On Saturday, November 30th, the ZSR Library hosted “Pizza and a Movie” for any students remaining on campus during the Thanksgiving break! This idea developed from Dean Sutton, based on feedback from students who were on campus over Thanksgiving last year and needed more services. ZSR opened on Friday and Saturday to help meet the study needs of our students, and we hosted “Pizza and a Movie” on Saturday night to give these students a study break. Dean Sutton arranged for ZSR to sponsor the event, and together with Sarah Jeong, Lauren Suffoletto, we arranged a screening of Marvel’s “The Avengers”, ordered a dozen pizzas from Papa John’s and bought sodas and cookies for the event. We had 34 people show up for pizza. 2/3 were undergraduate students, about 1/3 were graduate students. We also had a few staff attend as well. One of the Faculty Fellows, Allison McWilliams came with some of her first year students and Greg Moreau, from Residence Life and Housing came by to check it out and support the event! Fewer students stayed for the movie than expected. Now we know for next year that the food is the draw for this event!
During November 2013...
Got fines and a desire to help the hungry in our community?
This December the Z. Smith Reynolds Library will accept non-expired, unopened canned goods as payment for overdue fines. For each can of food donated, $1 will be waived from your library fines. (No maximum.) Only canned goods will be accepted. The program will run from Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 13, 2013.
The canned goods will be donated to Campus Kitchen to provide groceries to those in need in our community this holiday season. Take advantage of this program to both help provide food for the hungry in the community and get your overdue fines forgiven! Even if you don’t have fines, you can feel free to donate unexpired canned goods.
The “Cans for Fines” waiver is for library fines only and may not be applied to replacement fees for lost items, nor may it be used as credit against future fines.
Thanks for participating!
In the next few months, ZSR will host several exhibits I wanted to mention. In addition, I was invited to participate in the Letterforming exhibit at Scales Fine Arts Center.
Currently, there is an exhibit based on the classwork of Lynn Book called Everyday Innovations. Lynn’s class on Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise uses journaling to come up with innovations to improve everyday life. “One of the main course goals is to expose the students to the creative process and the associated forms of experimentation that come with the innovation and design process.” The exhibit has examples of the students journals-many of which are out for exploration by the Circulation Desk. In addition, Book and co-editor David Phillips compiled a book on creativity entitled Creativity and Entrepreneurship : Changing Currents in Education and Public Life which is in one of the cases. The book grew out of two creativity symposiums at Wake Forest.
Paul Bright and Marcus Keeley, who manage the Hanes Gallery at Scales FAC, asked me to contribute some letterpress work to this Letterforming exhibit, which runs from October 21-December 8. This exhibit expires the evolution of letters and type through history and covers everything from hand-made letterforms to conceptual use of letterforms in contemporary art.
Over the holiday period, we will install an exhibit put together by Phoebe Zerwick, Senior Lecturer at Wake Forest along with Michelle Johnson and photographer, Christine Rucker.
The exhibit called The Story of My Life follows the lives of six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The exhibit tells their stories through photographs, text and their artwork.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to see and experience these exhibits right on your doorstep.
Travis Manning was named WFU Employee of the Year on Tuesday, November 11, 2013, at the University’s Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon held in the Snead Club Room at Bridger Field House.
He won in the non-exempt category. The criteria for winning the award included a demonstrated commitment to Integrity, Accountability, Inclusion, Dedication to Excellence, and Pro Humanitate. His nomination read in part: “Travis takes his responsibilities seriously to create an inclusive and supportive environment that helps all of the students he supervises feel a part of the team. He helps them transition to life as a college student and guides them through the uncertainty of starting a new job in a new place. He is patient and kind to everyone, and creates a team of students who support and care for each other, always leading by example. Travis has been solely accountable for an innovative service and has implemented it to great acclaim among the faculty. He is always among the first to volunteer when there is a call for assistance in the library. Travis has a great ability to build a bridge of understanding between people. He provides superlative, exceptional service and serves as an example to the students who work with him allowing his good attitude to have impacts beyond his own actions.”
The Employee of the Year Award in the exempt category was awarded to Shayla Herndon-Edwards, the Diversity Education Program Manager, and also a friend of the library.
A heartfelt congratulations to both Travis and Shayla! Thanks from ZSR and the wider WFU community for your continued good work!
Like the little gnome in the movie, Amelie, our graffiti wall moved from ZSR to the Mag Quad today for a few hours. The Gender Equality Allies group on campus supports positive body image, positive role models and other issues on inequality. Last year, we partnered with this group, headed by Amy Shackelford to do the Love is Louder Than Postcard project.
This year, Gender Equality Allies held an event called “Love Your Body Week,” to urge individuals to post positive thoughts about the body or humanity in general on the graffiti wall. I met them on the loading dock in the morning with the wall, and they transported it to the stage area on the Mag Quad.
People passing by were encouraged to write positive thoughts on the wall. This was an unusual way for the graffiti wall to be used, but one that was super positive. Great concept.
If you are working on a research paper or project this semester and would like a bit of help from one of the research experts at the ZSR Library, here’s your chance. We are holding two drop-in research help sessions during the end of the semester paper-writing season in ZSR Library classroom 476:
- Monday, November 18 from 4PM – 8PM and
- Tuesday, December 3 from 5PM – 9PM
We will have librarians available to help with any aspect of your research project from selecting a topic to citing tricky sources. Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available to help get you through the stress!
There is no need to sign up for a time, but if you would like to, you can use this link to our Google Calendar appointment scheduler to book a time and add it to your calendar.
If these times don’t work, you can always use our Personal Research Session request form to schedule an appointment with a research librarian at a day and time that is convenient for you.
We look forward to seeing you!
The Research and Instruction Team, ZSR Library