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During October 2011...

WFU Summer Technology Exploration Grants 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011 7:33 pm

This year I had the pleasure of working on a Summer Technology Exploration Grant with Professor Page Laughlin. We explored the use of the iPad2 as a tool for teaching painting. We looked at various software applications and styli (or styluses) for painting and explored how the iPad2 could be successfully incorporated into a painting class and facilitate learning. You can see our final grant report along with some of Page Laughlin’s art.

These summer technology grants offer librarians a great opportunity to work on some interesting projects while also receiving up to $1,000 for professional development. I’ve been using my STEP grant to help cover conference costs. Here is a link to last year’s application. I don’t know if they plan to continue the program next year, but I’m glad I had the chance to participate.

Learning Styles

Sunday, October 30, 2011 1:10 pm

This week we addressed Learning Styles. It’s a topic that I’ve grown more fond of over time. The major controversy amongst folks in higher ed is “should you adapt your teaching to learning styles?” Some research suggests it doesn’t make a big difference. Some suggests it really does. Some faculty will point out that once working in a job, your boss isn’t going to adapt their training for your style, others point out that college students have to cram a lot more into their head in a shorter period of time than an employee would.

So with a discussion of that, we dove into a discussion of learning styles. We used the free test from NCSU that is an index of learning styles, and this is what we came up with:

Learning Styles

We then had a group-wide discussion of the different styles, methods we used within our own style to learn better, and talked about how that knowledge could impact our design of a class session or course. Here’s the down and dirty:

  • Active learners learn best when they’re doing something with the information. Active students should seek out study groups and explain information to each other.
  • Reflective learners learn best when they think quietly about it first. They shouldn’t attempt to just memorize anything. They should think of questions/applications and write their own summary.
  • Sensing learners like facts and following established methods. They are more practical and prefer real-world connections. They should ask professors for these specific connections to the world and brainstorm connections with friends.
  • Intuitive learners like possibilities, relationships, innovation, and abstractions. They should ask for theories that link the facts covered in class.
  • Visual learnerslike pictures, diagrams, flowcharts, timelines, film, and demos. They should make concept maps of class and color code their notes.
  • Verbal learners like written and spoken words. They should write summaries of class in words and talk with friends.
  • Sequential learners are linear and like logical patterns. They should ask for steps that are skipped to fill in the blanks and make sure their notes take a logical order.
  • Global learners need to make large jumps and have “aha” moments. These students need to skim a chapter before class takes place. Rather than studying a little bit each day, they need to take several hours at once to take a “deep dive” into the material.

(I used color to pair the spectrum, see what I did there, Visual learners?!)

There are a lot of different thinkers out there reflecting on learning styles, and we only had time to focus in on this one interpretation. But you can see immediately how you can pull in techniques for each learner. For example, when discussing the catalog you can tie it into a larger discussion of databases and search theory as well as demo how you can use this to find a specific book your faculty member has told you to find. That alone would hit on sensing, intuitive, visual, verbal, and sequential.

Next week Roz will be addressing Teaching Styles. It’ll be a fun pair to the Learning Styles class!

Max and Gertrude Hoffmann Music Manuscript Collection now online

Friday, October 28, 2011 1:40 pm

The Max and Gertrude Hoffmann Music Manuscript Collection is finally complete and available for use. With 170 titles represented in various levels of completion, we anticipate this collection to be a delight to musicians, composers, and anyone interested in vaudeville orchestration. These music manuscripts are only a portion of the larger Max and Gertrude Hoffmann papers (MS608) that includes posters, scrapbooks, photographs, and correspondence.This was a very large processing and digitization project and we are thrilled to announce the completion.

Religion 266- Sects and Cults Exhibits

Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:39 am

Cults Exhibit explanation poster

This fall, I worked with Dr. Lynn Neal again in her class on Sects and Cults (Religion 266). We did this two years ago, and had a few minor complaints. This year, we met as a group and discussed what happened before and the entire class conscientiously attempted to be less provocative in terms of text and imagery. The discussion before any exhibits were actually designed really helped set the scene for a sensitive working attitude by all the students. This helped identify potential problems before they occurred.
Wicca Exhibit

In the class, I discussed the elements of a good exhibit and showed examples to the class. I also gave them handouts with tips, techniques and a sample exhibit layout.
Mormonism Exhibit

The class came to the Preservation lab in groups and began work. I talked with each group about their ideas and design. I also helped with supplies, advice and moral support.
Raelism Exhibit #1

The exhibits came out very well and incorporated all the elements of a good exhibit. I think Dr. Neal was pleased and was I.
Raelism Exhibit #1

New Documentary Film Student Premieres

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:51 pm

This afternoon I had the joy of viewing a few of the Documentary Film Program’s first year students’ works. Cindy Hill, Associate Director of the DFP, welcomed her students, then thanked the library for the auditorium. After each film, the faculty critiqued each piece. Among the faculty was Peter Gilbert, award-winning producer, director and cinematographer, who is presently Part-Time Lecturer with the DFP. It was a privilege to hear the five faculty members review and critique the student’s films. As the library liaison for the DFP, it was exciting to see the Library Auditorium used and appreciated by both students and faculty. Seeing this great program using our new space was a wonderful experience for me!

Every Week is Archives Week!

Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:11 pm

The Society of American Archivists states: “October is American Archives Month-an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists. There is strength in numbers, and our collective voice can be more powerful than individual voices when we set aside time each year to celebrate our collections.”

In an effort to localize and focus the attention on North Carolina archives, the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA), with the support of a proclamation by Governor Beverly Perdue, celebrates “Archives Week.” This is a statewide effort to develop programs, events, exhibits, and overall awareness and use of archives.We here at ZSR Special Collections and Archives are excited to celebrate along with so many cultural heritage institutions across the state. Archives Week is October 24th-30th, but to us, every week is Archives Week!

Why limit your time in an archive to just one week? This semester alone, we have had the Wilson Wing 20th Anniversary celebration, theASERL Civil War in the American South contributions, and the Historic Bibles exhibit. The Wilson Wing celebration included an online exhibit and a beautiful display of materials from the University Archive. Many of the monographs featured in the Historic Bibles Exhibit are part of Megan’s wonderfully written and informative Rare Book of the Month posts, part of the Special Collections and Archives blog.

In celebration of this year’s Archives Week theme, the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Craig and I have put up a small exhibit in the entryway of ZSR to encourage students, faculty, and staff to come to the archives and discover what we have. We find new materials everyday and are anxious to tell the world about them. Please stop by the sixth floor, read our blog, or “like” us on Facebook and show your support for the archives!

Exploring the Humanities Online: Digital Collections at ZSR for Research and Teaching

Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:59 pm

On Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4-5PM in the Library Auditorium (Room 404), ZSR Library will host a session, sponsored by the WFU Humanities Institute, on accessing and utilizing our digital collections. Come learn about some important digital resources already available right here at Wake Forest.

Peace Corps Information Literacy Exhibits

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:39 pm

Working on Peace Corps exhibits

During the Fall Semester, my Information Literacy class (ably assisted by Ellen Makaravage) adopted the Peace Corps as our overall theme. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps begun by President John F. Kennedy. The class covered the usual topics: using the catalog and databases, citations,evaluating the web, etc.

Peace Corps exhibits

We also had the pleasure of being visited by five returned Peace Corps volunteers (Natalie Sevin ’04, Martin Richwine ’63, Sue Sevin, Dany Kim-Shaprio and Bill Moore) who told us their individual stories. The campus was lucky to have the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver’s son, Mark speak on his father’s legacy. This was a very rewarding class to be part of.

Installing Peace Corps exhibits

The class spent several class periods designing, producing and installing their Peace corps exhibit inside the ZSR Library. These exhibits can be viewed any time in room 401. Our students heard from five individuals who gave two years of their own life to service in the Peace Corps.
Martin Richwine eEace Corps exhibit
Most of them felt this service was just as important and on an equal footing with, military service. At least one individual also made him feel patriotic. All the Peace Corps volunteers were proud of their service and their country. The process of hearing these individuals was unusual for an information literacy class. We devoted a lot of class time to these presentations, but in the end, I think it was well worth taking this unique approach.

Peace Corps exhibits

Educational Psychology

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:19 am

Last week’s Teaching Teachers focused on the briefest of overviews of Educational Psychology. We went through the PowerPoint from the last class, and talked about it’s application to our own classes. This is always a fun class to cover because there’s so much information (an entire graduate degree’s worth, in fact) that we can touch on a lot of different relevant ideas and draw connections to our own classes. Fun day!

The King James Bible: Its Legend and Legacy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:53 am

On Friday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m., ZSR Special Collections & Archives in conjunction with the Wake Forest School of Divinity will host “The King James Bible: Its Legend and Legacy.” The lecture and exhibit will focus on the monumental version of the English Bible which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. The story of the Bible in English is a fascinating epic of kings and queens, common people and martyrs, but is a tale seldom told. Illustrating the lecture will be examples of all of the English Bibles which led up to the publication of the King James Bible in 1611, and the prominent revisions and editions which followed. This lecture is open to the public and will take place in the ZSR Library Special Collections Reading Room.

Michael Morgan is organist at Atlanta’s historic Central Presbyterian Church and is Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary. He has played recitals and worship services across the country, and in England, Spain, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Michael has served on the board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and currently serves on the National Committee on Seminary and Denominational Relations of the American Guild of Organists. He is also active with the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and published his Psalter for Christian Worship, a metrical version of the Psalms, in 1999 (revised, 2010). Since graduate school at Florida State University, he has assembled one of the most comprehensive private collections of English Bibles, New Testaments, and Psalters in the United States.

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