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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



Library closed until 1pm

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments · News

The Wm. T. Jerome Library will be closed until 1pm today, Feb. 2, due to severe weather conditions.


Authors and Artists – Call for Submissions

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, News

Each year, The Friends of the University Libraries recognizes members of the University community for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. This year, honorees will be selected for accomplishments that occurred from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  We will honor them at a Reception on April 16, 2015.

We are asking you to nominate individual(s) from within your department or area by completing the nomination form, which is available on the Friends web page. Self-nominations are acceptable.

To ensure that all nominations receive full consideration, nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 20.

Thank you for participating with The Friends in this important project.


Get a Room at the Library

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

Looking for a new place to study? The University Libraries has four reservable group study rooms and one reservable instruction room which are available for BGSU students, faculty and staff.  Library patrons can use any of these rooms to study in groups or to work collaboratively on projects. Each room is a privately enclosed space, allowing for groups to work together.

How Room Reservations Work
Login from wherever you happen to be and schedule a room online.  Our study rooms can be reserved up to four weeks in advance and are available up to three hours per day. Online reservations must be made at least one day in advance.  Reservations will be held for 15 minutes before being open to walk in users.  Empty and available rooms can be used on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Reservations for the current day can be made in-person by signing up on the schedule posted outside each room.

Learn About our Different Rooms
All study rooms include whiteboards, electricity, wireless access, markers, and erasers.  These rooms are not sound proof, so please be considerate of other library users.

Room Capacity Furniture
1 6 Rectangular
2 6 Rectangular
3 4 Oval
4 3 Rectangular
Large Group Room 25 Individual Tablet Arm Chairs

To reserve a room, click here or visit the library home page.  To view the Group Study Room Policies and Guidelines, visit Group Study Room Policies First Floor2.


New! Featured bookshelf

January 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

featuredbookshelfsmallerThe Jerome Library has a new bookshelf for browsing. It’s located near the entrance—you can’t miss it!

Every month, a new selection of books will be available for you to browse and check out.

This month, the shelf is filled with recommendations from the faculty and staff of Jerome Library.  We love these books and think you will too!  Borrow these books like you would borrow other books from our collections. Take your choice to the Circulation Desk.