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Tim at ASERL Spring 2018

The spring 2018 meeting of the Association of Southeast Research Libraries (ASERL) was held in Knoxville and hosted by the University of Tennessee. The focus of the meeting was how libraries contribute to student success and each dean/director was invited to bring a “student success librarian.” Meghan Webb represented ZSR and our work in this... more

The Writing/Publishing Process: One Perspective

I recently co-published an article in the Guild of Book Workers (GBW) Newsletter and I thought I’d share about the research and writing process. The article was a Q&A that evolved from previous interviews I wrote for the Newsletter. I decided to interview one or two Preservation Librarians, who were doing similar work to mine... more

Talking Special Collections North of the Border

On May 11th I participated in a colloquium at McGill University called “Kick-Starting ROAAr and More: Towards the Future.” ROAAr is the special collections library at McGill, recently formed out of four formerly separate units — Rare and Special Collections, Osler History of Medicine, Art, and Archives. The goal of the colloquium was to have the ROAAr staff... more

Thomas and Lauren @ FOLIO Day

On Monday (5/7), Lauren and I traveled down the ever delightful I-40 to Durham, to attend a one-day meet-up about FOLIO, held as part of the first ever WOLFcon (decoder ring settings: a meet-up is an infrequent in-person gathering of a mostly online community; WOLFcon is the World OLF Conference; OLF is the Open Library... more

Tim at Fall 2017 NCICU meeting

The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Library directors met at Guildford College on Dec. 19th. For private college and university libraries, NCICU is the organization through which we negotiate our participation in NC Live. NCICU also plays an important role in advocating for private colleges and universities and helps us lobby the NC... more

ASERL in Miami

Last week I was able to spend several days in beautiful Miami for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries fall meeting. The city is still recovering from hurricane damage, although things looked surprising good with most services in place. While I still consider myself a “new dean,” I co-hosted a dinner for new deans to... more

Tim at ACCelerate

First I need to explain what ACCelerate was — it was the first Atlantic Coast Conference (hence the ACC) Festival of Innovation and Creativity. The ideas was for the ACC schools to showcase their academic excellence using the athletic conference framework. The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History hosted 48 exhibits from the 15 universities as... more

ZSR Mission Statement Update

The Mission Statement Task Force chair, Mary Scanlon, shared the group’s report at the May Administrative Council meeting. The report consisted of the Task Force’s revised and updated mission and values statement for ZSR. The Council had some questions and suggestions and the Task Force updated their draft, which is shared below. Mission: Our mission... more

Miniature Golf at Elon’s Belk Library!

On Friday, March 31st I had the pleasure of joining some of the staff at Elon’s Belk Library as they hosted Mini-golf. The Library teamed up with the Elon Inter-Residence Council (IRC) and the Maker Hub to support the event! There was awesome food, a Virtual Reality Lab where you could don a pair of... more

Trip to the Davidson College Library

Over the last year, I have been trying to visit private, collegiate and small university libraries to assess trends and get design ideas. I documented my visit to our doppelgänger library at Bucknell last January and in September I visited the Belk Library at Elon University. Last Friday I visited E.H. Little Library at Davidson... more