Category: Staff

Meet Christina Heady, Head of Instruction and Research Services

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Christina Heady, Head of Instruction & Research Services

The University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Christina Heady. As head of instruction and research services, Christina will manage the delivery of library reference and instructional services for the campus and community including classes, workshops, the Information Desk and virtual reference services, the Patent and Trademark Resource Center, the Student Technology Assistance Center, and the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center.

Christina holds a Master of Science in Information with specializations in Library Science and Archives and Records Management from University of Michigan School of Information and a Bachelor of Science with majors in Secondary Education and English Literacy from Florida State University.

University Libraries 2021 Annual Report

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In the University Libraries’ 2021 Annual Report you can learn more about our return to normal operations. The report features articles highlighting activities, accomplishments, and challenges throughout the year such as:

  • Public Services flexibility and 24/7 support
  • Special Collections and Archives initiatives
  • New digital collections in CORE Scholar
  • Friends of the Libraries 2021 activities
  • Libraries’ staff accomplishments and awards

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held on May 4, 2022. At this ceremony two 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 – 25 Years

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Beth Anderson, Information Desk Evening Supervisor

Beth has worked with the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) since it opened over 20 years ago, helping students with multimedia presentations and technology. She has supervised many student assistants and is the LEAP Librarian.

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Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian

Ximena is the librarian for the School of Nursing, and the Departments of Chemistry and Modern Languages. Over her 25 years here she has also worked with History and Special Collections and Archives.

2022 StAR Winner: Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2

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Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist; Matt Shreffler, Head of Resource Delivery Services

Shannon does an outstanding job connecting the Wright State University to resources in her role supporting interlibrary loans and course reserves. She is always willing to step up to the front desk, answer the phone, or help out wherever needed. She comes to work every day with her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Staff noted Shannon’s creativity and willingness to help. Shannon is creative and innovative, looking for solutions to improve processes. If you’ve checked out a bookable room in the past year, we had a much easier time finding the key, thanks to the 3D holder and key rings Shannon and her husband made to organize them. It improved the handling of the keys, and staff are now able to see which rooms are available and which rooms are checked out in a glance. Her colleagues shared that this has made a big improvement to the whole process. Her nominator concluded, “Shannon is great at everything she touches and we are lucky to have her.”  

2022 StAR Winner: Heather Back, Student Success Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian; Heather Back, Student Success Librarian; Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

Heather brings energy and excitement, along with a smile and a positive attitude into the library as the Student Success Librarian. She channels this power into a wide variety of activities and projects from creating a Student Success Book Collection next to the Starbucks in the 1st Floor Group Study Rooms; promoting the Wright State University Libraries during Student Welcome Week; helping students during finals by coordinating DeStress for Success, and connecting Education students with the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center, all with a focus of helping students succeed. Her colleagues noted that she plans things well in advance to keep things humming and fresh for students. She comes up with interesting projects for the student workers to help with. One colleague pointed to her attitude and interaction as building bridges between departments and across campus. The Wright State University Libraries have a special Student Success Librarian in Heather Back.  We are grateful for Heather’s fresh perspectives and students-first focus! 

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.

2022-2023 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2022-2023 Book Club discussions, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the Wright State University Alumni Association, and the Wright State University Retirees Association. Book discussions will be held on select evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. online via WebEx. Registration will be available, but is not required. More information, including links to registration, the online events, and the books in the WSU Libraries’ collection will be posted soon.

September 8, 2022 – Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

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November 10, 2022 – Blackout by Erin Flanagan

Author and Wright State University Professor of English, Erin Flanagan, will join our discussion.

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January 12, 2023 – Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

March 9, 2023 – The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Winner of the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize 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.