Category: Friends of the Libraries

Friends of the Libraries Board Issues Statement of Commendation for Library Staff

Statement of Commendation for Library Staff

Friends of the Libraries commends library staff for their valor in acting quickly to maintain public health and student, faculty, and community access to library materials and services as the covid-19 pandemic shut down campus.

  • Curbside service at Paul Laurence Dunbar Library started the day after the Dayton campus shut down. Our library was one of the first academic libraries in the state of Ohio to offer curbside service.
  • Library staff pivoted to expand online services.
  • Library staff rapidly revised internal procedures and schedules.
  • Library staff followed detailed CDC guidelines to prepare the library for reopening by removing and distancing furniture, installing directional signage and safety shields, and ensuring self-cleaning supplies for patron use.

Friends of the Libraries commends library staff for their valor in acting quickly to maintain student access to the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center when the College of Education and Human Services cut its budget as a cost-saving measure.

  • On very short notice, library staff repurposed library space to house the 19,000-item collection.
  • Library staff moved all of the new and unique items formerly housed in 116 Allyn Hall, including media lab equipment, furniture, and computers, with an assist from Facilities Services. The massive move featured 250 trips through Dayton campus tunnels over a period of five weeks.
  • Library staff have made ERC materials and resources a featured collection of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. This not only allows students to have continued access to unique items, but has expanded access with longer daily hours, greater accessibility for a wider range of users, and longer loan periods.

Friends of the Libraries commends outstanding leadership of and teamwork within library staff for embracing opportunities for improved services to students, faculty, and community during a time of great challenge.

University Libraries’ Book Club 2020-2021

Join us for our 2020-21 Book Club sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

When and Where:
Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. WebEx (Meeting number: 160 395 4389  Password: read). Discussions will be held online and registration is available.

What We’re Reading:

September 15th, 2020

Two titles: The Widows, The Hollows by Jess Montgomery.

The author will join us for this discussion.

November 17th, 2020

Title: The End of October by Lawrence Wright

January 19th, 2021

Title: A Burning: A Novel by Megha Majumdar

March 16th, 2021

Title: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Books –titles will be available from the WSU University Libraries collection so check our catalog for copies. Don’t have a WSU library card? Join our Friends of the Libraries for borrowing privileges or borrow the titles from your local library.

More Information – Links to the discussions will be provided soon. Copies of titles are on order now and we will link to these as they become available. Other questions? Call the Wright State University Libraries at 937-775-2380.

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.

Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Officers

Catherine Queener
Natalie DeHorn

The Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors recently elected the following new officers:

  • President: Natalie DeHorn
  • Vice President: Catherine Queener
  • Treasurer: Toni Walchner

The Board also appointed two new Members-at-Large:

  • Community Representative and WSU Alumna: Emily Hare
  • Student Representative: Christian Sanders

President Natalie DeHorn was co-founder of the Kettering Children’s Choir and served as their artistic director from 1986-2018. Natalie has been an active member of the Friends of the Libraries Board for five years. During this time she has served as a Member-at-Large, Secretary, Vice President, and now leads our Board as President.

Vice President Catherine Queener is a Wright State University alumna who worked for WSU for 28 years in various capacities: as an academic advisor, assistant director, transfer advisor, director of learning communities, and director of first-year programs. Catherine is currently employed as a substitute librarian for the Greene County Public Libraries.

We say farewell to Krishel (Stout) Hicks, our student representative, who will graduate in May of 2020. Thank you Krishel for your contributions to the Board.

And, a big thank you to our President Jane Rininger and Past-President Glenn Graham, for their outstanding service this year. We look forward to their continued work with the Friends.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Friends of the Libraries Annual Luncheon scheduled for April 15, 2020, was cancelled. The Board of Directors held the election of officers and member-at-large representatives virtually.