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Wake Forest strives to attract a diverse student body, and the Library seeks creative and innovative ways to reach out to students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. In 2009, librarians developed an outreach program to introduce new international graduate students to the resources and services that are available to them. The program was expanded this fall and its success will be chronicled in a chapter in the forthcoming book International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success. The editors noted that a “chapter about the programs developed for …

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With the renovation of space, the Library had many new surfaces available to be covered or decorated. It wanted to invite the students to help make the space their own. The Library created a mural contest for students to design murals and paint them on the walls. It reached out to an entire segment of the student body that might not have thought about the Library as their space before: the artists. A contest was held and students and library staff selected two. This was such a successful program that …

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This year Campus Life, Student Activities Fee group, and Resident Student Association approached the Library about hosting a Capture the Flag game in the Library during the first few weeks of school. Always eager to reach out to a diverse new pool of students to introduce them to the Library in creative ways, the Library embraced this and hosted the premier Capture the Flag in the Library. Students stormed the building, defending the stacks and descending on collections, introducing the Library to a new class of Wake Forest University students. …

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The Z Smith Reynolds Library does all it can to attract the brightest library faculty and staff to support the mission of the University. It does this informally, as a community, and formally, with help from administration.

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In 2006, the library’s Employee Recognition committee designed a comprehensive recognition program that combines recognition for small acts as well as larger projects. The cornerstone of this program is the Dedicated Deacon. Through a simple web form, library faculty and staff can easily nominate colleagues who go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. Each person who is recognized gets a copy of their recognition and one is randomly drawn from the pool of Dedicated Deacons to be recognized publicly at the monthly staff meeting. All …

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In 2005, librarians’ salaries at ZSR were 25% lower than the median level of their peers according to national salary surveys. The then library director (now Dean) Lynn Sutton spearheaded a major initiative that included compensation and classification reviews, revised job descriptions, and advocacy within the University to raise the wages for both exempt and non-exempt workers. A five year plan was approved to bring all employees to the median level. Thanks to Dr. Sutton’s efforts, the plan actually was completed 2 years ahead of schedule, in 2008. This work …

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Today’s students have different expectations when it comes to the role of the library on the web. The Web Services Librarian, Kevin Gilbertson, continually looks for ways to make the website exceed the expectations of today’s students. This web presence helps raise the profile of the University online and contributes to its ability to recruit a strong pool of students. This year, his work was recognized with a LYRASIS 2010 Excellence and NextGen Librarian Award.Specifically this award recognized Gilbertson’s innovative approach to the Library’s website, VuFind (the discovery layer for …

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The Library explores ways to reach out to students and to bring in a more diverse body of students into the Library. One way has been to create programming that will connect to less traditional students. The highly successful, and much emulated “Get Game” series is an example of just that. This program, started in 2005, evolved each semester, drawing on the involvement of different groups each semester. The game nights brought in attendees from various campus constituencies. Since its inception it has been featured in a number of conference …

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The Z Smith Reynolds Library is the place to work at Wake Forest University. A 2009 campus climate survey found that ZSR’s faculty and staff are the most satisfied with their work campus-wide. One hundred percent of those who identified ZSR as their workplace agreed with the statement “All in all, I am really satisfied with my job.” With such a positive feeling about their work environment, they easily reach out to let others know what a wonderful place this is when they are recruiting, enabling them to reach out …

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The Library is passionate about collaborative public engagement outreach programs that extend their academic relationships, in particular, those that allow them to reach a diverse audience of future students. In particular, their participation in the annual collaborative program for high school students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was a highlight. Over a three day workshop, a librarian was embedded to teach information literacy skills and technology-based research tools to develop their problem-solving research skills in the sciences.