Library Gazette

During December 2010...

Findable finding aids from Special Collections!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:29 pm

Finding aids for collections from the Department of Special Collections & Archives are now fully search- and browse-able through a new interface!

Check out zsr.wfu.edu/findingaids to see features including:

  • A look and feel like the ZSR website
  • Fully searchable contents, including container lists
  • Browse by keyword and title
  • Collection summary at the top of each finding aid
  • Linked finding aid sections
  • Linked keyword index
  • Expand/collapse container lists
  • Complete box and folder information

Kevin Gilbertson pushed the limits of the traditional finding aid by incorporating his sense of design and prioritizing user needs, creating a new interface for the finding aids on Dspace with XMLUI (the rest of our collections currently use JSPUI). Kevin’s creativity and willingness to understand the priorities of archival description helped him use XML to develop a finding aid interface that is one of a kind.

We invite you to experiment with the search, browse, and container list features. The search box is also featured on the Special Collections & Archives homepage. We are so proud to create greater access to the outstanding archival resources of ZSR!

Off-site Survival Guide

Saturday, December 11, 2010 9:22 am

After a week of off-site storage warehouse work, the following are my tips & tricks for survival. These did much to help me throughout the week, but great credit for my own survival must go to my fab teammates: Mary Beth, Susan, Erik, Scott and Jean-Paul. You guys ROCK!!

1. Wear layers, preferably with the lightest being a long-sleeve t-shirt; temps vary and breaking a sweat is common, so you might find yourself pushing up those sleeves, but when it comes time to fold trays, you’ll want the protection for your arms

2. If you have more than one pair of comfortable supportive, sturdy, closed-toe shoes, switch between them each day to keep your feet from getting overly tired

3. Invest in hand lotion to use at home in the mornings and evenings, and mind your cuticles

4. Bring a refillable water bottle and cough drops, as the air is very dry

5. Bring painkillers and band-aids just in case

6. Try not to work the same station all day, and especially not multiple days in a row

7. If you have wrist or elbow issues, be warned that the sizing station is taxing on those parts (knees too)

8. If you have back issues or cannot lift heavy loads, avoid the verification station; that said, use the back braces – they really help!

9. Get out at lunch: sunshine, fresh air, and a break from the warehouse are great

10. Your teammates will appreciate any snacks you bring to share!

11. The mental aspect is in some ways more challenging than the physical

12. Pause to glance at funny or interesting items, and share with your teammates; short breaks to share a laugh are valuable

13. Hot water in the bathrooms (well, at least the ladies) is hit or miss

14. Tray folding is a great stress reliever (and Erik can tell you how to hug them into being)

15. Whichever tray supply you build up the day before probably won’t be the tray size you’ll need most the next day

16. Scholarly publishing truly is out of control: no single issue of a journal should be 5″ thick!

17. Keep your cell phone in your pocket at all times; you do NOT want to get locked out in the cold

18. Program Scott’s number and your teammates’ numbers in your cell phone just in case you do get locked out

19. Find your rhythm and stick to it

20. The wooden book trucks generally roll better if a certain side is facing forward, so figure that out before you load ‘em up

21. Don’t use the plastic handles to pull or lift full trays

22. Don’t put little books at the back end of the trays

23. Don’t walk away from stations with pens still in hand

24. Don’t make evening plans on warehouse workdays

25. Friday afternoon celebratory happy hour is encouraged!

26. Schedule a mani/pedi or massage for the day after your last warehouse day, especially if you work a full week

27. Be forewarned: the warehouse brings out interesting persona

28. When you start dreaming about your warehouse teammates and accidentally find yourself in compromising positions with them, it’s time to get out of the warehouse!!

Winter Break Hours for Starbucks @ ZSR

Friday, December 10, 2010 8:03 am

Here’s a quick a note to share when Starbucks in the ZSR Library will be open during winter break.

  • Friday, December 10th: 7:30AM – 1:00AM
  • Saturday, December 11th: 7:30AM – 11:30AM
  • Sunday, December 12th: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 13th – Thursday, December 23rd: 7:30AM – 11:30AM
  • Friday, December 24th – Sunday, January 2nd: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 3rd – Thursday, January 6th: 7:30AM – 11:30AM
  • Friday, January 7th: 7:30AM – 5:00PM
  • Saturday, January 8th – Sunday, January 9th: CLOSED

See also: library hours during winter break.

Students, want to skip the midnight WTL snack line?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 9:19 am

Everyone loves free food. But no one likes standing in line.

Want your free midnight WTL snack without the wait? Win a “golden ticket” to skip the line by going out with Gowalla.

ZSR is holding a contest for up to five students to each win a “golden ticket” to skip to the front of the WTL midnight snack line. Students can win one of the five golden tickets five different ways, all by using the location-based application Gowalla. Gowalla is compatible with the majority of smartphones, as well as the iPad. Students are limited to winning one golden ticket.

The golden tickets will be awarded to:

  • First student to become friends with ZSR Library on Gowalla.
  • First student to complete the “Explore ZSR” Gowalla trip, which can be viewed on the web here.
  • Student with most check ins to ZSR Library by noon on Thursday December 9th.
  • Fifth student to add a photo to any of the ZSR “spots.”
  • Fourth student to add a comment to any of the ZSR “spots.”

There are multiple ways to play. Sign up for Gowalla on the web, download the app onto your smartphone or iPad, and peruse the site a bit. Start exploring by adding Explore ZSR Library to your Trips queue. And be sure to take advantage of all the added features, such as Notes, with the app’s newest version, Gowalla 3.

Wake The Library Video Station

Monday, December 6, 2010 6:00 pm

Check out ZSR’s newest addition to Wake The Library — the Video Station, located near the Circulation desk. Think of the Video Station as a video graffiti wall. Much like you’d paint all over the graffiti wall when you’re taking a study break, the video station is an outlet for your thoughts. Tell us what you love about WTL (the free food? the free coffee?), how you’re preparing for your next exam, or just go a little crazy!

It’s up to you — the video station is a blank canvas.

There are pictures and more information about the video station via this post on Collaboration @ Wake.

Let’s Wake The Library with video!

Wake the Library Fall 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010 1:47 am

Wake the Library is off and running! Susan, Travis and I served up (messy) sub sandwiches to (mostly) grateful students at midnight and watched two (very polite) students put up hammocks on the third floor who thanked us for letting them do it. Right after a beautiful Love Feast, it was a lovely way to begin the holidays!

Night One @ WTL Fall 2010

Human Rights T-Shirt Project in ZSR

Friday, December 3, 2010 12:00 pm

Human rights T shirt project

You may have noticed lines of T-shirts hanging from the atrium railings. These shirts are part of a campus Human Rights project and will stay up through Wake the Library.

The Human Rights Clothesline Project, is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and organized by WGS 377B Human Rights: Theory and Practice students. The Human Rights Clothesline Project was designed to raise awareness to human rights abuses around the world and to help students understand how human rights treaties help to promote universal respect and fundamental freedoms.
Human rights T shirt project


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