Library Gazette

During September 2013...

Banned Books Week @ ZSR

Monday, September 23, 2013 9:13 am

Banned Books Week

This week (September 22-28, 2013) is Banned Books Week, a week set aside to take note of books that are banned across our country. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read for everyone without censorship. Because we had a book banned right here in North Carolina, I chose to focus our exhibit on The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. This book chronicles the story of an African-American man who feels invisible because of his race. The book, published in 1952, and won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. The Invisible Man was recently banned in libraries in school of Randolph County, North Carolina. A parental complaint prompted a County board member to move to have this book banned.

The American Library Association simply wants everyone to be able to read whatever they wish without any censorship. There are lots of events centered around Banned Books Week.

According to ALA, the top 10 book banned in 2012 are:

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Changes to ZSR’s Print/Copy/Scan Stations

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:18 pm

Printing and copying will be unavailable in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, in the Professional Center Library, and in Farrell Hall on Monday, September 23 starting at 8:30AM and continuing to Tuesday, September 24, mid-day while we change over the machines on campus to new Xerox multifunctional devices. Please plan accordingly!

Once the new machines are deployed and everything is operational, students will have to download new print drivers before they will be able to send a print job. The new drivers will be available from ZSR’s website. With the new Xerox machines in place, students will see a few things change for the better.

First, the charges for color copies and prints will be reduced from .50 per page to .25 per page, saving students some money. All of the copiers will have the ability to print in either black and white or color!

Second, print jobs will print double sided as a default. This will enable you to carry around fewer sheets of paper and allow the university to help meet its sustainability goals. Students should check with faculty on whether a double sided printed paper will be acceptable. If you need single sided printing, instructions will also be available on ZSR’s website. Feedback we received in advance of making this change indicated that faculty were perfectly happy with papers printed double sided, and many suggested that they were happy with an electronic submission!

Third, the new machines will make use of Omega devices hung up to the right of every printer/copier/scanner. The Omegas will be the place where you swipe your card to release the print job or initiate a copy or a scan. Additionally, scanning from the new Xerox machines is much easier than scanning from the machines they will replace, allowing students to go paperless when they can.

Once the new multifunction devices are ready for use, students will have to name their print jobs with their WFU username in order to be able to release them at the print stations. One final plus, when students slide their card to release their print jobs, they will only see their own print jobs on screen. No more scrolling through to find your own paper from a very long list!

We are looking forward to the deployment of the new Xerox multifunctional devices on campus, and hope you will be even more satisfied with the features offered and the new cost structure.

 

ARTstor Digital Library

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:25 pm

The ARTstor Digital Library is one of the newest databases available at ZSR. This collection includes over 1.5 million images from museums, artists and archives, which can be used for research in a variety of disciplines. While the use of images seems clear for the study of the arts, images can also make an impact in the study and presentation of such disparate fields as Environmental Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, the History of Medicine and Natural Science, and Languages and Literature.

The ARTstor collection is searchable and browsable without creating an account, so explore! If you want to create collections of your favorite images to use for research or in a presentation, go ahead and create an account. This will allow you to organize what you find and share it with others. All images in the ARTstor collection are rights-cleared for educational use, so can be used in class presentations and projects. There is also a mobile version of ARTstor which can be used on both iPhone/iPad and Android devices. One advantage of using the mobile version is the ability to view a saved collection of images as flashcards to study for tests or quizzes.

We’re excited to share this new collection with you! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Kaeley McMahan
Associate Librarian-Art, Theatre, Dance, Religion and School of Divinity

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore exhibit on Twitter

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:38 pm

Open hands design  from Mr/ Penumbra's bookstore window

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore was written by San Francisco writer Robin Sloan. It created quite a buzz when it was written and that buzz found its way into ZSR Library. I first heard of the book from Kevin Gilbertson, who mentioned he thought I might like it because of the content, which included books, bookbinding and typography. After I bought the audio version of the book on audible, I found I loved it from start to finish. Since then, I discovered a number of library staff who had read and liked Mr. Penumbra: Rebecca Petersen, Molly Keener, Susan Smith, Lauren Pressley (I think Carol Cramer is currently reading it). A book like this begged to have it’s own exhibit.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore is the story of Clay Jannon, an out-of-work web designer. He needs a job badly and lands one at the bookstore owned by Ajax Penumbra. The only thing is, this isn’t a normal bookstore: they don’t really sell books and Clay must take notes on every patron who visits. On top of this extraordinary bookstore, let’s add Google and a secret society known as The Unbroken Spine. I believe this book has a real attraction for librarians because it covers the birth of movable type, book printing and typography, as well as Google Books and current technology.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore exhibit

The exhibit has a synopsis of the book along with reader reviews and interesting facts about Mr. Penumbra (such as the idea for the book came from a tweet to the author, who worked for Twitter). Since there was a strong Twitter connection, I tweeted the exhibit to the author, Robin Sloan, who responded that he loved the pizza box in this exhibit. I soon heard from MacMillan Library who wanted to feature the exhibit on their blog. I mentioned that we had a sort of unofficial fan club and they loved this idea. The piece on their blog is called: “Monday Fun Day with MR. PENUMBRA’S Unofficial Fan Club.” I hope you have the opportunity to read and enjoy this fun book.

Search tip #23: Truncation!

Monday, September 16, 2013 3:50 pm

Raise your hand if you’ve been here before: stuck in a library database, wondering why your search for articles about something like the role of computers in childhood development isn’t returning any really good results. Your search might look like this:

computers childhood development

Seems like a good search, right? Here’s the thing, though: if there are completely relevant articles that discuss the role of computing in how children develop using those exact terms, but they never use the terms computers, childhood, or development, you’re not going to find all of them. How do you rework the search to find all the relevant stuff?

Stand back, children, while I attempt some library-fu. If I rework the search to this:

comput* child* develop*

I’m going to find many more relevant articles.

Here’s what’s happening. Those asterisks (the little * symbols) are what we call truncators. Essentially, they tell the database to look for the root form of the word and include anything that comes after it. This means your search will now find alternate forms of your search terms.

comput* will find computer, computers, computing, computation, etc.
child* will find child, children, childhood, etc.
develop* will find develop, develops, developing, development, etc.

Although this doesn’t work in every single database (or on search engines like Google, which does something similar automatically), it’s a good tool to have in your belt. Now, go, and remember: with great power comes great responsib*.

Business Information Commons Opens in Farrell Hall

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:26 am

The Business Information Commons opened in Farrell Hall in July. Located on the second floor, the Info Commons serves as space for quiet study, group study and research sessions with the librarians. The Info Commons includes a large room with general seating, two study rooms and a workroom with the Bloomberg Terminal.

Librarians Bob Hebert and Mary Scanlon have their offices in the Info Commons, which places them in close proximity to the faculty and students of the Wake Forest University School of Business. They have already seen an increase in drop-in business compared to their previous locations in Worrell Hall and the ZSR building.

The Business Info Commons is a collaborative effort between the School of Business and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. ZSR now provides services such as Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan and ZSR Delivers to School of Business faculty. ZSR now also manages subscription purchases of databases and journals for the School, and the ZSR building houses the print book collection.

Farrell Hall is still receiving some finishing touches as new furniture and fixtures continue to be added. It is open to the public and welcomes visits from anyone on campus. Einstein Bagels is proving to be a popular eating spot. Please stop by to see the Information Commons on your next visit to Farrell Hall.

Introducing “BrowZine”: A Journal Browsing App for Tablets

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:25 am

Do you occasionally find yourself missing the ability to browse a recent issue of a journal? Do you ever feel you might be missing journals related to your discipline? ZSR proudly announces a subscription to BrowZine, a new app for iPads and Android tablets. BrowZine provides access to numerous academic journals across the disciplines. Users can create a virtual bookshelf of their favorite journals. From those bookshelves, users can read, email and download articles of interest. Install BrowZine from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Then, open the app and log in with your WFU credentials to start browsing.

Throughout the fall semester, ZSR will offer workshops to help faculty install and use BrowZine on iPad and Android tablets.

If you need more information or have questions about using BrowZine, contact Hu Womack.

ZSRx: The Open, Online Learning Community at Wake Forest

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:24 am

As previously announced, ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web was a great success. Designed as a free, open, online course marketed to Wake Forest alumni and parents, hundreds in the WFU community enjoyed its close, personal learning experience. Based on this success, ZSRx will expand into a series of courses offered throughout the year. Current plans include:

  • ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101, four-week course in early October for Wake Forest parents
  • ZSRx Digital Publishing: winter course with information on digital publishing and self-publishing

Other courses are planned for spring 2014 and beyond, so stay tuned! If you would like more information on ZSRx or, if you have other courses to suggest, contact Kyle Denlinger.

Celebrating Open Access Week

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:23 am

ZSR will celebrate the sixth International Open Access Week, October 21-27, by hosting three events to engage faculty, students and staff around this year’s theme, “Redefining Impact.”

  • Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
    Monday, October 21, at noon in Room 203B. Register ›

    Curious about Open Access? Want to learn more about the WFU Open Access Fund to support publication? Have questions about related topics in the open movement? Bring your lunch and come for an informal conversation.

  • Altmetrics and Scholarly Impact
    Tuesday, October 22, at 4 p.m. in the ZSR Auditorium. Register ›

    Altmetrics is an emerging area encompassing broader assessment of scholarly impact through downloads, links and online conversations. Bibliometrics is the traditional method of measuring the impact of scholarly research through citation rates. Research & Instruction Librarian for Sciences Sarah Jeong and Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener will compare bibliometrics and altmetrics. They will discuss their applications in science information literacy and research assessment in higher education.

  • ASERL’s Open Access Week Chat with Peter Suber
    Wednesday, October 23, at 2 p.m. in the ZSR Auditorium. Register ›

    The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries will sponsor an online interactive discussion with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications and the Harvard Open Access Project. Suber wrote Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) and is widely recognized as the leader of the Open Access movement. Christine Fruin, ASERL’s Visiting Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, will moderate the interactive interview and discussion.

For additional information on these events, or on Open Access generally, contact Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at x5829.

First Wake Forest Fellow at ZSR Library: Lauren Suffoletto

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:22 am

Lauren Suffoletto

The Wake Forest Fellows program is now entering its sixth year. It was established by the President’s Office in 2008 to provide recent WFU graduates with an opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. ZSR will participate this year for the first time.

ZSR welcomed Fellow Lauren Suffoletto to the library in June with great anticipation. Lauren graduated in May with a BA in History and a minor in Politics and International Affairs. Lauren, who hails from Massachusetts, brings a broad range of academic and work experiences that fit perfectly with her new responsibilities here at ZSR. Lauren is working with many special projects, including video initiatives, ZSRx, various annual student and faculty events and the United Way campaign.

Most importantly, Lauren also acts as a liaison between current WFU students and library faculty/staff. As a recent graduate, she can offer valuable perspectives that help shape services and programs to better support the ZSR mission to ensure student success.


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