Dunbar Library Closed Weekends in June for Electrical Maintenance

electrical wires

Facilities Management is implementing the next phase of electrical infrastructure upgrades. They are proactively replacing equipment that is approaching end of life status. The replacement equipment will assure continued power reliability in the affected areas. Major electrical distribution equipment is scheduled to be replaced in Dunbar Library this June, requiring the Dunbar Library facilities to be closed during the replacement.

Dunbar Library will be closed on the following dates:

  • June 12 – 13
  • June 19 – 20
  • June 26 – 27

Library staff will remain available for assistance.

  • The Ask a Librarian Service will be available Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Library staff can also arrange curbside pickup of some library materials by calling 937-775-2525. Hours for curbside pickup are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 10 p.m.
  • The library website is available 24/7.

Alternative study and computing spaces will be available on the dates Dunbar Library must close. WSU students, faculty, and staff may visit the areas below. Guest computing accounts will not be available during the closure.

  • 012 Library Annex
  • 016 Library Annex
  • ADA Lab, Library Annex
  • 064 Rike Hall
  • Rike Hall/College of Business Lounge
  • Student Union Cyber Cafe
  • Hamilton Hall
  • 009 Student Success Center

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held virtually on May 5th. At this ceremony, four library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR Award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

2021 StAR Winner: Edward Trentman, Library Associate

Ed Trentman

Edward Trentman is a Library Associate for the Resource Delivery Services Department who has worked at the University Libraries for 20 years. Ed works nights and weekends and is as reliable as they come, greeting our students with a smile and hello from the front desk. Ed assisted Interlibrary Loan with scans from our book, journal, and microfilm collections during the pandemic campus shutdown.  He produced quality scans with a very quick turn-around time assisting our Interlibrary Loan staff with the fulfillment of requests. Ed also helped with the moving of the Educational Resource Center collection and assisted in a variety of shelving projects around the library.  Ed cares about his co-workers, student workers, and this library.  He is a library StAR.

2021 StAR Winner: Lee Davey, Web Developer

Lee Davey Photo

Lee Davey is a Web Developer and his work impacts just about everyone who uses our library.  He maintains the UL website and does a significant amount of work to keep the software and systems we use every day working – systems like our room booking calendars and remote authentication.  Lee is a great team player. He has led the WebTeam through multiple website redesigns, including the work the Team is currently doing with Marketing to move the UL site to Drupal.  Lee holds his standards very high for good website design and usability. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome to him because the website isn’t about him. For Lee, maintaining our website is for our users, and he is always advocating for the best user experience possible, even if it takes more work on his part. 

Library Staff Years of Service Awards

chris Wydman

15 Years

Chris Wydman, University Records Manager

Desiree Loewit

20 Years

Desiree Loewit, Acquisitions Coordinator

Richard perry

20 Years

Richard Perry, Library Operation Specialist 2

25 years

Lisa Bleeke, Manager, Fiscal Services

Congratulations to all library staff recognized for their years of service and special contributions.

Friends of the Libraries Lunch-In

screenshot of Mayor Whaley during the presentation
Mayor Nan Whaley at the Virtual Lunch-In

On April 21st the Friends of the Libraries hosted their first “lunch-in” event, a virtual presentation and discussion featuring Wright State Alumna and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Over 85 people attended the virtual event to hear the Mayor speak about leadership in challenging times. Mayor Whaley spoke about her experience leading the City of Dayton through the tornadoes, a mass shooting, and COVID, and how leaders navigate challenges in a polarized climate. The Mayor emphasized the importance of local journalism for keeping the focus of information on the community’s issues and needs rather than national agendas. She encouraged attendees to support local journalism and to stay informed on multiple sides of an issue. She expressed her concern about the many silos that build up in a community whose individuals may rely on a single source for their information, one that holds a particular bias and doesn’t explore all sides. She also expressed her concerns about the impact of misinformation on democracy and the vital need for everyone to be cautious about falling victim to misinformation.

After the Mayor’s presentation, Mandy Shannon, the Head of Instruction and Research Services for the University Libraries, shared strategies for fact-checking information, improving news literacy, and being responsible consumers of news and other media. She stressed that we need to slow down, reflect before reacting, and be cautious about what misinformation we may be sharing through our social media posts. She shared the University Libraries research guide for Media Literacy and Fact-Checking which includes a four step process for fact-checking. Her presentation is linked from the guide.

The Friends of the Libraries is a volunteer membership organization. They support Wright State University students and the University Libraries staff through scholarships, awards, grants, and events. Join us – become a member today!

The Friends Board thanks all of the attendees for their participation in the program and are particularly thankful to the 36 patron level sponsors.

University Libraries 2020 Annual Report

annual report cover

2020 truly was a year like no other! Read all about the University Libraries’ activities, accomplishments, and challenges in our 2020 Annual Report. The report features stories on:

  • Relocating the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center to Dunbar Library
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Libraries’ services and staff
  • Friends of the Libraries 2020 activities
  • New digital collections in CORE Scholar
  • Special Collections and Archives outreach, fundraising, and collections
  • Libraries’ staff accomplishments and awards