Year: 2021

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.  

Karen Wilhoit Appointed Interim University Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, Interim University Librarian

We are pleased to announce that Karen Wilhoit has been appointed Interim University Librarian.

Karen came to Wright State University Libraries in 1992 as Head of Cataloging. Prior to being appointed interim UL, she served as Associate University Librarian for Collection Services since 2004. In her various roles in the Libraries, Karen has managed the streamlining and automation of technical services operations, guided the merger of the Fordham Health Sciences Library and Dunbar Library collections, and overseen the transition of the Libraries’ collections from primarily print to primarily online. She has a thorough understanding of the University Libraries and its role in the university. In addition to an undergraduate degree in English from Western Kentucky University, Karen holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

Speaking about her goals and plans for the 2021-2022 year, Karen said, “I plan to spend time meeting with the staff to focus on how the various departments within the Libraries can continue to work together to support initiatives focusing on student success and outreach to faculty. I also intend to work with the Division of Inclusive Excellence to prioritize the Libraries’ commitment to being a welcoming and supportive unit for all members of the campus community. Most importantly, I am committed to insuring that the Libraries continue to provide outstanding service to Wright State students, faculty and staff.”

During her tenure at Wright State, Karen has been active in representing the Libraries in state and national committees and consortia, serving on and chairing the OhioLINK Database Management and Standards Committee and the OhioLINK Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee. She has also been active in the Academic Library Association of Ohio, serving at various times as Chair of the Technical Services interest group, Treasurer, and Vice President/President/Past President. Karen has also served on several committees in the Technical Services Division of the American Library Association.

Sue Polanka, University Librarian is Leaving Wright State University

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Sue Polanka, University Librarian

Sue Polanka, University Librarian, has been named dean of Libraries and the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for library and information studies at Appalachian State University, effective September 13, 2021.

During her time with the University Libraries, Sue has served in many roles. She came to Wright State University in September 2004 as the head of reference and instruction. In September 2016, she was promoted to associate university librarian for public services and was appointed university librarian in January 2018.

Sue has accomplished many things for the libraries, including securing capital funding to modernize Dunbar Library with new furniture, carpet, and study rooms and secured the 2019 President’s Award for Excellence – Outstanding Unit for the WSU Libraries. When the pandemic hit, Sue immediately jumped into action to keep library services accessible to WSU students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community by implementing curbside service and increasing the chat services. During the pandemic months of July and August 2020, the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center which had formerly been maintained by the College of Education and Human Services, became a part of the libraries’ collections. Sue recruited UL staff and teamed up with Facilities Services to move the collection to the Dunbar Library. After an extensive inventory, and over 250 trips through the tunnels, the move was completed in approximately five weeks.

During her leadership with the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors, the Friends purchased FitDesk Bikes for the Dunbar Library, updated their strategic plan to include diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and secured ongoing professional development funding for University Libraries staff. In partnership with the Wright State University Retirees’ Association and the WSU Alumni Association, the Friends also sponsored the book club that meets five times each academic year. 

She has accomplished many other projects including winning several statewide awards, serving as president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio and as a member on several OhioLINK committees, and supporting the local branch of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center. She has published and presented internationally, including seven edited books and special journal issues, and created the “No Shelf Required” blog and book series. 

The University Libraries staff thank Sue for her leadership and wish her all the best in her new position at Appalachian State University.

University Libraries Game Night Returns Friday August 27th

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The University Libraries invites all current Wright State students to attend our free Board Game Night, Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Celebrate a successful first week of classes with food and games! Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided while supplies last. Face masks are required.

This event will occur while the library is open (check out our fall semester hours here) so game night will be in the first floor Group Study Room. Check-in will be on the first floor by Starbucks. Your Wright1 Card is your ticket in, so please bring it with you.

This year we will focus specifically on board games and card games. The library has a large selection of board games, but feel free to bring your own games to share.

Stay tuned for the fall Starbucks hours!

Many thanks to our sponsors the Friends of the Libraries and Wright State Barnes and Noble Bookstore and to the Collegiate eSports Club and Tabletop Club for helping with the event!

Questions? Email: [email protected]

We are excited to welcome you back to campus and hope that you visit the library often!