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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 …

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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 …

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The Bridge is a new collaborative venture between ZSR Library and WFU Information Systems. A central space in the Library that previously housed a computer lab and the Information Technology Center was transformed to create a convenient place for technology assistance on campus. It combines the information technology services of ZSR Library with the Information Services Help Desk. Services include laptop troubleshooting and repair, instructional technology support, videography, and multimedia services. The service is co-managed by ZSR and IS staff and student assistants. The new operation has exceeded expectations; during …

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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 …

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Wake Forest has the intimacy of a liberal arts college, allowing it to know the members of its community personally and have close relationships with them, while having the output of a research university. As such, the Library facilitates ways to provide opportunities for students to share their research, to recognize faculty’s accomplishments, and push itself to contribute to the scholarship of its own field as well.

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Senior Showcase

In an effort to connect with undergraduates while promoting their research and scholarship, the Library initiated a senior research showcase in 2010. Senior students were nominated by their faculty advisor for their thesis research. Honorees were selected by a library faculty review panel. The three selected honorees shared their research with an audience of library faculty, staff, and academic faculty. These students gained experience that helped them learn how to present academic work professionally, as well as gaining perspectives that will help them in their future academic career. This …