Protect Against Predatory Publishing

Elisabeth Shook, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, will lead a predatory publishing workshop on Tuesday, March 28th, from 11:00 – Noon. This workshop is open to all faculty, staff, and students.  A predatory publisher is a publisher who produces low quality academic journals. These journals are rarely peer-reviewed, and often charge the author a publication fee. The publisher works hard to dupe authors into publishing by emulating well-known publishers, lying about their credentials, and soliciting submissions with spam emails. This workshop will help you identify predatory publishers.

Registration is available at

Hope to see you there!

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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Image of woman calling others to edit

Wright State University Libraries and the Wright State University Women’s Center will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, taking place on Wednesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Millett Hall Atrium.

This half-day event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, with a special welcome to transgender and cisgender women.

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.

Please note: because there is a limit to how many new Wikipedia accounts can be created in one day at the same IP address, participants are strongly encouraged to create their new Wikipedia accounts (if they don’t already have one) prior to coming to the event. If you are unable to do this prior to March 11, we will be happy to help you set up your account on the day.

This event is free and open to everyone, faculty, staff, students, and the general campus community.

Questions? Contact:  Maureen Barry (, 775-3515)

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Faculty Publishing & CORE Scholar Discussion Panel

Register now for the Friends of the Libraries event, Faculty Publishing and CORE Scholar, February 16, 2017 in the Wright State Student Union Discovery Room, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. A panel of Wright State faculty, a retiree, and a graduate student will discuss their experiences with scholarly publishing, self-publishing, open access and CORE Scholar, Wright State’s institutional repository.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to help us plan:

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Blind Date Back at Dunbar

Our Blind Date with a Book event will return this year from February 9th – 16th (while supplies last) on the shelves of the Popular Reading Collection, on our first floor between Starbucks and the Group Study Room. We’ve wrapped up popular titles, so you won’t be able to judge them by their covers. You’ll have to rely on our clues to choose a book, read it, and tell us what you think for a chance to win a prize. You might be surprised which ones you’ll enjoy.

Here’s how to play:

  • Pick up a wrapped book from our Popular Reading Collection on the first floor of Dunbar Library.
  • Check it out at the Circulation Desk.
  • Take it home.
  • Unwrap it.
  • READ IT!
  • Return a completed evaluation form to the Circulation Desk by March 7th and you’ll be entered to win a prize!

We’ll see you February 9th to get “set up” with your next great read!

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