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During March 2012...

Search Tip #7: Ctrl+F

Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:47 am

The scene: you, doing your research, scanning a long article online, searching for a specific word. You scroll up and down, back and forth, looking for that word, but no luck. Guess what? No longer do you need to waste your time trying to find that word hidden among all those other words in that long document. There’s a very simple trick and here it is:

Ctrl+F. Yes, that’s right: Ctrl+F. Simple, right?

Control-F (or Command-F) lets you look for – or find – a word somewhere on a page. This keyboard shortcut works in all web browsers and for other documents too (think PDF or a Word doc for example). When you hit Ctrl+F, a small “find” box will pop up somewhere in your browser where you can type in exactly what you’re looking for. The word (or phrase) will be highlighted and, if it’s outside the current screen, the page will jump to where the word is.

So, next time you’re searching for a word on a web page, remember: Ctrl+F.

The Film Collection at ZSR

Thursday, March 29, 2012 9:35 am

Did you know that the library has over 11,000 films on DVD? You can see the new arrivals from the last month and search for films on the library’s home page.

We also have over 300 Criterion films in our collection. Explore the Criterion films at ZSR! And take some time to browse the Top 10 lists, artist profiles, and more on the Criterion site.

The Media/DVD Viewing Room is on the 4th floor in Room 403 (next to the library auditorium). We invite you to browse the collection:

As always, if a film you want is checked out, you can reserve it from the library catalog. For example, say you wanted to see Hugo but it was checked out. Just click on the Hold/Recall button to reserve it and as soon as it’s available you will be notified.

Orville, Wilbur, and Walt, oh my!

Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:44 pm

As part of my instructional duties, I coordinate library instructional classes and tours for elementary and high school students. In February, I received a phone call from a teacher at Mount Tabor High School requesting an IL session for her students. She wanted me to introduce her students to some of the library resources on Roman authors. As I thought about what some of those resources might be, I decided to check and see if someone had created a LIBGuide. I did a search for the keyword “classics” in the Research Guides’ search box and guess what? The first one on the list was “Classics” created by Carol Cramer. Thanks to Carol and her LIBGuide I quickly identified some really good sources for this class.

On April 22, Hu and I provided library tours for 4th and 5th graders from Mountain View Elementary School in Wilkes County. The teacher who arranged the tour noted in his email that he had “coordinated a tour for last April that was very successful.” During the library tour, students had an opportunity to visit Special Collections. Megan had pulled a wide variety of materials and displayed them on the table in Special Collections. Some of the “rare” gems included the Nuremberg Chronicle and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Thanks to both Megan and Rebecca for assisting with the tours. In Reference, Joy provided an excellent overview of our resources and services. Students were also introduced to The Bridge. For the Government Document part of the tour, I selected documents based loosely on flying and space travel. The Wright Flyer included pictures of Wilbur and Orville Wright. I read a quote from JFK’s Land a Man on the Moon Speech from the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Kennedy - 1961. Thanks to Joy, Megan, Rebecca, and Hu for assisting with the tours.

Reynolda Film Festival 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012 11:07 am

The Reynolda Film Festival begins today with the Wake Forest Film Showcase. The festival continues throughout the week (see the schedule online) and features a variety of speakers and panels and some great feature screenings.

The keynote address – “The Greatest Lecture Ever Presented!” – will be given by Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award-Nominated Director of Super Size Me.

For more info, check out Reynolda Film Festival Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sustainability Committee Tours Recycle America

Friday, March 16, 2012 1:36 pm

On Tuesday morning Mary Beth, Steve and I toured Recycle America, the industrial recycling facility that manages those materials from WFU and the Winston Salem municipal recycling program. The aging facility was opened in 1990 and will be closing in late spring or early summer when RA moves to its new, highly-automated facility.

The current operation is mostly manual; material is dumped onto a conveyor belt which draws it up a long incline, then through a level area where workers at different stations select specific materials off the belt, such as aluminum cans and particular types of plastic. Magnets remove steel cans.

Once separated materials are baled, loaded onto tractor-trailer trucks, and shipped to companies that will process and re-use the materials. Bales are big, heavy and very densely packed; a bale of paper might weigh 2 tons. The Winston Salem facility is separating, baling and shipping a ton of steel and 20 tons of cardboard every day. Steel and aluminum generally get shipped north to industrial cities like Pittsburgh, paper goes to paper mills in eastern N. Carolina, and the various plastics are shipped all over the world via the port at Wilmington.

Winston Salem, in conjunction with Recycle America, is implementing a single-bin program for residential recycling which will relieve homeowners of the need to separate their recyclables into separate bins. Further, the new large bins will allow RA to conduct curb-side pick-up every other week, rather than weekly. The new collection program is being done in concert with the construction of Recycle America’s new single stream recycling facility, which will use technology to do much of the sorting. By RA standards, it will be a relatively small facility, in proportion to the size of Winston Salem’s population. The company hopes that this modest facility will be profitable; if it is, the company will replicate this business model in other similarly-sized cities. To date, only large cities have warranted highly automated facilities.

The facility’s manager told us that the current facility processes about 60 million pounds of material each year. That’s 60 million pounds of garbage that didn’t go to a landfill. Even better, municipalities that transition to single stream recycling programs similar to the one we’re about to begin commonly experience a 35% increase in recycling participation by households; so next year we should expect to divert even more garbage. That’s very good news for our community.

Here’s a chart from the City of Winston Salem with guidelines for recycling glass, plastic and metal items from your home. Please recycle.

Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Rinse
  • NO Aluminum foil, pie tins or scraps
Glass Bottles and Jars (clear, green and brown)
  • Remove caps/lids and discard
  • Rinse containers
  • NO ceramics, dishes, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, window glass, or any glass that is not a container.
Plastic Bottles and Jugs (clear and colored)
  • The neck of the container must be smaller than the base or widest part.
  • Remove caps and discard.
  • Rinse. Flatten to conserve space
  • NO bottle caps or tops; antifreeze, pesticide, motor oil or other hazardous material containers; containers that are not bottles, such as deli or yogurt containers, margarine tubs,or flower pots;wide-mouth prescription bottles; plastic bags of any type; plastic wrap, Styrofoam.
Steel Food and Beverage Cans
  • Rinse
Aerosol Cans
  • Empty aerosol cans and remove plastic tops.
    NO paint cans.

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

Friday, March 9, 2012 3:02 pm

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners for Publishing Year 2011 have been announced and ZSR has them. Check out these award winners:

Return of the Zombies to ZSR!

Monday, March 5, 2012 11:12 am

On Friday, March 2nd, from 9-11pm, the ZSR Library hosted its second Humans V. Zombies event! Our first event, last September, had 80 students participate and this second event had 103 students participate! For two hours humans chased zombies throughout the 170,000 sq ft. of ZSR. Here are some great photos Susan Smith took at the event! I owe a big thanks to Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock and Megan Mulder who all pitched in to make this event run smoothly! Stayed tuned for details on the Fall 2012 Humans V. Zombies event in October. We are already planning to make that event even bigger than the last!

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