During May 2015

Wake the Library – Spring 2015

Today, May 7, 2015, marks the end of yet another successful spring Wake the Library (WTL) week. This semester, WTL featured many new components that will hopefully be added to some of the traditions that encompass our WTL week. Many of the new WTL additions this semester were facilitated by the ZSR Library Ambassadors, University... more

What our Users are Saying About: Personal Research Sessions

The ZSR Research and Instruction Team is embarking on some regular assessments of our services in and we have just gotten back results from a survey we did of the students who requested one-on-one meetings with librarians through our Personal Research Session request form during the spring 2015 semester. This is one of the primary... more

Summer Renovation Projects to Begin in May

As soon as the last car drives off campus on graduation day, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library – with the help of Facilities – will commence with several summer renovation projects: Starbucks Refresh: After six years of brisk business, the Starbucks will receive a much-needed refresh. New furniture, carpet and finishes designed by Starbucks will... more

Why So Many E-books?

E-books constitute a small portion of the library budget but provide big bang for the buck. Most of the e-books available through the library come from two sources: 140,000 titles from the Ebrary subscription service. This service is provided through the statewide consortium NC LIVE. 180,000 titles in the demand-driven acquisition (rental) program. For the... more

Books for Young Readers: The Joseph O. Milner Collection of Children’s Literature

In the basement of Tribble Hall is a small collection of library materials, often described as a hidden gem, nestled among offices and classrooms. These books comprise the Joseph O. Milner Collection of Children’s Literature. The collection includes a diverse range of engaging literature for young readers— from preschool through young adult. Wake Forest University... more

Zotero Workshops in May

Interested in using the citation management tool, Zotero, to organize and cite your sources? Already a Zotero user and ready to take your research management skills to the next level? ZSR will host Zotero workshops on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday May 21. Managing your Research Library with Zotero, Part 1: Saving, Organizing and Citing... more

Philomathesian Banner Reviewed by Professional Textiles Conservator

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) recently sponsored a visit from textile conservator Claudia Walpole, who reviewed a historic banner, which was tentatively identified as belonging to the Philomathesian Literary Society of Wake Forest College. The banner was painted on silk and is rapidly deteriorating. The banner was named an Endangered Artifact for the State of... more

Senior Showcase

From present-day IVF treatments in Israel to the picturesque travel market of 18th-century Ireland to an evaluation of Basel III to the Netizens of contemporary China to advancing antibiotic development, the research presented at the Sixth Annual Senior Showcase captured the breadth and depth of undergraduate research interests. The Senior Showcase, hosted by the ZSR... more

RootsMOOC for Genealogy Research

Since 2013, ZSR has been developing ZSRx, a platform of free online learning opportunities for the greater WFU community. The most recent ZSRx offering, RootsMOOC, launched on March 23 and is the most ambitious ZSRx initiative to date. The free course, which introduces the basics of genealogy research, was developed in collaboration with the State... more

Database News, May 2015

The library has begun subscribing to these three new databases: Berg Fashion LibraryIncludes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, plus various other e-books, reference works and images. Digital Dictionary of BuddhismA compilation of Chinese logograph-based terms, texts, persons, etc., found in Buddhist canonical sources. Also includes a Chinese-Japanese-Korean-Vietnamese to English dictionary. Garland Encyclopedia... more