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That's a Shocker Podcast

A Wichita State University Libraries Podcast

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Ginger Williams

Associate Dean for Academic Engagement and Public Services, Assistant Professor


Jessica Cerri

Curator of Special Collections and University Archives, Assistant Professor


Clinton Dick

Library Communications and Marketing Specialist

Sara Rue

Library Assistant for Access Services - Reserves

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Welcome to That's a Shocker, a Wichita State University Libraries podcast!

Join the friendly members of the Wichita State University Libraries staff for this fun infotainment and news podcast. Monthly episodes feature content on a different topic that we have researched using the Libraries’ vast information resources. At the end of the episodes, you'll hear announcements, upcoming events, and other important updates about the Libraries.

Episode notes contain links to some of the featured content.



For the final episode of 2021, the That's a Shocker cast is joined by Sara Dixon of the Wichita Public Library to talk different literary genres - including a few that deserve a deep dive!

Dark Academia links:
Goodreads Dark Academia list - Dark Academia (246 books) (
By Devin Toolen, UWire -
By Kyla Dowling, UWire -

Episode 4: SPOOKtober

It's October, and that means it's spooky season! Join the faculty and staff of the University Libraries on a journey through research into the horror genre, a story about a book that just might be haunted, and some Halloween-worthy materials in Special Collections. 

Women in Horror: A Film Index 
Tinterow Collection of Mesmerism, Animal Magnetism, and Hypnotism 
International Games Week event
Lightboard Studio booking (room 224) 

Episode 3: Library of Things

Join Ginger and Clint for a discussion of the Library of Things concept. What does that even mean? Jessica and Sara share some examples of Things from the University Libraries. Spoiler alert: we have a CANNON. (No, it doesn’t circulate.) Enjoy!

What other things do you want the Libraries to loan? Let us know! 


Things available from Circulation  

Things at Wichita Public Libraries  




Episode 2: Unidentified Flying Objects

Join Ginger, Clint, Jessica, and Sara for an "extra-terrestrial" episode of That's A Shocker! Stick around for an interview with Wichita State's Kerry Majher, Program Coordinator for NASA in Kansas. Listen until the end for Libraries news and events.



John Dean Collection - 

NASA collection with the logbook -

Trying out SmartSearch is as easy as stopping by our website and using the main search box! You’ll find our event calendar and social media links there, too.

UFO Encyclopedia -

NASA in Kansas -

Bronze Propeller Competition -

News articles via NewsBank:
Via Manchester Evening News (and others):  One of the most recent news report on UFO sightings this year (April 14) - Pictures of 'UFOs' over US warships are real and taken by Navy, Pentagon confirms - Photos, Manchester Evening News: Web Edition Articles (England), April 13, 2021 (

Via Denver Post: Numbers of UFO sightings in 2020 - UFO reports surge during pandemic, Denver Post, The (CO), April 10, 2021, p12A (

Via CBS 17 – iPhone photos in broad daylight taken in 2019 by military personnel: Mystery Objects Remain Unidentified | CBS 17

Library event calendar at

Episode 1: A look back at the University Libraries.

Join Ginger, Clint, Jessica, and Sara for the inaugural episode of That's A Shocker! Jessica and Sara go in-depth on the history of the University Libraries, including something you may not have known about Morison Hall's past! Listen until the end for Libraries news and events.



Wichita State University Buildings digital collection: 

History of the Wichita State University Libraries digital collection:

Parnassus yearbook digital collection:

For information on the Edible Book Festival and to enter your own creation, visit

All about the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award:

Find our library event calendar at

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