Month: July 2018

Welcome Students – Fall 2018

Learn what Dunbar Library can do for you. We’ll be offering guided tours the first week of classes. Join us for either session. No need to RSVP, just meet at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Welcome Week Library Tours:

Tuesday, August 28th 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 30th 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

For questions or to arrange an additional tour time, contact:

Can’t make it to the tour? Use our floor-by-floor guide below. All of this information and more can be found on our newly redesigned website:


  • Ask a Librarian – call, chat, email, schedule an appointment –
  • Research Guides – learn how to find books, articles, journals for subjects, courses, and much more at
  • Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and subscribe to this blog for updates on new library services and events.
  • Hours vary. Check our calendar for details, especially during breaks.
  • Food is allowed in the library, but please use lids whenever possible, and report any spills to our staff immediately.
  • Designated Group Study areas are places to meet with friends and talk at a normal tone, but please be respectful of those around you. You can move chairs and whiteboards, but please keep them in the same general area and put them back when you’re finished.
  • Designated Quiet Study areas are for solo work. We cannot guarantee absolute silence, so please be respectful of your neighbors. Keep headphone volume low, avoid bringing in smelly foods, etc. Report noise complaints to the Circulation Desk at 937-775-2525.
  • Use the bulletin board next to Starbucks to post flyers or posters. WSU-related events and flyers with end dates will be given priority when the board is cleared.
  • The three elevators across from the Circulation Desk provide access to floors 1-4. Use the single elevator near the entrance to access the tunnels.
  • Public restrooms are available on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors around the corner from the elevators, next to the cell phone zones. The 2nd and 3rd floors also have larger restrooms located toward the back corner of each floor.

First Floor:

@ the Circulation (Circ) Desk:

  • Pick up hold items, including OhioLINK & SearchOhio, and check out Course Reserves.
  • Add $ to you Wright1 Card.
  • Borrow DVDs, cameras, tripods, mobile device chargers and board games.
  • Buy blank CDs, flashdrives, earbuds and more!
  • Check out anatomy models, molecular models and other visual aids and games.
  • Guest computer login info and guest printing card available (photo ID required).

Next to Starbucks:

  • Meet with friends in the Group Study Room
  • Popular Reading collection shelves for new releases and fun reads
  • Play a board game from our Brain Games collection
  • Use the copy machine

Second Floor:

@ the Info Desk

Also on the 2nd floor:

  • Public computers
  • Mobile device charging station
  • The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) – Changes are coming to the STAC this fall. Subscribe to this blog for details.
  • eLearning Studio – Complete your online course work or web conferences while on campus.
  • The Pod – Green wall, recording equipment and more!
  • Whiteboards and dry erase walls
  • Scanners, copiers, printers
  • Music scores
  • Microfilm and readers
  • Print reference materials
  • Patent and Trademark Resource center – have an invention to patent or other intellectual property you’d like to protect? Contact Ran Raider to learn more.

Third Floor: 

  • The stacks, bookshelves – classified using the Library of Congress system. Having trouble finding a book? Ask us.
  • Quiet Study in Room 341, open to all during library operating hours
  • Insider tip: One of our favorite quiet places to study is the back of the third floor – where the stacks help block the noise that filters up from lower floors.

Fourth Floor:

  • Instruction Room 441
  • Special Collections and Archives (SC&A) – Home to our world-renowned Wright Brothers collection, the Dayton Daily News Archive, local and state records, University Archives and more. Stop by the SC&A Reading Room and ask what primary sources can do for your papers and projects. Or, ask an Archivist.
  • Digital Initiatives and Repository Services – ask us about CORE Scholar, the institutional repository for Wright State University. Preserve your thesis, posters, and more with permanent URLs. Plus, check out past conference proceedings and open access journals in CORE Scholar.
  • Chinese collection
  • Children’s collection

Welcome to Wright State! When in doubt, ask a librarian.

Changes to Library Databases for 2018/19

For the 2018/19 academic year, there have been several changes to the Libraries’ database offerings. After consultation with faculty, the Libraries cancelled the following database subscriptions for financial reasons:

  • Accessible Archives
  • Ageline (available through December 31)
  • Classical Music Library (available through October 31)
  • Compustat Research Insight
  • CQ Researcher (available through January 31, 2019)
  • Data Planet
  • Films on Demand
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (available through December 31)
  • IPA Source
  • ITER (available through December 31)
  • L’Annee Philologique
  • Lexis Nexis Academic (Nexis Uni)
  • Philosophers Index
  • Proquest Congressional

To offset the loss of the business and legal content in Lexis Nexis Academic and Proquest Congressional, the Libraries added two new databases, HeinOnline and Mergent Intellect, saving about $25,000.

There have also been some changes in the OhioLINK package of databases. OhioLINK cancelled its subscriptions to:

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Science Online
  • Statistical Abstracts of the United States

OhioLINK also added several new resources:

  • Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • Oxford Research Encyclopedias
  • Very Short Introductions (Oxford)
  • Transparent Language Online

If you have questions about any of these database changes, please contact Karen Wilhoit (; 775-3039) or your subject librarian.

Kanopy Licensing Temporarily Restricted

To accommodate the recent reduction to the University Libraries’ budget, we have had to suspend automatic access to the streaming film content on Kanopy. Access during July and August will be restricted in an effort to preserve as much access to licenses during the academic year as possible. We anticipate that automatic access to content will resume in mid-August but, depending on the rate of use, we might have to suspend automatic access again during the fiscal year.

What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a large library of streaming videos covering a broad range of subjects in the arts and humanities, social sciences, education, business, film and theatre. It includes documentaries, classic and independent films from major distributors such as PBS, BBC, Criterion, and the Media Education Foundation.

How does it work?

Unlike many personal streaming subscription services, like Netflix, the films in Kanopy are available to license but are not necessarily already owned by the Wright State University Libraries. A license for streaming rights is purchased automatically on the fourth time a film is viewed for more than 30 seconds. Each license costs $150 and lasts for one year.

Budget implications:

With the 20% cut to our materials budget, we have had to cap the amount available for licensing content through Kanopy at $30,000 per fiscal year, or 200 films licensed per year. Once we reach the $30,000 limit, we will be unable to license new content. Films that have existing licenses will continue to be available for the length of their license.

A message will appear indicating when access is limited to existing licenses.

Instructors who would like to show a film for instructional purposes should contact their subject librarian.

How you can help us control costs and maintain access to all Kanopy has to offer:

  • Inquire whether a film already has a license and, if so, what the license expiration date is. The licenses are based on when the purchase was initiated, so each will have a different date. If you plan to use a film for class, particularly at the end of spring semester (i.e., near the end of the fiscal year), make sure the license will still be valid.
  • If you don’t see a film in Kanopy that you would like to show for academic purposes, it is possible that it will be available during the academic year. Contact your subject librarian to determine if access will be available through Kanopy during the academic year.
  • Limit options offered to students for an assignment. Every film that is suggested has the potential to incur another $150 license purchase.
  • If you are previewing films for a class, watch each film or read the transcript in one sitting rather than coming back to it repeatedly. Returning to the same film can trigger a purchase regardless of whether you use it in your class.
  • Please consider alternatives for personal entertainment viewing. We belong to the Search Ohio consortium, which provides access to many public libraries’ collections, including feature film DVDs. If you’d like assistance on how to request items from Search Ohio, please contact the Ask a Librarian service or call the Information Desk directly at 937.775.2925.

Staff Spotlight on… Adam Randolph!

Adam RandolphAdam Randolph came to Wright State as an undergraduate student in 2009. He was drawn to our diverse campus, affordable tuition and the close proximity of the University to his family in Springdale, Ohio. A first generation college student, Adam earned his Bachelors Degree in English: Creative Writing with a focus of Poetry in 2014. Adam has worked for the University Libraries since 2012 when he started as a Library Student Assistant. After graduation, he joined our staff as Senior Library Technical Assistant and is now Library Operations Specialist II.

Serving both of our public service points, the Circulation Desk on the first floor and the Information Desk on the second floor of Dunbar Library, Adam directly impacts students, faculty, staff and the community. He also directs Library Student Assistant work, authorizes purchases and sales of books and articles that are only accessible via InterLibrary Loan, handles newspaper collections and mail that enters the Libraries, and books Library equipment for staff, faculty, and students. Adam has represented the University Libraries at conferences such as the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, OhioLINK Summit, and Wright State’s Strategic Planning Summit. Adam feels that his efforts contribute to the greater good of the University and the population it serves. “What keeps me driven when working in the Libraries,” Adam says. “Is knowing that I’m helping our society as a whole – helping patrons help themselves, become self-sufficient.”

Adam Randolph working the Information Desk

Adam enjoys Wright State’s large resources with a small campus feel. He’s proud of the READ poster he posed for as an undergraduate that hangs in the inner stairwell at Dunbar. He gets asked about it occasionally and it serves as a conversation starter. The campus also gives him an opportunity to connect with his professors and fellow students, as he is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in English in Rhetoric and Writing. Adam’s work has been published in the Fogdog Review for an academic article titled “Afrocentric Americanism in the Classroom.” An aspiring creative writer, look for Adam’s forthcoming creative non-fiction story “North to Canada,” in the Nexus Literary Journal & Advocate for the ArtsTwo authors who inspire Adam are Paul Laurence Dunbar and James Baldwin.

Big thanks to Adam for sharing his story with us!