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Valentine’s Day Card Making

February 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Events

Spread some love and make a card for your special friend!  Visit the Wm. T. Jerome Library on Tuesday, February 9 from 1-3 pm and make a unique Valentine’s Day card. We’ll have everything you need including paper, supplies, and die cuts provided by the Curriculum Resource Center.  All participants will get a special sweet treat too.  This event will take place in the lobby of the Wm. T. Jerome Library.


New databases & trials for spring

January 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

BGSU Libraries has added a number of new databases:

We are also running trials to a few databases:

Women’s Magazine Archive and more!

GoodHousekeeping150pxWe have purchased the Women’s Magazine Archive! Still in development, when complete (expected by summer 2016), this database will contain the full text of six 20th-century popular magazines targeting women readers and consumers: Better Homes & Gardens (1922-2005), Chatelaine (1928-2005), Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies’ Home Journal (1883-2005), Parents (1926-2005) and Redbook (1903-2005).

Our purchase allowed us to add three more databases at heavily discounted prices, so we chose to add two historical newspapers through 1922: the Cincinnati Enquirer (1872-1922) and the Detroit Free Press (1831-1922). We also added the full text for Congressional hearings from 2004-2010, which can be found in our subscription to ProQuest Congressional.

A new database for statistics!

Cats on Social MediaThis month we also began a subscription to Statista, a database that aggregates statistics from more than 10,000 sources, including market and opinion research institutions and the government, and presents them in downloadable infographics and tables.

A new platform for Standard & Poor’s!

The business resource S & P NetAdvantage is transitioning to the new platform for S & P Capital IQ. The new platform includes our NetAdvantage content (industry surveys, reports, directories, etc.) plus expanded company data and executive directories (including compensation information). Both platforms are currently available through the library’s catalog.

More database trials!

We have three more trials going on now. Please let us know what you think about the possibility of adding these resources:

  • HAPI, the Hispanic American Periodicals Index, is an index to scholarly journals covering Latin America and the Caribbean. The index is published by UCLA’s Latin American Institute. The trial is available until February 15.
  • Meludia is a tool that uses online games to teach users aspects of music theory. It is beautifully designed and fun to use! Meludia is on trial until February 12.
  • PolicyMap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that includes thousands of US data indicators; use it to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Available through March 26.


Free 3D Printing Now Available in the STAC

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments · News

University Libraries is offering free 3D printing in the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) to all current BGSU students, faculty, and staff.  3D printing provides an opportunity for patrons to take an idea from their imagination, design it, and create a physical model. Novices and the curious are welcome!

Who can print?
The 3D printer is available for use by all BGSU students, faculty, and staff on a first-come first-served basis during our hours of operation.  Patrons are encouraged to call (419-372-9277) or visit the STAC to schedule a printing time.

What can I print?
The 3D printers are intended to spark curiosity, experimentation and learning.  The University Libraries reserve the right to decline a print request.

Where is the 3D printer?
The 3D printers are located in the STAC (122 Jerome Library). Visit our website for current hours (

How do I design my object?
Designing a 3D object to print is done using 3D modeling software. You will need to export your 3D model into an .STL (STereoLithography) format in order to print it.  The 3D printers have the capability to create objects up to 4 cubic inches.

How do I print my object?
Users must bring their design to the STAC during our hours of operation. The print object must be an .STL file on a standard USB flash drive. A STAC technician will be available to assist you with production and provide a printing time estimate.

What colors can I print in?
Your printed object will be printed in one solid color. How long will my object take to be printed? The time it takes to print an object can vary widely.  If you have more than one object and there is high demand for the 3D printers, the STAC may choose to schedule only one printed object per person/per day.

How will I know when my printed object is done?
The STAC will contact you via e-mail when your object is completed.


Authors and Artists – Call for Submissions

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments · 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, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  We will honor them at a Reception on April 13, 2016.

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. Wednesday, March 2.

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


New database! Women’s Magazine Archive

January 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

Last month we had a trial to the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers.

Thanks to your enthusiastic feedback, and the database’s clear relevance for a number of BGSU programs of study, we decided to purchase it, and it has been added to our collection!

Women’s Magazine Archive contains full text for six popular magazines published throughout the 20th century:

  • 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 image on our home page comes from an article in the February 1954 issue of Chatelaine, The Women of Winnipeg.”


MLK Weekend Hours

January 15th, 2016 · No Comments · News

Bowling Green State University will be closed on Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Wm. T. Jerome Library will have the following hours for the holiday:

Friday, January 15 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 16, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 18, 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.


New trial database: Meludia

January 13th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

Meludia is a beautifully designed and executed online tool to condition your musical ear.

Meludia teaches music theory through emotion. It allows users to play through a series of games that introduce and develop multiple aspects of music theory, like chord, rhythm and tone recognition. There are four levels of difficulty, and new users can choose to test in to the one that best suits their current skills. Meludia is both fun and compelling to use.

The trial to Meludia will be active through February 12.

Home page image by photosteve101.


Volunteers Needed for Ohio History Day

January 12th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

The Center for Archival Collections will host the Region 1 Ohio History Day on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Olscamp Hall. An affiliate of National History Day (, Ohio History Day is a statewide tradition that encourages students in grades 6 – 12 to engage with history. Each year, students create original projects that follow a theme intended to foster research and critical thinking skills. Separated into Junior and Senior divisions, the project categories include documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website.   Volunteers are needed to help judge contest entries and/or to assist with morning registration. The time commitment is no more than a few hours; volunteers should plan to be available from 8am – 2pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. To volunteer as a judge, please register through the Ohio History Day registration portal: To volunteer for morning registration only, or to obtain additional information, please contact Becky Denes at The deadline for volunteer registration is February 1, 2016.


Winter Break Hours

December 18th, 2015 · No Comments · 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 18 12:01 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 19 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 20 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, December 21 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 22 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 23 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 24 CLOSED
Friday, December 25 CLOSED
Saturday, December 26 CLOSED
Sunday, December 27 CLOSED
Monday, December 28 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 29 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 30 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, January 1 CLOSED
Saturday, January 2 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 3 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, January 4 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, January 5 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 6 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 7 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, January 8 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 9 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 10 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For a complete list of the Academic Year 2015-2016 hours, including holidays, connect to the following page.


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.