Meet Our New Medical and Human Services Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Joanna Anderson. As the Medical and Human Services Librarian, she will be the liaison to the Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Human Services programs in the College of Education and Human Services.

Photo of Joanna Anderson, Medical Librarian
Joanna Anderson

A native Ohioan, Joanna holds two Bachelors Degrees from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has worked in library reference and instruction at colleges and universities for over ten years. For the past eight years she has been at East Tennessee State University, where she was an Associate Professor and Distance Education Librarian, and liaison to the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Health Sciences.

We are thrilled to have Joanna as part of the Instruction & Research Services department!

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition Ceremony was held on May 9th. At this ceremony, library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the libraries’ annual STAR Award.

Chris Duffy, Library Operations Specialist 2, received a STAR Award for her dependability, loyalty and commitment to customer service. If you have visited the library, then you know Chris as she is one of the first people you will see when entering the building. Chris is responsible for opening the library every morning. She arrives at 7 a.m. to complete her routine building checks and opening procedures. The rest of her day is spent at the circulation desk, assisting our patrons with Course Reserves or OhioLINK pick-ups, checking out and returning items, and helping our patrons get connected with the resources they need, on and off-campus.

StAR Award Winner, Chris Duffy
StAR Award Winner, Chris Duffy

Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing and Chemistry Librarian, also received a STAR Award.  Ximena provides proficient and thorough research instruction for the Nursing and Chemistry students and faculty.  A lot of her research and instruction is delivered remotely, either by participating in the libraries’ popular Ask A Librarian chat service, or using Skype or other screen sharing services to reach nursing students enrolled in online classes or at the Lake Campus. Ximena is committed to the accessibility of library resources and works to keep our online research guides and public areas ADA compliant.

StAR Award Winner, Ximena Chrisagis
StAR Award Winner, Ximena Chrisagis

Eight library staff members were honored for their years of service to Wright State University.  Between them, they have provided 140 years of service and all but 8 of those years were in the University Libraries.  It has been an honor to work with these outstanding individuals, all of whom have made significant contributions to our library.  Celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

10 years:

  • Lee Davey, Web Developer
  • Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2
  • Adrienne Savage, Library Associate

15 years:

  • Toni Vanden Bos, Archivist, Preservation and Cataloging Manager

20 years:

  • Tanya Ellenburg-Kimmet, Library Associate
  • Deberah England, Electronic Resources Librarian

25 years:

  • Ran Raider, Government and History Librarian, AKA “Ran the Patent Man”

30 years:

  • Phil Flynn, Engineering and Performing Arts Librarian
From the left, Toni Vanden Bos, Tanya Ellenburg Kimmet, Ran Raider, Phil Flynn, Lee Davey, Adrienne Savage, Shannon Michalak
From the left, Toni Vanden Bos, Tanya Ellenburg Kimmet, Ran Raider, Phil Flynn, Lee Davey, Adrienne Savage, Shannon Michalak

Friends Luncheon Speaker, Ann Weisgarber, Discussed the Impact of Libraries & Archives on Her Writing

WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, presenting at the Friends of the Libraries Luncheon
WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, presenting at the Friends of the Libraries Luncheon

The Friends of the Libraries welcomed WSU Alumnus, Ann Weisgarber, as the keynote speaker for their annual luncheon held on April 17, 2019. Ann is the author of three historical novels, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, The Promise, and The Glovemaker. Ann’s captivating presentation discussed her moments in libraries and archives where an idea or character came to life. For example, browsing a reference book about Chicago’s slaughterhouses, she came upon a woman named Ida B. Wells-Barnett and was so captivated by her story she wanted to include her in the Personal History of Rachel DuPree. Ann found a connection and, well, we won’t spoil it, but we do suggest reading chapters nine and ten! It was great to welcome Ann back to campus and celebrate her achievements as a writer. For more about Ann and her writings, please take a look at her website.
The Friends are so thankful for Ann’s visit and a great luncheon.

Ann with University Librarian, Sue Polanka, Friends President, Glenn Graham, and Head of Special Collections and Archives, Dawne Dewey
Ann with University Librarian, Sue Polanka, Friends President, Glenn Graham, and Head of Special Collections and Archives, Dawne Dewey
Ann and Rob Weisgarber with President Schrader
Ann and Rob Weisgarber with President Schrader
Ann signed books for many of the attendees
Ann signed books for many of the attendees

 

Friends of the Libraries Elects New Board Members and Officers

Photograph of 13 Friend of the Libraries Board Members)
Friends of the Libraries Board Members – Back Row left to right: Linda Daniels, Jane Rininger, Richard Hairston, Gary Barlow, Catherine Queener, Glenn Graham, Penny Profitt, Krishel Stout, Toni Walchner, Kathi Herick; Seated left to right: Sue Polanka, Stephanie Dickey, Natalie De Horn

At the annual Friends of the Libraries meeting on April 17, 2019, the Board elected the following new officers:

  • President: Jane Rininger
  • Vice President: Natalie De Horn
  • Past President: Glenn Graham
  • Secretary: Stephanie Dickey

The Board also appointed several Board Members at Large:

  • Krishel Stout, student representative
  • Toni Walchner, staff representative
  • Kathi Herick, community representative
  • Jen Ware, faculty representative, second term
  • Catherine Queener, community representative, second term

We also said farewell to Richard Hairston, our student representative, who will be graduating in April of 2019. Thank you, Richard, for your contributions to the Board.
And a big thank you to our Past-President, Gary Barlow, and President, Glenn Graham, for their outstanding service. Both Glenn and Gary served in these capacities for four years. We look forward to their continued work with the Friends.