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ARTstor Digital Library

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:25 pm

The ARTstor Digital Library is one of the newest databases available at ZSR. This collection includes over 1.5 million images from museums, artists and archives, which can be used for research in a variety of disciplines. While the use of images seems clear for the study of the arts, images can also make an impact in the study and presentation of such disparate fields as Environmental Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, the History of Medicine and Natural Science, and Languages and Literature.

The ARTstor collection is searchable and browsable without creating an account, so explore! If you want to create collections of your favorite images to use for research or in a presentation, go ahead and create an account. This will allow you to organize what you find and share it with others. All images in the ARTstor collection are rights-cleared for educational use, so can be used in class presentations and projects. There is also a mobile version of ARTstor which can be used on both iPhone/iPad and Android devices. One advantage of using the mobile version is the ability to view a saved collection of images as flashcards to study for tests or quizzes.

We’re excited to share this new collection with you! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Kaeley McMahan
Associate Librarian-Art, Theatre, Dance, Religion and School of Divinity

Summer Reading 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013 10:28 am

It’s that time of year, when we (ideally) have more time to kick back and read for pleasure, rather than for a deadline. Here are some recommendations from those of us here at ZSR, as well as some links to new book lists from around the web.

If you have recommendations of your own, please share them in the comments!

  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

    “This book combines a secret society, Google, and the history of printing all into on exciting story!” – suggested by Craig (second by many)

  • A Time to Be Born, by Dawn Powell

    “For years, author Dawn Powell swore her lead character in A Time to Be Born was not based on Clare Boothe Luce, then, much later in life she found an entry from her own diary from 1939 that said, “Why not do a novel on Clare Luce?” When you read this novel, set in New York in the months leading up to World War II, you will understand why Dawn Powell denied the claim for so long!” – suggested by Hu

  • Inferno, by Dan Brown

    “I’m looking forward to reading Dan Brown’s Inferno — reviews indicate another fun read for the author’s fans.” – suggested by Lauren

  • The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton

    “Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper is the perfect summer time read. It is a beautifully written novel filled with mystery, love, history (pre-WWII England), and family secrets. I suggest you read this book when you have long stretches of time, the plot is a bit complex, but oh so interesting!” – suggested by Joy

  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, by Louise Penny

    “The latest entry in the excellent Three Pines/Inspector Gamache mystery series. This particular mystery focuses on a small monastery and their particular practice of Gregorian Chant, but all of the novels explore the interplay between history and contemporary life in Quebec.” – suggested by Kaeley

  • Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles

    “Set in the late 1930′s, This story focuses on a chaotic year in the life of three friends and the stunning aftermath, all occurring with the backdrop of a New York city in transition.” – suggested by Hu

  • A Novel Bookstore, by Laurence Cosse

    “Originally published in French, this novel is a celebration of great literature, exquisitely combining passion, intrigue, mystery and longing in a tale that centers upon an innovative Parisian bookstore and the individuals championing its cause. Expertly interweaving the bookstore’s evolution from inception to current tribulation with the life stories of the characters, Ms. Cossé has crafted a novel that would easily claim a rightful spot on The Good Novel’s (regretfully fictional) shelves.” – suggested by Molly

  • The Interestings: A Novel, by Meg Wolitzer

    “This knowing, generous and slyly sly new novel follows a group of teenagers who meet at a summer camp for artsy teens in 1974 and survive as friends through the competitions and realities of growing up. At its heart is Jules (nee Julie, she changes it that first summer to seem more sophisticated) Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress who comes to realize she’s got more creative temperament than talent; her almost boyfriend Ethan Figman, the true genius in the bunch (he’s a cartoonist); musician Jonah Bay, son of a famous Baez-ish folksinger; and the Wolf siblings, Ash and Goodman, attractive and mysterious. How these five circle each other, come together and break apart, makes for plenty of hilarious scenes and plenty of heartbreaking ones, too. A compelling coming of age story about five privileged kids, this is also a pitch-perfect tale about a particular generation and the era that spawned it. –Sara Nelson (from Amazon)” – suggested by Anna

  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

    “I think Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a good summer read. The eerie setting is a good contrast to hot summer days. And the cautionary message about playing god,experimenting with life, and accepting responsibility for your actions gave my mind something to chew on for a while after I read it.” – suggested by Derrik

  • My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira

    My Name is Mary Sutter is a gritty but compelling book about the role of women in providing health care for men in combat in the Civil War. At the start of the story Mary Sutter is a midwife who wants to be a surgeon. When the Civil War starts, she believes it might be an opportunity to serve both the nation and her own desires, but finds herself relegated to maid, and to nurses assistant, struggling to affect change in an environment that does not value even basic sanitation. The conditions of the war cause more men to die of disease than the wounds inflicted during battle. I loved this book for its insight into the conditions regiments on both sides lived in, as well as the story of this woman who fights vigorously to be viewed as equal to the task of surgeon in a time when women just didn’t do those things.” – suggested by Mary Beth

  • The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    “A haunting tale of literature, love and madness, this novel sweeps readers through the flamboyant and unexpected world of 1950s Barcelona in a masterfully written and well-translated literary mystery.” – suggested by Molly

  • Winter of the World, by Ken Follett

    “If you haven’t read Fall of Giants, the first of this series, start there! Be warned, once you read book one and book two, you will have to wait a couple of years for the conclusion of this trilogy to be published. If you like historical fiction, you will love these books!” – suggested by Hu

  • Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, by Steve Almond (Amazon link)

    “In this hilarious and at times ridiculous romp across the United States, Steve Almond tastily shares the history of American candy production and consumption, from the economics of product placement to regional specialties to old favorites that have been retired. My advice: have chocolate on hand and enjoy!” – suggested by Molly

  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, by Rick Atkinson

    “The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson’s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II. It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all-the titanic battle for Western Europe. (from Amazon)” – suggested by Bob

  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris (Amazon link)

    “The wit and humor of David Sedaris continues in this collection of stories. As usual, there are parts that will make you laugh out loud and others that will make you cringe.” – suggested by Hu

  • Country Girl: A Memoir, by Edna O’Brien

    “This really looks great! A bit gossipy, and literary, remembrances of a life well- lived.” – suggested by Charles

  • The Worst Hard Time: An Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan

    “On top of the already debilitating Great Depression, the Dust Bowl that scoured America’s high plains in the 1930s devastated farms and families from the Dakotas to Texas, creating “black blizzards” that blew across the country as far as the East Coast. In this captivating read, Egan examines the man-made causes of this “natural” disaster, how it affected agricultural practices and policies, and shares the tragic tale of those who initially headed west with hope and survived haunted.” – suggested by Molly

  • The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944, by Michael S. Neiberg

    “As the Allies struggled inland from Normandy in August of 1944, the fate of Paris hung in the balance. Other jewels of Europe-sites like Warsaw, Antwerp, and Monte Cassino-were, or would soon be, reduced to rubble during attempts to liberate them. But Paris endured, thanks to a fractious cast of characters, from Resistance cells to Free French operatives to an unlikely assortment of diplomats, Allied generals, and governmental officials. Their efforts, and those of the German forces fighting to maintain control of the city, would shape the course of the battle for Europe and color popular memory of the conflict for generations to come. (from Amazon)” – suggested by Bob

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson

    “A charming examination of the myriad aspects of human’s houses and dwelling habits, Bryson educates readers on a history that reaches far beyond the four (or more!) walls of home.” – suggested by Molly

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

    “Our dean suggested this book and included test which focuses on leveraging strengths rather than changing weaknesses. The online test offers a great opportunity for some introspection and the description of the strengths helps explain why we all have tasks we enjoy and others don’t!” – suggested by Hu

Other Summer Reading Possibilities

Read what the incoming freshman will be investigating this summer – the issue of food justice, both in America and specifically in Winston-Salem:

  1. An excerpt (the Executive Summary and Introduction) from Forsyth Futures’ January 2013 report Forsyth County’s Community Food System: A Foundation to Grow. The full report can be found online. For more information on Forsyth Futures, please visit their website.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article, Why do we need to eat healthy?
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2009 National Action Guide, State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables:What can we do?

You can also download and complete the Student Activity.

Additionally, here are a few lists from some of our favorite sources:

LIB200 Courses Available for Spring 2013

Monday, November 26, 2012 1:38 pm

Interested in learning more about research methods in your major? Getting ready to work on an honors thesis? Thinking about going on to graduate school after you leave Wake Forest? ZSR’s advanced research courses could work for you!

Our LIB200 courses offer instruction in advanced research techniques and resources that are specific to a particular discipline. These 1.5 credit courses are open to declared majors and minors in appropriate departments. The LIB200 courses available for Spring 2013 are:

LIB210: Social Science Research Sources & Strategies

for Communication, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, Psychology…

  • January 16 – March 8
  • TR 11:00am-12:15pm
  • CRN 14894

LIB220: Science Research Sources & Strategies

for Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Health & Exercise Science…

  • January 16 – May 1
  • R 2:00pm-3:15pm
  • CRN 18910

LIB230: Business & Accounting Research Sources & Strategies

  • January 17 – March 7
  • TR 3:30pm-4:45pm
  • CRN 14895

LIB250: Humanities Research Sources & Strategies

for Art, Music, Theatre & Dance, English, History, Religion, Classics, Philosophy…

  • January 16 – March 8
  • TR 12:30pm-1:45pm
  • CRN 14896

Need Research Help?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:32 pm

Now that we are almost halfway(!) through the semester, some of the final papers and projects on your syllabus that once seemed so far away are becoming more real, and November and December deadlines are looming! Before you panic, remember that the librarians of ZSR are here to help.

  • We have reference librarians who cover each of the subject areas on campus, so no matter if your project is a company report, a literature review or bibliography, a case study or a historical research project, we have someone who can help you get started.
  • Make an appointment for a personal research session and we will walk with you through your assignment and topic, and help you find the books, articles and online resources that you will need.
  • We have multiple ways for you to contact us, for either quick questions or more extensive research needs: Questions? Ask.

If you would like a more in-depth introduction to library research, consider taking LIB100. This half-semester, 1.5 credit course will give you an overview of how to do academic research and take advantage of the resources we have here at ZSR. Look for it when you start to register for Spring 2013!

New Books for Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:45 pm

Reading lists abound during the summer months! Here are a few titles that have appeared on different lists, as well as links to other lists with even more recommendations! As always, you can find the newest additions to the ZSR collection on our new books page.


  • The Cove: Set in the mountains of North Carolina, The Cove follows the story of the outcast Laurel during the years of World War I.
  • The Song of Achilles: A retelling of The Illiad, focusing on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus.
  • Canada: By Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Ford, the story of a family who robs a bank in the summer of 1960 and flees across the border into Canada.
  • The Lower River: In Paul Theroux’s latest novel, a Peace Corp volunteer returns to the Malawian village where he volunteered decades earlier.
  • Bringing Up the Bodies: Hilary Mantel’s sequel to Wolf Hall, set in the court of Henry VIII.


Other Summer Reading Lists

Get Your Research Help Here

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:34 pm

Now that we are a month into the semester, some of the deadlines on your syllabus that once seemed so far away are becoming more real! Before you panic, remember that the librarians of ZSR are here to help.

  • We have reference librarians who cover each of the subject areas on campus, so no matter if your project is a company report, a literature review, a case study or a historical research project, we have someone who can help you get started.
  • Make an appointment for a personal research session and we will walk with you through your assignment and topic, and help you find the books, articles and online resources that you will need.
  • We have multiple ways for you to contact us, for either quick questions or more extensive research needs: Ask a Librarian.

If you would like a more in-depth introduction to library research, consider taking LIB100. This half-semester, one-credit course will give you an overview of how to do academic research and take advantage of the resources we have at ZSR. There are spaces available in the sections that start after Spring Break. Take a look at the LIB100 schedule.

Winter Reading from ZSR

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:33 pm

Now that you have some time over the Winter Break, you can indulge in some relaxing reading! ZSR has pulled together some lists of the best books of 2011 to help you make your selections. Have fun perusing these lists and we hope you find the perfect book!

Or, if you prefer to read shorter pieces of writing, check out Longreads, which recommends reading selections based on the amount of time you have available.

You can also take a look at the new books we’ve added to the collection here at ZSR.

2010 Emmy® Nominees and Winners on DVD at ZSR

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 11:04 am

While you are waiting for the new fall season of television shows to start, the Media Collection at ZSR has plenty of DVDs to fill your time! Catch up on previous seasons of some of your favorite shows, starting with the nominees and winners from Sunday’s Emmy telecast. Get them before they are checked out!

Winners are marked with an (*) and the DVD call numbers follow the season.

Best Series – Drama

Best Series – Comedy

Best Actor – Drama

  • Kyle Chandler – Friday Night Lights

  • Bryan Cranston * – Breaking Bad

    • See above
  • Matthew Fox – Lost

    • See above
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter

    • See above
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men

    • See above
  • Hugh Laurie – House

Best Actress – Drama

  • Connie Britton – Friday Night Lights

    • See above
  • Glenn Close – Damages

    • Season 1 (on order)
    • Season 2 (on order)
    • Season 3 (no release date)
  • Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: SVU

    • Season 11 will be released Sept. 21
  • January Jones – Mad Men

    • See above
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

    • See above
  • Kyra Sedgwick * – The Closer

Best Actor – Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

    • See above
  • Steve Carell – The Office

    • See above
  • Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

    • See above
  • Matthew Morrison – Glee

    • See above
  • Jim Parsons * – The Big Bang Theory

    • Season 1 (on order)
    • Season 2 (on order)
    • Season 3 will be released Sept. 14
  • Tony Shalhoub – Monk

    • Seasons 1-8 (on order)

Best Actress – Comedy

  • Toni Collette – United States of Tara

    • Season 1 (DVD 8335)
    • Season 2 (no release date)
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Betty

    • See above
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock

    • See above
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – The New Adventures of Old Christine

    • Seasons 1-2 (on order)
  • Lea Michele – Glee

    • See above
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

    • Season 1 (on order)
    • Season 2 (no release date)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama

  • Andre Braugher – Men of a Certain Age

    • Season 1 will be released Nov. 9
  • Michael Emerson – Lost

    • See above
  • Terry O’Quinn – Lost

    • See above
  • Aaron Paul * – Breaking Bad

    • See above
  • Martin Short – Damages

    • See above
  • John Slattery – Mad Men

    • See above

Best Supporting Actor – Comedy

  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family

    • See above
  • Chris Colfer – Glee

    • See above
  • Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men

    • Seasons 1-6 (on order)
    • Season 7 will be released Sept. 21
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

    • See above
  • Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother

    • Seasons 1-4 (on order)
    • Season 5 will be released Sept. 21
  • Eric Stonestreet * – Modern Family

    • See above

Best Supporting Actress – Comedy

  • Julie Bowen – Modern Family

    • See above
  • Jane Krakawski – 30 Rock

    • See above
  • Jane Lynch * – Glee

    • See above
  • Holland Taylor – Two and a Half Men

    • See above
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

    • See above
  • Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live

Digital Forsyth Photography Exhibit

Friday, October 10, 2008 10:54 am

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is working with other Forsyth County libraries to create a digital archive of historic photographs. Please join us to kick-off a traveling photography exhibit and see the archive in action!

Forsyth County Public Library

Telling Our Stories Photography Exhibit–Thursday, October 16 at 1:00 pm

Central Library auditorium

The Forsyth County Public Library will launch a traveling photography exhibit that will be on display at 50 libraries across North Carolina.This exhibit celebrates the story of North Carolina’s rich arts, heritage and cultural life.Featured photographs include Our State Magazine 2008 photograph contest winners, photographs from the North Carolina Archives and an Artist Invitational Photo Exhibit.The exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Cultural Resources.

Forsyth County Public Library, Old Salem, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University will also be demonstrating the Digital Forsyth online photograph collection featuring over 7,000 historical photographs on Forsyth County.

New Library Event Tablecloth

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:54 pm

The Marketing Committee is pleased to announce the purchase of a new tablecloth that can be used for ZSR events and outreach. Renate has worked with the Bookstore to borrow their tablecloth for various events and it was decided that purchasing a tablecloth of our own would be a good investment. Linda Early did some online research for companies that sold tablecloths with brands or logos on them, and received excellent customer service from Chris Rupert and They gave Linda several mock-ups and quotes with various sizes of both the tablecloth and the logo. Rather than the plasticized iron-on “WF” of the Bookstore tablecloth, which was difficult to clean and was subject to peeling off, our logo was affixed using a “Full Bleed (Dye Sublimation)” which (I think!) means that the logo was dyed into the cloth, so the logo will not peel or tear off and the tablecloth is washable. The final product is an eight-foot oval tablecloth with the cupola and “Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University” on one side. Our tablecloth will live at Circulation and anyone interesting in using it for an event will need to contact Renate. Thanks to Linda and Renate for their work on this project!

The Marketing Committee and the ZSR Tablecloth

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