Library Gazette

During June 2011...

Great American Writers visit ZSR

Monday, June 27, 2011 1:01 pm

Wake Forest is hosting the Great American Writers’ Camp for grades 5-8 this summer. The participants meet weekday mornings and will be on campus until July 1. On Monday, June 27, I gave a tour to 14 students who are participating in the two-week day camp. The camp is designed to help students develop their writing skills and learn how to express themselves creatively.

During the tour, I showed the students some of our Digital Collections including a picture of Samuel and Sarah Wait, the first issue of the Old Gold and Black, and the Howler Yearbooks. I also showed students a picture of the Tennis Club from 1903. I demonstrated to students how to search the Howler. We have the Howler digitized from 1903-2008. Working in small groups, the students selected different years of the Howler to search. The students got a big kick looking at some of the early baseball, basketball and football teams, pictures of the old campus, and more recent photos of campus. Before we left the reference area, the students had an opportunity to search the online catalog.

The walking tour really impressed our young visitors especially the view of the atrium from the sixth floor. They were amazed at the number of volumes that we have and the size of our stacks. Hopefully, the tour will inspire our young visitors to return to ZSR and explore some of our great resources!

Mural Repaired!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:29 pm

Those who use the East Entrance to ZSR behind Starbucks may have noticed that one of the student murals located there was damaged last semester when a door was slammed open and the handle punctured the wall. Facilities fixed the hole, (and put in door stoppers to prevent future damage) but the new drywall needed to be painted to match the mural. Due to time crunches at the end of the semester and other commitments, the art students who painted the mural were not able to repair it, so our own Craig Fansler rose to the challenge and used leftover paint to execute an amazing restoration of the mural! Thanks Craig! -Giz Womack

African American Writers and the Classical Tradition

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:32 pm

African American Writers and the Classical Tradition

This spring, I put up an exhibit suggested by Dr. Robert Ulery of the Classics Department. A newly published book, African American Writers and the Classical Tradition by William W. Cook and James Tatum is the focus of this exhibit. The book makes a connection between African American writers and the classical writers of Greece and Rome. These authors include Phyllis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Ralph Ellison, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and several others.

Sports and Race Conference

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:25 pm

Sports and Race exhibit

In April, Dr. Earl Smith sponsored a conference at WFU to discuss issues of race in sports. The conference was a success by all accounts-and Dr. Smith was very pleased. He contacted me early to ask for a library exhibit-which highlighted the speakers. there were numerous individuals in the fields of sports: athletes, writers and trainers who spoke.

Off Site Storage–now retrievable!

Monday, June 13, 2011 1:50 pm

After over a year of frenetic planning, boxing and relocating, months of hauling, accessioning and forklifting, and weeks of preparation and training, the Off Site Storage collection is now retrievable!
Since last summer when we began to box up material to be sent to off site, records were changed in the onlie catalog on the affected titles as they were pulled from ZSRs stacks. The record changes were necessary to indicate to the public that these items were not available for immediate review. The changes included a change in location code (from ZSR main stacks to Off Site Stacks) and a change in how requests for those materials were processed. Since all of the volumes , were boxed up and unavailable, all of the requests for those items were put directly into the InterLibrary Loan queue.

Now however, that the material that had been held at Data Chambers AND all of the volumes pulled from ZSR last summer have been safely accessioned into the new facility, we have begun to retrieve and fulfill requests for articles and books directly from Off Site. We anticipate no longer than a 24 hour turn around time for requests, (Mon-Fri) and depending on when the request is made, frequently shorter!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this a reality. While we are not “done” with the Off Site start up, we’ve reached another milestone in our operations and everyone deserves a pat on the back. Special notice goes to Scott Adair and Tony Johnson for their handling of operations at Off Site, Cristina Yu and Ellen Makaravage for all of the work troubleshooting the request process, Anna Dulin and Tara Hauser for their flexibility in responding to a changing ILL request landscape, Erik “what are we going to do without you” Mitchell for his envisioning the process and helping to implement it, Kevin Gilbertson for his remarkable coding skills and JP Bessou for all of the support in getting to know and explain a whole new inventory system.

If you need to request from the Off Site facility, fear not! Find the record in VuFind and make a request. We have able systems and capable people to find what you need and direct it your way. Click on the link below for a look at what the record in VuFind will look like.

Sustainability Update #4 – What’s Next

Friday, June 10, 2011 11:04 am

Tour of Recycle America

When the Sustainability Committee toured the campus recycling facilities last fall, we learned that WFU diverts tons of material from the landfill through recycling. In fact, the university gets paid for recycling certain materials.Thus, recycling contributes to sustainability in several ways: it helps the landfill by lessening the tonnage we dump, it saves the university money by lowering our tipping fees at the landfill and generates a bit of revenue for recycling valuable material. From a broader perspective, recycling contributes in other ways; it’s less expensive and more efficient to manufacture items using some recycled content rather than starting with all virgin material, so recycling contributes to lower consumption of fuel and raw materials.

The Sustainability Committee is working with campus facilities to find a date on which we can tour Recycle America, WFU’s recycling vendor. Watch the PDC announcements for the date and time. The tour will be limited to 10 people, so if you’re interested, sign up promptly.

Earth Day 2012

Terry LeGrand, President of the Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) which organizes the Earth Day celebration, has asked me to serve on the organizing committee for next year’s Earth Day festivities. As the planning proceeds, I suspect that there will be volunteer opportunities for anyone who’s interested in contributing. I’ll post to the list-serve as opportunities arise.

Sustainability Update #3 – Forsyth Futures

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 2:59 pm

This is my 3rd installment in a series of updates about sustainable activities on campus and in town.

Forsyth Futures ( is a non-profit organization that gathers community indicators to monitor the county’s position and progress on initiatives.On May 24th, Forsyth Futures held a two-hour meeting called “Thinking for the Future: Sustainability Initiatives in Forsyth County” at which it called together representatives of organizations which are pursuing green initiatives. These included government agencies; architectural firms; non-profits and others. At this first-ever assembly, approximately 50 people attended; they were broken up into 5 tables by topic, such as sustainable food, built environment, clean air, and others. I was asked to volunteer as a scribe and capture the discussion at one of these tables.

After opening remarks, each person at my table introduced herself to her table-mates and in two minutes, described the mission and activities of her organization. It was so exciting to hear all the different projects underway in the county. Next, the group examined a set of indicators that Forsyth Futures is using to monitor each table’s area (mine was green space and the built environment) and generated a list of new indicators to be added to this list. The purpose is to document where we are and to follow the trend line to see in which direction we’re moving. Lastly, we discussed next steps, or what the group wants to happen with the larger group assembled at the meeting. Forsyth Futures is involved in revising the Legacy Planning Guide, a county-wide development plan. Despite being one of the smallest counties in the state, we have one of the highest populations and demographers predict further growth. The Legacy guide helps prepare for and shape that growth. You can read more about it at

The energy in the room was palpable and I hope Forsyth Futures will continue to arrange similar meetings at regular intervals so these numerous advocates will be aware of each others’ projects to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

Sustainability Update #2 – Green Team

Monday, June 6, 2011 2:45 pm

Green Team

Dedee deLongpre Johnston, Director of Sustainability at WFU, has invited each operating unit on campus to establish a Green Team Captain to join her campus-wide council. Peter and I serve as co-captains from ZSR since Peter’s schedule prevents him from attending most of the events. The Green Team Captains meet quarterly with Dedee and her staff; the first meetings were designed to educate us about her office’s mission, to teach us which items recycle here on campus, and prepare us to be ‘green’ liaisons between her office and our respective areas. At our most recently held meeting, we received a report from Aramark about its sustainability initiatives, which I admit, surprised me.

In the Fresh Food Co., Aramark has moved to 100% mandatory reusable containers; no more Styrofoam. In its ‘back of the hall’ operations, the company is now recycling cardboard, glass, paper, etc. and it recycles 100% of the fryer oil; after it’s filtered, it’s sold to a company that makes bio-fuel. Trays were eliminated last year; by avoiding washing the trays, it saves 900 gallons of water each day. Aramark has switched its condiments from individual to bulk containers, saving 20 thousand plastic bottles per year. It has switched to green cleaning supplies, decreasing the amount of chemicals it uses by 60%.

In its catering operations, it has switched to compostable glasses, cups, etc. It has increased the amount of local food it uses and for some dishes, it now labels the name of the farm from which the food came. Catering now offers a bulk water option – it can provide a large drink dispenser of water and thereby eliminate plastic bottle waste. Lastly, Aramark has changed its buying practices for its office supplies, using supplies which contain recycled content or are recyclable.

Its near-term initiative is to improve its ability to track which and how much of the raw food it buys from wholesalers is locally-sourced and to increase the amount of locally-produced food it purchases. For example, it has initiated a relationship with Pilot Mountain Pride, a farm consortium, to provide produce to campus. Aramark’s initial goal is to source 10% of its food from local sources; admittedly this is modest, but it’s a start.

Sustainability Update #1 – Earth Day

Monday, June 6, 2011 2:40 pm

Sustainability Updates

This spring has been a busy one for sustainability advocates; I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been doing in a short series covering Earth Day, the Green Team, and a recent county-wide meeting called by Forsyth Futures.

Earth Day

Earth Day 2011 was a smashing success. It was held in the Education Annex at the Dixie Classic Fair this year in part because it had out-grown Davis Field and also because of inclement weather. Every possible display space was occupied by a booth, the aisles were nearly impassible at times and the children’s activities were very well attended. Many of the exhibitors wanted to help me make my home more energy efficient, but others were selling plants, food, honey, soap and the like from local farms. Several city and county agencies were there to give advice about their services, as well. In addition, there was a small stage with live music and several vendors were selling food. If you recall, we had high winds, rain, thunder, and lightning that day, so indoors was exactly the right place to hold the event. Those of you who attended the Earth Day fair on Davis Field last year may remember that several tents were blown over, presenting a safety hazard that the organizers sought to avoid.

This year, the fair organizers had a goal of producing zero waste from the event. There were several manned stations throughout the venue containing large bins for recycling paper and glass/metal/cans in addition to bins for compost. All the food vendors were required to provide plates, glasses and silverware that could be recycled or composted. I volunteered for several hours at one of the stations and directed visitors to the correct bin when disposing of their items. Used paper plates and napkins went into compost as did certain plastic glasses (paper that’s soiled with food waste can’t be recycled). On those rare occasions when a visitor had an item that didn’t fall into one of the above categories (usually this was something they’d brought from outside the fair) they were directed to use trash bins outside the building. Fair organizers were pleased with the results of the Zero Waste Challenge.

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