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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.

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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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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …