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During November 2011...

‘Cans for Fines’ reprised this December

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 2:30 pm

Got fines and a desire to help the hungry in our community?

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library will accept non-expired, unopened canned goods as payment for overdue fines. For each can of food donated, $1 will be waived from your library fines. (No maximum.) Only canned goods will be accepted. The program will run from Monday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

The canned goods will be donated to Campus Kitchen to provide groceries to those in need in our community this holiday season. Take advantage of this program to both help provide food for the hungry in the community and get your overdue fines forgiven!

The Cans for Fines waiver is for library fines only and may not be applied to replacement fees for lost items, nor may it be used as credit against future fines.

Thanks for participating!

Embedded in the Residence Halls: Take Three!

Friday, November 18, 2011 2:26 pm

Last Spring we piloted a program that consisted of placing a Reference Librarian in a Residence Hall for a two hour block. (See “Have ThinkPad, Will Travel!) We revisited the program this semester, visiting three Residence Hall on three different days and times before Fall Break (See “Embedded in the Residence Halls: Discovering What Works!) Based on what we learned from those sessions, this past Sunday we offered two more two hour sessions, one in Babcock Residence Hall and one in Johnson Residence Hall. Within five minutes of arriving in Babcock Residence Hall at 1pm, (with my ZSR banner in tow and candy supplied by the Residence Hall) I had my first personal research session. The first of five back-to-back personal research sessions! Topics ranged from “Children of Divorce” to “Rural to Urban Migration in China”. Upon completing these sessions I moved on to Johnson Residence Hall from 3-5pm. While I only had two personal research sessions in Johnson Residence Hall, other students noticed the banner and candy and stopped to ask why I was there. All were very appreciative to see ZSR in the Residence Hall, even if they didn’t have a research question! In between the sessions I caught up on email and chatted with students as they passed by my table in the formal parlor. These sessions are a great way to reach students at the point of need and our partnering with Residence Life and Housing ensures that the word gets out to students we will be in the Residence Halls! All in all it was a great Sunday afternoon!

Teaching LIB100 Online

Thursday, November 10, 2011 1:52 pm

Yesterday was the Online Forum in which I was able to share my lib100 class with interested faculty. It was a well attended session, with about 30 people at peek attendance, and we covered a wide range of topics. I expected to be asked to delve into my course to show some specific examples and student work, but interestingly discussion stayed at a much more general level, and after I presented there wasn’t much more need for me to speak.

If you’re interested in my talk, I focused around three themes: a lot of thought went into the design and implementation of the course, doing this well takes time and small class sizes, the students in my class are getting a much more personalized education than the ones in my typical classes. I’m actually not sure how on-message I was, given the timing of the forum, but I managed to get a few laughs and for the most part people seemed open to the idea. Here are the slides:

Afterwards, Stephanie Pellet of the french department spoke about her experience at the University of Texas at Austin contributing to an online textbook. Stephanie has long been an advocate of increasing the use of collaborative tools in the classroom and has done some incredibly innovative work using library provided blogs and wikis. She’s published on the work she’s done in her field’s journals of the scholarship of teaching and learning as well.

David John, from computer science, wrapped up with a discussion of courses being televised across several campuses with a local group of Wake Forest students participating from here. The system they used allowed the professor at a distance to see individuals at all sites and allowed our students to have access to professors withexpertiseoutside of those offered by our own department.

With one or two exceptions, the conversation was mostly positive and focused on higher level issues such as “what is online education?” given the continuum of electronically enhanced teaching tools, “what is the role of the teacher?” and “how do we prepare students for today’s world?” I was also particularly struck that copyright came up as well. Who owns the content that’s created for an online course? There was discussion of who would make royalties off of the content. We never even got to the point of discussing the OpenCourseWare movement, something that I hope we can begin discussing as Online becomes less threatening. So, now we wait to see what comes next. And I keep trucking along with this course. Speaking of which, I have some grading to do!

Scott Adair–ZSR and WFU Employee of the Year!

Friday, November 4, 2011 9:29 am

ZSR is pleased to announce that Scott Adair was awarded the “Employee of the Year” in the exempt category at the Eleventh Annual WFU Staff Awards Recognition Luncheon on October 14. A long time employee of the library, Scott has always been recognized as a willing and responsive staff member, doing what was necessary to meet the needs of students and staff alike. This year though, when the library was gearing up to open it’s off site facility, we called on his expertise in many areas, from his knowledge of the library’s collections, his awareness of faculty and student needs, to his careful maneuvering of a fork lift, to do what needed to be done to open the facility successfully.

His nomination read in part: “Marshaling assistance from others in ZSR, he spearheaded the drive to pack up, inventory and move more than 3,000 boxes of materials out of ZSR in the blistering heat over the summer of 2010, one van full of boxes at a time. He worked through aching muscles, days when the temperature topped 90°F, and weeks when many of his otherwise willing assistants went on vacation and left him without help. Once the Off Site Facility opened up in November of 2010 he stalwartly accepted the new challenges it brought. He learned a software package that is anything but easy and managed the move of over 100,000 volumes into the Off Site Storage Facility in about 3 months time. He also worked with an opinionated workforce, and endured frequent interruption from University employees and vendors.”

In his acceptance speech, Scott said:

Longevity has its rewards. The longer you are at Wake Forest, the more you get to participate in its growth. I want to thank everyone who helped make the Library’s offsite storage facility a reality. Many folks from Facilities were involved. They were great. The ZSR staff put forth a Herculean effort in both the planning and the execution stages. While I really appreciate this recognition, I have to say that my real reward is getting to work with so many wonderful people.”

We are very proud of Scott’s accomplishments and that he has earned this well deserved recognition. Well done!


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