Month: May 2019

Staff Spotlight on… Jane Wildermuth!

When Jane Wildermuth began working at Wright State in 1999, digital institutional repositories didn’t yet exist as they do now. Now thanks to CORE Scholar, Wright State’s faculty, staff, and students have a place to share and preserve their scholarly works. Faculty papers, student posters, even literary journals are housed in CORE Scholar and available to all Wright State faculty, staff and students as part of an open access initiative. Faculty members can opt to establish SelectedWorks pages that allow them to showcase their content with permanent, live links to their full-text work. Jane and her team create metadata, format searchable PDFs, assist with copyright and licensing issues, and more. Visit the CORE Scholar how to participate page to learn more and get started.

Originally from Campbell, Ohio, Jane’s interest in the Dayton area began when her husband got a job here and both were commuting to work in opposite directions from their home in London, Ohio. Starting in the Special Collections and Archives department, Jane was encouraged to explore innovations in technology and how they might help the University Libraries share our unique collections. She created and became the Head of the Digital Services (now Digital Initiatives and Repository Services) Department in 2006. Working with what she calls her “small yet mighty” team, she enjoys meeting with faculty, staff, and students from across campus and learning about their research. Through CORE Scholar, Jane and her team help share the scholarly output of Wright State with the world. Visit this live simulation of CORE Scholar readership and watch as download pins drop all over the map!

When not promoting Open Access and leading the effort to preserve and share the scholarly work of an entire university, Jane likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters, watching them grow into amazing adults. In her free time, you might catch Jane at a musical, or watching a sitcom with her miniature schnauzer named Buddy.

Thanks, Jane, for all you do!

In Memoriam, Willie J. Moncree, Jr.

Willie J. Moncree, Jr. – August 15, 1960 – May 11, 2019

Willie J. Moncree, Jr. in U.S. Navy uniform, circa 1987
Willie J. Moncree, Jr.

The University Libraries mourns the loss of our long-time friend and colleague, Willie J. Moncree, Jr.   Willie began working for the University Libraries in April, 1995 as a Library Technical Assistant.  You may recognize Willie from our Circulation Desk, where he greeted visitors and assisted them with their materials checkouts and returns.

Willie was originally hired as Government Documents assistant, and worked on receiving, cataloging and processing government documents throughout his time in our Content Acquisitions and Management Department.  For most if not all of his time here he also was responsible for sorting and delivery of the University Libraries’ incoming mail, which was no small task considering the volume of newspapers and print journals that passed through our mail for years.  In 2017, he accepted a position in our Resource Delivery Services Department where he worked until his passing last week.

Willie was a proud United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1987 – 1994.  He was Special Duty on the USS Lang FF-1060 from 1987-1991 where he and his shipmates provided wet stream to Pacific Gas and Electric after an earthquake hit San Francisco in October of 1989.  He served as a Sonar Technician on the USS Gallant in 1991, the SIMA Security Force from 1992-3 and as a Technical Librarian from 1991-1994.  Willie was also a Sonar Technician in the US Naval Reserve Center for many years.

Willie may have left the Navy, but the Navy never left Willie.  The first time Provost Edwards came to visit, Willie was at his “station” at the circulation desk.  When she walked in to the administrative offices, Willie alerted the staff with a stage whisper, “Provost on Deck”.  The sailor in him also showed when we would ask him about the weather and he would give us the wind speed in knots.  He didn’t have great eyesight, but he had sharp ears from his many years of sonar work in the Navy.  When asked a question, Willie frequently responded with military lingo.  For example, “Willie, did you give that person copy card #2?” “Number 2, aye!” he would say.

Music and food were both near and dear to Willie.  He played rock & roll, funk, and country music on the bass guitar and keyboards, and he also liked to sing.  He liked McDonald’s in the morning, Frisch’s for lunch, and a good steak anytime! He also enjoyed using his home grill and smoker and smoking up the neighborhood!  Best of all, Willie enjoyed people.  He was easy-going, friendly, and made you feel right at home in the library.   On Thursday mornings, he greeted staff by saying, “it’s Friday Eve”. That was Willie’s way of acknowledging we’d made it through another work week.

Rest in Peace, Willie.  You will be missed.

Circulation desk workspace with two flowering plants, two photos of Willie with co-workers, and a sign noting his passing
Willie’s “station” at the first floor circulation desk

Services for Willie J. Moncree Jr. will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at the H.H. Roberts Funeral Home.

Meet Our New Medical and Human Services Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Joanna Anderson. As the Medical and Human Services Librarian, she will be the liaison to the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Human Services programs in the College of Education and Human Services.

Photo of Joanna Anderson, Medical Librarian
Joanna Anderson

A native Ohioan, Joanna holds two Bachelors Degrees from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has worked in library reference and instruction at colleges and universities for over ten years. For the past eight years she has been at East Tennessee State University, where she was an Associate Professor and Distance Education Librarian, and liaison to the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Health Sciences.

We are thrilled to have Joanna as part of the Instruction & Research Services department!

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition Ceremony was held on May 9th. At this ceremony, library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the libraries’ annual STAR Award.

Chris Duffy, Library Operations Specialist 2, received a STAR Award for her dependability, loyalty and commitment to customer service. If you have visited the library, then you know Chris as she is one of the first people you will see when entering the building. Chris is responsible for opening the library every morning. She arrives at 7 a.m. to complete her routine building checks and opening procedures. The rest of her day is spent at the circulation desk, assisting our patrons with Course Reserves or OhioLINK pick-ups, checking out and returning items, and helping our patrons get connected with the resources they need, on and off-campus.

StAR Award Winner, Chris Duffy
StAR Award Winner, Chris Duffy

Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing and Chemistry Librarian, also received a STAR Award.  Ximena provides proficient and thorough research instruction for the Nursing and Chemistry students and faculty.  A lot of her research and instruction is delivered remotely, either by participating in the libraries’ popular Ask A Librarian chat service, or using Skype or other screen sharing services to reach nursing students enrolled in online classes or at the Lake Campus. Ximena is committed to the accessibility of library resources and works to keep our online research guides and public areas ADA compliant.

StAR Award Winner, Ximena Chrisagis
StAR Award Winner, Ximena Chrisagis

Eight library staff members were honored for their years of service to Wright State University.  Between them, they have provided 140 years of service and all but 8 of those years were in the University Libraries.  It has been an honor to work with these outstanding individuals, all of whom have made significant contributions to our library.  Celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

10 years:

  • Lee Davey, Web Developer
  • Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2
  • Adrienne Savage, Library Associate

15 years:

  • Toni Vanden Bos, Archivist, Preservation and Cataloging Manager

20 years:

  • Tanya Ellenburg-Kimmet, Library Associate
  • Deberah England, Electronic Resources Librarian

25 years:

  • Ran Raider, Government and History Librarian, AKA “Ran the Patent Man”

30 years:

  • Phil Flynn, Engineering and Performing Arts Librarian
From the left, Toni Vanden Bos, Tanya Ellenburg Kimmet, Ran Raider, Phil Flynn, Lee Davey, Adrienne Savage, Shannon Michalak
From the left, Toni Vanden Bos, Tanya Ellenburg Kimmet, Ran Raider, Phil Flynn, Lee Davey, Adrienne Savage, Shannon Michalak