Adam 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 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 Arts. Two authors who inspire Adam are Paul Laurence Dunbar and James Baldwin.
Big thanks to Adam for sharing his story with us!