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Friends of the Libraries Sponsor New Internship Program

The Friends of the Libraries are sponsoring a new internship program for Wright State University students. The interns will develop a new video series called In The Archives.  The video series will be developed, written, recorded and produced by the student interns under the direction of Friends of the Libraries Board Member, Dr. Jennifer Ware.  The video series will feature unique items from the special collections, selected by University Libraries’ staff.  This advanced internship opportunity allows students to further refine their media production skills and gain new research experiences. The 3 – 7 minute videos will be placed online and made available to the University Libraries for educational and promotional purposes.

Meet the FOL student interns!

Name: Amanda R Harris
Year: Senior
Major: Communications Studies
Why did you want to be a FOL student intern?
I wanted to work on this project not only for the experience in the field- but because of my background and passion in preserving history (specifically art history).
What are you most excited about with the project?
I am particularly interested to see the items that we will be filming episodes about as I am not certain of all the things the Wright State archives offer to students.

Name: Nicolas Green
Year: Senior
Major: Mass Communication
Why did you want to be a FOL student intern?
I wanted to be a FOL student intern so I could both utilize and hone my videography skills while building up a professional video portfolio.
What are you most excited about with the project?
For this project, I’m most excited about the opportunity to work with fascinating archival materials and artifacts, and help spread public awareness about everything that’s stored in the archives at WSU.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Wright State University Libraries and the Wright State University Women’s Center will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, taking place on Wednesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Millett Hall Atrium.

This half-day event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, with a special welcome to transgender and cisgender women.

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.

Please note: because there is a limit to how many new Wikipedia accounts can be created in one day at the same IP address, participants are strongly encouraged to create their new Wikipedia accounts (if they don’t already have one) prior to coming to the event. If you are unable to do this prior to March 11, we will be happy to help you set up your account on the day.

This event is free and open to everyone, faculty, staff, students, and the general campus community.

Questions? Contact:  Maureen Barry ([email protected], 775-3515)

October is Information Literacy Month

The library staff is thrilled that Governor John Kasich has proclaimed October 2016 Information Literacy Month.  In this Information Age, it is increasingly important to develop information literacy skills which, as noted in Governer Kasich’s proclamation, “fosters educational opportunities, economic prosperity, social cohesion, democracy, and quality of life.” An information literate person understands their own information needs and is able to locate, evaluate and ethically use information that meets those needs.  Our instruction librarians are information literacy professionals and are here to help you learn the skills, knowledge, and concepts to become information literate.

Faculty: Contact your subject librarian today to learn more about the University Libraries’ recently developed information literacy learning outcomes.  Discover how instruction librarians share their information literacy expertise as partners in teaching Wright State students the information literacy skills that enable them to sift through the deluge of information at our fingertips every day.

Students:  Any time you’re doing research, please use our Ask a Librarian service to contact library staff for help.  Each interaction with a librarian can provide different opportunities to develop a variety of information literacy skills that are more complex than simply locating and using information.



Help the common text committee select the 2016-2017 WSU common text

Remember library summer reading programs? Here is your chance to bring back the fun, help the University’s common text committee select the 2016-17 book, and be entered in a drawing to win great prizes, including a $25 Barnes & Noble College Bookstore gift card.

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The common text committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students and follows a charter from the Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction.  Over the past year, committee members read more than a dozen selections recommended by members of the University community, and decided upon three finalists. They are Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario, Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum, and  Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.  You have between now and Sunday, August 30 to read the books and complete a brief survey.  Please read as many of the texts as possible before filling out the survey at

These books are widely available on 7-day reserve at Dunbar Library (ask at the 1st floor desk for “common text reserves”), local book stores, your public library, and through OhioLink (click catalog to search for the title) and SearchOhio.

Thank you for being part of the common text selection process.  If you would like to nominate a title for the common text, please use this online form:

Happy Reading!

Sponsored by: Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, First Year Programs, Common Text Committee, University Libraries

And thanks to the publishers for donating copies of the books to put on reserve at Dunbar Library:  Penguin Random House and Algonquin Books

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