group!

Speaker 1 was Laura Hamilton, her topic was “Listening Skills and Conflict Resolution.” She was a very dynamic and exciting speaker and kept everyone engaged! She spoke about the stages of conflict.

Speaker 2 was Shari Peace, her topic was “Tap Your Hidden Talents: How to Build Your Value, Visibility and Job Security.” Shari read my write-up from last year’s conference and contacted me about coming to the 2010 conference! Shari spoke about what a person’s strengths are made up of: Talents, Skills and Knowledge. One of my favorite quotes from her presentation was “if you don’t blow your own horn – there won’t be any music.” She also spoke about discovering your interests and gifts and maximizing your contributions to your organizations success. Most effective ways to feel better fast: 1. resting/napping/sleeping (not recommended at work) 2. tending to chores 3. Talking to someone 4. Listening to music 5. exercising

Speaker 3 was Sandy Geroux, her topic was “It’s My Dream…And Who am I to Stop Me?” Sandy sang us a song that she wrote about Administrative Professionals called “Man! I Feel Administrative!” It was really entertaining! She spoke about critical mindsets and habits of high achievers. High achievers dream BIG! High achievers are not afraid to talk about – and ask for what they want. High achievers also connect with their passion and values. They are also not afraid to take reasonable and appropriate risks along the way. They are also persistent. Of course, dreams were a big part of her presentation. We made a list of our dreams and why they were important to us.

The speakers and food were great! River Birch and Midtown Café catered our lunch again this year! Chick-fil-A (on Peacehaven) donated breakfast and door prizes! The Chick-fil-A cow was also present!

The ZSR Library’s Technology How To Blog!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:44 am

I just wanted to post a reminder that new posts appear regularly throughout the year on the ZSR Library’s Technology How To Blog. Most recently we have posted new entries on Using the Help Resources Provided by EndNote and edited entries on the grant funded, Digital Media Station in the Multimedia Lab. We even have instructions on using the two-sided printing feature on the Library copiers! Check it out!

Website Focus Group

Friday, April 16, 2010 1:22 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be holding a student focus group about our website on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 from 3PM to 4PM. We want to ask you a few questions about the new look and evaluate the usefulness of the design changes. If you have a few minutes, we would appreciate your help. Pizza and refreshments will be available. Please visit the Circulation Desk or email zsrweb@lists.wfu.edu by April 23 to register.

Mural Contest Winners

Monday, April 12, 2010 3:14 pm

Congratulations to our winners in the ZSR “Wake this Space” Mural Contest! The winner of the online “people’s choice” vote was Carleigh Morgan. The winner chosen by our panel of judges was a group entry by Courteney Morris and J.K. Awotwi.

Thanks to our judges:

  • Jermyn Davis, WFU Student
  • Craig Fansler, Librarian
  • Lynn Sutton, Dean, ZSR LIbrary
  • Ryan Swanson, University Architect
  • Giz Womack, Librarian and WFU Studio Art alumnus.

Thanks especially to everyone who entered the contest.

The winning entries should be executed soon. Watch the wall near the library east entrance for a much improved look!

A look at the work of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Friday, April 9, 2010 4:12 pm

I’m very grateful that Lynn has allowed me to serve as the library representative for this year’s Arts Council Campaign. In trying to get a better understanding of the work of the Arts Council, I have discovered far more than I ever expected.

Thanks to donations from folks like you and me, in 2009-2010 the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is able to provide grants totaling $1,600,000 to 59 recipients in the areas of Organization Support, Innovative Project, Arts in Education, and Regional Artist Projects.

Here are just a few examples of how our donations have enabled the Arts Council to support the arts in the Triad this year in these four areas:

Organizational support grants to:

NC Black Repertory Company ($175,000)

RiverRun International Film Festival ($77,000)

Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts ($31,500)

In the area of Innovative Project Grants:

BOOKMARKS Book Festival: $3,000

To enhance membership outreach and redevelop the organization’s website to allow e-commerce and online donations.

Clemmons Community Theatre: $1,500

To expand the existing marketing strategy by creating an online presence and a web application to allow the populations in nursing homes to view live performances.

Piedmont Slam: $1,500

To present twelve to fourteen events promoting spoken word to a wide demographic, involving a wide diversity of voices and establish a board to assist slammasters, develop promotion and bring in six featured artists.

Visit Winston-Salem: $2,500

To utilize “Guide by Cell” technology that will enable visitors to customize their own tours or follow suggested routes based on the Cultural Corridors programming.

Arts-In-Education Grants with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools:

Carolina Music Ways: $1,300

To conduct a 45-minute school assembly program that educates children about the multicultural musical legacy that exists in the area. Musicians representing jazz, blues, bluegrass, gospel, Moravian, and old-time string bands will be present.

Giannini Brass: $6,000

To present “Brass Under the Big Top” which integrates musical performances with the magic of the circus to expose elementary students to classical music and teach musical concepts and history.

Tam Tam Mandingue Winston-Salem: $10,500

To expand a program that provides African drumming and dancing workshops for K-12 students.

To support individual Regional Artists:

Carlos Gustavo: $4,300

To produce “Homeless Situations, Those who Inhabit the Peripheries,” a photographic exploration to observe and describe homeless environments.

Christopher Bonner: $1,000

To produce a gospel album called “God’s love…chris bonner” in conjunction with Hidden Beach Records, a label that has committed to fund a portion of the project.

Leighanne Martin Wright: $1,200

To purchase new wireless headset microphones for use as she directs both community and high school theatre productions.

If you’d like to see the entire list of awards, it is available at http://www.intothearts.org/grants/default.asp You’ll truly be surprised by the range of artistic activities that the Arts Council supports in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

There’s still time to donate if you haven’t yet made a contribution to the Arts Council. The 2010 campaign officially ends April 30th.


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