Category: Staff

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!

Mandy Shannon Appointed Interim Associate University Librarian

Mandy Shannon, Interim Associate University Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to announce that Mandy Shannon has been appointed Interim Associate University Librarian for Public Services.

Mandy has worked for the Wright State University Libraries since 2013. Mandy has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University, and Master of Library Science from Clarion University. During her time with WSU,  she has served as a reference and instruction librarian for social sciences, the coordinator of library instruction & assessment, and in 2016 became the Head of Instruction and Research Services.

Over the past several years, Mandy has led grant-funded research projects from the Students First Fund, Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), and the Friends of the University Libraries to study the relationship between library instruction and student success, particularly with the Libraries’ Research Toolkit workshop series. In addition to her work with student success and assessment initiatives in the library and across campus, Mandy serves on the Undergraduate Student Success Committee and We Serve U. She is a past chair of the ALAO Assessment Interest Group and has presented widely on both assessment initiatives and media literacy.

When asked what she was most looking forward to in her new position, Mandy said, “There are many ways that the University Libraries support students and the entire university community. I am excited for the opportunity to work with students and campus leaders to learn more about their evolving needs, and to continue and expand conversations about the many wonderful staff, resources, services, and spaces that are here to support the people and mission of Wright State University.”   

When she is not working, Mandy enjoys hiking, traveling, community theatre, and spending time with her family.

Karen Wilhoit Appointed Interim University Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, Interim University Librarian

We are pleased to announce that Karen Wilhoit has been appointed Interim University Librarian.

Karen came to Wright State University Libraries in 1992 as Head of Cataloging. Prior to being appointed interim UL, she served as Associate University Librarian for Collection Services since 2004. In her various roles in the Libraries, Karen has managed the streamlining and automation of technical services operations, guided the merger of the Fordham Health Sciences Library and Dunbar Library collections, and overseen the transition of the Libraries’ collections from primarily print to primarily online. She has a thorough understanding of the University Libraries and its role in the university. In addition to an undergraduate degree in English from Western Kentucky University, Karen holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

Speaking about her goals and plans for the 2021-2022 year, Karen said, “I plan to spend time meeting with the staff to focus on how the various departments within the Libraries can continue to work together to support initiatives focusing on student success and outreach to faculty. I also intend to work with the Division of Inclusive Excellence to prioritize the Libraries’ commitment to being a welcoming and supportive unit for all members of the campus community. Most importantly, I am committed to insuring that the Libraries continue to provide outstanding service to Wright State students, faculty and staff.”

During her tenure at Wright State, Karen has been active in representing the Libraries in state and national committees and consortia, serving on and chairing the OhioLINK Database Management and Standards Committee and the OhioLINK Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee. She has also been active in the Academic Library Association of Ohio, serving at various times as Chair of the Technical Services interest group, Treasurer, and Vice President/President/Past President. Karen has also served on several committees in the Technical Services Division of the American Library Association.