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It’s National Library Week!

April 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, News

This week, University Libraries joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week.  A national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country, National Library Week is April 12-18, 2015. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.  Read more about National Library Week here.

Monday, April 13 – Library Elevators
Break it down in Jerome as part of the elevator dance parties.

Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 a.m., William T. Jerome Library
Friends Dunkin Donuts
 – In commemoration of this week, the Friends of the University Libraries will serve Dunkin Donuts to our patrons so they can enjoy a treat while taking a break from studying.

Wednesday, April 15, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., William T. Jerome Library, 1st Floor
Free Popcorn –
Enjoy an afternoon snack courtesy of Library Teaching & Learning.
Thursday, April 16, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., First Floor Atrium
Authors & Artists –
The Friends of the University Libraries will honor BGSU faculty and staff members for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. During the past twenty-six years, The Friends have publicly expressed appreciation to more than 1,400 BGSU faculty and staff for their important contributions to their disciplines, the culture, and the University.

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Thinkers Cafe
Grown Up Story Time – Reminiscent of the story times from your youth, but tailored to your grown up interests.  Snacks will be provided.

Friday, April 17, 12:00 pm, First Floor
Falcon Friday – Freddie, Frieda, and the BG spirit crew will visit the library to pass out goodies and spread falcon spirit.

Weeklong Events:
Prize Patrol – Staff from the Curriculum Resource Center will be patrolling the library with book related questions and fabulous prizes for students and staff.

Themed Bookshelf Display – Selected books will focus on famous libraries, fiction about libraries or librarians, and books about using libraries.

Book Swap – Students, faculty, staff can “bring a book and take a book” from a table in the Learning Commons throughout the week.

Grab Bags – Visit the Music Library and Sound Recording Archives for a grab bag of sound recordings.

Curriculum Resource Center Selfie Contest – Follow us Instagram or Twitter and take a selfie in the CRC or with a CRC item. Then, post the photo to either of those social media sites to win a prize. All posts between April 12 and April 18 will win a book for our prize selection and be entered in a grand prize drawing for a $15 BGSU Bookstore Gift Card!  P.S. Don’t forget to tag us (@bgsucrc) & hasttag it #crcselfie!

Young Adult Book Tasting in the Curriculum Resource Center – Join us any time on the second floor of the library  for a taste of what we have to offer. Use our menu to rate books and record your personal reviews.  All books are available for “take out”.



Trials to two business databases

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

The library has two new business resources for you to try out:

IBISWorld Global Industry Reports provides a worldwide perspective on 73 industries within 11 broad categories, broken out geographically by key regions like Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and segmented by products, services, and major markets.

Industries are searchable by activity or code, by key word, or by company name, and reports can also be selected by browsing through the list on the Home page, where they are grouped by broad category (e.g., Global Manufacturing, Global Telecommunications, Global Business Activities).

Reports are downloadable as PDFs or Word documents, and tables that appear throughout the online reports can be exported to Excel.

Statista is a portal that integrates thousands of topics of data and facts from a wide range of sources onto a single platform, categorized into market sectors, providing access to quantitative facts on agriculture, finance, politics, and other areas. Sources of information include market researchers, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases, with a focus on current (as opposed to historical) statistics.

IBISWorld will be available until the end of May, Statista until the end of April.


Get Help With Your Research Paper

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments · News, Resources

University Libraries is offering Individual Research Appointments (IRAs) for undergraduate students.  Individual Research Appointments provide students with one-on-one research assistance to help them identify and locate library and online sources and to help them formulate search strategies.

To schedule an appointment, visit our new online scheduling tool This tool provides students with the flexibility to schedule, cancel, and reschedule Individualized Research Appointments (IRAs) online, 24hours a day. In addition students can call 419.372.6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of Jerome Library. Please schedule your appointment by midnight of the day before you would like to meet with someone. This allows librarians time to prepare.

Students should have a specific topic or assignment and will be asked to state it when calling to set up their appointment.

A similar service is available for graduate students. Please call 419-372-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.


PhilPapers philosophy database

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

University Libraries recently began a subscription to PhilPapers.

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, PhilPapers monitors all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics, and also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy.

PhilPapers also operates under a unique subscription model: institutions in high-GDP countries, like the United States, that offer degrees in philosophy are asked to pay for subscriptions in order to get access to the content in PhilPapers, but otherwise the database’s content is open to all.

PhilPapers allows users to:

Monitor current research
‣ Browse new issues of over 1000 philosophy journals
‣ View the latest papers from online archives and authors’ home pages
‣ Register for automatic digests of new papers in your chosen specialized areas or create email alerts for any search

Explore the literature
‣ Browse PhilPapers’ extensive structured bibliography of philosophy
‣ Find papers using the advanced search engine

Contribute your research
‣ Submit your work to the directory
‣ Discuss philosophy in the forums


Digital Humanities Lab Open to Support Students and Faculty

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · News, Resources

The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) in room 122, Jerome Library has expanded its offerings to include a wide variety of technology tools to facilitate collaboration among faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students as they develop Digital Humanities projects at BGSU.

The goal of the Digital Humanities Lab is to encourage and support innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that make creative use of technology. We focus on supporting projects that are enhanced by visualization tools, multimedia applications, and manipulating data acquired through application programming interfaces (API).

To this end, STAC now supports the following and more:
·programming with Python, R and R-Studio, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and Visual Studio
·the topic modeling software Mallet
·data visualization program Gephi
·Express Scribe for transcription and ELAN for annotation
·multimedia software including Audacity, Garage Band, and iMovie

The possibilities for faculty and students are endless: writing code to refine and analyze digitized literature, historical sources, or social media scraped from the web; annotating film clips; digital publishing; developing applications to make humanities resources available to the public; transcribing interviews; and much more.

For example, a researcher could write a Ruby script that aggregates millions of tweets with a common hashtag and graphs them visually on an interactive Google map; a student could use ELAN to annotate the occurrence and duration of certain events in a corpus of videos; and a researcher could use Express Scribe to transcribe vintage audio recordings to text, then use Python to parse and analyze the transcription.

Visit the STAC website  for up-to-date hours. Drop-in, independent use of the Digital Humanities Lab located inside the STAC is available any time the STAC is open. If assistance is needed, contact the STAC to set up an appointment (email: /phone: 419-372-9277).



Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the CRC

February 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Events

Come join the fun! The Curriculum Resource Center (2nd floor of Jerome Library) is passing out cupcakes from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Monday, March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday. After the cupcake, we “mustache” you to take a picture with the Lorax’s mustache. Your picture will be posted on the CRC’s social media with the hashtags #bgsucrc and #HappyBdayDrSeuss. Die cutting will also be FREE all day! Oh, the places you will go with our hot air balloon die cut. Cut out a Hot Air Balloon and write on it what you want to be when you grow up. It will be posted in the CRC hall. Oh, but wait there is more! All day long test your knowledge of Dr.Seuss books by spinning the wheel of questions. 


Ferguson Grand Jury Documents

February 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · General

August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The prosecutor brought the case to the grand jury to determine if there was probable cause to indict Officer Wilson. The grand jury decided not to indict him. Recently, news organizations reported that the U.S. Justice Department may bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department charging them with a pattern of racially discriminatory practices.

Usually grand jury proceedings are secret but, in a surprising move, the grand jury proceedings and documents in this case were released to the public. All or parts of these documents were available on various news sites, but the documents have all now been made available by the Stanford University libraries, with the intention that they will remain available long after the news organizations have removed them from their web sites.

Among the documents that were released are grand jury testimony, transcripts of policy calls, autopsy reports, DNA and firearm analysis, medical records, toxicology reports, and witness interviews.

The documents are available at:

NOTE: The image associated with this post is made available courtesy of Jamelle Bouie and Wikimedia.


Government UFO Documents!

February 19th, 2015 · No Comments · General

Government UFO Documents Now Available

The U.S. Air Force investigated reports from 1947 to 1969 as part of Project Blue Book. Those documents are now available at Fold3. These documents include witness accounts, drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, analyses, etc. During this time there were more than 12,000 UFO sightings, although the Air Force found an explanation for all but 701. To see the 129,658 documents in the Files that were released, see:

Although Fold3 is a subscription service, this file is freely available. Fold3 has been working with the National Archives and releasing digitized files. Among the free collections on the site are:

Amistad – Supreme Court Records

Brady Civil War Photos

Custer’s Court Martial

Dachau Entry Registers

Lincoln Assassination Papers

Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial


Trial database: RILM Retrospective

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

WomanAtHarpsichord370wForWPRILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) is an important database for music and music history, allowing users to find books, articles, and book chapters from an array of international publications back to 1967.

The library is currently trialling RILM Retrospective, which adds citations to materials published between 1830 and 1966. It includes music-related articles published in conference proceedings from 1835 through 1966, articles from Festschriften beginning in 1840, and journal articles from 1849 to 1966. The bulk its citations are from journals whose issues appearing after 1967 are already indexed in RILM, so it extends the content of those publications.

Because both RILM and RILM Retrospective are EBSCO databases, you can also search them simultaneously by going to “Choose Databases” (above the search box) once you are in EBSCO.

Trial active through June 30.


Submit Your Paper for the Undergraduate Research Award

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, News

The Friends of University Libraries of Bowling Green State University have established the Undergraduate Research Award to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research and writing at Bowling Green State University. The award encourages scholarly and creative research and promotes the use of University Libraries’ collections, particularly the use of primary sources.

Submitted papers must represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline and while enrolled as an undergraduate student at Bowling Green State University.

Papers must include original research, which could include using primary sources from the University Libraries. Special Collections at the University Libraries with substantial primary sources include: the Curriculum Resource Center, the Music Library and Sound Recordings Library, the Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies, the Center for Archival Studies, or the Government Documents collection.

Submitted papers must be original manuscripts and must not have been published or submitted elsewhere.

Papers with more than one author will be accepted, but all authors must have been undergraduate students when the paper was written.

Papers must be at least 5 but no more than 30 pages in length, including footnotes or end notes.

The Award
The selected author(s) will receive an award of $250. If there are co-authors, the award will be evenly divided among the authors. Each winner will receive a certificate. All winning papers will be added to ScholarWorks, the University Libraries digital institutional repository.

For more detailed information about the Undergraduate Research Award, click on the link below.

Outstanding Student Research Award 14-15