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End of Fall Semester Return and Renewal

December 10th, 2015 · No Comments · News, Resources

All BGSU materials checked out to undergraduate students and courtesy card holders must be returned or physically presented for renewal by the end of the semester due date 12/19/15.  Renewals begin 12/11/15.

Check your library record under “My Library” at, from the libraries’ web page, or ask for a list from a Circulation Desk personnel.

If you have a problem with any of the items, talk to a Circulation Desk staff member.  You’ll need your BGSU ID and you must be returning for classes in the Spring to renew.  Please do not attempt to renew online or by telephone at the end of any semester.  Talk to a staff member about renewing OhioLINK materials.

 To ensure continuing access to research databases and OhioLINK borrowing, make sure your account is clear of anything due on or before December 19, 2015 for undergraduates and courtesy card holders.  Online renewal is not available at the end of the semester.

Graduate students and university staff may renew online for the end of both summer and fall semesters.  The end of academic year renewals (end of Spring Semester) still requires either returning or presenting materials for renewal.

On Friday, 12/11/15, all continuing graduate students and current staff will be updated to an expiration date of 5/16/16.  All eligible materials (not on hold, not recalled, etc.) may be renewed online before they are overdue.

See your library account for all due dates at for due dates or ask for a list from Circulation Desk personnel. Double check due dates after online renewal that renewals are accomplished.

Once library materials are overdue, online renewal is no longer available. The window of opportunity for online renewal will run from 12/11/15 through the due date of the material checked out.  After materials are overdue, items must be renewed:

  • by phone (419-372-2133) – articulating the barcode and brief title
  • via email to – providing at minimum the barcode and brief title
  • in-person with the material and your BGSU ID.

Questions can be directed to or (419) 372-2051.  Be sure to check the library hours before expecting services to be available, especially during breaks.


Finals SOS

December 7th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, News

Are you stressed out? Need help preparing for finals? Study on Sunday (S.O.S.) is the answer. S.O.S. is a special event The Learning Commons and Wm. T. Jerome Library has every fall and spring semester the Sunday before exam week to help students prepare and study for exams. Extra tutors are scheduled and study sessions planned, as students get ready to take their final tests. On Sunday, December 13, 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, stress relievers, food and more. A full list of the drop-in tutoring sessions will be offered by the Learning Commons.

While the activities will mostly happen between noon-9 pm, we’ll have some special evening activities provided by Undergraduate Student Government. The William T. Jerome Library will be open until all night long so we hope you’ll consider spending your Sunday studying with the University Libraries and the Learning Commons the entire week of finals.

Special stress relieving events be happening each day so keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.  Feel free to tweet out your thoughts as well! #FinalsSOS


BioMed Central Membership

December 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

Last month University Libraries purchased a Supporting Membership to BioMed Central. This allows BGSU faculty and researchers to receive a 15% discount on article processing charges for open access journals housed in BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.

Open Access journals are journals that do not charge readers or libraries subscription fees or fees to view or download articles. The movement to create such journals began in the late 1990s when researchers and librarians became worried about the exorbitant prices of and high inflation for scientific journals. Now many grants stipulate that research funded by them be published in open access journals, and important repositories of open access scholarship such as PubMed Central make peer-reviewed scientific research available to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Many open access journals support their publication through charging author fees to those whose research is published in the journal or charging institutions for memberships covering the author fees for their affiliated researchers. Authors from low-income countries are often exempt from these fees.

BioMed Central journals cover areas such as biomedicine, public health, and psychology. Chemistry Central is a journal covering eight major areas in chemistry research. SpringerOpen journals cover mainly topics in the sciences, but also include business, education and some humanities and social sciences titles, as well as engineering, mathematics and statistics. Article processing charges charges vary by title but are often between $1,000 and $2,000 (see listings of charges for BioMed Central, SpringerOpen and Chemistry Central).

For more information about BGSU’s Supporting Membership to BioMed Central, please contract Linda Brown, BGSU’s Collections Coordinator, at

Image on home page courtesy U.S. Army RDECOM (Flickr Creative Commons).


Library open 24/5 (Sunday – Thursday)

December 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Events

University Libraries will be open 24 hours (Sunday-Thursday) beginning December 6 through December 18 to provide a safe and comfortable research and study environment free of disruption for students. Extended hours are also offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Important reminder:  Circulation services as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials will be available until 2:00 am.  Library patrons will have access to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th floors throughout the night. Campus Police will be stationed in the library throughout the night to ensure student safety.

The Wm. T. Jerome Library offers more than 200 computers, quiet study space throughout the building, and a variety of collaborative group study locations. To reserve a group study space, click here.

For more information about our hours, visit

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!


Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

November 25th, 2015 · No Comments · General, News

Thanksgiving hours begin on Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 – 8AM-6PM
  • Thursday – Friday, Nov. 26-27 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, Nov. 28 – 1-5PM
  • Sunday, Nov. 29– 5PM-2AM

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving!


New database trial: International Studies Online

November 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

Through December 13 we will have access to International Studies Online, a comprehensive reference work of international studies and international relations.

International Studies Online includes over 400 peer reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA). Aimed at students, scholars, and practitioners, the essays are designed to allow readers to be brought quickly up-to-date on the nature of the questions asked, past attempts at formulating responses, and the current state of debates.

Topics covered include civil wars, migration, human trafficking, land reform, terrorism, gender issues in international studies, and more.

Rotator photo “Linked” by Cali4beach.


New database trial: African American Communities

November 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

From the publishers of Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest comes another digital archive of primary source material, African American Communities.

African American Communities uses digitized pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories to present multiple aspects of over 200 years of African American history, culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.

Key themes covered include:

  • Desegregation
  • Urban renewal and housing problems
  • Civil rights activities and protests
  • Race relations and community integration
  • African American culture

The archive focuses particularly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, pulling sources from archival collections such as the Atlanta History Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and Chicago’s Newberry Library.

The trial is active through December 1.



New database trial: Women’s Magazine Archive

November 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

ProQuest recently released the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers. The titles included are:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

In combination, the publications here cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more. While the library already owns long runs of many of these titles in print, most issues are held off-site, and lack of indexing can make it difficult to find information on specific topics. This online archive makes these titles full-text searchable, and obtaining individual articles and images is as easy as downloading files.

The archive includes full cover-to-cover scans of each issue in high-resolution, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The trial will be active through December 5, 2015.


U.S. Government Launches Database of Public Art

October 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

The U.S. General Services Administration owns one of the oldest and largest collections of publicly owned art. Their collection is spread throughout the United States, housed in or near federal facilities or in non-federal facilities. This collection includes famous pieces, such as Alexander Calder’s “The Flamingo,” which sits outside the Federal Building in Chicago, or the “San Diego Mural,” by Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu. It also includes numerous pieces produced during the Great Depression as part of the New Deal.
The GSA Fine Arts Collection, is an interactive web site of these art works. The database includes records of more than 26,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and other art works. The database is searchable by artist, location, and keyword.
The database is available at:


University Libraries Offers Research Appointments

October 19th, 2015 · No Comments · News, Resources

The University Libraries once again offer 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, from now through November 16. To schedule an appointment, call 2-6943, or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of the Jerome Library.