Month: August 2018

The Hidden Cost of Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is an alternative method of obtaining access to research materials needed by our users that are not available on campus, through OhioLINK or through SearchOhio. The University Libraries provide interlibrary loan services to our faculty, staff and students at no charge; however, the request process is not necessarily free.

Fees for Borrowing Materials:

The Libraries have reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries in which we agree not to charge them for items they request from our collections and they do not charge us for items we request from theirs. However, when no reciprocal agreement exists, we have to pay a fee to the lending library for each item we request. These fees are typically $10 to $25 for each item borrowed.

Copyright Fees:

When the Libraries borrow journal articles, we can incur copyright fees. We can borrow up to five articles each year from the most recent five years of any individual journal title without a charge. After that, we pay a copyright fee for each additional article borrowed from that same five years. Copyright fees vary from publisher to publisher, but they can range from as little as $25 to $75 or more per article.

Impact on Our Users:

The Libraries intend to continue providing interlibrary loan to our users. However, we are very concerned about the impact our budget situation and the resulting need to cancel journal subscriptions may have on the demand for this service. If the charge for a particular request is unusually high, we may contact the requestor to determine if the material requested is essential. Also, if the volume of requests exceeds our ability to absorb the associated costs, we may have to charge our users for the cost of the request.

For more information on ILL, please visit our website:

Friends of the Libraries’ Student Photography Contest

Attention current Wright State students:

Show us what you love about Dunbar Library! You’re invited to submit digital photography highlighting Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. The Friends of the Libraries nonprofit organization will provide the following prizes for winners to be selected by a committee of University Libraries staff.

  • First place: $100
  • Second place: $50
  • Third place: $25

Submit entries by October 31, 2018. Include in your photos: library spaces, services, resources, a variety of users and groups, smiling faces, and/or technology.

Email entries as JPEG file attachments to Include your full name and Wright State email address in the body of the email. All entries may be used in Wright State print or online promotional materials.*

Need a camera or tripod? Check one out at the Circulation Desk. Want to edit your photos? Adobe Photoshop and a variety of other software is available on the library computers. The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) offers student assistants for drop-in help Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, or schedule a one-on-one appointment with a staff member.

Thanks in advance for participating. We look forward to viewing your entries!

*Contest open to current Wright State University students only. Student photographers will retain copyright to any and all photographs entered in this contest, but, by voluntarily entering the contest, students agree to grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to Wright State University Libraries, for use of the image for marketing and promotional purposes. 

Kanopy Access Updates

Access to the collection of streaming films in Kanopy has been reinstated for the fall semester. 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.

We are asking for the WSU community’s help to stay within the allotted budget for Kanopy this year. We have had to cap the amount available for licensing new content to $30,000, or 200 films, to last until June 30, 2019. Once we reach that $30,000 limit, we will be unable to license new films.

In order to maximize the access to films for academic purposes while staying within our budget, we will allot the Kanopy funds incrementally:

  • $10,000 deposited to Kanopy for Fall Semester
  • $10,000 deposited to Kanopy for Spring Semester
  • $10,000 held in reserve to purchase licenses to fulfill faculty requests after the semester funds have been exhausted.

Please do not force the licensing of films you plan to use by watching them four times. For more information on Kanopy’s pricing model and additional suggestions on how to help us manage costs, please see our earlier post.

For a complete list of current Kanopy licenses, updated weekly, please visit

Changes to STAC Hours and Services

The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC), which provides Wright State students with the tools to make productive use of multimedia, will have different hours and services starting in the Fall 2018 semester. These changes are driven by an effort to provide the greatest level of access to the STAC and its tools while accommodating recent decreases in staffing.

Previously, the STAC was open for limited hours but was staffed during all of those hours. Beginning Sunday, August 26, the STAC will be open as a DIY space during all of the library’s open building hours – 95 hours per week. Trained student mentors, known as “STAC Geeks,” will be available Sunday – Thursday from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm to share their experience, skills, and tips for student projects. As always, STAC staff are available for personalized assistance for student projects by appointment.

As of this time, the STAC has also stopped offering 3D printing due to decreases in staffing. The STAC continues to offer two bookable rooms for use: the E-Learning Studio includes a computer terminal with high quality microphone and a webcam, ideal for distance learning needs.

The Pod is a bookable room for audio and video needs, including a green screen wall, studio lights and tripod. Each can be reserved online or at the information desk.

For more information about the STAC or the changes in hours and services this fall, please visit or email