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Business Information Commons Opens in Farrell Hall

The Business Information Commons opened in Farrell Hall in July. Located on the second floor, the Info Commons serves as space for quiet study, group study and research sessions with the librarians. The Info Commons includes a large room with general seating, two study rooms and a workroom with the Bloomberg Terminal.

Librarians Bob Hebert and Mary Scanlon have their offices in the Info Commons, which places them in close proximity to the faculty and students of the Wake Forest University School of Business. They have already seen an increase in drop-in business compared to their previous locations in Worrell Hall and the ZSR building.

The Business Info Commons is a collaborative effort between the School of Business and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. ZSR now provides services such as Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan and ZSR Delivers to School of Business faculty. ZSR now also manages subscription purchases of databases and journals for the School, and the ZSR building houses the print book collection.

Farrell Hall is still receiving some finishing touches as new furniture and fixtures continue to be added. It is open to the public and welcomes visits from anyone on campus. Einstein Bagels is proving to be a popular eating spot. Please stop by to see the Information Commons on your next visit to Farrell Hall.

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Introducing “BrowZine”: A Journal Browsing App for Tablets

Do you occasionally find yourself missing the ability to browse a recent issue of a journal? Do you ever feel you might be missing journals related to your discipline? ZSR proudly announces a subscription to BrowZine, a new app for iPads and Android tablets. BrowZine provides access to numerous academic journals across the disciplines. Users can create a virtual bookshelf of their favorite journals. From those bookshelves, users can read, email and download articles of interest. Install BrowZine from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Then, open the app and log in with your WFU credentials to start browsing.

Throughout the fall semester, ZSR will offer workshops to help faculty install and use BrowZine on iPad and Android tablets.

If you need more information or have questions about using BrowZine, contact Hu Womack.

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ZSRx: The Open, Online Learning Community at Wake Forest

As previously announced, ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web was a great success. Designed as a free, open, online course marketed to Wake Forest alumni and parents, hundreds in the WFU community enjoyed its close, personal learning experience. Based on this success, ZSRx will expand into a series of courses offered throughout the year. Current plans include:

  • ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101, four-week course in early October for Wake Forest parents
  • ZSRx Digital Publishing: winter course with information on digital publishing and self-publishing

Other courses are planned for spring 2014 and beyond, so stay tuned! If you would like more information on ZSRx or, if you have other courses to suggest, contact Kyle Denlinger.

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Celebrating Open Access Week

ZSR will celebrate the sixth International Open Access Week, October 21-27, by hosting three events to engage faculty, students and staff around this year’s theme, “Redefining Impact.”

  • Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
    Monday, October 21, at noon in Room 203B. Register ›

    Curious about Open Access? Want to learn more about the WFU Open Access Fund to support publication? Have questions about related topics in the open movement? Bring your lunch and come for an informal conversation.

  • Altmetrics and Scholarly Impact
    Tuesday, October 22, at 4 p.m. in the ZSR Auditorium. Register ›

    Altmetrics is an emerging area encompassing broader assessment of scholarly impact through downloads, links and online conversations. Bibliometrics is the traditional method of measuring the impact of scholarly research through citation rates. Research & Instruction Librarian for Sciences Sarah Jeong and Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener will compare bibliometrics and altmetrics. They will discuss their applications in science information literacy and research assessment in higher education.

  • ASERL’s Open Access Week Chat with Peter Suber
    Wednesday, October 23, at 2 p.m. in the ZSR Auditorium. Register ›

    The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries will sponsor an online interactive discussion with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications and the Harvard Open Access Project. Suber wrote Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) and is widely recognized as the leader of the Open Access movement. Christine Fruin, ASERL’s Visiting Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, will moderate the interactive interview and discussion.

For additional information on these events, or on Open Access generally, contact Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at x5829.

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First Wake Forest Fellow at ZSR Library: Lauren Suffoletto

Lauren Suffoletto

The Wake Forest Fellows program is now entering its sixth year. It was established by the President’s Office in 2008 to provide recent WFU graduates with an opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. ZSR will participate this year for the first time.

ZSR welcomed Fellow Lauren Suffoletto to the library in June with great anticipation. Lauren graduated in May with a BA in History and a minor in Politics and International Affairs. Lauren, who hails from Massachusetts, brings a broad range of academic and work experiences that fit perfectly with her new responsibilities here at ZSR. Lauren is working with many special projects, including video initiatives, ZSRx, various annual student and faculty events and the United Way campaign.

Most importantly, Lauren also acts as a liaison between current WFU students and library faculty/staff. As a recent graduate, she can offer valuable perspectives that help shape services and programs to better support the ZSR mission to ensure student success.

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Textbook Collection Pilot Project Continues for a Second Year

The ZSR Library will continue its textbook pilot program into a second year. The project began in the fall of 2012 as a strategic initiative to help address the financial burden that textbook purchases place on students. Through an arrangement with the bookstore, ZSR purchases one book for every undergraduate course with 30 or more students. The pilot was slow to catch on during fall 2012 with only a small percentage of the purchased material having circulated. However, usage was significantly higher in the spring semester. As a result, the pilot will continue for a second year to determine whether usage keeps rising.

The Textbook Collection is kept behind the Circulation Desk, and interested students can request them for checkout. New fall 2013 texts are available now. See a complete list of books online.

Just like Course Reserves materials, the textbooks circulate only in the building for two hours at a time. While the collection includes a large number of books, it does not contain every book used in an undergraduate course. It does contain many of the more expensive and interestingly, heavier texts! Hopefully, the textbooks will assist students who otherwise might not have easy access to their assigned reading material. They also assist students who might not want to lug their heavy textbook across campus, yet happen to be studying in the library.

If you know of a textbook that warrants inclusion that has been overlooked, please contact Mary Beth Lock.

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Scholars Trust Preserves Print Journals Across the Region

These days, most scholars prefer accessing journal literature online. Wake Forest users download more than 100,000 articles each year from JSTOR alone. Despite the undoubted convenience of e-journals, many in the academic community have concerns about the permanence of this online content.

As reported in a previous issue, ZSR participates in online initiatives for hosting independent, duplicated, global copies of e-journals. Recently, ZSR has joined a regional consortium for preserving print copies of journals. [More…]

The consortium, Scholars Trust, is a joint effort of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). Members stretch from Maryland to the Mississippi. The combined title list exceeds 8,000 journals and more than 300,000 volumes, making Scholars Trust one of the largest shared print journal repositories in the United States.The members of Scholars Trust have also agreed to extend reciprocal priority Interlibrary Loan services across the group.

The Scholars Trust agreement requires the archived materials to be held until at least December 31, 2035, and possibly longer.The materials archived by WRLC are housed in a central facility in suburban Maryland.The materials being archived by ASERL members are held at various locations across the Southeast.A large majority of the print archive contents is readily available online from many sources, so the need to access the archived items is expected to be quite low. So far, Wake Forest has contributed 176 titles to the consortium. These titles are housed under optimal environmental conditions in the off-site storage facility.

“Today’s library users expect access to content anytime and anywhere,” noted John Burger, Executive Director of ASERL. “The libraries in ASERL and WRLC are continually expanding ways to deliver content to users quickly and easily.Scholars Trust is a fail-safe means of providing content when a researcher needs an original printed journal – an ‘artifact,’ if you will – should the digital surrogate be somehow insufficient for their needs, or not be available.”

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Fall 2013 Library Lecture Series

Charlie Lovett, author of the bestselling novel The Bookman’s Tale, speaks in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections Research Room as part of the Library Lecture Series.

During the first week of September, the ZSR Library Lecture Series hosted two writers for book talks and signings. The first talk featured Charlie Lovett, author of The Bookman’s Tale, on September 4. On September 6, the library welcomed Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.

Upcoming lectures:

  • Stephen Boyd, J. Allen Easley Professor of Religion, will discuss North Carolina’s Moral Monday protests and his participation in them on Monday, October 21, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Cheralyn Lambeth will speak on the topic of costume play, or “cosplay” for short on Monday, October 28, at 3 p.m.
  • Anthony Atala, M.D., will present a lecture on his research in regenerative medicine and his work with 3-D printing technology on Monday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Christian Miller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will present “Honesty, Cheating, and Character” on Wednesday, November 6, at 4 p.m.
  • Finally, Leigh Ann Hallberg, Senior Lecturer in Art, will close the fall semester with the interactive “Eye Along the Edges” on Thursday, November 14, at 4 p.m.

All upcoming lectures will be held in the ZSR Auditorium. Check the Library Lecture Series webpage for more information.

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Upcoming Workshops @ ZSR

In addition to “Zotero: Introduction to Collecting, Managing and Citing Your Research Sources” and “Google Apps for Instruction,” ZSR will offer three brand-new workshops this semester, “Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals,” “Using JournalTOCs and RSS,” and “Zotero: Advanced Features and Workflows.” To learn more about these workshops or to register, please follow the links below:

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ZSR Renews – In Your Office!

ZSR takes the stewardship role of its book collection seriously. However, faculty engaged in long-term research projects may need books longer than the one-year checkout and one-year online renewal. Hauling all of your books back to the library for on-site renewal can be an onerous task.

Therefore, to balance collection oversight with faculty convenience, the library offers renewal service in your office. To request this service, faculty with over 20 books checked out from ZSR may contact the Circulation Desk at zsrcirc@wfu.edu or x4931 to arrange for a time. Have the books already set apart and available. A “roaming” Circulation staff member, armed with a computer, will check the items in and back out to you again, and you can quickly return to your research.

Alternative ways to return books

You can always return books by bringing them to the library, or you can:

  • Use ZSR Delivers to arrange for a pickup from your office.
  • Use one of the three outdoor drop boxes, located on Gulley Drive (with passenger-side drive-up access), near Student Health and right outside the ZSR building’s front entrance.

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Let Me Hear from You

If you ever have comments, complaints or kudos about the library and its services, please let me know.

For ways to support the library and its mission, please see Giving to the Library.

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