We spent much of our 2020 summer preparing for the fall semester. We de-densified the Library from over 1,200 seats to 400 seats. We worked with Student Health and Environmental Health & Safety to determine the best configuration for social distancing and hours of operation. We also converted over 80 enclosed carrels and study rooms into single occupancy spaces that could be reserved. These proved popular with students needing a quiet place to take an online class. Our fall service changes lasted well into the spring semester. We were able to add some additional seating and reduce social distancing from six to three feet for spring finals.
Our use of Smart Lockers to offer touchless and after-hours pick-up of library materials was profiled by Patterson Pope — and our faculty and students really love them.
The ZSRasaurus welcomed students back and helped introduce the changes made to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff.
With most folks working from home, we reached new and larger audiences with over 1,150 attending our virtual programs. Once our videos were published to ZSR’s YouTube channel we reached even more; recordings of our events have had over 2,500 views. Some highlights include:
The ZSR Ambassador program provides undergraduate and graduate students with leadership skills, professional connections, project management, marketing skills and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the ZSR Library. The 2020-2021 cohort were especially helpful and worked with ZSR employees to:
To encourage continued creativity and innovation during the pandemic we launched the ZSR Innovation Fund for Library faculty and staff using unrestricted gift funds. Initial awards were:
$510 awarded to Meghan Webb, Hu Womack, and the ZSR Ambassadors to purchase smartphone gimbals and mics for the contest. Themes for video submissions include:
Despite being on the midst of a pandemic, we had a strong year of building support for ZSR. Highlights include:
If you are interested in collaborating on the Songs of Wake Forest project, want to know more about the ZSR Board of Visitors, or any of our other initiatives, please contact Mika Payden-Travers, ZSR’s Assistant Director of Development. Your support of ZSR Library is a gift to the entire Wake Forest family.