Library Gazette

During July 2011...

ZSR Zephyrs Compete in 2011 Staff Summer Olympics

Friday, July 29, 2011 4:00 pm

ZSR Zephyrs Summer Olympic Team 2011

ZSR Zephyrs 2011: Erik Mitchell (doing his farewell tour), Gretchen Edwards (bringing a new generation of spirit to the team), Rebecca Petersen (a new speed rival to Erik), Susan Smith (oldest Zephyr around), Mary Beth Lock (major cheerleader and team Pollyanna about our weekly chances at winning), and Barry Davis (sport photographer and voted most willing to do anything but swim)

ZSR Library once again fielded a team for Campus Recreation’s annual Staff Summer Olympics, this year called the “Biggest Winner Summer Challenge.” The library has had a team in the 8 week-long event since its inception in 2003 (minus the lost year 2007, that’s another story). The format has changed over time, as have the team members. Only two original members remain: Erik and Susan! And for you curious readers, here is the Gaz article from the first year we competed (when we won the cup!)

As always, there is an activity component where, this year, each individual could earn up to 5 points daily for doing cardio, strength or by taking CR classes. New this year was a weight/fat loss angle that was accompanied by 2 nutrition lectures (don’t ask how we all did on that one!). That left 6 weeks of Wednesday athletic competitions that included old favorites such as bowling, water polo, quadrathlon, Frisbee golf and table tennis. The last day is always a mystery field day. This year Erik did a backward run then paired up with Susan for the wheelbarrow portion. Gretchen had to put on a vest, backpack and helmet to sprint to where she exchanged the gear Mary Beth who then bicycled back to the start line. Our pictures demonstrate that the Olympics remain a great deal of fun and a wonderful way to get to know colleagues better across campus!

This is Erik’s last showing as a Zephyr and he managed to go out in a blaze of glory winning the overall individual award for most exercise points earned over the 8 weeks. Is anyone surprised?

 

 

Light @ the End of the Gov Docs Tunnel (almost)

Friday, July 29, 2011 12:00 pm

Those of you with really great hearing might have heard me breathe a heavy sigh of relief this past Thursday when we dropped off the 23 boxes of Gov Docs at the UNC library. The delivery represented the end (more or less) of the VERY long Gov Doc weeding process that began back in 2004. During the process we weeded, listed, waited and weeded some more. All in all I think we got rid of 65% of our print Gov Doc collection maybe more. What remains is a much leaner and more useful collection focused on our own curriculum and documents of historical significance. As I type students are shifting the collection and once that is done we will have a better idea of how much space we cleared out for use by Patrick to give breathing room elsewhere in the stacks.

Although this part of the process has come to a close, there are still some loose ends to tie up. First of all, our bound Gov Doc periodicals that we are keeping need to be sent to off-site (Patty, come back soon!!) We also need to weed our map collection where we will focus on keeping North Carolina maps and not much else. This will free up several map cases for Special Collections to use. Our print Serial Set collection, which turns out to be one of the most complete in the state, will most likely get moved offsite. I also have a dream of doing an inventory of our Gov Doc collection so we can clean up our stray records in Voyager for docs we do not have on our shelves. The microfiche Gov Doc collection also needs to be weeded. I had better stop thinking of things or this could go on forever.

Much thanks goes to all of those who have helped this process along the way. Lauren Pressley did some of the earliest weeding, an army of students pulled, scanned, boxed, reboxed and shifted the documents, Erik and Tim created and helped pull data from our weeding database, JP helped delete literally tens of thousands of records from Voyager. Steve and Patty took over the processing of incoming documents and Patty did an amazing job cataloging items that were not in Voyager. Mary Scanlon helped make some tough decisions on what to keep and not keep and everyone in RIS tolerated book trucks, dusty documents and my intensity to see the project through. Thanks to everyone I think we have made a collection better and more useful and freed up much needed space for other purposes.

WFU Social Media Users Group

Friday, July 29, 2011 11:29 am

Back in the Spring of 2011, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library arranged a panel discussion on social media at WFU. The panelists were Lauren Pressley, Meghan Haenn, Will Clarke and myself. The event was so well-attended and led to so much discussion afterwards, that I decided it might be time to form a WFU Social Media Users Group. On Thursday, July 28th, the WFU Social Media Users Group had its first meeting in room 476. Eleven of the thirty who attended the original panel discussion attended the users group. We discussed new social media application like the streaming music application, Spotify, and we discussed how different departments on campus have been using social media.

This is an informal group, attended by those who attended the panel and those who have heard about the group through word of mouth. For the time being we plan to keep the group informal and meet at least once each semester. My goal is to maximize our use of social media on campus by sharing ideas and information among various groups on campus already using social media.

LENS 2011 Wrap Up

Friday, July 29, 2011 10:32 am

On Thursday, July 28th, Bobbie Collins and I attended the final presentations of the LENS students. Each group worked on a different project over the course of the three weeks of the program. These projects ranged from building and installing rain barrels at Courtney Elementary to working in the WFU Campus Garden, now known as CROP(Campus Raised Organic Produce) to creating a video documentary of the 2011 LENS program.

There was a marked improvement in the quality from the initial presentations three weeks ago. After the presentations, we administered a post test via the “Clickers” that included the questions from the pre test three weeks ago and some additional questions to help us gauge overall satisfaction with the program. I’ll be having lunch with all the participants and directors of the LENS program today and plan to ask if they have any ideas for improving the library instruction portion of the program next year.

This has been an engaging and energetic group of students, and working with them has been very rewarding. We have high hopes we will see some of them in an upcoming freshmen class at WFU!

The Aaron Swartz JSTOR Controversy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:40 pm

Today Molly, Giz, Sarah, Joy, Lauren C., and I got together over lunch to discuss the recent Aaron Swartz JSTOR controversy. Not much is known yet about the case, but we got together to share what we knew, talk about potential implications for our field, and related issues. We kicked off with a bio of Swartz, a really bright guy who is a hacker in the sense of “I’ll hack at this to make it better” rather than in the sense of “I’ll hack this system to steal credit card numbers.” I can’t emphasize this enough: he’s really smart. He helped author the RSS specification. He also contributed to the creation of the extremely popular and influential Reddit, co-founded Demand Progress, and has a host of other credits to his name (all this and he’s just 24).

All that being said, he has a history of behavior poking at the edges of copyright some questionable behavior. It’s all so muddy and so complicated at this point, I personally feel hesitant to write out details. Instead, here are some links of interest:

One of the more interesting things about this case is that MIT and JSTOR didn’t press charges. They came from theUnited States Attorney’s Office. He’s not actually being charged regarding copyright or intellectual freedom.

As you might guess, interesting discussion ensued. We also planned to meet again, in September, after there’s been some court activity. Hopefully we’ll have more information at that point in time.

Building IL skills with ENG 107 students (co-authored by Giz Womack and Bobbie Collins)

Friday, July 22, 2011 11:38 am

This summer Giz Womack and Bobbie Collins have coordinated several information literacy (IL) classes for faculty. Last week we organized IL activities for high school students participating in the LENS program, and this week we provided library instruction for Dr. Collin Craig’s ENG 107 class (Foundations in Academic Research and Writing).

Before our initial class meeting with the students, we met with Dr. Craig and discussed the research projects for the class. This summer students in ENG 107 are examining the life of a student athlete and reflecting on the meanings of literacy at a liberal arts college. One of the student assignments is to compose an argument essay. For this assignment, students are to locate at least five sources to support their thesis.

On the morning of July 19, we met to look over the LibGuide for the class and to review the instructional plan for the class. Everything appeared to be in order. After Dr. Craig opened up the Writing Center, we started plugging in a new T420s Thinkpad so that we could project. The T420s refused to cooperate. So as not to waste any more instructional time, the instructors made a decision to proceed without projecting. We later discovered we had stumbled across an issue with the new ThinkPad and that particular model project in the writing center. The IS multimedia team is diligently working to resolve the issue (which fortunately does not occur with the projector in room 476.)

From a student’s viewpoint, it was probably a little nerve wracking at first not being able to actually see the demonstration of the electronic resources on the screen. To overcome this problem, the instructors quickly developed a plan to deal with the situation. While one instructor talked the students through the steps in finding the link to the LIBGuide and the other electronic resources which were covered in the class, the other instructor moved around the classroom and kept everyone on task. While we do not recommend this as a standard teaching practice, it worked in this particular setting.

The session on July 20 focused on Zotero. For this class, a portable LCD projector was secured from the Bridge (Thanks Barry!) making it easier for students to follow along on their Thinkpads. After a brief brainstorming session on identifying keywords for their topic, students used ProQuest to locate an article. Instructions were given on how to add books and journal articles to Zorero and how to insert citations and a bibliography into a Word document.

During the planning phase for the ENG 107 class, the instructors discussed this question: What should students be able to do at the end of each class? Using the information that Lauren Pressley shared with LIB 100/200 instructors, we developed learning outcomes for our classes. One of the learning outcomes for July 19 was for students to locate an article for their upcoming research paper and email it to themselves. To assess this learning outcome, the instructors checked each student’s email to determine if they had found an article. All 13 students successfully completed the task.Learning outcomes for the class on July 20 included: (1) Successfully installing Zotero; (2) Successfully creating a Zotero Library; and (3) Successfully citing sources and creating a bibliography in MS Word with Zotero. Again all 13 students were able to complete the assignment.

Giz will be meeting with the students on August 1 to present information on Plagiarism, Copyright and Intellectual Property. Molly Keener and Giz worked together to come up with some create ways to address these issues ranging from a discussion of websites that sell papers to a discussion of generic drugs, all in an effort to better inform the students on these issues. Our learning outcome for this session will be for each student to articulate a definition of Plagiarism, Copyright or Intellectual Property and email that definition to Giz.

We have enjoyed partnering with Collin this summer and look forward to working with him in the future.

 

Recent Technology “Lunch and Learns” – Let’s Keep It Going!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 3:26 pm

Last Thursday ZSR hosted a Google+ “Lunch and Learn” that was attended by a dozen members of the WFU community. This Thursday, three people attended the Spotify “Lunch and Learn” to hear about this new “invitation only” application for streaming and sharing music. Both of these came out of an interest by the staff to discuss and explore new technology. I would like to try to keep these going as cool new technologies become available. If you have suggestions let me know! Just today Bill Kane showed me BookLamp.org a beta site that matches readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way thatPandora.com matches music lovers to new music. Send me cool tools you discover and let’s see if we can learn more about all these new technologies!

ZSR Offsite makes the big time

Thursday, July 14, 2011 5:24 pm

You may recall that during April, the Offsite Storage facility, (more precisely its ExTend Shelving solution) was filmed to be featured for a program called “Inside Business” starring Fred Thompson. Scott, Tony, Jim Alty, me and several people from SpaceSavers (the company that provides the shelving) spent the day with a filming crew both at the Offsite facility and then later at ZSR. The result is going to air in 4-8 weeks, but the advance low res view is available here: ftp://ftp.spacesaver.com/WakeForestXTendVideo/

The logon is marketing and the password is T3mp0r@ry.

Then click on the file:Spacesaver Corp.mpg

Watch closely and you’ll see yours truly along with Jim Alty, Scott and Tony. Another 15 minutes of fame….

LENS@WFU: Round 2 (co-authored by Giz Womack and Bobbie Collins)

Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:21 pm

In May, Giz started planning with Luke Johnston and Leigh Stanfield for the second summer LENS program (A program that teaches rising high school juniors and senior about both the issue of sustainability and about writing at the college level.) In his role as Outreach Librarian, Giz really found some new ways to promote the fun and adventuresome nature of librarians by participating in the ropes course with the LENS students. These teambuilding exercises offered an excellent venue for the students to interact with each other and develop problem-solving skills in challenging group activities. After some warm up exercises, the 23 LENS students, three program advisers and Giz divided into three groups, each group rotated through three activities: a “river” that the group had to cross by working together, an 8 x12 platform teeter-totter that the group had to balance on while completing various activities, and lastly a climbing wall where each member of the team had to challenge themselves to reach the top of a 30ft wall. Throughout the exercises the students were supportive and understanding and learned about working together in teams while learning more about each other.

On Tuesday, July 12, the Womack & Collins information literacy advocacy team drew upon their individual talents to provide instruction for 23 students attending LENS. Building on the success of our previous involvement with the LENS program, we decided to use some of the same library instructional strategies and ideas from the previous year. For example, since the scavenger hunt was such a big hit last year we identified some new resources on their topic of sustainability. Each group was given an item to locate in the library and bring it to class. This year’s students showed off their ability to quickly locate books, popular and scholarly periodicals, and a DVD. Following the scavenger hunt, students were introduced to electronic databases and Zotero.

The session on July 13 focused on designing an effective PowerPoint presentation. After watching a YouTube video (How NOT to Use Powerpoint by Comedian Don McMillan), students were introduced to other web-based presentation tools such as Google presentations and Prezi. Working in their assigned groups, students created a presentation on their research project. It is interesting to note that one group used Prezi, another group selected PowerPoint, and the other five groups created a Google presentation. Presentation topics included: rain barrels, worm composting, recycling at Courtney Elementary, local farms and urban gardens, garden cycling plan at Courtney, bringing healthier foods to Courtney, and visual arts as related to sustainability. All of the students did an excellent job summarizing and presenting their research topic to the class.

In two sessions on Thursday, July 14th, Barry Davis offered the LENS students instruction on basic digital video editing and an introduction to flip cameras and iPads. Many of these students will use the flip cameras to document their experiences over the three weeks of the LENS program and one group of students will be creating a documentary of the experience. The students were very excited to create digital video and get some hands on experience with the latest iPads.

At the end of the LENS program the students will create and deliver final presentations on their projects, giving them not only the opportunity to reflect on the program and the topic of sustainability, but also giving them more experience with public speaking and technology. It has been great to serve as instructors in the LENS summer program. The LENS students continue to impress us with their creative ideas and eagerness in completing information literacy activities.

 

Voyager Upgrade Schedule

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:36 pm

We will be upgrading our Voyager (‘Classic View’) system from 7.1 to 7.2.5 (the latest version). The upgrade will start Wednesday, July 13 at 5AM and is estimated to end on Thursday, July 14 at 4PM.

While Classic View (and associated account information) will be unavailable during the upgrade, regular catalog searching will be available for all three libraries: Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Professional Center Library, and Coy C. Carpenter Library.


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