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Celebrate Authors & Artists Scholarly and Creative Works

February 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · News

Each year, The Friends of the University Libraries recognizes members of the University community for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. We would appreciate your assistance in identifying worthy individuals or nominating yourself for recognition of accomplishments that occurred in 2016.

During the past twenty-nine years, The Friends has publicly expressed appreciation to more than 1,000 BGSU faculty and staff for their important contributions to their disciplines, the culture, and the University. This year, honorees will be selected for accomplishments from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. We will honor them at a reception on April 6, 2017.

We are asking you to nominate individual(s) from within your department/area or to nominate yourself by completing the nomination form, which is available on the Friends web site. Self-nominations are acceptable. If individuals from your area submit self-nominations, we might contact you for verification of their eligibility.

When you nominate individuals(s) from your department or area or nominate yourself, please take special note of the following:

  • Carefully review the criteria for recognizing BGSU authors, artists, etc.
  • Ensure that each nominee was employed by BGSU at some time during the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 and that the activity being nominated falls within the same period.
  • Note that retired faculty and staff are eligible for nomination.

To ensure that all nominations receive full consideration, nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017.

Thank you for participating with The Friends in this important project. Questions can be directed to libfriends@bgsu.edu.

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Canvas Commons is now LIVE

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments · News, Resources

University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence are pleased to announce that Canvas Commons is now live and located within Canvas via the left global navigation. Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users with the roles of Teacher, Teaching Assistant or Course Designer to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course. To learn more about this tool, visit the resource page on the Center for Faculty Excellence website where you will find an F.A.Q. and a listing of in-person training sessions available during spring semester (http://www.bgsu.edu/center-for-faculty-excellence/find-a-resource/canvas-commons-resources.html ). Training sessions will be held in the Pallister Conference Room on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 18 from 4:00-5:00

Wednesday, January 25 from 11:30 to 12:30

Tuesday, January 31 from 10:00-11:00

Canvas help, including assistance with Commons, is also available during drop-in Faculty Fridays from 1:00-5:00 each week in room 142 of Jerome Library.

Questions about this new service may be directed to Colleen Boff, Associate Dean of UL (cboff@bgsu.edu / 372-7899).

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Alumnus Expands Gift to Support Polka Preservation Fund

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments · News

Steve Harris ’71 is on a mission to preserve polka’s musical heritage, and he is entrusting Bowling Green State University Libraries to help him do it.

In 2015, Harris, the president of Music Publishers of America (MPA), donated two copies of the thousands of selections in his company’s polka music collection – originally published by the Vitak-Elsnic Company – to the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives at BGSU’s Wm. T. Jerome Library.

Recently, Harris has also made provisions in his estate planning to ensure that the entirety of the company, plus a significant cash bequest, will flow into BGSU’s Polka Preservation Fund at some point in the future to help preserve and promote this invaluable collection.

“Steve has been an extraordinary donor to the library,” said Susannah Cleveland, head of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. “With his 2015 gift of sheet music, he helped us to make sure that this music that is so crucial to the culture of our region can be preserved and made accessible to scholars. His most recent gift will help us make a long-term commitment to this collection, this music and this culture.”

“I know the university and I share the same goal to preserve this part of our musical heritage,” said Harris, who grew up with this genre like so many others in rural middle America, especially those with Eastern European heritage. Although polka originated in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, it spread through neighboring Eastern European countries and was carried to America via waves of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“The vast majority of the composers and arrangers of the music in the collection were people who either themselves immigrated to this country or were the children of immigrants – Czech, Polish, Lithuanian, German,” Harris explained. “The music is part of a broader immigrant experience. It really represents an important part of the whole European immigrant experience from the 1880s to the 1950s.”

The music is in Harris’ blood. His parents played in a polka band with several family members, and Harris even graced the stage with them at the early age of 11. He has carried on the family tradition, releasing three albums of polka music from MPA’s collection. The latest release just this month was performed by Harris’ own Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band.  Musicians in addition to Harris include his two brothers, a cousin and long-time friends who are all born and raised in northwest Ohio.  The album, appropriately entitled Made in Ohio, is available through MPA or digitally through iTunes and Google Play.

“The idea is to keep the music alive and reintroduce the genre to a different, younger generation of people and also to update and refresh the originals,” Harris said.

Harris’ recent gift to BGSU will help support ongoing cataloguing, processing, promotion and preservation of the collection materials donated in 2015.

“It will give us the ability to support additional access to and outreach for the collection and also to acquire and process related materials, support scholars in their research and program activities around polka,” Cleveland said.

In addition, the funds will help sustain promotional and outreach efforts in collaboration with area ensembles, as well as student travel to perform pieces from the collection or present on polka topics at conferences. It also will help with the additional acquisition of related polka materials and reference resources.

In addition to the sheet music MPA acquired from the Vitak-Elsnic Company, a venerable music publishing company in the polka music industry, Harris plans to donate the company’s business records for historical reference. He hopes BGSU is able to acquire artifacts and music published by other companies as well.

“Already with the initial donation, BGSU indisputably has the world’s largest collection of American polka music,” Harris said. “I’m confident the university can continue to build on its budding reputation as the world’s leading repository of polka music and related artifacts.”

Harris is thrilled that BGSU was so gracious and excited in accepting the collection, and he is working closely with the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives on a plan to promote the vitality of polka in the modern age.

“He has been an active partner in helping us to think of ways to increase outreach to the community around polka, an area that was new to us,” Cleveland said. “His generosity and attention to detail have made him an ideal partner in this initiative, and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Harris, meanwhile, is happy about the chance to reconnect with his alma mater.

“Over the intervening period when I was working in Columbus and later in the D.C. and New York areas, I didn’t get a chance to spend a whole lot of time at the university,” said Harris. “In the last couple of years, due to all the activity related to the collection as well as our band, I’ve come back regularly to the university.”

“As an alumnus, I’m very pleased and impressed to see what’s happening not only from the capital campaign and replacing some of the older buildings and making them more functional and attractive, but the university’s approach to its higher education mission. I’m very impressed with what I see all around, and I know the Vitak-Elsnic collection has found a good home.”

 

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‘Orange is the New Black’ Author Speaks at BGSU

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Events

This fall, the University Libraries was honored to present the fourth speaker in our lecture series Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories featuring Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.”

 Her book chronicles the author’s 13 months spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. In her compelling, moving and often hilarious book, she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. The memoir was adapted into a critically-acclaimed Netflix original series of the same name by Jenji Kohan. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show has been called “the best TV show about prison ever made” by The Washington Post.

 While on campus, Kerman took part in a panel discussion on prison reform with faculty members from the College of Health & Human Services. BGSU students were able to hear a variety of perspectives and then take part in an interactive discussion with Kerman. The day concluded with a dinner presentation in which Kerman spoke to over 500 community members about her experience.

 

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Welcome Back Falcons

January 6th, 2017 · No Comments · General, News

After a long and restful winter break, University Libraries is back and excited to greet the Spring semester…even if it is below freezing outside.

The William T. Jerome library will be open the following hours during Spring 2017 semester (January 9-April 22). Extended hours begin Sunday, April 23.

Monday-Thursday                         8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Friday                                                 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday                                           10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m
Sunday                                              12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Additional information and exceptions can be found on the Library Hours webpage.

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Some services unavailable Dec. 30

December 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Service Alert

Friday, December 30, Find It (360 Link) and the Journals by Title list will be unavailable from 8-9pm.

During this downtime, users will be able to find holdings of full-text ejournals and link to full text by using the catalog or BrowZine.

Summon will be available. Full text links from Summon will work correctly if they are direct links. Most significant sources of full text use direct-linking from Summon, including JSTOR, ScienceDirect, and most other ejournal publishers. The major providers that do NOT use direct-linking are EBSCO and the OhioLINK EJC. Therefore, full text links from Summon to EBSCO and the EJC, as well as some other providers that use openURL linking, will NOT work during this period, and users will see an error message.

The “Find It!” button will not work during this period.

The Journals by Title list will not be available during this period.

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Winter Break Hours

December 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Events, News

The staff of the University Libraries wishes you a happy and safe holiday season! Please keep in mind that the Library and Learning Commons has curtailed hours during the winter break:

Wm. T. Jerome Library Building Hours

Friday, December 16 12:01 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 17 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 18 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 23 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 24 CLOSED
Sunday, December 25 CLOSED
Monday, December 26 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 27 CLOSED
Wednesday, December 28 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 29 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, December 30 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 31 CLOSED
Sunday, January 1 CLOSED
Monday, January 2 CLOSED
Tuesday, January 3 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 4 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 5 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, January 6 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 7 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 8 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For a complete list of the Academic Year 2016-2017 hours, including holidays, connect to the following page.

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Explore the Harriette Coret Collection

December 13th, 2016 · No Comments · News, Resources

The Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library is happy to announce that the Harriette Coret Collection is now available for research. This collection donated by Mrs. Coret’s family in August, 2016. Mrs. Coret was a mental health professional, a newspaper columnist, and a family biographer in addition to being a writer of fiction. A finding aid for the collection is available here: https://lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2623

The bulk of this collection focuses on Mrs. Coret’s work as an author for so-called “true confessions” magazines, with titles like Modern Romances and True Story. Mrs. Coret wrote stories that in some ways related to her work as a mental health professional- troubled teens, abusive relationships, and chronic diseases. The nature of these publications meant that authors were paid for their work, but never received byline credit, since the stories were supposed to be true and anonymous. We are extremely fortunate that Mrs. Coret kept not only her manuscripts but copies of the magazine in which the story appeared. In addition to removing the cloak of anonymity, this gives researchers a chance to understand how these stories might have changed from finished draft to publication.

One of the other highlights of this collection is Mrs. Coret’s biographical stories about residents of the Stratford Court retirement home where she spent nearly 18 years until her death in 2015. These touching stories show Mrs. Coret’s skill as a writer and obvious affection for her subjects, and many of them may serve as the best document of that person’s life.

The  is a wonderful document of the work and life of an unheralded writer who published her work in areas too often uncollected by other archives. We are happy to give Mrs. Coret’s work a home and to make it available to researchers, and thank her family for the opportunity.

 

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Study on Sunday (SOS)

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · News

Are you stressed out? Need help preparing for finals? Study on Sunday (SOS) is the answer. On Sunday, December 11, 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, snacks and more. For a full list of the drop-in tutoring that will be offered by the Learning Commons, click here Study on Sunday Tutoring and Activities

The Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open 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.  Keep an eye on Twitter for news and updates.  Feel free to tweet out  your thoughts as well! #FinalsSOS

 

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Canvas Commons

December 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Events, News

Canvas Commons is coming! Do you have a Canvas role of Teacher, Teaching Assistant or Course Designer? Join us for an informational session about Canvas Commons, a new tool that will enable faculty to share learning resources with other users at BGSU and to import learning resources shared to Canvas Commons from hundreds of other institutions. Tuesday, December 6 from 10:00-11:00 or Wednesday, December 7 from 11:30-12:30. Both sessions will be held in the Pallister Conference Room in Jerome Library. Please register here: https://cfebgsu.wufoo.com/forms/w32id9p16x9n1g (hosted by University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence).

 

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