Category: Collections

University Libraries Offers Anti-Racism Resources and Book Discussions

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Martin Luther King in Boston, April 23, 1965, image from WSUL Special Collections and Archives

Wright State University has an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion. In support of President Edwards’ encouragement to “take advantage of campus resources to find compassion, support, and understanding,” and in response to student requests for reading lists and suggestions, the University Libraries staff have prepared a guide of anti-racism resources, organized a book discussion, and are participating in a community-wide book discussion on racism.  Highlights of each of these activities is below. 

Anti-Racism Resource Guide

This guide organizes a variety of resources in one place.  Resources include: research databases focused on anti-racism and criminal justice;  fiction and non-fiction books in the Libraries’ collection about racism and white supremacy (request these for curbside pickup); media and videos from the Libraries’ Kanopy collection and YouTube selections; campus resources for health, wellness and support; and links to additional reading lists and recommended resources from national organizations.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add, you may direct those to mandy.shannon@wright.edu.

Book Discussion:  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Join us on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via WebEx for a book discussion on Tayari Jones’ award-winning novel, An American Marriage. Dr. Lynette Jones, Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature will provide an introduction for our discussion, moderated by Dr. Sarah Twill, Professor in the Department of Social Work.  Copies of An American Marriage are available at the Dunbar Library and local public libraries.  Registration is available and is optional. Please join us!

The Big Read: Anti-Racism, Justice, and Equity – Dayton Metro Library Program

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Dayton Metro Library invites you to participate in a special community-wide Big Read project, centered on the book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad. This book takes readers on a 28-day journey to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people to do better, too. A live streamed panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, July 8th from 5 – 6 p.m. on Facebook.

Panelists Include:

  • Amelia Robinson, Community Impact Editor, DDN (Moderator)
  • Debbie Feldman, President and CEO, Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Shannon Isom, President & CEO, YWCA Dayton
  • Kevin M. Kelly, Executive Director, Dayton International Peace Museum
  • Brian O. Martin, Executive Director, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

More information is available from the Dayton Metro Library.

Library Resources and Services to Support Remote Instruction

This post is updated with new content periodically.

Below is a list of online library resources and services available to support remote instruction. If you need assistance accessing these resources or creating a proxied link to them for access in Pilot, please reach out to your subject librarian. Many of the resources below are temporarily opened from publishers; some require a user account be established.

Ask a Librarian/Ask an Archivist

Online assistance from WSU professional librarians and archivists through the Ask a Librarian and Ask an Archivist services. Hours may vary however both services will be available as long as Wright State University classes remain in session.

Return, Request, No-Contact Pick-Up of Library Materials

The University Libraries have made arrangements for item requesting in our local online catalog and no-contact pick-up. More information can be found in a separate news post.

Sources to help students do effective scholarly research

Research Toolkit Workshops: Our online workshops explain some of the foundational concepts of information literacy that help students in their library research and are available as Pilot modules with quizzes. There are also a variety of videos that explain different library processes and procedures available.

Research Guides: Our custom research guides curate recommended databases, website, books, and other sources to start students on their way to successful scholarly research. Guides are available for all disciplines and some specific courses. If you would like our librarians to create a customized class guide for research projects your students will be working on these new few weeks, or if you have any questions about how the library can work with you and your students, please contact your subject librarian.

Journal Collections

Electronic Book Collections

Streaming Media

  • Kanopy Streaming Videos – Kanopy is a large library of streaming videos covering a broad range of subjects in the arts and humanities, social sciences, 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. Videos that are already licensed for classroom use at WSU may be embedded in pilot courses. A list of those licensed videos is available on our Kanopy Research Guide.

Databases

Copyright Assistance

A not-so-secret society of copyright librarians is offering assistance for faculty/instructors and folks helping faculty/instructors transition their courses online. We are offering virtual copyright booth hours to help address questions people might have. Please consider sharing with your colleagues at other institutions, if it will be helpful, to anyone working with course materials and supporting a move to virtual instruction.

The University Libraries celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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The University Libraries, in collaboration with the Women’s Center, Collaborative Education Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) and the New Media Incubator are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – Women’s right to vote. We have a number of displays and digital objects available in the Dunbar Library and in CORE Scholar to honor this historic event. Each of our displays is highlighted below. Please join us to learn more about women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment.

Suffragist Quilt Displays

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The Women’s Center, in collaboration with the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, have two quilt exhibits on display in the Dunbar Library and in the Women’s Center. The Suffragist Quilt Collection celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment with 19 quilts, handmade by Guild members. One of the quilts, created by Linda Morgan, a current grad student and former Women’s Studies and Laboratory Animal Resources staff member, honors suffragist Rachel Ezekiel. Ezekiel is the great-grandmother of Dr. Judith Ezekiel, a former Women’s Studies professor at Wright State. The second collection is Mother Goose Revisited. This collection includes 13 quilts which are original mother goose tales rewritten. Both quilt collections will be on a rotational display in the Women’s Center and Dunbar Library during the months of February and March.

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Updated Version of RefWorks Now Available

Managing the citations for a research project doesn’t need to be complicated. RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that can help you create a personal database of resources, keep them easily organized, and integrate them into your work. The University Libraries have provided subscription access to RefWorks since 2005.

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This semester, we will be transitioning from the older, legacy version of RefWorks to the new, updated version of RefWorks. The new version provides a simplified experience, streamlines workflows, and provides better access to share collections and collaborate with others on projects. The new version also improves on the Write-N-Cite feature, which integrates citations into a paper and generates bibliographies based on the references cited.

To provide a smooth transition, the University Libraries are offering nine workshops that provide hands-on instruction to transfer your content from the legacy RefWorks to the new version. Register now for a RefWorks workshop at https://libraries.wright.edu/events.

For more information about the new RefWorks, to create a new account, and find step-by-step instructions, visit our guide at https://guides.libraries.wright.edu/refworks or email library-dref@wright.edu