Library Gazette

Digital Publishing @ Wake: Your Local Online Publishing Alternative

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:46 am

Are you interested in exploring alternative forms of publishing for your manuscript or course materials? Since 2011, Digital Publishing @ Wake, led by Bill Kane, has converted previously unpublished materials into e-books, which are primarily hosted on a scalable digital publishing platform called Tizra. Tizra now contains over 12,000 distinct pages in an eclectic database that attracts both casual readers and serious researchers.

Digital Publishing helps create more than just e-books – journals, charts, surveys, pictures, newsletters and videos are all part of the expanding digital publishing landscape. Check out the Digital Publishing Toolkit for more information.

Digital Publishing @ Wake has officially moved into the ZSR building (third floor, west side), and can now more efficiently serve up its brand of high-quality, low-cost, digital content creation to faculty, staff and students. ZSR is now more closely aligned with the publishing practices shared among the Library Publishing Coalition cohorts.

Library Lecture Series

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:45 am
  • Najla Said Book Talk and Signing: Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family
    Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Lev Grossman Book Talk and Signing: The Magician’s Land
    Friday, September 5 at 3 p.m.
    ZSR Special Collections Reading Room (Room 625, Reynolds Wing)
  • Kate Bruce, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, will discuss Pride Winston-Salem
    Monday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Amy Catanzano, Poet-in-Residence, and Joanna Ruocco, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) will give poetry and fiction readings
    Wednesday, October 22 at 5 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art: Buried Treasure: Howard Pyle and the Silver Screen, or “Pyle’s Pirates”
    Thursday, October 30 at 4 p.m.
    ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404, Reynolds Wing)
  • Phil Archer Gallery Talk: “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design”
    Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m.
    Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Upcoming Technology Workshops

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:44 am
  • Zotero: Introduction to Collecting, Managing and Citing Your Research Sources
    Four dates and times available
    Multiple Locations
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citation manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser. Participants will learn how to install Zotero and start using it to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes.
  • Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals
    Two dates and times available
    Multiple Locations
    BrowZine organizes articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand on your tablet. You can easily browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines.
  • Live Streams and Video Editing in YouTube
    Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m.
    ZSR Library 204
    YouTube continues to add features to make once-difficult video tasks easy. This class will give an overview of YouTube’s new Live Streaming interface and its built-in video editing suite.
  • Search Like a Librarian
    Monday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.
    ZSR Library 204
    This session is for graduate students and faculty who want to learn some easy ways to search online resources more effectively.

Database News

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8:43 am
  • NC LIVE eBook Collection
    The statewide library consortium NC LIVE recently released this collection of more than 1,000 e-books from a variety of North Carolina publishers. The collection includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry. All the books can be read online or downloaded to a mobile device. Individual books are listed in the library catalog, or you can browse through the entire collection.
  • Kanopy Video
    ZSR has begun experimenting with a new streaming video provider, Kanopy Video. A collection of Media Education Foundation films is currently available to WFU users via Kanopy; films can be found via the library catalog or the Find a Database page. Talk to your library liaison if you want to learn more about films available through Kanopy or other streaming video platforms.
  • Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954
    This primary-source database provides insights into the everyday lives of the American Jewish population over three centuries. The database includes documents, images, interactive maps, historical census data, biographies, essays, etc., based largely on collections from the American Jewish Historical Society.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 to 2000
    This database includes primary-source documents, books, images, scholarly essays, reviews and teaching tools, covering women’s activism in public life. It also includes a searchable online edition of Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary.
  • eMarketer
    eMarketer is a digital market research resource devoted to understanding where consumers go online, how they spend their money and how marketers reach them through digital channels.
  • JoVE Science Education: General Laboratory Techniques and Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology
    JoVE Science Education includes instructional videos that demonstrate laboratory techniques. Each video is paired with additional video resources to show practical applications of the technique. ZSR subscribes to two modules, “General Laboratory Techniques” and “Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology.”

Sustainability Exhibit: Make Every Bite Count

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:45 pm

Sustainability Exhibit in ZSR

The Sustainability Office has a Fall Speaker Series which is exploring the farming and food we eat: how it is grown, who grows it, and issues surrounding this topic. I worked with Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, Hannah Slodounik to put up an exhibit in ZSR to promote the series called “Make Every Bite Count” and this provocative subject which affects all of our lives.

There will be three events in the series:

  • Wednesday, September 10a panel discussion called Make Every Bite Count will include Orchardist, Eliza Greenman of Foggy Ridge Cider; Eric Hallman of The Livestock Conservancy; April MacGregor, of The Farmer’s Daughter brand; and will be moderated by Jeanette Wesley, Regional Slow Food Governor.
  • Tuesday, October 2GMO OMG: Documentary Film and Discussion- This film made by director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert, explores the issues around GMO’s and how they are affecting our diet.
  • Tuesday, November 4Keynote speaker, Vandana Shiva. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe. She will speak on issues relating to women in the Third World and Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade, which she founded.

I encourage you to check out the library exhibit and these fascinating speakers.

ZSR Hosts Biggest HvZ Event to Date!

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:49 pm

Thanks to some heavy marketing of Humans v Zombies during orientation (an OG&B ad, a mention at Project Wake: Civility, and a mention at Faculty House Calls) along with our huge HvZ event in mid-August for Worldwide Wake and SPARC, there was quite a large group of students eager to participate in Friday night’s Humans v Zombies event in ZSR! We had over 200 students attend!

I want to thank the volunteers, Susan Smith, Tim Mitchell, David Link, Mary Beth Lock, Le’Ron Byrd, and Chris Burris (for Tweeting!) We were excited that Dr. Adam Goldstein, who had come to an earlier HvZ with is kids this summer, returned and spoke to the students! Additionally, a few other staff brought their kids to join in the event! I also want to thank Brandon West, our student leader, who took over this year from HvZ founder, John Walsh! We started around 7:30pm, played three fast games and ended by 9pm!

As always, a big thanks to the Student Activities Fund for supporting these events! These events are truly a team effort! Check out the wonderful photos from the event (courtesy of Susan Smith) on the Library’s Flickr site!

About the New Website

Monday, August 25, 2014 10:17 am

Why the change?

  • The way people access the web has changed. Smartphones, tablets, and other devices have proliferated. The new site is designed to accommodate screens of all sizes.
  • The way people search has changed. Users now expect a simpler search experience, and the new homepage aims to deliver that.
  • The way the web looks has changed, too. The redesign reflects design and usability improvements that enhance the user experience.

What’s next?

Changes to the site will be rolling out over the coming months. Here’s what you’ll notice:

  • The top banner will bring simple navigation to the entire site, including an easy way to access your account.
  • The new look will find its way to sub-pages and other parts of the site, providing a more consistent experience.
  • What do you think should be next? Let us know at zsrweb@wfu.edu.

How do I report problems?

If you encounter any trouble with the new site, let us know at zsrweb@wfu.edu.

Can I still access the old homepage?

You betcha. For a short time, the old homepage will be available at zsr.wfu.edu/old.

Humans vs. Zombies in the Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:40 am

Join us for a game of Humans vs Zombies in the ZSR Library! We will use Nerf Dart Blasters to ward off the Zombies in the 170,000 sq. ft. Library. Bring your Nerf Dart Blasters if you have them, or borrow one from ZSR! Pizza will be served! Sponsored by the ZSR Library and the Student Activities Fund.

When: Friday, August 29 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more information, see the event page.

Authors Lev Grossman and Najla Said at ZSR

Friday, August 8, 2014 10:38 am

Winston-Salem book lovers look forward every fall to the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. This event, the largest annual book festival in North Carolina, brings nationally known authors to downtown Winston-Salem on the second weekend in September. This year Bookmarks will celebrate its 10th festival on Saturday, September 6. Wake Forest University and ZSR Library have been Bookmarks supporters since its beginnings.

This year the Wake Forest community will also have the opportunity to interact with two of the festival’s featured authors at ZSR Library on Friday, September 5.

At 10:00 a.m. Najla Said will give a presentation in the Library Auditorium (ZSR 404). Said’s book, Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, is a memoir of her childhood and young adulthood as the daughter of renowned scholar Edward Said and his accomplished Lebanese wife. Her story is a very personal take on issues of racism, family dynamics, and ethnic identity, told with honesty and humor.

Author Lev Grossman will make an appearance in the ZSR Special Collections and Archives Reading Room (ZSR 625) at 3:00 p.m. Grossman is best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. The third and final book in the fantasy series, The Magician’s Land, was released this month to enthusiastic reviews.

Both of these events are cosponsored by the ZSR Library Lecture Series and the Bookmarks Authors in Schools program, and both are free and open to the public.

Najla Said and Lev Grossman will also appear at the Bookmarks festival on September 6, along with James McBride (The Good Lord Bird), Sam Kean (The Disappearing Spoon, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons), A. Scott Berg (Wilson: A Life), Rita Mae Brown, Robert Morgan, and many others. For more information, visit the Bookmarks website at http://www.bookmarksnc.org .

Network Downtime, 7/26 and 8/2

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:47 am

Due to scheduled hardware upgrades, Internet connections will be down for most or all of the Reynolda campus on:

  • Saturday, July 26, from 4:30pm to 2:00am
  • Saturday, August 2, from 7:00am to 5:00pm

During these times, users in ZSR will likely have no access to the ZSR home page, library catalog, databases, or e-books and e-journals, and will likely have no access to e-mail and other online services.

You may be able to use your smartphone’s cellular connection for library research, but please be aware that this will count toward data limits in your cell phone plan.


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