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During June 2010...

Zephyrs roll the lanes in Week 4

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:37 pm

Carolyn rolls a strike!

The Zephyrs hit the lanes today to bowl in the Summer Olympics Challenge. We are an ethical group so didn’t try to sneak Wanda into the line up! It was tempting though…..Our primary competitors were Audra, Erik, JP and Carolyn. Carolyn was the anchor, with the most experience and consistency. Over the course of 2 games, she rolled at least 5 strikes! The first game was for top individual scores. We had fun. The second game was for overall best team. During this game, we were allowed to use substitutes, so Heather and Susan checked out some bowling shoes and joined in. Once again, we had fun! To see the bowling forms of some of the Zephyrs, check out these pics.

ZSR Zephyrs Bowlers

Zephyr Bowlers: Jean-Paul Bessou, Audra Eagle, Erik Mitchell, Carolyn McCallum, Heather Gillette. Not pictured (behind the camera), Susan Smith.

Zephyrs’ Summer Olympic Odyssey: Week 3

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:37 pm

This week was one of the most grueling weekly competitions: Inner Tube Water Polo. Not only is it physically challenging (you have to paddle up and down the pool chasing the ball and warding off attacks from the opposing team), but you have to show yourself to all your University colleagues in a swim suit!


This year the starting line up was all women: Carolyn, Heather, Mary Beth, and Susan (what’s with that, guys???). Carolyn manned the net and the rest of us ranged over the court. We soon found out why it’s important to have a guy or two on your team. This year the court was the full length of the pool with a shooting distance limitation that prevented getting in close and doing “layups”. In essence, you had to be a three-point type of shooter to throw all the way into the goal, something that is hard for us ladies to accomplish. We excelled at getting to the ball first and getting into position, but just didn’t have the strength to slam a shot in from a third court away :-(

So, Erik came to the rescue in the second half (which were LONG 7 minute halves). Carolyn rotated out, MB took over goalie duties and we made Erik our shooter. It was a tough battle against a talented (strong) team, but Erik prevented us from getting skunked and scored one goal.

Erik Takes a Shot at Goal

The upside to losing our match is that we didn’t have to go into the semifinals, which would have been even more brutal. We still eked out a tie for third place (hmm, the only teams that didn’t place were the ones that didn’t show up!).

JP and Audra served as the photographers so there are more images to see (and laugh at!). Prentice came to cheer us on and brought Travis. It was a fun event in spite of all our challenges.

Stay tuned for next week: Bowling! (wish we could put Wanda in as our ringer).

Thin client pilot expanded to include windows staff terminals

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:47 pm

The final phase of our thin client pilot is ready for testing. Two thin client machines have been deployed in staff areas (Circulation and Acquisitions areas). Each of these thin clients is running Windows and the full suite of library productivity applcitions (Voyager, Pharos, Illiad, etc).

If you have a few minutes please try them out! Once you do, please take our survey and tell us what you think about the experience.

We will be running the pilot through the end of the first summer session.

Zephyrs Frisbee Golf

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:44 pm

Today’s Olympic Challenge for the Zephyr’s was a frisbee golf round on the field across from Polo residence hall. The Zephyrs had two pretty major things going against us today. 1) We practiced eagerly yesterday afternoon on Davis Field, only to find out late yesterday that the event would be held at Polo Residence Hall and 2) Erik, our golf pro, (although he did admit that he wasn’t a frisbee golf pro) bowed out of the lineup to attend to an air conditioning emergency at home. Jean Paul happily stepped in to fill the void.

The Zephyr’s tee off time was at 11:40. We had high hopes as we walked over to Polo, even though JP confessed that he had NEVER thrown a frisbee before. We had time for a few practice tosses and a pretty harrowing moment when a frisbee toss came close to giving Audra a black eye. But soon the team of four, Heather, Audra, Jean Paul and Mary Beth (cheered on by Carolyn and Prentice) took on the challenge of trying to toss the frisbees into three catch basins that were several yards away from the starting point in the fewest number of tosses. The last goal was pretty deep into the woods that run along Allen Easley Drive. Heather was the tour guide introducing us to poison ivy along the way.

The points have been tallied, and the Zephyrs came in 6th place today, far below our outstanding 2nd place from last week. At the end of the game, JP was most improved having earned a score of 14, (for a par 11 course) while the rest of the three players had a score of 15. While we didn’t fare as well as some of the other teams, (secretly, we think they cheated) we are proud of our collective scores. The Zephyrs are still in second place overall in the standings for the 2010 Summer Olympic Challenge. Next week…water polo! Bring it!

New Scientific Tools: Pubget and the Neuroscience Information Framework

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:45 pm

Two new tools for accessing scientific information are now available to patrons. Last spring, Carol, Derrik and I attended a demo of Pubget, which is a free third-party search engine for accessing PDFs of journal articles in the life sciences including PubMed/MEDLINE. WFU has been activated on Pubget, and the unique feature of Pubget is that it enables users to locate the PDFs of hybrid Open Access articles from traditional subscription-based life science journals.

I also attended a webinar last May on the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF). NIF is an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research and is a free portal that provides access to neuroscience literature databases, funded grant information, DrugBank Database, and more. NIF and Pubget are now linked to my Biology LibGuide and Neuroscience LibGuide.

Summer Olympics Time Again!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:34 pm

ZSR Zephyrs 2010

2010 ZSR Zephyrs team from left: Carolyn McCallum, Audra Eagle, Prentice Armstrong, Mary Beth Lock, Heather Gillette, Erik Mitchell, Jean Paul Bessou, Susan Smith

Summertime on the WFU campus means another year of friendly inter-departmental competition in the Campus Recreation’s “Faculty & Staff Summer Olympic Challenge.” Over the next 7 weeks, this year’s ZSR Zephyr team will compete against several other teams in hopes of bringing the coveted Reynolda Cup back to the library. This year we welcome new team members Audra and JP who we know will contribute greatly to the overall effort. Last year we secured 2nd place overall, so the bar is high :-)

The first Wednesday lunchtime competition, archery, took place today. Each week four of our team members will participate in the event while the rest cheer and earn participation points. Today’s archers were Prentice, JP, Erik and Susan. It was JP’s first time to shoot an arrow and he did very well! There are a few archery competition pictures on the library flickr site (friends and family view) to enjoy.

You are used to seeing Erik and Susan slip out to exercise at lunchtime, but now you’ll also see several Zephyrs carrying yoga mats to earn their daily activity points over at Miller Center. I predict an increase in long walks, with or without pets on a leash!

The goal of the challenge is to give us an opportunity to interact with other departments on campus while having fun and getting healthier.

Next week is frisbee golf, so be sure and peek out to Davis Field mid-day Wednesday to catch the team in action

Campus Security Council Meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:49 pm

Wanda asked me to attend the Security Council meeting today, and I thought I would share the discussion since it applies to everyone. The topic today was “Campus Resources” – meaning resources for you and me, and our students if they experience stress, depression, or other issues.

Bruce Sanspree, University Police discussed generally the many stresses and issues faced by students, faculty and staff at Wake. In the past few years, these stresses have caused individuals to have problems. Sister Laretta Williams from Campus Ministry stressed giving attention to small issues and symptoms of stress before they get larger. Campus Ministry offers counseling and referrals to anyone on campus (758-5017).

Additional Resources available for everyone on campus:

  • Employment Assistance Program (EAP) – 716-5493- provides free, confidential counseling and referrals
  • University Counseling Center- provides counseling; located in Reynolda Hall
  • University Police- 758-5911-available for threats or threatening situations
  • Human Resources- 758-4700- handles work-related discrimination, threats or other issues
  • Compliance Hotline -877-7888- a confidential phone line to report workplace issues and problems
  • Campus Safety - a link from the WFU homepage which provides news updates, campus safety and security information, H1N1 information and information about the outdoor alert system.

These are good things to know about.

T.A.M.I. Show

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 10:21 am

This month’s film is T.A.M.I. Show: Teenage Awards Music International, Collector’s Edition. The T.A.M.I. Show was recorded at concerts held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 28 and 29. The resulting film is arguably the first concert movie of the rock era. It has not been available for public viewing due to copyright restrictions until now. In 1964 there was little opportunity for music fans to see their favorite bands unless they appeared on one of television’s variety shows, like The Ed Sullivan Show or Dick Clarks’ Bandstand. You must remember, this was before MTV or YouTube. Upon seeing the film in 1964, Charles Bombeld said, “the Rolling Stones were a real revelation. Bill Wyman was probably the coolest bass player on the planet.”

For more information, go to T.A.M.I. Show on Amazon.

Geocaching, ZSR Style

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 10:50 am

In our exploration of new and trendy technology, ZSR decided to purchase a GPS unit to be made available for checkout. The model we decided on was a Magellan eXplorist GC, hoping to be able to partner with other campus departments, such as Campus Recreation, in an attempt to provide new and interesting services to the community. Upon receiving the item, we discovered what the GC in the name stood for, in that the unit is designed almost exclusively for geocaching, a grown up version of the age old classic hide and seek.

Here’s a basic intro to Geocaching. Someone hides a Geocache, usually plastic or metal box/container, and then leaves clues and GPS coordinates on Other people then go hunting for the geocache, using the clues and their GPS unit to find the hidden box. Things hidden in the box vary by the hider, sometimes containing a log book for people to sign, small souvenirs of the hunt, or other items. However, it is proper etiquette to never take anything unless you leave an item in return, the hope being to add to the uniqueness of the cache by having a little piece of a lot of different people. You can then go back on the website and update your completed hunts, comment on others, and so on.

So, after reading over the rules of the hunt, Erik, JP, and I decided to try it out on our recent visit to East Carolina University. We located a geocache on the campus, the ECU Sonic Wall webcam.

The idea behind this particular challenge was to line yourself up with the webcam, streaming on ECU’s website, and take a picture or screen capture of you and your GPS unit. You could then post this on the site and earn “points.” So, after a day of learning about digitization workflow, we decided to take a quick walk around the ECU campus to track down the fountain. As we walked around the parking lot behind the library, we realized we were growing nearer and nearer, until we finally arrived back at the front door of the Joyner Library and realized we had already walked by the Sonic Wall Fountain three times that day. We located the webcam, and with the help of Erik’s 3G iPad, managed to grab a screen capture of us in front of the fountain.

Several Geocaches are located near Wake, mainly in the Reynolda Gardens and its related trails. We are planning on loading our GPS unit with several of these, so if you’re interested in a quick hike, let Barry know.

Technology Services and Special Collections Visit ECU

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 9:28 am

On Friday, May 28, Barry, Craig, Erik, Jean-Paul, Megan, and I visited East Carolina University in Greenville to spend some time with their Digital Collections unit and Special Collections department.

After introductions, Digital Collections unit head Gretchen Gueguen gave us an overview of the origin and initiatives of the unit. Like ZSR, digitization projects at ECU began as digital exhibits, but a standard procedure for metadata and digitization was needed. Some of the policies Gretchen and her team created include a digital collections development policy as well as technical guidelines for digitization.

Gretchen discussing Digital Collections at ECU

Gretchen then described the current architecture of digital collections. Digital collections are stored in a home-grown TeXtML/ repository. ECU uses dSpace for ETDs and other faculty/student research, but not for special collections. Metadata is formatted as XML in a METS wrapper, using MODS for descriptive metadata and Dublin Core for OAI harvesting. Erik and Jean-Paul mentioned that their repository is Windows-based, but we got some great ideas from their user interface.

On the Digital Collections website, Gretchen explained that digital objects were arranged according to collection strengths instead of by collection title or digital exhibit. Users can explore subject-arranged collections. In this way, Gretchen showed how digital collections can be a way to intellectually organize material in a digital interface. The option to search across all collections is featured on their website. The site includes a shuffled tag cloud consisting of shortened LC subject headings, as well as LC, geographic location, and date information as facets for digital object records. Here is an example. Note how each record includes a “Related Resources” box that links the record to subject collections and records with the same LC subject headings. One of the most innovative features of the box is that it links the record back to its source collection’s finding aid – as well as other items in the same box, folder, or collection! This is something we could do at ZSR. User comments are easy to add and are indexed in the object’s MODS record.

Archival finding aids at ECU are encoded by Mark Custer, who created a functional and creative stylesheet that allows users to interact with content and digitized material. Each finding aid has a tab for viewing digital objects, which links back to the digital repository. Here is an example. Finding aids are fully searchable and include a printable version. ECU does not use Archivists’ Toolkit but they are investigating the possibility of incorporating it into their workflow.

Metadata librarian Patricia Dragon demonstrated the web-based form that was created for her and other catalogers to use to catalog digital objects. Once material has been digitized, catalogers are sent a “job” request to catalog the objects. Using pull-down menus, catalogers choose descriptive terms for materials (even previously used LCSH and creator terms are saved). The web forms interact with a SQL database and are re-indexed regularly. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the metadata workflow is that all digital objects are made available online with basic metadata (such as title and source collection) and remain that way until fully cataloged.

Digitization and digital project requests forms are also web-based, making it easier for library staff to submit ideas. Their form is similar to a draft that I am working on, except it is connected to an SQL database that staff can interact with and prioritize. ECU is forming a “selection advisory team” similar to what we are working on, that will score, rank, and give deadlines to digital project submissions. This type of group is also being discussed at ZSR.

Touring the Special Collections Reading Room

We got a tour of Special Collections from Dale Sauter, which included their beautiful reading room and spacious archival stacks. We learned that Special Collections’ role is more focused on selection and project suggestion, less on description or project management. While Digital Collections has existed as a unit within the Special Collections department at ECU, last week the unit was moved to a new department called Library Technology and Digital Initiatives (they are searching for a department head). We also had a tour of the Digital Collections area of the library, where Joe Barricella supervises student employees’ digitization and technical metadata.

Joe Observing Digitization by a Student

The digitization task force at ZSR will be meeting early this month to discuss the ECU visit and potential policies for digitization. Overall, it was an inspiring and informative field trip!

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