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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.

Book Club Finishes the Year with Virtual Discussion and Recommended Summer Reads

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The Libraries Book Club, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Alumni Association, and Wright State Retirees Association, finished up its last book discussion remotely, on Zoom. The discussion was held on April 28th. Our book club program had us reading four titles this year, the last one by local author Jess Montgomery titled, The Widows. Due to the COVID-19 related campus closures, we had to cancel our last meeting, which Jess Montgomery was planning to attend. The group instead discussed titles they had read during the quarantine and made recommendations for summer reading. Titles recommended by the group include:

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung
  • Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
  • Truth by Omission by Daniel Beamish
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The next book club discussion, led by Dr. Sarah Twill, will be Tuesday, June 9th at 5:30 p.m.  via WebEx. The group will discuss Overstory by Richard Powers. Use WebEx to connect. Contact Sue Polanka, University Librarian, for more information.

Spring Semester Libraries Student Assistant Awards

Nine students were selected for the Spring semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries.  Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, with a matching contribution from the Friends of the Libraries.  To date, 409 awards have been distributed totaling over $190,650.

University Libraries’ staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

Rebekah Colliver – a Senior majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mack Banfield – a Senior majoring in Psychology

Genevieve Coutinho – a Senior majoring in Nursing

KC Lyphout – a Junior majoring in Dance

Alexis Rakovan – a Junior majoring in Rehabilitation Services

David Reeves – a Senior majoring in Computer Science

Anabelle Smith – a Sophomore majoring in Musical Theatre

Krishel Stout Hicks – a Senior majoring in Nursing

Daniel Talkington – a Sophomore majoring in Neuroscience

The University Libraries biannual Library Student Assistant Award (LSAA) reception that was scheduled for March 13, 2020, was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Trademark Basics Workshop Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Just how do your customers find you?  By an address?  A website? A placard on a grocery cart?  Customers find businesses because of a source identifier called a trademark.  Trademarks are the fingerprints of commerce. Judgement on quality is one important aspect of a trademark.  A person who identifies a superior product versus another product knows the source of the superior product by its trademark.  Trademarks are a critical piece of a business’ intellectual property. 

How do you go about getting a trademark or service mark?   How do you avoid the dreaded “cease-and-desist” letters?  The first thing you have to do is to determine whether your trademark conflicts with current marks being used in the marketplace.  It is not as simple as typing in a word in the USPTO trademark research database, TESS.  For example, an trademark examiner search for the word juicy would look like this: *j{v:2}?{”scz”}*[bi,ti].  This type of search is called “pattern matching” and it will be explained and covered in the workshop.  When you research your mark, you will need to consider similar sounding words, meaning, foreign equivalents, transposition of words, synonyms, design, abbreviations and more!  There are also other ways to protect a mark; on the state level and by common law.

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