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University Libraries Honor the 2021 Fall Semester Library Student Assistant Award Recipients

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Zyanya Menchaca-Howell, Jasmin Clark, Tori Ceyler

The University Libraries held our biannual Library Student Assistant Award reception on October 22, 2021. Three students were selected for the Fall 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, and interest earned from the Friends of the Libraries endowment fund. To date, 422 awards have been distributed to 245 students totaling over $197,150.

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

Tori Ceyler, a graduate student majoring in Social Work, began working for the Resource and Delivery Services Department in the Fall of 2020. She is honest, efficient, and accurate in her work. She takes her responsibilities seriously. This semester she has taken on additional responsibilities and has regular shifts at both the Information Desk and the Circulation Desk. She has a strong understanding of the libraries’ policies and priorities and does a great job at consistently helping new student workers understand the various details, exceptions, and issues that regularly arise as part of our Circulation work. Tori has helped train new student employees and sets the standard for them.

Jasmin Clark is a junior majoring in Integrated Language Arts who has worked for the Resource and Delivery Services Department and Information Commons Services Team since June 2021.  She is always helpful and courteous with co-workers and patrons. She has a very upbeat, can-do attitude and is willing to try different approaches and techniques to serve our patrons. She’s able to manage and prioritize questions that come in over the phone and in person at the Information Desk and the Circulation Desk. She is very conscientious and thorough in her work. Jasmin has demonstrated an eagerness and determination to learn all of the equipment in the Information Commons area so she can assist patrons in the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center as well as offer in depth assistance on the new photocopier/printer/scanners. She also spends time at the Circulation Desk assisting patrons with course reserves, checking materials in and out, and shelving items. 

This is Zyanya Menchaca-Howell’s third Library Student Assistant Award.  Majoring in Creative Writing, Zyanya is a senior who has worked for the Instruction & Research Services Department since Spring 2019. Zyanya has a tremendous work ethic, is a fast learner, adaptable to changing circumstances, and can lead, teach, or respectfully guide others. Working extensively with the Information Commons Services staff, Zyanya helped to develop the Holocaust Remembrance Month physical and book displays. Attention to detail and dependability were crucial to the success of the project. Zyanya has always been a library advocate and has repeatedly helped us discover and understand the library needs of our Wright State University Student Community.

Celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week, October 17 – 23, 2021

Since 2005, the American Library Association has promoted National Friends of the Libraries Week during the third week of October as a time to recognize the dedication of Friends groups across the nation.

The Wright State University Friends of the Libraries were established in 1978 and is a group of Wright State faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and community members who are committed to supporting the unique needs of the Wright State University Libraries and its patrons.

A few of the ways they support the mission of the WSU Libraries to provide quality research services, materials and library spaces for students, faculty, staff, and the Miami Valley community are:

  • The Friends support the library staff grants for research projects, new equipment and technology, staff development, and other special projects.
  • In collaboration with the Wright State University Retirees’ Association and the Wright State University Alumni Association they host a book club discussion on select Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. via WebEx.
  • In April they host an annual meeting and luncheon. For April 2021 they hosted a virtual “lunch-in” featuring WSU Alumna and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
  • Twice per year they award $500 scholarships to library student assistants in recognition of their outstanding job performance and contributions to the work of the Libraries.
  • Annually in April, the Friends of the Libraries honor the “Top Scholars” selected by the Dean’s Office in each college and the Lake Campus.
  • And more…

If you are not already a member, please consider joining or renewing your membership today. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week than welcoming you to our membership!

University Libraries Announce New Student Advisory Board, Invite Nominations

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As part of the ongoing mission of the University Libraries to support success through access to exceptional research services and resources, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Student Advisory Board. The Board’s primary purpose will be to provide students direct access to library leadership to communicate the evolving needs of Wright State’s diverse student body. Student members of the Board will advise the Libraries on issues related to library spaces, services, and resources. 

Nominations for student representatives will be solicited from offices and organizations across the University to represent a variety of student perspectives and needs. Nominations for student representatives will be solicited from the following organizations and units: 

  • Student Government Association  
  • Graduate Student Assembly  
  • Office of Disability Services 
  • Transfer Student Resource Center 
  • Commuter Student Association 
  • University Center for International Education 
  • Division of Inclusive Excellence 
  • Lake Campus 

There will also be two At-Large representatives, bringing the total number of representatives to 10. The University Libraries will be represented by the University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, Head of the Web Advisory Team, and the Lake Campus LTC Director. 

The Student Advisory Board will meet three times each academic year: once in Fall Semester, at the beginning of Spring Semester, and at the end of Spring Semester. We want to know what’s important to you, what works as it is, and what we can do to improve. 

We are now accepting nominations for student members of the Board through October 15. We anticipate finalizing board membership by November 1 and expect to have the first meeting of the University Libraries Student Advisory Board in mid-November 2021.  

Would you like to join, or do you know someone who might want to join? Click here to go directly to the application and let us know that you’re interested! 

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week

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Join the University Libraries in celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week.

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.

When is Banned Books Week?

This year, Banned Books Week is from September 26 – October 2, 2021. It is an annual event celebrated in the last week of September.

What is a Challenged or Banned Book?

According to the American Library Association, a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

What is going on at the Dunbar Library for Banned Books Week?

  • Read a “Banned Book”: Some of the books that have been challenged or banned in other libraries are available for you to read at our libraries. These challenges often occur in K-12 libraries and schools, so you’ll find many of the books are available in the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center on the 2nd floor.
  •  Visit the 2nd or 3rd-floor book displays or the Banned Books Week LibGuide. Use your Voice: Participate with our whiteboard polls in the 2nd-floor atrium or on the LibGuide’s Jamboard!
  • Show your Support: Get your “I read banned books” button (in a basket at the 2nd and 3rd–floor book displays) and wear it to show your freedom to read.