Category: Staff

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held on May 4, 2022. At this ceremony two library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 25 Years

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Beth Anderson, Information Desk Evening Supervisor

Beth has worked with the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) since it opened over 20 years ago, helping students with multimedia presentations and technology. She has supervised many student assistants and is the LEAP Librarian.

Image of Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian
Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian

Ximena is the librarian for the School of Nursing, and the Departments of Chemistry and Modern Languages. Over her 25 years here she has also worked with History and Special Collections and Archives.

2022 StAR Winner: Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2

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Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist; Matt Shreffler, Head of Resource Delivery Services

Shannon does an outstanding job connecting the Wright State University to resources in her role supporting interlibrary loans and course reserves. She is always willing to step up to the front desk, answer the phone, or help out wherever needed. She comes to work every day with her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Staff noted Shannon’s creativity and willingness to help. Shannon is creative and innovative, looking for solutions to improve processes. If you’ve checked out a bookable room in the past year, we had a much easier time finding the key, thanks to the 3D holder and key rings Shannon and her husband made to organize them. It improved the handling of the keys, and staff are now able to see which rooms are available and which rooms are checked out in a glance. Her colleagues shared that this has made a big improvement to the whole process. Her nominator concluded, “Shannon is great at everything she touches and we are lucky to have her.”  

2022 StAR Winner: Heather Back, Student Success Librarian

Image of Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian; Heather Back, Student Success Librarian; Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian
Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian; Heather Back, Student Success Librarian; Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

Heather brings energy and excitement, along with a smile and a positive attitude into the library as the Student Success Librarian. She channels this power into a wide variety of activities and projects from creating a Student Success Book Collection next to the Starbucks in the 1st Floor Group Study Rooms; promoting the Wright State University Libraries during Student Welcome Week; helping students during finals by coordinating DeStress for Success, and connecting Education students with the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center, all with a focus of helping students succeed. Her colleagues noted that she plans things well in advance to keep things humming and fresh for students. She comes up with interesting projects for the student workers to help with. One colleague pointed to her attitude and interaction as building bridges between departments and across campus. The Wright State University Libraries have a special Student Success Librarian in Heather Back.  We are grateful for Heather’s fresh perspectives and students-first focus! 

Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you to all our staff for their continued dedication and service to Wright State University and the University Libraries.

2022-2023 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2022-2023 Book Club discussions, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the Wright State University Alumni Association, and the Wright State University Retirees Association. Book discussions will be held on select Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. online via WebEx. Registration will be available, but is not required. More information, including links to registration, the online events, and the books in the WSU Libraries’ collection will be posted soon.

September 8, 2022 – Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

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November 10, 2022 – Blackout by Erin Flanagan

Author and Wright State University Professor of English, Erin Flanagan, will join our discussion.

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January 12, 2023 – Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

March 9, 2023 – The Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction

Join the Friends of the Libraries today! Your membership supports the Libraries’ collections and programs while providing yourself the luxury of borrowing from an academic library containing a variety of subjects – from classic literature to the latest scientific discoveries, popular reading materials, and more.

Featured in the Catalog

The faculty of Wright State University make great contributions to their scholarly fields. The University Libraries are doing our best to make their work a bit easier for you to discover and find through our social media channels!

On Fridays, the libraries are featuring faculty who have books available in the University Libraries’ catalog. Social media posts include a picture of the faculty member inside the libraries with their books. Each post includes a link to the catalog entry for the book, so you can easily find it. If you’re interested in having your publication related to your scholarship featured on the libraries’ social media platforms, contact library-social@wright.edu or contact your subject librarian.

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Dr. Erin Flanagan

You can see all of these featured publications, along with other news updates on the Libraries’ social media platforms: Instagram Twitter Facebook

DeStress for Success is Back!

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This year, we are excited to share DeStress for Success activities in person again! Activities and events will be at the Dayton Campus in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library November 29 – December 9, 2021. Whether you are on campus, remote, distance learning, or studying at Lake Campus, you can visit our DeStress LibGuide. When you feel stressed, take time to visit the guide and try a DeStress activity!

Mark your calendars when our Wright State Campus Collaborators visit the Dunbar Library to support you during finals season!

Study Support with Tutoring Services

When? Monday, November 29, 2021, from 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Where? Dunbar Library: 2nd Floor

Come and Go as needed

#FuzzTherapy with 4Paws for Ability Puppies

When? Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Where? Dunbar Library: 2nd Floor

Meditation with Sarah Peters from Counseling and Wellness

When? Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 2 pm

Where? Dunbar Library: 4th Floor

Come and Go as Needed

Relaxing Yoga with Kenny Taynor from Campus Recreation

When? Friday, December 3, 2021, at 2 pm

Where? Dunbar Library: 4th Floor

Bring Masks; Mats Provided!

More information about the activities taking place in the libraries can be found in our DeStress activity schedule.

Thank you to the Academic Support Center’s Tutoring and Study Coaches, Counseling and Wellness Services, Campus Recreation, the Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the Friends of the Libraries for supporting our students during finals.

Good luck during finals week, Raiders!