University Libraries Announce New Student Advisory Board, Invite Nominations

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As part of the ongoing mission of the University Libraries to support success through access to exceptional research services and resources, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Student Advisory Board. The Board’s primary purpose will be to provide students direct access to library leadership to communicate the evolving needs of Wright State’s diverse student body. Student members of the Board will advise the Libraries on issues related to library spaces, services, and resources. 

Nominations for student representatives will be solicited from offices and organizations across the University to represent a variety of student perspectives and needs. Nominations for student representatives will be solicited from the following organizations and units: 

  • Student Government Association  
  • Graduate Student Assembly  
  • Office of Disability Services 
  • Transfer Student Resource Center 
  • Commuter Student Association 
  • University Center for International Education 
  • Division of Inclusive Excellence 
  • Lake Campus 

There will also be two At-Large representatives, bringing the total number of representatives to 10. The University Libraries will be represented by the University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, Head of the Web Advisory Team, and the Lake Campus LTC Director. 

The Student Advisory Board will meet three times each academic year: once in Fall Semester, at the beginning of Spring Semester, and at the end of Spring Semester. We want to know what’s important to you, what works as it is, and what we can do to improve. 

We are now accepting nominations for student members of the Board through October 15. We anticipate finalizing board membership by November 1 and expect to have the first meeting of the University Libraries Student Advisory Board in mid-November 2021.  

Would you like to join, or do you know someone who might want to join? Click here to go directly to the application and let us know that you’re interested! 

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week

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Join the University Libraries in celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week.

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.

When is Banned Books Week?

This year, Banned Books Week is from September 26 – October 2, 2021. It is an annual event celebrated in the last week of September.

What is a Challenged or Banned Book?

According to the American Library Association, a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

What is going on at the Dunbar Library for Banned Books Week?

  • Read a “Banned Book”: Some of the books that have been challenged or banned in other libraries are available for you to read at our libraries. These challenges often occur in K-12 libraries and schools, so you’ll find many of the books are available in the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center on the 2nd floor.
  •  Visit the 2nd or 3rd-floor book displays or the Banned Books Week LibGuide. Use your Voice: Participate with our whiteboard polls in the 2nd-floor atrium or on the LibGuide’s Jamboard!
  • Show your Support: Get your “I read banned books” button (in a basket at the 2nd and 3rd–floor book displays) and wear it to show your freedom to read.

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.

University Libraries’ Book Club 2021-2022

Join us for the 2021-2022 Book Club sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

When and Where:

Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. on WebEx. Registration is encouraged but not required.

What We’re Reading:

September 14, 2021: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to by the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise to his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril’s son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.

November 16, 2021: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

In Winston Churchill’s first year as England’s Prime Minister, he faced leading the country as Hitler began the nine-month Blitz bombing campaign. Best-selling author Erik Larson’s (Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck) examines Churchill’s family life, attempts to convince US President Roosevelt to join the war efforts, and his leadership of Great Britain during this challenging time

January 11, 2022: The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

“Margot Lee’s mother isn’t returning her calls. It’s a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown and finds her mother dead under suspicious circumstances. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the facts of Mina’s life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.” – Amazon

March 8, 2022: The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Selected in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birth on June 27, 2022

“Berry Hamilton is an emancipated black man living in an unnamed city in the South with his wife Fannie and two children, Joe and Kitty. Berry works as a butler for a wealthy white man name Maurice Oakley, and the Hamilton family lives in a house on the Oakley property. It is a happy, stable life, and Berry is raising his children to dream big and believe themselves capable of great things.

This idyllic life is suddenly shattered one night at a dinner party. Maurice’s younger brother, Francis, accidentally leaves the key sitting in the safe, and a large amount of money is stolen. Berry is soon blamed for the theft after it is discovered that there has recently been a large deposit made in his bank account.” Excerpt taken from SuperSummary.

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May 10, 2022: We Germans by Alexander Starritt

Fiction Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for 2021, “We Germans is an intense, short novel with an enormous impact, because it faces into the great unanswerable human conundrum: the persistence of evil, the very nature of it, and all the facets of helpless striving from which it can spring. A young British man has questioned his grandfather about what it was like being a German soldier in World War II. The grandfather, Meissner, refuses to talk about it. But after his death, a long letter is discovered in his effects, addressed to the young man. “My dear Callum,” it begins. And the story unfolds.” (Richard Bausch, DLPP 2021 finalist judge and 2009 Fiction Award Winner for Peace.) Learn more about Alexander Starritt and We Germans on the Dayton Literary Peace Prize website.

Book titles are available for borrowing from the WSU Libraries collection, click on book titles above to check current availability. Don’t have a WSU library card? Join our Friends of the Libraries for borrowing privileges and help support the Libraries’ collections and programs.