Author: Sue Polanka

Friends of the Libraries Lunch-In

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Mayor Nan Whaley at the Virtual Lunch-In

On April 21st the Friends of the Libraries hosted their first “lunch-in” event, a virtual presentation and discussion featuring Wright State Alumna and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Over 85 people attended the virtual event to hear the Mayor speak about leadership in challenging times. Mayor Whaley spoke about her experience leading the City of Dayton through the tornadoes, a mass shooting, and COVID, and how leaders navigate challenges in a polarized climate. The Mayor emphasized the importance of local journalism for keeping the focus of information on the community’s issues and needs rather than national agendas. She encouraged attendees to support local journalism and to stay informed on multiple sides of an issue. She expressed her concern about the many silos that build up in a community whose individuals may rely on a single source for their information, one that holds a particular bias and doesn’t explore all sides. She also expressed her concerns about the impact of misinformation on democracy and the vital need for everyone to be cautious about falling victim to misinformation.

After the Mayor’s presentation, Mandy Shannon, the Head of Instruction and Research Services for the University Libraries, shared strategies for fact-checking information, improving news literacy, and being responsible consumers of news and other media. She stressed that we need to slow down, reflect before reacting, and be cautious about what misinformation we may be sharing through our social media posts. She shared the University Libraries research guide for Media Literacy and Fact-Checking which includes a four step process for fact-checking. Her presentation is linked from the guide.

The Friends of the Libraries is a volunteer membership organization. They support Wright State University students and the University Libraries staff through scholarships, awards, grants, and events. Join us – become a member today!

The Friends Board thanks all of the attendees for their participation in the program and are particularly thankful to the 36 patron level sponsors.

University Libraries 2020 Annual Report

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2020 truly was a year like no other! Read all about the University Libraries’ activities, accomplishments, and challenges in our 2020 Annual Report. The report features stories on:

  • Relocating the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center to Dunbar Library
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Libraries’ services and staff
  • Friends of the Libraries 2020 activities
  • New digital collections in CORE Scholar
  • Special Collections and Archives outreach, fundraising, and collections
  • Libraries’ staff accomplishments and awards

2021-22 Book Club Titles

Join us for the 2021-22 Book Club sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Alumni Association, and the Retirees Association. Book discussions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 in a hybrid format; in-person in PLDL 441 and online via WebEx. Attendees can join in either format. Registration will be available, but not required. More information, including links to registration, the online events, and the books in the WSU collection will be posted soon.

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September 14, 2021 – Dutch House by Ann Patchett

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November 9, 2021 – The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

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January 11, 2022 – The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

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March 8, 2022 – The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar (the 150th anniversary of his birth will be June 27, 2022)

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May 10, 2022 – The Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner for fiction

Join the Friends of the Libraries today! Your membership supports the Libraries’ collections and programs while providing yourself the luxury of borrowing from an academic library containing a variety of subjects – from classic literature to the latest scientific discoveries, popular reading materials, and more.

Summer Reading Recommendations

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Are you looking for a great summer read? We have a few ideas! Listed below are the titles read by our Book Club since 2013. Titles available in the WSU collection are linked below. We hope you will join us for the 2021-22 Book Club beginning in September, 2021. The Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Alumni Association, and the Retirees Association. Happy Reading!

2020-2021 Book Club Titles

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