"Z. Smith Reynolds Library" Archive

WFU Humanities Institute celebrates 10 years

The Humanities Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by gathering stories from faculty about their collaborations with the Institute over the past decade.

Photo of the founding faculty leadership of the Wake Forest Humanities Institute, from left, Mary Foskett, David Phillips, Sally Barbour and Dean Franco standing in Carswell Hall

Founding faculty leadership for the Wake Forest Humanities Institute, from left, Mary Foskett, David Phillips, Sally Barbour and Dean Franco.

Building on its liberal arts tradition, Wake Forest established the Humanities Institute to support innovative scholarship and collaboration in October 2010. The Humanities Institute publicly celebrated its launch in March 2011.

Mary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religious Studies; Dean Franco, Winifred W. Palmer Professor in Literature, English; Sally Barbour, professor of Romance Languages; and David Phillips, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities laid the groundwork and secured the funding that made the Institute possible. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Wake Forest a five-year, $500,000 challenge grant – the largest NEH grant Wake Forest had ever received. Original programming included faculty seminars, symposia, professional development, and support for collaborative faculty research and teaching.

In February 2013, Wake Forest alumnus Wade Murphy (’00) donated $1 million to support the Institute, extending the reach and impact of humanities and the liberal arts. Murphy was the youngest person in the University’s history to make such a large gift. Read more

ZSR Library hosts launch party for Ed Wilson's “Songs of Wake Forest”

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections & Archives will host a virtual launch party for Ed Wilson’s latest book, “Songs of Wake Forest,” on Friday, Dec. 11. The event will appear live on YouTube from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and feature readings from Wilson and reflections on the book’s creation.

Wilson’s relationship with Wake Forest, which began when he entered the College in 1939, has continued for more than eight decades. Throughout his tenure, he has paid tribute to many in the Wake Forest family whose lives have intersected with his. “Songs of Wake Forest” celebrates the University’s ideals, as well as those whose character and contributions have helped to shape its course through today.

Registration is required for this free event.

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ZSR Library collecting evidence of coronavirus impact on lives, professional activities

Smith Reynolds Library is asking for help in collecting evidence of the daily lives and professional activities of Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and alumni during the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, the library’s Special Collections and Archives (SCA) team is hard at work on the project.

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“SCA is collecting University records (including WFU web sites) regarding administrative and academic work, but personal documentation provides insight and truth in ways that official records cannot,” the library announced, recently. “Experiences can include staying on campus, learning remotely, working from home, the shift to online from in-person learning, stay-at-home life, essential worker experiences, distancing, self-quarantine, or illness. We truly want to capture what your experiences have been like as Wake Foresters.”

The library asks that students, faculty, staff and alumni consider submitting items (digital and paper) that document your daily life during this time:

  • Artifacts and objects
  • Artwork, such as drawings and collages
  • Audio recordings
  • Digital writings such as blog posts and journal entries
  • Photographs
  • Poetry
  • Screenshots of social media posts
  • Stories and oral histories

Additional information is available here.

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Z. Smith Reynolds new staff and promotions

The following is a guest post from Mary Beth Lock, associate dean and director of access services for Z. Smith Reynolds Library:

Headshot of Veronica Brady, Z Smith Reynolds Library Business Manager

Veronica Brady

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is delighted to announce that Veronica Brady will be joining the library staff as Library Business Manager, beginning on March 1, 2020. Veronica comes to us from Tyler, Texas where she worked most recently as the Innovation Manager for the Mayor’s Innovation Pipeline, and oversaw the administration of programs and the strategic plan of both the Innovation Pipeline and City University. She is well qualified to join the administrative team at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and will be assuming many of the leadership roles vacated by former associate dean Susan Smith who recently retired. Veronica’s portfolio will include managing policies and procedures for the library on financial and budget issues and serve as the liaison with Financial Services. She will also serve on the Senior Business Administrators group and the Academic Business Managers group. Veronica will aid in preparing the annual budget for the library, and utilize thorough assessment methods to ensure that our budget is allocated in ways that will best meet the library’s goals

Kathy Shields has been appointed as the Research Services Lead at ZSR. Kathy has been with ZSR since 2016 and currently serves, and will continue to serve, as the liaison to Psychology and History. In her new capacity, Kathy will work with our liaison group on professional development, help coordinate our communication and training around our upcoming switch to a new library catalog and search engine, and coordinate new faculty training and faculty outreach.

Amanda Foster Kaufman has been promoted to Learning and Instructional Services librarian. Amanda has been with ZSR since 2013 and has been serving as an Associate Teaching Librarian teaching 12 sections of our LIB100 classes each year. In her new job, Amanda will be coordinating ZSR’s instruction program including outcomes and assessment, and working with instructors on professional development. She will still be teaching LIB100 classes, although at a reduced course load.

Update: Wake Forest's Reynolda Campus closed Tuesday, Dec. 11

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 10 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 11. There will be no academic operations.  Offices will be closed.  This includes Wake Downtown.

Travel on and off campus is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

Dining services will be available.  To obtain information on campus dining, visit deacondining.com. The late-night breakfast has been cancelled; it had been scheduled for Monday night.

Campus shuttles will not operate Tuesday.

Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the Student Health Service and Benson University Center will be open Tuesday. The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center/Reynolds Gym will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  ZSR Library is open 24 hours.  The Student Health Service will operate on an urgent-care basis, only. Appointments are cancelled. Benson Center will operate with regular hours.

The President’s Holiday Party has been cancelled.  It was scheduled to be held Tuesday for staff and faculty and their families.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.