Category: Staff

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.

Jane Wildermuth New Head, Special Collections and Archives

Jane Wildermuth

We are pleased to announce that Jane Wildermuth will be the new Head of the Special Collections and Archives Department in the University Libraries. 

Jane has worked at the University Libraries for 22 years.   Her first seven years were as an Archivist in the Special Collections and Archives Department, providing reference and outreach services, teaching classes in the Public History program, and processing collections.  In 2006 she created and became the Department Head of the brand new Digital Initiatives and Repository Services Department, responsible for maintaining CORE Scholar, the Libraries’ institutional repository (archives for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital materials) and digitizing our historical collections.  In her new role, Jane will combine her experience in both areas as the talented staff and outstanding services of both departments merge under her leadership.

Speaking about this opportunity, Jane said, “I look forward to leading this new department for the University Libraries.  I have been afforded a wonderful opportunity to work with a hardworking and knowledgeable staff.  I am also excited to return to my roots and work with the archival and aviation communities.”

During her tenure at Wright State, Jane has been active in both the archives and the institutional repository communities.  She has served as both President and Treasurer of the Society of Ohio Archivists and currently serves on the Society’s nominating and marketing and communications committees. Since 2014, she has organized Ohio Institutional Repository Day, a semiannual event in Columbus for information professionals who manage online collections of digital material. As the first chair of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Management Committee in 2008, she worked with library professionals throughout the state to develop standards and practices for institutional repositories.  She also implemented the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons and the Digital Commons from bepress at Wright State.

In 2019 Jane was honored for distinguished service by the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO).  She received a TEDDY Award from ALAO’s Technical Electronic and Digital Services Interest Group. The TEDDY Award recognizes significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields.

University Libraries Receives the President’s Award for Excellence, Outstanding Unit

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University Libraries Staff, March 2020

University Libraries staff were honored with the “Outstanding Unit” title in the 2018-19 President’s Award for Excellence. The Outstanding Unit award is given to a department, division, or program that has established and maintained an environment of service, academic excellence, gender equity, and commitment to diversity at Wright State University.

The University Libraries were praised for their outstanding staff and services to support the scholarly research and information needs of the Wright State community. The University Libraries provide a welcoming space for users to research, study independently or with groups, or socialize with friends and colleagues. This space was renovated in 2019 with 2 million dollars of state capital funding. Further, through their collections, repositories, and programs, the University Libraries preserve the history of our university, the Wright Brothers, and the Dayton community.

David Bringhurst, director, Academic Support, Student Success Center, in his nomination letter, said, “I have used the library services, and I have worked with them as colleagues. I can think of no unit on campus who so consistently delivers value to their stakeholders or who is so central to our academic mission than the University Libraries.”

An official awards ceremony was to have been held in March, but the campus closure due to COVID-19 prevented the event from happening. Staff were able to celebrate the first week of March with matching t-shirts and a pizza party compliments of the Friends of the Libraries.

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.