Events & Classes

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library features a variety of events, workshops, and more. The library often partners with other units on campus to offer these programs. For more information, contact the library. Below is a list of upcoming events and classes.

  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting 3D documentary epic from aclaimed expratriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustated democratic dreams of a people successively plagued by the horrors of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. 160 minutes
  • ZSR Library, Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625)
    Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson had a long and distinguished administrative career at Wake Forest. His positions included: Assistant Dean, Undergraduate College; Acting Dean of the College; Dean of the College; Provost (First) (1967-1990); Vice President for Special Projects; and Senior Vice President. Under his leadership, a Faculty Committee voted to end segregation, Wake Forest established its residential study abroad programs in London and Venice, and established the Wake Forest Press. He also represented Wake Forest on numerous national organizations, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), where he also served as president. This exhibit will focus on the significant changes witnessed by Dr. Wilson during his many administrative positions. Selected documents will illustrate historical events such as integration, the creation of the study abroad programs, the establishment of the Wake Forest Press, an increasing growth of athletic programs, collection purchases for ZSR Library, among others.
  • ZSR Library, Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625)
    What exactly are versals? Often seen in ancient manuscripts, versals are large embellished letters with elaborate flourishes, curves and ornate patterns, that set off a piece of calligraphy work. A modern twist on versal creation has taken place in calligrapher Joyce Teta’s Encore class. Starting with a small Gideon’s bible the students utilized their calligraphy skills in creating their own interpretation of a versal. This exhibit showcases the resulting 26 artist’s books highlighting students’ creative use and interpretation of versals.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend this session to learn about the exciting new opportunities for our campus provided by a second major grant from the Mellon Foundation. The session will provide important information about how you can apply to participate in these and other programs supported by the Mellon Foundation through Summer 2022. Refreshments will be provided.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Across departments and courses, undergraduate and graduate students are frequently assessed on their ability to craft strong thesis statements—or, statements that express the main argumentative position of the paper. Research in Writing Studies, however, points to the many challenges students experience in conceptualizing thesis statements—challenges that can be exacerbated by certain teaching practices (such as requiring thesis statements in advance of draft submissions). In this workshop, participants will explore strategies for assisting their students to develop strong thesis statements. The workshop is informed by three traditions of writing research: What do contemporary rhetoric and style manuals advise about writing thesis statements? What does interview-based analysis of actual students’ writing processes suggest about best teaching practices? What does text analysis of over 200 hundred A-graded essays across disciplines reveal about linguistic expression of thesis statements in successful student writing? Participants will discuss their own values for thesis-driven writing and explore strategies for refining their teaching of writing. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625)
    Celebrate Archives Month and view our newest exhibits: “Documenting Change at Wake Forest: Dr. Edwin Wilson’s Papers” and “Bible Versals.” We will also feature new online resources for Queer History Month. Light refreshments will be served.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Research in its raw form is often messy. OpenRefine is a free tool that scholars can use to examine, clean, and add structure to the information they gather. Learn more about this powerful tool and how it can support your own research.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Dates & Times can be tricky data to deal with during analysis. In this workshop (4 of 6 in the series) we take a deeper look at using R for cleaning and analyzing datasets that include dates and times. Session 5: Dealing with Factors Session 6: Visualization & ggplot2 PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    All of the recent research into learning and how learning occurs, points to the effectiveness and necessity of actively engaging students in the classroom. It is not enough for instructors to ‘show and tell’ information, answers, processes, etc.; students have to engage with the material and come up with their own interpretations, answers, steps and understandings. In this workshop we’ll learn some basic techniques to promote active learning in the classroom.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Graphic Novel Book Club is a WFU community interest group that meets to discuss graphic novels and comics. Whether you’re new to the format or a lifelong comics & graphic novels fan, join us for entertaining discussion and a chance to discover your next favorite graphic novel! Fall 2018 Program: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Friday, Sept. 7, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 477 Monstress (Vol. 1) by Marjorie Liu Friday, Sept. 21, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 477 Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire Friday, Oct. 5, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 477 Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast Friday, Oct. 19, 4-5pm, ZSR Room 477 Copies of our Fall 2018 titles are made available to undergraduate student participants with funding from the Student Activitiy Fee (The Office of Student Engagement). Students must register for the event to receive a copy of the book. Additionally, each of the Fall 2018 program titles are on available on hold at ZSR Library.
  • ZSR Library 476
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Join us as we learn the basics of Microsoft Word! After this class, attendees will have a solid understanding of basic navigation of Word, knowledge of common tools, as well as the File, Home, Insert, and Page Layout tabs. See you there! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Creative Commons licenses are a useful way to let others know how they can reuse your copyrighted works. But the mix of combinations, from Non-Commercial to Share-Alike, are not always well understood. Join us to learn more about how the Creative Commons licenses can maximize the impact and reach of your scholarship.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen, will give a talk for the English department's Dean Family Speaker Series in the ZSR Library Auditorium titled "The Afterlife of Austen's Sense and Sensibility." All are welcome! A book signing and reception will follow. Dr. Looser, whose upcoming Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of Sense and Sensibility will be released in October, will talk about Jane Austen’s celebrity and the history of Sense and Sensibility in pop culture, including 19th- and 20th-century print culture, illustrations, dramatizations, and film. Devoney Looser is Professor of English at Arizona State University and the author or editor of seven books on literature by women. Her most recent is The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), which was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). Looser’s writing on Austen has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Salon, The TLS, and Entertainment Weekly. She’s had the pleasure of talking about Austen on CNN and writes occasional essays on professional issues for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Looser, who has played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen, was named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow to work on her next book on the once-celebrated, now-forgotten sister novelists, Jane and Anna Maria Porter. The Dean Family Speaker Series is an endowed series that brings nationally and internationally recognized scholars to campus. It encourages critical conversations and dialogue related to the study of English. All talks are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Dr. Susan Whitfield, former director of the International Dunhuang Project and lead curator of Central Asian manuscripts at the British Library, discusses the collaborative effort to conserve, catalogue, and digitize manuscripts and artifacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    In this class, participants will learn and practice using the self-service features in Workday. Covered topics include: Workday terminology Navigating Workday Managing personal information Managing benefits Requesting PTO Viewing payroll information Modifying payment elections (direct deposit) Modifying tax elections, and more Click here to access the online version of this class. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    In this class, participants will learn and practice using the self-service features in Workday. Covered topics include: Workday terminology Navigating Workday Managing personal information Managing benefits Requesting PTO Viewing payroll information Modifying payment elections (direct deposit) Modifying tax elections Entering time worked, and more Online Option: An online version of this class is available at online.pdc.wfu.edu PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 477
    This class is designed for all managers and those who approve time and PTO requests. Participants will learn and practice using the self-service and managerial features in Workday. Covered topics include: Workday terminology Navigating Workday Managing personal information managing benefits Requesting PTO Viewing payroll information Modifying payment elections (direct deposit) Managing the Workday inbox Employee time-tracking Managing employee PTO requests, and more Online Option: An online version of this class is available at online.pdc.wfu.edu PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Learn more about the HathiTrust Digital Library and its text-mining tools that allow researchers to analyze the content of the library's 16 million volumes. This hands-on session will introduce participants to the HathiTrust+Bookworm tool for lexical trend discovery and the HathiTrust algorithms for text analysis.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Dr. Susan Whitfield, former director of the International Dunhuang Project and lead curator of Central Asian manuscripts at the British Libriry, talks about her new book, which tells the stories of ten very different objects considering their interaction with the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road.
  • ZSR Library, Library Auditorium (Room 404)
    Please join the Office of the Dean of the College for the “New Ideas” series. Come learn more about the engaging scholarship of our College colleagues. Refreshments begin at 3:00 pm; speakers will begin promptly at 3:20 pm and will each have 8 minutes to share their "new idea."
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Join the Digital Scholarship team in ZSR Library for an open conversation about data, digital scholarship, and any related topic. You bring the discussion, we provide the drinks and bites!
  • ZSR Library, Room 476
    Come join us for an overview of how to use Camtasia - a video editing and screen capture tool available to faculty and staff. This software is useful for those interested in flipping or blended methods of teaching, or for creating videos about those difficult course concepts so students can have access to rewatch when needed. In this session we will cover: Importing media Screen capture Manipulating audio/video on a timeline Basic video editing Exporting your project PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library, Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625)
    Join us for a bicentennial celebration of Frankenstein in ZSR Special Collections & Archives. The 1818 first edition will be on exhibit, along with other items from the Rare Books Collection. We'll also have snacks, art activities, and more! This event is free and open to the public.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    During this session, we’ll examine sample philosophies and evaluate them using a rubric developed at the University of Michigan. We will also discuss format and style expectations and you will begin articulating your ideas and values around teaching. This will assist you in crafting a teaching philosophy that effectively communicates who you are as a teacher.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    How do I create data visualizations in R, and what are some basic tenets to abide by when visualizing data? In this workshop (5 of 6 in the series) we will discuss data visualization strategies and begin a deeper dive into ggplot2, a widely used data visualizaiton package in R. Session 6: Visualization & ggplot2 PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library 204
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, Digital Scholarship Conference Room (Room 667)
    Research in its raw form is often messy. OpenRefine is a free tool that scholars can use to examine, clean, and add structure to the information they gather. Learn more about this powerful tool and how it can support your own research.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    This session focuses on helping you to create an effective syllabus that reflects your learning objectives, expectations, and university policies. We will identify appropriate syllabus components and explore strategies to help your students be more successful by creating a learner-centered syllabus.
  • ZSR Library 476
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, Room 204
    If you have attended the Microsoft Word Basics class, and are ready to learn the rest of what Microsoft Word has to offer, then this class is for you! Join us as we explore the References, Mailings, Review, and View tabs, as well as more advanced processes such as performing a Mail Merge, creating and updating a Table of Contents, and Bibliography, and more! See you there! PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Use the "Register" link on this page.
  • ZSR Library 204
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, 665
    The kind of discussion that improves learning rarely arises spontaneously. Like any pedagogical technique, careful planning and smart strategy are the keys to keeping students focused, engaged, and invested in the conversation. Join us to learn about ways to: Overcome the challenges that inhibit effective discussion!Develop classroom norms that facilitate discussion!Keep discussion focused, relevant, and productive!
  • ZSR Library 204
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library, 477
    Does the idea of doing your bibliography at the end of a paper stress you out? Need help with parenthetical citations or footnotes while you are writing? This one-hour workshop will take students through the basics of MLA, APA, and Chicago citation formats. We will cover in-text citation and Bibliography/Works Cited formats. Source management strategies will also be covered. Designed for students at any stage of research to help make those citations easy peasy!
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Discover strategies for ensuring that your research will be accessible and usable in the long term. Tools discussed include WakeSpace, Dataverse, and OSF.
  • ZSR Library 476
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • ZSR Library 204
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero
  • Hoots Beer Company
    Join us on Tuesday, November 13th from 5-6:30pm at Hoots Beer Company for Hop into History! This month's theme "Native American Heritage Month" will showcase materials from archives all over Winston-Salem. Chat with archivists about the materials as you enjoy a drink. Come see some Native American Heritage Month materials in person on November 13th. HISTORY IS FOR EVERYONE!! The exhibit will be kid friendly, and we will have coloring pages for kids (of all ages). We hope that you’ll join us for this great opportunity to learn more about local history and archives while enjoying your favorite beer!
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Fair use is a powerful provision in the copyright law that gives us the right to use copyrighted works without permission of the owners under certain circumstances. Those circumstances are common in both teaching and scholarship, yet fair use remains an under-used and misunderstood right. Join us to learn about fair use, ways to help make fair use determinations, and for open discussion about your fair use questions.
  • ZSR Library, 665
    Discover strategies for ensuring that your research will be accessible and usable in the long term. Tools discussed include WakeSpace, Dataverse, and OSF.
  • ZSR Library 204
    Zotero is a powerful open-source citations manager and research tool that integrates directly into the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser. Participants will learn how to install and start using Zotero to cite sources and create bibliographies in a matter of minutes. This workshop includes capturing citations from the ZSR Library catalog and databases, storing your collections online with a Zotero cloud account and outputting content in a variety of citation styles. Please bring your laptop to this hands-on session! A connection to the WFU Wi-Fi network is required for this class, and you will need Microsoft Word to use the "Cite while you Write" features of Zotero. Zotero Website ZSR Library's Guide to Zotero