Monday, May 5, 2014 9:07 am
Earlier this year, ZSR Library began contributing items from ZSR Digital Collections to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DPLA provides access to the digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across the United States.
DPLA home page
The Wake Forest University contribution includes digitized copies of student newspapers, photographs, letters, diaries and oral histories dating from the 1800s to the present day. Currently over 7,300 items from ZSR appear in the DPLA.
Participating in the DPLA broadens the visibility and use of digital special collections. “Special Collections & Archives at ZSR contains rare and unique books and collections, and, similarly to other archives, continually balances access by researchers with long-term preservation. Digitizing these materials provides myriad ways for these materials to be shared more broadly, and the DPLA expands that access to a worldwide audience,” says Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections & Archives at ZSR.
On the DPLA site, users can search and browse ZSR materials in new and interesting ways, including by timeline and map.
Wake Forest University student newspaper Old Gold & Black in DPLA timeline
The DPLA also provides an application programming interface (API), so software developers, digital humanists and others can build novel Web and mobile applications.
DPLA app garden
ZSR joined the DPLA in November through a partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, which serves as a statewide hub. Over 120,000 items from North Carolina institutions are currently available in the DPLA, including items from the State Library of North Carolina, State Archives of North Carolina, and the libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill, ECU, and UNC-Greensboro, in addition to the items contributed by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.
ZSR will continue to contribute digital special collections to the DPLA throughout the coming years.
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:06 am
These Chinese literary works are among the 27,000 titles that will be preserved in the ZSR off-site facility.
Libraries have an obligation to preserve the written record for the benefit of humanity. At ZSR, that obligation is most keenly felt in cases where a ZSR book is one of the last remaining extant copies. The Library off-site storage building, located just a few miles from campus, offers better environmental conditions and a reduced risk of theft compared to the open stacks in the 1950s-era main building. Library faculty used national data to identify about 27,000 titles with fewer than ten other U.S. libraries holding that exact edition. A small number of books were rare enough to move into Special Collections, but the rest can be stored in climate-controlled safety and still be available for daily use. The Library Planning Committee has endorsed this approach, and the move will be completed this summer. A link on the catalog record for each item will allow you to request delivery to campus for use or checkout. Most requests for off-site material are fulfilled the same day, either by scanning an article or delivery of the physical volume. Moving this part of the collection will allow for greater protection of nearly unique items, while still allowing the access that WFU students and faculty have come to expect.
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:05 am
Continuing in its ZSRx series of open, online courses for the Wake Forest community, the ZSR Library is excited to announce its newest course, ZSRx Tweets, a three-week guided exploration of Twitter, the popular social networking service. In this free course, Wake Forest Fellow Laura Chin will help you to get started with Twitter and teach you to curate a useful stream of content. Together, participants will explore privacy issues, Twitter conventions, etiquette and ways to use Twitter to enhance your personal or professional brand. Look for some fun cameos from prominent campus figures and follow along with the course hashtag: #zsrxtweets.
Like most ZSRx courses, ZSRx Tweets is open to anyone and everyone, beginners and experts alike. The course will run from May 27 to June 16.
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:04 am
L to R: Lynn Sutton, Ryan Whittington, Christopher Earle, David Inczauskis, Rachel Cumbest
On April 22, the ZSR Library hosted the fifth Annual Senior Showcase before a large crowd of students, faculty, staff and parents. The Showcase was proposed in late 2009 by a graduating Wake Forest senior who was impressed by his peers’ research, yet was disappointed there was no campus-wide platform for presenting their theses. In response, the Senior Showcase was launched in 2010 to recognize exemplary undergraduate honors theses and projects. As Dean Lynn Sutton noted at this year’s event, the Showcase is the culmination of the library commitment to help undergraduates succeed: ZSR welcomes them as first-year students with fun events, supports them throughout their undergraduate years by providing resources and research assistance and, finally, celebrates their significant academic accomplishments in their senior year.
Nominated by their faculty advisors, this year’s honorees presented research topics ranging from Catholic liberation theology to Homer to Schoenberg to pay-for-performance incentives for teachers.
The 2014 honorees were:
- David Inczauskis, Religion, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic Between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching.”
- Rachel Cumbest, Classical Languages, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions which Became a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself.’”
- Ryan Whittington, Music, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man.’”
- Christopher Earle, Economics, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan.”
Following the presentations, Dean Sutton awarded each honoree a $1,000 prize. The Showcase concluded with a reception sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center.
Slides from the four presentations are available in WakeSpace, along with select presentation slides from past Senior Showcases.
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:03 am
L to R: Michael Riley, Rogan Kersh, Andy Chan
On March 20, the ZSR Library hosted a two-hour conversation entitled “The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education.” Dean Lynn Sutton moderated the discussion featuring panelists Provost Rogan Kersh, WFU Vice President of Career Development Andy Chan and Michael Riley ’81, who is editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The event was well attended by nearly 200 WFU students, faculty and staff, as well as others interested in higher education. The moderator posed questions on topics as varied as the future of tenure and the influence of MOOCs. Audience members also engaged the panel in Q-and-A. The conversation was lively and the responses thoughtful. In case you missed it, you can watch a video of the event or read the Twitter feed.
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:02 am
ZSR Library just bought three additional Archives Unbound collections. Each product contains small, targeted collections of primary-source documents.
Artemis Primary Sources is a new way to search certain primary-source databases simultaneously. Artemis currently includes Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and The Making of the Modern World.
PhilPapers is an index and bibliography of philosophy that is maintained by the community of philosophers. It includes journals, books, open access archives and personal pages curated by academics.
Online access to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, via the Literature Online (LION) database, is no longer available. Instead, consider using the Oxford Dictionary of English via Oxford Reference Online, or the Concise Oxford English Dictionary within Literature Online.
Oxford Bibliographies Online are authoritative, scholar-developed research guides covering a variety of topics. ZSR now provides online access to Oxford Bibliographies for the following subjects:
BizMiner produces industry statistical reports with industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code.
The Psychology Digital Library, from Insight Media, is a searchable collection of video clips produced for psychology classes. Clips are short and focused on specific topics.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:36 am
Preservation Week is celebrated by libraries all over the country. Libraries present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Many libraries have no one responsible for the preservation of their materials, so this event helps focus attention on best practices in the field for both individuals and institutions.
This year for Preservation Week, I worked with our Digital Initiatives Librarian, Chelcie Rowell, to spotlight obsolete media and explore the preservation challenges they present. Together with Rebecca Petersen, Chelcie and I gathered quite a collection of obsolete media both from Special Collections & Archives and from the personal collections of resident ZSR geeks. On the digital preservation side of the exhibit, we have a large collection of formats of the White Album by The Beatles, as well as a laser disc of The Lion King and VHS tapes of Star Wars. On the analog preservation side of the exhibit, we have a collection of care and handling advice and old photos demonstrating the hazards of light and humidity to these items. Chelcie and I also collaborated to design a Preservation Week poster about the proliferation of storage media.
Monday, April 28, 2014 10:49 am
Seniors: Get ready for graduation! And ZSR is here to help.
Thursday, May 1, Reading Day
Stop at the table across from the Circulation Desk and find out how to resolve holds, return laptops, and remove any other roadblocks between you and graduation day!
Sunday, May 18
The library will be open from 3pm to 5pm to allow graduating seniors one last chance to return library materials to the library and resolve any outstanding holds before graduation.
Friday, April 25, 2014 3:12 pm
This semester, I’ve been working with Dr. Sharon Raynor whose Writing 111 students have been using war letters from Special Collections for the past year. There couldn’t be a better advocate for including Special Collections materials in the classroom than Sharon Raynor. After hearing Tanya speak about our collections during New Faculty Orientation, Dr. Raynor began using letters from our collections for her Writing 111 classes. Dr. Raynor’s father served in Viet Nam and she used some of his letters with the class. The war letters housed in Special Collections were written by veterans of the Civil War, World Wars I and II and Viet Nam. Both of the exhibits which used war letters focused on Laurence Stallings, a Wake Forest alumnus and veteran of World War I. Stallings wrote a play called What Price Glory, later made into a film and an autobiographical novel, Plumes about his war experiences.
This semester, I worked with groups from three different classes, two of which used the war letters as research. In January, I met with each group, showed them examples of good exhibits from the past and helped them devise a rough draft of their individual exhibits. During the early part of the Spring Semester, these students researched the text, photographs, reference books and other exhibit elements using Special Collections primary sources and the ZSR General Collection.
It is always fun to see these projects take shape and come together, Each group has a vision for the final exhibit and they work to make their vision take shape. I invite you to see these exhibits in Room 410 of ZSR Library when you have the opportunity.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:48 am
By Lauren Suffoletto
When I began planning Friday Nights @ ZSR with several library colleagues, we knew that it would be an experiment. The series has promoted fun events after hours in the library throughout the spring semester. We knew that there was potential for the library to think outside the box, and bring new ways for the Wake Forest community to engage with one another.
And this is what our last event in the series set out to do. Last Friday evening, the library hosted “Folk Night @ ZSR,” a concert in the Outdoor Reading Room near Tribble Courtyard. The space was transformed, and had the atmosphere of an outdoor café.
It was a warm, beautiful spring night. Around 120 people came out to hear amazing folk artists share their music. Student Organizations including The Nya Nya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades hosted a massive bake sale to fund raise and increase awareness about their groups supporting global causes. Starbucks stayed open late for patrons.
The first band, Kozak & The Poets, featured Thomas Kozak, who led the band vocally and on acoustic. He was joined by Zack Koontz on drums, Kory Riemensperger on bass, Michael Anderson on the piano. The second group to perform was The Minor Circle, a group derived of members from the well-known bluegrass band, The Unbroken Circle. Jordan Lee led the group on the guitar and vocals. He was joined by Ella and Bailey Allman, (with special guest appearance by Joe Allman on bass for “Atlantic City”), Jodi Hildebran, William Huesman, and Sara Pesek.
As the sun went down, the space was beautifully lit for the talented headliner, Asheville singer-songwriter Sarah Tucker. The crowd, delighted by warm weather, yummy treats, and even sweeter conversation, gathered around to watch her perform. People raved about the ambiance the evening provided, and the performance was certainly a crowd pleaser. Not only does Friday Nights @ ZSR have the potential to grow, but as Folk Night proved, the Outdoor Reading Room provides a unique space for the library to engage with the Wake Forest community!