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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!

Goodbye To All That by Angus MacLachlan

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:35 pm

Goodbye To All That, written and directed by Winston-Salem playwright and screenwriter Angus MacLachlan (perhaps best known for his 2005 film Junebug), will play at Aperture Cinema on January 2. The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where Paul Schneider won the Best Actor Award, will have its opening Wednesday, December 17 at the IFC Center in New York City. For additional dates, see below:

  • IFC Center – NYC – Dec. 17
  • Arena Cinema – LA, CA – Dec. 24
  • Hollywood Cinema – Monterey, CA – Dec. 26
  • OSIO Plaza Cinema – Pittsburgh, PA – Dec. 26
  • Aperture Cinema – Winston Salem, NC – Jan. 2
  • Jean Cocteau Cinema – Santa Fe, NM – Jan. 2
  • Cosford Cinema – Coral Gables, FL – Jan. 2
  • Cinema Paradiso – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jan. 2
  • Strand @ 38 Main – Waynesville, NC – Jan. 9
  • Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts – Grand Rapids, MI – Jan. 16
  • Fountain Theatre – Albuquerque, NM – Feb. 27

The film will also be available on Video-On-Demand, iTunes, and Amazon.

For more film recommendations, visit the ZSR Film Collection on the 4th floor of the Reynolds Wing, or browse our list of new arrivals!

That’s a Wrap! Fall 2014 Sources, Citations & Cocoa

Sunday, December 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Cookies & candy & citation guides-- oh my!

Last Monday, ZSR held the last drop-in research session of our Sources, Citations & Cocoa series. This semester’s series started fast and furious, with twenty students stopping by within the first hour of the first session on November 10th. The following three sessions were also well attended, and overall, we had 90 students participate in Sources, Citations & Cocoa program this semester (compared to 35 last Spring, and 47 last Fall). We are excited to see these numbers grow, and are looking forward to offering more drop-in sessions in the Spring.

A follow-up survey was sent to participants to gather additional information about their experience with the drop-in session, and collect suggestions for future drop-in sessions. Based on the survey responses received:

  • 53% of responding participants “strongly agreed” that the help they received in the session made their research paper or project better (an additional 40% agreed with this statement).
  • 60% of participants who responded to the survey received assistance with citations during their drop-in session.
  • 67% of respondents are “very willing” to attend other ZSR-sponsored events, based on their experience at the drop-in session.
  • 87% of respondents were “very satisfied” with the overall experience of their drop-in session.
  • 100% of participants who responded to the survey agreed that they were “very willing” to recommend drop-in research sessions to a friend or classmate.

A special thanks to all the ZSR librarians, staff, and student assistants that assisted with, and helped to promote, this event! I look forward to offering these drop-in sessions again next semester.

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!

Wake Forest and Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Library Travel to Suzhou High School

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:16 pm

Wake Forest Advantage helps international students and admissions officers find the best fit for students to succeed at U.S. colleges and universities. In 2013, Wake Forest Advantage began its initial program with Suzhou High School in Suzhou, China. Suzhou High School’s partnership with Wake Forest is notable as being the first high school to include the Wake Forest Advantage program in their school’s curriculum. As a token of gratitude, Wake Forest pledged to present Suzhou High School a gift as a symbol of their partnership. The presentation was scheduled for late November 2014 for a gift to be located in the school’s library.

In early August, ZSR Library was approached by Wake Forest Advantage to collaborate in the creation of an interactive kiosk and banner representing the connection between the Suzhou High School Library and ZSR Library. The interactive kiosk highlights ZSR Library people and services, and includes numerous resources to help international students at Suzhou High School understand American College life through the lens of Wake Forest University. Geoff Groberg, one of ZSR’s Web developers, programed all of the content on the touchscreen kiosk. The kiosk includes these materials contributed by the Library:

  • Research and Inquiry Documents created by ZSR Library Ambassador (Ex. Quick Guides on Presenting in College, APA Thesis Statements, Honor Code and Ethics Statements at American universities, etc…)
  • “Life of a college student” videos created by Library Ambassadors (w/ attached contact information for direct communication from Suzhou High School students)
  • Pictures of ZSR Library taken by Ken Bennett
  • Informational videos of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s services (ex. The writing center, tech services, and the library reference desk)
  • Biographical profiles (Lynn Sutton Vice Provost/ Dean of the Library, Sarah Jeong Research & Instruction Librarian, Le’Ron Byrd Z. Smith Reynolds Library Presidential Fellow, Geoff Groberg ZSR Web Developer)
  • A brief message from Amanda Foster, Instruction Librarian, to international students at Suzhou HS (Amanda provided her background biography and advice to students interested in studying in America).


Z. Smith Reynolds library’s largest investment, however, was committing their presidential fellow, Le’Ron Byrd ’14, to assist Wake Forest Advantage with this large project. Le’Ron’s work included creating and organizing content for the kiosk, designing the ZSR Library banner for Suzhou High School’s library, mapping out the design of the physical installation at Suzhou High School, and, most exciting, traveling to Suzhou, China for the month of November. On November 22nd, Le’Ron stood alongside Provost Rogan Kersh, Associate Provost Kline Harrison, and the Wake Forest Advantage team as the Z. Smith Reynolds Library representative in presenting this significant gift to Suzhou High School.

Le’Ron Byrd is set to give a presentation on his experience to his colleagues in January at the library staff meeting.


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