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Give ZSR Your Input

Sunday, October 5, 2014 3:00 pm

To plan for the future, ZSR really wants to understand your perceptions and expectations of the Library, in order to provide services you need to be successful. Please take a few moments to participate in this research study by completing a short survey about ZSR and its services. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. It will be open from October 5th through October 26th.

Your responses will be held in confidence. No identifying links between responses and respondent will be retained. Only aggregated data will be reported. Please be honest in your assessment. Participation is purely optional. Participants must be age 18 or over.

As a thank you for completing this survey, you may choose to provide your email address and be entered in a drawing for an Android Tablet. Three Android Tablets will be awarded, one each to a student, faculty and staff respondent. The email you enter for the prize drawing is in no way linked to your answers on the survey.

Begin the Survey ›

Libraries use this survey nationally and ZSR will benchmark local results against the national data. Anonymous data from ZSR will be available to the national association for publication.

If you have any difficulty accessing the survey or if you have any questions, please contact Associate Dean Susan Smith.


The Google Glassroom: ZSR Has Glass

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:51 am

Instruction Librarian Amanda Foster (left) wears Google Glass during her LIB 100 class.

Beginning this fall, librarians will explore the educational uses of Google Glass in several sections of LIB 100: Accessing Information in the 21st Century.

Google Glass is a wearable computer headset, similar to a pair of glasses, that displays information on a miniscreen in the upper right corner of the wearer’s field of vision. Wearers can communicate with Glass via voice commands to perform several key functions, including searching the Internet, taking pictures and video, playing games, starting a video call, adding Glass apps like Twitter or The New York Times and more.

Students in LIB 100 will use this hands-on experience with Glass as a catalyst to research, discuss, explore and reflect on information-related themes, such as privacy, social responsibility and the future implications of technologies like Google Glass in medicine, business, education and gaming.

By bringing Glass into the classroom, instructors will examine the possibilities of how technologies like Glass could be used in the future, particularly in the educational setting for teaching, learning and research.

New Web Developer Available for Your Projects

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:50 am

Do you have a great idea for a website, but need a little extra assistance getting it online? ZSR Library can help at low cost-recovery rates with a new Web Developer on staff, Geoff Groberg. Geoff recently relocated from Utah, where he worked at Brigham Young University’s Lee Library. Prior to that, he worked as a freelance web developer.

Geoff can work with faculty and departments at low cost to help with Web projects. He can help with:

  • WordPress sites
  • Digital Humanities projects
  • Graphic design
  • Databases
  • Custom Web applications of all kinds

To get started on your Web project, please contact Geoff at x5403.

Assessment in Action

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:49 am

This year, ZSR will develop and implement an action learning project called Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success. First, recruited student participants will identify which measures of success are important at all points in their academic careers. Then the study will determine whether the programs, services and study spaces at ZSR help to achieve these objectives. The principal investigator of this 15-month study is Mary Beth Lock, Director of Access Services at ZSR. The project team also includes Ryan Shirey (Writing Center), Meghan Webb (ZSR Reference Coordinator), John Champlin (Professional Development Center) and a representative from The Bridge. This study is part of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Value of Academic Libraries initiative. Assessment in Action is a grant program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Course Reserves

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:48 am

Do you assign course readings from various sources? Looking for an alternative to costly course packs? Concerned about copyright? Let ZSR do the work for you! The Course Reserves system can consolidate your reading list materials into one easily accessible location. Course Reserves can manage print, electronic and media resources, and you can link to them from Sakai. ZSR will also manage copyright compliance for posted articles or chapters and pay necessary royalties.

For more information, please visit Faculty Course Reserves or contact the Reserves Department at x4713.

ZSR Delivers – What’s in a name?

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:47 am

For years, the ZSR Delivers service has brought books and DVDs to faculty and staff offices. ZSR Delivers runs twice daily (weather permitting) Monday through Friday.

Now the library is broadening the ZSR Delivers brand to include Interlibrary Loan and Offsite Storage retrievals. Need a book from another library? Use ZSR Delivers. Need a DVD delivered to your office? Use ZSR Delivers. Need an article from a journal in Offsite Storage? Use ZSR Delivers. A whole list of great services, one name.

For more information, check out the ZSR Delivers website.

Digital Publishing @ Wake: Your Local Online Publishing Alternative

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:46 am

Are you interested in exploring alternative forms of publishing for your manuscript or course materials? Since 2011, Digital Publishing @ Wake, led by Bill Kane, has converted previously unpublished materials into e-books, which are primarily hosted on a scalable digital publishing platform called Tizra. Tizra now contains over 12,000 distinct pages in an eclectic database that attracts both casual readers and serious researchers.

Digital Publishing helps create more than just e-books – journals, charts, surveys, pictures, newsletters and videos are all part of the expanding digital publishing landscape. Check out the Digital Publishing Toolkit for more information.

Digital Publishing @ Wake has officially moved into the ZSR building (third floor, west side), and can now more efficiently serve up its brand of high-quality, low-cost, digital content creation to faculty, staff and students. ZSR is now more closely aligned with the publishing practices shared among the Library Publishing Coalition cohorts.

Library Lecture Series

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:45 am
  • Najla Said Book Talk and Signing: Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family
    Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Lev Grossman Book Talk and Signing: The Magician’s Land
    Friday, September 5 at 3 p.m.
    ZSR Special Collections Reading Room (Room 625, Reynolds Wing)
  • Kate Bruce, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, will discuss Pride Winston-Salem
    Monday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Amy Catanzano, Poet-in-Residence, and Joanna Ruocco, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) will give poetry and fiction readings
    Wednesday, October 22 at 5 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art: Buried Treasure: Howard Pyle and the Silver Screen, or “Pyle’s Pirates”
    Thursday, October 30 at 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Phil Archer Gallery Talk: “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design”
    Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m.
    Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Upcoming Technology Workshops

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:44 am
  • Zotero: Introduction to Collecting, Managing and Citing Your Research Sources
    Four dates and times available
    Multiple Locations
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citation manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser. Participants will learn how to install Zotero and start using it to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes.
  • Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals
    Two dates and times available
    Multiple Locations
    BrowZine organizes articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand on your tablet. You can easily browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines.
  • Live Streams and Video Editing in YouTube
    Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m.
    ZSR Library 204
    YouTube continues to add features to make once-difficult video tasks easy. This class will give an overview of YouTube’s new Live Streaming interface and its built-in video editing suite.
  • Search Like a Librarian
    Monday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.
    ZSR Library 204
    This session is for graduate students and faculty who want to learn some easy ways to search online resources more effectively.

Database News

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:43 am
  • NC LIVE eBook Collection
    The statewide library consortium NC LIVE recently released this collection of more than 1,000 e-books from a variety of North Carolina publishers. The collection includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry. All the books can be read online or downloaded to a mobile device. Individual books are listed in the library catalog, or you can browse through the entire collection.
  • Kanopy Video
    ZSR has begun experimenting with a new streaming video provider, Kanopy Video. A collection of Media Education Foundation films is currently available to WFU users via Kanopy; films can be found via the library catalog or the Find a Database page. Talk to your library liaison if you want to learn more about films available through Kanopy or other streaming video platforms.
  • Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954
    This primary-source database provides insights into the everyday lives of the American Jewish population over three centuries. The database includes documents, images, interactive maps, historical census data, biographies, essays, etc., based largely on collections from the American Jewish Historical Society.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000
    This database includes primary-source documents, books, images, scholarly essays, reviews and teaching tools, covering women’s activism in public life. It also includes a searchable online edition of Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary.
  • eMarketer
    eMarketer is a digital market research resource devoted to understanding where consumers go online, how they spend their money and how marketers reach them through digital channels.
  • JoVE Science Education: General Laboratory Techniques and Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology
    JoVE Science Education includes instructional videos that demonstrate laboratory techniques. Each video is paired with additional video resources to show practical applications of the technique. ZSR subscribes to two modules, “General Laboratory Techniques” and “Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology.”

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