Library Gazette

During September 2012...

Musicircus at ZSR: A LOUD Event!

Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:44 am

At ZSR Library, we love it when someone in the Wake Forest community approaches us with a new idea on how to use our space. Music professor Louis Goldstein shared his plans to hold a month-long Cagefest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of John Cage‘s birth. Then he told us he’d love to kick it off with a Musicircus in the atrium. Musicircus was created by Cage in 1967 and is a musical event for any number of musicians to perform their individual work in the same place at the same time. What Dr. Goldstein was proposing for the atrium was a musical happening, and when it was held this past Friday on September 28, it was as advertised – “riotously fun”!

Watch the video to get a sense of the sounds and activities that unfolded in the atrium during Musicircus. As the music was played there was a festival-like atmosphere as dozens of listeners snacked on refreshments and roamed through the 3 levels where the performers were playing.

Read more details in this Winston-Salem Journal article about the event. And see images of the many performers as they contributed to create a “12-ring performance circus” in the Library! It was a most delightful use of the Library!

Hit the Bricks: 10th Anniversary

Friday, September 28, 2012 7:59 am

Hit the Bricks

Hit the Bricks is an annual student event to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. It’s a great WFU community-wide event that lasts for 8 hours. It has a faculty/staff division in which ZSR Library often fields a team. This year our team members were Susan (Captain), Hu, Mary Beth, Derrik, Rebecca, Joy, Craig, Travis, Peter and Patrick. It was a blistering hot day, but Team ZSR persevered to finish in 4th place. We managed to complete 286 laps over the course of the day which adds up to 77 miles! Our entry fee of $20 apiece contributed to the real purpose of the day – to raise funds to fight cancer. Thanks to all of the ZSR team for their willingness to support this great cause with their hard earned $$ AND their feet! Take a look at other pictures from the day.

Rob Amberg photography exhibit and “Over Home” Documentary Film

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:32 pm


ZSR currently has the largest exhibit in its history with the Rob Amberg photography exhibit. This exhibit incorporates 6 cases at the library entrance and 10 cases upstairs in Room 401-the Ammons Gallery. ZSR is a co-sponsor to the grant from the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence that is supporting this work.

Rob Amberg is a photographer who lives in Madison County, North Carolina. He moved to Madison County in 1973 and began what has become his lifetime project – writing and photographing about the evolving culture and environment of his adopted county. His first book, Sodom Laurel Album, was published in 2002 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the University of North Carolina Press. His second book from Madison County, The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress in Appalachia, was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago.

Rob’s exhibit of photos parallels a screening of a documentary film called Over Home, by Kim Dryden and Joe Cornelius. This film follows Sheila Kay Adams, folk singer and musician from the mountains of North Carolina, as she fights to keep her family’s traditional ballads alive while struggling to overcome the loss of her husband. The tradition of ballad singing was kept alive in Madison County by Sheila and others.

You are encouraged to come to two events related to Rob Amberg’s photo show in ZSR:

  • On September 26 at 7 pm, Rob Amberg will lecture in the ZSR Auditorium about his life in Madison County, NC and how it informs his photography.
  • On October 2 at 7 pm, a screening of the film Over Home: Love Songs from Madison County will be held in The Barn.

These are unique, exciting and North Carolina-based events will surely be worthwhile and connect ZSR to our larger community. Please come if you are able.

ZSR Receives Antique Letterpress

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:12 pm
Carl Hein and the Chandler & Price press

Donor Carl Hein with the 1906 letterpress and cabinets of type.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library recently received a gift of a complete print shop. The equipment came from a Winston-Salem citizen, Carl Hein, who spent his entire working life in printing and packaging. He retired eleven years ago as the President of RJR Packaging. Mr. Hein began running his own printing company while attending Carnegie Mellon University in the 1950s. The printing equipment has remained in his family for 60 years.

The equipment includes a 1906 Chandler & Price letterpress, an 1892 Peerless Gem paper cutter, five cabinets of lead type and all the tools needed for setting and printing type. Stop by the Preservation office for a firsthand look at this equipment. If you have an idea for using the press for class projects, contact Craig Fansler.

House Librarians Bring Research to the Halls

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:11 pm

The class of 2016 has an additional library resource – the House Librarian. ZSR has partnered with Residence Life & Housing and the Graduate Hall Directors (GHD) to serve each of the first-year student residence halls. Librarians regularly email these students, via the GHD, with reminders of library services and links to resources ranging from databases to personal research sessions. Librarians also offer in-house programs on conducting effective scholarly research and will hold research assistance hours in the residence halls before midterms and finals.

The House Librarian program is just one example of the larger trend of embedded librarianship, which borrows its name from embedded journalism. At ZSR, librarians have been embedded in the classroom, in service learning trips and in summer outreach programs. If you know of a course or a project that could benefit from an embedded librarian, contact your library liaison.

New Mac Lab

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:10 pm

The computer lab next to The Bridge has been upgraded with 16 new iMacs. Each has a 27″ HD screen and includes Microsoft Office, Adobe CS6 Master Collection and Final Cut Pro X.

The lab is open to everyone when The Bridge is open, unless a class has been scheduled for the room. For more information, visit The Bridge website.

For scanning and VHS/audiotape conversion equipment, visit the Government Documents area on the fourth floor of the Reynolds Wing.

ZSR Welcomes New Librarians

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:09 pm

Kyle Denlinger

This semester, Wake Forest University welcomes a new type of student with the introduction of the online Counseling program. To help these students succeed in online learning environments, ZSR welcomes Kyle Denlinger as the new eLearning Librarian. Kyle holds a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Cincinnati and a MA in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Library Science from the University of Missouri. While at Missouri, he taught up to three sections of their library research class per semester and helped redesign the course for fellow instructors. Kyle will work with closely the Director of Online Learning, the Counseling faculty and students. He will ensure that online information resources and library support will meet the needs of all faculty and students. Kyle will also contribute to the traditional reference and instruction program. Contact Kyle to learn more about how the library can help students learn online.

James Harper

James Harper is the new head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery at ZSR. He comes from NCSU where he held a similar position for eleven years. While at NCSU, James was a co-implementer of UNC Library Express, an expedited request system for the 17 schools in the UNC system. He holds a BA in English and a Masters of Library and Information Studies, both from UNC-Greensboro. James is highly regarded as an innovator in resource sharing and Interlibrary Loan circles across the region.

Senior Showcase Returns Next Spring

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:08 pm

Last April, ZSR held the third annual Senior Showcase, a student-inspired program that highlights exemplary research and artistic theses or projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates. The 2012 Showcase drew the highest number of nominations representing the widest variety of disciplines to date.

To build upon this success, two key improvements are being introduced this year. First, the nomination criteria will be clearer and easier to understand. Secondly, each student winner will receive a $1,000 prize as an additional recognition of achievement.

The 2013 Senior Showcase will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Look for a call for nominations in February. In the meantime, begin thinking of students whose research or artistic contributions merit nomination!

New Textbook Collection

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:07 pm

This fall, to alleviate the financial burden on students who have to purchase many expensive textbooks, the ZSR Library has initiated a pilot textbook collection. The textbooks support courses with more than 30 students. The books are shelved in the Course Reserves department, and students can check them out for two hours. The full list is available online. Please inform your students if your course text is on this list.

Scholarship Support Services

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:06 pm

The ZSR Library offers several scholarship support services for faculty through the Scholarly Communication Librarian, Molly Keener. If you are new to Wake Forest, or need a reminder of available services, read on!

Open Access Fund

In partnership with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the library has a dedicated fund to support faculty seeking to publish their works openly. Available to all Reynolda Campus faculty, the fund covers fees for article processing that Open Access publishers sometimes charge. The fund also pays to make individual articles Open Access in subscription journals that offer this option (a.k.a. “hybrid” journals).

Evolutions in Scholarship

Attempting to stay up-to-date on changes in publishing, legislative and legal arenas that impact scholarship can be daunting. Follow the Evolutions in Scholarship blog, which is updated monthly, to stay informed about key developments without being bombarded with information.

WakeSpace Digital Archive

The institutional repository and digital archive, WakeSpace, hosts a variety of materials, including collections of faculty scholarship. Should you wish to make your scholarship available, ZSR can create a WakeSpace collection for you.

Consultations, class visits, workshops and more! If you have questions about copyright, author rights, publishing, Open Access or general scholarship support, contact Molly Keener.

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