Library Gazette

During December 2013...

Ten Lists of the Best Books of 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013 3:04 pm

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s customary to see “Best of _____” lists for every category to appear. We wanted to share ten lists of the “Best Books of 2013″ with you, and maybe you’ll find a few that will spark interest with your own favorite authors, genres and styles.

And now, we’d love to hear from you about your picks. Did you have a favorite book from the past year? If so, share it with us in the comments below!

 

 

New Atrium Flooring Coming Your Way @ ZSR!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:30 am

It’s almost time for the next phase of the ZSR Library Atrium renovation. You’ve seen the new windows in the Atrium. Next up is new flooring that will be installed during the semester break! If you follow ZSR activities, you may have read about this project in an early September post. On the day following the last exams (Sunday, December 15), the project will begin with a planned completion date of January 10, right before students return for spring semester. In addition to new flooring, the number of electrical outlets in the atrium floor will be increased to 80!

The floor plan below shows the areas of the main level (Level 2) that will be impacted by the project. All of the existing carpet and tile will be removed. The darker color shows the areas where resilient flooring will be installed. In the atrium cork flooring will be installed, a choice made because of the numerous benefits:

  • Cork’s cellular structure makes it soft to walk on.
  • Cork has insulating properties and remains warm in winter.
  • Carpet accumulates dust, hair and dander which is hard for those with allergies. Cork is naturally hypoallergenic.
  • Cork is easy to maintain and longer lasting than carpet.
  • Cork absorbs sound.
  • Cork is soft, yet is naturally resilient to furniture dents and heel imprints.

For our users who will still be on campus and will be visiting ZSR Library during the break, here is information on what you can expect during the construction.

  • The Library will be open the hours posted on the calendar.
  • Signs will be posted to direct users around the construction so that they can get to the Wilson Wing and other public service areas in both wings.
  • General schedule for Construction activities:
    • December 16-20: Demolition of old flooring, trenching concrete for additional electrical outlets, and floor preparation. We expect noise and dust levels to be increased during this part of the project.
    • December 21 through January 1: ZSR Library closed.
    • January 2-3: Cork flooring installation.
    • January 4-5:ZSR Library closed.
    • January 6-9: Cork floor seal cures, no traffic on floors.
    • January 10: Furniture is moved back into the atrium.

Read with ZSR on Goodreads!

Monday, December 9, 2013 2:22 pm

ZSR is a building full of avid readers and you can often catch ZSR library faculty and staff chatting about books before meetings, at parties, during lunch, in our sleep :)

In an effort to extend those conversations to the wider world, ZSR has launched our own account on Goodreads, the social reading site, where we hope to share what we are reading with others. You do not have to be a member of Goodreads to follow our lists of books – just visit our profile page. If you are on Goodreads, we’d love to have you as a friend.

So far we have the following reading lists up and going with more to come! If you have suggestions for any of these lists, leave them in the comments or send us a message on Goodreads. Happy Reading!!

Preservation of the Catesby

Friday, December 6, 2013 9:34 am

Spine of restored Catesby

I had to write about this. This book, with a lengthy title: The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants: … with their descriptions in English and French. To which is prefixed, a new and correct map of the countries; with observations on their natural state, inhabitants, and productions, is a larger than life literary work. I mean this literally because this book weighs in at 45 pounds if it weighs an ounce. It is almost two feet in height (53 cm). It was printed in London in 1771 and is one of two volumes (we only have the first volume).

Small Owl illustration from Catesby

I am writing only about the preservation of this volume, not its history (Rare Book of the Month?). I’ll just say that the author, Mark Catesby (1683-1749) was an English naturalist. The “Catesby” had a detached board on the front (ie. the front cover fell off). It took some time to get it back onto the book. I first lifted the end sheets inside the book and attached a piece of Japanese paper to the board and the text block of the book. This repaired the interior hinge. On the exterior hinge, I also lifted the leather and attached a piece of Japanese paper to the board and then under the leather of the spine.

Catesby title page

I also had to repair both the interior and exterior hinges (or joints) on the rear of the book. These repairs take time: tearing the Japanese paper, glueing it up, attaching it to the book and smoothing it down with a bone folder, then allowing it to dry. I also did some small paper repairs on the inside pages where there was damage. When I had completed the repairs, I added several coats of Klucel-G, which is a leather consolidant composed of methycellulose dissolved in ethyl alcohol. This solution keeps the leather from getting too dry and rubbing off on everything it touches. The Catesby is now back in Special Collections and is well worth a visit. The 220 illustrations in the Catesby are hand-colored and amazingly vibrant after 243 years.

Woodpecker illustration from Catesby

“Check Out” These Holiday DVD Recommendations

Thursday, December 5, 2013 2:03 pm

In preparation for the holiday season, don’t forget to check out some of the wonderful selection of holiday DVDs that ZSR has to offer! Mary has pulled many of the holiday titles and displayed them on the small bookshelf by the door of the DVD room. We thought we’d highlight some popular and not so popular titles on the shelf.

The most popular Christmas movie in our collection (so popular, we own two copies) is Elf, starring Will Farrell, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel. It is the story of Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he is an elf in the North Pole. When he learns he is a human, he goes to New York City to find his biological father and spread Christmas cheer. This is a funny and heartwarming film, sure to make your holidays that much brighter.

Some other DVDs that deserve highlighting are The Bishop’s Wife and The Preacher’s Wife. The Bishop’s Wife stars Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. The film follows a Bishop (Niven) and his wife (Young) who are having troubles in their lives, specifically with the planning and building of a cathedral. The answer to their troubles comes in the form of an angel played by Cary Grant. The film was nominated for many Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning Best Music. This is a lovely film and we could all benefit from watching this during the holiday season. A 1996 remake of The Bishop’s Wife, The Preacher’s Wife stars Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, and Courtney B. Vance. Also nominated for a few Academy Awards, this modern retelling, directed by Penny Marshall, is a great choice for holiday cheer.

If your idea of Christmas movies include Gremlins and Die Hard, we suggest Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Described as a “Finnish horror-fantasy film,” this 2010 film is sure to mix up your holiday movie nights.

As you know, ZSR has many more films, holiday and otherwise, for your consideration this season. Make sure you drop by the DVD room and check one out. Thanks to Mary for these and many other suggestions!

New ZSR Programs for WFU Alumni

Monday, December 2, 2013 11:21 am

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library understands that the need for good information does not stop when you leave college. In fact, sometimes it increases. That is why ZSR has provided library borrower cards to alumni free of charge for years. But we are always looking for ways we can assist our alumni who do not live close enough to take advantage of our print resources. We are now pleased to announce that we can provide access to three EBSCO databases (Academic Search Alumni Edition, Business Source Alumni Edition and Business Book Summaries) for use by WFU alumni from any computer anywhere in the world. For more information or to log in, visit the ZSR Alumni Portal.

Save the dates of April 4-5, 2014, for a weekend of intellectual engagement for alumni, co-sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Alumni Office. Familiar faculty and campus leaders will discuss the theme of well-being from all sides, including; emotional, intellectual, physical, financial, occupational, environmental, spiritual and social. There will even be an opportunity for alumni to give their own lightning-round talks around these themes. If you are interested you can get on our mailing list by contacting Lauren Suffoletto, our ZSR Fellow!

Finally, ZSR is continuing its popular series of online courses, ZSRx, this spring. ZSRx is an effort to bring lifelong learning opportunities to the greater Wake Forest community. Offered by ZSR, these free online courses are designed to be informal ways to connect alumni, parents and families to new skills and ideas in an interactive online learning environment. The successful initial course, “The Cure for the Common Web,” was followed this fall by a course designed for Wake Forest parents: Deacon Development 101. Upcoming offerings include: Digital Publishing, Winter 2014 and Social Media, Spring 2014. Sign up to be updated about future offerings on our ZSRx page.

In these new programs and in all we do, ZSR strives to live up to its mission of helping our students (past and present), faculty and staff succeed.


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