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Welcome Back!

August 21st, 2017 · No Comments · News

The faculty and staff of University Libraries are excited about the start of the fall 2017 semester. We want to welcome all of our returning BGSU students back to campus, and we welcome all of our new BGSU students as well. As you are settling into school, here are a few things about the library we hope you will take advantage of:

Hours

  • We’re open until 2:00 am Sunday through Thursday. A complete list of our hours can be located here.

Remote Access

  • Perhaps instead of coming into the library, you prefer to research from the comfort of your room. Library resources are available from any computer with a current BGSU ID.

Study Spots

  • We have numerous places for quiet and group study, including the 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th floors. In addition, Thinkers@Outtakes is open.

For Students

  • Make an appointment with a librarian for an individual research appointment.   Let us know what you are working on and we can pull resources ahead of time. Call 419-372-6943 or 866-542-2478 to speak with the Research & Information Desk.

For Faculty

  • Librarians can meet with faculty for research assistance tailored for their class. For more information click, here.

If you have any questions about how to use library services or collections, please ask one of the University Libraries staff or librarians who are eager to serve you. We’re also available via email, instant message, chat, and phone. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.

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Innovation Takes Flight at Library With New Collab Lab

May 15th, 2017 · No Comments · News, Uncategorized

By Bob Cunningham

Libraries used to be known strictly as places of silence because talking could interrupt the learning process of the students around you.

Oh, how times have changed.

Now, talking is actually encouraged in certain parts of the library, especially at the future home of Bowling Green State University’s Collab Lab in the Jerome Library.

The Collab Lab will be a hands-on, creative space for students, faculty, staff and community members to engage in collaborative work. Its goal will be to support teams of innovators working together to conceive, create, develop and refine new products and services that leverage the unique talents inherent to the University community.

“The common misconception in the world is that inventions are made by individuals,” said Dr. Michael Ogawa, vice president for research and economic development at BGSU. “Thomas Edison had a lot of people working with him when he created the light bulb. Invention and innovation is really a collaborative process, and if we can begin to help students and faculty engage in these types of collaborative interactions, who knows what can happen?”

The lab, an easily accessible 2,000-square-foot facility, will have a director, Dr. Jerry Schnepp, and a support staff, along with rapid prototyping tools such as 3-D printers and scanners, a green-screen video studio with voice-over capabilities for video production, and whiteboards.

The space will take over the current Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) but retain its existing services, which includes peer-to instruction on a variety of software applications for undergraduate, graduate and distance students. Digital equipment rental also will still be available.

STAC will move to a temporary space on the first floor of the Library while construction commences on the new Collab Lab over the summer.

With the new Collab Lab, Schnepp hopes to attract some of the University’s most creative types, both students and faculty.

“The idea of taking a physical space is we want people to go there and have resources,” said Schnepp, an assistant professor in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. “A lot of people have ideas, but bringing an idea from a conceptual stage into something that’s tangible, whether it’s an actual physical thing or if it’s just a well-thought-out idea, that’s where people usually get caught up. And what we find, when innovation happens, it really is fostered by cooperation between individuals.”

Ogawa, Schnepp and University Libraries Dean Sara Bushong toured other universities with similar labs, including Harvard, Case Western Reserve and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They imagine the possibilities for BGSU’s Collab Lab, which they hope to roll out with an opening during the fall 2017 semester.

“What already happens on campus naturally can happen on a bigger scale and more often, even with just a little bit of a push,” Schnepp said. “That’s one of the major advantages of the Collab Lab — to reinforce that these activities already have really high value to us.”

Plus, having the Collab Lab in the library is a natural fit. Just call it the ongoing evolution of BGSU’s Library Services.

“It’s always been our job to give students and faculty what they need to be successful. The Collab Lab fits well in that philosophy,” Bushong said.

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Popular Culture Scholars Convene for Summer Institute

May 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association recently held its Summer Research Institute at the Wm. T. Jerome Library.

Two dozen scholars from universities around the country convened for this weeklong research workshop and had the opportunity to work in the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives.    PC22

The institute is presented in partnership with BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture and the University Libraries (UL). Research fellow Lynn Bartholome, visiting assistant professor Esther Clinton and professor and acting chair Jeremy Wallach from the Department of Popular culture served as directors of this year’s institute.

“The University Libraries enjoyed collaborating with the PCA/ACA and the BGSU Department of Popular Culture to host the research institute,” said Dean Sara A. Bushong. “Scholars benefitted from the opportunity to explore treasures within the collections and to discuss their research with others.”

PC333Among the presenters from University Libraries were Susannah Cleveland, head librarian of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, and Nancy Down, head librarian of the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies. Presenting from the Department of Popular Culture were lecturer Charles Coletta, lecturer Matthew Donahue, instructor Tiffany Knoell, associate professor Montana Miller and associate professor Angela Nelson.

In addition to conducting research in the UL collections, participants took part in lectures and roundtable discussions on topics such as interpreting popular texts and exploring methodology, along with a presentation about Dr. Ray Browne, a distinguished university professor emeritus of popular culture for whom the Libraries’ popular culture collection is named.

 

 

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Donation Creates Research Destination for Great Lakes History

May 9th, 2017 · No Comments · News

The University Libraries at Bowling Green State University has greatly expanded its collection of Great Lakes research materials thanks to a significant donation from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society.

More than 160 cubic feet of photos, pamphlets, slides, bound materials, postcards and archival materials have found a new home in the Libraries’ Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), housed within the Center for Archival Collection.

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“We are grateful to the National Museum of the Great Lakes for entrusting us with their extensive collection, and we are excited that the consolidation of their materials with our existing Great Lakes archives has now created the largest collection of its kind on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of Bowling Green State University. “Thank you to the Museum, its board of directors, the Great Lakes Historical Society and the University Libraries staff who helped to facilitate this exciting and symbiotic new alliance in the name of historic preservation.”

These additional materials bolster the already robust offering of Great Lakes-related research and artifacts curated by the University Libraries at BGSU.

“The Great Lakes materials recently donated to HCGL is a wonderful addition to our holdings and provides many opportunities for collaboration between BGSU, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Historical Society,” said University Libraries Dean Sara A. Bushong.

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The addition of these materials to BGSU also will make University Libraries a major research destination in the U.S. for Great Lakes history.

“The added scope and depth of the HCGL collection expands research opportunities for BGSU students and faculty, National Museum of the Great Lakes staff and patrons, as well as researchers from beyond campus,” said retired HCGL archivist Bob Graham, who played an instrumental role in bringing the collection to BGSU. “Both organizations view this donation as the first step in an evolving partnership involving students, faculty and museum staff.”

Potential areas of collaboration include internships, lectures series, exhibits, new courses and digital galleries.

“The merging of these incredible archival collections is just the beginning of a long, synergistic journey between our two organizations that will both preserve Great Lakes history, but more important, elevate the perception of Great Lakes history in our national culture,” said Christopher Gillcrist, National Museum of the Great Lakes Executive Director. “This collaboration will help ensure the understanding of the role Great Lake history has played in our national story.”

Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society was one of the earliest organizations to focus on the history of the Great Lakes region. For the past seven decades, the society has created one of the premier collections of historical materials documenting the Great Lakes, which was previously housed in the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library at the former Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio.

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“The archival collection that we donated to BGSU represents over 70 years of library-based materials donated to and acquired by our organization,” said Anna Kolin, development director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “By merging it with a large university, it increases its access to those looking to do research on Great Lakes topics, which is why, in part, BGSU was chosen.”

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Study on Sunday – April 30

April 25th, 2017 · No Comments · News, Resources

Are you stressed out? Need help preparing for finals? Study on Sunday (SOS) is the answer. On Sunday, April 30, the Learning Commons and University Libraries are offering extended hours for drop-in tutoring for math/stats and many subjects, and writing consultations. We’ll also provide therapy dogs, snacks and more. For a full list of the drop-in tutoring that will be offered by the Learning Commons, click here

The Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open all night long so we hope you’ll consider spending your Sunday studying with the University Libraries and the Learning Commons.

In addition, Thinkers Café will be open for extended hours during finals week.  Keep an eye on Twitter for news and updates.  Feel free to tweet out  your thoughts as well! #FinalsSOS

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24/5 Hours Begin on April 23

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments · News, Resources

Need extra time to work on papers and exams? Have your own special spot in the library where you like to study? Need access to books and other library resources? The University Libraries extends its hours of operation (24-5 Sunday through Thursday) beginning Sunday, April 23  provide a safe and comfortable research and study environment free of disruption for our students, staff, and faculty.

Important reminder:  Circulation services as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials will be available until 2:00 am.  Library patrons will have access to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th floors throughout the night. Campus Police will be stationed in the library throughout the night to ensure student safety.

The Wm. T. Jerome Library offers more than 200 computers, quiet study space throughout the building, and a variety of collaborative group study locations. To reserve a group study space, click here.

For more information about our hours, visit http://ul2.bgsu.edu/hours.

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!

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Local Author to Speak at BGSU Library

April 4th, 2017 · No Comments · News

The Friends of the University Libraries cordially invite you to hear guest author, Julie Rubini, discuss her latest book “Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist.”

Tuesday, April 11
11:30 am
Pallister Conference Room
Wm. T. Jerome Library
Please RSVP at libadmin@bgsu.edu

About the Author
Julie and her husband established Claire’s Day, a children’s book festival in honor of their daughter. This celebration of Claire’s love for reading has grown to a multiple date celebration, impacting over 20,000 children and family members.

Julie is the author of Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist, published by Ohio University Press and Hidden Ohio, a picture book. She has also written Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller, a biography of America’s most honored author of children’s literature, to be released by OUP in June 2017.

She currently serves on Maumee City Council, and enjoys reading to kindergartners weekly. But most of all, she cherishes her roles as wife to Brad and mother to daughter Kyle and son Ian.

Julie is the recipient of the Toledo area Jefferson Award (2015) and the YWCA Milestones Award (2016).

 

 

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OhioLINK resources unavailable 3/21, 7:30-10pm

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Service Alert

OhioLINK needs to urgently perform maintenance on the systems that govern access to its servers. This maintenance will take place Tuesday, March 21 between 7:30pm and 10:00pm. OhioLINK expects the service outage to be only 30 minutes long. During the outage, however, all OhioLINK services will be unavailable, including:

  • OhioLINK central catalog
  • OhioLINK EJC
  • OhioLINK Electronic Book Center
  • OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations
  • OhioLINK Digital Resource Center
  • OhioLINK urls

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Research Appointments Available

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments · News, Resources

The University Libraries once again offer 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.

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Experience cutting-edge technology at the STAC

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · News

Experience cutting-edge technology at the STAC with two additional pieces of equipment!

What is Oculus Rift?
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset. It offers superb stereoscopic 3D visuals and utilizes head tracking technology for a highly immersive experience. The device works by creating a 3D image to detect the user’s head and body movement.

Endless Exploration With the Rift’s advanced technology, you will immerse yourself in a sensorial environment. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.

Procedure Two Oculus Rifts are available during designated STAC hours.  Patrons will be permitted no more than 60 minutes on the Oculus Rift in a given day. The STAC’s Oculus Rift is available to use with programs picked out and downloaded by STAC Staff.

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What is a Universal Laser Cutter? 
The laser cutter can accurately and quickly laser cut intricate designs over a wide variety of materials, including acrylic, wood, glass, and textiles. The laser can also engrave, emboss, and rasterize materials. The machine contains a honeycomb cutting table that hold materials without fixtures and removes smoke and debris that can have effect overall quality.  Everyone who wishes to use the laser cutter must attend a training session.

Approved Materials:

  • Acrylic *
  • Plywood (1/8th inch thickness)
  • Heavy cardstock
  • Anodized aluminum
  • Glass
  • Denim

Plastics containing vinyl (PVC, PVF, PVA) and pressure-treated wood are not allowed for use in the laser cutter, due to inhalation hazards when cutting these materials. *Not all acrylics are laser cutter-friendly – to ensure a good quality cut without melting your piece, please make certain your material is suitable for use in a laser cutter.  For materials purchased outside of the STAC, an MSDS sheet is required.  Additional materials can be used with the approval of the STAC student supervisor.

Training:

Monday, February 20, 2017 1:30pm

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:30am

Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:30pm

Friday, February 24, 2017 2:00pm

Limited amount of slots for each workshop.  Please sign up by e-mailing stac@bgsu.edu your name, email, day and time you plan to attend.  Please list a  1st and 2nd choice of dates because we can only have 8 people in each training session.  Workshops will last 90 minutes and you will have completed a small project as well as receive a card that you will need so you are allowed to use the Universal Laser engraver/cutter.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail from us restating the date and time you are able to attend.  [Read more →]

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