Month: April 2019

Friends Luncheon Speaker, Ann Weisgarber, Discussed the Impact of Libraries & Archives on Her Writing

WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, presenting at the Friends of the Libraries Luncheon
WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, presenting at the Friends of the Libraries Luncheon

The Friends of the Libraries welcomed WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, as the keynote speaker for their annual luncheon held on April 17, 2019. Ann is the author of three historical novels, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, The Promise, and The Glovemaker. Ann’s captivating presentation discussed her moments in libraries and archives where an idea or character came to life. For example, browsing a reference book about Chicago’s slaughterhouses, she came upon a woman named Ida B. Wells-Barnett and was so captivated by her story she wanted to include her in the Personal History of Rachel DuPree. Ann found a connection and, well, we won’t spoil it, but we do suggest reading chapters nine and ten! It was great to welcome Ann back to campus and celebrate her achievements as a writer. For more about Ann and her writings, please take a look at her website.
The Friends are so thankful for Ann’s visit and a great luncheon.

Ann with University Librarian, Sue Polanka, Friends President, Glenn Graham, and Head of Special Collections and Archives, Dawne Dewey
Ann with University Librarian, Sue Polanka, Friends President, Glenn Graham, and Head of Special Collections and Archives, Dawne Dewey
Ann and Rob Weisgarber with President Schrader
Ann and Rob Weisgarber with President Schrader
Ann signed books for many of the attendees
Ann signed books for many of the attendees

 

Friends of the Libraries Elects New Board Members and Officers

Photograph of 13 Friend of the Libraries Board Members)
Friends of the Libraries Board Members – Back Row left to right: Linda Daniels, Jane Rininger, Richard Hairston, Gary Barlow, Catherine Queener, Glenn Graham, Penny Profitt, Krishel Stout, Toni Walchner, Kathi Herick; Seated left to right: Sue Polanka, Stephanie Dickey, Natalie De Horn

At the annual Friends of the Libraries meeting on April 17, 2019, the Board elected the following new officers:

  • President: Jane Rininger
  • Vice President: Natalie De Horn
  • Past President: Glenn Graham
  • Secretary: Stephanie Dickey

The Board also appointed several Board Members at Large:

  • Krishel Stout, student representative
  • Toni Walchner, staff representative
  • Kathi Herick, community representative
  • Jen Ware, faculty representative, second term
  • Catherine Queener, community representative, second term

We also said farewell to Richard Hairston, our student representative, who will be graduating in April of 2019. Thank you, Richard, for your contributions to the Board.
And a big thank you to our Past-President, Gary Barlow, and President, Glenn Graham, for their outstanding service. Both Glenn and Gary served in these capacities for four years. We look forward to their continued work with the Friends.

Dunbar Library Elevator Replacement Project

On Monday, May 6, 2019, the elevator replacement project will launch in the Dunbar Library.  This project will run from May 6, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The chart below shows the details on the elevators and their closing dates. Project paid for with State of Ohio Capital Funds.

ElevatorProvides Access toDate to CloseDate to Reopen 
PLDL 12L1st - 4th floorsMay 6th, 2019Open
PLDL 13L1st - 4th floorsMay 6th, 2019Open
PLDL 14L1st - 4th floorsOctober 1st, 2019December 31st, 2019
PLDL 15LBasement - 1st floorDecember 2nd, 2019December 31st, 2019
Photo of three elevators across from Circulation Desk
Elevators 12L, 13L, & 14L, 1st – 4th floors
Photo of single elevator just inside of library entrance nearest Tom Hanks Center
Elevator 15L Basement – 1st floor

What should you expect when using the library during the elevator replacement?

Expect longer wait times for the elevator.  You will have to wait longer for an elevator.  This will be heightened May 6th – May 17th during our furniture installation project.  For more information on this, see our blog post in the Dunbar Wire.

Expect to be rerouted to other elevators.  The elevator running from the 1st to the basement floors will be closed for about 5 weeks in September and October.  During this time, alternative elevators must be used.  Information about alternative methods of ingress/egress will be announced in August.

Expect the same helpful and friendly staff.  Our staff will be here providing our full array of services throughout the improvement process.  If you would prefer to get assistance remotely, please use our Ask A Librarian service.

For more information on library access and services, please contact Sue Polanka, University Librarian at sue.polanka@wright.edu.

For questions about the elevator replacement schedule and process, please contact Javan Conley, Construction Administrator, Planning, Engineering and Construction at Javan.Conley@wright.edu.

Dunbar Library Furniture Installation Project

Dunbar Library atrium
Library atrium “before” picture. “After” picture coming soon!

The Dunbar Library will soon begin Phase 2 of our state capital improvement project – furniture! Furniture will be removed from the Dunbar Library from Friday afternoon, May 3rd through Saturday, May 4th. New furniture will arrive beginning Monday, May 6th and take approximately 2 – 3 weeks to install.

What should you expect when using the library during the installation?

Expect some areas to be closed.  During installation, sections or entire floors of the library will close intermittently.  Signs in the lobby will indicate which areas are open and closed each day.  Guaranteed seating in the library will be available on the first floor, 2nd floor public computers, STAC, and media room, and private study rooms.  The Special Collections and Archives will also be open.

Expect noise.  Installation will involve unpacking, drilling and hammering and library users should expect noise throughout the process.  Our group and private study rooms, which may limit some of the noise, will remain available for WSU students, faculty, and staff to book for two-hour time blocks. Feel free to book those in advance. Earplugs are also available at the circulation desk.

Expect elevator delays.  Coinciding with our furniture installation is Phase 3 of our capital improvements – elevator replacement.  Two of our three elevators running from the 1st – 4th floors will shut down on May 6th.  We will have one operating elevator that will be used heavily by our furniture installers.  For more information on our elevator replacement project, see our Dunbar Wire blog post.

Expect the same helpful and friendly staff.  Our staff will be here providing our full array of services throughout the improvement process.  If you would prefer to get assistance remotely, please use our Ask A Librarian service.

For questions or comments, please email Sue Polanka, University Librarian at sue.polanka@wright.edu