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Preservation Week 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:36 am

Preservation Week 2014 (Analog)

Preservation Week is celebrated by libraries all over the country. Libraries present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Many libraries have no one responsible for the preservation of their materials, so this event helps focus attention on best practices in the field for both individuals and institutions.

Preservation Week 2014 (Digital)

This year for Preservation Week, I worked with our Digital Initiatives Librarian, Chelcie Rowell, to spotlight obsolete media and explore the preservation challenges they present. Together with Rebecca Petersen, Chelcie and I gathered quite a collection of obsolete media both from Special Collections & Archives and from the personal collections of resident ZSR geeks. On the digital preservation side of the exhibit, we have a large collection of formats of the White Album by The Beatles, as well as a laser disc of The Lion King and VHS tapes of Star Wars. On the analog preservation side of the exhibit, we have a collection of care and handling advice and old photos demonstrating the hazards of light and humidity to these items. Chelcie and I also collaborated to design a Preservation Week poster about the proliferation of storage media.

Preservation Week 2014 (Poster)

ZSR Fall Exhibits

Monday, November 18, 2013 11:34 am

In the next few months, ZSR will host several exhibits I wanted to mention. In addition, I was invited to participate in the Letterforming exhibit at Scales Fine Arts Center.

Everyday Innovations exhibit

Currently, there is an exhibit based on the classwork of Lynn Book called Everyday Innovations. Lynn’s class on Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise uses journaling to come up with innovations to improve everyday life. “One of the main course goals is to expose the students to the creative process and the associated forms of experimentation that come with the innovation and design process.” The exhibit has examples of the students journals-many of which are out for exploration by the Circulation Desk. In addition, Book and co-editor David Phillips compiled a book on creativity entitled Creativity and Entrepreneurship : Changing Currents in Education and Public Life which is in one of the cases. The book grew out of two creativity symposiums at Wake Forest.

Letterforming Exhibit- Scales FAC

Paul Bright and Marcus Keeley, who manage the Hanes Gallery at Scales FAC, asked me to contribute some letterpress work to this Letterforming exhibit, which runs from October 21-December 8. This exhibit expires the evolution of letters and type through history and covers everything from hand-made letterforms to conceptual use of letterforms in contemporary art.

My story of life exhibit

Over the holiday period, we will install an exhibit put together by Phoebe Zerwick, Senior Lecturer at Wake Forest along with Michelle Johnson and photographer, Christine Rucker.
The exhibit called The Story of My Life follows the lives of six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The exhibit tells their stories through photographs, text and their artwork.

I encourage everyone to take a moment to see and experience these exhibits right on your doorstep.

“Love is Louder Than” Postcard Project

Friday, November 30, 2012 4:04 pm

Love is Louder Than Postcard project

ZSR sponsored a student led project this fall called “Love is Louder Than.” The idea was to have postcards on campus with the line: Love is Louder Than……. and allow students to fill in the blank with words, ideas or drawings. The postcards were mailed on campus during the semester and collected by the students in the project. The postcards were then attached to poster boards.

The concept behind this project was to focus on positive ideas during a stressful time (like final exams) and offer support as well as a way of expressing feelings. Love is Louder is also a national movement begun to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone. The LILT students put all the postcards and a banner in the ZSR Atrium. This is a grassroots project, totally run by students who wanted to do something positive.

Please take the time to read the postcards which are near Circulation and near the stairs in the atrium.

Rob Amberg photography exhibit and “Over Home” Documentary Film

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:32 pm


ZSR currently has the largest exhibit in its history with the Rob Amberg photography exhibit. This exhibit incorporates 6 cases at the library entrance and 10 cases upstairs in Room 401-the Ammons Gallery. ZSR is a co-sponsor to the grant from the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence that is supporting this work.

Rob Amberg is a photographer who lives in Madison County, North Carolina. He moved to Madison County in 1973 and began what has become his lifetime project – writing and photographing about the evolving culture and environment of his adopted county. His first book, Sodom Laurel Album, was published in 2002 by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the University of North Carolina Press. His second book from Madison County, The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress in Appalachia, was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago.

Rob’s exhibit of photos parallels a screening of a documentary film called Over Home, by Kim Dryden and Joe Cornelius. This film follows Sheila Kay Adams, folk singer and musician from the mountains of North Carolina, as she fights to keep her family’s traditional ballads alive while struggling to overcome the loss of her husband. The tradition of ballad singing was kept alive in Madison County by Sheila and others.

You are encouraged to come to two events related to Rob Amberg’s photo show in ZSR:

  • On September 26 at 7 pm, Rob Amberg will lecture in the ZSR Auditorium about his life in Madison County, NC and how it informs his photography.
  • On October 2 at 7 pm, a screening of the film Over Home: Love Songs from Madison County will be held in The Barn.

These are unique, exciting and North Carolina-based events will surely be worthwhile and connect ZSR to our larger community. Please come if you are able.

Religion 266- Sects and Cults Exhibits

Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:39 am

Cults Exhibit explanation poster

This fall, I worked with Dr. Lynn Neal again in her class on Sects and Cults (Religion 266). We did this two years ago, and had a few minor complaints. This year, we met as a group and discussed what happened before and the entire class conscientiously attempted to be less provocative in terms of text and imagery. The discussion before any exhibits were actually designed really helped set the scene for a sensitive working attitude by all the students. This helped identify potential problems before they occurred.
Wicca Exhibit

In the class, I discussed the elements of a good exhibit and showed examples to the class. I also gave them handouts with tips, techniques and a sample exhibit layout.
Mormonism Exhibit

The class came to the Preservation lab in groups and began work. I talked with each group about their ideas and design. I also helped with supplies, advice and moral support.
Raelism Exhibit #1

The exhibits came out very well and incorporated all the elements of a good exhibit. I think Dr. Neal was pleased and was I.
Raelism Exhibit #1

Peace Corps Information Literacy Exhibits

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:39 pm

Working on Peace Corps exhibits

During the Fall Semester, my Information Literacy class (ably assisted by Ellen Makaravage) adopted the Peace Corps as our overall theme. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps begun by President John F. Kennedy. The class covered the usual topics: using the catalog and databases, citations,evaluating the web, etc.

Peace Corps exhibits

We also had the pleasure of being visited by five returned Peace Corps volunteers (Natalie Sevin ’04, Martin Richwine ’63, Sue Sevin, Dany Kim-Shaprio and Bill Moore) who told us their individual stories. The campus was lucky to have the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver’s son, Mark speak on his father’s legacy. This was a very rewarding class to be part of.

Installing Peace Corps exhibits

The class spent several class periods designing, producing and installing their Peace corps exhibit inside the ZSR Library. These exhibits can be viewed any time in room 401. Our students heard from five individuals who gave two years of their own life to service in the Peace Corps.
Martin Richwine eEace Corps exhibit
Most of them felt this service was just as important and on an equal footing with, military service. At least one individual also made him feel patriotic. All the Peace Corps volunteers were proud of their service and their country. The process of hearing these individuals was unusual for an information literacy class. We devoted a lot of class time to these presentations, but in the end, I think it was well worth taking this unique approach.

Peace Corps exhibits

Archives Week Exhibit

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Archives Week exhibit

Archives Week features the archival collections around North Carolina. Rebecca Peterson and I put together an exhibit which highlights the ZSR Library materials from the Civil War. These are the Confederate Broadsides, Herbert Valentine Diary, George Bright Diary and Lipe Family Letters.

Banned Books Week 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011 2:20 pm

Banned Books Week exhibit

50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:51 am

Peace Corps exhibit

WFU Student researches the MLK “I Have a Dream” speech

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:51 am

King "I have a dream" speech exhibit

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