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Summer Reading Recommendations

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Are you looking for a great summer read? Join our Book Club for a summer reading discussion at Eudora Brewing Company on June 16th at 5:30 pm. We’ll have a casual conversation about books we’re reading and share recommendations with each other.

If you can’t make it to our in-person discussion, we have ideas for your summer reading! Our staff have suggested a few titles they recommend. We’ve linked them to our catalog or the SearchOhio catalog to make it easy for you to request them.

We’ve also included the list of titles from the past three years of titles from our Book Club. We hope you will join us for the 2022-2023 book discussions beginning in September 2022. The Book Club is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, the WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

Enjoy your summer and happy reading!

Staff recommendations

Black Cake by Charmain Wilkerson – recommended by Lisa Bleeke, Business Manager

How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur – recommended by Jane Wildermuth, Head of Special Collections and Archives

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – recommended by Ran Raider, Government and History Librarian

Deer Season by Erin Flanagan – recommended by Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

2021-2022 Book Club Titles

2020-2021 Book Club Titles

2019-2020 Book Club Titles

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held on May 4, 2022. At this ceremony two library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 25 Years

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Beth Anderson, Information Desk Evening Supervisor

Beth has worked with the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) since it opened over 20 years ago, helping students with multimedia presentations and technology. She has supervised many student assistants and is the LEAP Librarian.

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian

Ximena is the librarian for the School of Nursing, and the Departments of Chemistry and Modern Languages. Over her 25 years here she has also worked with History and Special Collections and Archives.

2022 StAR Winner: Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2

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Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist; Matt Shreffler, Head of Resource Delivery Services

Shannon does an outstanding job connecting the Wright State University to resources in her role supporting interlibrary loans and course reserves. She is always willing to step up to the front desk, answer the phone, or help out wherever needed. She comes to work every day with her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Staff noted Shannon’s creativity and willingness to help. Shannon is creative and innovative, looking for solutions to improve processes. If you’ve checked out a bookable room in the past year, we had a much easier time finding the key, thanks to the 3D holder and key rings Shannon and her husband made to organize them. It improved the handling of the keys, and staff are now able to see which rooms are available and which rooms are checked out in a glance. Her colleagues shared that this has made a big improvement to the whole process. Her nominator concluded, “Shannon is great at everything she touches and we are lucky to have her.”  

2022 StAR Winner: Heather Back, Student Success Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian; Heather Back, Student Success Librarian; Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

Heather brings energy and excitement, along with a smile and a positive attitude into the library as the Student Success Librarian. She channels this power into a wide variety of activities and projects from creating a Student Success Book Collection next to the Starbucks in the 1st Floor Group Study Rooms; promoting the Wright State University Libraries during Student Welcome Week; helping students during finals by coordinating DeStress for Success, and connecting Education students with the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center, all with a focus of helping students succeed. Her colleagues noted that she plans things well in advance to keep things humming and fresh for students. She comes up with interesting projects for the student workers to help with. One colleague pointed to her attitude and interaction as building bridges between departments and across campus. The Wright State University Libraries have a special Student Success Librarian in Heather Back.  We are grateful for Heather’s fresh perspectives and students-first focus! 

Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you to all our staff for their continued dedication and service to Wright State University and the University Libraries.

Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Officers

At the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors annual meeting held on April 18, 2022, the Board elected the following new officers:

  • President:   Catherine Queener
  • Vice President:   Penny Profitt
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Catherine Queener

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. She has served on the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors for five years, the last two in the role of Vice President.

Catherine is a volunteer and community activist, with a special interest in dismantling white supremacy.

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Penny Profitt

Penny Profitt served on the WSU Alumni Board for nine years and the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors for seven years before becoming the Vice President. Penny is the owner of Benefit Design Solutions – a health insurance brokerage firm. She specializes in reducing employer’s second highest expense – health care insurance. She began her insurance career at Metropolitan Life Insurance managing health care costs for large corporations.

Penny is an avid traveler. She has been to 88 countries, seven continents and all 50 states. She loves outdoor sports – water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, biking, scuba diving, zip lining, parasailing, wind surfing – she is a certified sailor and flew planes before 9/11.

She has four children and 5 ½ grandchildren. Her newest grandson will be arriving at the beginning of September 2022.

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

  • Faculty Representative:  Sharon Lynette Jones
  • Community Representative:  Bette Sydelko
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Sharon Lynette Jones

Sharon Lynette Jones is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures at Wright State University. Dr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Clemson University and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She is editor of the book Conversations with Angela Davis ( University Press of Mississippi) and the book Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston ( Salem Press). Dr. Jones is the author of the book Critical Companion to Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work (Facts on File), and of the book Rereading the Harlem Renaissance: Race, Class, and Gender in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, and Dorothy West (Greenwood Press). She is co-editor (with Rochelle Smith)  of the book The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Literature ( Prentice Hall).

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Bette Sydelko

Bette Sydelko has a long history with the Wright State University Libraries, having started her career as a medical librarian here in 1991. She is now semi-retired and works part-time at the medical library at Kettering Health Dayton (formerly known as Grandview Hospital). Besides Bette’s library experience she brings to the Board her organization leadership, program planning, fundraising, and member recruitment skills she has gained from her service to several professional organizations.

Bette is currently active on the Professional Practice Committee of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association and continues to volunteer as a reviewer for Doody’s Core Titles, a collection development tool for health science libraries.

On a personal note, Bette enjoys gardening, crafting, reading and spending time with her three granddaughters. She recently planted a butterfly garden and hopes to help the environment by providing butterflies with food and a habitat.

Also, a big thank you to Natalie DeHorn for her outstanding service as our President the past two years. We look forward to her continued work with the Friends.

2022-2023 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2022-2023 Book Club discussions, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the Wright State University Alumni Association, and the Wright State University Retirees Association. Book discussions will be held on select Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. online via WebEx. Registration will be available, but is not required. More information, including links to registration, the online events, and the books in the WSU Libraries’ collection will be posted soon.

September 8, 2022 – Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

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November 10, 2022 – Blackout by Erin Flanagan

Author and Wright State University Professor of English, Erin Flanagan, will join our discussion.

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January 12, 2023 – Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

March 9, 2023 – The Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction

Join the Friends of the Libraries today! Your membership supports the Libraries’ collections and programs while providing yourself the luxury of borrowing from an academic library containing a variety of subjects – from classic literature to the latest scientific discoveries, popular reading materials, and more.