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It’s time to Wake the Library!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 8:22 pm

Finals week is around the corner & we are gearing up for the popular tradition known as Wake the Library (WTL)! This well-known event lasts through exam week and seeks to motivate and energize students to close-out the semester strong.

This semester, Wake the Library begins on Sunday, December 7th and runs through Friday, December 12th. The library will provide a variety of food items beginning Sunday night. Midnight snacks for exam week will include pizza, subway, burritos, chicken biscuits, and hot dogs with a healthy side of grapes and water. In addition, to promote sustainability again this year, the library is encouraging the BYOM (bring your own mug) campaign for the all-day coffee service in the Atrium.

Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, Wake the Library has become a beloved late-night tradition that students do not want to miss. In response to the increased levels of student stress and anxiety during this time, ZSR and the ZSR Library Ambassadors plan special events to liven up the study-hard atmosphere, and give students a short break from their intense work sessions. Events in the past have included student-led raves, SOTOGAB performances, dance group performances, and surprise ice cream handouts. Interested to know what will happen this semester? Come to Wake the Library!

Stay up to date with all the festivities by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram! Share your Wake the Library experience with us by using #wakethelibrary, #myzsr, @zsrlibrary. Happy finals & Go Deacs!

Book-tacular Fun at Project Pumpkin with the ZSR Ambassadors!

Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:08 pm

ZSR Ambassador and Student Assistant, Megan Franks, reports on the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s recent participation with Project Pumpkin!

On October 29th, the ZSR Library participated in a longstanding Wake Forest tradition, Project Pumpkin, for the first time. Project Pumpkin is a frighteningly fun time on the Upper Quad of the Wake Forest campus. Children from the Winston-Salem community are invited to go trick-or-treating at dozens of booths set up by student organizations and campus departments. Besides the pure joy of candy, there are also activities and games at each booth for the children to participate in. This year, over 900 children were brought to Wake Forest to participate! Of course, ZSR had to get in on the fun.

bookmarks, stickers, and markers for Hallo-Read activity.

Hallo-Read book marks are ready for young readers to decorate with spooky stickers and art supplies.

ZSR staff members collaborated with members of the ZSR Ambassadors group on a Project Pumpkin booth. The Ambassadors are a group of students who plan fun events year-round in the library and promote the library’s services to the wider community. The staff members and the Ambassadors decided on a book-tacular “Hallo-Read!” theme. The ZSR booth was scattered with stickers and markers so the children could make their own bookmarks. There was also a handful of spooky Halloween books from the Education library on hand, in case anyone wanted a quick scare!

The President of the Ambassadors, Heidi Gall, and the Vice President, Madison Cairo, expressed their excitement in having a chance to serve the Winston-Salem community and also in getting more involved with the Wake Forest community of organizations. The volunteers at the booth throughout the day were all smiles as the kids approached in their cute costumes. The bookmarks were a hit – the kids loved being able to create something of their own to use in their books at home! And of course, the handfuls of candy weren’t a bad deal either.

All in all, everyone had a blast on this windy Fall day, celebrating the holiday and the community. The Ambassadors look forward to participating in more campus traditions, as well as giving back to the campus itself – with Wake the Library! Every year, the Ambassadors collaborate with ZSR staff to bring fun and food to the students studying hard for their final exams in the library. This year promises to be a great, grand time. And fear not, for there will be candy galore at this event as well!

Megan Franks is a senior from Kernersville, North Carolina. She is a psychology major. She works at the circulation desk and absolutely loves the library, and loves having the opportunity to flourish!

Humans vs. Zombies in the Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:40 am

Join us for a game of Humans vs Zombies in the ZSR Library! We will use Nerf Dart Blasters to ward off the Zombies in the 170,000 sq. ft. Library. Bring your Nerf Dart Blasters if you have them, or borrow one from ZSR! Pizza will be served! Sponsored by the ZSR Library and the Student Activities Fund.

When: Friday, August 29 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more information, see the event page.

Authors Lev Grossman and Najla Said at ZSR

Friday, August 8, 2014 10:38 am

Winston-Salem book lovers look forward every fall to the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. This event, the largest annual book festival in North Carolina, brings nationally known authors to downtown Winston-Salem on the second weekend in September. This year Bookmarks will celebrate its 10th festival on Saturday, September 6. Wake Forest University and ZSR Library have been Bookmarks supporters since its beginnings.

This year the Wake Forest community will also have the opportunity to interact with two of the festival’s featured authors at ZSR Library on Friday, September 5.

At 10:00 a.m. Najla Said will give a presentation in the Library Auditorium (ZSR 404). Said’s book, Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, is a memoir of her childhood and young adulthood as the daughter of renowned scholar Edward Said and his accomplished Lebanese wife. Her story is a very personal take on issues of racism, family dynamics, and ethnic identity, told with honesty and humor.

Author Lev Grossman will make an appearance in the ZSR Special Collections and Archives Reading Room (ZSR 625) at 3:00 p.m. Grossman is best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. The third and final book in the fantasy series, The Magician’s Land, was released this month to enthusiastic reviews.

Both of these events are cosponsored by the ZSR Library Lecture Series and the Bookmarks Authors in Schools program, and both are free and open to the public.

Najla Said and Lev Grossman will also appear at the Bookmarks festival on September 6, along with James McBride (The Good Lord Bird), Sam Kean (The Disappearing Spoon, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons), A. Scott Berg (Wilson: A Life), Rita Mae Brown, Robert Morgan, and many others. For more information, visit the Bookmarks website at http://www.bookmarksnc.org .

5th Annual Senior Showcase

Monday, April 14, 2014 8:56 am


The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself’”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man’”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 22. Event details and registration may be found at pdc.wfu.edu/event/7584.

Sources, Citations and Cookies!

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:24 pm

If you are working on a research paper or project this semester and would like a bit of help from one of the research experts at the ZSR Library, here’s your chance. We are holding three drop-in research help sessions during the end of the semester paper-writing season in ZSR Library classroom 476:

  • Sunday, April 6th from 3:30PM – 7PM
  • Monday, April 14th from 3:30PM – 7PM
  • Sunday, April 20th from 3:30PM- 7PM

We will have librarians available to help with any aspect of your research project from selecting a topic to citing tricky sources. Cookies and refreshments will also be available to help get you through the stress!

There is no need to sign up for a time, but if you would like to, you can reserve a time from the Professional Development Center website.

If these times don’t work, you can always use our Personal Research Session request form to schedule an appointment with a research librarian at a day and time that is convenient for you.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Research and Instruction Team, ZSR Library

 

ZSRx Digital Publishing: The Reckoning

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:24 pm

Back in the Fall of 2013 (when we were all young and innocent), a young librarian named Billy was approached by a nice library dean and asked if he wanted to conduct a MOOC of his own. He agreed, under one condition: pro humanitate. As such, our (normally shy) hero enjoyed complete autonomy and/or academic freedom re the content of the thing. This is his story. This is history. This is the dramatic story of ZSRx Digital Publishing.

Our friend Kyle had a platform, but needed content. Billy happened to have content, but needed a platform. Either way, Lynn had the “students.” And so the deal went down: Bill would record three modules’ worth of digital publishing-related content, provide external links and readings, conduct online (and “plausibly live”) discussions going for about three weeks, and promise to keep the distracting Tom Waits clips to a minimum, with Kyle massaging said content into the Canvas platform, all while Lynn would recruit some registrants.

Meanwhile, I used primarily the (free) screen-capture program called ScreenCast-O-Matic, and it was awesome, in that it recorded my yammering in front of PowerPoint slides and online websites in such a way that I didn’t really even need a firm script, and so the clips had the distinct feel of a loosey-goosey (who me?) lecture — complete with my incessant stammering and ill-paced cadences. (Honestly, ten minutes of that at time is plenty.) These clips were published directly to my YouTube channel (everyone has one, btw), which Kyle would then “embed” into the Canvas platform, so we didn’t need to bother with fancy/costly video production (or lighting (or makeup (though we probably could’ve stood some of the latter))) or other hassles regarding video storage or distribution. (And I was ready with a rejoinder if anyone might’ve complained about the homemade/rickety aspects of the clips: you get what you pay for.)

Anyhow, we sent come-hither emails in January to various listservs (ASERL, Library Publishing Coaltion, WFU Alums, etc.) and waited. I bought a press release, which got picked up by LJ online, and we waited some more. By the time the course started in February, we had about 400 students signed up — librarians, publishers, vendors, parents, friends, neighbors, homeless people — mostly from North Carolina and the U.S., but some international folks. And since there were actually at least one student each from the continents of Europe, Asia, and Australia, it’s fair to say that ZSRx Digital Publishing was a global phenomenon by the time it officially launched in February (right after the SuperBowl).

We rolled out one “module” a week, for three weeks, with each module consisting of maybe 1 hour’s worth of video (in maybe 6- to 12-minute segments) and links and readings and discussion considerations. I would send a jaunty “announcement” each week, and Kyle and I would prompt some “engaging” discussions based on that week’s module’s content. The discussions turned out to be a hoot and a half — we had a nice handful of maybe a dozen regular contributors, who helped move things along.

Speaking of moving along, I better get around to telling the dark side of my mini-MOOC: there was some distinct attrition, participation-wise. That is, though we had ~400 folks sign up, and though those folks consumed thousands of pages of web content, the course analytics indicated a pretty significant (if typical, according to Kyle) drop-off:

Still, and though the formal exit survey is yet to come, I did fashion a fun little “final exam,” wherein I left some room for “final thoughts,” and here’s where I’ll perk back up by quoting exactly what some students said therein:

  • I appreciate the time that was spent putting this together!
  • I did learn a lot, although I was definitely a passive learner simply because of other commitments for my time!
  • This was an awesome MOOC!
  • I learned so much about digital publishing that I never had an inkling about!
  • Every MOOC should be this much fun!
  • Very interesting course. Thank you for offering it!
  • Enjoyed the course; lots of good information!
  • For my first “online” course…I really enjoyed this!
  • Thanks for your time and effort to put this together!
  • Mindboggling – the amount of digital information and books available!
  • Thanks!!

Not gonna lie, the exclamation points got to me.

And so I’ll close now by just stone-cold declaring my personal and genuine feelings about the whole deal (minus any and all hint of irony or sarcasm or impatience (of which I’m sometimes accused)): my participation in ZSRx has been the highlight of my career at Wake Forest University (and maybe anywhere) so far. And I can’t thank Kyle and Lynn and everyone at ZSR Library enough for allowing me the honor.

–wpk

 

 

New ZSR Programs for WFU Alumni

Monday, December 2, 2013 11:21 am

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library understands that the need for good information does not stop when you leave college. In fact, sometimes it increases. That is why ZSR has provided library borrower cards to alumni free of charge for years. But we are always looking for ways we can assist our alumni who do not live close enough to take advantage of our print resources. We are now pleased to announce that we can provide access to three EBSCO databases (Academic Search Alumni Edition, Business Source Alumni Edition and Business Book Summaries) for use by WFU alumni from any computer anywhere in the world. For more information or to log in, visit the ZSR Alumni Portal.

Save the dates of April 4-5, 2014, for a weekend of intellectual engagement for alumni, co-sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Alumni Office. Familiar faculty and campus leaders will discuss the theme of well-being from all sides, including; emotional, intellectual, physical, financial, occupational, environmental, spiritual and social. There will even be an opportunity for alumni to give their own lightning-round talks around these themes. If you are interested you can get on our mailing list by contacting Lauren Suffoletto, our ZSR Fellow!

Finally, ZSR is continuing its popular series of online courses, ZSRx, this spring. ZSRx is an effort to bring lifelong learning opportunities to the greater Wake Forest community. Offered by ZSR, these free online courses are designed to be informal ways to connect alumni, parents and families to new skills and ideas in an interactive online learning environment. The successful initial course, “The Cure for the Common Web,” was followed this fall by a course designed for Wake Forest parents: Deacon Development 101. Upcoming offerings include: Digital Publishing, Winter 2014 and Social Media, Spring 2014. Sign up to be updated about future offerings on our ZSRx page.

In these new programs and in all we do, ZSR strives to live up to its mission of helping our students (past and present), faculty and staff succeed.

ZSR Zeyphrs Hit The Bricks, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013 2:07 pm

For this year’s Hit The Bricks fundraiser ZSR fielded a team of 10 players, each of whom ran at least 45 minutes straight in order to raise awareness and money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Drive.


Lauren Suffoletto getting started with her laps

The team included Craig Fansler, Patrick Ferrell, Joy Gambill, Bill Kane, Rebecca Petersen, Chelcie Rowell, Susan Smith, Lauren Suffoletto, Roz Tedford, and Tanya Zanish-Belcher, who ran or walked while carrying a weighted backpack for a total of 8 hours, from 11am to 7pm.


Susan Smith rounding the corner towards the checkin station

Making the most of the double lap bonus for carrying the backpack, the team racked up an impressive 290 laps around Hearn Plaza (The Quad for us oldies) to place 5th in the Faculty/Staff division, out of 18 teams.


Bill Kane keeping a smile as he dashes past Wait Chapel

Please check out our Flickr set for even more photos of our Library faculty/staff hitting the bricks to stop cancer!


Joy Gambill cooling down after her run

4th Annual Senior Showcase

Friday, April 5, 2013 3:05 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the fourth annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • Jonathan Barker, “Animating Animalism by Eliminating Eliminativism”
  • Cheng “Nick” Liu, Piano performance of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev masterworks
  • Lani Domagalski, “Wisconsin and Michigan Collective Bargaining and Breaking the Unions”
  • Alexander Pronko, “The Novel Kinematics of a Water-Land Transition in Mangrove Rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus)”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 23. Event details and registration may be found at pdc.wfu.edu/event/6210.


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