Category: Staff

Meet Alexander Sanford, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Alexander Sanford.  As the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Alexander will advance the University Libraries’ scholarly communications efforts and will work to add scholarly and historical content to our institutional repository, CORE Scholar.

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart and Smith Colleges and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.  During his graduate work, Alexander served as a Digital Scholarship Intern at Duquesne University and was the managing editor for the Slavic & East European Information Resources Journal.  Alexander also served as the president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association.  Please welcome Alexander Sanford to Wright State and the Digital Initiatives and Repository Services Department.

Meet Aaliyah Williams, Library Operation Specialist

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce a new member of our staff, Aaliyah Williams. As a Library Operation Specialist, you will see Aaliyah working at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Dunbar Library. She provides excellent customer service to faculty, staff, students, and guests who visit each day. In addition to processing the mail and packages that are delivered to the library, she is often the one responding to emails concerning patron library accounts.

Aaliyah is a 2019 graduate of our wonderful Wright State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Language Arts. She excelled as a student worker right here in the library, and developed professional skills to join our team as a full-time staff member. A two-time winner of the Library Student Assistant Award, she now mentors our current student workers. We are excited to welcome Aaliyah as a member of the Resource Delivery Services Department!

Meet Kayla Hennis, Online Learning Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Kayla Hennis. As the Online Learning Librarian, she will coordinate library services that support online learners. This will include maintaining and updating the online Research Toolkit workshops and expanding the Self Help tutorial section of the Libraries website. She will also provide multimedia instruction and support in the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) and participate in department-wide reference and instruction services.

Kayla has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a MEd in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. For the past six years, she has been at Columbus State Community College, where she was a Reference and Instruction Librarian. We are very excited to have Kayla as part of the Instruction & Research Services Department!

Staff Spotlight on… Jane Wildermuth!

When Jane Wildermuth began working at Wright State in 1999, digital institutional repositories didn’t yet exist as they do now. Now thanks to CORE Scholar, Wright State’s faculty, staff, and students have a place to share and preserve their scholarly works. Faculty papers, student posters, even literary journals are housed in CORE Scholar and available to all Wright State faculty, staff and students as part of an open access initiative. Faculty members can opt to establish SelectedWorks pages that allow them to showcase their content with permanent, live links to their full-text work. Jane and her team create metadata, format searchable PDFs, assist with copyright and licensing issues, and more. Visit the CORE Scholar how to participate page to learn more and get started.

Originally from Campbell, Ohio, Jane’s interest in the Dayton area began when her husband got a job here and both were commuting to work in opposite directions from their home in London, Ohio. Starting in the Special Collections and Archives department, Jane was encouraged to explore innovations in technology and how they might help the University Libraries share our unique collections. She created and became the Head of the Digital Services (now Digital Initiatives and Repository Services) Department in 2006. Working with what she calls her “small yet mighty” team, she enjoys meeting with faculty, staff, and students from across campus and learning about their research. Through CORE Scholar, Jane and her team help share the scholarly output of Wright State with the world. Visit this live simulation of CORE Scholar readership and watch as download pins drop all over the map!

When not promoting Open Access and leading the effort to preserve and share the scholarly work of an entire university, Jane likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters, watching them grow into amazing adults. In her free time, you might catch Jane at a musical, or watching a sitcom with her miniature schnauzer named Buddy.

Thanks, Jane, for all you do!