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DeStress for Success

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Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious? Do you need something to take your mind off of what is worrying you? Find activities, links, and ways to de-stress.

In addition to the new permanent DeStress station in the Group Study Room, we’re bringing back DeStress activities to help ease the stress in the lead up to finals.

This year, DeStress for Success activities will be available in person at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library from Monday, November 28 – Thursday, December 8, 2022. If you aren’t able to DeStress in the library, visit the online DeStress guide when you need to take a break and DeStress!

Every day during DeStress, there is a different DeStress station with instructions and materials available, and there are live events with Student Organization and Campus Department collaborators.

You can find an accessible list of the scheduled events on the online guide as well.

If you need a little more support than DeStress, remember that Counseling and Wellness Services are always available to support you. Raider Cares is Counseling and Wellness Services’ 24-hour crisis phone service. You can reach the Raider Cares Line by calling 937-775-4567.

Libraries Honor the Fall Semester Library Student Assistant Award Recipients

The University Libraries held our biannual Library Student Assistant Award reception on November 4, 2022. Three students were selected for the Fall semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries. Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, and interest earned from the Friends of the Libraries endowment fund. To date, 427 awards have been distributed to 248 students totaling over $199,650.

University Libraries staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

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Mikai Dixon

Mikai Dixon, a sophomore majoring in African American Studies, began working for the Resource and Delivery Services Department in the February of 2022. Mikai “Kai” is a fast learner, a hard worker and dependable. In the time that Kai has been working in the Libraries, Kai has quickly learned the library policies, procedures and how to process OhioLINK incoming items as well as returns. Kai volunteers to cover shifts and steps up when extra work is needed with a project. Kai’s positive and friendly attitude is always appreciated by co-workers and patrons who visit the libraries.

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DeLia Hill

DeLia Hill is a senior majoring in Nursing who has worked for the Special Collections and Archives since December 2019.  In her many years of working for Special Collections and Archives, DeLia has become an invaluable student employee and a skilled scanning technician that always provides quality work. DeLia is kind to everyone, consistently prompt, always willing to lend a helping hand, and is responsible in her work. She has become a mainstay in the SC&A and will be missed when she graduates in the Spring.

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Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy is a junior majoring in Musical Theatre who has worked for the Resource and Delivery Services Department since August 2021.  In the time that Julie has been here she has quickly become one of RDS’ senior student employees. Her leadership and professionalism are evident in her willingness to help newer student employees learn all the innerworkings of the department such as co-shelving together book trucks and helping them sort recently returned books in the stacks. As one of RDS’ senior student employees, she is also in charge of processing OhioLINK, unpacking bags of incoming books and processing them with efficiency and ease. Julie has grown more comfortable assisting staff members at the desk and is quick to answer directional and general questions as if she’s has worked in the libraries forever. She is very dependable, flexible, and a valued part of the RDS department.

Meet Alexis Whitney, Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian

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Alexis Whitney, Digital Initiatives & Metadata Librarian

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Alexis Whitney. As digital initiatives and metadata librarian, Alexis will be responsible for metadata creation and associated authority and quality control as well as enhancing the discovery, access, and delivery of content through our institutional repository, CORE Scholar.

Alexis holds a Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus in Digital Humanities, Special Collections and Archives, from Kent State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.

Celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week

Since 2005, the American Library Association has promoted National Friends of the Libraries Week during the third week of October as a time to recognize the dedication of Friends groups across the nation.

The Wright State University Friends of the Libraries were established in 1978 and is a group of Wright State faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and community members who are committed to supporting the unique needs of the Wright State University Libraries and its patrons.

A few of the ways they support the mission of the WSU Libraries to provide quality research services, materials, and library spaces for students, faculty, staff, and the Miami Valley community are:

  • The Friends support the library staff grants for research projects, new equipment and technology, staff development, and other special projects.
  • In collaboration with the Wright State University Retirees’ Association and the Wright State University Alumni Association they host a book club discussion on select evenings at 5:30 p.m. via WebEx.
  • In April they host an annual meeting and luncheon. For April 2022 they hosted a virtual “lunch-in”, Paul Laurence Dunbar, a Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of His Birth, featuring Herbert Woodward Martin, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton.
  • Twice per year they award $500 scholarships to library student assistants in recognition of their outstanding job performance and contributions to the work of the Libraries.
  • Annually in April, the Friends of the Libraries honor the “Top Scholars” selected by the Dean’s Office in each college and the Lake Campus.
  • And more…

If you are not already a member, please consider joining or renewing your membership today. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week than welcoming you to our membership!