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OhioLINK services unavailable 6pm 6/12 to noon 6/13

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Service Alert

All OhioLINK hosted services will be unavailable Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon), while all OH-TECH organizations are moved to a new data center at the State of Ohio Computing Center.

The following resources and services will be unavailable during this 18 hour window:

  • OhioLINK website
  • OhioLINK Central Catalog
  • OhioLINK requesting
  • Electronic Journal Center
  • Electronic Book Center
  • Electronic Theses & Dissertations
  • OhioLINK Digital Resource Center
  • OhioLINK proxy server

The BGSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summon, databases, and most full text linking will not be affected. However, links to ebooks and ejournals hosted on OhioLINK servers will not connect, and BGSU patrons will not be able to search the OhioLINK catalog or request books from other OhioLINK libraries during this time.

You can check the status of the update via Twitter at

If you have problems connecting to OhioLINK resources after noon on Saturday, June 13, please email


Info on U.S. Copyright Fair Use

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

U.S. Copyright Fair Use Index Released

The U.S. Copyright Office has released a database of court decisions and related materials that help explain the doctrine of fair use. The database includes materials from the Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and U.S. District Courts.

The database may be searched by key words and limited to cases from specific courts. The searcher can also specify particular types of materials, such as texts, computer programs, paintings, music, parodies, films, etc.

The U.S. Copyright Office cautions, “Although the Fair Use Index should prove helpful in understanding what courts have to date considered to be fair or not fair, it is not a substitute for legal advice. Fair use is a judge-created doctrine dating back to the nineteenth century and codified in the 1976 Copyright Act. Both the fact patterns and the legal application have evolved over time, and you should seek legal assistance as necessary and appropriate.”

To search the database, go to:


Library and Special Collections Intersession Hours

May 7th, 2015 · No Comments · General, News

Because of Intersession, University Libraries will have adjusted hours for the next two weeks.

Intersession hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, now through August 23.

The Special Collections will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, check the Libraries’ web hours page.


Return or Renew Items Before You Leave for the Summer.

May 1st, 2015 · No Comments · News

All checked out materials should be returned if no longer needed or renewed by bringing them in person.  There is no online renewal at the end of the academic year except for faculty. Renewals begin Friday, May 1.  If you’ll be away from campus, please check for an OhioLINK library near you.  Use the OhioLINK pick up anywhere service to have items sent to that library.  Your account has to be updated to allow requesting.
Contact us at 419-372-2051 if you have questions.


Study on Sunday (SOS) – May 3

April 27th, 2015 · No Comments · News

Are you stressed out? Need help preparing for finals? Study on Sunday (SOS) is the answer. On Sunday, May 3, 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, games, food and more. For a full list of the drop-in tutoring sessions that will be offered by the Learning Commons check out their website.

While the activities will mostly happen between noon-9 pm, we’ll have some special evening activities provided by Undergraduate Student Government. The Wm. 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.

In addition, Thinkers Café will be open for extended hours during finals week.

Sun. 5/3   4:00 p.m. — midnight
Mon. 5/4 — Wed. 5/6 10:00 a.m. — midnight

Keep an eye on Twitter for news and updates.  Feel free to tweet out  your thoughts as well! #FinalsSOS


Library open 24/5 (Sunday – Thursday)

April 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, News

Attention night owls! For your studying needs, the Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open 24 hours beginning Sunday, April 26 through Thursday, April 30 and again on Sunday, May 3 through Thursday, May 7.  The purpose is to provide safe and secure study areas and gathering spaces for students to work on projects and study for exams.

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 many group study locations. For more information about our hours, visit

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!


Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Resources

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has released the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This free database includes digitized audio recordings of lectures, interviews, and readings. The online database represents a sample of the entire Archive, which is available only at the Library of Congress. It consists of almost two thousand recordings , some previously available only on magnetic tape reels.

Among the authors in the database are C. D. Wright, William Styron, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mario Vargas Llosa, Czeslaw Milosz, Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Frost, Audre Lorde, and Ray Bradbury.

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature is available at:

For more information about National Poetry Month, see the web site of the Academy of American Poets,


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.