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Embedded Librarians and the LENS Program

Monday, July 14, 2014 4:03 pm

This is the fifth year of the LENS (Learn, Experience, Navigate, and Solve) program at Wake Forest, and librarians from ZSR have been embedded in the program since the first year! Each year the program as grown, but this year the number of students increased from 35 to 51, requiring the students to split into two teams, and doubling the number of workshops we held for these students! In addition to all the sessions the librarians lead for the LENS program, we also participate in LENS planning meetings before, during and after the program! About half the LENS students will end up as freshmen at WFU and all LENS students receive an admissions interview while on campus!Fortunately, with the increase in students participating in the program, the leaders of LENS increased the number of writing faculty involved in the program and increased the number of student program assistants. Meanwhile, the ZSR Library’s LENS team grew to three with the addition of Meghan Webb to the existing team of Hu and Bobbie! These additional resources allowed for a smooth and successful LENS 2014!

The Library kicked off its role in the program with a brief technology orientation on Monday, June 23rd, then continued with an Introduction to Google Tools on Tuesday and “Capture the Flag” on Wednesday! On Friday, Bobbie and Meghan led a scavenger hunt in the Library and a session on scholarly research. On Tuesday, July 1st I lead a session on presentation tools and on July 3rd we hosted a game of Humans v Zombies in the Library with the BTFT (Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.) We wrapped up our time with the LENS program on Thursday, July 10th, with a clicker question survey of the program and attended the LENS concluding ceremony on Friday, July 11th. At the ceremony each group gave a final presentation of their sustainability project with a local community partner! The community partners included, Campus Kitchen and the Cobblestone Farmer’s Market, just to name two!

This is always a rewarding project, and this year was no exception! Even with the larger crowd, the students responded very favorably in the final evaluations and based on the citations in their final presentations, many of them were paying attention during the research instruction session! Many thanks to Meghan Webb, the newest ZSR staff member on the LENS team! Adding another person to the team was a huge help in meeting the needs of the LENS students!

-Hu Womack, Bobbie Collins, and Meghan Webb

Capture the Flag@ZSR, Take Four!

Monday, February 13, 2012 12:39 pm

On Friday, February 10th, the ZSR Library hosted its fourthCapture the Flag event! 50 students arrived at 9pm for two hours of two games of Capture the Flag and all the pizza and sodas they could consume! While smaller than our September event, this event was well attended by a great group of enthusiastic students! We made a few changes based on what we have learned from previous events. We used actual flags rather than pieces of fabric and learned the students really like waving their opponents flag after successfully stealing it! We also continued the tradition of one game with “Human Flags”. Flags that can run make for an interesting game! We also have some prizes for the winning team, boxes of girl scout cookies that proved very popular with the members of the winning team. Susan Smith took some excellent photos of the event, and Mary Beth Lock came helped us by devising and implementing a strategy for storing the player’s personal items as all the lockers were already in use by students! I also need to thank Chris Burris for his continued support of these events! Meghan Haenn, from Campus Life, joined us as well. Campus Life supported the event by purchasing pizzas a dozen pizzas for the event! Mary Scanlon dropped by to support the event and check out how it’s done as well! All in all it was a fun way to spend a Friday night and many of our students thanked us on their way out of ZSR at 11pm! Stay tuned for Humans V. Zombies on Friday, March 2nd!


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