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During February 2011...

Nicaragua Nexus

Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:51 pm

I had the privilege of joining the Wake Forest delegation to Managua Nicaragua February 23-26, 2011 to dedicate Casa Dingledine in the program known as Nicaragua Nexus. This facility is different than Wake Forest’s other international houses in that it is not residential (yet) and is intended for short stays of 1-3 weeks, rather than an entire semester. So far, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from Business, Law, and Divinity have all gone on trips to help the people of Nicaragua.

This short trip was eye-opening to me in many ways. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere – next to Haiti. A land of great natural beauty, it has been despoiled by human intervention and political unrest. Our excellent guide told us that many foreigners come in on short, one-shot mission trips and visits, but Wake Forest has earned the respect of the locals through its sustained efforts and now permanent presence. The Business School has led efforts to train local entrepreneurs in good business practices. At the dedication on Friday night, half of the crowd consisted of local educators, business people, and others touched by Wake Forest’s initiatives.

One of the most poignant segments of the trip was the visit to NicaHope. This is an effort to provide children an alternative to sorting trash from the municipal garbage dump as a way of earning a living. Over 200 families live in the La Chureca dump. NicaHope volunteers train the children in jewelry-making and computer skills so that they can help their families while staying in school. Our group enthusiastically bought jewelry as a way of supporting the children. While touring their site I asked if they had any books and was told no, they had none, but could certainly use some! I’d like to think of a way to select and ship them some books.

My “business purpose” for the trip was to assess what kinds of books should be placed in the small library of Casa Dingledine. I will want to talk to a small group of those concerned from ZSR to decide on what is most appropriate. Because students and faculty from all across the campus are likely to use the Nicaragua Nexus, the materials will need to be well-chosen.

I was honored to be included in the group and commend the vision and generosity of Tom and Karyn Dingledine to make it a reality.

ZSR and the Oscars!

Friday, February 25, 2011 11:26 am

The 83rd Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, February 27! Although ZSR does not have every film nominated for this year’s ceremony (some have yet to be released to video), we do have several in our collection. Here are the films we have available currently; the nominations they received are in parentheses:

Additionally, there are several films that were released last year that didn’t make the short list for Oscar. In no particular order, here are our pics for what Oscar forgot…

Enjoy the show on Sunday!

Preservation of the Gertrude Hoffman posters

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:37 pm

Close-up of Japanese paper backing

Last fall, we uncovered a cache of posters in a trunk. I blogged about this material in our Special Collections blog in October. Gertrude Hoffman (1880-1955) was a dancer in the early 20th century who traveled internationally with her troupe of dancers called The Hoffman Girls. Gertrude Hoffman was married to Max Hoffman (1875-1963), a Vaudeville producer and music composer. These posters are brittle and having been folded inside a trunk for decades, are very fragile. The posters that happened to be in decent shape were encapsulated between sheets of mylar. we’ve encapsulated about 8 posters and still have one or two left to complete this project.
Encapsulated posters

One of the larger posters (6×9′) is a 4-panel affair. I’ve been slowly backing this monstrosity with a very thin Japanese paper to help it stay together and be somewhat accessible to patrons.

Poster backed with Japanese paper

This large poster is a beauty and must have attracted lots of attention on the side of a building in the 1920’s.

Barry’s Week at Offsite Storage

Friday, February 11, 2011 4:38 pm

Well, after a week of recuperation and thought, I decided to take a more creative approach to the description of my time working at the Offsite Storage facility. Everyone else has done a great job of relaying anything I could say in words in previous posts, so instead I will present my experiences in the form of a video clip and a quick tune that I hummed to myself pretty much the entire time I was down the road. Hopefully it will give you a smile on a quiet Friday afternoon!

First, if you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to go up in the fork lift with Scott, but didn’t want to leave the ground, never fear! Our very on ZSR eye in the sky is on the job!

Next, this tune popped into my head on day one, and I just couldn’t help but write down the words for all to see. I would have made this a video as well, but I can’t sing for beans. It goes to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” and is entitled “I’ve Been Working Over at Offsite.”

I’ve Been Working Over at Offsite

I’ve been working over at Offsite,
all the live-long day.
Barcode, sort, and acession,
you all know the way.

Don’t ya hear the truck a-coming,
loaded all full of books?
Don’t ya see the selves are empty?
Come on, fold a box!

Come on, fold a box, come on fold a box,
Everyone fold a box-ox-ox!
Come on, fold a box, come on fold a box,
Everyone please fold a box!

Someones in the forklift with Scott,
Someones in the forklift I know-oo-oo-oo,
Someones in the forklift with Sco-ott…
Reading an old journal.

Sortin’ thesis, German, and dust,
thesis, German, du-uh-uh-ust!
Theis (DJ), German (DL), and du-ust!
Man, my back is sore!

Disbinding Biblical Recorders

Thursday, February 3, 2011 3:30 pm

Students disbinding the Biblical Recorder

Preservation is in the middle of a huge new initiative. We’re “disbinding” many bound volumes of the Biblical Recorder from the 19th century. The loose newspaper sheets will then be packaged and sent to be scanned, a project for which we received a grant. Disbinding involves scraping off spine linings and residual adhesives to allow the removal of individual issues of this Baptist newspaper. Students are using a steel lifting knife and utility knife to remove pieces of the spines and the spine lining (usually paper) to loosen each individual issue. We remove as much of the adhesive as we can. These issues of the Biblical Recorder (one issue per week) are then stacked in order and secured between the covers for shipping. The Biblical Recorder is still being published but we hold some unique copies including v.1 (1835) . Our disbinding project includes issues from the 1840’s-1890’s. I’m getting to work with some new faces which is always fun. Let’s hear it for taking things apart!

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