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Summer Reading Recommendations

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The Book Club recently met at Eudora Brewing Company for a casual conversation about books they’re reading and to share recommendations with others. If you’re looking for a summer read and were not able to make it to the discussion, below are a few of the titles mentioned by fellow clubbers. We’ve linked them to our catalog or the SearchOhio catalog to make it easy for you to request them.

Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan

When Women Were Dragons, by Kelly Barnhill

The Very Secret Society of  Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna

The Swiss Nurse, by Mario Escobar

The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, by David Grann

The Sky Club, by Terry Roberts

Ma and Me, by Putsata Reang

Tastes Like War, by Grace M. Cho

Trust, by Hernan Diaz

Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver

The Motion Picture Teller, by Colin Cotterill

Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng

We’re also happy to share that registration is now available for our 2023-2024 Book Club discussions. Registration is not required but is encouraged. We’ll kick-off the year on September 21, 2023 with The Summers, by Ronya Othman, translated by Gary Schmidt (translator Dr. Gary Schmidt, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will be attending). 

More information about our 2023-2024 book discussions can be found at Library News. The Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

We hope you enjoy your summer and happy reading!

The Genius of the Wright Brothers and Construction of the 1903 Flyer

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1903 Wright Flyer Replica in Dunbar Library

Thursday, June 15, 2023

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Room 441 Dunbar Library

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Join us as Dr. Rubin Battino shares a brief history of powered flight including a discussion of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, the first machine to achieve controlled powered flight. He also will recount personal histories of the Wright brothers and their families.

Battino, an emeritus professor of chemistry, will present material showing how scientific the Wrights were in their approach to flying, even fabricating wind tunnels and other aerodynamic testing apparatus in their bicycle shop. He also will share what he learned by helping to construct the full-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that now hangs in the atrium of the Dunbar Library.

Battino served on the faculty at Wright State from 1966 to 1995. He has given presentations on the Wright brothers and their mechanic, Charlie Taylor, in the United States and abroad. He was named “Speaker of the Year” by the Royal New Zealand Aeronautical Society and was a special speaker at Farnham in England.

The talk is cosponsored by the Wright State University Retirees Association and the Friends of the Libraries. The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required and must be completed by Monday, June 12.

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held on May 4, 2023. At this ceremony seven library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 30 Years

Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian

Karen Wilhoit came to Wright State in March 1992. Before coming here she had worked at the Music Library at the University of Louisville; the Indiana State Library; and the Law Library at the University of Dayton. She began here as head of the department then known as Bibliographic Control. Later in the 1990s her department absorbed the Acquisitions functions and she became Head of Technical Services. In 2004 she was promoted to Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services. In 2004 she was promoted to Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services, and in 2021 was named University Librarian.

She has been an outstanding mentor, supporter, advocate, and friend to her colleagues. There are many admirable qualities in Karen. One mentioned in particular is that she never wastes a conference presentation. No matter what the session, Karen will find something instructive to take away from it. That’s a real gift!

Karen exemplifies what a webinar promotion recently described as quiet leadership. She doesn’t make big splashes or flex her status, but she is an eloquent and powerful advocate for the Libraries on campus. She continues to work hard to effectively serve the Libraries’ staff and the campus as a whole.

Congratulations to Karen on her 30 years of service to Wright State.

Marty Jenkins, Head of Content Acquisitions and Management

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Marty Jenkins, Head of Content & Acquisitions Management

Marty is the head of the Libraries’ Content Acquisitions and Management Department which is responsible for purchasing and making available all of the materials (both print and online) in the Libraries’ collections. If you check out a book, look at a newspaper, search a database, watch a video or download a journal article, Marty has played a part in getting that material to you. Marty came to the Libraries in 1992 as the music librarian and has served as Electronic Resources Librarian and Humanities Team Leader before assuming his current role. He has continued to maintain his close ties to music, both by selecting music materials for the collection and by professional affiliation with the Music Library Association. As a long-term member and current chair of OhioLINK’s Database Improvement and Discoverability Policy Team, Marty’s expertise is shared with academic libraries throughout the state of Ohio.

Thank you, Marty for your 30 years of service to the Libraries, the University and OhioLINK.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 25 Years

Leigh Duncan, Head of Library Technology Services

Leigh Duncan, Head of Library Technology Services

As the Head of Library Technology Services, Leigh’s work enables everyone in the library to do their jobs. Leigh is collaborative and forward-thinking. She is persistent and patient. The term “team player” gets used a lot but Leigh truly embodies that ideal. There are countless examples of Leigh pitching in to help, or suggesting a solution to a problem, or just letting her colleagues know she’s available for whatever was needed. With all of the work on her plate, Leigh is incredibly good at prioritizing and adapting.

Leigh has a great sense of humor, is supportive, and is a wonderful person to be around. Leigh, thank you for 25 years of making the library a great place to be.

Brian Olesko, Psychology and Social Sciences Librarian

Psychology & Social Sciences Librarian

Brian is the Psychology and Social Sciences librarian. Colleagues comment on his patience and generosity. In addition to his liaison, instruction, and collection responsibilities, Brian is an active member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which includes conducting literature reviews for best or humane practices and participating in or writing up site reviews.

Brian can often be found working with students individually in the group study room or appointment station, guiding them through the research process. Those around him have described his remarkable ability to give students space and to think through complex research problems, gently guiding them through the process of learning to do research.

Brian, thank you for your 25 years of expertise and service to the Wright State Community.

Edward Trentman, Library Associate

Ed Trentman
Ed Trentman, Library Associate

Ed is our billing specialist, and a vital member of our night and weekend staff. He often goes well beyond basic customer service to spend sometimes up to an hour helping a single student get what they need. Over the years, Ed has been involved with the centralization of library holdings as well as library staff. He was one of the first staff members back in the building during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ed has been a reliable presence, a connection to the tried-and-true ways of providing services in RDS, and a willing partner in adjusting to the new normals. Those around him appreciate Ed’s collaboration on countless projects from shifting physical materials, to collecting data for reports, and partnering with Special Collections and Archives on accessibility. 

Congratulations to Ed on 25 years!

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 15 Years

Barbara Conklin, Office Assistant

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Barb Conklin, Office Assistant

Barb is the first face to greet visitors to the Libraries Administration Office and she always does so with her smiling face and professional demeanor. She is a vital part of keeping the office and the Libraries as a whole operating efficiently. Barb oversees our student employment processes by posting vacancies, working with students to ensure all paperwork is completed and processed correctly, and working with student supervisors on their student employees start dates. She also keeps the supervisors informed on work study status and works with them on all aspects of student employment.

She also keeps the Libraries in supplies. Placing and distributing orders and researching for the best deal for the Libraries.

Barb has served on the Libraries Social Committee since its inception. She has been the Chair of the committee for many years and has worked with the committee to provide fun activities for staff to participate in, i.e. Dragons games, staff game nights, Cinco De Mayo celebrations, Pi Day, and so much more!

Thank you, Barb for your 15 years of service to the Libraries and your commitment to Wright State University.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 10 Years

Lisa Rickey, Archivist and Collections Manager

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Lisa Rickey, Archivist and Collections Manager

Congratulations to Lisa Rickey on 10 years at Wright State.  Lisa serves as an archivist and collections manager for Special Collections and Archives. In this role, she has many responsibilities including social media manager, working with donors, processing collections, answering reference requests, helping to manage our e-archives and ArchivesSpace, and so much more.  Lisa is also an excellent project manager guiding student workers, graduate interns, and staff on projects. Lisa has served her profession well by being on the Society of Ohio Archivist Council, Chair of the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable, and a member of the Society of American Archivists Committees.  She has also written a number of articles and book chapters and has presented at conferences. Lisa also serves as an adjunct professor for the Public History Program teaching Archival Arrangement and Description guiding many current and future archivists. Lisa is truly an asset to Special Collections and Archives, the Libraries, and Wright State University. 

2023 StAR Award Recipients

Donna Bobb, Administrative Specialist

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Karen Wilhoit and Donna Bobb

After working in our Administration office for many years, Donna Bobb transitioned to the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room when they reopened with new hours and an appointment-based schedule. Donna’s stellar organization provides continuity at the Reading Room desk and gives patrons a consistently positive experience. She’s worked hard to learn the ins-and-outs of a new department and quickly made herself indispensable. In addition, Donna readily assists with special projects and helps student assistants learn how to manage tasks at the desk. Donna is the perfect fit for Special Collections and Archives and she is deserving of a StAR Award.

Phil Flynn, Engineering, and Science and Mathematics Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit and Phil Flynn

Phil always goes out of his way to help Wright State students, faculty, and staff as well as his library colleagues. Since the subject reorganization in Instruction & Research Services, he is responsible for many of the disciplines for the College of Science and Math, in addition to continuing his duties for the entire College of Engineering and Computer Science.  Despite the major demands on his time, he never fails to take more time to make his already excellent teaching even better.  He consistently develops new activities to develop his students’ information literacy skills.  Chemistry is just one example. In the CHM 3190 course, the librarian teaches numerous topics and creates and grades all of the library and information literacy assignments. To name a couple of the many ways Phil worked to engage these students in his very first time co-teaching the course:  He designed a citation relay to help students develop familiarity with ACS style. He also developed a lesson in which he used the East Palestine disaster as a topic.  Phil has repeatedly taken it upon himself to meet with walk-in students who expect immediate help from a librarian. These have included students in general education courses and engineering students who are at a loss about how to format their thesis.  Not only is he extremely generous with library users, but he is equally generous about sharing his time and expertise with his colleagues.  Many have benefitted from his answers to the “quick questions” from colleagues over our cubicles, but he is also ready to go beyond a quick answer if he can help anyone with questions about GOBI, Excel, LibGuides, the website, Wright State or Dunbar Library history, etc. Despite his vast knowledge and skill, he always treats everyone with respect and never makes anyone feel badly for asking a question.  In summary, Phil is awesome!

Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you to all our staff for their continued dedication and service to Wright State University and the University Libraries.

The Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Appoint a New Officer

At the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors annual meeting held of April 26, 2023, the Board elected the following new Board members and officer:

WSURA Retirees Representative:  Peggy Bott

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Peggy Bott

Peggy Bott was born in Pennsylvania and spent most of her childhood in a small PA town that did not have much to offer except for a good library. She shares that she can’t imagine what she would have done without that library. Libraries have remained one of her favorite places to be, so she’s really pleased to be part of the Friends of the Libraries.

Most of her adult life has been spent in the Dayton area and most of her professional life has been spent at Wright State University. In the late 1970’s Peggy started as an advisor in the Raj Soin College of Business and eventually became the Undergraduate Program Director until her retirement in 2004.

As soon as she retired, she joined the Wright State Retirees Association and got to know Gary Barlow who was then the retirees’ liaison to the FOL. As soon as Gary told her that the FOL was sponsoring a book club, she joined and never regretted it. Peggy shares that as part of the book club she has read some great books that she may have missed if she wasn’t a member of this group, and states she has learned so much from other members.

On a more personal note, Peggy has two adult children, a daughter in Columbus and a son in North Carolina. Each have two children, so she has experienced the joy that grandchildren bring.

Student Representative:  Emily Mancuso

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Emily Mancuso

Emily Mancuso was elected to the FOL Board of Directors in the fall of 2022 as a non-voting student representative while shadowing student representative Christian Sanders who graduated in December. In January 2023, Emily stepped into the full role of student representative for The Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors. Emily has also served on the University Libraries’ Student Advisory Board since her first semester at Wright State. Emily brings her experience of working at a public library to her perspective as a student representative to the library.

She is a double major in English and International Studies. At the annual meeting, the Board appointed Emily to her first full term. Emily shares that she is looking forward to serving on the board this upcoming academic year.

Member-at-Large/Faculty Representative:  Lynn Hartzler

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Lynn Hartzler

Lynn Hartzler, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences where she also currently serves as chair. Lynn is a comparative physiologist, and studies how the brain controls breathing. She is particularly interested in how changes in body temperature alter the way the brain senses carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood. We use changes in ventilation to compensate for acid-base disturbances in the body and to deliver adequate oxygen to our cells. Her favorite class to teach is Animal Physiology where her students get to learn about different ways that animals’ bodies work and how many have interesting adaptations to varied environments. 

Lynn shares that she is delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of the Friends of the Libraries who have had such a positive impact on our students, staff, and faculty at Wright State University.

Community Representative:  Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H.

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Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H.

Ellen Reinsch Friese retired from Wright State University in 2021 after 25 years of service in research administration. In October 2017, she was named the Interim Vice Provost for Research overseeing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Office of Research Compliance and served in that role until retirement. During her tenure at Wright State, she earned a Master’s of Humanities degree, was a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Human Relations, and served on numerous University committees.

Retirement has afforded Ellen the opportunity to pursue her interests in gardening, cooking, and reading. She previously served as a member of the Friends of the Libraries Board for six years and looks forward to reconnecting with the library community to support the important work of the organization.

Staff Representative:  Evan Mason

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Evan Mason

Evan is a two-time alum of Wright State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2013 and a Master of Arts in History in 2015. Since 2019, he has worked for Wright State’s Office of Disability Services, where he is a case manager and co-director of the Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE) program. Prior to returning to WSU, Evan worked as a Local History & Genealogy Librarian for Greene County Public Library.

Evan lives in Beavercreek with his wife Christy and son Eli. In his free time, he enjoys listening to audiobooks, watching Cincinnati Reds games, and working on home improvement projects.

Secretary:  Kathi Herick

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Kathi Herick

Kathi Herick has worked in the field of library sciences for over 35 years. Her love of books and research was evident in her time as a student at Wright State where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and worked at the University Libraries’ Reference and Interlibrary Loan departments’ information desks as a student employee. She went on to work three years at the Miami Valley Hospital Library before returning home to WSU to work in a variety of positions, retiring as the Head of the Library Computing Services department in September 2016. She received her Masters of Library Science from Kent State University.  

Kathi is also a passionate supporter of public libraries as a vital community and information resource. 

In her spare she time she enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and her two adorable granddaughters.  

The Friends said good-bye to outgoing members of the Board: Gary Barlow, Natalie DeHorn, Stephanie Dickey, Glenn Graham, and Christian Sanders. We thank each of them for their many years of dedicated service to the Friends of the Libraries.