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Virtual Browsing in the Catalog

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:39 am

With the increasing numbers of electronic materials available in the catalog, many faculty and students (and librarians) lament the loss of the serendipity that comes from browsing the shelves and finding unknown material. While walking the stacks is by no means dead, a reliance on only print sources can now mean that you miss important publications that may only exist electronically. Fear not, however, you can browse the shelves of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library virtually, so to speak, using the features of the online catalog. Below are some hints for those who want to try it out.

From the catalog, you can go to any record and use the links within the record to browse similar items.

  • Author’s Name: See all the other books in the catalog by that author.
  • Subjects: Most books have assigned subject headings, and each heading is a link. If you see a subject that looks particularly relevant, click it and see what other items in the catalog also have that subject.
  • Call Number: The call numbers are also links. You can virtually see what would be on the shelf next to your item. Many e-books have Library of Congress call numbers specifically to enable this kind of browsing.
  • Similar Items: This box on the right side of the results screen shows items with similar subjects and call numbers to your item.

All these things should allow you to easily find other materials related to your research right from your computer screen. You will have access to print books, e-books, items from Offsite Storage and fully online items such as government documents and primary source material from databases. Happy browsing!

Senior Showcase to Return in April

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:36 am

Senior Showcase 2014 Honorees (L to R): Ryan Whittington, Christopher Earle, David Inczauskis, Rachel Cumbest

On April 21, ZSR will host the sixth annual Senior Showcase to celebrate outstanding research and artistic theses or projects completed by Wake Forest University undergraduates. Since 2010, the Showcase has featured the research of 20 former students, representing 12 academic fields, from philosophy to theatre to anthropology to chemistry. As an additional recognition of each student’s achievement, winners will receive a $1,000 prize.

The Showcase gives students the opportunity to share their research or projects before the Wake Forest community at a public event. A committee of library faculty will select up to five students, one per College division, from a pool of nominees recommended by College faculty. Projects in progress or completed during the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible. The review committee will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

  • Clear statement of purpose
  • Evidence of thorough research
  • Credible sources
  • Development of the idea
  • Well organized
  • Well written
  • Sound reasoning
  • Skill/aptitude
  • Interpretation
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Importance to the field
  • Strength of the faculty advisor’s recommendation, summarizing the above Impact areas

Look for additional details and a formal call for nominations in February. Contact Molly Keener with any specific inquiries. Plan now to nominate your top senior students’ theses and projects!

Library Lecture Series, Spring 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:36 am
  • Gracie Harrington, 2014 Wake Forest student recipient of the Building the Dream Award, will present the Annual Martin Luther King Lecture.
    Thursday, January 29, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Pamela Howland, Wake Forest Department of Music, and her husband Wendell Myers will present “Chopin’s Nocturnes: A Fusion of Music and Visual Art.”
    Monday, February 23, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Ammons Gallery (Room 401, Reynolds Wing)
  • Jim Otteson, Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching, Wake Forest School of Business, will discuss his recently released book The End of Socialism.
    Wednesday, February 25, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Earth Day Lecture, Details TBA

Visit the Lecture Series website for more information.

Dean’s List Gala

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:35 am

The second annual Dean’s List Gala will be held in ZSR Library on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. The event was initiated in 2014 to celebrate the academic success of Wake Forest seniors and was held during the spring Family Weekend. This year’s event is being expanded to honor all sophomores, juniors and seniors who achieved dean’s list honors in spring 2014 or fall 2014. All faculty are invited to attend the Gala to celebrate these students’ accomplishments!

Upcoming Technology Workshops

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:34 am
  • Zotero Workshops – Students often use online tools like EasyBib or Citation Machine to generate citations. Now, Zotero provides both students and faculty with an easy-to-use tool for managing sources and creating citations in a wide variety of citation styles! Zotero workshops take place on weekdays and weekends in order to meet the needs of both students and faculty interested in learning to use this program to organize research and streamline the citation process.
  • The RIGHT way to CITE Workshops – Do your students need help with parenthetical citations or footnotes? This one-hour workshop will take students through the basics of both MLA and APA citation formats. Instructors will cover in-text citation and Bibliography/Works Cited formats. Source management strategies will also be discussed. Designed for students at any stage of research to help make those citations easy!
  • Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals – BrowZine is an app for iPad, Android tablets, iPhones, and Android phones that works by organizing articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines on your iOS or Android device. In this session, participants will install the BrowZine app, login, and then learn how to search for and organize journals of interest. Additionally, participants will learn about downloading and emailing articles, including adding articles to Zotero. An iOS or Android device is required for this class.

ZSR Receives Preservation Grant

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:33 am

Special Collections & Archives at ZSR was recently awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will fund a visit by nationally known facilities consultant, Thomas Wilsted, in 2015.

Digital Publishing: An Update and Preview

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:33 am

The new year brings a host of new publishing-related services and events to WFU faculty, staff and students.

First of all, Digital Publishing @ Wake has launched a new imprint, Library Partners Press. As its name implies, LP Press partners with libraries from across the state to offer a full range of publishing services to NC LIVE-affiliated library patrons. The press aims to produce quality books in both electronic and print formats, and thus render local content accessible to a broader audience. Submissions from WFU faculty, staff and students are encouraged. Meanwhile, LP Press also participates in the SELF-e program sponsored by Library Journal, wherein such indie-published titles are distributed back into libraries’ permanent circulating collections. LP Press will thus both collect content from library patrons, and make this content available from library collections. Look for the official launch of the first Library Partners Press books this spring.

Meanwhile, the Digital Publishing department now offers a new journal hosting service in partnership with Scholastica. This mediated service streamlines the peer-reviewed journal management process, more easily tracks manuscripts and permits more collaboration with editors, authors and reviewers without the hassle of software installation or training. The costs are very low (~$10/article), and so academic, scholarly, peer-reviewed journals can survive and thrive absent heavy subsidy. Contact Digital Publishing for more information about launching a new (or migrating an existing) scholarly and Open Access journal.

Finally, save the dates for two interrelated events in April: the Bookfeast and the E-Books Freakout. The Bookfeast will celebrate independently-published works with readings by the authors themselves. The E-Books Freakout, on the other hand, will be a more serious exploration of some of the difficult issues surrounding the acquisition and preservation of such born-digital works. Participants will ponder the future of e-books vis-à-vis the future of reading and the future of library collections.

Electronic Resources News

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:22 am

The statewide library consortium NC LIVE begins a new subscription cycle this year. As a result, there are many new databases available for your use.

Several new article databases are available:

Other new databases include:

  • ClinicalKey: Medical books, journal articles, patient education materials, etc.; a Wake Forest School of Medicine Library subscription
  • DSM-5 Library: Clinical manual of mental disorders; also includes DSM-5 Clinical Cases and DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
  • ebrary Academic Complete: Scholarly and general nonfiction e-books in a broad range of subject areas
  • Films on Demand: Multidisciplinary streaming video collection
  • Hoover’s Company Profiles: Profiles of more than 40,000 companies across 600 industries
  • Natural Standard: Information on complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pronunciator: Language learning tool, with over 75 languages plus ESL in over 50 languages
  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship: Articles, books, market research, company profiles, business cases and other content specific to entrepreneurship
  • Science in Context: Topic-based general science reference database, including links to relevant journal articles, news stories, websites, etc.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source: Search portal covering current social issues, science, history, government and the arts and humanities
  • Statistical Abstracts of the World: Statistical information from over 40 countries, generally issued by national statistical offices

There have also been some changes to existing databases:

  • Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete have been replaced by Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier. Please note that any article-level permalinks you may have saved from either Academic Search or Business Source Complete will no longer work. Contact your library liaison if you need assistance.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps now includes Sanborn Maps GeoEdition. In the past, North Carolina maps had been browse-able, but not searchable. GeoEdition provides digital access to large-scale historical maps of North Carolina towns and cities, now searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

NC LIVE has discontinued its subscriptions to the following databases:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • EBSCO K-12 databases (Kids Search, Primary Search, MAS Complete, etc.)
  • MasterFile Complete
  • Mergent Intellect
  • Novelist
  • Regional Business News
  • Science Reference Center
  • Serials Directory
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • TOPICsearch

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.

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