Elizabeth Brownlow accepts the 2019 Roberta Gellis Memorial Paper Award from Dean of University Libraries Sara Bushong and Chair of Special Collections Nancy Down.

On Monday, September 16, 2019, Bowling Green State University Libraries announced that Elizabeth Brownlow, a Ph.D. student in American Culture Studies, has been named as the 2019 recipient of The Roberta Gellis Memorial Paper Award. Brownlow’s paper “Distinguishing Feminist Readerships and Shaping Genre in the Online Community Romance Novels for Feminists” explores the ways in which “community members resist the image of the “typical” romance reader and the stigma attached to it by engaging with the genre through feminist critique and the sharing of personal experience to “save face” in a world that tells them one cannot be both feminist and a romance reader.”

The Roberta Gellis Memorial Award honors the best graduate and undergraduate papers written using the resources of the Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and pertaining to the fields of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or romance fiction. The award will be given on an annual basis.

Roberta Gellis (1927-2016) was a prolific author who published nearly 50 novels after the first was published in 1964. Best known for writing historical romances with medieval settings, Gellis gained notoriety with the 1979 series The Roselynde Chronicles. Gellis wrote across many genres including romantic suspense (both historical and contemporary), romantic fantasy, and science fiction. Regardless of genre, research was the hallmark of Gellis’ work, and she gave many sessions at romance conferences on the topic. In 1951, Gellis earned an MS in Chemistry from Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and later earned a second Masters in Medieval Literature.

The Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies holds a large collection of Roberta Gellis manuscripts spanning her career, which she began donating in 1999. The Gellis family has continued donating materials since Roberta’s death in 2016, and established the paper award to encourage study in the Library’s extensive and unique collections related to genre fiction. The Library is extremely grateful for the Gellis family’s generosity and support.

Donors support passion with a gift to the CRC

University Libraries recently received a gift to create the Ellen J. Blackwell Curriculum Resource Center Support Fund created by Brian Linn 73 and Dorothy (“Dottie”) Linn 72. The fund will provide general support for the Curriculum Resource Center which supports the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related areas. The gift recognizes the important role played by Dottie’s aunt, Ellen J. Blackwell, in encouraging, empowering and supporting Dottie during her lifetime.

The Linns said, “Our gift to support the Curriculum Resource Center within the University Libraries not only accomplished our goal of helping students further their education, but also allowed us to maximize our impact and minimize our tax liability by making gifts of appreciated securities.”

The fund will support the purchase of STEM related resources and initiatives, representing the Linns’ belief in the importance of encouraging youth, particularly young women, to seek careers in STEM.

Library Research Assists Distance Education Students

Librarians, staff and students working at the Wm. T. Jerome Library Research and Information Desk have been assisting students through online chat for over 15 years. This online library service has become increasingly vital as the number of students taking online courses continues to increase. During the Spring 2018 semester, 1,576 chat questions were answered with 15 percent of the questions coming from BGSU distance leaners. Chats user also connected to the Research and Information Desk from 36 states and 18 countries.



University Libraries hosts “me too” speaker on April 30

The University Libraries welcomes Tarana Burke, social justice activist and founder of the “me too” movement, to its Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series this year.

Tarana Burke shares the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person of The Year-winning “me too” movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. The simple yet courageous hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

“me too” is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

In her upcoming book, Where the Light Enters, Tarana discusses the importance of the “me too” movement as well as her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver.”  Her continued work with the movement has earned her the honor of being named The Root 100’s most influential person of 2018.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of the “me too” movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.

Event information and registration information: www.bgsu.edu/extraordinarystories


CAC receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant

The Center for Archival Collections has received a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support innovative digital projects for the public, the preservation of collections at small institutions, and humanities initiatives on college campuses. BGSU was one of eight institutions selected within the state of Ohio.

The project, “Preserving and Contextualizing the Islamic Culture and Heritage of NW OHIO Project,” will further the connections between the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and BGSU through public and digital exhibitions and programming. One central feature of the partnership is a community digitization day, a shared event hosted at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo by the Center for Archival Collections. https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-148-million-253-humanities-projects-nationwide

Local History Publication Award Lecture

Please join the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University as we recognize the 2017 winner of the Local History Publication Award with a lecture by the author Dan Masters.

Scouring the Pages:
How Correspondent ’76’ told the story of the 72nd Ohio Infantry

Tuesday, November 13 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Jerome Library, Pallister Conference Room
Jerome Library, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Dan Masters is graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and is currently enrolled at BGSU pursuing a graduate degree in American History. He has actively engaged in Civil War research for 19 years and has published four books and a dozen articles regarding military history with a focus on the Civil War, World War II, and civil defense. He has worked as a volunteer for both the Center for Archival Collections at BGSU and at the American Civil War Museum of Ohio in Tiffin. He currently works as a Production Planning Manager for Materion Corporation in Elmore, Ohio.

For more information, contact archive@bgsu.edu or 419-372-9614

Research Appointments Now Available

University Libraries is offering Individual Research Appointments (IRAs) to students. IRAs provide students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a librarian on a specific research assignment. Students will develop search strategies, identify various print and electronic resources and discover services available in the University Libraries.

IRAs are designed for undergraduate students. (The Libraries offer a similar service for graduate students. Call 2-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.) Students must sign up for appointments by midnight of the day before the requested appointment date to allow for preparation. Students must also have a specific assignment or project and will be asked to state their topic when setting up their appointment.

IRAs are offered Monday-Friday.   To schedule an appointment, call 419-372-6943, or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of the Jerome Library.

Affordable Learning Community of Practice

University Libraries is sponsoring a professional development learning opportunity for faculty and instructors this fall. Participants will become part of a focused community of practice that will learn how to find and use library-owned and licensed materials as required readings in lieu of costly textbooks.  

BGSU Joins Open Book Publishers Library

Through a new partnership, University Libraries and Open Book Publishers is changing the nature of the traditional academic book at BGSU. Open Book Publishers books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via our website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere.

BGSU students and faculty are now able freely download all of Open Book Publishers ebooks and receive discounts on all printed editions.

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