Library Gazette

Senior Showcase to Return in April

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:36 am

Senior Showcase 2014 Honorees (L to R): Ryan Whittington, Christopher Earle, David Inczauskis, Rachel Cumbest

On April 21, ZSR will host the sixth annual Senior Showcase to celebrate outstanding research and artistic theses or projects completed by Wake Forest University undergraduates. Since 2010, the Showcase has featured the research of 20 former students, representing 12 academic fields, from philosophy to theatre to anthropology to chemistry. As an additional recognition of each student’s achievement, winners will receive a $1,000 prize.

The Showcase gives students the opportunity to share their research or projects before the Wake Forest community at a public event. A committee of library faculty will select up to five students, one per College division, from a pool of nominees recommended by College faculty. Projects in progress or completed during the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible. The review committee will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

  • Clear statement of purpose
  • Evidence of thorough research
  • Credible sources
  • Development of the idea
  • Well organized
  • Well written
  • Sound reasoning
  • Skill/aptitude
  • Interpretation
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Importance to the field
  • Strength of the faculty advisor’s recommendation, summarizing the above Impact areas

Look for additional details and a formal call for nominations in February. Contact Molly Keener with any specific inquiries. Plan now to nominate your top senior students’ theses and projects!

Library Lecture Series, Spring 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:36 am
  • Gracie Harrington, 2014 Wake Forest student recipient of the Building the Dream Award, will present the Annual Martin Luther King Lecture.
    Thursday, January 29, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Pamela Howland, Wake Forest Department of Music, and her husband Wendell Myers will present “Chopin’s Nocturnes: A Fusion of Music and Visual Art.”
    Monday, February 23, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Ammons Gallery (Room 401, Reynolds Wing)
  • Jim Otteson, Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching, Wake Forest School of Business, will discuss his recently released book The End of Socialism.
    Wednesday, February 25, 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Earth Day Lecture, Details TBA

Visit the Lecture Series website for more information.

Dean’s List Gala

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:35 am

The second annual Dean’s List Gala will be held in ZSR Library on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. The event was initiated in 2014 to celebrate the academic success of Wake Forest seniors and was held during the spring Family Weekend. This year’s event is being expanded to honor all sophomores, juniors and seniors who achieved dean’s list honors in spring 2014 or fall 2014. All faculty are invited to attend the Gala to celebrate these students’ accomplishments!

Upcoming Technology Workshops

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:34 am
  • Zotero Workshops – Students often use online tools like EasyBib or Citation Machine to generate citations. Now, Zotero provides both students and faculty with an easy-to-use tool for managing sources and creating citations in a wide variety of citation styles! Zotero workshops take place on weekdays and weekends in order to meet the needs of both students and faculty interested in learning to use this program to organize research and streamline the citation process.
  • The RIGHT way to CITE Workshops – Do your students need help with parenthetical citations or footnotes? This one-hour workshop will take students through the basics of both MLA and APA citation formats. Instructors will cover in-text citation and Bibliography/Works Cited formats. Source management strategies will also be discussed. Designed for students at any stage of research to help make those citations easy!
  • Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals – BrowZine is an app for iPad, Android tablets, iPhones, and Android phones that works by organizing articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines on your iOS or Android device. In this session, participants will install the BrowZine app, login, and then learn how to search for and organize journals of interest. Additionally, participants will learn about downloading and emailing articles, including adding articles to Zotero. An iOS or Android device is required for this class.

ZSR Receives Preservation Grant

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:33 am

Special Collections & Archives at ZSR was recently awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will fund a visit by nationally known facilities consultant, Thomas Wilsted, in 2015.

Digital Publishing: An Update and Preview

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:33 am

The new year brings a host of new publishing-related services and events to WFU faculty, staff and students.

First of all, Digital Publishing @ Wake has launched a new imprint, Library Partners Press. As its name implies, LP Press partners with libraries from across the state to offer a full range of publishing services to NC LIVE-affiliated library patrons. The press aims to produce quality books in both electronic and print formats, and thus render local content accessible to a broader audience. Submissions from WFU faculty, staff and students are encouraged. Meanwhile, LP Press also participates in the SELF-e program sponsored by Library Journal, wherein such indie-published titles are distributed back into libraries’ permanent circulating collections. LP Press will thus both collect content from library patrons, and make this content available from library collections. Look for the official launch of the first Library Partners Press books this spring.

Meanwhile, the Digital Publishing department now offers a new journal hosting service in partnership with Scholastica. This mediated service streamlines the peer-reviewed journal management process, more easily tracks manuscripts and permits more collaboration with editors, authors and reviewers without the hassle of software installation or training. The costs are very low (~$10/article), and so academic, scholarly, peer-reviewed journals can survive and thrive absent heavy subsidy. Contact Digital Publishing for more information about launching a new (or migrating an existing) scholarly and Open Access journal.

Finally, save the dates for two interrelated events in April: the Bookfeast and the E-Books Freakout. The Bookfeast will celebrate independently-published works with readings by the authors themselves. The E-Books Freakout, on the other hand, will be a more serious exploration of some of the difficult issues surrounding the acquisition and preservation of such born-digital works. Participants will ponder the future of e-books vis-à-vis the future of reading and the future of library collections.

Electronic Resources News

Friday, January 23, 2015 8:22 am

The statewide library consortium NC LIVE begins a new subscription cycle this year. As a result, there are many new databases available for your use.

Several new article databases are available:

Other new databases include:

  • ClinicalKey: Medical books, journal articles, patient education materials, etc.; a Wake Forest School of Medicine Library subscription
  • DSM-5 Library: Clinical manual of mental disorders; also includes DSM-5 Clinical Cases and DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
  • ebrary Academic Complete: Scholarly and general nonfiction e-books in a broad range of subject areas
  • Films on Demand: Multidisciplinary streaming video collection
  • Hoover’s Company Profiles: Profiles of more than 40,000 companies across 600 industries
  • Natural Standard: Information on complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pronunciator: Language learning tool, with over 75 languages plus ESL in over 50 languages
  • ProQuest Entrepreneurship: Articles, books, market research, company profiles, business cases and other content specific to entrepreneurship
  • Science in Context: Topic-based general science reference database, including links to relevant journal articles, news stories, websites, etc.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source: Search portal covering current social issues, science, history, government and the arts and humanities
  • Statistical Abstracts of the World: Statistical information from over 40 countries, generally issued by national statistical offices

There have also been some changes to existing databases:

  • Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete have been replaced by Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier. Please note that any article-level permalinks you may have saved from either Academic Search or Business Source Complete will no longer work. Contact your library liaison if you need assistance.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps now includes Sanborn Maps GeoEdition. In the past, North Carolina maps had been browse-able, but not searchable. GeoEdition provides digital access to large-scale historical maps of North Carolina towns and cities, now searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

NC LIVE has discontinued its subscriptions to the following databases:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • EBSCO K-12 databases (Kids Search, Primary Search, MAS Complete, etc.)
  • MasterFile Complete
  • Mergent Intellect
  • Novelist
  • Regional Business News
  • Science Reference Center
  • Serials Directory
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • TOPICsearch

10 ways to get your citation game on point with Zotero

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 5:15 pm

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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.

A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest: A Student Event with Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:39 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library proudly presents the first Library Lecture Series event for the semester: “A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest: A Student Event with Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson”. It will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Students are invited to join Dr. Wilson, “Mr. Wake Forest”, for an informal discussion where he will answer questions and share reflections. A legendary figure on campus, Dr. Wilson graduated from Wake Forest in 1943, returned to teach English in 1951, and became the first Provost for the University in 1967. He has received numerous accolades along the way; for example, the Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor.

Dr. Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost and Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will host this event.

Doors will open to the first 100 students beginning at 3:30 p.m. and then to the public at 3:55 p.m. A livestream of the event will be available through the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s YouTube channel and an overflow room will be set up in Room 204.

Students, this one’s for you! Please join us!

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!)


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