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PLoS: The Newest Initiative in the Scholarly Communication Movement

Public Library of Science (PLoS) publishes two open-access journals: PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine. In their mission statement, PLoS commits their organization “… to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a public resource.” By publishing freely available peer-reviewed research in their two online journals, PLoS allows the full text of the newest scientific information to be searched by anyone with access to the Internet. PLoS is the newest initiative in the scholarly communication movement, which includes other organizations dedicated to changing the traditional publication model.

PLoS journals are free to the user, but authors whose peer-reviewed articles have been accepted pay a publication fee. OhioLINK, the statewide library consortium, is offering to reimburse half of this publication fee for researchers at member institutions. Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK, stated “The OhioLINK community considers it essential that open access and other innovations in scholarly communication are given a chance to be evaluated and adopted if successful. By supporting PLoS, we can foster faculty publication through a potentially more cost effective means, while simultaneously maximizing access to their research.”

University Libraries participate in this program as an OhioLINK member institution. Faculty and students who have articles accepted by PLoS Biology or PLoS Medicine qualify for this reimbursement. For more information contact Robin Sinn at Ogg Science Library by phone at 419-372-9239 or by email at rsinn@bgnet.bgsu.edu.

Coleen Parmer, Chair, Collections and Technical Services and Head Librarian, Government Documents
Robin Sinn, Head Librarian, Science Library

Celebrating the 100,000th Sound Recording Cataloged, Generous Donations of Funds and Music, and Leadership in the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

Bonna Boettcher, Chair of the Department of Archival Collections and Branches and Head Librarian of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

100,000th SRA Sound Recording Cataloged!
On January 7, 2004, William Schurk, Sound Recordings Archivist, and Patricia Falk, Special Collections Cataloger, cataloged the 100,00th sound recording for the Sound Recordings Archives (SRA) collection. Schurk had been tracking the number of cataloged recordings for several years, and as 100,000 approached, he began considering which recording should have the honor of being 100,000th in the catalog. Although the SRA collections include nearly all known formats, vinyl is the hallmark of the collection. Schurk decided that the chosen recording should be an LP; and so, appropriately selected Elvis 2nd to None, a two-disc set of classic and previously unreleased Elvis recordings.

Dr. Neal Carothers Establishes Purchase Fund for Sound Recordings Archives.
Dr. Neal Carothers, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at BSGU, generously established a fund to augment the Sound Recordings Archives (SRA) acquisitions budget. Intrigued by the SRA collections, Carothers expressed his desire to contribute in some way. The purchase fund allows William Schurk, Sound Recordings Archivist, to select materials for the SRA collections that are outside what can be funded through SRA acquisitions funds. Initial purchases from this fund include CD re-releases of Louis Jordan’s complete Decca recordings, the Cadillacs’ complete Josie sessions, a collection of early Merle Haggard recordings, and an 8-CD retrospective of Neil Sedaka recordings; all had been on Schurk’s “wish list” for months.
Trumpet Music Donated to the Music Library.
The Music Library has received the score collection of deceased BGSU trumpet professor Edwin R. Betts. The donation, consisting of more than 2,400 pieces, will ensure a world-class collection of trumpet music in the BGSU Music Library. Several of the graduate students who assisted in preparing the inventory play brass instruments, and the breadth and depth of this collection impressed all of them. The collection currently is being processed, cataloged, and added to the Music Library’s circulating collections.
Boettcher Elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Music Library Association.
Dr. Bonna Boettcher, Chair of the Department of Archival Collections and Branches and Head Librarian of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, has been elected to the office of Vice-President/President-Elect of the Music Library Association. Boettcher will serve as VP/PE for one year, as President for two years, and as Past President for one year.
“The Music Library Association is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries. Founded in 1931, MLA provides a forum for study and action on issues that affect music libraries and their users. MLA and its members make significant contributions to librarianship, publishing, standards and scholarship, and the development of new information technologies. In the forefront of contemporary librarianship, MLA assures that users of music materials will be well served by their libraries.” (Music Library Association. “About MLA.” http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/. April 14, 2004.)

For more information about the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/music/.

The Popular Culture Library Receives a New Name, a Raven Award, and Unique Donations!

Nancy Down, Reference Librarian and Cataloger

Our New Name.
The Popular Culture Library was renamed during the Fall semester in honor of scholars Ray B. and Pat Browne, whose visionary efforts launched the campaign to preserve and provide access to materials documenting American popular culture. The BGSU Board of Trustees voted on October 3, 2003, to name this special collection the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies in recognition of the Brownes’ long-time support, generous donations, and pioneering role in the growth of popular culture studies at BGSU.

On Receiving a Raven
The Mystery Writers of America have recognized the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies with a Raven Award for its commitment to preserving mystery fiction through a formidable and constantly growing collection of detective-mystery novels and manuscripts. This rich detective-mystery collection contains the works of all major authors in the genre, including classic sleuth stories, hardboiled private eye novels, and spy thrillers. Holdings also include 43 letters of Ellery Queen and manuscripts by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini; juvenile series fiction, including Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys; and a unique collection of vintage paperbacks, including early Avon, Popular Library, and Fawcett Gold Medal mystery paperbacks.

image of A Dell Mystery image of Ellery Queen novel

Dr. Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of University Libraries and librarian Dr. Nancy Down received the Raven Award on April 29, 2004, at the Mystery Writers of America 58th Annual Edgar Awards Gala in New York City.

Growing the Collections
The Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies has received unique materials to add to its collections from April Kihlstrom, who donated her notes, publicity material, and manuscripts for many of her Regency romance novels. Additional acquisitions of story papers, nickel weeklies, and dime novels have enhanced the popular literature collection. The story papers date from the early 20th century and include titles such as Youth’s Companion, Beadle’s Frontier, and Deadwood Dick Library. Also of unique interest are the recently acquired original art works painted by silent film actress Alice Faye. For more information about the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/pcl/.

Curriculum Resource Center (CRC): The Frances F. Povsic Collection Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Erin Gruwell

Sara Bushong, Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center

The CRC celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, with an open house, technology demonstrations, and make-it take-it workshops. Erin Gruwell, teacher and author, attended the CRC reception and was the featured speaker for the President’s Lecture Series: Make a Difference: Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Information Age. The title of her presentation was “Overcoming Adversity: Achieving Academic Excellence.” Erin Gruwell, two-time California Teacher of the Year, accomplished what many thought impossible. She helped 150 of her students – many of whom were written off by the education system – use the power of education to write a book, graduate from high school and attend college. The book, The Freedom’s Writer’s Diary, is available for loan from the CRC.

25th anniversary25th anniversary reception with Erin Gruwell

25th anniversaryMaterials held by the CRC comprise The Frances F. Povsic Collection, so named on March 20, 2001, in honor of Professor Povsic’s significant, enduring, and distinctive contributions to the CRC, University Libraries, and BGSU. During her seventeen years as Head Librarian, before her retirement in 1990, Professor Povsic consolidated and developed the CRC’s collections and services, established an organizational system for the materials, and prepared detailed plans for the expansion and move to the second floor of the William T. Jerome Library in 1978.

The CRC contains more than 90,000 curriculum guides, textbooks, literature for children and young adults, reference books, and multimedia materials relating to areas of preschool, elementary, secondary, and special education. The CRC supports the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related programs.

The CRC offers services including:

  • Instructional presentations, tours, and orientation sessions
  • Reference service by experienced teachers
  • Circulation of materials to BGSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as to educational professionals
  • Ellison and Accu/Cut Machines
  • The Children’s Book Center

The Children’s Book Center (CBC) is a joint venture between the University Libraries of BGSU and the Cooperative Services for Children’s Literature. The purpose of the collection is to make exceptional recently published children’s books available to northwest Ohio educators and librarians through a variety of forums, including an onsite examination center at the CRC and an annual book and reader conference.

For more information about the CRC, contact Sara Bushong, sbushon@bgnet.bgsu.edu or 419-372-7909 or visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/crc/.

From Band of Brothers to the 20th Annual Conference on Local History: News from the Center for Archival Collections.

Lee N. McLaird, Curator of Rare Books

Acquisitions of Scholarly Interest.
The Center for Archival Collections (CAC) actively acquires, preserves, and provides access to records documenting the history and cultural heritage of northwest Ohio. Recent acquisitions illustrate the depth and research value of regional history. If you watched the acclaimed HBO series, Band of Brothers, you developed a deep appreciation of the contributions of the 101st Airborne from D-Day through the taking of Hitler’s Eagle Nest in Germany. Byron Armbruster of Napoleon, Ohio, was a member first of the 82nd and then the 101st Airborne, and wrote letters home to his parents and girlfriend (1942-1945). He donated these letters which are part of a growing WWII collection held at the CAC. The letters are transcribed and available through the CAC’s web site http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/cac.html. Thanks to Dr. Walter Grunden, Department of History, the CAC also has a growing collection of interviews conducted by his students documenting both the battlefields and home life during this War.

Other acquisitions of interest include a collection of photographs and printed forms documenting the interurban in northwest Ohio; an index to the Civil War letters published in The Blade (Toledo), completed by one of CAC’s volunteers, Daniel McMasters; the Black Swamp Arts Festival collection (1994-1999); administrative and program files from the Women’s Studies Program (1972-2002); and a history of the Latino Student Union at BGSU, authored by Iris Resendez. The CAC also has formed a partnership with the Center for Applied Technology allowing the Center to scan large format documents and provide access to these documents. Included in these projects are a Map of Ohio (1853), and a Fair Poster from the Union Agricultural Society of Williams, Fulton, and Defiance counties (1861). For more information about this partnership read the August 2003 Archival Chronicle, http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/ac0308.html. The CAC’s microfilm and document conservation lab continues to preserve area newspapers, church records, public records, and manuscripts and provide preservation services to area libraries and historical societies.

The Center for Archival Collections Hosts Outreach Activities.
The CAC hosted two major outreach activities during March and April. With the Friends of the University Libraries, the Center for Archival Collections hosted the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, “Business After Hours” Reception on march 11, 2004. Staff members provided tours and highlights about the CAC to the more than forty Chamber members who attended. On April 1, 2004, the Center for Archival Collections hosted the 20th annual Conference on Local History at the Holiday Inn/French Quarter, Perrysburg, Ohio. More than one hundred attendees enjoyed interacting with the three speakers. Andro Linklater discussed the tremendous impact of the land survey, which started in the Ohio territory in 1785, on the economy and political culture of our developing nation. Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse highlighted the discoveries of his research on Toledo’s great bank crash of 1931. Dennis Keesee entertained the audience with his visual and first-person talk on the boy soldiers of the Union Army. For more information about the CAC, visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/cac.html.

Ohio Memory Project Makes History Accessible Online

March 1, 2003 marked the official start of celebrations of the 200th Anniversary of Ohio Statehood. While celebrations note the passing of the occasion, libraries and archives, museums and historical societies have joined together to create a permanent resource featuring the documents and objects that played an important role in the development of the state.

Hosted by the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook is an interactive “virtual attic” of the state’s past, including more than 25,000 images of photographs, artifacts, manuscripts, natural history specimens, and published materials. The Center for Archival Collections (CAC) of University Libraries has been recognized as one of the major contributors to this digital scrapbook, preparing background information and scanning materials from more than one hundred of its collections.

Among the CAC’s contributions are Civil War era letters of private Andrew Altman, campus activities at BGSU throughout its history, product catalogs from DeVilbiss Corporation and Garwood Industries, Vadae Meekison correspondence on the Ohio Woman Suffrage movement, and a tourism promotional pamphlet from the 1950s.

Some of the images document important milestones in Ohio’s past or the lives of famous Ohioans. Still other collections, such as prehistoric artifacts, quilts, clothing, and furniture, as well as family letters or local government records offer glimpses into everyday life.

Visitors to the electronic scrapbook can search for specific information by the name of the contributing organization, by the geographic area, or by one of five subject categories: Ohio Citizenship; Economy; People; Culture; and Environment. A brief history of each item and its place in history appears with a thumbnail view of the image. Click on the image to see a full-screen view for detailed study. Korean War era letters, for instance, not only appear as they were written, but also contain a complete transcript, as well as notes about the author.

A special feature allows users to create their own scrapbooks of their favorite images and information and to add annotations of their own. Teachers may find this feature especially useful for classroom projects, for subjects ranging from history to biology, literature, and sports.

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook is a collaborative, statewide project managed by the Ohio Historical Society. Some 320 organizations across the state participated. Project partners include the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), OhioLINK, the Ohio Library Council, the Information Network for Ohio Schools (INFOhio), and the Ohio Bicentennial Commission. In September the American Association for State and Local History honored the Project with its Award of Merit, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The award was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout America.

– Lee N. McLaird, Curator of Rare Books

Book Orders Placed at Lightning Speed – Well, Almost!

The University Libraries have begun placing orders electronically with our major U.S. book vendor and books are added to the libraries’ collections faster than ever before.

In December 2002, library staff embarked on a journey into 21st century materials ordering with our major U.S. book vendor, YBP Library Services. When we first approached YBP to set up electronic ordering, they suggested that we beta test the major upgrade to their online system, Global Online Bibliographic Information, Edition 2 (GOBI2) simultaneously with setting up the electronic ordering process. We were quick to take advantage of this offer and avoid set-up on YBP’s old system and transfer to the new system. Our beta test participation gave YBP feedback on GOBI2 functionality and provided library staff the chance to learn the new procedures on the new vendor system.

Currently, book orders for scholarly U.S. publications are sent electronically to YBP. More than half — 58% — of items ordered electronically in 2002-03 were filled by YBP within 30 days; 93% of orders were filled within 60 days. By comparison, orders placed and received in 2001-2002 – when all orders were submitted on paper – arrived much more slowly. Only 8% were received within 30 days; 80% were filled within 60 days.

Electronic orders are less time-consuming for the vendor to handle since no manual order entry is needed. Furthermore, delays for processing paper orders within University Libraries are avoided by placing these orders electronically. Orders are entered directly into GOBI2 and sent electronically from GOBI2 to the library system next business day – no mail service delays. GOBI2 checks for duplication of orders with University Libraries’ purchase records and then sends an electronic file customized to create order records in the libraries’ online system. The library system again checks for duplicates as order records are added. After library staff review, unwanted duplicate orders are cancelled with YBP – electronically.

GOBI2 includes many features that assist librarians in selecting materials. Full bibliographic information and additional descriptive information are provided for each book. Tables of contents and book jacket information are also available to advise selection decisions. As librarians select books for purchase online they can also view BGSU’s and OhioLINK libraries’ purchase histories with YBP for specific titles. This information facilitates cooperative collection development within the OhioLINK consortium.

The next step is to create a means for faculty to electronically recommend books for purchase. We’re making progress on various methods for faculty to submit book purchase recommendations to librarians. When technical refinements have been completed, electronic submission of book purchase recommendations will become an option.

Linda A. Brown, Coordinator of Collections

Pick Up OhioLINK Requests at Any OhioLINK Institution

Pick-Up-Anywhere (PUA), a new OhioLINK service, premiered in July 2003. In another effort to provide efficient and effective information delivery to our users, the University Libraries have targeted the distance learner for this newest service. Anyone can use the service, however. Going to another Ohio city during Summer break? Have your OhioLINK request sent to a library near you.

The process for using PUA is quite similar to requesting an item for delivery to the local pick up site. University Libraries offer three pick up locations from which local users can choose: William T. Jerome Library, Ogg Science and Health Library, and Firelands College Library. To request delivery of OhioLINK materials to a site other than BGSU, first locate an item, as usual, in the OhioLINK central catalog. After choosing BGSU as your institution and entering your name and identification number, choose the OhioLINK institution nearest your desired location from the pull down menu. Then choose a pick up site at that institution in the second drop down menu.

When the item arrives at that institution, you can pick it up using your BGSU ID or BGSU Library Validation Card. (If you have entered your email address in your library account, you will be sent an email pick up notification.) The pick up site you chose and the progress of your request can be found in your library account. See the Libraries web page http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/, enter your personal information as required, then click on “Request (Hold) Outstanding.” Your pick up location and status of the item is noted on that screen. Before you leave campus, make sure your library record is updated for borrowing or contact the Circulation Desk staff at circdesk@bgnet.bgsu.edu if you have questions about your account.

Because every OhioLINK institution must participate by having at least one Pick Up Anywhere location to serve users, you have many options for pick up. Check the list to make sure your choice is on the list. As with most new software, some concerns have arisen. For instance, many users live near an OPAL or CONSORT Consortia institution, but do not know them by that name. To see a list of the institutions comprising each consortium, choose OPAL or CONSORT from the institution list and then look at the pull down menu of pick up sites.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the service, contact Mary Beth Zachary at mzachar@bgnet.bgsu.edu or call 419-372-2054.

– Mary Beth Zachary, Head of Access Services

University Libraries Offer Access to Growing Collection of Electronic Journals Four-Millionth Article and Three New Publisher Collections Added

Finding scholarly journal articles used to be a time-consuming process involving going to the library, consulting a periodical index, and then finding the appropriate journal on the shelves. Today, the University Libraries provide immediate, electronic access to scholarly research articles through resources like the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC). The EJC, which launched in 1998 with less than one million articles, recently expanded with the addition of the four-millionth article and three new publisher collections.

“The EJC is truly an innovative resource,” OhioLINK’s Executive Director, Tom Sanville, said.
“It is one of the largest, possibly even the largest, collection of electronic journals run by a library consortium.”

The Electronic Journal Center is a growing collection of online journals that can be searched, viewed, and printed from the user’s workstation. When the EJC debuted, it contained journal collections from two publishers. With the recent additions of Berkeley Electronic Press, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press, the EJC has grown to include electronic collections from 33 journal publishers. Students, faculty, and researchers at 84 OhioLINK institutions now have access to more than 5,250 journal titles.

The University Libraries is dedicated to providing an outstanding range of information resources and services to the campus community. By working with OhioLINK to provide access to these quality research resources, the University Libraries strengthen their support of teaching, learning, and research at BGSU.

The OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center continues to be a heavily-used resource. More than 9 million articles have been downloaded statewide since 1998. The use of the service is still growing at 50% annually, with more than 3.5 million articles downloaded in the past 12 months. The EJC continues to surpass all expectations, which proves that Ohio students, faculty, and university researchers crave access to more quality scholarly research journals than their local libraries can purchase individually.

The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of 83 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. For more information, visit the OhioLINK web site at http://www.ohiolink.edu/.

adapted from OhioLINK Press Release
-Beverly J. Stearns, Director of Administrative Programs and Services, University Libraries

OhioLINK Digital Video Collection: Now More Video Access than Ever!

Nearly every day, students come to the library looking for a video to use as part of a class presentation or as an alternative way to learn about a topic. As an instructor you may be interested in documentaries or educational videos to show in one of your classes, or to include among the resources on a class web page. Another source for this type of material is now available to the campus via the OhioLINK Digital Media Center. The new Digital Video Collection complements what is already available to the BGSU community through the Television Learning Services Digital Video Streaming Service (DVSS) at WBGU.The OhioLINK Digital Video Collection contains streaming digital videos covering a wide variety of subjects from the distributor Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Videos have been added to this collection throughout the summer and fall 2003; and, as of the end of October, the initial phase is complete. The collection now includes just fewer than one thousand videos, but this is only the start. In the future, OhioLINK plans to acquire additional videos from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, as well as to cultivate new relationships with other sources for digital media. Topics such as Art & Photography, Business & Economics, Genetics, Global Issues, Health & Wellness, Literature & Language Arts, Math, Psychology, Science, and Study Skills offer just a sample of what is available.

Any member of the BGSU community – including students, faculty, and staff — as well as walk-in library users are authorized to view and download the videos in the collection while on campus. You may access the videos from any computer on campus using plug-in software from RealNetworks. The latest version is called ‘RealOne Player’ and the basic player can be downloaded free. According to OhioLINK, many older versions of Real Player should also work.

Members of the BGSU community may view and download the videos from off campus as well; you will be prompted for your name and campus ID number (aka “P00” number). If you are using a modem instead of a high-speed connection, the system will automatically deliver lower bit-rate streams. The difference in image quality will depend on the complexity of the video you are viewing and your modem speed.

Individual video titles are included in the BGSU Libraries Catalog and the OhioLINK Central Catalog, so you can search there if you have a particular title in mind. You can also search the Digital Video Collection itself, or choose to browse lists of titles or subjects.

According to the OhioLINK use policy, OhioLINK has “licensed this content to allow unlimited simultaneous users, and is committed to maintaining an infrastructure to support unlimited simultaneous use.” The video content is available for individual educational and research purposes. For more information about acceptable use of these materials, please read the OhioLINK Acceptable Use Policy.

For more information about the video collection, take a look at the answers to Frequently Asked Questions: OhioLINK Digital Video, provided by OhioLINK.

Julie Rabine, Bibliographer

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