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ZSR Receives Antique Letterpress

Carl Hein and the Chandler & Price press

Donor Carl Hein with the 1906 letterpress and cabinets of type.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library recently received a gift of a complete print shop. The equipment came from a Winston-Salem citizen, Carl Hein, who spent his entire working life in printing and packaging. He retired eleven years ago as the President of RJR Packaging. Mr. Hein began running his own printing company while attending Carnegie Mellon University in the 1950s. The printing equipment has remained in his family for 60 years.

The equipment includes a 1906 Chandler & Price letterpress, an 1892 Peerless Gem paper cutter, five cabinets of lead type and all the tools needed for setting and printing type. Stop by the Preservation office for a firsthand look at this equipment. If you have an idea for using the press for class projects, contact Craig Fansler.

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House Librarians Bring Research to the Halls

The class of 2016 has an additional library resource – the House Librarian. ZSR has partnered with Residence Life & Housing and the Graduate Hall Directors (GHD) to serve each of the first-year student residence halls. Librarians regularly email these students, via the GHD, with reminders of library services and links to resources ranging from databases to personal research sessions. Librarians also offer in-house programs on conducting effective scholarly research and will hold research assistance hours in the residence halls before midterms and finals.

The House Librarian program is just one example of the larger trend of embedded librarianship, which borrows its name from embedded journalism. At ZSR, librarians have been embedded in the classroom, in service learning trips and in summer outreach programs. If you know of a course or a project that could benefit from an embedded librarian, contact your library liaison.

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New Mac Lab

The computer lab next to The Bridge has been upgraded with 16 new iMacs. Each has a 27″ HD screen and includes Microsoft Office, Adobe CS6 Master Collection and Final Cut Pro X.

The lab is open to everyone when The Bridge is open, unless a class has been scheduled for the room. For more information, visit The Bridge website.

For scanning and VHS/audiotape conversion equipment, visit the Government Documents area on the fourth floor of the Reynolds Wing.

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ZSR Welcomes New Librarians

Kyle Denlinger

This semester, Wake Forest University welcomes a new type of student with the introduction of the online Counseling program. To help these students succeed in online learning environments, ZSR welcomes Kyle Denlinger as the new eLearning Librarian. Kyle holds a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Cincinnati and a MA in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Library Science from the University of Missouri. While at Missouri, he taught up to three sections of their library research class per semester and helped redesign the course for fellow instructors. Kyle will work with closely the Director of Online Learning, the Counseling faculty and students. He will ensure that online information resources and library support will meet the needs of all faculty and students. Kyle will also contribute to the traditional reference and instruction program. Contact Kyle to learn more about how the library can help students learn online.

James Harper

James Harper is the new head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery at ZSR. He comes from NCSU where he held a similar position for eleven years. While at NCSU, James was a co-implementer of UNC Library Express, an expedited request system for the 17 schools in the UNC system. He holds a BA in English and a Masters of Library and Information Studies, both from UNC-Greensboro. James is highly regarded as an innovator in resource sharing and Interlibrary Loan circles across the region.

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Senior Showcase Returns Next Spring

Last April, ZSR held the third annual Senior Showcase, a student-inspired program that highlights exemplary research and artistic theses or projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates. The 2012 Showcase drew the highest number of nominations representing the widest variety of disciplines to date.

To build upon this success, two key improvements are being introduced this year. First, the nomination criteria will be clearer and easier to understand. Secondly, each student winner will receive a $1,000 prize as an additional recognition of achievement.

The 2013 Senior Showcase will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Look for a call for nominations in February. In the meantime, begin thinking of students whose research or artistic contributions merit nomination!

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New Textbook Collection

This fall, to alleviate the financial burden on students who have to purchase many expensive textbooks, the ZSR Library has initiated a pilot textbook collection. The textbooks support courses with more than 30 students. The books are shelved in the Course Reserves department, and students can check them out for two hours. The full list is available online. Please inform your students if your course text is on this list.

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Scholarship Support Services

The ZSR Library offers several scholarship support services for faculty through the Scholarly Communication Librarian, Molly Keener. If you are new to Wake Forest, or need a reminder of available services, read on!

Open Access Fund

In partnership with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the library has a dedicated fund to support faculty seeking to publish their works openly. Available to all Reynolda Campus faculty, the fund covers fees for article processing that Open Access publishers sometimes charge. The fund also pays to make individual articles Open Access in subscription journals that offer this option (a.k.a. “hybrid” journals).

Evolutions in Scholarship

Attempting to stay up-to-date on changes in publishing, legislative and legal arenas that impact scholarship can be daunting. Follow the Evolutions in Scholarship blog, which is updated monthly, to stay informed about key developments without being bombarded with information.

WakeSpace Digital Archive

The institutional repository and digital archive, WakeSpace, hosts a variety of materials, including collections of faculty scholarship. Should you wish to make your scholarship available, ZSR can create a WakeSpace collection for you.

Consultations, class visits, workshops and more! If you have questions about copyright, author rights, publishing, Open Access or general scholarship support, contact Molly Keener.

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Upcoming Events: Lectures, Workshops and a Musicircus

Musicircus Wellington 2010 (30)

A Musicircus event held in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2010. Creative Commons licensed photo by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner.


On Friday, September 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Atrium, ZSR will host the first Musicircus to be held on the Wake Forest campus. The Musicircus opens CAGEFEST, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth. Professor of Music Louis Goldstein explains that Musicircus, an event arranged by Cage in 1967, is simply an invitation for as many musicians as possible to assemble and perform at the same time, a “happening” where multiple simultaneous performances create new, unusual, and exciting configurations. You might hear a brass quintet, a string quartet, student bands, a cappella groups, a Renaissance band, operatic arias and a drum circle, all at the same time. Listeners may roam at will, and food will be provided. It will be loud!

Library Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 12, 3 p.m.

Ms. Dianne Caesar, Executive Director of the Delta Arts Center will open the fall 2012 Library Lecture Series. Ms. Caesar will discuss the life of African-American author Langston Hughes.

Monday, October 1, 4 p.m.

Professor of English Eric Wilson will discuss his 2012 book, Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away, which explores why people are fascinated by the darker side of human nature as well as by morbid and tragic events. Copies will be available for purchase and signing, and it is the September selection for the Wake Forest Alumni Book Club.

Thursday, October 4, 3:30 p.m.

John Dinan, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, will assess the various ways in which the 2012 election campaign represents both continuity with and a departure from prior election campaigns. He will note the roles of battleground states, campaign financing and other traditionally important factors in election campaigns.

Wednesday, November 7, 5 p.m.

Local musicians Julianne Harper and Eric Swaim, who comprise the musical duo Honey Rider, will conclude the fall series with a live performance and a discussion of their work in the community.

All lectures will take place in the ZSR Auditorium. For more information, visit the Library Lecture Series website.

Upcoming Technology Workshops

A recent article in the Almanac of Higher Education 2012 revealed that 41% of students surveyed felt that they lacked the necessary skills to use spreadsheets effectively. If your students belong to this category, encourage them to attend one of these Excel workshops for students.

Interested in using digital video in your class? Learn more about creating and editing digital video with the WFU ThinkPad. Do your students use digital video in their projects? Encourage them to attend this student-focused workshop on creating and editing digital video.

Looking for a web-based tool to organize your research and cite sources? The library offers Zotero workshops during the week and on weekends.

View these and other events! Additionally, find supporting documentation for Zotero, as well as many other applications, on the library website.

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Classical Literature and the Art of Translation

Detail from the engraved title page of George Chapman’s The Whole Works of Homer (1616)

Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold…

John Keats, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”

The book that inspired Keats’s famous sonnet is part of the fall 2012 exhibit in Special Collections. Faithfully English’d: Classical Literature in Translation features Greek and Latin classics in English translations from the ZSR Rare Books Collection.

The exhibit includes translations by Geoffrey Chaucer, George Sandys, John Dryden, Aphra Behn, Alexander Pope, Ezra Pound, Allen Mandelbaum and many others. The books themselves, published from the 16th through 20th centuries, are as varied as the texts they convey. From large, lavishly illustrated folios to cheaply bound schoolbooks, the different physical manifestations attest to the diverse readership of classical translations.

The books on view testify to the enduring fascination that English-speaking authors and readers have for ancient classical literature. The texts also demonstrate how styles and theories of translation have changed over the centuries. George Chapman, a contemporary of Shakespeare, was the first author to render the Iliad and Odyssey into English verse. Chapman’s extravagant Elizabethan style contrasts with the carefully crafted heroic couplets of Alexander Pope’s 1715 Iliad. William Morris’ Odyssey (1887), inspired by Anglo-Saxon poetry, proves interesting if not particularly readable. Annotated typescript draft pages of Allen Mandelbaum’s 1990 Odyssey show the painstaking process of translating Homer’s verse into modern English poetry.

Interest in Homer’s epics has scarcely flagged for the past 500 years, but some classical authors seem to resonate more strongly in certain periods. Aesop’s fables, for example, are now largely regarded as children’s fare, but in Roger L’Estrange’s 1692 translation they form the basis for pointed political satire. The Roman poet Ovid, widely read from medieval times through the 18th century, is the subject of many translations and adaptations, from Chaucer’s Legends of Good Women (on view here in a 1515 edition) to Mandelbaum’s 1993 translation of the Metamorphoses.

Throughout the past five centuries, translations have provided access to classical texts for those who cannot read the original Greek and Latin. From the Renaissance through the 19th century, anyone who wanted to participate in the literary culture and intellectual discourse of England needed to know the classics. However, fluency in Latin, and especially Greek, required an elite education difficult for anyone but the sons of wealthy families to attain. Therefore, John Keats, the son of a London stable-master, experienced Homer through Chapman’s verses. William Shakespeare, whose merchant-class origins left him with “small Latin and less Greek,” used Thomas North’s 1579 translation of Plutarch’s Lives as the basis for Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus. Aphra Behn, in a dedicatory verse for Thomas Creech’s translation of Lucretius (1638), praised the translator while lamenting the fact that women were denied a classical education:

The Godlike Virgil and Great Homer‘s Muse
Like Divine Mysteries are conceal’d from us….
But… Thou by this Translation dost advance
Our Knowledge from the state of Ignorance;
And Equall’st Us to Man!

The best translations in every era combine thorough scholarship with literary sensibility and a profound appreciation of the original texts. Pope, Dryden and others preface their works with discussions of how best to render Greek and Latin texts into English. Most counsel a middle ground between literal translation and loose paraphrase. Pope famously observes in his introduction to the Iliad that

It is the first grand duty of an interpreter to give his author entire and unmaimed; and for the rest, the diction and versification only are his proper province, since these must be his own, but the others he is to take as he finds them.

Other authors have adapted Greek and Latin texts to create entirely new works of literature. From Chaucer to James Joyce, whose Ulysses is on exhibit here, countless English authors have taken inspiration from the classics.

View Faithfully English’d: Classical Literature in Translation on exhibit in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room on the sixth floor of the Reynolds Wing through February 2013. For more information, contact Megan Mulder at x5091.

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Leading the Way with Gifts to ZSR Library

Wake Forest has designated the ZSR Library as a fundraising priority both in ongoing development efforts and in the upcoming capital campaign. Many faculty members give regularly to the library. Last year, gifts to the Wake Forest Fund for the ZSR Library increased 34% over the prior year. Your gifts have a direct impact on improvements for library space, materials and services.

A new semester is a great time to consider giving to the heart of it all on campus – the ZSR Library. Please contact Angela Glover for more information about how you can contribute financially to the success of the library.

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Database News

New Find a Database page

You may have already noticed the new Find a Database page. The new design makes it easier for you and your students to find the online resources you need. The new page emphasizes finding resources by subject, rather than the previous design’s emphasis on title. A new feature allows you to see a list of databases according to the format of the content (e.g., journal articles, primary sources, multimedia). Users can still easily find a database by name, and a selection of the most frequently used databases can be found under “Quick Picks.”

New databases

ZSR added several new databases this summer. Please share with your library liaison how you use these resources to enhance your teaching and research.

Primary-source document collections
Online library reference collections
Other new databases

Name and URL changes

Ceased databases (discontinued by the provider)

  • Alternative Press Index

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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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