During September 2008

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Library Renovations

L-R: Mike Lancaster, Director Lynn Sutton, Provost Tiefenthaler, President Hatch, Mark Williard An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30 to celebrate the Summer 2008 renovations in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, including a new Starbucks, which opened September 22. James Alty, associate vice president for facilities and campus services, was the master... more

New Study Room Ready for Students!

Room 401, the room that used to house Current Periodicals on the 4th floor of the Reynolds Wing, has been repurposed into student group and individual study space. New furniture, complete with additional power capabilities, was delivered and installed on September 25. The new space adds 82 new seats, a combination of soft seating and... more

Bug in a book

On Friday, September 26, I was summoned by the Circulation Staff to look at a returned book. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had a cockroach smashed within it’s pages. I immediately photographed it (see a photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zsrlibrary/2890143658/), and took the steps necessary to have the book withdrawn. I was relieved when I... more

Library hits the bricks!

The ZSR library hit the bricks today to help support the Brian Piccolo cancer research fund. Eight hours of fun, walking, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Susan led the team off at 11am and currently Carol Cramer is braving the headwind and clouds to keep our baton heading around the quad! more

Starbucks is Open

Stop by the library and get some coffee at the new Starbucks! Hours for Starbucks are: Day Hours Sunday 10 am – 1 am Monday – Thursday 7 am – 1 am Friday 7 am – 7 pm Saturday 10 am – 7 pm The grand opening will be next Tuesday, September 30th at 11:30... more

Biblio Social Software

Yesterday we held the inaugural Emerging Technologies Talk for the staff development committee. Our plan is to host a monthly discussion (two weeks off from the journal group) on new and emerging technologies. To get us off to a good start I though I’d go with something that people in the library would be interested... more

Presidents’ Leadership Conference

For the third year in a row, I was invited to the Presidents’ Leadership Conference, jointly sponsored by the President of the University and the Student Government President. Student leaders invite administrators whom they wish to engage in discussion about campus issues. The format is a weekend retreat, held this year at Smith Mountain Lake... more

From the Suggestion Box: Searching for DVDs

Please update the media search page for DVDs with more options to narrow searches more effectively. Thank you for your suggestion. We realize our current system is not all that functional for media. We have been testing an enhancement to our public catalog with the ability to limit by topic/headings, language, publication date, and possibly... more

From the Suggestion Box: Book Suggestions

There are several books which I think the library should consider purchasing. The Post Secret book series compiled by Frank Warren famous for ‘Post Secret’ would be fun to have on the shelves, as would the book titles The Art of looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher, an interesting art book I just learned about through... more

Open Source Business Intelligence Software

As many of you know, the ZSR library is beginning to look at open source alternatives to our current systems.  A few of us have seen Vufind in action and have talked about Open ILS alternatives.  This discussion is just starting and should yield some interesting results in the coming months. One thing that I have... more