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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.

Reynolda Film Festival 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:17 pm

The 2013 Reynolda Film Festival runs April 1st – 5th. See the complete schedule online. The keynote address – given by actor, writer, and director Edward Burns best known for The Brothers McMullen and Saving Private Ryan – will be held in Brendle Recital Hall on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:00 pm.

For more info, check out Reynolda Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Humans v Zombies-The Zombie Horde is Growing!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:39 pm

On Friday, February 8th, the Library hosted the fourth Humans v Zombies event, and the zombie horde is growing! We held our first event in the Fall of 2011, one year after we began hosting games of Capture the Flag as part of freshman orientation! As you can see from the chart below, Humans v Zombies is a very popular event!

HvZ Chart

HvZ Chart

This semester, 22 students from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, joined us for the event, bringing us to 125 students total! The students from UNC usually play outdoors, so they enjoyed this chance to play indoors. Susan Smith took some great pics, including a group photo of the UNC team. We gave them a round of applause for making the trip to Winston Salem to join us and encouraged them to come back in the Fall for our big Halloween Humans v Zombies event!

Thanks to Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, and Chris Burris for their help running the event! It is always a team effort! Also, a big thanks to the Student Activities Fund, whose generous funding makes these events even better!

 

Human v. Zombies, Take Three!

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:14 am

On Friday, October 26th, 2012, the ZSR Library hosted its third Humans v. Zombies event! These events just keep getting bigger and better! The first event, in the Fall of 2011, brought 80 students to the Library, 103 attended the event in the Spring of 2012 and 128 attended the most recent game! Some students arrived at 9pm sharp, armed with Nerf shooters, while others arrived early for pizza and to get zombie makeup from two amazing student volunteers, Sara Lindsey and Nora Kane. We managed three games in two hours, and with zombies allowed to re-spawn, the humans didn’t stand a chance. We owe a big thanks to our Library volunteers, Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Thomas Dowling, Tim Mitchell, and Rebecca Peterson, and our student leader for the event, John Walsh! Check out photos of the event at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/zsrlibrary/sets/72157631867365468/ and learn more about Capture the Flag and Humans v. Zombies as well as other new WFU tradition at:http://magazine.wfu.edu/2012/09/27/keeping-traditions-creating-new-ones/

Book Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 8:23 am

As part of the 2012 “On The Same Page” community read, we will discuss Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. Join us Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 7:00pm in the ZSR Library.

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.

For more information about the book, visit the library catalog or Wikipedia.


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