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.
“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
- Screenshots of social media posts
- Stories and oral histories
Additional information is available here.
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The following is a guest post from Mary Beth Lock, associate dean and director of access services for Z. Smith Reynolds Library:
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.
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.
This is a guest post from Tim Pyatt, Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Lock as Assistant Dean for the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In this new role, she will coordinate promotions and contract renewals for library faculty, oversee library committees, and serve as part of the library renovations planning team. She will continue to manage access services for the library.
Ms. Lock earned her master’s degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology at Wayne State University. Having taken a variety of interesting and thought provoking topics over the last two years while engaging deeply with Wake Forest faculty and other graduate students, she will be graduating with her Masters in Liberal Studies in Spring, 2019.
She has participated in the planning for the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians since its inception in 2009, serving as co-chair for the 2013 conference. Resulting from her participation in the conference, she was also co-editor for the book, The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service, published in 2011. She recently participated in the Leading Change Institute, which brings together librarians, information technologists, and others who seek to further develop their skills for the benefit of higher education.
Ms. Lock is committed to excellence in library services and has been part of the planning committees for events such as the Dean’s List Gala, Undergraduate Research Day, and Wake the Library. In her new role, she will help us promote excellence in librarianship and library services – we are delighted to have her accept this new role at ZSR.
Dean, ZSR Library
Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a UNITY project to create an interactive public art project celebrating uniqueness and strengthening ties to one another.
This larger-than-life structure is intended to raise consciousness about the labels people give themselves and others and to explore how these labels both support and limit opportunities to build interconnected, interesting communities.
The project is 41 feet in diameter and consists of 32 15-foot posts each marked with an identifier. Examples include: I’m a parent. I speak English as a second language. I identify as LGBTQ.
Participants tie colorful yarn between the posts that reflect their chosen identities. The yarn intertwines to create a web and is a physical representation that each participant is connected in some way with another.
The UNITY project will be located outside of the front entrance to Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Individuals and groups will be participating at various times between August 16 – 29.
The project will be staffed for participants as follows:
- August 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29: 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.
- August 23: Noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
- August 24: from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members of the Wake Forest community can participate individually or as a group. Those who wish to participate as a group should contact Shannon Ashford (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4604) for more information.
UNITY is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – Diversity Education, the Office of Wellbeing and a host of campus partners.
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