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Innovation Takes Flight at Library With New Collab Lab

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.

Popular Culture Scholars Convene for Summer Institute

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.

 

 

Learning Commons Earns Tutoring Certification

The Bowling Green State University Learning Commons earned a note of distinction this spring that enhances the tutoring services provided.  The tutor training program received international certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, which is the considered the Cadillac of credibility when it comes to tutor training.

According to Director Mark Nelson, the Learning Commons received certification for levels one through three. The distinction, which requires completing rigorous criteria, provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors’ successful work and sets an internationally accepted standard of skill and training for tutors.

Among the benefits of being certified are improved professional development opportunities for the tutors, enhanced tutoring sessions for BGSU students, and recognition that the University is in a special category for the level of tutoring it provides, Nelson explained.

Students who are employed as tutors at the Learning Commons have the opportunity to complete the certification for any or all of the levels, said Donna Dick, tutoring coordinator.

Currently there are 36 level one tutors, 19 at level two and five at level three, she said.

“While our tutors are not mandated to be certified at all three levels, they do benefit from the additional training,” Dick said. “They are paid to attend the training sessions, their hourly rate increases with each level, and they gain the international credibility associated with the skills and expertise as a tutor.”

Each level requires 10 hours of tutor training – a combination of face-to-face and online, plus 25 completed hours of tutoring, participation in the evaluation process and a completed tracking form.

During the first two weeks of the semester, the staff offers a “fast track to certification” by holding six face-to-face training sessions each week. The additional four hours of training required can be done online by the tutors on their own schedule. Among the topics covered in level one are compliance with ethics/tutor goals/responsibilities; modeling problem solving; communication skills and active listening and paraphrasing; study skills, critical thinking skills and tutoring do’s and don’ts.

Level two topics, which are presented throughout the semester and build on leadership development, include prejudice reduction, library resources, helping students with critical reading, reading comprehension, time management and other sessions specific to writing and math tutoring.

Included in the level three general topics, which focus on independent study and training, are tutoring online, tutoring first-year students, peer mentoring, individual project startup, collaborative learning and self-assessment.  Tutors who specialize in writing or math have additional sessions focused on their skill sets.

Nelson is extremely proud of the staff and the University community for succeeding in the certification process. “We had great collaboration across the campus to achieve the certification status,” he said. “Among those we worked with were Tobias Spears of Safe Zone Training, the Counseling Center, the adult learners office, and TRIO tutors.”

The increased tutor training provides a strong foundation as the program assists students throughout the year, Dick added. Each year, the number of visits and the number of students who utilize the Learning Commons continues to grow.

According to Nelson, the program had nearly 44,000 visits during the 2013-14 academic year, compared to 33,000 the year before. And according to their student satisfaction surveys, “Ninety percent found our services helpful, and half of the students used our services 10 or more times.”

“We will continue to improve our existing training as we move ahead and also look to add new training opportunities for our tutors,” Dick said.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories Lecture Series Hosts Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson grew up on the tough streets of Central Los Angeles and San Diego. By the time he was 19, he was running a $35,000 a week drug operation. At 24, he was arrested and sent to prison for 10 years. While incarcerated, he discovered a passion for cooking, and committed himself to turning his life around.

After spending nearly a decade behind bars, Henderson struggled for years in the hospitality industry because he had a criminal record and no formal education. With persistence and determination, he eventually became the executive chef of Café Bellagio in Las Vegas. His story was first told in the New York Times best-selling memoir, Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove. He also was the Food Network personality behind The Chef Jeff Project, which took six at-risk young adults and committed to turning their lives around by putting them to work for his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine, and providing them with knowledge, skills and the opportunity for a new life in a culinary career.

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The BGSU University Libraries and its Advocates Board are proud to sponsor a dinner and presentation featuring Chef Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef, best-selling author and motivational speaker. The special evening in BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union Grand Ballroom welcomes individuals and organizations with an interest in food and social service to hear Chef Jeff relay his inspirational story that started in a jailhouse kitchen.The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by Chef Jeff’s presentation at 7:30 and a book signing at 8:30.

For ticket or more information, click here.

 

Silent Auction/Ice Cream Social

Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy some ice cream and bid on more than a dozen specialty gift baskets at the 2013 United Way/Northwest Ohio Community Shares Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, November 13, on the first floor of Wm. T. Jerome Library.

The baskets will be on display beginning at noon, and ice cream will be served by “celebrity scoopers” starting at 1 p.m. Browse the selection of baskets, which include: Wellness, Celebrate with the Red, White, and Blue, Car Care, BGSU Spirit, Hockey Spirit, and many more and try to be the winning bidder in the silent auction.

President Mary Ellen Mazey and BGSU Campaign Chair Sara Bushong will share brief remarks at 1:45 p.m., and bidding will close at 2 p.m.

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Obamacare is almost here!

Thanks to Carol Singer, out librarian for government collections, for providing the information below!

As part of the Affordable Care Act, a health care exchange will be available on October 1, 2013. This health care exchange allows U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase the subsidized health insurance coverage they are required to have by January 1, 2014.

The U.S. government’s official web site for the Affordable Care Act is HealthCare.gov:

https://www.healthcare.gov/ Their YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HealthCareGov/videos also provides useful information.

For a quick, 7-minute introduction, you can watch the YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: http://kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/

If you need to apply for insurance, you may apply via mail, their toll-free phone number (1-800-318-2596), the HealthCare.gov web site, or by using a certified navigator or other person who is trained to assist you in finding and applying for this insurance. A list of certified navigators for Ohio is available from the State Library of Ohio at:

http://library.ohio.gov/sites/default/files/Navigator%20Grant%20Recipients%20-%20OHIO.pdf

To get a list of local agencies that can help you find information about this mandated insurance and also help you apply for the insurance, go to https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and enter your zip code in the search box.

Many private and governmental organizations have produced information about the Affordable Care Act, such as:

Consumer Reports: http://www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/pdf/ncqa/The_Affordable_Care_Act-You_and_Your_Family.pdf

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons): http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/health_reform_factsheets/

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a subsidy calculator: http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/timeline/index.html

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/default.htm

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/health/aca/

Medicaid: http://www.medicaid.gov/affordablecareact/affordable-care-act.html

Medicare: http://www.medicare.gov/about-us/affordable-care-act/affordable-care-act.html

U.S. Small Business Administration: http://www.sba.gov/healthcare

Popular Music Controversies – Brown Bag Lunch Series

Please join the Friends of University Libraries for a Brown Bag Lunch from 11:30 am on Thursday, September 26 in the Pallister Conference Room featuring Dr. Matt Donahue. In recognition of Banned Books Week, Donahue will give a presentation on Popular Music Controversies: The Ascent From Low Culture to High Culture.

Since the early days of rock and roll in the 1950s to its many subgenres in the present day there has been moments of popular music controversy.  Rock and roll music’s rise in the 1950s, was met by both avid fans, as well as detractors to the musical style and this phenomenon continues still to this day with genres of music that have since developed including heavy metal, punk rock and rap.  Seemingly with every decade and subgenres of popular music that have risen since rock and roll’s rise in the 1950s, there has been controversy.  This presentation will highlight some of the controversies surrounding rock and roll and various subgenres from the 1950s to the present.  In addition to examining some of the controversies surrounding rock and roll and its many subgenres, this presentation will also examine how certain popular music styles have gone from being labeled as low culture and being banned to being celebrated and embraced by so called “high culture” institutions such as museums and universities.

Dr. Matthew Donahue is a lecturer in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, teaching a variety of courses related to popular music and popular culture.  In addition he is a recognized musician, artist, filmmaker and writer.