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A Tipping Point for HvZ!

Sunday, February 8, 2015 10:46 am

After each Humans v Zombies event, I like to write a Gaz post on the event just to keep a record of the event, but this time I’m writing to talk about what looks like a tipping point in the event. The Spring 2014 HvZ had 120 participants, this year we had 158 (and last Fall we broke our record, surpassing 200 participants at an event!) While those numbers are great, what caught my attention was the participation by students from UNC, (they brought 40 students) UNC Central, (they brought 12 students) UNC-G, and NC State, each with just a few participants. While UNC has joined us in the past for the Spring event, we have never had this level of participation from this many schools! We consumed 20 pizzas, said goodbyes to two senior student leaders of the event, Brandon West from WFU and Tanner Fadero from UNC, and found volunteers to lead next year’s events. We also had door prizes (donated Nerf blasters) and a visit from the event’s creator, WFU alumnus John Walsh!

One unexpected cool addition to the event was a student with a Go Pro camera mounted on them to capture footage of the event! I hope ZSR can purchase some Go Pro cameras for student checkout in the future!

I want to thank the faithful volunteers who help with this event every semester! Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, David Link and Chris Burris! And a shout out to Le’Ron Byrd who has not missed one of these events since he became the ZSR fellow! We now offer HvZ to our students in the Fall, Spring and Summer, and we host a joint event each summer for the LENS and Ben Franklin Fellows and another joint event for SPARC and the participants in the International Student Orientation. These hard working volunteers, along with the Student Activities Funds we apply for each year, make it possible for us to host these events for large numbers of students with very few staff and very little money!

Here is a link to Susan Smith’s amazing photos of the event!

What The Heck Does An Outreach Librarian Do?

Monday, January 12, 2015 1:48 pm

Last week, as part of my responsibilities as an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at ZSR, I was planning a variety of outreach events for Spring 2015. As I planned these events, I realized that many of these events happen away from ZSR or after hours, and I thought it might be worthwhile to take a minute and post about some of my favorite events! Most everyone at ZSR knows about events like “Capture the Flag” and “Humans v Zombies,” but you may not know about many of the other programs. For example, we do a brief session with the new students and transfer students who are starting at WFU mid-year. Just yesterday I met with seven new students, introducing them to ZSR, the Library website, and personal research sessions, making sure they were aware of the services at ZSR designed to help them succeed! We also work with local students in the International Baccalaureate (along with Bobbie Collins and Meghan Webb, shout out to them both for leading this charge!) Each semester I schedule session a session with the LGBTQ Center on campus to host one of their Thursday afternoon “Coffee Hours” (thanks to Angela Mazaris and Rob Powell) and talk about research resources. I do the same with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (thanks to Wesley Harris, Celina Alexander, and Darlene Starnes) and attend one of their weekly “Friday Morning Breakfasts” reminding students that the ZSR Library is there to help with research assistance and other services. Additionally, I team up with Faculty Fellows in the Residence Halls and attend “Drop-in Research Sessions” in some of the first-year residence halls! I’ll also be participating in a Wake Alternative Break over Spring Break 2015, traveling with a group of students and working the DC Central Kitchen (the model for the Campus Kitchen.) This trip is along the same lines as the South Course from a few years ago where our own Susan Smith and Lynn Sutton were embedded librarians.

As you can see from these examples, at ZSR we all do outreach everyday, it’s just the nature of librarianship in an academic library, so if you have any outreach ideas, please pass them along! I’m always open to new ideas and happy to collaborate! Some of the best outreach ideas have come from my fellow librarians! (Wanda Brown connected me with OMA several years ago to start that outreach event!) It was our former student assistant, John Walsh, who came to ZSR with the idea for “Humans v Zombies” as an outreach event!

Onward! (And thanks!)

 

Cool New Presentation Tools for Spring 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015 4:00 pm

As a fan of better presentation tools, I’m always on the lookout for ways to replace Powerpoint! Here are a few options that go beyond Powerpoint and even past Prezi!

  • First, there is Microsoft Sway. I like Sway because it has nice features for embedding Tweets and Videos into your presentation! (Microsoft account required!)
  • Another cool presentation option is Haiku Deck, who describe their philosophy as “simple, beautiful, fun.” Haiku Deck has some nice features for creating clean and simple charts and graphs in presentations.
  • Finally, Canva is a another web-based presentation tool but it also allows you to create Facebook banner images from photo collections as well as posters and images for email newsletters.

You may want to check these out the next time you need to create a presentation!

Lunch@ZSR!

Saturday, November 29, 2014 3:19 pm

In an effort to help our students who remained on campus for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the ZSR Library served lunch for student in the atrium on Saturday, November 29th, from 12-1:30pm! Sarah Jeong and I hosted the event, and thanks to the support of the ZSR Library, we were able to feed 52 students. Instead of pizza, we had sandwiches from Jimmy John’s, better allowing us to serve the dietary requests of everyone attending! Two faculty fellows, Professors Ana Wahl and Steve Gunkel, also attended the event.

 

While the event was primarily marketed to international students, all students were welcome! The majority of the students arrived between 12:00 and 12:30pm, but we had students continue to slowly trickle in until about 1:35pm. Around 1:45pm we took the leftover sandwiches to the lobby of Babcock Hall for the students.

Last year we tried hosting “Dinner and a Movie” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but only 34 students attended the pizza dinner, and only 6 stayed for the movie. We learned valuable lessons from that event, and this year we focused on the food and skipped the movie.

The students had nice comments about the event and appreciated our efforts!

 

The Search for a New Z. Smith Reynolds Library Dean is Underway

Monday, November 24, 2014 4:43 pm

After 10 years leading the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Dean Lynn Sutton became Vice Provost on July 1 of 2014. Dean Sutton has been serving as both Dean of the Library and Vice Provost since then. Now the search committee has been formed to find a new dean for the Library and the search process is underway.

The University will host an open forum for the campus community on Thursday, December 4th from 4-5pm in the ZSR Auditorium, Room 404. Provost Kersh outlined the themes for this forum in a recent broadcast email, and asked those planning to attend to come prepared to share thoughts on these themes:

1) From your perspective, what are the especially positive things about the ZSR Library that we should be sure to stress in order to attract top-notch candidates to consider the role of dean?
2) What challenges and opportunities will be on the plate of the next Dean in her/his first three years in the position?
3) Given those challenges and opportunities, what do you feel are the most important professional skills and personal attributes that we will need to seek as we search for the best person to fill this role?

Anyone wishing to share thoughts on these themes or wanting to submit nominations for the position is invited to email the search committee at wfuzsrdean@wfu.edu.

ZSR Dean Search Committee Membership:

Rogan Kersh, Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs (Chair)
Susan Borwick, Professor of Music
Will Clarke, Senior Systems Administrator, ZSR
Al Gurganus, Chair, ZSR Council of Advocates
Steve Kelley, Head of Continuing Resources & Database Management, ZSR
Chris Knott, Assoc. Dean for Information Services and Technology and Professor, School of Law
Travis Manning, Library Specialist, ZSR
Elizabeth Nolan, Director of Faculty Affairs, School of Business
Rebecca Petersen, Public Services Archivist, ZSR
Mark Petersen, Vice President for University Advancement
Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian, ZSR
Hu Womack, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, ZSR

Sam Perrotta, Event and Project Manager, committee staff

For more information, see the committee announcement on inside.wfu.edu:

ZSR Hosts Biggest HvZ Event to Date!

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:49 pm

Thanks to some heavy marketing of Humans v Zombies during orientation (an OG&B ad, a mention at Project Wake: Civility, and a mention at Faculty House Calls) along with our huge HvZ event in mid-August for Worldwide Wake and SPARC, there was quite a large group of students eager to participate in Friday night’s Humans v Zombies event in ZSR! We had over 200 students attend!

I want to thank the volunteers, Susan Smith, Tim Mitchell, David Link, Mary Beth Lock, Le’Ron Byrd, and Chris Burris (for Tweeting!) We were excited that Dr. Adam Goldstein, who had come to an earlier HvZ with is kids this summer, returned and spoke to the students! Additionally, a few other staff brought their kids to join in the event! I also want to thank Brandon West, our student leader, who took over this year from HvZ founder, John Walsh! We started around 7:30pm, played three fast games and ended by 9pm!

As always, a big thanks to the Student Activities Fund for supporting these events! These events are truly a team effort! Check out the wonderful photos from the event (courtesy of Susan Smith) on the Library’s Flickr site!

Summer 2014 Recap of “Humans V. Zombies” and “Capture the Flag” events at ZSR!

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:09 am

Last summer, the Library began hosting “Humans V. Zombies” and “Capture the Flag” events for the LENS summer program, the new students who attend Summer II, and both the SPARC and International students who come to campus early! This year, we continued those programs, with a June “Capture the Flag” event for the 51 LENS students, a Humans V. Zombies event for the LENS and Ben Franklin Fellows, which totaled just over 100 students, and a Humans V. Zombies event on July 18th for the new student athletes and new Bridge students, a group of about 50 students!

On Monday, August 18th, we will host a Humans V. Zombies event for the SPARC students and Worldwide Wake students, and on Friday, August 29th, we will host HvZ for the new students as one of the last orientation events! Thanks to Le’Ron Byrd, who has already worked two of these events with me this summer, and to Mary Beth Lock who worked last Friday’s event! Thanks to everyone in ZSR who makes it possible for us to sponsor these events!

Understanding Hunger At Home: A WFU United Way Impact Tour

Friday, June 6, 2014 11:25 am

On Wednesday June 4th, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Monesha Staton, and I were fortunate to be three of 60 people from Wake Forest University who participated in a United Way Impact Tour entitled “Understanding Hunger at Home.” This event was designed to raise awareness about the United Way as one of two campus wide community campaigns that Wake Forest engages in each year (the other being the Arts Council campaign). The WakeUnited cabinet believes it is important to offer these activities and opportunities for people on campus to engage with United Way (or at least hear about it!) before the campaign begins in October.

The tour focused on understanding the scope of hunger in Forsyth County by visiting a wide-array of service providers who are on the ground addressing the issue of food access and hunger. We heard about the current response to the immediate hunger needs of our neighbors and learned about root causes and challenges to solving hunger and how United Way is aligning resources and creating partnerships to address these root issues. The program ended with a facilitated discussion on the challenges and opportunities that can help solve hunger in Forsyth County.

On Thursday, June 26th from noon to 1:30 PM there will be another United Way Impact tour on “Childhood Obesity and Youth Tobacco Prevention” where participants will learn how the United Way and partners are working together to promote overall wellness for our community’s young people. Participants will meet in the Gateway YWCA parking lot (1300 S. Main Street) to board the bus and depart at noon to for this community impact tour. A boxed lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending that event, let me know, and I’ll send you the calendar invitation to register!

Humans v Zombies – Spring Semester 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:17 pm

HvZ Group Portrait #2

On Friday, February 7th 2014, from 7-9pm, the ZSR Library held its 9th “Humans v Zombies” event. We’ve hosted these once a semester since the Fall of 2011 and last summer we hosted two HvZ events for summer students and international students. Of the approximately 120 students who attended, a little over 30 of them were students at Chapel Hill who made a three-hour drive to attend our two-hour event. One staff member even brought her six-year-old nephew and escorted him through the zombie horde!

Students played two games in two hours and polished off ten pizzas, a dozen bottles of cola and several gallons of ice water. This was the last game of HvZ for John Walsh, the founder of this new tradition in ZSR, and we were happy it was such a successful event! John has passed the torch to student, Brandon West, who will keep the tradition going. Thanks to ZSR Ambassadors, John Walsh and Skylar Marker, and ZSR Staff, Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, David Link and Chris Burris for all their help running this event. Special Thanks to the Student Activities Fund for their support of these events! You can check out photos from the event at: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjS3E5Gv

 

ASERL Webinar: “Creative Commons: Open Education, Open Access, and Librarians”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:51 pm

On Wednesday, January 22nd, I attended an ASERL webinar led by Cable Green on “CreativeCommons: Open Education, Open Access, and Librarians.” I am a huge fan of Creative Commons, I always have a CC sticker on my laptop! This was a great review of the organization and the licenses, but I also learned about many open educational resources (OER) and how OER has grown now that data is often cheap and we can often share that information! Below are some key links that may prove useful if you are interested in OER!


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