During August 2011...
August is the season for orientations, and for the second year running, I was invited to participate in two graduate student orientation sessions. The first took place earlier this month on the Bowman Gray Campus (BGC), where I spoke to approximately 65 new students. If you didn’t already know, Wake Forest’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is a single school that spans both campuses, operating out of two offices on two different schedules. Although Carpenter Library is the primary library serving graduate students appointed to BGC, and has its own morning-long orientation session, I was invited to meet with the students for 30 minutes to talk about what we offer them at ZSR, to mention compliance requirements for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation funded research, and to prime them for thinking about thesis and dissertation requirements.
Yesterday afternoon, I spoke at the orientation session for graduate students with primary appointment to the Reynolda Campus (RC). There were at least 100 students in the room (we were in Pugh Auditorium, so counting was a challenge), as well as several guest speakers. Unlike the BGC orientation, which is is parsed out over several days, giving each speaker/group a nice amount to time to share information, the RC orientation is an hour long session that attempts to cover seemingly everything, from the Honor Code to parking to financial aid to teaching support services to us! Needless to say, I did not have half an hour yesterday in which to expound upon the greatness of ZSR or the need to think *now* about their theses/dissertations…I had 5 minutes. Nevertheless, I championed ZSR, informed them that if they are required to write a thesis or dissertation they’d be seeing me again, and hopefully left them feeling good about the support we can give them as they join our campus community!
Dear Class of 2015,
Welcome to your new life at the award-winning Z Smith Reynolds Library! ZSR stands ready to help you with your studies over the next four years. Our mission is to help you succeed, so please ask if you have questions about the library, the university, or anything else. Even if you don’t ask, we will be there with you 24×7 during exams, in class with you if you take Lib 100, and tempting you with fun times like Capture the Flag and Humans v. Zombies. Find your own favorite spot to study in the library and your own favorite ZSR friend to answer your questions.
We look forward to working with you.
Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
On Thursday, August 18th, I had the opportunity to talk with the WFU Writing Program Faculty as part of their two-day workshop/retreat. Prior to my presentation I was able to sit in on a discussion with eight of the writing program faculty and five faculty from various disciplines to discuss writing issues. The issues discussed ranged from how to work with student who over quote rather than expressing an idea in their own words and students who cannot write with meaningful detail. The faculty expressed a desire for students to be able to both describe to a purpose and create a meaningful arguments in their writing rather than just offer a presentation of facts. I followed this discussion with a presentation of the various research services offered by ZSR Librarians, describing the instruction sessions, personal research sessions and web resources available to our users. This was a great opportunity to learn more about writing across the academy and increase awareness of library services.
With the popularity of our Capture the Flag game, we’ve added a new event for the second Friday of the semester! Join us for a game of Humans vs. Zombies in the ZSR Library!
We will use Nerf Dart Blasters to ward off the Zombies in ZSR! Come battle the undead with us on Friday, September 9 starting at 9PM!