Spring 2019

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From the Dean

The season of spring always brings to mind fresh starts, renewal, and opportunity. It is no different here at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library as we look forward to an exciting spring semester. For the first time in my tenure as dean, we will launch a multiyear plan for the library. The plan will focus on our mission to inspire learning, advance knowledge and build community. With this new plan, ZSR will work to ensure our ongoing commitment to excellence while continuing to adapt to a rapidly changing higher education landscape. At Wake Forest University, these changes include new initiatives, new campuses and an increasingly diverse and international student body. To accomplish this goal, we will take a fresh look at our services and structure by “reimagining” them. Many things will likely stay the course, but without renewal and assessment, even the most successful operations will eventually become obsolete.

One key area is replacing our aging library systems to improve discovery and improve the user experience of our extensive electronic collections. We will also participate in planning for new and innovative teaching, learning and research methodologies in partnership with the University community. And we will strengthen the library’s contributions to student success by responding to and supporting the changing curriculum. Beyond our campus, ZSR will participate in and provide support for engaged research initiatives affecting the local community. We will launch a Friends of the Library group to engage young alumni, local retirees and others in the Winston-Salem region.

I hope you will find new and traditional ways to engage with ZSR—we are your library and we are here to support your research, teaching and intellectual curiosity.

Celebrating the Public Domain

January means new things: new year, new semester, new entries to the public domain. Wait, what was that last one? The public domain?

January 1, 2019 marked the first time in more than 20 years that an entire year’s worth of copyrighted works entered the public domain. Until this year, the public domain had essentially been frozen at 1923, with no works published in 1923 or later entering the public domain. Why is this such a big deal?

The public domain encompasses all the works that are not subject to copyright. That means that anyone can take those works and use them freely, without needing permission or paying fees. These works can be republished, rewritten, recreated, restaged, reproduced or reused however one can imagine. We see reuses of public domain works all the time, from performances of classical music to derivatives of Jane Austen novels (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, anyone?) to wall calendars of Van Gogh’s art. More ›

Spring Events in Special Collections & Archives


  • Hop into History at Hoots
    Tuesday, March 12, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 9, 5-6:30 p.m.

    Join us at Hoots Beer Company for Hop into History! Chat with archivists from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Reynolda House, and Forsyth County Public Library about the materials as you enjoy a drink.

  • Alumni & Friends Hop into History
    Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-7 p.m. (tentative)
    Location: TBD

    Please save the date for a special, third annual Wake Forest Hop into History! Join Special Collections & Archives for a pop-up exhibit of Wake Forest artifacts and history, the chance to score some special Wake Forest swag to take home and the opportunity to sample some special brews and treats all while connecting with those who support and love Wake Forest.

  • Imagined Geographies: Mapping the Silk Road
    Tuesday, March 26, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Location: Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625)

    Join visiting artist Gianni Cestari and exhibit curator Megan Mulder for a discussion of maps and mapping inspired by the current exhibit, Paper Roads: Cultural Exchange in the Age of Print. This event is part of the Wake Forest Silk Roads Series and is co-sponsored by the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery and Z. Smith Reynolds Library.


  • Paper Roads: Cultural Exchange in the Age of Print
    February 5-May 31
    Location: Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625)

    Paper was born in China sometime before the first century. Over the next 1500 years, paper spread through Asia and along the Silk Road to the Middle East and Europe. Along the way, works on paper became a medium of cultural exchange, through maps, drawings, travelers’ tales and translations. This exhibit of books, maps and prints from Wake Forest collections traces these interactions from the early modern period through the 19th century. Curated by Megan Mulder.

  • The Book as Art Object: Local Artists Share Their Work
    June 1-September 27
    Location: Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625)

    Books are familiar tools for providing readers with emotional comfort, intellectual content and soaring inspiration, but are and can be so much more. As objects, they also represent the capacity of art and form to further connect with readers and non-readers alike. Join Special Collections & Archives as we share intriguing examples of the book arts contributed by local artists and Wake Forest students. Artists: Robin Harper, Sara Hiatt, Anne Murray, Joyce Teta and History of the Book (LIB260) students

Spring Zotero Workshops for Faculty and Students

Are you looking for a way to organize your research or streamline the citation process? Are you ready to migrate from Endnote or RefWorks to an open source solution? Perhaps you want to encourage your students to compose better citations. Zotero can do all these things, and ZSR is once again offering numerous Zotero workshops this spring! We have both weekday and Sunday afternoon sessions scheduled to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff.

Digital Humanities @ Wake Returns this Summer

Mark your calendars for the second annual DH@Wake Summer Institute the week of May 13-17. The focus of this year’s institute will be textual data and digital texts, with experimentation at both the micro and macro levels. Participating Reynolda campus faculty will receive a $500 stipend for attending the weeklong workshop, with lunch and coffee provided daily. Registration information and additional details coming soon!

Electronic Resources News

New Resources

  • American Historical Periodicals (Series 1-5): Documents from the Colonial Era through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the twentieth century.
  • Capital IQ: Provides research, data and analysis of private and public companies.
  • IOPscience E-books: Collection consists of IOP Concise Physics, IOP Expanding Physics, Physics World Discovery and AAS-IOP Astronomy.
  • MGG Online: Digital version of the German-language music encyclopedia, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.
  • Open Education North Carolina Collection: A collection of free textbooks that are part of NC LIVE’s Open Education North Carolina (OENC) initiative.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Covers philosophy and related subjects including psychology, politics, economics, anthropology, religion and literature.
  • Salem Press Online: Reference content focusing on history and government.

Canceled Resources

  • Pratt’s Stats
  • Psychotherapy.net

Let Me Hear from You

Tim Pyatt, Dean, ZSR Library

If you ever have comments, complaints or kudos about the library and its services, please let me know.

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