Library Gazette

During February 2014...


Monday, February 24, 2014 8:42 am

Welcome to the Business Information Commons at Farrell Hall! Since July 1, 2013, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library has become the source of library operations and services to the combined School of Business. The Info Commons is a digital library of the future, with no traditional print books or journals. However, the entire collection of ZSR resources and services stands behind this virtual information center.

In this special edition of our newsletter, we are pleased to introduce our business library faculty and the services they can provide. Our mission is to help Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff succeed. Here is how we can do it for you.

Meet Mary Scanlon

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:41 am

Contact Mary Scanlon
251C Farrell Hall

Mary G. Scanlon is the Research and Instruction Librarian for Business & Economics at Wake Forest University. She earned her M.B.A at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and her M.L.I.S at Kent State University. Before coming to Wake Forest, she held a variety of marketing positions in the corporate world, managing products in both B2B and B2C environments. Since coming to Wake Forest, she has been serving as liaison and subject specialist to the undergraduate business and M.S.A. programs in the School of Business. She also serves the Department of Economics and the minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. She helped organize several successful conferences including the “Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarian” series. In addition, she has written and edited several publications, including The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service from McFarland.

Meet Bob Hebert

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:40 am

Contact Bob Hebert
251F Farrell Hall

Bob Hebert has been assisting Wake Forest graduate business students and faculty with their research since arriving at the University in October 1992. Until the opening of Farrell Hall, Bob worked in the Professional Center Library for Law & Management in the Worrell Professional Center. Bob is now part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library organization, but his office is in the Business Information Commons in Farrell Hall.

Before coming to Wake Forest, Bob worked six years in the library at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as the Public Services Librarian. He has an undergraduate degree in Government from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees from the School of Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and photography.

Library Resources and Services for Business Faculty and Students

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:39 am

The Business Information Commons is both the physical and the virtual home of business information in Farrell Hall. The physical space provides a comfortable, library-like atmosphere for individual study. The website of the Info Commons provides access to numerous business databases and several special services. The Info Commons is also home to business librarians Mary Scanlon and Bob Hebert, whose mission is to assist faculty and students with their research, teaching and classwork.

The Info Commons home page lists business and business-related databases accessible at WFU. These database links work both on and off campus. When you are off campus, you will be prompted to log into the WFU network with your login and password.

Some of the most popular business databases are:

  • Business Source Complete: comprehensive collection of business magazines and journals. It provides indexing, abstracts and, for many articles, full text. Articles come from all kinds of business periodicals including academic, industry and practitioner journals as well as business news sources.
  • LexisNexis: full text (HTML format) of articles from thousands of newspapers and magazines, transcripts of broadcast news programs and selected online content.
  • IBISWorld Industry Profiles: comprehensive industry profiles covering 700 U.S. industries.
  • Euromonitor Passport: full-text market research reports, market statistics and shorter, frequently updated “comments” on most major categories of consumer products.

Other databases include: the Bloomberg Professional, a high-level investment/trading information service, which is accessible on a dedicated terminal in Room 251E in the Info Commons, and the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) family of financial/accounting databases (Compustat, CRSP, etc.), which require a special sign-up procedure.

Besides database links, the Info Commons site also has links to some helpful, easy-to-use services:

  • ZSR Delivers: ZSR provides free delivery and pickup service to and from the offices of WFU faculty and staff.
  • Interlibrary Loan: fill out a simple form for an item not accessible at Wake Forest and the ZSR Library Interlibrary Loan department will obtain it as quickly as possible and deliver it to your office or email it to you.
  • Course Reserves: the Course Reserves department will take care of the whole process (including copyright permission) of putting a book, a chapter, an article or another item on reserve.

When you need assistance with your research or when your students need assistance with research related to your class, please contact Mary or Bob.

Supporting Student Research in the WFU School of Business

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:38 am

Moving my office to Farrell Hall has had many benefits, but chief among them has been the casual interactions I now have with students and faculty due to proximity. The increased frequency of such meetings has led to a corresponding increase in more formal interactions. I would like to highlight three projects I worked on in the fall, as they exemplify the scope of support I can provide to School of Business faculty and students.

During the fall semester, informal meetings with three faculty members led to interesting opportunities for me to support their classes. Following a presentation that Dean Lynn Sutton, Bob Hebert and I made to a School of Business faculty meeting, Pete Brewer approached me to see how I could support a research project he was about to assign his Strategic Cost Management class, ACC721. For a project on leadership in accounting, he and I agreed that each student group would meet with me twice before their final presentations. During my first meeting with each of the seven groups, I demonstrated how to effectively search library databases for articles. During my second meeting, I reviewed PowerPoint slides for each group, listened to an abbreviated version of their presentations, asked questions and made recommendations for improvement. Finally, over three evenings, I attended all the final presentations and contributed my assessment of each group.

Another opportunity presented itself following a hallway conversation with Tim Janke about his class, Professional Ethics & Current Issues, ACC790. As part of his focus on critical thinking, he invited me to lead a session of both class sections during which I taught techniques for evaluating articles and websites. Then, I broke the class into groups, which conducted their own evaluations of an article and a website, and, finally, they reported their assessments to the class.

I have worked with John Ceneviva on his BEM class over a number of semesters, and the nature of my involvement has evolved and deepened over time. In the fall semester, I worked with students in his class, Brand Management and New Product Innovation, BEM326. First, I created a research guide – an online resource that directs students to the particular library databases that would best support each phase of the project he was planning. Next, I spoke to his class to present the guide and walk students through the databases. Later, each group was required to meet with me during their research, and many groups returned more than once for guidance. John added me as a co-instructor to the Sakai site for the class, and I contributed suggestions and offers of assistance through it. Finally, I attended the final presentations and contributed my assessment of each group.

These three examples demonstrate the scope of support activities I provide to many other classes, singly or in combination. These include:

  • Help re-design projects to incorporate library or professional-literature research
  • Develop a research guide specific to a class or assignment
  • Speak to the class to present library resources
  • Meet individually with students or student groups to guide their research
  • Contribute recommendations on Sakai

If you are planning research-based projects in your classes, consider contacting Bob or me for support.

MBA Students Use ZSR Library Kindles for Spring Book Club

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:37 am

During the spring semester, 15 second-year MBA students are participating in a book club led by Professor of Management Ram Baliga. Professor Baliga and the students are using Kindle Fire tablet computers, each loaded with copies of eight notable, current business books selected by Professor Baliga. The ZSR Library has loaned the Kindles and Kindle copies of the books to the members of the book club.

Students in Professor Ram Baliga’s MBA book club are meeting every two weeks during the spring semester to discuss a notable business book that they have read on Kindles borrowed from the ZSR Library.

Professor Baliga, whose strategy courses are among the most popular at the School of Business, has organized a book club for MBA students several times over the years. However, past book club members could access the selected books only by borrowing them for two-hour intervals from the course reserve desk in the Worrell Professional Center Library.

The new method of providing the books has proven to be popular with both Professor Baliga and the students and has helped motivate the students to complete the readings on schedule. After the first meeting of the book club, Professor Baliga commented, “I could tell that the students in this group were more motivated than students in previous groups, and I would attribute that to the convenience of having the Kindles and all the books available to them 24/7. In the past, it was always an obstacle for the students to have to read the books in the library.”

The students are equally enthusiastic about the book club and their borrowed Kindles:

Book club member Christina Timm commented, “The Kindle donated by ZSR makes having a book club very easy. Each member was given one which allows us to read on our own time.”

“The book club is one of the best offerings in the MBA program,” stated Ryan Lesley. “It’s a no-pressure environment to sit around with some amazing minds and put our education to use in these discussions.”

Even though they do not receive course credit and a grade for participating in the book club, Alex Aleman notes, “The incentive to fully prepare is just as high in our book club as it would be for an actual class, if not more so.”

These are the eight books on the reading list of the book club:

In addition to reading these books, the students may use the Kindle Fires to access other resources, such as their WFU and personal email accounts, their Wall Street Journal subscriptions and the Internet. The MBA book club experiment may foreshadow a time when students will use tablets not only for personal reading but for their course readings as well. As tablet computers play an increasingly important role in our lives, figuring out the logistics of using them for course readings seems like a good idea.

After the semester, the Kindles will be available for other uses. Contact Bob or Mary for more info.

Humans v Zombies – Spring Semester 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:17 pm

HvZ Group Portrait #2

On Friday, February 7th 2014, from 7-9pm, the ZSR Library held its 9th “Humans v Zombies” event. We’ve hosted these once a semester since the Fall of 2011 and last summer we hosted two HvZ events for summer students and international students. Of the approximately 120 students who attended, a little over 30 of them were students at Chapel Hill who made a three-hour drive to attend our two-hour event. One staff member even brought her six-year-old nephew and escorted him through the zombie horde!

Students played two games in two hours and polished off ten pizzas, a dozen bottles of cola and several gallons of ice water. This was the last game of HvZ for John Walsh, the founder of this new tradition in ZSR, and we were happy it was such a successful event! John has passed the torch to student, Brandon West, who will keep the tradition going. Thanks to ZSR Ambassadors, John Walsh and Skylar Marker, and ZSR Staff, Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, David Link and Chris Burris for all their help running this event. Special Thanks to the Student Activities Fund for their support of these events! You can check out photos from the event at:


CORAL in the Library

Friday, February 7, 2014 2:53 pm

Librarians at the ZSR Library use a software program called CORAL to manage our collection of online research databases. Details like access permissions, vendor contact information, and license terms are stored in CORAL.

Today, two ZSR librarians finished a project that allowed CORAL to take on a new function. The library’s Find a Database web page now gets its information directly from CORAL. Previously, the information behind Find a Database had to be entered manually in an XML file on the library’s servers, and only a few people had the ability to make changes. Now, changes made in CORAL are automatically pushed out to Find a Database.

One result of this change is a more efficient workflow, since database updates no longer have to be entered in two places. Another result is that more librarians now have the ability to make changes to Find a Database, rather than relying on one or two people with access to specific files. This is just one example of some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at the library to improve your access to information.

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