Dunbar Library Capital Improvements Summary: What Students Wanted and What We Provided

A multi-modal building use study was completed during the 2015 calendar year. We studied building use patterns and conducted a needs assessment survey of our students. Using this data, we prepared a State Capital Funding request in 2017 to replace carpet and furniture and modernize the library. $1.1 million of state funding was received in the summer of 2018 and improvements were made during the 2018-19 academic year.

What Students Wanted and What We Provided

New carpet – 81,100 square feet of new carpet on the 2nd through 4th floors.

More study space – Repurposed 5,883 square feet for new student study spaces.

Private study rooms, bookable – 7 individual rooms and 6 multipurpose rooms now available with cloud-based, self-booking software.

More designated quiet study areas – 2nd floor annex now designated quiet study, 7 quiet study rooms added.

Update furniture: add more soft furniture, get a variety of furniture, offer flexible layouts – New furniture on all floors: booths, couches and 5 styles of soft seating, new chairs – with/without arms and with/without wheels, 4th floor tables/chairs on wheels, sit/stand desks, bicycle desks, 40% more soft seating.

Fewer wooden carrels and more open individual tables with dividers – Replaced wooden carrels with 22 individual tables with dividers, retaining six wooden carrels for students who prefer that level of privacy, added modern soft-sided single carrels.

More whiteboards – Added 13 rolling whiteboards, 9 whiteboard tables and hung whiteboards in bookable rooms.

More computers – Kept same number of computers, but relocated some. Use data from 2015 – 2019 showed a downward trend in computer use.

Computers/Printing on other floors, quiet computing area – 3rd floor, room 328 offers 7 individual quiet study rooms with computers/dual monitors and printing.

Update computer workstation furniture – Old workstations removed, wider tables installed providing opportunities for dual monitors on most computers.

Bring outlets to study areas – Connectrac installed to stretch outlets to new areas, over 200 outlets and 150 USB ports added on table tops, 5 power towers added. Furniture laid out to take advantage of outlets.

Expand library hours on Friday and Saturday evenings, expand summer break hours – We extended finals week hours on Friday/Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and extended summer break hours by 78% to support medical students in their summer term. Loss of library staff prevented us from offering more.

Replace elevatorsIn progress, completion by December, 2019.

See this information in a printable PDF: Library capital improvements summary

19th Amendment Anniversary

Display for books for 19th Amendment
3rd floor display for 19th Amendment

June 4th marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote in the United States. Throughout the month of June, stop by our 3rd floor book display featuring a variety of works relating to the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the evolution of women’s rights and activism in the United States since the passing of the 19th Amendment.

In addition to our print collections, the University Libraries also provide access to a number of online resources supporting research in the areas of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Please visit our WGS Research Guide for more information.
While the anniversary of the passing of the amendment will happen this June, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the amendment will take place on August 18, 2020. Look for more displays in Dunbar Library as well as events throughout campus as anniversary celebrations continue.
Votes for women!

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!

In Memoriam, Willie J. Moncree, Jr.

Willie J. Moncree, Jr. – August 15, 1960 – May 11, 2019

Willie J. Moncree, Jr. in U.S. Navy uniform, circa 1987
Willie J. Moncree, Jr.

The University Libraries mourns the loss of our long-time friend and colleague, Willie J. Moncree, Jr.   Willie began working for the University Libraries in April, 1995 as a Library Technical Assistant.  You may recognize Willie from our Circulation Desk, where he greeted visitors and assisted them with their materials checkouts and returns.

Willie was originally hired as Government Documents assistant, and worked on receiving, cataloging and processing government documents throughout his time in our Content Acquisitions and Management Department.  For most if not all of his time here he also was responsible for sorting and delivery of the University Libraries’ incoming mail, which was no small task considering the volume of newspapers and print journals that passed through our mail for years.  In 2017, he accepted a position in our Resource Delivery Services Department where he worked until his passing last week.

Willie was a proud United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1987 – 1994.  He was Special Duty on the USS Lang FF-1060 from 1987-1991 where he and his shipmates provided wet stream to Pacific Gas and Electric after an earthquake hit San Francisco in October of 1989.  He served as a Sonar Technician on the USS Gallant in 1991, the SIMA Security Force from 1992-3 and as a Technical Librarian from 1991-1994.  Willie was also a Sonar Technician in the US Naval Reserve Center for many years.

Willie may have left the Navy, but the Navy never left Willie.  The first time Provost Edwards came to visit, Willie was at his “station” at the circulation desk.  When she walked in to the administrative offices, Willie alerted the staff with a stage whisper, “Provost on Deck”.  The sailor in him also showed when we would ask him about the weather and he would give us the wind speed in knots.  He didn’t have great eyesight, but he had sharp ears from his many years of sonar work in the Navy.  When asked a question, Willie frequently responded with military lingo.  For example, “Willie, did you give that person copy card #2?” “Number 2, aye!” he would say.

Music and food were both near and dear to Willie.  He played rock & roll, funk, and country music on the bass guitar and keyboards, and he also liked to sing.  He liked McDonald’s in the morning, Frisch’s for lunch, and a good steak anytime! He also enjoyed using his home grill and smoker and smoking up the neighborhood!  Best of all, Willie enjoyed people.  He was easy-going, friendly, and made you feel right at home in the library.   On Thursday mornings, he greeted staff by saying, “it’s Friday Eve”. That was Willie’s way of acknowledging we’d made it through another work week.

Rest in Peace, Willie.  You will be missed.

Circulation desk workspace with two flowering plants, two photos of Willie with co-workers, and a sign noting his passing
Willie’s “station” at the first floor circulation desk

Services for Willie J. Moncree Jr. will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at the H.H. Roberts Funeral Home.