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Celebrate National Library Week

April 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

National Library Week is April 11-15.  This week, University Libraries joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Daily Events:

Monday, April 11, 2:00 p.m., Pallister Conference Room Friends Doughnuts – In commemoration of this week, the Friends of the University Libraries will serve doughnuts to our patrons so they can enjoy a treat while taking a break from studying.

Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thinkers Café, William T. Jerome Library Read-a-thonReaders from across from campus and beyond will demonstrate their love of literature by reading during this time. There will be stories for children who are visiting and international students will read literature and poetry in their native languages. Stop by and check it out or sign up for a slot to read aloud here.

Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, Authors & Artists, North Atrium The Friends of the University Libraries will honor BGSU faculty and staff members for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. During the past twenty-four years, The Friends have publicly expressed appreciation to more than 1,500 BGSU faculty and staff for their important contributions to their disciplines, the culture, and the University.

Friday, April 15, 1:00 p.m., So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian, Pallister Conference Room
Get the inside scoop on the profession from some of BGSU’s own librarians. Find out what your career options are, what qualifications you need, how the job market looks, and what you can do to break into the profession. For more information, contact
Weeklong Events:

Free Popcorn– Things will be popping in the library! Fresh popcorn will be available in the various locations throughout the library.

Prize Patrol – Staff from the Curriculum Resource Center will be patrolling the library with book related questions and fabulous prizes.

Libraries Transform Bubble-Students and staff can fill out a paper bubble and display their answer on the first floor lobby.


So You Want to be a Librarian?

April 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

Join us for an informative session about becoming a librarian on Friday, April 15 at 1 pm. Get the inside scoop on the profession from some of BGSU’s own librarians. Find out what your career options are, what qualifications you need, how the job market looks, and what you can do to break into the profession. This event will be hosted in the Pallister Conference Room (1st Floor Jerome Library).

For more information, contact


New database: Kanopy

February 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

We are excited to announce that we now have access to Kanopy!

Kanopy is a database of over 12,000 videos available for online streaming. From feature films to educational documentaries, there is a wide variety of content available.

You can find Kanopy films in the BGSU Libraries Catalog, or you can search or browse Kanopy directly to view films.

The Libraries will purchase access to individual Kanopy films using an innovative method called “demand driven acquisition.” This means that we will only pay for access to a film after several people have watched it. Once a title has been viewed several times, we will automatically purchase unlimited views to it for BGSU.

As with some of our other databases, you may get a “browser security error” the first time you link to Kanopy. It is safe to click through this error and save an exception for the Kanopy site in your browser’s history. These videos show how to click past these errors in Firefox and Chrome.

The still on our home page is from the film Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013), available in Kanopy.


Architecture & film database trials

February 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

The library currently has two additional database trials.

EBSCO’s Architectural Digest Magazine Archive includes cover-to-cover full text to the interior design magazine Architectural Digest from 1926 to 2011. Each issue is presented in its entirety, including the front and back covers and high-quality photo spreads. All articles and advertisements have been indexed with subject terms to allow users to find relevant results quickly, as well as research and analyze trends in topics and advertising materials. The trial is active through March 22.

Film Industry Data provides rankings, box office sales, and unit sales for films in all formats (VHS, DVD, Blu Ray) going back to 1994. Searching is by keyword (contributor list including director, stars, producer, composer, camera, and lighting is available for each film) or date. The trial is active through March 22.



Submit Your Paper for the Undergraduate Research Award

February 4th, 2016 · No Comments · General, 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.





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.”