By Ellen Makaravage

Inside ZSR

Exploring ALA Annual 2019 and DC

My ALA Annual Conference experience was a great opportunity to explore – professionally and personally. My first evening in DC I visited my favorite place in the city, the Lincoln Memorial at night. And when you look the other direction, the view’s pretty nice, too! Over the course of the next few days my exploration... more

Ellen M. at ALA Annual 2017

My first visit to Chicago was 40 years ago on an excursion with the University of Michigan-Flint History Club.  I was a student in Ann Arbor but my friend talked them into taking me along.  My friend and I often found ourselves referring to a tourist map trying to figure out the “L” and getting... more

TALA 4th Annual Paraprofessional Conference

On Wednesday, May 24 eleven staff members from ZSR Library headed to the beautiful campus of Elon University to attend the 4th Annual TALA Paraprofessional Conference. This Conference is a collaborative effort between Wake Forest University, Elon University, Guilford Tech. Community College, High Point University, NC A&T State University, Salem University, UNC-Greensboro, and Winston-Salem State... more

Access Services Conference 2015

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Access Service Conference in Atlanta, GA with Mary Beth Lock. As she pointed out in her post, there were many relevant sessions available. I mostly attended those relating to Course Reserves. The keynote speaker, Peter Bromberg, was an engaging speaker with a positive attitude. My... more

NCLA Textbook Talks

Textbook costs were a popular topic at the NCLA Biennial Conference this year. Since this concern affects so many aspects of Access Services, I was particularly interested in seeing how other academic libraries have tried to help their students and faculty deal with the high cost of textbooks. At the beginning of every semester in... more

OCLC Member Forum 2015

On October 13, Jeff Eller, Leslie McCall and I attended the OCLC 2015 Member Forum at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Our first session was about resources and developments at OCLC presented by Meryl Cinnamon, OCLC Member Relations Liaison. Of particular interest was the development of an ILL cost calculator. Other links of interest... more

Ellen & Tara at NC Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Conference

On Thursday, July 30, Tara Hauser and I headed for Chapel Hill and the annual NC Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Conference. This year the pre-conference and the conference were held at the UNC School of Law. We have combined our efforts to report on our experience. Tara won the opportunity for ILLiad training at... more

2014 Access Services Conference

This was my first time attending the Access Services Conference in Atlanta, GA. This is the 6th year of the Conference and there were over 300 attendees. The Keynote speaker was Trevor Dawes, the 2013-14 President of ACRL. Citing recent reports, such as the NMC Horizons Report, he spoke on the future of libraries and... more

Ellen M. at OCLC Member Forum

Along with Monesha, I attended the first regional OCLC Member Forum at UNCG on Tuesday, October 9. The forum is a new idea for OCLC and this was only their 3rd in the country. At this time they hope to hold these forums annually. The forum began with a short history lesson on OCLC (16,857... more

ILL goes to Asheville

On Friday, July 25 the ZSR Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery department headed to Asheville for the annual NC Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Conference. Tara and I shared the ZSR van with our ILL colleagues, Anna Milholland at Salem College and Angie Hobbs from the WFU Professional Center Library. Our half of the Conference... more