Maureen Barry


Maureen Barry


Librarian for First-Year & Distance Learning Services


Wright State University - Dayton, Ohio



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What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS?

I studied sports marketing as an undergraduate at Bowling Green State University ('99). After graduation, I moved to North Carolina and worked as an administrative assistant while volunteering at Duke University Athletics. Beginning in 2001, I interned full-time at Duke University Athletics for two years in sports marketing, the ticket office, and working with the Senior Women's Associate Athletic Director. I discovered that working in sports wasn't my calling, after all, and I decided to return to graduate school to become a librarian.

How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS?

I have worked at Wright State University since graduation in 2005. 

In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities?

I provide information literacy instruction and outreach services to first-year students via first-year seminars, orientation, and via the common text committee. I schedule all information literacy instruction for English composition courses. I also provide instruction and outreach services to area high schools who are interested in transitioning to college programs for their students.

What were some of your best experiences at SILS?

Some of my best experiences were taking Dr. David Carr's classes, in particular, Cultural Institutions, and my field experience teaching library instruction with the staff at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. I also loved getting to know so many people from a variety of academic backgrounds.

What inspires or motivates you?

What motivates me is working with students who finally "get" how complex our information landscape is, and that librarians are partners in navigating that landscape.