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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!

Pizza and a Movie @ ZSR!

Saturday, November 30, 2013 7:55 pm

On Saturday, November 30th, the ZSR Library hosted “Pizza and a Movie” for any students remaining on campus during the Thanksgiving break! This idea developed from Dean Sutton, based on feedback from students who were on campus over Thanksgiving last year and needed more services. ZSR opened on Friday and Saturday to help meet the study needs of our students, and we hosted “Pizza and a Movie” on Saturday night to give these students a study break. Dean Sutton arranged for ZSR to sponsor the event, and together with Sarah Jeong, Lauren Suffoletto, we arranged a screening of Marvel’s “The Avengers”, ordered a dozen pizzas from Papa John’s and bought sodas and cookies for the event. We had 34 people show up for pizza. 2/3 were undergraduate students, about 1/3 were graduate students. We also had a few staff attend as well. One of the Faculty Fellows, Allison McWilliams came with some of her first year students and Greg Moreau, from Residence Life and Housing came by to check it out and support the event! Fewer students stayed for the movie than expected. Now we know for next year that the food is the draw for this event!

Humans v Zombies – Fall 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:56 pm

On Friday, October 25th from 9-11 pm, the ZSR Library hosted another Human v Zombies event at ZSR! We had 80 students attend and seven amazing volunteers from the ZSR staff! Thanks to Susan Smith, Tim Mitchell, David Link, Thomas Dowling, Chelcie Rowell, Chris Burris, Lauren Suffoletto and student John Walsh for all their help making this event a success! Also, thanks to the Student Activities Fund for their support of these events! Check out the photos of the event! (photos by Susan Smith)

Big Games at ZSR!

Monday, September 2, 2013 2:51 pm

This time of year brings my annual recap of Capture the Flag @ ZSR, but this year is different! I’m recapping four different student events held in July and August.

First, in July, we hosted the new student athletes, the Bridge students and numerous summer school students for our first Capture the Flag and Humans v Zombies dual event. Seventy-eight students attended this event! Next, 42 attendees and program assistants from the LENS program (http://lens.wfu.edu/) joined us for a wild game of Humans v Zombies on July 25th from 10-11pm.

In August, we faced construction challenges during the atrium window project, but that didn’t slow us down! On August 20th, we hosted both the SPARC (http://service.campuslife.wfu.edu/sparc/) and International Students. These 120 students played both CtF and HvZ . Lastly, on August 30th, we had 150 students attend our annual, campus-wide, Capture the Flag event, co-sponsored with SAF, who generously funded the event again this year!

I need to wrap up this post with a big shout out to Susan, Mary Beth, Lauren S., Tim, David, Carolyn, Chris, Meghan W., Sarah, and student, John Walsh! (And Tanya, who had to come in one night to silence an alarm!) Thanks to these ZSR volunteers and other outside of ZSR, we had plenty of staff for these events to run smoothly! I can’t thank them enough!

TEDx at WFU

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:31 am

Two weeks ago, WFU hosted its second TEDx. I was unable to attend the first event last year, but made a point to make it to this year’s event. (and even took a couple of friends with me!)

Rather than go into detail on each speaker, I thought it might be useful to describe the event! First, it is held in Wait Chapel and registration is usually capped at around 1000 participants. This differs from standard TED talks that are usually capped at 100 attendees to give the events a more personal feel. The event started at 12 noon and was divided into three speaker blocks, with three speakers in each block. The first block also includes comments by Provost Kersh, who mentioned the ZSR Library’s upcoming MOOC and comments by the moderator, Morris Morrison.

Alumnus, Ricky Van Veen, one of the founders of College Humor, was the opening speaker in the first block and did an excellent job discussing how people use social media to tell the story of what they believe and who they are. Between each speaker block of three speakers, there was a 15 minute break. This proved to be a good format that allowed people the flexibility to move around and interact between the speaker blocks!

All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!


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