How can I use the library during the carpet installation project?

On December 17th, the Dunbar Library will begin a one-month project to replace carpet on the 2nd through 4th floors and public stairwells.  The upper floors of the library will be temporarily closed during the carpet removal and installation period; 2nd and 3rdfloors, approximately December 17th – January 10th and 4th floor, approximately January 10th – 18th.  The first floor Group Study Room (Starbucks area) will remain open through the entire process.   As upper floors are complete, we will reopen them.  Check our posters in the library lobby to see which floors are open during your visit.

Our Information Desk, public computing, printing, and scanning will be temporarily relocated to the 1st floor Group Study Room from December 15th through early January.  Information Desk staff will be available for assistance.  Our Ask A Librarian chat and email service will be available during our scheduled service hours. If you need to reach us by phone, please call 937-775-2525.

Our bookable rooms – Small Group Study Room, Presentation Practice Room, The Pod, and eLearning Studio will not be available for bookings during this project.  They will reopen January 14th.

Need a book from the 3rd floor during the project?  Our book stacks will not be accessible, so instead, use the green “request” button in the online catalog for the item you need.  Our staff will notify you via email when the book is ready for pick-up at our first floor circulation desk.

We are pretty excited about our new carpet!  We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to make much needed improvements to our Dunbar Library.

Funding for this project was made available by the State of Ohio Capital Funding process.  No University funds were used.

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Friends of the Libraries Sponsor New Internship Program

The Friends of the Libraries are sponsoring a new internship program for Wright State University students. The interns will develop a new video series called In The Archives.  The video series will be developed, written, recorded and produced by the student interns under the direction of Friends of the Libraries Board Member, Dr. Jennifer Ware.  The video series will feature unique items from the special collections, selected by University Libraries’ staff.  This advanced internship opportunity allows students to further refine their media production skills and gain new research experiences. The 3 – 7 minute videos will be placed online and made available to the University Libraries for educational and promotional purposes.

Meet the FOL student interns!

Name: Amanda R Harris
Year: Senior
Major: Communications Studies
Why did you want to be a FOL student intern?
I wanted to work on this project not only for the experience in the field- but because of my background and passion in preserving history (specifically art history).
What are you most excited about with the project?
I am particularly interested to see the items that we will be filming episodes about as I am not certain of all the things the Wright State archives offer to students.

Name: Nicolas Green
Year: Senior
Major: Mass Communication
Why did you want to be a FOL student intern?
I wanted to be a FOL student intern so I could both utilize and hone my videography skills while building up a professional video portfolio.
What are you most excited about with the project?
For this project, I’m most excited about the opportunity to work with fascinating archival materials and artifacts, and help spread public awareness about everything that’s stored in the archives at WSU.

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Friends of the Libraries Photo Contest Winners

WSU students showed us what they love about the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library!  23 students submitted 109 photos in the Friends of the Libraries sponsored photo contest.  Students were asked to submit photos from the Dunbar Library that highlighted library spaces, services, resources, a variety of users and groups, smiling faces, and technology.  A team of library staff judged the contest.  There were many great photographs and selecting the winners was not an easy task.  The winners are:

First place: by Soham Dipakbhai Parikh
Prize: $100

Second place:
by Nishanth Gottumukkala
Prize: $50

Third place:
by Jaelynn Thomas
Prize: $25

Congratulations to all of our winners.

We’ll be hosting another installment of our photo contest in spring of 2019. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or subscribe to this blog for details.

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Meet the newest Friends of the Library Board Member – Stephanie Dickey

Hi, I’m Stephanie Dickey, and I’m delighted to be the newest board member for the Friends of the Libraries!

I was born and reared in small-town Ohio, but I grew up in hundreds of different worlds, maybe thousands, thanks to the power of books.  After school, I used to run to our tiny public library behind the fire station and wait until the magic porch light above the door flipped on. That was my signal to enter for dazzling escapades, mine for the reading. My co-conspiring librarian could always count on me to be the first adventurer of the afternoon. From Go Dog Go to Homer’s Odyssey, I explored my way through those two rooms of books with a passion and delight.

Books have always held transformative power for me. In fact, one entire summer I WAS Nancy Drew, searching for secret passages in my house and hiding clues behind loose limestone blocks in the foundation.  Alas, during a hot murder investigation, Nancy chanced upon a huge, moldy rattrap (sans rat—unless you consider my brother the rat for putting it there) under the cellar stairs. Through the alchemy of books, Nancy effortlessly banished the trap trauma by transporting herself from the rats in River Heights to the realm of The Once and Future King until Labor Day, becoming all the characters in succession. Except Guinevere. Too tame for the intrepid girl detective.

When my family moved to the country during middle school, the public library was not nearly as accessible.  Not to be deterred, however, Dad (not the successful lawyer Carson Drew but, even better, a hungry reader like me) piled all seven of us into the Ford station wagon every Tuesday night for our weekly trip to the larger and even more exotic public library of our new hometown. Sometimes my book haul took up more room in the car than I did.  If my cache of good reads ran out before the week was up, I lit out for town on my trusty Schwinn (lovingly dubbed, High Speed Wobble) for the 4-mile round trip. Who wouldn’t have done that? Of course, I was limited to the number of books I could carry on those trips, but I got pretty adept at negotiating the books, the bike, and the blacktop.

That was a long time ago, and I’m still a voracious reader. These days I consume a lot of media online, but my favorite format will forever remain real books. Real physical weight in my hands. Real texture of pages. Real smell of printer’s ink. Real. I don’t have quite as much time to read for pure pleasure any more, but I still steal time like an accomplished thief just to read for fun.  Even as I write, my house is a literal dust bowl, my kitchen floor is screaming out to be mopped, and my husband and I will likely have Cheerios for dinner, but I just have to finish the The Personal History of Rachel DuPree before bedtime.

I am so privileged to serve on the FOL board!  Just remember, if I’m ever late to a board meeting, send a search party to find me in the stacks. I’m not lost, just beguiled by the siren call of books. Forever and ever. Amen.

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