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Event: The Future of Academic Reading: E-books and E-readers

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The Future of Academic Reading: E-books and E-readers

2010 marked the year that Amazon sold more e-books than print books for the first time. What does that mean for academic libraries and academic readers? In the morning, hear a focus group of e-reader users — undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty — describe how and why they use their e-readers, how it has changed their reading habits, and what they want from campus in terms of e-book offerings. In the afternoon, Sue Polanka and Amy Pawlowski, nationally recognized experts on e-books, will discuss e-books in libraries and the changing e-book landscape, followed by a general discussion among the audience and participants about the shift from print to digital books and the implications for academia.

Monday March 14th
Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library
Morning Session: 10:30 am to 11:45 am (focus group panel)
Afternoon Session: 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm (e-book experts and open discussion)

For related information and resources leading up to the event, follow our Twitter feed at bglibrarian67! The hashtag for this event is #eFuture.

For more information, contact Gwen Evans (, 419-372-8664)

Speaker bios:

Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries. Sue Polanka is the moderator of the award-winning blog, No Shelf Required.  NSR focuses on the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers.  Sue has been a reference and instruction librarian for over 20 years at public, state, and academic libraries in Ohio and Texas.  She edited No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries from ALA Editions and is editing two forthcoming titles, No Shelf Required II: The Use and Management of E-Books and E-Reference Discoverability and Context in Libraries:  Issues and Concepts. Her column on electronic reference, Off The Shelf, appears in Booklist quarterly.

Amy Pawlowski, Web Applications Manager, Cleveland Public Library. Currently the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library, Amy Pawlowski manages the development, implementation, and maintenance of web based library services and the CLEVNET eMedia collection for the Library and the CLEVNET consortium. Amy has held several different positions in the library field, including Manager of Partner Services for OverDrive Inc. where she assisted libraries with training, marketing, outreach, and collection development for their digital library platform.  Amy was a contributor to the recent ALA Editions publication “No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries” and regularly presents on the topic of eBooks in Public Libraries.

This event is part of the Tech Trends Series, coordinated by the Information Technology Committee and funded by the Office of the CIO.


Library Outage Update May 12

On Wednesday, May 12, 2010, the library catalog, My Library Account, off-campus access to databases, and OhioLINK and local requesting will experience brief, intermittent outages between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m as part of the server upgrade. The University Libraries regrets the inconvenience. We hope to have complete restoration of service with no further interruptions this afternoon.

If you experience any problems with your account, placing holds, or requesting materials through OhioLINK, please notify the Jerome Library circulation desk by calling 419-372-2051 or e mailing For alternate access to the research databases, please contact the Research & Information Desk for assistance.

SBRnet site down on Sunday Sept. 20 until aproximately 4 pm EST.

From the SBRnet administrators:

This is to advise you that SBRnet’s site will be down Sunday, September 20, between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM, resulting from a short-term power outage created by PSE&G in a segment of the Princeton area. We have been advised that power will be restored on or before 4:00 PM. Sunday.

We sincerely apologize for this short notice, and for any inconvenience.

R. A. Lipsey


Library Website Links Not Working

UPDATE: All identified non-working links were fixed as of 6 am Thursday morning.

The links for many of the library website pages and resources are not working. Campus ITS is working on the problem and they hope to resolve it as quickly as possible. We apologize greatly for the inconvenience.

Ask Us to chat with a Librarian for help

Use the Library Catalog to navigate to many of our E-journals and Databases

E-Journals page

The Library A-Z Index is still working at 2:03 pm

Library login has changed

Library Login becomes easier on May 11th

BGSU Students, Faculty, and Staff will need only their BGSU username and password to log in for remote access to the research databases, OhioLINK and local requesting, and My Library Account starting today, Monday, 5/11/09. The BGSU username and password is the same one used for logging in to MyBGSU, campus email, and BGSU lab and library computers. Look for more information and instructions on the relevant log in screens.

ProQuest Database and RefWorks Maintenance Saturday Feb 21st

Due to ProQuest platform maintenance, the following databases and services will be unavailable for 12 hours starting at 22:00 (10 pm) on Saturday, February 21st and ending Sunday, February 22nd, at 10:00 am.

American Periodical Series Online
Dissertation Abstracts
New York Times online
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Safari Books Online
Ref Works

We apologize for any inconvenience.