Our Voyager system (AKA the ‘Classic View’ catalog and supporting services) will be migrating to a new home starting December 19 at 9AM. While we are not expecting significant downtime, there may be interruptions in the service or sluggishness in its performance. The system migration should be completed sometime tomorrow – a more precise schedule is unavailable at this time. The migration promises to resolve our recent downtime issues and we expect to see speed improvements with ‘Classic View’ and related web services. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.
During December 2011...
Last week we wrapped up Teaching Teaching for the fall semester. It was a good review of content we had covered in the very first go around. We’ve since decided to make it a regularly occurring event, so I’ve been thinking about different types of content, different types of presentations, and new ways of sharing out what we’re doing. We have big plans, and I’m looking forward to future iterations!
First up, not specifically focused on WFU, but very relevant for those who teach, NC-LITe will be meeting after the break.
The twice-annual meeting of NC librarians interested in educational technology and instruction will be at WFU on January 6th. Please let us know if you’d like to attend (and if you have something you’d like to share)!
If you’d like more information about what we’ll do that day, please see the wiki.
Of course, we’re open to suggestions if you’d like to make sure we do anything in particular.
We’re currently working on topics relating to Teach Better Tomorrow: Sharing Quick Tips for Library Instruction & Instructional Technology, though as always, if you have something to share that doesn’t fit that category, we can still make sure you have the opportunity to share.
Book Club: The Shallows
Next, we’re going to have a discussion of a book for those who want to play along with a little winter reading. From the email announcement:
At our last Teaching Teaching, we got sidetracked a bit discussing The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Roz could vouch for the speediness and interestingness of the read, and we all thought that this book would help us understand our students better. We also thought that this book in particular would be interesting to read as librarians: people who help our users find specific points of data as well as navigate the context of the information they need.
So, several of us are planning to read it over the break and get together before classes start to discuss over a warm cup of Starbucks. If you’d like to join us, here’s the plan:
What: Discussion of The Shallows
Where: Starbucks 203A
When: 1/11/2012, 10:00am-12:00
We might not take the full 2 hours, but I didn’t want to underestimate the time we’d want to have.
Teaching Strategies (proper)
Next semester we’re going to change the time to 10am to make it easier for more people to attend. We’ll continue meeting in 476.I’ll post the schedule as soon as it’s finalized, but after talking with many of the regular Teaching Teaching participants (and especially after a good conversation with Joy), we’ve come up with a format that should be really useful and interesting for this iteration.
The plan is to go through the topics we cover in LIB100 throughout the entire semester. For example, on the first day, we’ll talk about how people structure their course (the arc of the content, what they choose to keep and leave out, etc). Then we’ll have a day for the research process, a day for reference sources, a day for searching on the web, etc. As people have begun adapting their courses over time, we have a lot of really interesting approaches, and this will be a chance for us to find out how the class has evolved.
I’ll be looking for 2-4 people to give 5-10 minute presentations on each topic, so if you think you’re doing something that’s really useful or really unusual, please consider contacting me so that we can get you on the schedule. Otherwise, I might be contacting you. :)
Now that you have some time over the Winter Break, you can indulge in some relaxing reading! ZSR has pulled together some lists of the best books of 2011 to help you make your selections. Have fun perusing these lists and we hope you find the perfect book!
- New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011
- GoodReads 2011 Choice Awards
- Kirkus Reviews-Best Fiction of 2011
- Salon.com Best Fiction of 2011
- Nobel Prize for Literature (1901-2011)
- Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2011
- Library Journal Best Books of 2011
Or, if you prefer to read shorter pieces of writing, check out Longreads, which recommends reading selections based on the amount of time you have available.
You can also take a look at the new books we’ve added to the collection here at ZSR.
Yesterday Wake Forest hosted the fall meeting of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). NCICU is the statewide organization of North Carolina’s 36 non-profit, private colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Attendees from each of the schools came to represent varying campus departments such as admissions, student services, financial aid, IT, institutional research and library services.
ZSR was pleased to host the 23 librarians, most of whom were the library deans/directors. We began the day with introductions and a round robin report of the what’s new and cool at each library. This was followed by an NC LIVE update from Tim Rogers. NC LIVE had a subscription renewal package that added up to 4.8 million. With a budget of only 3.4 million, cuts were unavoidable. The one most noted was the cutting of Pscyh Info. The impact of this cut and the cost of each library having to pay individually out of library resources was very significant to most of the libraries in attendance.
Running well ahead of schedule, we had 45 minutes of free time. Now most of the librarians opted in when I offered to give a tour of the library. Realizing that the group was way to large, I enlisted the help of Mary Beth and we divided the group in half. Many thanks to those who pitched in at the last minute.
After lunch we listened to Monkia Rhue of Johnson C. Smith University, as she shared how her library tied its strategic principles to those of the university as outlined by their new president. Our own Lynn, shared ZSR examples of embedded librarianship. Through Lynn’s examples, some of the Libraries realized that they had actually embedded librarians in projects, but had never though of it that way. It was a wonderful day of sharing and networking.