Library Gazette

During July 2010...

Community art from the UK to Forsyth County

Saturday, July 31, 2010 9:26 am

On Thursday, July 29, we were lucky to have two special visitors from the University of Portsmouth in the UK: art professors Claire Sambrook and Maureen O’Neill, creators of the Visual Libraries project. Claire and Maureen obtained a grant to visit us here in Winston-Salem to check on the status of the Leave Your Mark project at Forsyth County Public Library that was inspired by Visual Libraries.

I originally read about Visual Libraries in a news email for libraries in 2009 while a librarian at FCPL and gathered a group of librarians to see if we could emulate the project in the US. When our fledgling project started, I contacted Claire, who was an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts. Fast-forward one year — FCPL has 36 Leave Your Mark books, Claire and Maureen are visiting Winston-Salem, and we are investigating the possibility of making Leave Your Mark into a collaborative project between FCPL and WFU!

Candace Brennan, a reference librarian at Central Library downtown, took over the project and has been promoting it widely in the community. She hosted our friends from Portsmouth and invited us at ZSR to host a workshop, which took place in the Rare Book reading room. The visit was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal!

Claire and Maureen demonstrated how their project started as a small idea and expanded into a community asset, incorporating faculty, students, and the community at large. They have over 230 blank art journals circulating in Portsmouth! Our group was then invited to add our own art to the FCPL and Portsmouth art journals in order to get a taste of the Visual Libraries/Leave Your Mark experience.

Many thanks to the library faculty, staff, and students who were able to attend. We are meeting with Candace to discuss expanding Leave Your Mark to include the WFU community!

NCILL Users Group Conference- July 30, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010 4:39 pm

Over 50 ILL Librarians and support staff gathered today in Wake Forest’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library for a day of sharing tips, information and commiseration at the NCILL Users Group Conference.

The day started with light refreshments and a meet and greet in the morning and then the group broke up into two concurrent sessions. The first allowed libraries to talk about the ILLiad Addons that have been developed and how to make them work in other ILLiad Libraries. Cristina and Kevin shared their expertise beautifully and did ZSR proud. The second concurrent session featured Madeline Bombeld, (sister of our own Charles) who discussed Purchase on Demand and the Greening of ILL along with WIlliam Gee.

Madeline Bombeld is on the left in this picture.
The morning concluded with our going over to Benson Center to hear Esther Onega of Univ. of Virgina talk about her involvement with the Google Books Project . She gave a very interesting talk about the impact of the Google Book project on public services in her library and methods they’ve developed to minimize the negative side. Among the challenges she’s faced are the myriad of cataloging problems they’ve unearthed and had to fix before sending the books off to be digitized.

After lunch, the rest of the afternoon took place in Room 204, with Cristina kicking off the afternoon session.

The afternoon was all about Direct Request, and how to go forth and implement it with courage. Many misconceptions about how Direct Request works were cleared up.

Then a Round Table discussion closed out the afternoon session as participants frankly discussed their challenges and concerns. It was a very informative day. We should all be pleased with the work that Ellen, Anna and Tara did under Cristina’s exemplary leadership. I am especially proud of the current and former ILL team today. They represented the library very well and we had a very polished and professional conference, and a worthwhile day entertaining our colleagues while sharing some great information.

Summer Olympic Challenge: Zephyrs Place Silver!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:11 pm

Today was the final competition for the summer 2010 staff Olympics. As is the tradition, the event is a mystery. All the teams know is that we have to be ready to accomplish a number of odd tasks.

This year, the four competitors from each team had to:
Keep the Balls in the Air

  • juggle a beach ball without dropping it as they moved to their individual challenge. If you dropped it, you have to start that segment over

Use the Baloon Air to Clear Cups Off

  • Challenge 1 was to blow up a balloon and use the air in the balloon to blow paper cups off the top of a cardboard box (JP)

Toss 2 Balls in the Cone

  • Challenge 2 was to throw 2 tennis balls into a traffic cone that was being held on the forehead of the third team player (Prentice throwing to Barry)

Makes the Pedometer Go 150 Steps

  • Challenge 3 was to advance a funky pedometer forward 150 positions. The pedometer was mounted to a string that was tied around the team player’s head (Barry)

Mary Beth Edges Up the Hot Tamale

  • Challenge 4 was to balance a “hot tamale (candy)” on two secured-together pencils that were attached on two string on either end. The strings were draped over team member 4′s ears and the team member had to carefully raise the tamale laden pencil up to her mouth and eat the candy and do this THREE times (Mary Beth).

Without a doubt, Barry receive MVP Player of the Week for the Zephyrs. I think the pedometers were losing functionality by the time the last two teams got to them (That was us and our competitors, Klassy).


But since Klassy came in first and we came in second (By only TWO points), I guess it would be in bad taste to contest the results :-)

Kudos to the Grand Finale team: JP, Barry, Mary Beth and Prentice, who did ZSR Library proud today!
Mystery Task Team

Meet Anna

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:31 pm

Greetings from Reynolds 3! Let me begin by thanking you all for making me feel so welcome in my first weeks as a full-time staff member; I enjoyed worked 3rd shift in Access Services, but I am thrilled about my new position in Interlibrary Loan. I’m also excited about the opportunities for collaboration with ZSR staff and strive to be a good representative for non-exempt staff at Admin Council.

My background: I’m a North Carolina native, raised near Lake Norman in a little town named Troutman. I received my BA from NC State in 2007; post graduation, I worked for two years in the Mooresville Public Library’s Circulation Services Department, where I was responsible for ordering AV materials and maintaining that collection. Since August of 2008, I have been enrolled in UNCG’s MLIS program, and I anticipate graduating in December of 2010 (hurrah!).

In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, reading, cooking, and traveling. I also LOVE ACC athletics (especially football and basketball), and I hope to attend more Wake games this season! Since I’m moving to Winston-Salem mid-August, I’m also hoping to learn more about the area, and I welcome any suggestions for things to do and see!

LENS@WFU

Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:55 am

(From Bobbie)

Giz and I met with 26 LENS (Learn, Experience, Navigate, Solve) students on Tuesday, July 13 to introduce them to library resources and on Wednesday, July 14 to assist them with narrowing their topic to a research question and using PowerPoint. To kick off Tuesday afternoon’s activities, students participated in a scavenger hunt. After showing the class the library’s homepage, maps of the library, and the library’s stack guide, Giz divided the students into groups and gave each group the title and call number of a specific resource to retrieve and bring back to class. Giz gave minimal information on the location of the resources leaving it up to the students to discover the location of the materials themselves.

The five research materials included: a book from the main stacks; a subject encyclopedia from the Reference Department; a DVD; a current popular journal (Newsweek) from the Mandelbaum Reading Room and an older issue of Newsweek from the main stacks; and a current scholarly journal (Bioscience) from the Current Periodicals area and an older issue of Bioscience from the stacks. All of the materials selected for the exercise included information on sustainability.

Students were given 20 minutes to locate and retrieve the materials. Giz and I were amazed how quickly some of the groups returned to the classroom with their items. As part of the scavenger exercise, each group reported on how they located their assigned source and how that source could be used in researching information on sustainability. Giz and I were very impressed with their presentations and their thoughtful responses to other questions that were asked. For example, Giz asked: “What does peer-review mean?” Giz and I were pleasantly surprised when one young man gave an excellent answer to this question. (Hope he has Wake Forest on his list!)

After the group scavenger presentations, I provided an overview of the online catalog and other electronic resources. During my part of the session, I used the clickers to keep everyone on track and to make sure that students understood the material. As usual, the students enjoyed the clickers. The afternoon activities also included information on Zotero.

(From Giz)

On Wednesday Bobbie and I traveled to Kirby 104 to meet with these students again and assist them with narrowing their broad project topics to a specific research question or problem to solve. I began the program with a quick review of Zotero and how they could save their research on the cloud. This was perfect for the students using a WFU ThinkPad as they could save their research and access it again once they are home or back at school. Next, senior Keaton Morgan provided an excellent overview of “The Effective Use of PowerPoint.” Since these students were all well-versed in the use of PowerPoint, Keaton focused on the common pitfalls in designing an effective PowerPoint presentation, using video from YouTube and concrete examples of bad PowerPoint presentations. Keaton’s presentation provided excellent advice on how to avoid common presentation mistakes.

Once these students knew how to effectively use PowerPoint we put each of the eight groups to work creating a PowerPoint presentation on their broad topic and how they narrowed it down to their specific research question. This gave each group the opportunity not only to narrow their topic, but also to give a presentation to the entire class. Students had to collaborate on the presentation and were then able to practice their presentation skills and master the technology all at the same time.

We enjoyed coteaching the class and picked up some pointers on how we can improve the summer program for next year. In planning the program, we collaborated with several individuals. Michaele Cook (LENS Coordinator) was the contact person for the LENS summer program. Mazie Lewis (IS) assisted in ThinkPad distribution. During the planning phase, we met with Anne Boyle (English), Luke Johnston (Religion), and Keaton Morgan (undergraduate) to discuss classroom activities and other teaching strategies. It was truly a team effort.

Asolare Art Exhibit

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:15 am

Each summer for the past few years, ZSR has been blessed to host a series of small art exhibits from the Asolare Fine Arts Foundation. This organization has no agenda other than supporting art and artists in our area. This summer, the first installment of work includes paintings by a married couple: Alex Clark and Rebecca Jones.
Painting by Alex Clark
Painting by Alex Clark
Painting by Rebecca Jones
Painting by Alex Clark
Painting by Rebecca Jones
Painting by Rebecca Jones

LENS students tackle sustainability

Monday, July 12, 2010 9:40 am

The LENS summer program is drawing 26 students from several states including Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. These students are on campus to research and study the topic of sustainability. As part of their educational experience, these students will be taking trips to local farms, food markets, and water resources to gain first-hand knowledge about how community leaders are working to become more sustainable.

Over the next few days, Giz Womack and I will be introducing students to library resources and services. On Tuesday (July 13), students will participate in a scavenger hunt, search electronic databases, and learn about Zotero. If you would like to find out more about this academic camp, go to:

http://provost.wfu.edu/0.175.1/LENS_HIgh_School_Program

We will keep you posted on our experiences with the camp.

Films of James Whale

Friday, July 9, 2010 11:15 am

For the month of July, we have a guest post by Steve Jarrett of Wake Forest University’s Communication Department. His course, Nightmare Cinema, will be offered in the fall semester.

Although Hollywood can be bountifully munificent toward those who bask in its glory, it can be, and has been, equally brutal to those whose careers have passed out of its limelight. As Billy Wilder showed us in “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), the life of one who had once upon a time been the toast of Hollywood can be melancholy indeed.

Gods and Monsters,” which is available on DVD from the ZSR collection, portrays the lonely twilight years of a largely forgotten director of Hollywood’s golden era. Unlike Wilder’s film, which was built around a fictional actress who had outlived her success, writer-director Bill Condon’s subject in “Gods and Monsters” is a real Hollywood luminary. Based on Christopher Bram’s novel “Father of Frankenstein,” its main character is James Whale, who directed some of the most revered classics of the Universal horror film cycle of the thirties. Inscrutable and eccentric, Whale is an excellent subject for dramatic treatment. What could be more interesting, I ask you, than an openly gay Englishman living in Hollywood in the thirties and making American horror films based on works by English writers? Like the man who made them, Whale’s films are noteworthy for their fascinating eccentricities. If you want to sample this intriguing filmmaker’s work for yourself, brush away the cobwebs to explore some of the darker corners of the DVD collection and look for these titles. You’ll find them in the dark and spooky dungeon that houses the library’s recently expanded collection of horror movies.

Frankenstein” (1931). The irony is that Whale, who is now so thoroughly identified with horror films, took on this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel in part because he was concerned about being typed as a director of wartime dramas. After the success of “Journey’s End” (1930) and “Waterloo Bridge” (1931), each of which told stories arising out of the trauma of World War I, “Frankenstein,” with its Gothic moodiness and expressionistic sets, represented a refreshing change of pace for Whale. He could hardly have known that the success of this film, along with that of Tod Browning’s “Dracula” (1931), would kick off a cycle of horror titles from Universal that would still be going strong when Whale retired from filmmaking.

The Old Dark House” (1932). Whale’s adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s novel “Benighted” gave him the opportunity to allow free reign to his wickedly eccentric sense of humor. Whereas Priestley’s novel is a rather somber affair, Whale takes every opportunity to inject dark humor into the proceedings. The storyline, a prototype for many another thriller, involves a group of travelers who are stranded on a dark road in a rainstorm and are forced to seek shelter in a forbidding old house. The occupants of the house, a decidedly creepy family, do not seem at all pleased at the idea of entertaining houseguests. Whale brings out the humor inherent in this absurd situation without in any way compromising its creepiness.

The Invisible Man” (1933). As he had with Priestley’s “Benighted,” Whale adapts with a light hand H.G. Wells’s story of a scientist who discovers an invisibility formula. The comparatively sober scientist of the Wells story becomes a raving megalomaniac, apparently because the invisibility formula is also a mind-altering drug. Once again, Whale is able to add a leavening of humor to an eerie story without compromising the underlying mood.

Bride of Frankenstein” (1935). Regarded by many as Whale’s masterpiece, the sequel to “Frankenstein” represents the culmination of Whale’s trademark blend of humor and the macabre. Colin Clive, reprising his role as Henry Frankenstein, is paired with Ernest Thesiger, whose gift for eccentric whimsy Whale had used to good effect in “The Old Dark House.” Together the two mad doctors create a mate for the Monster amid the most elaborate concatenation of flying sparks and twitching dials any filmmaker had ever assembled.

Sadly, most of Whale’s non-horror output remains unavailable on video. His excellent version of “Showboat” (1936), the one with Paul Robeson, is available, as is his version of “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1939), but “Journey’s End” (1930), one of the two films that made his reputation, is not. Neither are “One More River” (1934) or “Remember Last Night” (1935), each one a significant work by a major Hollywood talent. One can only hope that one day Universal might yet decide to open the vaults and allow these treasures to see the light of day once more. This is, after all, the studio that resurrected the Frankenstein Monster some half dozen times. Bringing a few worthy films back to public view should be child’s play by comparison.

Plans to Begin Moving Additional ZSR Journal Volumes to Off-Site Storage

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7:55 am

A decade ago, the Z Smith Reynolds Library began sending older, lesser-used print journal volumes to off-site storage. In 2000, the first shipments contained volumes older than 1990. Since then, the serials landscape has changed substantially. A high percentage of the journals acquired by ZSR are now electronic, many of them electronic-only. More and more faculty members tell us that they prefer to access the journal literature electronically from their homes or offices. The old worries about the sustainability of electronic journals have largely subsided as libraries and publishers have collaborated to guarantee permanent access in such programs as LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. Nevertheless, there is still a need to keep print journal volumes for those years for which we do not own permanent archival rights or for which the electronic version does not fully match the print copy.

I am writing today to announce that over the course of the year ZSR will begin sending another group of older, lesser-used print journals to off-site storage. Journal volumes older than 2001 have been identified to move to the university’s new storage facility, which will open later in the year and is located near the WFU baseball stadium. Faculty members may continue to request journal articles from these volumes and will receive scanned copies delivered to their desktop at no charge. Anyone who needs to see the actual print volume may make a special request. Further, we have purchased a number of electronic backfiles of selected journal titles in the past month and will soon begin removing the print equivalents from our collection.

The new storage facility will greatly enhance our ability to preserve our print collection, which has outgrown the current ZSR building. We will be using sophisticated high-density shelving of the type used by Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, Texas and a handful of other major research libraries to store their lesser-used materials. The storage building is located five minutes from campus and, when renovations are finished, there will be a consultation area for faculty to examine larger runs of retrieved volumes.

It is my belief that this strategy of moving older, lesser-used print volumes to storage will actually enhance access to these materials. If you have questions about this program or its impact on journals that you consult frequently, please talk to your departmental library liaison.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Lynn Sutton
Dean, Z Smith Reynolds Library
July 2010


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