Have a Friend. Be a Friend.

Have you considered joining the Friends of the Wright State University Libraries?

13309 Michelle Brasseur, Friends of the Libraries Annual Luncheon 4-30-14The Friends of the Libraries is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the University Libraries, providing scholarships to our student assistants and hosting programming for the Wright State campus and surrounding community. In many ways, the Friends help support and showcase what the libraries have to offer.

For as little as $25 a year you can be a part of a diverse community of Wright State faculty, staff, retirees and supportive community members who make up the Friends of the Libraries. We care deeply about the education of Wright State’s students, faculty and staff and their ability to access information, which supports the mission of the University to create life-long learners.

Beyond helping students, faculty, staff and the libraries, membership in the Friends of the Libraries provides opportunities to learn, build skills and socialize with peers. As a Friends member, you will see that the library has more to offer than just books. In the past our workshops have taught participants how to preserve documents and photos, navigate online file storage options, learn to use mobile devices, and more.

With our upper levels of membership, you will enjoy perks such as an additional library card, discounted admission to our Annual Luncheon and workshops, and even remote access to online databases. Depending on your membership level, you may be eligible for a consultation with a subject librarian in a topic of interest to you. Please visit our website for membership benefit details and to Join Today! www.libraries.wright.edu/friends

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EcoNuts: Doing Our Part

The EcoNuts are a group of library staff who seek to promote and educate staff and patrons about sustainable practices at the Libraries to decrease unnecessary waste of renewable and non-renewable resources. The EcoNuts raise individual awareness and inspire creative ways of recycling everyday resources through alternative thinking and collaboration with campus groups and initiatives, and encourage library staff to participate in service projects.

University Libraries offers eco-friendly bags to carry library materials, for sale at the Circulation Desk:


EcoNuts partnered with We Serve U for the Crayons to Classrooms project:


Earlier this week the EcoNuts hosted a Fair Trade discussion and chocolate tasting for library staff. Check out these videos they shared about chocolate and Fair Trade. Past presentations and events for library staff have helped raised awareness about environmental concerns of water, fossil fuels, conservation and recycling.

For questions about the EcoNuts or other library staff teams, please email marketing@libraries.wright.edu.

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OhioLink Unavailable June 12th – 13th

OhioLINK has announced planned outages in services Friday June 12th, 6:00 pm – Saturday June 13th, 12:00 pm as it moves to a new location at the State of Ohio Computing Center. All OhioLINK services will be unavailable including:

  • OhioLINK website
  • Central Catalog
  • EJC (Electronic Journal Center)
  • EBC (Electronic Book Center)
  • DRC (Digital Resource Center)
  • ETD (Electronic Theses & Dissertations)
  • EAD (Finding Aid Repository)

Wright State University Libraries services that will NOT be affected by the outage include:

  • WSU Catalog
  • Quick Search
  • EBSCO and other vendor databases
  • Course Reserves
  • CORE Scholar

Please plan ahead when requesting materials. If you have questions about specific services that may be affected, please contact the Dunbar Library Information Desk in person or via Ask a Librarian. Also visit http://www.libraries.wright.edu/calendar/ for our calendar and specific hours.

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Congratulations, John Armstrong!

John Armstrong first came to Special Collections and Archives in University Libraries as a Public History graduate student. He stayed on as an intern and eventually became a part-time staff member, his second career after retiring from the United States Air Force.

After 14 years of service to the University Libraries, we’re still not ready to let him go. John plans to spend some time traveling with his wife, but will eventually return to SC&A as a volunteer. If you see John around the library, be sure to congratulate him.

Read more about John’s service on Special Collections and Archives’ Out of the Box blog.

Here are some fun photos from John’s retirement celebration with the library staff:

IMG_1788 IMG_1790IMG_1786IMG_1799IMG_1839IMG_1849Congratulations, John! We hope to see you again soon!

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