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Summer viewing recommendations from ZSR!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:02 pm

ZSR has received a wide variety of films recently that can be seen on our New Films page. I would like to suggest a number of these fascinating titles for your possible viewing pleasure; ones with which you might not be familiar.

Documentary Features

  • A Great Day in Harlem (1994). DVD 12376. The story of the jazz musicians featured in a memorable 1958 photograph. Starring Quincy Jones and Dizzy Gillespie. (1995 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary feature.)
  • Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010). DVD 12362. A look at the career of the African American rock band. Starring Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore.

Feature Films

  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012). DVD 12517. A unique film about an artist who makes a film about being stood up by an attractive woman, and then he shows the film to her! Starring Alisa Becher and Jc Cain.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe (2009). DVD 12346. A biography of the American artist and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons.
  • Girl on a Bicycle (2013). DVD 12327. A romantic comedy about an Italian man who finds himself with more relationships than he imagined while driving a tour bus in Paris. Starring Vincenzo Amato and Nora Tschirner.
  • Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project. No. 1 (1936-1981). DVD 12319. A collection of international films, rarely seen outside of their home countries, which have been saved and restored from potential neglect. (Part of The Criterion Collection.)
  • Separate But Equal (1991). DVD 12622. The dramatized story of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case. Starring Sidney Poitier and Burt Lancaster.
  • Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1962-1973). DVD 12384. The twenty-five films that introduced the legendary character. Starring Shintaro Katsu. (Part of The Criterion Collection.)


  • Detective Montalbano/Il Commissario Montalbano [Episodes 1-3] (1999-2000). DVD 12279. An adaptation from a series of detective novels featuring a police inspector in Sicily. Starring Luca Zingaretti.
  • Frank Riva (2003-2004). DVD 12480. A retired undercover cop investigates the mysterious murder of his brother in a drug sting gone wrong. Starring Alain Delon and Jacques Perrin.
  • Ripper Street [Series One] (2013). DVD 12581. A police inspector in 1889 London, who failed to catch Jack the Ripper, tries to continue his work while fearing the killer’s return. Starring Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn.

Sutton Appointed Vice Provost

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:21 am

Dean Lynn Sutton, head of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library since 2004, has been named Vice Provost of the University effective July 1. She succeeds Jennifer Collins, who is leaving Wake Forest to become Dean of the Law School at Southern Methodist University. “These have been the best ten years of my professional life,” says Sutton. “I look forward to building on the successes we have enjoyed in the library to influence the core educational mission of the university.”

Lynn will continue as Dean of the Library next year as a national search is conducted for her replacement. Day-to-day management of the library will be handled by Associate Deans Wanda Brown and Susan Smith and the rest of the strong leadership team.

ZSR Contributes Collections to the Digital Public Library of America

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.

Protecting Rare Volumes by Moving to Storage

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.

ZSRx Tweets

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.

Sign up today!

Senior Showcase 2014

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.

“Big Disruption” Event Fills Pugh

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.

Database News, May 2014

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.

Preservation Week 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:36 am

Preservation Week 2014 (Analog)

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.

Preservation Week 2014 (Digital)

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.

Preservation Week 2014 (Poster)

Graduating Seniors and the End of the Semester

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.

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