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Roberta Gellis Memorial Award Winner

Kathleen Kollman receives 2018 Roberta Gellis Memorial Paper Award
(L to R) Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies Head Librarian Nancy Down, Gellis Award recipient Kathleen Kollman, and Dean of University Libraries Sara Bushong.

On Tuesday July 10, Bowling Green State University Libraries announced that Kathleen Kollman, a Ph.D. student in American Culture Studies, has been named as the inaugural recipient of The Roberta Gellis Memorial Paper Award. Kollman’s paper, titled “Contemporary Paranormal Romance: Theories and Development of the Genre’s Feminism (Or Lack Thereof)” was written for a seminar on romance novels taught in the Spring 2018 semester by Dr. Kristin Rudisill in the Department of Popular Culture, and was also presented at the Researching the Romance conference sponsored by the Library in April 2018.

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 classes for other fiction writers 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, 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.

Ohio Digital Network brings Ohio to DPLA

In March, OhioLINK announced that more than 50,000 new materials from the Ohio Digital Network are now discoverable in Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Led by the State Library of Ohio and in partnership with OhioLINK, the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Digital Network builds on strong digital collection efforts across the state, including extensive digital collections at OhioLINK member institutions, Ohio Memory, and the Ohio Digitization Hubs project.  As part of this project, University Libraries highlighted a portion of sheet music.

UL host Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Research Institute

For the third year, the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, along with the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, sponsored a summer research institute at Bowling Green State University, June 3-8. This institute is generously supported by the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, the Department of Popular Culture and the University Libraries, at Bowling Green State University, as well as by the PCA/ACA Endowment.

Researching the Romance Conference

In 1997, the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University held one of the first academically oriented conferences on the genre of popular romance fiction. Titled “Re-Reading the Romance,” the event included authors and academics from around the country sharing their experiences and love for the genre.  A follow-up conference, “Romance in the new Millennium,” was held in 2000, featuring even more thoughtful looks at romance.

Since then, the romance industry has grown to more than $1 billion per year in sales, and the study of popular romance has grown by leaps and bounds along with it. On April 13-14, the Browne Popular Culture Library hosted a conference titled “Researching the Romance.” 

The conference was hosted in the Jerome Library and the Wood County District Public Library. Guest of honor was 2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Beverly Jenkins. Jenkins has published more than 30 novels, and is well known for the level of detailed research she puts into her books, making her the perfect guest for this conference. She delivered the closing keynote address on Saturday as well as signing books. Also attending were Dr. Kate Brown, assistant professor of political science at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana and Dr. Eric Selinger, professor of English at DePaul University and executive editor of the Journal for Popular Romance Studies.

Record Listening Club

The Record Listening Club takes the idea of a book club and puts a whole new spin on it.

It began in the fall of 2015 by inviting faculty, staff, students or community members to select an album that has some personal significance to them and lead a group discussion in the style of a book club. The only requirement is that the album must be part of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives collection, and with hundreds of thousands of options to choose from, that hasn’t been an issue!

Past events have featured:

  • Sound Archivist and MLBSSA namesake Bill Schurk presenting one of the first albums he purchased for his own personal collection, Little Richard’s Here’s Little Richard
  • Popular Culture Lecturer Matt Donahue presenting Little Axe’s One Man, One Night, which Donahue was involved in recording and producing
  • Music Industry Lecturer Erik Sabo presenting his controversial take on how Pink Floyd’s The Wall is not their best album
  • in fall 2017 a series of albums from 1967 to celebrate their fiftieth anniversaries along with the fiftieth anniversary of Jerome Library

This summer, Record Listening Club takes things on the road to collaborate with the Wood County District Public Library’s summer reading program, “Libraries ROCK!” and to present events for local teens. A full list of past albums and information about upcoming events is available.  http://libguides.bgsu.edu/rlc

New Staff

UL welcomes the following new staff:

Lindy Eynon – Library Associate, Center for Archival Collections, Micrographics Lab
Che Gant – Librarian in Residence, Library Teaching and Learning
Kailey Snyder – Senior Library Associate, Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository

UL host Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Research Institute

For the third year, the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, along with the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, sponsored a summer research institute at Bowling Green State University, June 3-8.  This institute is generously supported by the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, the Department of Popular Culture and the University Libraries, at Bowling Green State University, as well as by the PCA/ACA Endowment.

Faculty Promotions

Linda Rich, Coordinator of Reference Services, Library Teaching and Learning,
was recently promoted to the rank of Professor at the May 4 Board of Trustees meeting.
 

Awards and Recognitions

BGSU annually recognizes the value and support rendered by all faculty and staff in accomplishing its mission of providing the best possible environment for the student population. The following UL employees were recognized for their years of service at BGSU:

Chris Hesterman, Learning Commons, 10 years
Seneida Howard, Access Services (retired), 30 years
Stefanie Hunker, Browne Popular Culture Library, 20 years
Mardi Losoya-Rush, Cataloging and Technical Services, 30 years
Chris Miko, Library Teaching and Learning (retired), 32 years
Jennifer Nyiri, Library Teaching and Learning, 10 years
Heidi Popovitch, Administrative Office, 10 years
Rudy Ramos, Library Information Technology, 15 years
Bill Schurk, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (retired), 50 years
Vicki Seifert, Curriculum Resource Center, 10 years

Sandra Sandor Kerbel Librarian Professional Development Award

Lola J. Kerbel established this award in memory of her daughter Sandra Sandor Kerbel, a BGSU alumna and academic librarian. Because of her generosity, three UL team members have been able to add new skills to our resources:

  •  Susannah Cleveland – to attend the Library Management Skills Institute I in Bloomington, Indiana

  • Amy Fry – to present at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference in Indianapolis

  • Edith Scarletto – to attend the ACRL Immersion Teacher Track Professional Development in Burlington, Vermont