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Wildlife Photography Exhibit

Friday, February 27, 2015 3:54 pm

Tigers from student photo exhibit

Working with Sandra McMullen from the Center for Global Programs and Studies and Wake Forest Freshman, Suyash Keshari, an amateur wildlife photographer from India, we installed a photography exhibit in the east side of the atrium.

Suyash’s work is excellent and features many of the animals you’d see on an Indian or African safari: ostrich, tiger, elephant, monkeys, etc. I think you’ll agree his work could easily be featured in any publication that features wildlife. Suyash is a business major, but hopes to use his photography to help with the conservation of wildlife and their habitat. More of Suyash’s photography is here.

5 Questions for Molly Keener

Monday, February 23, 2015 2:44 pm

Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian

In honor of Fair Use Week (Feb. 23rd – 27th), we have 5 Questions for our Scholarly Communication Librarian, Molly Keener. As the Scholarly Communication Librarian, Molly supports faculty and graduate students in understanding and managing copyright, new methods and models of scholarly publishing (including open access), and sharing scholarship. In her 6 years at ZSR Library, she has assisted countless faculty with thorny copyright questions, managed the Open Access Fund to support publication, and championed greater sharing of scholarship created at Wake Forest University.

What is Fair Use and why is it important for libraries and higher education?

Fair use is a provision within the Copyright Act that gives people the right to make limited uses of copyrighted content without permission from the copyright owner(s). Generally, fair use covers news reporting, commentary, satire, parody, and educational uses. For libraries, fair use is important because it is what enables us to offer services such as electronic course reserves, for our patrons to make photocopies of materials for personal use, for our colleagues digitizing content in our special collections and archives…the list goes on. In higher education, fair use is critical for generating new scholarship and expanding knowledge: articles can be shared, poetry can be read aloud, films can be shown and critiqued, and works can be excerpted and cited.

What are some of the common misconceptions about the Fair Use doctrine?

One common misconception is that fair use is hard to use. It isn’t (well, not always). In fact, I wager that everyone reading this has relied on fair use–albeit without knowing it. Ever shared a photo online that you didn’t take? Get permission? No? That’s a fair use. Ever used a direct quote in a paper (with double-quotes and attribution, of course)? That’s also a fair use.

Another common misconception is that you cannot use a work in its entirety and it still be fair. That may be true in some circumstances, but not all. There are plenty of times where using the full work is necessary for your purpose and is justifiably a fair use. For example, our family and friends sang “Happy Birthday” to my son last summer when he turned 5. “Happy Birthday” is still protected by copyright, but we all sang the song in full, without nary a concern for copyright. Why? Fair use (and fun!). We didn’t limit ourselves to only one stanza, or to n% of the song. People try to apply bright line limits to fair use, often in an attempt to establish clear yes/no boundaries, but those bright lines are difficult to establish and apply unilaterally, as each instance of fair use must be assessed independently.

When we’re presented with a copyright question at the library, we don’t immediately say, “Nope, sorry, can’t;” rather, we evaluate for fair use, assess our risk, and make informed decisions. We don’t let ourselves be unduly intimidated by copyright.

What do you enjoy most about your role at ZSR?

That I never know what question I will encounter next! I’m the only librarian in ZSR to do exactly what I do, so I am the go-to for questions relating to copyright and scholarly publishing. My work has necessitated researching French and EU copyright laws, emailing British publishers, writing letters to Congressmen in Washington, and explaining copyright basics to folks on campus. I’ve even researched copyright and trademark as it relates to the circus–twice!

When you help someone make sense of what was murky, be it related to copyright, open access, funder compliance, or publishing agreements, it’s a wonderful feeling. Witnessing their “Aha!” moment is rewarding.

What areas of your personality strengthen the work that you do?

I am details-oriented, and love an intellectual challenge. I also am not afraid to call a spade a spade, so I am direct in my assessment. That said, I’m also willing to acknowledge when I don’t know enough and will seek guidance from my peers at other institutions.

What has been the biggest influence on your work?

Chance. For many years, my sights were set on law school, until I landed my first library job working in Circulation for my father’s freshman year roommate when I was a sophomore at my parents’ alma mater (that lovely light blue school down the road a ways…shh…). I then decided to become a librarian, with aims to work at a small, private liberal arts college, probably in reference. But a chance conversation with my grad school advisor led to a summer internship at Wake Forest’s medical school library, the Coy C. Carpenter Library, where a year later I landed my first professional position. When I started at Carpenter, I’d never heard of scholarly communication, but was asked within my first month on the job to revamp their program. I have many, many more examples of how chance–chance encounters, chance conversations, chances to say yes–has influenced my career and work. Much like not knowing what questions I’ll encounter, I never know when I’ll have my next chance…but I’ll likely take it!

 

Philomathesian Banner Finds a Cozy Home

Monday, February 9, 2015 3:37 pm

In November, Claudia Walpole, a textile conservator came to ZSR Library and did a conservation assessment of our Philomathesian banner. The Philomathesians were a literary society on the old campus. Claudia discovered the banner was painted by abolitionist David Bustill Bowser (1820-1900) because she found his name was on a small shard of paint that had fallen off the banner. It turns out that Bowser, a free black man, was a cousin of Frederick Douglass whose home was on the underground railroad.

Bowser was a portrait painter, who painted banners during the Civil War for black regiments as well as for other organizations as an income. ZSR Archivist, Rebecca Petersen, researched this and discovered this banner was purchased by women from an early sister school of Wake Forest, Oxford Female Seminary (first President was also Samuel Wait). The Oxford Female Seminary’s Clio Society purchased this banner as a gift for their brothers at Wake Forest. The banner was painted on both sides of a piece of silk. Over the past 100 years, the silk has started to decompose and tear. The paint on both sides of the banner have cracked off into scattered pieces of a jigsaw-like puzzle. The serious preservation issues are self evident, and it doesn’t seem like all the king’s men and all the king’s horses can put them back together again.

Philomathesian banner menioned

-exerpt about the banner from the Philomathesian ledger

In March, 2014, Wake Forest Magazine did a piece called “Finding A Piece of History” about this banner. The banner was also named as one of North Carolina’s Endangered artifacts by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium.

Philomathesian banner in archival box for safe storage

-the Philomathesian banner in the new box

I recently began work on an over-sized archival box (46×46″) to store this banner. I ordered a pre-made box, but after Claudia Walpole, the conservator visited, she advised including the wooden rod with the banner in the box. When the box arrived, I enlarged the box, to create space to accommodate the wooden rod, and also made a holder to keep the rod in place. I lined the box with six layers of thin foam padding, topped with a layer of muslin and archival tissue. After the banner was carefully placed in the box, the same layers of padding was placed on top. The Philomathesian banner will be stored in an Archives storage area for now. Cozy as a bug in a rug, this banner now awaits restoration.

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!

5 Questions for Le’Ron Byrd

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:37 am

Le'Ron Byrd talks with Maggie Perez Vincente ('15)

Welcome to our 5 Questions series! These mini-interviews introduce our dedicated staff and faculty, and share behind-the-scenes stories about the work that we love to do! In this installment, we caught up with the ZSR Library Fellow, Le’Ron Byrd (’14). As the ZSR Library Fellow, Le’Ron has worked with the ZSR Library Administrative Team in a year-long position as a full-time staff member of the university.

Le’Ron, you also worked with ZSR as a student assistant during your undergraduate experience. How has your view of ZSR changed from working here as a student assistant to your current experience as the ZSR Fellow?

I worked as a student assistant in Access Services throughout my undergraduate career and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with people who approached the main desk. As a student assistant, I had the unique opportunity of getting to know not only my immediate supervisors but some of the library staff. They truly are amazing people and are enthusiastic about their jobs on a daily basis. What changed once I became the Fellow was my overall perception of the staff and faculty here at ZSR. I learned that that each individual here in the library (even those who work behind the scenes) are committed to working hard towards bringing ZSR’s mission– to help students, staff, and faculty succeed– to life. It is honestly something that amazes me every day I come into work.

As the ZSR Fellow, you have a hand in work that goes on behind the scenes and in the public eye . . . What have been some of your favorite contributions?

It’s hard to identify a particular favorite project because it’s not about the actual project to me, it’s about having the opportunity to collaborate with others. I mean, let’s be real… ZSR is home to the best staff and faculty here at Wake Forest. Everyone in this building is excited at every opportunity to show why ZSR is the heart of our campus. It shows during Wake the Library– which would be my favorite “project” if I had to choose.

What’s next, and what’s your best advice for the next ZSR Fellow?

Next is continuing to work in academia. I was so sure I wanted to go right into law school next year but being a Wake Forest Fellow has taught me that I still have a lot more to learn about myself before embarking on my career. Thus, the best advice I have for the next ZSR Fellow would be to come into this position open-minded about yourself. Do your best to not visualize your time as the ZSR fellow as a means to an end. You can discover so many opportunities during your tenure as the fellow.

Has your opinion of libraries or librarians changed? How so?

Oh absolutely! I now know how complex libraries are and how far along ZSR is, as it relates to other academic libraries. In particular, I’ve learned how many different departments exist inside of libraries and how they all function together to make the institution work. I mean… working at a library has defeated my preconceived stereotypes of librarians too. ZSR librarians are so much more than people who shelve the books and are louder than most people imagine! They’re actually quite humorous.

What are some of your favorite ZSR memories?

(smiles) As a student during Finals Week watching the sun rise in the Atrium, after pulling an all-nighter. Although pulling the all-nighter was quite terrible, watching the sun rise in the Atrium made the painful experience a little better. My second favorite memory happened as the ZSR Fellow in November. I helped bring ZSR to China alongside the Wake Forest Advantage Program. While in China, all I could think about was my first day working in ZSR as a student assistant in 2010. I just never thought I would have gone from being a student assistant in ZSR to an advocate for ZSR in different countries.

 

The Office of the President is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Z. Smith Reynolds Library Fellow. For more information, or to apply, visit Wake Forest Fellows Program. Applications are due by February 6th.

Announcing RootsMOOC: A Free Online Genealogy Course

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:47 pm

If you’re like me, researching your family history has been one of those fascinating pastimes that have always seemed just out of reach. There are about a million different places to start and just as many different ways to get overwhelmed. Without a little guidance, it’s easy to write off genealogy as one of those projects that are just too big for one person.

We in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library wanted to change that. We wanted to convert hesitant researchers like me into knowledgeable, confident family historians. To do this, ZSR collaborated with the fantastic librarians at the State Library of North Carolina to create a free online genealogy course, RootsMOOC, which is now open for enrollment to the first 5,000 learners who sign up.

Interested? Sign up here! http://bit.ly/RootsMOOC

Through video interviews, tutorials, discussions, and structured learning activities, we’ll learn the very basics of genealogy research, such as the best places to get started, how to stay organized, and what kinds of documents and search tools you’ll encounter along the way. We’ll all share our research progress and help each other overcome roadblocks as we share our best tips and tricks in the online discussion forums. Librarians, archivists, and other experts from North Carolina and around the United States will be participating right alongside us, answering questions and pointing us all in the right direction.

If you’ve been looking for a place to get started on your family history research, RootsMOOC just might be the thing you’ve been waiting for. We can’t wait to get started!

When does the course start? How long does it last? RootsMOOC will run from March 23 to June 1, 2015.

How much does it cost? Nothing! RootsMOOC is 100% free!

How much time will I need to devote each week? That depends. We feel that the best way to learn is by doing, so we encourage all participants to do their own research concurrently with the course. This might involve calling up family members, visiting physical libraries, and diving into online repositories, all of which can take some time. There are no grades, however, so you’re free to spend as much or as little time on this course as you like.

How do I sign up? Enroll here.

What if I find I can’t keep up with the course? No worries. Life is busy! If you find that you’ve fallen behind, you’ll always be able to go back to the course later. The discussions might be closed by then, but all of the content should still be there. If you want to drop the course altogether, it’s easy to do that, too.

10 ways to get your citation game on point with Zotero

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:15 pm

CC-BY courtesy of futureatlas.com

Zotero is an amazing free tool for helping you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Think of it as EasyBib on steroids. Here are ten ways you can use Zotero to help you research like a champ:

1. Save sources while you research

Ever found an amazing source for your project, only to later forget where you found it? Zotero lets you save sources automatically, with one click of your mouse, ensuring that you’ll never lose a great source again. And we’re not talking simple bookmarking here: Zotero grabs all of the information about a source, such as the author’s name(s), the journal title, the volume, issue, and page numbers, and a link back to where you found it. No typing necessary.
add an item to your library

2. Punch in an ISBN

Tired of typing in citation info by hand? Most books will have an ISBN listed somewhere. Just punch in that number and let Zotero grab that book’s info for you.

3. Treat your sources like your Spotify library

In the same way that your Spotify library lets you sort your music by artist, year, genre, etc., Zotero lets you sort your research library in various ways so you can find your sources fast. It’s also fully searchable, lets you describe your sources with tags, and includes a handy notes feature.

4. Group your sources by project

You’ve got your workout playlist, your party playlist, and your study playlist. Same thing works in Zotero: you can create folders to group sources by project, class, or topic. It’s a great way to keep your sources for your bioethics lit review separate from your art history paper.

5. Share group libraries for collaborative projects

Working on a collaborative paper or group research project? If all of your group members are using Zotero, you can all save and edit sources in the same group library. No more emailing sources back and forth!

6. Drag-and-drop a citation

A quick drag-and-drop will get you a fully-formatted citation quickly. If you drag more than one source, Zotero will automatically alphabetize them!
drag and drop a citation

7. Insert in-text citations while you write

In Microsoft Word, you can have Zotero insert in-text citations while you write. It’ll let you search for the source you want to cite, then it formats the parenthetical citation for you and keeps track of which sources you’ve cited. This way, you can…

8. Insert a bibliography with one click

Once all your sources are cited in your paper, just click “Insert Bibliography” and Zotero will give you a beautiful formatted bibliography. Let Zotero handle the double-spacing, hanging indents, punctuation, and capitalization!
insert a bibliography

9. Change citation styles on the fly

You’re all done with your paper, only to find out, to your horror, that your citations should be in APA format, not MLA. This used to be a nightmare scenario, but with Zotero, changing your entire paper just takes a couple of clicks. And it works with hundreds of citation styles, so you’re never out in the cold.

10. Take your sources with you

Zotero is free and open source software, which means that when you leave Wake Forest, you don’t have to pay to continue using Zotero. They even give you some free online storage space for your citations, so you can sync your library across numerous devices.

Ready to use Zotero?

You’re in luck! ZSR is offering lots of Zotero workshops this semester for students, faculty, and staff. Can’t make a workshop? Check out our handy Zotero guide and try it yourself.

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!

ZSR on December 23: Not a Creature is Stirring?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:05 pm

Twas the day before holiday break
and throughout ZSR,
barely a creature was stirring,
not near and not far!

Empty Atrium on Dec. 23

But if you are curious
and know where to look
you’ll find some activity
in a cranny or nook.

Wilson Wing Attic HVAC Project

The Wilson Wing attic
is full of metal and men
constructing new air ducts
to keep temperatures even.

New Tile for the Stairwells

Take the stairs to the next spot
And you surely will smile
to find the Wilson Wing staircase
Getting a new set of tiles.

New Compact Shelving Wilson 1

Way below in the basement
compact shelving’s being built
to store books that free space
elsewhere for people sans guilt.

Starbucks

Last but not least
You won’t want to ignore
a side trip through slumbering Starbucks
to see the new east entrance door.

New East Entrance Door

Happy Holidays and check back in January to see how all these projects turn out!


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