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Research Appointments Now Available

October 16th, 2017 · No Comments · News, Resources

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.

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Fall Welcome- August 31

August 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Events, News

The Library and Learning Commons would like to invite all students to join us at the main entrance of the Wm. T. Jerome Library for our annual Fall Welcome Event on Thursday, August 31 from 2-4pm.  BGSU Athletics will also be here providing falcon swag.  See you then!

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Get to know the new Nexis Uni!

August 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Resources

UPDATE 8/30/17: It has come to our attention that all content has not been completely loaded into the new Nexis Uni, and that persistent links to Nexis Uni content are not working and are unlikely to be fixed until October. Links to the old LexisNexis Academic interface have been added to our database records for Nexis Uni, and we encourage all users to wait until later this semester to update permalinks to LexisNexis content.

One of our most popular databases, LexisNexis, has a new look and a new name – Nexis Uni!

However, even though it works a differently and has a different name, it is still one of our most important databases for full-text newspapers and legal and business information.

When you access Nexis Uni, you can search across all content from the big search box at the top of the page.

Nexis Uni search screen

Beneath it you will see options to do a more tailored search limited to news, cases, law reviews, company reviews, or a particular publication. Highlight the different options to see advanced search criteria specific to each. There is also a separate advanced search screen with even more granular options, including the ability to limit by date and content type.

You can filter after you search by many categories, including location (where the source is published), publication type, subject, industry, geography (what area of the world is covered by the content) and more.

Once you find what you are looking for and display the full item, you will see the options to print, email, download (to pdf), save to Google Drive, or search within the document text at the top of the page.

Screenshot showing Nexis Uni options

Users can create a personal account in Nexis Uni to save search settings, searches and documents within the database. Once you are logged in, you can also annotate and save documents. This is a great option for frequent users!

The new interface was released right before the beginning of fall semester, so we are still getting used to it! If you are interested in learning more about it, check out the Nexis Uni tutorials on YouTube, beginning with “How to Search from the Home Page.” You will also find tip sheets and can sign up for training sessions on the Nexis Uni Support & Training website.

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Rededication Marks 50th Anniversary of Jerome Library

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Events, News

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the William T. Jerome Library on the BGSU campus. A celebratory event will take place on Friday, Nov. 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  Presentations on the William T. Jerome Library mural and the library as the academic heart of campus will begin at 4:15 p.m. followed by library tours and refreshments. To RSVP, email libadmin@bgsu.edu.

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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories Lecture Featuring Author and Astronaut Mark Kelly

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Events, News

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, the University Libraries will host astronaut and author Mark Kelly for its Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Kelly has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body.

Kelly is known for captivating audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he will reveal what he believes are the foundations for success to accomplish your mission in life and work.

Tickets for the event are free, but an RSVP is required. Guests who are interested in meeting Captain Kelly can attend the VIP reception prior to the event.  For more details, visit the event webpage.

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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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