The Friends of the University Libraries has named Mary Wrighten, Department of Library Teaching and Learning, the 2009 Libraries Employee of the Year.
Wrighten was honored for her dedication and organizational skills associated with multicultural programming within the libraries and across campus. For many years, she spearheaded the libraries’ diversity initiative as chair of the Multicultural Activities Committee, which was established to help employees develop multicultural awareness. She planned several annual programs that became well known and highly respected across campus.
Wrighten also has served in leadership positions in the Africana Faculty and Staff Caucus, the Africana Studies Advisory and Executive committees and the Ethnic Cultural Arts Performance Committee. She developed the format for the Africana Studies Colloquium and chaired the first colloquium committee. In spring 2009, Wrighten received the BGSU Faculty Mentor Award in recognition of her tireless and passionate work on behalf of social justice.
“Mary’s efforts have enriched both the University Libraries and the larger campus community,” noted Friends President Janet Parks when presenting the award. “All of us are beneficiaries of her commitment.”
The Friends of the University Libraries is a membership-based group that supports the programs and activities of the libraries by giving scholarships to students and employees, purchasing special equipment, supporting the University Writing Center, sponsoring special events and contributing to the aesthetic appeal of the libraries.
Membership in the Friends is open to all and is considered a contribution to the BGSU Family Campaign. More details are posted at http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/about/page39748.html.