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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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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 …