Digital Scholarship

Digital Scholarship News from ZSR Library

Surviving Records of NC Baptist Churches Now Online

This January, the North Carolina Baptist Church Records became the newest online digital collection to emerge from ZSR’s North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection. As of today the records of 60 church congregations are available online—spanning as far back as the 1700’s. The remaining churches have also had their materials digitized, and are currently in the... more

Innovations in Scholarly Communication

In 2015-2016, WFU participated in the Innovations in Scholarly Communication survey developed at Utrecht University. This instrument assessed tool usage across 17 research activities in the scholarly communication cycle. The local and international results are now available for analysis. Over nine months, the survey collected 20,663 responses. Responses came from 151 different countries, and the... more

Student Spotlight: Graduating Seniors Recap Experience In Digitization Lab

Student assistants play a huge role in Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Within each of the library’s departments, their contribution to library services is all-important. This is truly the case in ZSR’s Digitization Lab where students digitize thousands of objects each semester. During the 2015-16 academic year, eight student assistants provided their services in the Digitization Lab, primarily... more

Wake Forest Magazine: Take A Look Back, With Digital Back Issues

Although back issues of Wake Forest Magazine can be obtained digitally via the Wake Forest Magazine website, its earliest issues were only available in print. And unfortunately, these print issues are scarce outside of ZSR Library. The Digital Scholarship Unit and Special Collections & Archives at ZSR are bridging this gap to make digital copies... more

Biographical Files: Piecing Together Life Stories

Looking for great biographical information about people connected to North Carolina Baptist history, as well as notable individuals linked to Wake Forest’s rich past? If so, we have great news. It’s just a mouse click away on WakeSpace Digital Collections! There are currently 1161 individuals uploaded to this growing online collection. This includes 303 names... more

Ways Wake Forest Promotes Open Access

To bookend Open Access Week with my previous post about the Google Books win, I wanted to quickly highlight ways Wake Forest promotes open access. Open Access Fund – we support faculty seeking to publish in OA venues that charge article processing fees by covering the publication costs; if you are interested and your venue... more

Google Books Wins Again

Happy Open Access Week! Each October, institutions around the globe celebrate and advocate for open access to knowledge, be it articles or books or data or learning materials. To celebrate OA this week, I will be blogging about OA and OA-related news. So, to kick things off, I’m going to start by pointing you to... more

“Rising Star” of Evolution

If your news sources are anything like my news sources (disclaimer: NPR nerd here!), then you’ve undoubtedly heard about the new human species remains found in South Africa. Homo naledi was a previously unknown early human ancestor, and the amount of skeletal remains found in a South African cave point to the earliest known ritual... more

Build.ZSR: Library-Faculty Partnerships for Scholarly Digital Projects

Build.ZSR enables faculty to partner with librarians to develop scholarly digital projects in support of research, teaching and learning. ZSR provides considerable expertise in project development, from simple course blogs and online exhibits to more complex and experimental digital initiatives. ZSR can help by providing Web hosting and Web development or even by implementing a... more

Elsevier’s new (anti-)sharing policy

In late April, Elsevier announced a change in its policy regarding author deposits of articles. In what Elsevier claims is a change to facilitate better understanding of its sharing policies, the previous policy—enacted in 2012—that differentiated between institutions that do have open access policies versus those that do not has been streamlined, and the new... more