University Librarian Moving to New Department After 11 Years of Service

January 24, 2014

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. - Gail Sheehy

Stephen FosterEffective December 31, 2013 Dr. Stephen Foster resigned his position as University Librarian in order to focus his efforts on his role as Associate Vice President for International Affairs in charge of the University Center for International Education (UCIE). He has divided his time between the two positions since August, 2007.

There were a few not-so-dry eyes in the room as Dr. Foster addressed the Libraries staff at a meeting in December, following the announcement of his departure. Stephen shared that in his years at WSU he has consistently heard high praise across the campus for the fine work of the library's staff. In fact, he says the staff is what he will miss most about being University Librarian. "We've been able to host a lot of great lectures and projects, renovations and more," Stephen reflected. "It's been very gratifying." His advice for the libraries' staff moving forward is to, "keep the great service attitude and willingness to try new things. It's worked wonderfully!"

"I had interviewed at several other locations before I came here," Stephen said of his decision to come to WSU in July of 2002. "But my wife pointed out that when I talked about Wright State, I was always enthusiastic."

Stephen FosterDr. Foster had previously served as Associate Dean of Libraries for Central Michigan University for twelve years. In addition to academic librarianship, his scholarly interests include political philosophy and the history of communism. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from St. Louis University. His most recent work, Desolation's March: The Rise of Personalism and the Reign of Amusement in 21-st Century America, was published by Academica Press in 2003.

In his new role, Stephen is most looking forward to having the opportunity to increase WSU's international visibility and facilitate exchanges and agreements that leverage the strength of WSU's faculty and academic programs. As Associate Vice President, he is responsible for coordinating all international activities on campus, increasing institutional partnerships, and seeking additional funding for international programs and scholarships. Stephen, who travels regularly on behalf of WSU, is looking forward to a trip to India in February.

Sheila Shellabarger While Stephen settles into his new position, Sheila Shellabarger will take the helm as Interim University Librarian. Sheila has been with Wright State University Libraries for over 21 years and most recently served as Assistant University Librarian for Public Services. Previously, Sheila was the Head of Reference and Instruction and then Associate University Librarian for the former Fordham Health Sciences Library at Wright State. Before that, she was Library Director at Kettering College. Sheila holds a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University, a Master of Education from Wright State and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for her undergraduate degree.

Having worked with many of the WSU Libraries staff members for years, Sheila's knowledge and experience are invaluable in this time of change. She believes her biggest challenge in her new role as Interim University Librarian will be taking on aspects of the library her previous position didn't include, such as budget, Friends of the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, and more. The aspect of her new position she's most looking forward to is representing and promoting the library to others on campus and raising awareness about the library's services, resources and staff.

Sheila plans to assess library use, resources and services to determine how the library is meeting students' and faculty's needs and in what ways the library can improve. She also aims to determine how the library's plan will fit within the University's 2013-2018 "Empower" Strategic Plan.

Sheila looks forward to continuing her work with a supportive staff, "We have an excellent team of people working in the library, so I'm confident that we will continue to move forward together."

Dr. Foster will be greatly missed, but the library staff wish him all the best in his new role and take comfort in the knowledge that he will not be far away in his new office in the Student Union. They plan to visit him often.

Open Access Week and CORE Scholar

October 18, 2013

The 7th annual Open Access Week (October 21-27) is dedicated to highlighting the potential for Open Access to change the landscape of scholarly publishing.

Open Access of information is forever changing the way intellectual output is published, disseminated, used, and reused. OA unburdens the author, library, and reader of the often high publication and usage costs and guarantees the information will be free and immediately accessible for users around the world. It has the potential to completely transform the way research and scientific inquiry are performed. In short, the implications of providing Open Access to information are widespread and world-changing.

The Wright State University Libraries are directly involved with providing Open Access to the intellectual output of the University by offering CORE Scholar. CORE Scholar, Wright State’s own Institutional Repository, facilitates WSU researchers the opportunity to publish their work in a professional database that allows worldwide users the chance to access free of restrictions.

CORE Scholar publishing provides professional publishing services, and has the capability to publish a plethora of formats including:

  • Online Journals
  • eBooks
  • Monographs
  • Event Management/Conference Papers & Proceedings
  • Scholarly Articles

CORE Scholar also provides faculty with scholarship pages which include usage statistics, RSS feeds, and subscriber tracking, allowing faculty the ability to monitor the impact factors of their work.

Open Access provided through Wright State’s CORE Scholar has the potential to maximize research investments, increase exposure and use of Wright State University published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the OA community to increase enthusiasm for this important movement.

Friends of the Libraries' Introduce New Workshop Series

August 22, 2013

The Wright State University Friends of the Libraries offer a new workshop series for 2013-2014. All are held 10:30am-12:30pm in the Wright State Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, and cost $12 for Friends’ members and $15 for non-members.

Your Life Story, October 12, 2013
Make a ‘digital scrapbook’ using your own photos to play over the holidays and give as gifts. Participants will provide 20-24 photos in advance for the Libraries to scan in preparation for the workshop. All photos will be returned at the workshop.

Grandparents Online, November 16, 2013
Learn to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and more to keep in touch with (and impress!) family & friends. For all ages.

Research Your Roots, January 11, 2014
For the beginning genealogist to learn what materials are available, where to find them, and how to get started.

History thru Newspapers, February 8, 2014
Research and relive local history through old newspapers in the Archives’ collection.

No previous experience in scanning, multimedia, social media, or genealogy is necessary. Fees include take-home materials and light refreshments.

The Friends’ Workshop Series shares specialized information available in the Wright State University Libraries. Instructors are Libraries’ staff who are experts in their areas. Our goal is to help you get started on projects for you and your family that can be continued and enjoyed at home.

Seating is limited. Registration and pre-payment are required. Free & convenient parking.

The Friends of the Libraries 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.

Friends of the Libraries' Introduce UnWin(e)d Book Group

August 16, 2013

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 Humanities 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.

Libraries Offer Recharging Stations

July 15, 2013

The University Libraries now offer convenient recharging stations throughout Dunbar Library. Three charging stations are located in public areas:

  • 1st-floor Group Study Room, pillar left of Café Wright
  • 2nd-floor Reference Area, near the Information Desk
  • 2nd-floor Media Room, near the photocopiers

The stations have multiple tips to accommodate most cell phones. iPhone 5 Lightning tips area available for check-out from the Circulation Desk that can then be used to charge on the Charging Stations.

Individual chargers can also be checked out from the Circulation Desk for use throughout the building – just plug it into the nearest electrical outlet and recharge while studying.

Last but not least, individual chargers are also available for use within the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) while you work on multimedia projects.

The Libraries recommend that you please watch your phones and/or devices while recharging. The Libraries are not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

So don’t run down and charge ahead while in the University Libraries.

NOW offering an exciting new way to search!

May 15, 2013

The Wright State University Libraries offer an exciting new way to search. QuickSearch provides our campus community members with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing many of our resources through a single search tool. When you search QuickSearch, you will see results from the Wright State and OhioLINK catalogs as well as from hundreds of our databases, including all of our Ebscohost databases, JSTOR, the Web of Science, and many more. Right now QuickSearch is in beta, which means that we’ll be making some adjustments this summer. Please contribute your opinion by filling out our feedback form!

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to your input.

Great Dayton Flood of 1913 Depicted in New Traveling Exhibit

January 14, 2013

The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 was a catastrophic, yet defining, event in Dayton's history. Out of this tragedy came a great community spirit of generosity, strength, and accomplishment in preventing another flood of such devastating proportion. The community commemorates the centennial of this event to reconnect with the past and understand its lasting legacy on our history and physical landscape.

The Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives created a free traveling exhibit consisting of captivating photographs and primary sources to tell the story of the flood on three, free-standing fabric panels each measuring 33.5" wide and 84” tall. An in-depth brochure accompanies the exhibit in addition to a website offering an image gallery.

The exhibit debuts at the January 24 performance of the WSU Theatre’s 1913: The Great Dayton Flood (call the Theatre Box Office at (937) 775-2500 for available tickets. Performances Jan. 24 through Feb. 10). The Archives’ website lists where and when the exhibit is displayed, and provides a request form to borrow the exhibit. Any organization or institution is welcomed and encouraged to borrow the exhibit for a two-week period. Please complete the online form or call (937) 775-2092. For additional information, please see the 1913 Flood FAQ, or email the Archives.

This exhibit is made possible through the generosity of a Wright State University Friends of the Libraries’ Staff Grant, and the Dayton office of Battelle Memorial Institute. Due to their support, the 1913 Dayton Flood Traveling Exhibit is available at no cost, with the exception of shipping if needed.

Take this opportunity to share the Dayton Flood story with your community.

RefWorks Improves Convenience with 14-Day Log-In

December 19, 2012

RefWorks’ streamlining its log-in process has greatly increased convenience to its users.  A new functionality was launched in December to provide users with the option to stay logged into the service as long as they have accessed their account within the past 14 days.

When a user opts to remain logged in, RefWorks now sets a browser cookie that will last for two weeks.  This improvement makes it easier for users to access RefWorks without constantly supplying log-in credentials.  Should a user not access their account within the 14-day window, they will be prompted to enter their password information in order to gain access to their account.  Please note that when a user is presented with this new option, they will be warned not to select it if they are on a public computer.

RefWorks is a web-based citation management service that makes it easy to generate bibliographies or footnotes for your papers. As a free service to all WSU students, faculty, and staff, RefWorks allows users to create a personal database of resources and keep resources organized. The Libraries offer free RefWorks workshops every semester. Sign up for one today for easier citation work tomorrow!

WSU Libraries & OhioLINK Celebrate 20 Years of Shared Services

November 21, 2012

In 1992, academic libraries and the Ohio Board of Regents joined forces to provide a competitive advantage for the state’s higher education community by creating: OhioLINK. The Wright State University Libraries, as a founding member of the Ohio Library & Information Network, celebrate 20 years of pooling resources to provide more than 600,000 college and university students, faculty and staff with access to millions of books and other library materials.

Celebrate this anniversary with the WSU Libraries in the Dunbar Library and Student Union Nov. 26-30 . We will have cookies and giveaways to share and a "memory wall" for you to write about your experience with OhioLINK.

OhioLINK has grown into a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio. Membership includes 16 public/research universities, 23 community/technical colleges, and 49 private colleges. Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to 46.5 million books and other library materials, more than 100 electronic research databases, more than 81,000 e-books, thousands of images and videos, and millions of electronic journal articles.

The statistics speak for themselves. The WSU Libraries alone purchase from OhioLINK:

  • Electronic Journal Center’s (EJC) access to 9,930 full-text journals , plus 13,825 full-text journals leased through the publisher Ebsco’s databases.
  • 65,065 eBooks from publishers Oxford University Press, Springer, and Wiley/Blackwell
  • 16,600+ leased eBooks from Oxford Reference and Safari
  • 114,000+ images in the Digital Resource Center
  • 22,400+ music albums
  • 3,500+ videos
  • 130+ databases

Through the EJC alone, WSU students, faculty and staff downloaded more than 259,000 journal articles in 2010 and almost 258,000 in 2011. Without OhioLINK this level of downloading would have cost millions of dollars.

OhioLINK is a necessity to Ohio academic libraries through its cooperatively and cost-effectively acquiring, providing access to, and preserving an expanding array of print and digital resources; and by centrally hosting digital content.

"I can think of no better example of shared services than what OhioLINK has been doing for the past 20 years," said Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. "Shared services are vital to keep Ohio thriving, and OhioLINK clearly shows how the sharing of Ohio’s vast scholarly resources can give our students, teachers and researchers the tools to excel."

SpringerLink Site Changes Coming Soon

November 13, 2012

The following information will be of interest to Wright State University faculty and students who have individual accounts on SpringerLink, the site for online journals, books, and protocols published by Springer:

SpringerLink will be migrating to a new online platform on Monday, November 26. If users have set up individual accounts for saved searches or alerts (“My SpringerLink”), these will not be migrated. New individual accounts, if desired, will need to be set up once the transfer has been completed. Please review the changes and the process for setting up new individual accounts.

  • Springer will redirect all users to the new SpringerLink upon migration. So whether you find a Springer article on Google, via our catalogue or even using an old Springerlink direct url, you will be redirected to the article on the new SpringerLink.
  • Individual accounts, "My SpringerLink", from the old SpringerLink will unfortunately not be migrated. You will need set up a new profile/account at the new SpringerLink. Make sure to do this while within the institution’s IP range as you will then be automatically associated to the institution’s access rights. Meaning that remote access to Springerlink is set up immediately.
  • Webinar training sessions are available throughout the coming months. During these sessions you will be informed about features and functionalities of the new SpringerLink where there will also be plenty of time to ask questions. We invite you to register for one of these training sessions via Springer training.

For questions please contact Springer’s Online Service Desk. For more information see Springer's extensive FAQ.

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