BGSU University Libraries News

Another amazing bgsu blog

BGSU University Libraries News

Study on Sunday (SOS)

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · News

Are you stressed out? Need help preparing for finals? Study on Sunday (SOS) is the answer. On Sunday, December 11, 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, games, snacks and more. For a full list of the drop-in tutoring that will be offered by the Learning Commons, click here Study on Sunday Tutoring and Activities

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

 

Tags:

Canvas Commons

December 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Events, News

Canvas Commons is coming! Do you have a Canvas role of Teacher, Teaching Assistant or Course Designer? Join us for an informational session about Canvas Commons, a new tool that will enable faculty to share learning resources with other users at BGSU and to import learning resources shared to Canvas Commons from hundreds of other institutions. Tuesday, December 6 from 10:00-11:00 or Wednesday, December 7 from 11:30-12:30. Both sessions will be held in the Pallister Conference Room in Jerome Library. Please register here: https://cfebgsu.wufoo.com/forms/w32id9p16x9n1g (hosted by University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence).

 

Tags:

Extended Hours (24/5) Begin Sunday, December 4

November 29th, 2016 · 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, December 4 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!

Tags:

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · General

Thanksgiving hours begin on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23 – 8AM-6PM
  • Thursday – Friday, Nov. 24-25 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, Nov. 26 – 1-5PM
  • Sunday, Nov. 27– 5PM-2AM

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving!

Tags:

Who can you trust?

November 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

ClawGameBlog350wIn the last several weeks I have heard more and more often about how people are living in “information bubbles.” As a librarian, this concerns me. One of my chief missions is to make high-quality information sources available so students can engage in critical thought bolstered by the best information.

I’m not casting blame: I’ll admit that a few months ago I was getting most of my news through my Facebook feed. But I just got tired of it, so I paid for a subscription to a national newspaper and got more deliberate about reading the weekly magazine I’ve been subscribing to for the last 25 years.

I was struck by the time and effort it takes to stay informed. I think it’s funny how in an age when such an overwhelming amount of information is available we need to make more of a concerted effort to seek out and engage with it, because it’s so easy to only see what shows up in our social media feeds. “Facebook is hosting a huge portion of the political conversation in America,” according to an August article in the New York Times Magazine. 61% of respondents to a 2014 survey of 18-33 year olds said they get news about politics from Facebook. My guess is that number would be higher now. And a lot of what we see there is not quality, fact-based journalism but opinion, conjecture, and outright garbage, making it like the carnival claw game in some ways – fishing around the limited options (much of which is junk), you win whatever’s accessible at the moment, if you win at all.

Like most people, I immerse myself in information from a wide variety of sources of with a wide range of credibility and authority. Some of my choices are clearly based on how easy they are to get to (Wikipedia) and how entertaining I find them (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver). Others are based on my desire for depth, nuance and realism (books and newspapers). There’s nothing wrong with this approach to getting information – what becomes key is how you a) supplement the most accessible and entertaining information, b) evaluate how each source balances bias and authority, and c) sort opinion from fact. Even legitimate and very factual news sources are filled with instances of opinion: cable news has pundits and commentators, and newspapers have editorials and letters. So you must always be an active participant in the evaluation of your own consumption of media. My favorite guide to how to do this comes from the totally non-authoritative site Cracked.com, but you may have also seen Matt Masur’s more recent piece in the Huffington Post, “Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole,” which is NOT about what the title claims at all. 

There are untrustworthy sites that sow misinformation on both the right and the left (the Wall Street Journal’s Blue Feed, Red Feed compellingly demonstrates this) and, fortunately, both Google and Facebook recently announced plans to address this. If you aren’t sure about something, there are plenty of ways to check it out.  When my mom posted this picture to her Facebook account, I turned to snopes.com for a quick fact check. Snopes also has a list of fake news sites, several people have shared this similar Google docs list with me, and FakeNewsWatch.com categorizes sites into fake/hoax news, satire, and clickbait. This is how my colleague Vera proved to me that an old lady in Waco, TX did not actually make coats out of the neighborhood cats’ fur. Thanks, Vera.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning website Politifact is a project of affiliated print newspapers. Journalists fact-check claims made by politicians, public figures and the media and contextualize them. Its associated project PunditFact does the same for members of the media, including columnists, pundits and talk show hosts. You can look at results by person and network, but there aren’t huge numbers of statements in the PunditFact project.

So which news sources should you trust? Pew Center research shows that there is definitely an ideological divide, but many mainstream media outlets are “more trusted than distrusted.” These include the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Each of these has ethical guidelines you can read on the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) website (look for USA Today under “Gannett”). These include principles like “Seek Truth,” “Minimize Harm,” and “Be Accountable.” As a member of a profession with its own code of ethics that my colleagues and I take very seriously, the proclamation of these values is something I find reassuring.

Students can get free subscriptions to the Washington Post using their .edu email address, so there is no excuse not to check out this “more trusted” source of news. Students can subscribe to the digital New York Times for $1 a week and the Wall Street Journal for $49 a year, which is a lot of money for a student but could be a reasonable cost for a gift. 

All of these titles are also available in the library databases ProQuest Newsstand and Factiva, though I know it can be cumbersome to link to them there. Most papers let anyone read up to a certain number of articles for free each month, and after you reach your limit you can log in to ProQuest Newsstand and search for the article you want to read. Another option for getting to these titles is to log in to Factiva and then choose “News Pages” at the top. It will take you to a page displaying the front page headlines for 10 international newspapers.

FactivaNewsPages

You can also access news and opinion in the highly-regarded publications Science, Nature, and the Chronicle of Higher Education through the library’s subscriptions. I encourage everyone to install our browser bookmarklet JournalPass, which will let you log in to access these publications (and many more) when you are off campus. (Unfortunately this method will not work for major newspapers because our online access to those does not come directly from the newspaper’s website.)

So give it a try. Up your information game. Learn how to tune out the clickbait and start reading the mainstream sources you may have left behind. Why should you listen to me? Because I’m a librarian, and libraries are still one of the most trusted institutions in the United States. You can trust me.

 

(this post was written by Amy Fry, and you can reach me at afry (at) bgsu.edu)

Tags:

Local History Publication Award

November 4th, 2016 · No Comments · News, Resources

The Center for Archival Collections is accepting submissions for the Local History Publication Award. Works published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 will be accepted.

The Awards Committee will recognize authors for outstanding publications in two divisions. The Academic Scholar Division will include works prepared and submitted by authors who are professional writers or academicians. The Independent Scholar Division will include works prepared and submitted by independent or local researchers, amateurs, and other creative writers who do not claim “history” as a profession. Each Division winner will receive a $300.00 cash award and plaque.

Eligible works must address an historical topic within the nineteen county region of northwest Ohio. Works shall be judged by the Awards Committee on: literary merit, overall significance and contribution to explaining and understanding the history of the region. Consideration also will be given for style and content. Other considerations will include grammar, accuracy, illustrations, layout, indexes, and distribution.

To submit a work, authors should send two copies to the Center for Archival Collections, 5th Floor, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, postmarked by February 28, 2017. All works submitted become the property of the CAC. For complete information about the award and submissions, please see Guidelines for Submission. For further information, contact the CAC +1-419-372-2411 or archive@bgsu.edu

Qualifications:

  1. The awards will be given for works of either general or specific subject interests (i.e. Native American history, prehistoric, territorial and early statehood, War of 1812, Civil War, business history, women’s history, labor history, family history, historic preservation, rural agricultural history, Great Lakes Maritime (Ohio) history, or biography).
  2. Any work submitted for the awards must have been copyrighted or published in the past  year preceding the year in which the award is given.
  3. Works shall be judged by the Awards Committee on: literary merit, overall significance and contribution to explaining and understanding the history of the above described region. Consideration also will be given for style and content. Other considerations will include grammar, accuracy, illustrations, layout, indexes, and distribution.
  4. The Awards Committee and the Center for Archival Collections reserves the right not to present the awards during any given year.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Authors should send two copies of each work to:
    The Center for Archival Collections
    Jerome Library, Fifth Floor
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0175The two copies become the property of The Center. Submissions are due by February 28, 2017.
  2. Works are identified as either published monographs or articles and must be under one cover.
  3. Textbooks, guidebooks, manuals, craft books, works of fiction, newspaper articles, and genealogies composed principally of genealogical charts are NOT eligible for consideration.

Tags:

Some services unavailable Saturday, Oct. 29

October 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Service Alert

Saturday, October 29, Find It (360 Link) and the Journals by Title list will be unavailable from 12-1 and 3-6pm, and will have periods of unavailability from 6-7pm.

During this downtime, users will be able to find holdings of full-text ejournals and link to full text by using the catalog or BrowZine. Contact us if you would like assistance doing this.

Summon will be available. Full text links from Summon will work correctly if they are direct links. Most significant sources of full text use direct-linking from Summon, including JSTOR, ScienceDirect, and most other ejournal publishers. The major providers that do NOT use direct-linking are EBSCO and the OhioLINK EJC. Therefore, full text links from Summon to EBSCO and the EJC, as well as some other providers that use openURL linking, will NOT work during this period, and users will see the following error message: http://errors.serialssolutions.com/GenericMaintenance.html

The “Find It!” button will not work during this period, and users will see the above-referenced error message.

The Journals by Title list will not be available during this period, and users will see the above-referenced error message.

Please contact us if you need assistance navigating to full text during this downtime.

Tags:

Research Appointments Available

October 17th, 2016 · No Comments · 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.

Tags:

PolicyMap

September 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

PolicyMapcompressedNew in June 2016! Policymap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that leverages thousands of US national data indicators for demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Its data can be presented as embeddable maps, tables, charts, and more.

Start by entering a location, such as Wood County. Cities, zip codes, school districts, Congressional districts, census tracts, and metro areas are all possible starting locations in PolicyMap.

Next, choose the data layers that you are interested in mapping. These can be demographic (race, age, sex, household size, voter turnout, religion), economic (income, poverty, taxation, affordability, bankruptcy), housing (home sales, home values, rental units, vacancy), quality of life (crime, transit, internet access, climate, supermarket access), employment (jobs and industries, workforce by earnings and education, unemployment), education (educational attainment, student loan debt), and/or health (cancer rates, mortality rates, health insurance, obesity, alcohol use). Data points can be layered and mapped or output to tables which can be embedded in webpages.

The “print” feature in PolicyMap gives users the option to export a map or table they create as a pdf or png file which can be used in presentations and papers.

The “email” feature in PolicyMap will create a url that will take the user back to that map, with all its embedded data points, in the live version of PolicyMap. Emailed urls will require users to have access to BGSU’s PolicyMap subscription. Add the EZProxy prepend (http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu:8080/login?url=) to the beginning of an emailed PolicyMap url to make it available from off campus.

In development is the ability to download data into Excel, including all data points. PolicyMap expects this feature to be available this fall.

View a PolicyMap Tutorial to learn more.

Tags:

New Star Trek Manuscripts Collection

September 7th, 2016 · No Comments · News, Resources

The Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library is proud to announce the availability of the Alice J. Mills Kirk/Spock (K/S) Fanzine Collection for research. Mills (1932-2015) was an accomplished writer, collector and reviewer of Star Trek fan fiction, in particular stories focused on the homoerotic elements of the Kirk/Spock relationship, also known as “slash” fiction. Mills collected and contributed to fanzines for more than 30 years, and much of that effort is reflected in this collection. The collection also includes correspondence with other slash writers and hand-written reviews of stories and zines, as well as photographs, audio recordings of Star Trek stars, and fan art. This collection may be of particular interest to scholars working in the fields of feminist theory, queer theory, fan studies, gender studies, science fiction and genre literature, as well as other aspects of late-20th century American popular culture. A finding aid for the collection can be found here: https://lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2611

 Knights of Space KS Fan Art Mills Collect MontageThe Browne Popular Culture Library is grateful to the Mills family for their donation of this important collection, and in particular Alice’s daughter Jean Mills, who provided invaluable context for her mothers’ life and work.

 

Tags: