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During April 2014...

Preservation Week 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:36 am

Preservation Week 2014 (Analog)

Preservation Week is celebrated by libraries all over the country. Libraries present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Many libraries have no one responsible for the preservation of their materials, so this event helps focus attention on best practices in the field for both individuals and institutions.

Preservation Week 2014 (Digital)

This year for Preservation Week, I worked with our Digital Initiatives Librarian, Chelcie Rowell, to spotlight obsolete media and explore the preservation challenges they present. Together with Rebecca Petersen, Chelcie and I gathered quite a collection of obsolete media both from Special Collections & Archives and from the personal collections of resident ZSR geeks. On the digital preservation side of the exhibit, we have a large collection of formats of the White Album by The Beatles, as well as a laser disc of The Lion King and VHS tapes of Star Wars. On the analog preservation side of the exhibit, we have a collection of care and handling advice and old photos demonstrating the hazards of light and humidity to these items. Chelcie and I also collaborated to design a Preservation Week poster about the proliferation of storage media.

Preservation Week 2014 (Poster)

Graduating Seniors and the End of the Semester

Monday, April 28, 2014 10:49 am

Seniors: Get ready for graduation! And ZSR is here to help.

Thursday, May 1, Reading Day

Stop at the table across from the Circulation Desk and find out how to resolve holds, return laptops, and remove any other roadblocks between you and graduation day!

Sunday, May 18

The library will be open from 3pm to 5pm to allow graduating seniors one last chance to return library materials to the library and resolve any outstanding holds before graduation.

Writing 111 Exhibits in ZSR

Friday, April 25, 2014 3:12 pm

Wake Around the World

This semester, I’ve been working with Dr. Sharon Raynor whose Writing 111 students have been using war letters from Special Collections for the past year. There couldn’t be a better advocate for including Special Collections materials in the classroom than Sharon Raynor. After hearing Tanya speak about our collections during New Faculty Orientation, Dr. Raynor began using letters from our collections for her Writing 111 classes. Dr. Raynor’s father served in Viet Nam and she used some of his letters with the class. The war letters housed in Special Collections were written by veterans of the Civil War, World Wars I and II and Viet Nam. Both of the exhibits which used war letters focused on Laurence Stallings, a Wake Forest alumnus and veteran of World War I. Stallings wrote a play called What Price Glory, later made into a film and an autobiographical novel, Plumes about his war experiences.

WRI 111 War Letters Exhibits in ZSR Library, WFU

This semester, I worked with groups from three different classes, two of which used the war letters as research. In January, I met with each group, showed them examples of good exhibits from the past and helped them devise a rough draft of their individual exhibits. During the early part of the Spring Semester, these students researched the text, photographs, reference books and other exhibit elements using Special Collections primary sources and the ZSR General Collection.

Laurence Stallings exhibit

It is always fun to see these projects take shape and come together, Each group has a vision for the final exhibit and they work to make their vision take shape. I invite you to see these exhibits in Room 410 of ZSR Library when you have the opportunity.

Folk Night @ ZSR

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:48 am

By Lauren Suffoletto

When I began planning Friday Nights @ ZSR with several library colleagues, we knew that it would be an experiment. The series has promoted fun events after hours in the library throughout the spring semester. We knew that there was potential for the library to think outside the box, and bring new ways for the Wake Forest community to engage with one another.

And this is what our last event in the series set out to do. Last Friday evening, the library hosted “Folk Night @ ZSR,” a concert in the Outdoor Reading Room near Tribble Courtyard. The space was transformed, and had the atmosphere of an outdoor café.

It was a warm, beautiful spring night. Around 120 people came out to hear amazing folk artists share their music. Student Organizations including The Nya Nya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades hosted a massive bake sale to fund raise and increase awareness about their groups supporting global causes. Starbucks stayed open late for patrons.

 

Bake Sale to Benefit The Nyanya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades!

 

The first band, Kozak & The Poets, featured Thomas Kozak, who led the band vocally and on acoustic. He was joined by Zack Koontz on drums, Kory Riemensperger on bass, Michael Anderson on the piano. The second group to perform was The Minor Circle, a group derived of members from the well-known bluegrass band, The Unbroken Circle. Jordan Lee led the group on the guitar and vocals. He was joined by Ella and Bailey Allman, (with special guest appearance by Joe Allman on bass for “Atlantic City”), Jodi Hildebran, William Huesman, and Sara Pesek.

 

Minor Circle is comprised of performers from The Unbroken Circle.

As the sun went down, the space was beautifully lit for the talented headliner, Asheville singer-songwriter Sarah Tucker. The crowd, delighted by warm weather, yummy treats, and even sweeter conversation, gathered around to watch her perform. People raved about the ambiance the evening provided, and the performance was certainly a crowd pleaser. Not only does Friday Nights @ ZSR have the potential to grow, but as Folk Night proved, the Outdoor Reading Room provides a unique space for the library to engage with the Wake Forest community!

Beautiful Night for Folk Night

5th Annual Senior Showcase

Monday, April 14, 2014 8:56 am


The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself’”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man’”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 22. Event details and registration may be found at pdc.wfu.edu/event/7584.

Extreme Outreach: #bigdisrupt and Connections & Conversations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:38 pm

This has been the Year of Outreach at ZSR. We have tried a number of different modes of outreach, from ZSRx to Dean’s List Gala to the alternative break Staycation. The latest two outreach activities were very ambitious in scope: a campus-wide symposium on the future of higher education, dubbed The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and an alumni weekend called Connections and Conversations. I will explain each.

#bigdisrupt was the hashtag created for the event that started with an idea from Bob Hebert, as chair of the Staff Development Committee. He was looking for a program to offer in collaboration with the Librarians’ Assembly Mentoring Committee. When they consulted with me on the idea for a program on the future of higher education, I advised that it become a larger, university-wide event with high level speakers. We eventually settled on a panel of three speakers: Provost Rogan Kersh, Vice President for OPCD Andy Chan, and Mike Riley, a Wake Forest alum who is currently the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. I was happy to serve as moderator of the panel. We drew in assistance from the Library Lecture Series experts, as well as Barry and Kevin and Lauren Suffaletto. As usual, it takes the whole ZSR village to put on a show!

Nearly 200 people attended the event and by all accounts, it was a great success! I framed the question with preliminary remarks, mentioning how the changes we have seen in libraries foreshadow the changes coming to higher education. Then I asked a series of questions on topics such as MOOCs, value of a liberal arts degree, tenure, unsustainable costs, changing demographics, admissions, and the failure of the model. Panelists knew the general topics in advance, but did not know what their individual questions would be. Audience members asked hard questions during the Q&A and a lively twitter feed ran throughout.

Barry recorded the entire event, which you can find here. Charles took these photographs (thank you, Charles).

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Connections and Conversations started with a suggestion from an alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors. He said that not all Wake Forest alums come back for Homecoming and other events centered around sports. He wondered if the University could offer a weekend back on campus around intellectual topics, where they could engage with faculty on ideas, just like the old days. That sounded so worthwhile that I offered to work with the Alumni Office to make it happen. We wanted it to take place in ZSR so that alums who had not seen the library in a while could witness the changes that had happened over the years. We chose the theme of “well-being” because of its central importance to the university. I recruited six faculty and staff speakers around the 8 dimensions of well-being. Provost Kersh, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, and Student Government President Jacqueline Sutherland were the keynote speakers. We added tours of the new buildings on campus and Reynolda House for variety. Provost Emeritus Edwin Wilson was a crowd favorite at the opening reception on Friday night at Graylyn.

Feedback has been been extremely positive from the attendees. They loved being on campus and interacting with faculty and students again. They said we should do it every year! I offer my deepest gratitude to Pat Boone from Alumni Services, Lauren S, Barry and Susan for spending their Saturday on this event. For more pictures, you may view Susan’s Flickr set here (thank you, Susan).


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