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How Do You Like Your Library? We want to hear from you!

The library is conducting student and faculty satisfaction surveys. We want your input!
Students and faculty will receive an email on November 14th from [email protected] with an invitation and link to complete the survey. The survey will be available to take from November 14 – November 25th. It will take about 5-10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about this survey or about the University Libraries in general, please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you in advance for completing our survey.

In Memoriam, Willie J. Moncree, Jr.

Willie J. Moncree, Jr. – August 15, 1960 – May 11, 2019

Willie J. Moncree, Jr. in U.S. Navy uniform, circa 1987
Willie J. Moncree, Jr.

The University Libraries mourns the loss of our long-time friend and colleague, Willie J. Moncree, Jr.   Willie began working for the University Libraries in April, 1995 as a Library Technical Assistant.  You may recognize Willie from our Circulation Desk, where he greeted visitors and assisted them with their materials checkouts and returns.

Willie was originally hired as Government Documents assistant, and worked on receiving, cataloging and processing government documents throughout his time in our Content Acquisitions and Management Department.  For most if not all of his time here he also was responsible for sorting and delivery of the University Libraries’ incoming mail, which was no small task considering the volume of newspapers and print journals that passed through our mail for years.  In 2017, he accepted a position in our Resource Delivery Services Department where he worked until his passing last week.

Willie was a proud United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1987 – 1994.  He was Special Duty on the USS Lang FF-1060 from 1987-1991 where he and his shipmates provided wet stream to Pacific Gas and Electric after an earthquake hit San Francisco in October of 1989.  He served as a Sonar Technician on the USS Gallant in 1991, the SIMA Security Force from 1992-3 and as a Technical Librarian from 1991-1994.  Willie was also a Sonar Technician in the US Naval Reserve Center for many years.

Willie may have left the Navy, but the Navy never left Willie.  The first time Provost Edwards came to visit, Willie was at his “station” at the circulation desk.  When she walked in to the administrative offices, Willie alerted the staff with a stage whisper, “Provost on Deck”.  The sailor in him also showed when we would ask him about the weather and he would give us the wind speed in knots.  He didn’t have great eyesight, but he had sharp ears from his many years of sonar work in the Navy.  When asked a question, Willie frequently responded with military lingo.  For example, “Willie, did you give that person copy card #2?” “Number 2, aye!” he would say.

Music and food were both near and dear to Willie.  He played rock & roll, funk, and country music on the bass guitar and keyboards, and he also liked to sing.  He liked McDonald’s in the morning, Frisch’s for lunch, and a good steak anytime! He also enjoyed using his home grill and smoker and smoking up the neighborhood!  Best of all, Willie enjoyed people.  He was easy-going, friendly, and made you feel right at home in the library.   On Thursday mornings, he greeted staff by saying, “it’s Friday Eve”. That was Willie’s way of acknowledging we’d made it through another work week.

Rest in Peace, Willie.  You will be missed.

Circulation desk workspace with two flowering plants, two photos of Willie with co-workers, and a sign noting his passing
Willie’s “station” at the first floor circulation desk

Services for Willie J. Moncree Jr. will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at the H.H. Roberts Funeral Home.

Unwin(e)d: November 14

Looking for good books and good company? Then the Friends of the Libraries’ UnWin(e)d Book Group is for you! Stop in for our informal drop-in programs at Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees (3510 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek). Attend any or all of the meetings – each are Thursdays at 5:30pm featuring:

  • Sept. 12 – The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
  • Nov. 14 – Evel Knieval Days by Pauls Toutonghi
  • Jan. 9 – We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
  • March 13 – Man Alive! by Mary Kay Zuravleff

Discussion will be led by personable Social Sciences Librarian Mandy Shannon. You may bring refreshments or purchase Winans’ coffee, wine, and other offerings. Limited print and eBooks are available for borrowing from the WSU Libraries. The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore is also selling the books and provides a 20% discount to Wright State students, faculty and staff, and Friends of the Libraries’ members.

No registration is necessary. Drop in to join or listen to good discussion. UnWin(e)d is free and open to the public. More information about the club and books is available at the UnWin(e)d blog.

The UnWin(e)d Book Club is made possible through a Friends of the Libraries’ Staff Grant. The Friends are a not-for-profit group that supports the Wright State University Libraries’ programs, resources, and services. Membership in the Friends supports these goals plus provides borrowing privileges to the WSU Libraries’ and OhioLINK collections. Learn more about the Friends.

Help select the 2014-2015 Common Text

Help the Wright State University Common Text Committee select the 2014-2015 common text!

Remember library summer reading programs? Here is your chance to bring back the fun, help the common text committee select the 2014-15 book, and be entered in a drawing to win great prizes, including a $25 Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift card!

The common text committee read more than twenty selections recommended by members of the University community, and decided upon four finalists.

They are:

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni,

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway,

Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

You have between now and Sunday, August 25, 2012 to read the books and complete a brief survey.  We will send reminders throughout the summer.  Please wait until you have completed as much reading as you are able to do and then fill out the survey at

These books are (or will be very soon!) widely available at the WSU bookstore (20% off with your faculty/staff ID), local book stores, and your public library.  Using your WSU account, you can also request them to be sent here through OhioLink and Search Ohio. All four titles are on 7-day reserve (filed under “Common Text”) at the Dunbar Library circulation desk, as well.

Thank you for being part of the common text selection process.

Happy Reading-

Maureen Barry, Catherine Queener, and Vaughn Shannon

Common Text Committee Co-Chairs