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During May 2011...

CERT Training this week

Friday, May 27, 2011 12:00 pm

Craig, Wanda, Travis and I all spent mornings and afternoons out of the library becoming certified in CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team training. The training was extensive and exhausting. (Think CPR-First Aid-team building-survivor training and psychological distress all in one.) While the training was demanding, we did also have some fun.
Each module was taught by a different instructor from Forsyth County’s Emergency Response Team. We discussed the importance of being prepared for an emergency and utilizing the resources available on the ReadyForsyth.org website. With this being Hurricane Preparedness week in North Carolina, and following so closely on the heels of the tornadoes in the center of the country, we had plenty of relevant and timely discussion on how a community responds to and recovers from emergencies.

Our week included modules on:
*Search and Rescue
Travis helps with cribbing

*Emergency Response
Using cribbing to raise a heavy object off an injured individual

*Triage/Tagging and First Aid
CERT Training

*How to deal with psychological issues like survivors guilt, and providing solace to the grieving without getting too emotionally involved.

*How to respond to terrorist attacks

The number one job of any CERT member is to only enter into a rescue if your own personal safety is assured. The number two job is to save as many people as possible. So sometimes hard decisions are made in deciding how and when to treat individuals.
It was an engaging week, but it is difficult to spend so much time thinking about and reacting to such demanding and depressing topics. Part of me hopes that I’ll be able to put all of this new found knowledge to use, but another part of me truly hopes it is never necessary.

ZSR CERT

The Library now has 4 new members of Forsth County’s CERT program. Other units represented included members from Campus Police, Divinity, the Law School, Theater, and Biology.

Achieving Your Leadership Potential

Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:13 pm

This week, I attended the PDC class “Achieving Your Leadership Potential: Developing Extraordinary Leaders.” Meeting one hour each morning for four consecutive days, I found the class to be a valuable learning experience. The group of people I was seated with come from all across campus and have very different jobs than me. Human Resources, the Police Department, the Office of Sustainability, and the Finance Department were all represented in my immediate group, not to mention Reynolda House, the Provost’s Office, IS, and a variety of other places on campus had staff and faculty in attendance. We were all there for the same reason, to explore how we all might improve our leadership skills to become more effective leaders in our current positions.

We began the class with “pre-work” that involved identifying our major job responsibilities, our strengths, and finally our “growth areas” (no weaknesses). This self-reflection that started the class would continue every day with additional worksheets, quizzes, and discussions with others in the class. Identifying competencies is not easy feat, and neither is developing a leadership development plan, which is the final outcome of taking this class. Matching our job responsibilities with “growth areas” identified specific targets that are important to work on within the context of departmental and organizational expectations. Identifying ways to work on these growth areas (i.e., training, observation, coaching), seeking feedback, responding appropriately to feedback (this can also be a growth area), and learning agility were all discussed in groups and by the class leader, Melissa Clodfelter.

I enjoyed the class and have come away with action points to work on to become a more successful leader. Not only do I think I can use this self-awareness to better work within the expectations of my new position, but I also met some great people across campus, and most importantly saw that everyone has “growth areas” and a little direction and confidence can turn these weaknesses into strengths.

CERT Training

Monday, May 23, 2011 10:19 pm

Wanda and our tower of paper

Wanda and Craig ready to go

Wanda and Craig put out a fire

From Monday through Thursday of this week, several ZSR Staff (Wanda, Mary Beth, Travis, and Craig) are participating in CERT Training. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The concept for this group was conceived after 9/11. The idea is to have a cadre of trained individuals prepared to respond in times of need. The CERT group is part of an outreach program from FEMA called the Citizen Corps. CERT groups are trained to increase community involvement and to assist first responders. Community groups are trained in basic fire safety, disaster preparedness, search and rescue, etc. in order to be available to a community in need. Wake Forest has, for some time, wanted such a team-and after this week, this team will exist.
On our first day, we received an overview from Darrell Jeter (Forsyth County Emergency Management) and Fire Safety from Jim Young, a Forsyth County Fire Educator. We touched on subjects such as tornado and flood safety, disaster preparedness and basic fire safety, In the afternoon, we all had the chance to extinguish a fire under the supervision of the WFU Police and our local WFU Firemen. It was fun to watch each group of two “buddies” approach a fire together and put it out using a fire extinguisher (watch Travis and Cindy).

The rest of the week, we’ll continue to learn and practice basic safety and disaster response techniques followed by a concluding ‘disaster exercise’ on Thursday. I’m sure others will post about this educationally active week.

Guns and Newspapers

Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:38 pm

Last week I took a walk on the wild side and traveled to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in a suburb of Fort Worth Texas. There I presented on the process and significance of digitizing the NC Biblical Recorder at the annual conference of the Association of Librarians and Archivists of Baptist Institutions (ALABI).

SBTS is a flat friendly place, with wide shady spaces between its large, concrete buildings. At SBTS, the President, Paige Patterson (above right), formerly President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, requires that all deans undergo comprehensive training in firearms. With prophetic foresight, he anticipated the day, now imminent, when the Texas legislature would make it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. To summarize two of his papers, “Hunting’s Ultimate Happiness,” and “A Nation at Risk” if the Good Samaritan had been at Virginia Tech, he would have been prepared to use his weapon. Indeed, Patterson has forged a ministry around guns, forming church based societies throughout Texas to strengthen the father-son-bond (foundational to society) through hunting. Just before lunch on the first day we were treated to a tour of Patterson’s office, which displays a small portion of his trophies.

I learned at the conference that there are TWO major Baptist conferences in Raleigh next year, which gives me two more chances to promote the Biblical Recorder project to Baptist historians and librarians. The very few other digitization projects that include Baptist materials are working with Lyrasis and the Internet Archive. The interest of the ALABI group in our project was high.

Sarah at ANCHASL Meeting

Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:29 pm

On April 29th, I attended the Association of N.C. Health and Science Libraries (ANCHASL) Spring Meeting and a continuing education event on study design in Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) at Duke University Medical Library. This class was taught by Connie Schardt, Associate Director of Education Services and Public Services at Duke University Medical Center Library. She covered different types of study design including Case-Control Studies (retrospective), Cohort Studies (prospective), Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials (efficacy of a treatment), Systematic Reviews (literature review) and Meta-Analysis (statistical analysis of multiple studies). Critical appraisal of the medical literature was also discussed as well as the importance of reducing bias in studies through randomization, concealed allocation, equitable treatment of groups, etc. This trip also brought back memories of studying and searching PubMed for lab reports in Duke Medical Library, and it was interesting to see how this library has changed since I was a student. Overall, this class on EBM was very informative and engaging.

Webinar: archiving social media sites with ArchiveIt

Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:12 pm

This afternoon, Craig, Rebecca, and I sat down for a webinar from ArchiveIt about archiving social media sites. The advanced training session covered the reasons for archiving social media (“a tweet is a record”) and then explored how to add specific seed URLs to one’s ArchiveIt web archive to get the content being created via these social media sites.

Some takeaways from the webinar include:

  • Always run a test crawl to see how many documents and space you are crawling
  • Review test crawl results when adding new seed URLs
  • Be specific with social media site URLs

For Twitter, our instructor noted that we should always remove hashtags from Twitter URLs and that searches cannot be saved easily. Also, she mentioned that one should always turn off Javascript before adding a Twitter URL, or the hashtag that prevents proper crawling will automatically be included.

For Facebook, we were informed that (not surprisingly) ArchiveIt can crawl only public pages and it cannot crawl behind a login page. Through specific directions using ArchiveIt, we can ignore robots.txt which tends to block social media sites from being crawled. They recommend ignoring both facebook.com and fbcdn.net, and also putting a document limit of 2000 for each Facebook seed. Again, the instructors recommend turning off Javascript to allow for proper crawling of the information on the page.

Additional information about how to put scope and document limits when adding social media seed URLs to ArchiveIt can be found on the “Archiving Social Networking Sites with ArchiveIt” page on the ArchiveIt wiki. We’ll be organizing and adding new social media seeds to the ZSR ArchiveIt account!

ALADN 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:47 am

Lest anyone be tempted by travel envy, I will say that it rained, snowed, and sleeted today in Flagstaff, AZ where I am attending the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) conference.

Despite the current weather, I have always liked ALADN because of its small size (maybe 125 registrants) and tight focus (fundraising for academic libraries). Almost all participants are either library deans/directors or library development officers. For seven years, I have wanted to bring my own development officer with me so this year I was extremely proud to bring Angela Glover along and introduce her to her new library development colleagues (she may wish to provide her own narrative of the trip).

This year’s conference planners added a “Master” track for experienced fundraisers. I have enjoyed sitting in on these sessions where pro’s trade war stories and generously offer hints and tips. You might think that competitive fundraisers would be reluctant to share tips for success, but this group is the most generous I’ve ever seen. It might be the fact that the Library is often not at the forefront on institutional fundraising priorities, so the people who do it like to band together and help each other out. Already, Angela has had offers of help from some of the most successful library development people out there.

We have had sessions on negotiating with donors, the analytics of donor prospecting (really geeky stuff), building a program from scratch, redirecting troublesome gifts, and moving donors through the pipeline. One panel of library deans gave their perspective on what was helpful (nonrestricted funds) and what was not (small book funds in esoteric areas). Through it all, I kept thinking these are problems I would like to have! I am confident that with Angela’s help, we will begin to show results. I can’t wait!

2011 NCICU Purchasing Committee

Monday, May 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Derrik and I attended this year’s Purchasing Committee meeting at High Point University last week. This was the first time the group has done a 1 day format and they jam-packed it! The whole focus was e-books.

We heard a hilarious presentation from Tim Rogers of NC Live poking fun at the ad-hoc purchasing approach for e-books by NC Live to-date, but then he gave his serious plan for a more organized approach, which received resounding approval. We also had a Lyrasis update from Cal Shepherd.

The majority of the day was spent in hearing purchasing proposals from the various vendors who came in person to pitch — this marked a return to the style from the NCCIHE meetings that I experienced as a new librarian in NC, maintaining a strict focus on collective buying advantages. It became fairly clear that EBL and ebrary are the main players, while EBSCO’s pick-up of NetLibrary has some good potential since they will adopt more current access and pricing models as fast as they can arrange it with the publishers. We also learned that EBL has made a proposal to NC Live, but we have to remember that NC Live is waiting to find out about the state budget and has made preparations for cuts of products if necessary. No specific actions were taken by the NCICU Purchasing Committee with any particular vendor yet since the outcome of many presentations culminated in more info to come by email.

High Point University is impressive — lots of newer buildings. We were in the fancy new building for the Wilson School of Commerce for meals, and passed by the Boardroom and Trading Room (with electronic “ticker tape” board scrolling around the entire top perimeter) en route to the Banquet room, which had a projector that dropped down from hiding behind a ceiling tile. The rest of the time we were in Norton International Home Furnishings Center, and I hope 204 looks this good when upgraded. Now if we could just get those same La-Z-Boy Executive Chairs, we’d really be in business!

“Archon…making it work for you”

Friday, May 13, 2011 3:22 pm

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking the shuttle to the Carpenter Library to watch a SAA webinar “Archon…making it work for you”. Dianne Johnson, Archivist at the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives, registered for the event and invited our department to listen in.

I must say, I was very impressed with Archon and am excited about the possibilities of what Archives Space, the much talked about (but not in this webinar) future product which will result from the merging of Archon and Archivists’ Toolkit.

First an foremost, Archon has a public access option, which Archivists’ Toolkit does not. The search-ability of the database both by the public and employees far surpasses the capabilities of Archivists’ Toolkit. Browsing by title, creator, digital objects, subjects and record groups, as well as keywords, is a great benefit of this program and something that is not possible in the software we are currently using. Digital objects, audio, and video can be attached to a finding aid and viewed within the context of the collection, record group, or fonds. My interest was piqued and I have spent some time searching the Archon repositories from University of Illinois Archives, where the webinar speakers Christopher Prom and Scott Schwartz work.

I feel that although this software has many advantages, we here at ZSR are on the right track in terms of understanding, organizing, and finding our collections. We have done a lot of work over the past year adding resources into Archivists’ Toolkit, yet we have a lot more to do in terms of processing the materials and making them available to the public.

What I take away from “Archon…making it work for you” is that it is a great product. I am optimistic that Archives Space will take the best of both Archon and Archivists’ Toolkit and that we, the Archives and Special Collections team, will be prepared with searchable content and excellent finding aids.

Many thanks to Dianne for inviting me to listen in.

LAUNCH-CH Research Forum

Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:33 pm

Inside the Box Poster Session

By Craig and Audra

On Tuesday, March 10, Audra and I journeyed to Chapel Hill to present our poster at the Librarians’ Association of UNC-CH Research Forum held in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. The forum is a combination of poster sessions and paper presentations: there were 10 posters and 3 papers presented. Poster Sessions were held outside the assembly room where papers were presented which allowed visitors to view and talk about posters with each presenter. Audra and I got lots of great comments and met a number of people interested in using archival material for information literacy. Our poster, entitled: Inside the Box: Incorporating Archival Material into Undergraduate Information Literacy Instruction described our LIB100 class last fall where we used materials from the Dolmen Press Collection for group research and exhibit projects.
Inside the Box poster

Interestingly, it seemed like the subtext of the Research Forum was library instruction and information literacy because most of the presenters dealt with the is subject in some way.

After our first hour of presenting our poster, we had an hour of paper presentations with the anchor leg of the presentation delivered expertly by Roz Tedford!

The first paper was given by Genya O’Gara from the NC State University Special Collections Research Center regarding the Student Leadership Initiative, a project to document student leadership in NCSU history through oral interviews and videos. Through a partnership with the Public History program at NCSU, their department was able to train students using the workshop method to create a cohort of students. This cohort could then connect to NCSU history through oral history interviews with past student leaders. Genya found that alums preferred to speak to current student students instead of librarians. Some of the benefits of the program have been new oral histories, collaboration with other departments, new collections donated by interviewed alumni, enhancing the University Archives’ web portal, creation of physical and digital exhibits, and new programs and events.

The second paper was presented by Lynda Kellam and Jenny Dale from UNCG and was entitled: “Living and Learning with the Library: Outreach to Campus Learning Communities.” At UNCG, they are attempting to give every freshman the opportunity to participate in a “learning community.” A learning community is described as a group who lives and learns together- so many (like the Warren Ashby Residential College) focus on certain issues-like social justice. Lynda and Ginny have been given the assignment of implementing this program by actually being ‘in residence’ at each learning community for several hours each week. This is really being ‘embedded.’ This is a great concept to bring a librarian directly to the students and make them available in a significant way.

The final paper of the day, presented by ZSR’s Roz Tedford was entitled: “How to Build it, so They Will Come: Designing and Implementing a Successful For-Credit Information Literacy Program.” Roz described Wake Forest and ZSR as well as the foundations of LIB100 as a team taught course initially. She went on to say that the first LIB100 efforts were quickly revamped into individually taught courses, which give each instructor the freedom to teach the course as they see fit. This freedom is part of the success of LIB100at ZSR. Roz said LIB100 at ZSR is so very successful because it is marketed by our students. When students tell other students a course is great, Roz says, “you’re done” and marketing really isn’t necessary. I was proud to sit there and listen to one of ZSR’s leaders tell of our success in information literacy. When the question session started, it was apparent that Roz had interested the crowd because most of the questions were directed to her.
Following the papers, Audra and I spent another hour talking to people about our project and visiting the other posters. All in all, this was a great day of swapping stories, sharing our experience in information literacy and knowing that our efforts are appreciated not only at ZSR, but in the library world at large.


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