The Year of Outreach
2014 has been the Year of Outreach at ZSR. We have tried a number of different modes of outreach, from events to databases. Several activities were very ambitious in scope:
The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education. This university-wide event was a panel discussion that included Provost Rogan Kersh, Vice President Andy Chan, and Mike Riley, a Wake Forest alum who is currently the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dean Lynn Sutton served as moderator of the panel. Over 200 people attended the event and listened to discussion on topics such as MOOCs, the value of a liberal arts degree, tenure, unsustainable costs, changing demographics, admissions, and the failure of the model.
Connections & Conversations started with a suggestion from an alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors. He said that not all Wake Forest alums come back for Homecoming and other events centered on sports. He wondered if the University could offer a weekend back on campus around intellectual topics, where they could engage with faculty on ideas, just like the old days. That sounded so worthwhile that Dean Sutton offered to work with the Alumni Office to make it happen. We wanted it to take place in ZSR so that alumni who had not seen the library in a while could witness the changes that had happened over the years. We chose the theme of “well-being” because of its central importance to the university. We recruited six faculty and staff speakers around the 8 dimensions of well-being. Provost Kersh, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, and Student Government President Jacqueline Sutherland were the keynote speakers.
This event was envisioned as a way to celebrate the academic success of WFU seniors. About 300 students, family members and faculty gathered in the atrium on Friday evening of Spring Family Weekend to honor seniors who achieved the Dean’s List during their junior or senior years. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, it was an exceptional event, as many of these students call ZSR their second home, spend much of their undergraduate experience studying here, and enjoyed sharing the experience with their parents.
Alumni Databases. The Library realizes that the need for good research and reliable information doesn’t stop when Wake Forest students graduate, so we now provide WFU alumni with access to selected subscription databases free of charge.
For More Information
For more information about the outreach efforts of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, you can: