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About the New Website

Monday, August 25, 2014 10:17 am

Why the change?

  • The way people access the web has changed. Smartphones, tablets, and other devices have proliferated. The new site is designed to accommodate screens of all sizes.
  • The way people search has changed. Users now expect a simpler search experience, and the new homepage aims to deliver that.
  • The way the web looks has changed, too. The redesign reflects design and usability improvements that enhance the user experience.

What’s next?

Changes to the site will be rolling out over the coming months. Here’s what you’ll notice:

  • The top banner will bring simple navigation to the entire site, including an easy way to access your account.
  • The new look will find its way to sub-pages and other parts of the site, providing a more consistent experience.
  • What do you think should be next? Let us know at zsrweb@wfu.edu.

How do I report problems?

If you encounter any trouble with the new site, let us know at zsrweb@wfu.edu.

Can I still access the old homepage?

You betcha. For a short time, the old homepage will be available at zsr.wfu.edu/old.

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 .

Network Downtime, 7/26 and 8/2

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:47 am

Due to scheduled hardware upgrades, Internet connections will be down for most or all of the Reynolda campus on:

  • Saturday, July 26, from 4:30pm to 2:00am
  • Saturday, August 2, from 7:00am to 5:00pm

During these times, users in ZSR will likely have no access to the ZSR home page, library catalog, databases, or e-books and e-journals, and will likely have no access to e-mail and other online services.

You may be able to use your smartphone’s cellular connection for library research, but please be aware that this will count toward data limits in your cell phone plan.

Summer 2014 Recap of “Humans V. Zombies” and “Capture the Flag” events at ZSR!

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:09 am

Last summer, the Library began hosting “Humans V. Zombies” and “Capture the Flag” events for the LENS summer program, the new students who attend Summer II, and both the SPARC and International students who come to campus early! This year, we continued those programs, with a June “Capture the Flag” event for the 51 LENS students, a Humans V. Zombies event for the LENS and Ben Franklin Fellows, which totaled just over 100 students, and a Humans V. Zombies event on July 18th for the new student athletes and new Bridge students, a group of about 50 students!

On Monday, August 18th, we will host a Humans V. Zombies event for the SPARC students and Worldwide Wake students, and on Friday, August 29th, we will host HvZ for the new students as one of the last orientation events! Thanks to Le’Ron Byrd, who has already worked two of these events with me this summer, and to Mary Beth Lock who worked last Friday’s event! Thanks to everyone in ZSR who makes it possible for us to sponsor these events!

What’s New with the ZSR Film Collection

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:59 am

DVD-collection-card

This handout was created by Craig to promote the DVD Collection. If you would like copies, contact Mary Reeves. The historic image is from the early film, A Trip to the Moon, by George Melies.

Also, at the end of each semester I remove books and films from the Course Reserves shelves and return them to the main collections. This spring I decided to see how many films were on Course Reserves. Out of a total of 250 films, 88 were Feature Films, and 162 were from other genres. I was really surprised by the number of Foreign Films on Course Reserves. I also noticed that faculty from all disciplines placed Foreign Films on Course Reserves for their classes. All in all, there was a total of 27 academic disciplines using films for the spring semester from Course Reserves. This totaled 48 classes and 37 individual faculty members.

 

Mail Art Exhibit

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:34 am

Mail Art Exhibit

Mail art? It sounds made up, but it is a real, though niche art movement. Mail art grew out of the Fluxus movement during the 1950′s and has grown ever since. Mail art can be envelopes, postcards, found objects, rubber stamped and collaged images or virtually anything that can be mailed.

Mail Art Exhibit

The mail art in the current exhibit is from the collection of Winston-Salem resident, Jon Foster.
This work includes letters, envelopes, handmade paper and stamps, and artists’ books.

Mail Art Exhibit

This exhibit of mail art makes this familiar form accessible to anyone. Please visit the exhibit and enjoy these creative pieces of mail art.

Mail Art Exhibit

“The purpose of mail art, an activity shared by many artists throughout the world, is to establish an aesthetical communication between artists and common people in every corner of the globe, to divulge their work outside the structures of the art market and outside the traditional venues and institutions: a free communication in which words and signs, texts and colours act like instruments for a direct and immediate interaction.” – Loredana Parmesani

Mail Art Exhibit

Summer Reading 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014 8:24 am

As you look for reading materials for your summer adventures, here are 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books that have been showing up on summer reading lists!

Fiction

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    The Snow Queen: A heartbroken man turns to religion after seeing a vision in the sky above Central Park while his musician brother takes drugs he thinks will help him compose a ballad for his seriously ill wife.

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    To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel: After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O’Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself.

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    All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel: From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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    The Goldfinch: A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

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    Americanah: A Novel: A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

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    Natchez Burning: A Novel: Penn Cage must investigate when his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of the community, is accused of murdering Violet Davis, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s.

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    All the Birds, Singing: A Novel: Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something–or someone–picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror.

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    Frog Music: A Novel: Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first.

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    The Son: A Novel: The author of the internationally best-selling Harry Hole series now gives us an electrifying stand-alone novel set amid Oslo’s hierarchy of corruption, from which one very unusual young man is about to propel himself into a mission of brutal revenge.

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    The Invention of Wings: Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

Non-fiction

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    John Quincy Adams: American Visionary: A brilliant combination of literary analysis and historical detail, this masterfully written biography of the much misunderstood sixth president of the United States reveals the many sides of this forward-thinking man whose progressive vision helped shape the course of America.

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    The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames: Drawing on extensive interviews with Ames’ widow and quotes from his private letters, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a brilliant narrative of the making of America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East.

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    Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival: “…the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast.” (Amazon)

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    Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies: The feud between this nation’s great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, was a collision of unyielding and profoundly American personalities. On one side, a pair of tenacious siblings who together had solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. On the other, an audacious motorcycle racer whose innovative aircraft became synonymous in the public mind with death-defying stunts.

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    The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014: In this sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood, and could not truly engage, Gall argues that Pakistan fueled the Taliban and protected Osama bin Laden for the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation.

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    The Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation: A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the videogame industry.

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    The Long Shadow: The Legacies of The Great War in the Twentieth Century: One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, World War I has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a distant preamble to World War II. In The Long Shadow critically acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century.

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    Gandhi Before India: “In 1893, when Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a twenty-three-year-old lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. In this remarkable biography, the author makes clear the fundamental ways in which Gandhi’s ideas were shaped before his return to India in 1915. It was during his years in England and South Africa, Guha shows us, that Gandhi came to understand the nature of imperialism and racism; and in South Africa that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would undermine and eventually overthrow the British Raj.” (from Amazon)

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    Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises: From the former Treasury Secretary, the definitive account of the unprecedented effort to save the U.S. economy from collapse in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression.

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    No Place to Hide: Edward Snowdon, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State: Investigative reporter for The Guardian and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald, provides an in-depth look into the NSA scandal that has triggered a national debate over national security and information privacy. With further revelations from documents entrusted to Glenn Greenwald by Edward Snowden himself, this book explores the extraordinary cooperation between private industry and the NSA, and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s surveillance program, both domestically and abroad.

Project Wake: Civility

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    If you want to see what the incoming class of 2018 will be reading this summer and discussing in the fall, check outChoosing Civility, by P.M. Forni.

Even more!

Here are some “best of” and themed summer reading posts from around the book world:

What’s The Deafening Noise All About at ZSR???

Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:02 pm

Anyone who has tried to work or study in the ZSR the past several days can be commended for possessing great stamina! The noise has been deafening and the activity of all the construction workers has been evident in multiple locations throughout the building. Have you wondered what it’s all about?

By now, our regulars might know that summertime is our window of opportunity for any construction projects to take place. Can you imagine if the drilling noise had been the background music during the academic year?

This summer, we have two separate building projects underway.

The first is the ongoing upgrade of the library’s HVAC system. Next to lack of outlets, the temperature of the library is the biggest complaint we receive. Some areas are always too hot, some are always cold. If we adjust the temperature in one area, it often negatively affects other areas in the library. Since the Reynolds Wing still has its original 1956 system, upgrading it means tackling a portion each year. This summer, work is being done on the 8th floor of Reynolds, to finish up what was started last summer. A second HVAC project is taking place on all four levels of the Wilson Wing. Even though this is the “new” part of the library, it is over 20 years old, and there is newer technology that will improve the HVAC system. To that end, VAV (Variable Air Volume) boxes are being installed in 62 locations above the drop ceilings. You may notice missing ceiling tiles. Look up and you’ll see the new boxes. Once installed, they then need to be connected into the system and tested. This is the first step that will prepare the Wilson Wing to be ready for upgraded air handlers in the next phase of the project (Maybe over semester break?)

New ducts on the 8th Floor

New ducts on the 8th Floor

The second project is the renovation of two separate areas in the Reynolds Wing. Both of these renovations are in areas that are used by the ZSR faculty and staff. Neither of the spaces has been updated in decades, if at all! On the 8th floor, the suite of offices that houses our Technology Team is being updated to create a space that is conducive to the high tech work they perform. The picture above shows the part of their office that will be converted to a conference room where they can do collaborative development work (the window you see overlooks the atrium!). The second renovation is on the 3rd floor of the Reynolds Wing. The existing staff lounge has been gutted and new bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas will be created. Much of the drilling noise that is disrupting our peace and quiet is due to workers removing brick walls to create new entries and expand the space. The pictures below show what it looks like “behind the scenes” right now!

Hallway

Hallway

Staff Lounge Gutted and Braced

Staff Lounge Gutted and Braced

New Opening to Hallway

New Opening to Hallway

Brick walls will be removed

Brick walls will be removed

If all goes according to plan, the work for both projects should be completed by the end of July. We want to thank you for bearing with us as we make these much needed improvements to our building!

The 2014-2015 ZSR Fellow: Le’Ron Byrd

Monday, June 9, 2014 12:11 pm

Wake Will Campaign

Just to put the interesting facts out there first:

(1) I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. (Now to answer general questions you might have that comes with knowing that fact):

  • No, I have never had a pet moose. No it is not dark all day during the winter. No, I do not know how to speak the language of Eskimos. No… I did not know Sarah Palin was in Alaska while I lived there.

(2) YES, I do come from a military family. Both of my parents were in the army for the first couple years of my life. Thus, I have had the wonderful opportunity to live in extravagant yet random places (such as Okinawa, Japan).

(3) I play piano for the university. It was my work-study job in addition to working at the library. I have been playing the piano since I was 6 years old and did not decide to learn how to read music until my sophomore year of college.

Background and Future expectations for myself:

(1) I double majored in Philosophy and Sociology here at Wake Forest.

(2) My short-term goals involve going to law school next year.

(3) My long-term goals are to either open the first law school in Alaska or a non-profit organization that assist a diverse group of students who are attempting to get into school or opening a non-profit that provides financial assistance to individuals in need similar to Crisis Control Ministry in downtown Winston-Salem.

Participating in an advocacy program for children in Sydney, Australia

Why did I want to be a fellow? Particularly the Library Fellow?

(1) I wanted to be a fellow because I wanted to take a year off before going to law school to reaffirm my interest towards going to law school. In addition, being a fellow at Wake Forest provides me the opportunity to stay in an academic environment to keep me motivated about going to school.

(2) Okay lets be real – the library is actually an awesome place. I can easily say I have the best fellow position among the others.

  • There are so many different personalities here, everyone is nice (don’t try to think of exceptions lol), and everyone has been extremely approachable in all of my time here. All of this makes my goal towards enhancing my general communication and professional skills very likely.

Feel free to meet with me just to chat, I love to talk and get to know people – it’s honestly my thing.

 

Understanding Hunger At Home: A WFU United Way Impact Tour

Friday, June 6, 2014 11:25 am

On Wednesday June 4th, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Monesha Staton, and I were fortunate to be three of 60 people from Wake Forest University who participated in a United Way Impact Tour entitled “Understanding Hunger at Home.” This event was designed to raise awareness about the United Way as one of two campus wide community campaigns that Wake Forest engages in each year (the other being the Arts Council campaign). The WakeUnited cabinet believes it is important to offer these activities and opportunities for people on campus to engage with United Way (or at least hear about it!) before the campaign begins in October.

The tour focused on understanding the scope of hunger in Forsyth County by visiting a wide-array of service providers who are on the ground addressing the issue of food access and hunger. We heard about the current response to the immediate hunger needs of our neighbors and learned about root causes and challenges to solving hunger and how United Way is aligning resources and creating partnerships to address these root issues. The program ended with a facilitated discussion on the challenges and opportunities that can help solve hunger in Forsyth County.

On Thursday, June 26th from noon to 1:30 PM there will be another United Way Impact tour on “Childhood Obesity and Youth Tobacco Prevention” where participants will learn how the United Way and partners are working together to promote overall wellness for our community’s young people. Participants will meet in the Gateway YWCA parking lot (1300 S. Main Street) to board the bus and depart at noon to for this community impact tour. A boxed lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending that event, let me know, and I’ll send you the calendar invitation to register!


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