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5th Annual Senior Showcase honorees announced

senior-showcase-2014-announcementThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself’”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man’”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

Event details and registration are available here.

Rowell named Institute for Research Design in Librarianship scholar

KEN22852Chelcie Rowell, digital initiatives librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been selected as a scholar to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). The IRDL is an intensive nine-day residential program designed to provide training and support to a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated to conduct research. The Institute will take place at Loyola Marymount University in June.

ZSRx mini-MOOC a success

wall-of-ebooksOver 400 librarians, scholars, publishers, researchers, writers, readers, parents, alumi and friends recently attended a three-week online seminar called, “The Past, Present, and Future Perfect Tense of E-Books,” hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library via their ZSRx platform. The course was intended to serve as a gentle introduction to the topic of e-books. Read more in the Library Gazette.

Denlinger an ‘Emerging Leader’ and ‘Mover & Shaker’

IMG_6444Congratulations to Z. Smith Reynolds’ eLearning librarian Kyle Denlinger on being named a Class of 2014 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker (People Shaping the Future of Libraries). Kyle is ZSR’s fourth Emerging Leader and second Mover & Shaker.

In his first job out of library school, Denlinger helped build WFU’s information literacy MOOC, “ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web,” designed to provide easy answers to common questions about online research.

He describes himself as “a teacher first and a technology guy second,” who knows “just enough HTML to be dangerous.”

Read more in the Library Journal.

‘The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education’

The world of higher education is being disrupted by many forces, which include rising costs and tuition rates, the advent of MOOCs and a decline in the number of college-age young people. On March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Lynn Sutton, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will lead a panel of higher education experts in a discussion on the challenges and future of higher education.



• Michael Riley, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education
• Andy Chan, vice president for career development
• Rogan Kersh, provost

This event is free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. Registration is encouraged and available online.

More information:
• A selected reading list on the future of higher education
• Join the conversation: #bigdisrupt

January 2014 comings and goings

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American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience

ski.bookjacketThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a lecture and book signing for Margaret Supplee Smith, professor emerita of art, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the library’s auditorium (Room 404). Smith will discuss her book “American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience” (2013, University of Oklahoma Press).

Skiing is all about freedom. Yet, paradoxically, the experience of skiing for most Americans is inextricably linked to architecture, for our journey down the mountain begins at the ski resort. The evolution from wilderness outpost to the massive, theme-oriented, multipurpose enclave today will be explored. Following the lecture, copies of Smith’s book will be available for purchase.

Read more: “Peggy Smith: The golden age of ski resorts” (Wake Forest Magazine)

ZSR offers Kindle Fire HDs

imagesFor the past two years, the ZSR Library has offered two class packs of tablets, each consisting of five Apple iPads. These iPads have already been successfully used for a variety of projects, often outside of the classroom. The library just added a third class pack of 20 Kindle Fire HDs.

These Kindles use “whispercast” so instructors can manage multiple devices and distribute content.

Faculty can check out any of these packs for up to an entire semester. The new Kindle Fire HD pack has already been booked for spring 2014, but if you have a summer or fall class that could use these 20 Kindles or one of the iPad class packs, contact Barry Davis.

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January 2014 staff milestones

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