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This is an exciting time for academic libraries. Users have access to information never before available. Institutions are embracing new technologies and teaching methods. Librarians, as a profession, are grappling with access, electronic materials, and a redefinition of libraries and librarianship. In the midst of this, the Z Smith Reynolds Library has redefined itself. Drawing on its already strong reputation within the community, it embarks on innovative projects and shares them with the world, breaks new ground in the field of librarianship and never forgets its primary mission – …

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Wake Forest is the nation’s premier “collegiate university,” balancing the personal attention of a small liberal arts college with the breadth and depth of a large research university. Wake Forest’s relatively small size – less than 5,000 undergraduates – enables the University to create rich interdisciplinary programs within and across all programs of study. The campus is small enough for students and faculty to know one another, to forge strong links among schools and departments and to create an academic atmosphere that few other schools can match. (For more, see …

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Wake Forest University defines itself as a collegiate university. This is:
“a place where essential questions and contemporary issues are studied and debated in an environment of intellectual freedom and humane concern, within and across all disciplines; and a place where undergraduate liberal arts curricula and graduate and professional school programs are mutually enriched by collaboration and mentoring.”
It occupies a unique position between a small, personal college and a large and productive research institution. As such, the Library bridges these two communities as well. It aims to offer a personalized and …

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Over the last five years, the Z Smith Reynolds Library has rapidly transformed, embracing creativity and innovation. It shares its successes with the larger library world that other libraries might emulate these programs. Throughout this time the Library has continually strengthened as a team to support of Wake Forest’s vision. It strives to increase the strength and productivity of its relationships with Wake Forest faculty and students. Its mission is to help its students, faculty, and staff succeed, and they are successful because …