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.