Friends of the Libraries Virtual “Lunch-In”

The Friends of the Wright State University Libraries present WSU Alumna and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

Leadership in Challenging Times

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Grab your lunch and join us online!

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Tornadoes, a mass shooting, and a pandemic. Dayton has seen its share of challenges over the last two years. Mayor Nan Whaley will discuss the challenges of leading the city of Dayton during these difficult times.

Leaders today face the prospect of working to unite communities in a time when citizens not only have different opinion, but also disagree on basic facts that form the foundation of those opinions. Mayor Whaley will share how leaders navigate challenges in a polarized climate and how she evaluates information to bring community members together. She will also address what role we community members can play as active citizens striving toward shared visions and outcomes for our region.

Following Mayor Whaley’s presentation, Mandy Shannon, Head of Instruction & Research Services will share strategies for fact-checking information, improving news literacy, and being responsible consumers of news and other media.

Nan Whaley is proud to choose Dayton as her home. Originally from Indiana, Nan attended the University of Dayton where she graduated in 1998 and soon settled in the Five Oaks neighborhood where she and her husband Sam reside today. Nan also holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Wright State University.

Her career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan was the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. She was proud to be elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013 by a double-digit majority. In 2017, she ran for re-election unopposed, a first in Dayton history. As mayor, she has focused on the areas of community development, manufacturing, and women and children.

Nan is a national leader among her peers serving as Vice President for the US Conference of Mayors as well as the Chair of the International Committee for the conference. Nan is also a founding board member for the Ohio’s Mayor Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s 30 largest cities.

Nan has been committed to the political process in local, state and national elections. While in college, she served as Ohio Chair of the College Democrats. She currently serves as Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. Additionally, she is a five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Registration is required for this free event and must be completed by Monday, April 19, 2021. Luncheon Patron registrations help support the Friends of the Libraries. Thank you for your support.

Learn how you can further support the Libraries by becoming a Friends of the Libraries member.

University Libraries hosts virtual Scholastic Book Fair February 8 – 21

Children reading books

The University Libraries will host an online Scholastic Book Fair to support the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center from February 8 – February 21 at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wsuerc. The Fair will be exclusively online this year, so you can shop for over 6,000 items including new releases, best sellers, exclusive value packs, and more at your convenience. All orders ship directly, and shipping is free on all orders over $25.

All purchases will support the ERC through a 25% reward for every dollar spent at the virtual fair. We’ll use those rewards to expand the ERC collection, which provides research and instruction materials, media, and equipment for education majors and teachers throughout the region. The ERC collection includes professional books for classroom instruction, fieldwork and research, picture books for children, non-fiction materials to support the K-12 curriculum, kits, puzzles, games, models, puppets, media, and more.

Learn more about the ERC and shop the virtual book fair.

OhioLINK Adds New Digital Resources with the Ohio Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds

OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, has received $2.5 million from the Ohio Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds through the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The funds will be used to purchase digital resources for Ohio colleges, such as streaming video and e-books, to supplement online research, as well as provide instructional support for a wide range of curriculum, including physical and applied science courses that traditionally have not been taught online. GEER is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorized federal economic aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes several funding streams, such as GEER, to support the education community’s response to the public health emergency.

OhioLINK’s collection development committee recommended the following e-resources be purchased with GEER funds to assist faculty/instructors in teaching remote and hybrid courses to Ohio’s 2-year, undergraduate, and graduate-level students across a wide range of disciplines, with emphasis on the most pressing need to support teaching labs in the STEM sciences and courses for the allied health fields. We thank ODHE for their advocacy and assistance in procuring the funds to make these resources available. See the full announcement on the OhioLINK website. For assistance with any of these new resources, please contact your Wright State University Libraries’ subject librarian.

JoVE Core + Lab Manual Combo

Access Dates – January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022 (2 years of availability)

Films on Demand

Access Dates – March 8, 2021 to May 31, 2022

Wiley Cochrane Library

Access Dates – January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (1 year of availability)

MIT Press Direct eBooks

Starting January 2021, perpetual access to all e-books published from 1943 through 2021

Sage Business Cases

Starting January 1, 2021, perpetual access to all cases published through 2020

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held virtually on December 16. At this ceremony, ten 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. The ceremony also honored all University Libraries staff for receiving the President’s Award for Excellence, Outstanding Unit in March of 2020.

2020 StAR Winner: Carol Fang, Business and Biological Sciences Librarian

Carol Fang
Carol Fang
StAR Award Winner

Carol Fang provides research and instruction services to students and faculty. She was recognized for her subject area expertise, her outstanding library instructional support and her detailed research guides designed for the classes in the RSCOB and in Biology. In one of Carol’s nominations, a colleague said, “Whenever I have had the pleasure to teach with Carol I have learned new ways of presenting information with precision, accuracy, economy and directness.” In addition to receiving the StAR Award, Carol was honored for 20 years of dedicated service to the University Libraries.

2020 StAR Winner: Adrienne Savage, Library Associate

Adrienne Savage, StAR Award Winner

Adrienne Savage provides evening and weekend service at the Dunbar Library and supervises many of the Libraries’ student assistants. She was recognized for her positive attitude, excellent customer service skills, and her contributions to several special projects this year. Those projects included staffing our new curbside pick-up, assisting with the move of the Educational Resource Center to Dunbar Library, nightly furniture reconfiguration to ensure social distancing, and her “hospital-grade” approach to sanitizing staff work areas. Adrienne has been a loyal staff member for nearly 13 years.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards

15 years:

  • Chris Duffy
  • Sue Polanka
  • Arthur Seifert

20 years:

  • Linda Daniels
  • Carol Fang
  • Jane Wildermuth

25 years:

  • John Freeman
  • Chris Nimmer
  • Kevin Storer

30 years:

  • Dawne Dewey

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