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Liaisons: Your Link to the Library

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:29 pm

Each academic department and many interdisciplinary programs have an assigned library liaison. Your liaison strives to make your experience using library services as easy as possible.

For faculty, this means

Buying Materials. Each liaison manages the materials budget for their assigned departments. E-mail any specific book or video requests to your liaison, and they’ll see that it gets ordered. Liaisons also collect requests for new journals and databases, which are funded centrally. They also communicate with you about any changes that may affect the collection in your subject, for instance, storage decisions or trials of potential new database subscriptions.

Class Visits. Liaisons can visit your class to instruct students on how to find information for completing research assignments. Each lesson plan is tailored to your course assignments, and may also include a webpage specific to your class. You can schedule sessions lasting from 15 minutes to two entire class periods. Sessions can be held in your classroom or in a library classroom. We strongly encourage faculty to invite us to visit FYS courses.

Single Point of Contact. We hope you have time to meet all the wonderful staff who can put materials on reserve, give advice on author’s rights or check out a video camera for you. However, we realize that sometimes you don’t know where to start. If you just remember to contact your liaison, they can connect you with the appropriate library service point.

For students, this means

Personal Research Sessions. You can schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian one-on-one or with a small group to work on any step of the research process, but especially finding sources. If you would like a Personal Research Session with a librarian, the liaison that corresponds to your subject area will meet with you.

LIB200 series. Students who have already declared a major or minor can take one of the LIB200 courses. Each 1.5-hour elective course is tailored to a different broad discipline area and is taught by one or more liaisons in that area.

  • LIB210 Social Science Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB220 Science Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB230 Business & Accounting Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB240 History, Politics & Legal Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB250 Humanities Research Sources & Strategies

Liaisons: Your Link to the Library

Friday, October 29, 2010 6:51 am

Each academic department and many interdisciplinary programs have an assigned library liaison. Your liaison strives to make your experience using library services as easy as possible.

For faculty, this means

Buying Materials. Each liaison manages the materials budget for their assigned departments. E-mail any specific book or video requests to your liaison, and they’ll see that it gets ordered. Liaisons also collect requests for new journals and databases, which are funded centrally. They also communicate with you about any changes that may affect the collection in your subject, for instance, storage decisions or trials of potential new database subscriptions.

Class Visits. Liaisons can visit your class to instruct students on how to find information for completing research assignments. Each lesson plan is tailored to your course assignments, and may also include a webpage specific to your class. You can schedule sessions lasting from 15 minutes to two entire class periods. Sessions can be held in your classroom or in a library classroom. We strongly encourage faculty to invite us to visit FYS courses.

Single Point of Contact. We hope you have time to meet all the wonderful staff who can put materials on reserve, give instructional design advice or check out a video camera for you. However, we realize that, sometimes, you don’t know where to start. If you just remember to contact your liaison, they can connect you with the appropriate library service point.

For students, this means

Personal Research Sessions. You can schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian one-on-one or with a small group to work on any step of the research process, but especially finding sources. If you would like a Personal Research Session with a librarian, the liaison that corresponds to your subject area will meet with you.

LIB200 series. Students who have already declared a major or minor can take one of the LIB200 courses. Each one-hour elective course is tailored to a different broad discipline area and is taught by one or more liaisons in that area.

  • LIB210 Social Science Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB220 Science Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB230 Business & Accounting Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB240 History, Politics & Legal Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB250 Humanities Research Sources & Strategies

Mural Contest Winners

Monday, April 12, 2010 3:14 pm

Congratulations to our winners in the ZSR “Wake this Space” Mural Contest! The winner of the online “people’s choice” vote was Carleigh Morgan. The winner chosen by our panel of judges was a group entry by Courteney Morris and J.K. Awotwi.

Thanks to our judges:

  • Jermyn Davis, WFU Student
  • Craig Fansler, Librarian
  • Lynn Sutton, Dean, ZSR LIbrary
  • Ryan Swanson, University Architect
  • Giz Womack, Librarian and WFU Studio Art alumnus.

Thanks especially to everyone who entered the contest.

The winning entries should be executed soon. Watch the wall near the library east entrance for a much improved look!

Wake This Space: Mural Contest

Monday, February 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Purpose: We are looking for creative student mural ideas to make the wall inside the ZSR East entry an appropriate welcome to ZSR.

Details: Two winners will be chosen based on their ideas and sketches submitted with their entry application. Murals will be 4′ x 5′ and will be located on the wall directly inside the East entrance to ZSR (near Starbucks). The library will supply paint, brushes and other materials needed to complete the murals.

Eligibility: All current WFU Students (undergraduate OR graduate) are eligible. Entries can be from an individual or a group.

Timeline: Entries due by Friday March 26th. Winning entries chosen by April 12th. Students would have until Friday April 23rd to implement their ideas.

Decision: Winners will be chosen by online vote and a panel of judges selected by the ZSR Library.

Implementation: The student or student group will be expected to submit a sketch and implement their ideas. ZSR Library will supply paint and/or other materials necessary for the implementation.

Fine Print: ZSR reserves the right to use images of the mural in publicity photos and the like with no further compensation to the artists. ZSR will credit the artists in all publicity. The artists are free to reproduce their work at any time. ZSR reserves the right to paint over the mural after a reasonable period of time. Per WFU Facilities guidelines, latex paint will be used for any painting project.

Questions? Email Carol Cramer.

Found in the Stacks: Antebellum Ag Mag

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:59 pm

With plenty of prodding from Patrick, I am slowly resolving cases where loose journal issues are either tied up in string or are falling over in a cardboard box. One such box contained most of the 1966 issues of Carolina Farmer. When I looked inside, I was surprised to discover four issues of Southern Agriculturist from 1841 (also known as The Southern Agriculturist, Horticulturist, and Register of Rural Affairs, Adapted to the Southern Section of the United States). Further investigation with Craig, Megan, and Beth revealed that additional issues are housed in Rare waiting to be cataloged. All the extant issues are now receiving Craig’s tender ministrations before we place them in the secure climate-controlled confines of our soon-to-come storage building. If you can’t wait to read the contents of these tomes, you can peruse the digitized versions through our American Periodicals Series database. (If you’re more interested in Carolina Farmer, you’ll need to wait until it gets back from the bindery.)

Some Rights Reserved: ZSR’s Flickr Site and Creative Commons

Friday, January 23, 2009 10:46 am

With the approval of Admin Council, I have added a Creative Commons license to most of our Flickr pictures. What’s does that mean? Well, if you’ve ever noticed the awesome photography in any of Lauren P.’s presentations recently, then you’ve already seen one of the benefits. Creative Commons allows us to tell potential users in advance that it’s OK to use one of our pictures, e.g. in a PowerPoint, provided that

  • it’s not for commercial purposes
  • they attribute the photo to ZSR
  • the work they create (the PowerPoint show) is also distributed under the same terms, aka “share-alike.”

The exception is our READ posters. We have contractual restrictions that prohibit us from sharing these photos with a Creative Commons license. Therefore, those 5 images still say “all rights reserved.”

Hopefully this move will provide more exposure for ZSR as well as help to advance the conversation about copyright and open access in today’s information universe.

Did you know about BibIDs?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 4:07 pm

A BibID is a unique identifier for each bibliographic record in the catalog. BibIDs have several nifty uses even for people who never use the back end of Voyager.

Links to catalog records
You can make a short and persistent link to a specific record in the OPAC by using this syntax:
http://catalog.zsr.wfu.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?bbid=123456

In this case 123456 is the BibID. BibID links are how we connect to ZSR Print Holdings on the Journals page.

Reporting errors
When submitting a FixZak report, you can include the BibID number to ensure that we’ll quickly get to the right record. You may find typing in a BibID faster than typing in a title or otherwise describing where you were in the catalog.

Great! So how do I find a BibID?
Click on Staff View in any record. Copy the number in the 001 field, which is always the second row in the record.


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