Banned Books Week 2015

Attention all Reading Rebels:
Are you opposed to literary censorship? Want to show the world how much you love reading banned books?! Celebrate your freedom to read – stop by our photo booth and pose for your own Wanted (for Reading Banned Books) Poster!

Photo Booth
Wednesday, September 30th 
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 


Bring friends or just yourself. Pose with props and frequently challenged books. Please visit the American Library Association’s official Banned Books page to learn more about Banned Books Week and view lists of frequently challenged titles.


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Collaborating for Student Success

Thanks to a collaboration with between the University Writing Center and University Libraries, students now have the opportunity to consult writing coaches and a librarian  when visiting the Writing Center. From learning to navigate databases to evaluating sources, library skills are important from the beginning of the research process.

Beginning this semester, students will find a librarian in the University Writing Center, Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. in Wright State’s new Student Success Center, located next to University Hall. This beautiful building is home to new active-learning classrooms, as well as many student services – University College Academic Advising, First-Year Programs, Learning Communities, the Math Learning Center, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring Services, the University Writing Center and more.

Can’t make it to the Student Success Center when a librarian is on duty? Remember you can always Ask A Librarian via chat, email, text and more.

For more information, please contact Holly Jackson, Humanities Librarian, at

Holly with Studentsmall

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How Do You Use Your Library? We Want to Know!

Wright State students recently received an email with a link to our Building Use Survey. Find out how you can help us improve library spaces:

With the beginning of fall semester the pace at the library picks up. We’re excited to see the building fill up again and watch as people find their favorite places to study, meet with others, and get help on projects. Last spring, the University Libraries started a large, long-term study to better understand how the building is used. In this initial phase, we learned a lot — from what technology is used and where, to what size groups people work in, to what the preferred seating areas are, down to the most popular seat in the library.

MostPopularSeatIt’s this one, at the end of the Center Section of the stacks on the third floor. (Occupied, as usual.)

You might have noticed some changes taking place in the library this summer as a result of our work in the spring: you told us loud and clear about what type of chairs you prefer and we got more of those; you told us that wireless printing is important, so we made the directions clearer and more accessible; you told us that whiteboards are important for working in groups, and we’ve painted walls in dry erase paint.

IMG_2574Look for the two glossy walls on the second floor – one outside of STAC, and one in the study nook by the elevators.

The information we gained from the spring study focused on how the building is currently used. Moving forward, we want to understand what the needs of all users – students, faculty, and staff – are. The University Libraries’ strategic plan calls for us to accommodate “the evolving needs of students, faculty, and staff, improving the visibility and accessibility of library resources.” In order to understand what those evolving needs are and how we can improve visibility and accessibility, we are conducting a campus-wide survey. We want your input.

This survey will be available to take from August 31 – September 11. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. When you complete the survey, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a prize. The first round of winners will be selected from those who have completed the survey by the end of the day Friday, September 4; the rest of the winners will be selected from those who have completed the survey by the time it closes at the end of the day Friday, September 11, so the sooner you complete the survey, the better your chances are to win a prize.

If you have any questions about this survey or about the University Libraries in general, please contact us at

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Build Your Research Toolkit

Are you excited about your research papers and projects this semester, but maybe just a little bit overwhelmed by them, too? The Research Toolkit workshops are here to help you learn how to do better research, faster! Started last year, each of the eight Research Toolkit workshops are designed to improve library research skills based on the areas that students have identified as most challenging. These are appropriate for everyone from students in the first semester to graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation. We’ve got something for everyone.

Students who have attended the Research Toolkit workshops have overwhelmingly found them useful and were more confident about their skills after attending a workshop. One student told us, “I wish I had had this workshop on the first day of my program! Thank you!!” Others said that they gained such useful information in the first workshop they attended that they were going to try to attend all the workshops.

Each Research Toolkit workshop focuses on a different skill needed to do better research, faster. We think of those skills as the tools you need to succeed. This year, we’re introducing a new way to represent the tools you’re adding to your toolkit: each workshop has a corresponding button that you can pin anywhere. When you complete your fifth workshop, you’ll receive a tool that’s a level, flashlight, and four screwdrivers in one. Come to the Research Toolkit workshops and build your research toolkit – and your physical toolkit!

ResearchTK2015buttonsAttend at least five workshops, earn five of the research skill buttons above, and you’ll win this 5-in-1 multi-tool:


Learn more or register for the Research Toolkit workshops at

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