Beyond the Desk

Research, Instruction, & Technology News from ZSR Library

2021: The Year in Reading

As we bid farewell to 2021, let’s take a moment to review our year in reading. The following titles from our browsing collection represent books that were frequently checked out by members of our reading community in the past year. Additionally, a few ZSR librarians and staff members wanted to share their favorite reads in... Continue reading “2021: The Year in Reading”

New Streaming Film Service Available through ZSR: Swank Top 1000

ZSR now has access to the Swank Top 1000 collection from Swank Digital Campus. This resource provides access to the most-requested films in Swank’s collection of over 25,000 feature films, documentaries and foreign films from the largest movie studios, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, NBCUniversal, Columbia Pictures, Lions Gate, MGM, Miramax and many more.... Continue reading “New Streaming Film Service Available through ZSR: Swank Top 1000”

New Study Space Opens – Just in Time for Finals!

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library unveiled new 24/7 study space that opened up for student use on 11/17/2021. The study room is accessed through the West entrance or by taking the stairs on the west side of the 24/7 Reading Room, (where the smart lockers are.) The room has 14 tables and are arranged for... Continue reading “New Study Space Opens – Just in Time for Finals!”

Homecoming: Special Collections & Archives

Homecoming is always a special event on the Wake Forest campus, but it was especially poignant this year. Special Collections was involved in a variety of events, and we appreciated seeing all the happy faces of our alums! On Friday afternoon, we hosted a reunion of the 1968 Football Team with over 75 team and... Continue reading “Homecoming: Special Collections & Archives”

Rodrigo Castro Appointed Director of Public Services

I am pleased to announce that Rodrigo Castro has been appointed Director of Public Services at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, effective December 1st. Rodrigo comes from Boston College’s Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Library, where he served as the Head Librarian for Access Services. Previously, Rodrigo served as Head of Access Services for the University... Continue reading “Rodrigo Castro Appointed Director of Public Services”

Tech and Treat at ZSR

ZSR is running a short survey to get your thoughts on tech you want to use in the library and check out of the library. Enter to win prizes! Continue reading “Tech and Treat at ZSR”

Game Night @ ZSR – October 2021 Edition

On Friday, October 22nd, 2021, the ZSR Library hosted our second Super Smash Bros tournament! (our first tournament was in February 2020!) We were excited to team up with the eSport club, the Board Game club, and the ZSR Ambassadors to create a fun evening that included not only a tournament but also a Halloween... Continue reading “Game Night @ ZSR – October 2021 Edition”

WFU-Wide Access to Now Available

ZSR Library is pleased to announce that we now provide institutional access to the New York Times Online free of charge to all WFU faculty, staff, and students. has been one of the most frequently-requested resources by members of the WFU community. This year, we were able to take advantage of a timely deal... Continue reading “WFU-Wide Access to Now Available”

The ZSR Library’s Little Free Library Expands to THREE Locations!

In the Summer of 2021, with the help of an Innovation Grant from the Dean of ZSR, the ZSR Library’s Little Free Library expanded and moved into the 24-hour study space at the front of ZSR. (Shoutout to Bookmarks, our local, independent bookstore, for passing along “advance reader copies” [ARCs] to help stock the library... Continue reading “The ZSR Library’s Little Free Library Expands to THREE Locations!”

Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Retreat – Fall 2021

After postponing last year’s Fall Break Graduate Student Retreat to Spring Break 2021, and then moving it to Zoom, it was nice to hold a face-to-face fall retreat over fall break this year! On Thursday, Oct. 7th, the ZSR Library, along with the Graduate School, hosted our fifth annual research retreat for WFU graduate students.... Continue reading “Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Retreat – Fall 2021”