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“Check Out” These Holiday DVD Recommendations

Thursday, December 5, 2013 2:03 pm

In preparation for the holiday season, don’t forget to check out some of the wonderful selection of holiday DVDs that ZSR has to offer! Mary has pulled many of the holiday titles and displayed them on the small bookshelf by the door of the DVD room. We thought we’d highlight some popular and not so popular titles on the shelf.

The most popular Christmas movie in our collection (so popular, we own two copies) is Elf, starring Will Farrell, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel. It is the story of Buddy, a human who grew up thinking he is an elf in the North Pole. When he learns he is a human, he goes to New York City to find his biological father and spread Christmas cheer. This is a funny and heartwarming film, sure to make your holidays that much brighter.

Some other DVDs that deserve highlighting are The Bishop’s Wife and The Preacher’s Wife. The Bishop’s Wife stars Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. The film follows a Bishop (Niven) and his wife (Young) who are having troubles in their lives, specifically with the planning and building of a cathedral. The answer to their troubles comes in the form of an angel played by Cary Grant. The film was nominated for many Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning Best Music. This is a lovely film and we could all benefit from watching this during the holiday season. A 1996 remake of The Bishop’s Wife, The Preacher’s Wife stars Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, and Courtney B. Vance. Also nominated for a few Academy Awards, this modern retelling, directed by Penny Marshall, is a great choice for holiday cheer.

If your idea of Christmas movies include Gremlins and Die Hard, we suggest Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Described as a “Finnish horror-fantasy film,” this 2010 film is sure to mix up your holiday movie nights.

As you know, ZSR has many more films, holiday and otherwise, for your consideration this season. Make sure you drop by the DVD room and check one out. Thanks to Mary for these and many other suggestions!


Friday, April 5, 2013 3:14 pm
The presenters from a great distance

The presenters from a great distance

On Thursday, Hu, Kevin, Craig, and Rebecca ventured to Benson to represent ZSR in the campus-wide TechXploration, an event that “showcases faculty use of technology andbrings together faculty and staff who want to share their experiences with current technology efforts.”

Hu was the acting ambassador for ZSRx and fielded countless questions and received quite a bit of interest from attendees.

Craig, Kevin, and Rebecca’s poster”The Missing Link: Connecting Past, Present & Future Through Web Archiving” highlighted ZSR’s efforts to create a comprehensive archive of WFU’s web presence using ArchiveIt. Attendees were particularly interested in this topic and how it adds to the record of the University.

Kevin and Rebecca’s poster”Unforgettable: Enhancing Digital Collections, Creating Digital Connections” highlighted the redesign of our digital collections space for ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives.

Wake Forest’s innovative use of technology was well represented with over 25 presenters from across campus. It was a wonderful opportunity to share experiences, make cross campus connections, and see the innovative and impressive uses of technology at Wake Forest.

Documenting Diversity Initiative

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 11:16 am

In celebration of National Archives Month and North Carolina’s Archives Week (October 22-28), ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives is reaching out to invite departments and student groups across campus to deposit their paper and electronic documents in the University Archives. We particularly encourage submissions from groups underrepresented in the Archives, such as WFU’s ethnic minority, LGBTQ, and international communities. We want to identify, locate, secure, and make accessible these important and at-risk historical records.

The Documenting Diversity initiative seeks to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the historical records, especially of under-represented groups. We will provide consultations and guidelines for the transfer of non-current records to the Archives.

Documenting Diversity kicks off with an Archives open house event in the Special Collections Reading Room from 4-5 pm on October 25th. Members of the WFU community will have the opportunity to see the University Archives, drop off materials, view some collections already housed in the archives, and discuss the future of a more inclusive and well-rounded University record. Light refreshments will be served. Participating departments and organizations include

We encourage all interested individuals and groups to attend the Archives open house and to contribute appropriate materials to the University Archives. If you plan to attend, please register for the event. For more information, contact Rebecca Petersen.

ZSR Zone finishes the Biggest Winner (Summer Olympics)!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 5:08 pm


The ZSR Zone (formerly the Zephyrs) competed in another Biggest Winner (formerly Summer Olympics) and had a wonderful time! This year’s team was a hybrid Library and Bridge team made up of Felicia Bottoni, Anna Dulin, Tony Johnson, Molly Keener, Rebecca Petersen, and Rachel Weaver. Only one member had participated before so the team was unaware of what exactly they were getting into. Competitions included old favorites like bowling, inner-tube water polo, table tennis, and a field day. The majority of the points earned, however, were entirely based on the individual in an effort to reduce each person’s body mass index.

The Zone performed admirably, achieving a team BMI reduction of 10%!!! One individual went down 8%, but it is a team secret. The best parts about competing this year was to get away from our desks, to enjoy team work with members of ZSR we rarely work with, to meet new members of the WFU community, and to show ZSR’s spirit of competition and camaraderie. Thanks to the Zone, it was a great time.

New Book Scanner In Special Collections

Monday, May 7, 2012 12:16 pm
The new Zeutschel

The new Zeutschel

Special Collections is proud to present the newest addition to our arsenal of digitization equipment, the Zeutschel 12000! After a two day training, we are ready to use the new machine for digital projects, ILL requests, and user initiated scans. All are welcome to come visit our new digitization lab and have a look.

Max and Gertrude Hoffmann Music Manuscript Collection now online

Friday, October 28, 2011 1:40 pm

The Max and Gertrude Hoffmann Music Manuscript Collection is finally complete and available for use. With 170 titles represented in various levels of completion, we anticipate this collection to be a delight to musicians, composers, and anyone interested in vaudeville orchestration. These music manuscripts are only a portion of the larger Max and Gertrude Hoffmann papers (MS608) that includes posters, scrapbooks, photographs, and correspondence.This was a very large processing and digitization project and we are thrilled to announce the completion.

Every Week is Archives Week!

Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:11 pm

The Society of American Archivists states: “October is American Archives Month-an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists. There is strength in numbers, and our collective voice can be more powerful than individual voices when we set aside time each year to celebrate our collections.”

In an effort to localize and focus the attention on North Carolina archives, the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA), with the support of a proclamation by Governor Beverly Perdue, celebrates “Archives Week.” This is a statewide effort to develop programs, events, exhibits, and overall awareness and use of archives.We here at ZSR Special Collections and Archives are excited to celebrate along with so many cultural heritage institutions across the state. Archives Week is October 24th-30th, but to us, every week is Archives Week!

Why limit your time in an archive to just one week? This semester alone, we have had the Wilson Wing 20th Anniversary celebration, theASERL Civil War in the American South contributions, and the Historic Bibles exhibit. The Wilson Wing celebration included an online exhibit and a beautiful display of materials from the University Archive. Many of the monographs featured in the Historic Bibles Exhibit are part of Megan’s wonderfully written and informative Rare Book of the Month posts, part of the Special Collections and Archives blog.

In celebration of this year’s Archives Week theme, the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Craig and I have put up a small exhibit in the entryway of ZSR to encourage students, faculty, and staff to come to the archives and discover what we have. We find new materials everyday and are anxious to tell the world about them. Please stop by the sixth floor, read our blog, or “like” us on Facebook and show your support for the archives!

New MARC Records!

Thursday, October 6, 2011 2:32 pm

As the air turns crisp, I wanted to highlight some of the great collaborative work that has been happening between Special Collections and Archives and Resource Services this past Spring and Summer. In the Spring, Audra and Carolyn teamed up to begin exporting MARC records from the Archivists’ Toolkit. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship.

Since the Spring, we have used the new knowledge of the “MARC export” button in AT to make our finding aids available on multiple discovery layers. The original “test” finding aid was the Giuseppe De Santis papers finding aid. It can be found in WakeSpace, the catalog, and WorldCat.

As this was successful, we decided to move forward on a large scale project to make all of the newly completed finding aids available in each of these three locations. The “CRMF Project” (Church Records Microfilm) is an effort to take all of the paper finding aids (if ever created), transcribe the information into Archivists’ Toolkit, have Carolyn add name and subject headings, export the EAD to DSpace, and export the MARC to Voyager and OCLC. We examined the workflow and have successfully made the following church records (and one manuscript collection) available in all three discovery layers.:

Mount Carmel Baptist Church (Troy, N.C.) records
Sanford First Baptist Church (Sanford, N.C.) records
Zion Baptist Church (Shelby, N.C.) records
Shell Point Baptist Church (Shalotte, N.C.) records
Lee Park Baptist Church (Monroe, N.C.) records
Piney Green Baptist Church (Salemburg, N.C.) records
Hamlet Second Baptist Church (Hamlet, N.C.) records

David Smiley papers

Approximately 50 new church record finding aids have been added to DSpace and will soon be in Voyager and WorldCat. The extraordinary students in Special Collections have been working hard to continue adding information to Archivists’ Toolkit. Over 200 out of approximately 1000 church record microfilm collections have digital finding aids and are in the queue for addition to DSpace, Voyager, and OCLC.

None of this could be done without the thorough and hard work of Carolyn McCallum. She is integral to completing the steps of the workflow. We are so happy to be collaborating with Resource Services to push our materials out to more patrons and make our sometimes “hidden collections” accessible to as many people as possible. Soon one of our most highly used collections will have complete online finding aids!

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