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The culture of ZSR Library is one of creativity and innovation. The administration encourages its faculty and staff – to think imaginatively, then experiment. They are given the freedom to innovate by creating new programs that will engage their community. This culture results in projects that range from an exam week graffiti wall for students to a “cans for fines” program for the holidays. This section will outline some of the creative and innovative projects that the faculty and staff of ZSR Library have implemented with a focus on how …

Creativity & Innovation, Engagement »

The Z Smith Reynolds Library constantly looks for ways to promote exceptional teaching, discovery, and engagement within the larger University community. In particular, it has focused its efforts on finding innovative ways to support its own instructional efforts and develop its collections within the scope of the library budget and mission.

Creativity & Innovation, Engagement »

The Z Smith Reynolds Library’s core instructional service is a credit-based information literacy class. In addition, many librarians teach library instruction sessions and do technology training. With such an emphasis on the classroom, librarians know the benefit of developing support for library instructors to help them teach more effectively. They have done this in a number of ways including designing a template course complete with content for new instructors to use, pairing experienced library instructors with new, and providing formal and information opportunities for sharing instructional techniques.
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Creativity & Innovation, Engagement »

In 2006, President Nathan O. Hatch began the Presidential Trust for Faculty Excellence campaign, aimed to attract $10 million in funds for faculty support. As part of this, the Library received 10% of the raised funds for library support of faculty. The library developed an innovative program to award funds for faculty research. During the three year campaign, the Library received and then distributed $650,000 to acquire resources and collections. This project was about more than just the funds and materials, however. Faculty who required specialized materials or collections to …

Creativity & Innovation, Engagement »

In 2008, the Library negotiated with the University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to secure 10% of the indirect costs from all Reynolda campus grants when allowed. This funding has been used to expand the Library’s approval plan and provides support for the Science Direct Freedom Collection. Access to this external funding source has allowed the Library to enhance the current and rapidly developing collection in order to meet increased needs for faculty scholarship.

Creativity & Innovation, Engagement »

It is clear that electronic monographs are gaining a legitimate place in the publishing world. However, there are challenges because of the proliferation of ebook platforms. The Z Smith Reynolds Library has been systematically exploring how to adapt to this new monograph environment and how to help its users adjust to these new content containers. The Library has set aside $100,000 to invest in patron-driven acquisitions of ebook titles. Users request the title from the Library’s online catalog and after 4 uses, the title is purchased. This allows the Library …

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As technology enables new ways of finding information and interacting with the internet, ZSR Library works to push the boundaries of discovery within its community. One example of this was the library’s implementation of Quick Response (QR) Codes within the physical building. These codes allow students to find out about the services offered at a number of points within the Library. Some of these codes refer to methods to get in touch with library faculty and staff or links to tutorials. For example, QR Codes by the photocopiers link to …

Creativity & Innovation, Engagement »

More recently, the Library has begun to use the service Gowalla to enhance the discoverability of its archive materials around campus. Students using this location-based social network check in to different venues to share their location with their friends. When checking in, Gowalla users can see pictures related to their current location. The Z Smith Reynolds Library is adding archived campus construction images to the appropriate venues on Gowalla so that students will be able to see historic images when they check in. These new ways of embedding information in …

Academics, Creativity & Innovation »

The Z Smith Reynolds Library’s 2007 Strategic Plan called for a place on campus that “draws together, in one location, various student support systems including… the Writing Center, IS Help Desk and Teaching and Learning Center.” In an effort to provide the intimacy and support of an undergraduate liberal arts college while providing the services and resources of a research university with a creative and innovative approach, the University has co-located a number of services in the ZSR Library building. These co-located services allow for a synergy that comes from …

Academics, Creativity & Innovation »

In 2010, space was carved out to move the University’s Writing Center, a place for collaborative learning and conversation about the writing process, to ZSR Library. Extensive renovations took place over the summer of 2010 and the Center opened for the fall semester. The Writing Center’s Director had this to say about their move to the new space, “One of the most exciting things about the Writing Center’s move to our new space in ZSR… is the fact that we will be even more accessible to students throughout their writing …