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Preliminary Data Items Now Available in MathSciNet

From the American Mathematical Society:

MathSciNet now includes Preliminary Data items, which are created from bibliographic data received directly from publishers. This data allows users to view early information about new papers in mathematics while full processing, including author identification and editorial decisions, is ongoing.

Preliminary Data items are marked as such until processing is complete. The initial group of publishers who have agreed to provide preliminary data feeds includes the American Mathematical Society, the Canadian Mathematical Society, the European Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, SIAM, Elsevier, and Springer. Publishers interested in participating in the Preliminary Data program are invited to contact:

In addition, new MathSciNet item tags allow users to instantly assess at what stage an item is in the review process. The seven tags are: Preliminary Data, Pending, Reviewed, Expansion, DML, Indexed, and Thesis. For more information and detailed descriptions of each item tag, please visit:

Do you read banned books?

In 2010-2011, at least 46 books were challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the United States, from classics like The Diary of Anne Frank and The Catcher in the Rye to newly popular titles like The Hunger Games and Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Libraries have long been champions against censorship and promoters of the freedom to read. We believe library users should have access to books that represent a range of ideas and viewpoints and should be able to read them without fear of harassment or reprisal.

This week is Banned Books Week across the country. Which banned books have you read? Check out the American Library Association’s lists of challenged titles going back to 2004, and remember to thank a librarian!

Image reprinted with the permission of the American Library Association.

Librarians Offer CTL 2012-2013 Learning Community

Two librarians will be leading a faculty learning community offered through the Center for Teaching & Learning beginning this fall.

Instruction Coordinator Joshua Vossler and Reference and Instruction Librarian Vera Lux invite interested faculty to join them as they explore current research on student information-seeking behaviors. The learning community “Understanding Student Information-Seeking Behaviors to Enhance Student Learning” will meet 6-8 Mondays a semester (approximately bi-weekly) from 10:00-11:30.

The learning community will provide participants the opportunity to gain an increased understanding of their students’ use of information for academic purposes and obstacles they face in the research process.  Participants will also workshop an existing research assignment or create a new one that enhances students’ information literacy skills.  Along the way, participants will become  familiar with some of the University Libraries’ research tools, and ways those tools can augment the research and learning process.

To learn more about this learning community or to apply, download the application <>   or browse all 2012-2013  learning communities on the CTL website <> .

Congratulations Students!

As another semester comes to a close, the library staff would like to congratulate every student on a job well done.

We would like to particularly congratulate our student employees for the amazing work they do at the library.   In particular, we would like to recognize Gretchen Avery and Heather Fishpaw as the 2012 recipients of the Friends of the University Libraries Undergraduate Student Employee Award.  We hope you all have an excellent summer!


Beginning Monday, May 14, the Library’s Summer Hours will go into effect:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am – 10pm
  • Friday: 8am – 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am– 6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm – 10:00pm

The Library staff will be working during the summer to enhance our collections and services. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Extended Hours Offered

The Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open for extended hours April 16  through May 3 to help students and groups prepare for finals.  In addition, The Learning Commons will offer extended hours April 29-May 3.

Please visit the hours web page for a list of building and service times.

Writing Contest Celebrates Black History Month

Writing contest celebrates Black History Month

The Learning Commons invites faculty, staff and students to participate in its first Black History Month Writing Contest. One grand-prize winner will receive an Amazon Kindle Fire.

The BGSU community may submit original work (narratives, essays, poetry or research) on the African Diaspora in the Americas; the celebration of Africana historic events, values and traditions; and/or the educational, scientific and creative expressions of Africana peoples throughout civilization.

Black History Month was initially introduced as Negro History Week by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926 with the goal of educating Americans by focusing on black cultural influences and accomplishments. The Learning Commons celebrates this time and Woodson’s message of historical inclusion as not just the black cultural experience, but as the American experience.

The Learning Commons is accepting submissions now through March 1 on its website.

The winner will be announced no later than March 12 on The Learning Commons Facebook page at BGSU The Learning Commons.


New! Wireless printing in the library

Wireless and remote printing from laptops and tablets is now available in the library! Using this feature will allow you to queue printing from anywhere on campus to a printer in the lobby of Jerome Library. You will not be charged for the printing until you release the job by swiping your ID or entering your username and password at the release station next to the printer.

  • PC/Windows Users: To access this printing feature from a PC/Windows machine, please download and run this file.
  • Mac/Apple Users: To access this printing feature from a Mac, please follow the instructions found here.

Any problems with configuring your device should be directed to the Technology Support Center (419-372-0999).

Photo courtesy Toronto Public Library Special Collections.