On Wednesday, January 22nd, I attended an ASERL webinar led by Cable Green on “CreativeCommons: Open Education, Open Access, and Librarians.” I am a huge fan of Creative Commons, I always have a CC sticker on my laptop! This was a great review of the organization and the licenses, but I also learned about many open educational resources (OER) and how OER has grown now that data is often cheap and we can often share that information! Below are some key links that may prove useful if you are interested in OER!
On Wednesday, January 15th, my family and I were invited to attend President Obama’s speech at North Carolina State University because of my brother Ken’s support. When I arrived at the Isenhour Tennis Center, I was amazed by the long line of attendees.
As invited guests, we sat in reserved seating next to former Governor Hunt, and it was so nice to meet him as we shook hands with him and took photos together. I thanked former Governor Hunt for his support of the public schools that I attended and shared that I am a Duke alumna and currently work at Wake Forest University. We also sat next to a couple Duke professors and talked about my college studies at Duke and that I am putting my biology degree to good use as a science librarian at Wake Forest.
Before the speech, we attended a Meet-and-Greet with President Obama along with other politicians including mayors and community leaders. It was an honor to introduce myself to President Obama, and my family and I took three photos with him at the event.
President Obama spoke about the economy, and when he announced the multi-million dollar Next Generation Power Electronics Institute that will be established in North Carolina, all attendees including us gave a standing ovation. It was very meaningful to my family and me to attend President Obama’s speech and meet him with other North Carolina leaders. It was a great day that I will treasure for a lifetime.
In February, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library will offer a free, open, online course called ZSRx: Digital Publishing. This informal, three-week course will explore the “past, present and future perfect tenses” of e-books, self-publishing and the digital publishing landscape. Anyone interested in the intersection of books, technology and commerce will surely find this a fascinating exploration of the massive shifts currently underway in the publishing world. ZSR successfully conducted two “mini-MOOCs” in 2013, ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web and ZSRx: Deacon Development 101. The ZSRx program brings engaging lifelong learning opportunities to the greater Wake Forest University community. By design, these courses connect Wake Foresters informally to new skills and ideas in an interactive online learning environment. ZSRx courses are free and open to anyone in the Wake Forest community.
ZSRx: Digital Publishing will officially launch on Tuesday, February 4, but you can preview the course here.
A bold concept for the future of ZSR was unveiled at last semester’s launch of Wake Will, the University-wide capital campaign. As the busiest academic building and one of the original campus structures, ZSR Library is showing its age. Upgrading study rooms, expanding classrooms and designing efficient collaborative spaces are just a few of the ways to create a successful 21st century academic library space. The vision honors both classic and modern formats – plans include the construction of a state-of-the-art Special Collections reading room and new areas for creative digital innovation. Behind a newly designed entrance that renews the building’s Georgian architecture origins, the interior core of the building will open up with an inviting connection to the signature Atrium.
For more information, see the ZSR Library Capital Campaign brochure [PDF].
For the past two years, the ZSR Library has offered two class packs of tablets, each consisting of five Apple iPads. These iPads have already been successfully used for a variety of projects, often outside of the classroom. The library just added a third class pack of 20 Kindle Fire HDs. These Kindles use “whispercast” so instructors can manage multiple devices and distribute content.
Faculty can check out any of these packs for up to an entire semester. The new Kindle Fire HD pack has already been booked for spring 2014, but if you have a summer or fall class that could use these 20 Kindles or one of the iPad class packs, contact Barry Davis.
On April 22, ZSR will host the fifth annual Senior Showcase to celebrate outstanding research and artistic theses or projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates. Since 2010, the Showcase has featured the research of 16 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 2013-2014 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
- 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!
The ZSR Library Lecture Series will resume on Thursday, January 23, at 3 p.m. with Nancy Aguillon ’13. She received the WFU/WSSU Martin Luther King, Jr. “Building the Dream” Award in 2013.
Two lectures are scheduled for February. Student Government President Jacqueline Sutherland and Blythe Riggan (The Nyanya Project) will speak on their experiences in the Middle East and Africa respectively on Wednesday, February 5, at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, February 11, at 4 p.m., Margaret Supplee Smith, Harold W. Tribble Professor Emerita of Art, will discuss her recently published book American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience. A book signing by Dr. Smith will follow her talk.
Four events are planned for March. Paul Bright, Director of the Hanes Gallery, will present a brief look at the history of artists’ illustrated letters and discuss the “posted” works of James Rosen on Tuesday, March 4, at 5:00 p.m. On Monday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m., North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will read selections from his work. Following Mr. Bathanti’s reading, copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.
A symposium on the Future of Higher Education will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium. Lynn Sutton, Dean of ZSR Library, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Provost Rogan Kersh; Andy Chan, VP for Personal and Career Development; and Michael Riley ’81, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In recognition of Women’s History Month, songs written and/or performed by women will be featured in a concert by several campus a cappella groups. The concert is Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the ZSR Library Atrium. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the ZSR Library Lecture Series.
Professor of Music Richard Heard will discuss and perform songs by African-American composer Florence Beatrice Price at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 14. The ZSR Library Lecture Series will conclude the spring 2014 series with its annual Earth Day lecture, which will be co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability; the date and time will be announced later.
Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures take place in the ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404).
- Zotero: Introduction to Collecting, Managing and Citing Your Research Sources: Interested in an easy-yet-powerful alternative to EndNote for managing your citations? Come to a Zotero workshop.
- Using BrowZine to Browse Scholarly Journals: Want to browse journals in your discipline on that new iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD or other tablet? Register for a BrowZine workshop and learn how to bring back browsing as an effective method of research. (Bring your own tablet to class.)
- Using Audience Response Systems: Audience response systems, a.k.a. “clickers,” can gather real-time feedback in the classroom or during a presentation. This class will cover the basics of reserving the clickers at ZSR, installing the necessary software and exploring that software to create polls for many different situations.
- New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics: A searchable database containing the full text of the 2008 New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, plus ongoing quarterly updates.
- InfoTrac Newsstand: Full-text access to more than 1,100 newspapers, including the New York Times (1985-present). Also includes selective coverage of the Winston-Salem Journal (1997 to June 2011) and other North Carolina newspapers.
- Statistical Datasets (Basic): The creators of the Statistical Datasets database have released a user-friendly search interface, which contains the same data content. The new interface is optimized for quick statistical lookups and has links to external content related to the data. The previous interface is still available, now listed as “Statistical Datasets (Advanced).”
- Mergent Intellect: Company and industry information covering private and public U.S. and international businesses. Mergent Intellect is powered by the D&B/Hoover’s business datasets and replaces access to Hoover’s Online, which has been discontinued.
- Artemis Literary Sources: A new database for searching across multiple literary criticism resources simultaneously. Sources searched include Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, Shakespearean Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism and more.
- Film Literature Index: Indexes 150 film and television periodicals as well as select content from 200 other periodicals. Content ranges from popular to scholarly. This online version covers 1976 to 2001 and includes articles, film reviews and book reviews.
- Getty Open Content: Searches over 10,000 images in the Getty Research Institute’s Open Content Program. Open Content images can be used without first seeking permission from the Getty.
- The Alexander Street Press streaming music and video databases have a new look and feel. Bookmarks linking to individual titles or saved clips will automatically redirect to the new interface. If you have saved any links at the database level (e.g. Classical Music Online, Filmakers Library Online, Counseling and Therapy in Video), you should update your bookmarks. You can also use these URLs to the various Alexander Street databases to see the new interface.
- CQ Researcher: The library now provides a direct link to CQ Researcher. You can also still link to the CQ Electronic Library, which includes CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly and Political Handbook of the World.
- World Bank: The database entries for Global Development Finance and World Development Indicators have merged into a single entry, World Bank Open Data.
Recently, I have been working with Phoebe Zerwick to install an exhibit called “The Story of My Life” which Phoebe created along with photographer Christine Rucker and journalist Michelle Johnson. The exhibit follows the lives of six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, telling their stories through photographs, written and spoken word, and various visual art forms. The exhibit was on display at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and is currently on display in the ZSR Library. I encourage everyone to take a look at this engaging and compelling exhibit featuring biographies, photography and original art pieces.
In addition, there will be an accompanying round table discussion in the ZSR Auditorium on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 4-5pm, presented by the WFU Humanities Institute. The round table discussion will feature the creative team behind the project: Phoebe Zerwick (WFU Writing Program, Department of English), Journalist Michelle Johnson, Photographer Christine Rucker, JoAnne Vernon (Executive Director, Sawtooth School for Visual Art), and Charlene Warren (Executive Director, Group Homes of Forsyth, Inc.). A screening of the documentaries that tell the stories of each artist/resident will follow the discussion.