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During January 2012...

“Shots Fired on Campus” session with Campus Police

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 1:42 pm

Earlier today, Wanda, Travis, Anna and I attended a session offered through the PDC entitled “Shots Fired On Campus”. It was an engaging discussion, lead by Sergeant Lesia Finney of Campus Police to a packed room of about 35 people from all over campus. During the meeting, we also watched the video of the same name. It is available for viewing on campus from their website, http://police.wfu.edu/information/videos/. Lesia talked about the need for a Survivor’s Mindset and having a well thought out plan in place for how you will react in a situation with a shooter on campus. She also said that being involved in this kind of situation is as rare as being struck by lightning, but as the video says, every one knows in a lightning storm not to stand next to a metal pole. This was not meant to cause fear, but to cause preparedness.

After the video, (well worth the 20 minute investment), we had some q&a where it was further revealed that IF we have shooter on campus but they are not in the immediate vicinity of the library, we should shelter in place and not leave. The university will “lockdown” the campus which means that the Deacon OneCard office will engage all of the mag locks on doors and no one will be able to get in to any building with such a lock. We have them everywhere we need a key card to enter, (front door, grad side door, and Starbucks door.) The atrium doors don’t open from the outside, and one needs a key to get into the staff door so a shooter couldn’t get in unless we let them in.

Other safety ideas that were discussed include:

Putting an emergency contact in your cell phone under the name “ICE” which stands for “in case of emergency” enables police to contact your emergency contact if you are not able to.

Reminder to register your cell phone on Wake Alert

Think in advance what you might do in case of fire, or in case of an intruder in the night

Identify escape routes in theaters, in restaurants, etc.

We will be contacting campus police to have them come and walk through our building so we can identify elements specific to this building into our emergency plan. The session was worthwhile, and did jangle the nerves a bit, but it is better to be prepared than not in any case.

 

Library Leads Community Book Club

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:11 am
Giz Womack and Rosalind Tedford

Rosalind Tedford (left) and Giz Womack with their electronic editions of Steve Jobs.

Do you recall your first experience with an Apple® Computer product? If that question brings back interesting memories, then consider picking up the new Steve Jobs biography and joining Z. Smith Reynolds Library faculty in an online book club. As a new collaboration between the Wake Forest University Alumni Office and the library, the online club will begin in February, and the entire WFU community may participate. Discussions on the DeacsRead website will make use of Facebook®, Twitter, YouTube and more. For February, Giz Womack and Rosalind Tedford will host a conversation about Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. Future selections include:

Please join this exciting new partnership!

Lessons Learned from the Online LIB100 Pilot

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:10 am

The library offers a very popular and useful credit-based research class, LIB100: Accessing Information in the 21st Century. This elective supports students’ success at Wake Forest by teaching research skills, the use of library materials, ethical use of information and how to navigate the changing information environment.

This fall, the library began exploring online education with two experimental sections of LIB100. These classes intentionally preserved close interaction between students and the instructor, while also ensuring that students participated fully and met all the learning outcomes. The library will host a forum on Tuesday, February 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the ZSR auditorium to share course structure, instructor perceptions and student feedback.

To see one initial response, please view this video from a student who commented both on the class itself and the teaching methodology. (The comments specifically about the online methodology begin at 2:35.)

Nominate an Outstanding Student for the Senior Showcase

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:09 am
Senior Showcase 2011

Senior Showcase 2011

This spring, ZSR will sponsor the third annual Senior Showcase to recognize outstanding senior thesis research and senior projects completed by undergraduates. Launched in 2010, the first showcase featured research from three seniors. Last year’s event expanded to feature research from five seniors, each representing a different division of the College.

The Senior Showcase allows students to share their research or projects with the Wake Forest community at an event hosted by the library in late April. A committee of library faculty will select up to five students from a pool of nominees recommended by College faculty. Projects completed in the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for consideration. The review committee will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

  • Evidence of thorough research
  • Originality
  • Clear argument
  • Sound structure
  • Well-written text
  • Sound conclusions
  • Credible sources
  • Importance to the field
  • Strength of faculty recommendation.

Look for more details and a formal call for nominations in February. Start thinking now about nominating your top senior students’ theses and projects!

Rediscover Course Reserves

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:08 am

Faculty Course Reserves link in online catalog

Course Reserves is the easy and legal way to get supplemental readings or films to your students. The system accommodates books, films, journal articles and more. You can also upload articles or book chapters you own via the request form. Please include the title page and copyright page with any book chapters. For additional guidelines, please see the Copyright Terms of Use. ZSR will monitor copyright compliance and will pay necessary copyright fees. Go to the Course Reserves page to get started, or start in the ZSR catalog to pre-populate the form with catalog data.

For questions about Course Reserves, please call Mary Reeves at x4713 or Ellen Makaravage at x4947.

Kindle Option for Last-Minute Reserves Requests

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:07 am

This fall, in an effort to respond to those last minute Reserves requests, the ZSR Library purchased an Amazon® Kindle especially for Course Reserves. This new Kindle for Reserves will circulate for just two hours, in-building use only. When an urgent need arises, the library will rush-order the print copy as usual. Staff will also search the Amazon Kindle Store and will download available titles for immediate use. The Kindle Store specializes in recent and popular publications, so not every academic title will be available. However, this new program will reduce wait times wherever possible. As always, the more advance notice you can give our staff, the better.

Video Conferencing Classroom Comes to ZSR

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:06 am

ZSR Room 204

The original electronic classroom in ZSR, Room 204, underwent a transformation over the past six months. In addition to a much-needed renovation of seating, lighting, wiring and equipment, the room now features a complete video conferencing system using Cisco TelePresence. Additional technological capabilities include two projectors and screens that can display from separate input sources including the instructor’s laptop, cable TV, DVD player, HD document reader and a SMART™ Technologies Sympodium. The room seats 35, or 18 for active videoconferencing. WFU faculty and staff can reserve the room online.

Check Out an iPad Class Pack

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:05 am

Starting this semester, faculty can reserve “class packs” of Apple’s iPad™ for use in class or for projects. Two sets of five iPads are available; therefore up to ten iPads can circulate for a period of up to two weeks. You can use them for classroom activities or group projects on a limited basis.

Each pack contains five iPads, five keyboard cases and cables/chargers for each iPad, along with an inventory sheet for a faculty member to keep up with which item is given to which student. IPads circulate in a blank, factory default state, and you can load them with customized apps as needed for each unique project.

If you have questions, would like discuss project ideas, or would like to make a reservation, please contact Barry Davis, Coordinator of Multimedia and Digital Production Services.

WebEx Kits on the Go

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:04 am

To help groups using WebEx to communicate online, ZSR has assembled a portable WebEx kit for checkout at The Bridge. This kit contains a linear microphone for group communication, USB speakers and a webcam to mount on any surface for easy video conferencing. You can use this kit to expand a WebEx meeting to more than one person at a site, and it is perfect for panels, conference calls in meetings, or quick communications with groups.

Like most multimedia equipment available at The Bridge, the WebEx kit is available on a first- come, first-serve basis for up to three days. If you have questions or special needs, please email Barry Davis.

Upcoming Technology Workshops

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:03 am

The library will host workshops this spring on:

  • Mendeley, a new application for research management and collaboration;
  • Web-based tools to visualize and analyze data;
  • Zotero, an open-source application for research management; and
  • Tumblr for microblogging.

View these and other events!

Additionally, find supporting documentation for Zotero, EndNote and Google, as well as many other applications, on the library website.


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