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The Z Smith Reynolds Library faculty and staff love to share information. Whenever it develops a program that is successful, it shares the lessons learned with the campus as well as with the larger library community. It has collaborated with local institutions to form groups to discuss relevant topics and find solutions for common issues. For example, fourteen Triad libraries joined to form the Triad Academic Library Association that has established reciprocal borrowing privileges and meets regularly to discuss topics of mutual concern. The Z Smith Reynolds librarians share information …

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A number of the Library’s large-scale projects have made a strong impact on teaching and information discovery. The Library solutions to new challenges attract interest from the larger field. The Z Smith Reynolds Library instituted a credit-based information literacy program that evolves constantly to meet changing student needs. In 2010, the Library moved its web-based services to the cloud to allow for a more agile adoption of new services and discovery methods as the potential arises. Upon gaining faculty status, a mentoring committee was established to help shepherd library faculty …

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The Z Smith Reynolds Library offers one-credit information literacy classes every semester. When this program began in 2003, one section was offered during which a different librarian taught each day. Since its inception, the program evolved from co-taught sections to individually taught sections totaling more than ten each semester. The curriculum has evolved from highly proscribed to adaptive, depending on the needs of the students and interests of the instructor. Most recently, the LIB200 series introduced subject specific versions of Lib100. There are separate courses on business, humanities, social sciences, …

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The Z Smith Reynolds Library has led the academic library world in moving its online services from local servers to the cloud. Over the last year, the ZSR Technology Services team orchestrated a migration to cloud-based services for the Library’s entire information technology infrastructure including Digital Forsyth, campus blogs and wikis, the discovery layer for the catalog, the Library website, and the institutional repository. This project involved moving away from servers located in-house on the Wake Forest campus to the Amazon EC2 cloud computing service. To accomplish this, the team …

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When ZSR Librarians voted in 2008 to become faculty, they knew there would be a new focus on presenting, publishing, and service to the field. As part of this, the Librarians’ Assembly created a Mentoring Committee charged with setting up programs to help librarians (and interested staff) learn how to participate in the larger field. Mentorships were established based on expertise of the current faculty. This allows library faculty to share information internally on how to be more effective leaders within the field as well as help them participate in …

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In many ways, ZSR Library strives to keep to its roots as a college library while meeting the new demands of a research university. It wants to keep and expand the collections while making space for collaboration, it wants to provide service at all hours of the night even when librarians are not in the building, and it adapts positions when possible to meet new needs agilely.

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In many academic libraries space is a premium, so ZSR Library is looking at creative ways to open up existing space. As part of this focus, it has collaborated with the University to establish a new offsite storage facility. This new space is optimized to store as much as it can, made possible by an installation of the tallest movable Spacesaver shelving in existence. Unlike many other academic libraries, ZSR Library is only storing the low use materials for which it does not have permanent digital rights.

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When the Library expanded to a 24/5 schedule in 2008, there were many hours in which the Library was open with no librarians on site to help users with their research needs. The Toolkit was created to meet address this gap. The Toolkit is a PRIMO recognized collection of short videos, text, and audio that is designed to answer students’ research questions quickly and effectively. The Toolkit can be searched or browsed, and is designed so that the content can be reused in a variety of contexts. The Toolkit has …

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Three newly minted ZSR librarians have been recognized as ALA Emerging Leaders. The ALA Emerging Leader program “enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.” Applicants are selected based on personal statements as well as references. In 2008, Instructional Design Librarian Lauren Pressley was a LITA sponsored Emerging Leader; in 2009, …

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In 2009 Instructional Design Librarian, Lauren Pressley, was recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. This award was created to “identify librarians, vendors, and others who are ‘shaping the future of libraries’…these individuals comprise the coming generation of library leadership.” Pressley was featured in the “Tech Evangelists” category for being a “2.0 Toolmaker.” In the award she was recognized for “knowing users’ expectations lets library staff ‘tailor our building, web presence, services, and teaching to best meet their needs’ and focus on ‘how we can be more relevant and …