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Donation Creates Research Destination for Great Lakes History

The University Libraries at Bowling Green State University has greatly expanded its collection of Great Lakes research materials thanks to a significant donation from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society.

More than 160 cubic feet of photos, pamphlets, slides, bound materials, postcards and archival materials have found a new home in the Libraries’ Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), housed within the Center for Archival Collection.

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“We are grateful to the National Museum of the Great Lakes for entrusting us with their extensive collection, and we are excited that the consolidation of their materials with our existing Great Lakes archives has now created the largest collection of its kind on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of Bowling Green State University. “Thank you to the Museum, its board of directors, the Great Lakes Historical Society and the University Libraries staff who helped to facilitate this exciting and symbiotic new alliance in the name of historic preservation.”

These additional materials bolster the already robust offering of Great Lakes-related research and artifacts curated by the University Libraries at BGSU.

“The Great Lakes materials recently donated to HCGL is a wonderful addition to our holdings and provides many opportunities for collaboration between BGSU, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Historical Society,” said University Libraries Dean Sara A. Bushong.

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The addition of these materials to BGSU also will make University Libraries a major research destination in the U.S. for Great Lakes history.

“The added scope and depth of the HCGL collection expands research opportunities for BGSU students and faculty, National Museum of the Great Lakes staff and patrons, as well as researchers from beyond campus,” said retired HCGL archivist Bob Graham, who played an instrumental role in bringing the collection to BGSU. “Both organizations view this donation as the first step in an evolving partnership involving students, faculty and museum staff.”

Potential areas of collaboration include internships, lectures series, exhibits, new courses and digital galleries.

“The merging of these incredible archival collections is just the beginning of a long, synergistic journey between our two organizations that will both preserve Great Lakes history, but more important, elevate the perception of Great Lakes history in our national culture,” said Christopher Gillcrist, National Museum of the Great Lakes Executive Director. “This collaboration will help ensure the understanding of the role Great Lake history has played in our national story.”

Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society was one of the earliest organizations to focus on the history of the Great Lakes region. For the past seven decades, the society has created one of the premier collections of historical materials documenting the Great Lakes, which was previously housed in the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library at the former Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio.

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“The archival collection that we donated to BGSU represents over 70 years of library-based materials donated to and acquired by our organization,” said Anna Kolin, development director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “By merging it with a large university, it increases its access to those looking to do research on Great Lakes topics, which is why, in part, BGSU was chosen.”

Study on Sunday – April 30

Are you stressed out? Need help preparing for finals? Study on Sunday (SOS) is the answer. On Sunday, April 30, the Learning Commons and University Libraries are offering extended hours for drop-in tutoring for math/stats and many subjects, and writing consultations. We’ll also provide therapy dogs, snacks and more. For a full list of the drop-in tutoring that will be offered by the Learning Commons, click here

The Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open all night long so we hope you’ll consider spending your Sunday studying with the University Libraries and the Learning Commons.

In addition, Thinkers Café will be open for extended hours during finals week.  Keep an eye on Twitter for news and updates.  Feel free to tweet out  your thoughts as well! #FinalsSOS

24/5 Hours Begin on April 23

Need extra time to work on papers and exams? Have your own special spot in the library where you like to study? Need access to books and other library resources? The University Libraries extends its hours of operation (24-5 Sunday through Thursday) beginning Sunday, April 23  provide a safe and comfortable research and study environment free of disruption for our students, staff, and faculty.

Important reminder:  Circulation services as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials will be available until 2:00 am.  Library patrons will have access to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th floors throughout the night. Campus Police will be stationed in the library throughout the night to ensure student safety.

The Wm. T. Jerome Library offers more than 200 computers, quiet study space throughout the building, and a variety of collaborative group study locations. To reserve a group study space, click here.

For more information about our hours, visit http://ul2.bgsu.edu/hours.

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!

Local Author to Speak at BGSU Library

The Friends of the University Libraries cordially invite you to hear guest author, Julie Rubini, discuss her latest book “Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist.”

Tuesday, April 11
11:30 am
Pallister Conference Room
Wm. T. Jerome Library
Please RSVP at libadmin@bgsu.edu

About the Author
Julie and her husband established Claire’s Day, a children’s book festival in honor of their daughter. This celebration of Claire’s love for reading has grown to a multiple date celebration, impacting over 20,000 children and family members.

Julie is the author of Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist, published by Ohio University Press and Hidden Ohio, a picture book. She has also written Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller, a biography of America’s most honored author of children’s literature, to be released by OUP in June 2017.

She currently serves on Maumee City Council, and enjoys reading to kindergartners weekly. But most of all, she cherishes her roles as wife to Brad and mother to daughter Kyle and son Ian.

Julie is the recipient of the Toledo area Jefferson Award (2015) and the YWCA Milestones Award (2016).

 

 

Research Appointments Available

The University Libraries once again offer Individual Research Appointments (IRAs) to students. IRAs provide students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a librarian on a specific research assignment. Students will develop search strategies, identify various print and electronic resources and discover services available in the University Libraries.

IRAs are designed for undergraduate students. (The Libraries offer a similar service for graduate students. Call 2-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.) Students must sign up for appointments by midnight of the day before the requested appointment date to allow for preparation. Students must also have a specific assignment or project and will be asked to state their topic when setting up their appointment.

IRAs are offered Monday-Friday.   To schedule an appointment, call 419-372-6943, or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of the Jerome Library.

Experience cutting-edge technology at the STAC

Experience cutting-edge technology at the STAC with two additional pieces of equipment!

What is Oculus Rift?
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset. It offers superb stereoscopic 3D visuals and utilizes head tracking technology for a highly immersive experience. The device works by creating a 3D image to detect the user’s head and body movement.

Endless Exploration With the Rift’s advanced technology, you will immerse yourself in a sensorial environment. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.

Procedure Two Oculus Rifts are available during designated STAC hours.  Patrons will be permitted no more than 60 minutes on the Oculus Rift in a given day. The STAC’s Oculus Rift is available to use with programs picked out and downloaded by STAC Staff.

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What is a Universal Laser Cutter? 
The laser cutter can accurately and quickly laser cut intricate designs over a wide variety of materials, including acrylic, wood, glass, and textiles. The laser can also engrave, emboss, and rasterize materials. The machine contains a honeycomb cutting table that hold materials without fixtures and removes smoke and debris that can have effect overall quality.  Everyone who wishes to use the laser cutter must attend a training session.

Approved Materials:

  • Acrylic *
  • Plywood (1/8th inch thickness)
  • Heavy cardstock
  • Anodized aluminum
  • Glass
  • Denim

Plastics containing vinyl (PVC, PVF, PVA) and pressure-treated wood are not allowed for use in the laser cutter, due to inhalation hazards when cutting these materials. *Not all acrylics are laser cutter-friendly – to ensure a good quality cut without melting your piece, please make certain your material is suitable for use in a laser cutter.  For materials purchased outside of the STAC, an MSDS sheet is required.  Additional materials can be used with the approval of the STAC student supervisor.

Training:

Monday, February 20, 2017 1:30pm

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:30am

Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:30pm

Friday, February 24, 2017 2:00pm

Limited amount of slots for each workshop.  Please sign up by e-mailing stac@bgsu.edu your name, email, day and time you plan to attend.  Please list a  1st and 2nd choice of dates because we can only have 8 people in each training session.  Workshops will last 90 minutes and you will have completed a small project as well as receive a card that you will need so you are allowed to use the Universal Laser engraver/cutter.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail from us restating the date and time you are able to attend.  Continue reading Experience cutting-edge technology at the STAC

Celebrate Authors & Artists Scholarly and Creative Works

Each year, The Friends of the University Libraries recognizes members of the University community for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. We would appreciate your assistance in identifying worthy individuals or nominating yourself for recognition of accomplishments that occurred in 2016.

During the past twenty-nine years, The Friends has publicly expressed appreciation to more than 1,000 BGSU faculty and staff for their important contributions to their disciplines, the culture, and the University. This year, honorees will be selected for accomplishments from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. We will honor them at a reception on April 6, 2017.

We are asking you to nominate individual(s) from within your department/area or to nominate yourself by completing the nomination form, which is available on the Friends web site. Self-nominations are acceptable. If individuals from your area submit self-nominations, we might contact you for verification of their eligibility.

When you nominate individuals(s) from your department or area or nominate yourself, please take special note of the following:

  • Carefully review the criteria for recognizing BGSU authors, artists, etc.
  • Ensure that each nominee was employed by BGSU at some time during the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 and that the activity being nominated falls within the same period.
  • Note that retired faculty and staff are eligible for nomination.

To ensure that all nominations receive full consideration, nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017.

Thank you for participating with The Friends in this important project. Questions can be directed to libfriends@bgsu.edu.

Canvas Commons is now LIVE

University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence are pleased to announce that Canvas Commons is now live and located within Canvas via the left global navigation. Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users with the roles of Teacher, Teaching Assistant or Course Designer to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course. To learn more about this tool, visit the resource page on the Center for Faculty Excellence website where you will find an F.A.Q. and a listing of in-person training sessions available during spring semester (http://www.bgsu.edu/center-for-faculty-excellence/find-a-resource/canvas-commons-resources.html ). Training sessions will be held in the Pallister Conference Room on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 18 from 4:00-5:00

Wednesday, January 25 from 11:30 to 12:30

Tuesday, January 31 from 10:00-11:00

Canvas help, including assistance with Commons, is also available during drop-in Faculty Fridays from 1:00-5:00 each week in room 142 of Jerome Library.

Questions about this new service may be directed to Colleen Boff, Associate Dean of UL (cboff@bgsu.edu / 372-7899).

Alumnus Expands Gift to Support Polka Preservation Fund

Steve Harris ’71 is on a mission to preserve polka’s musical heritage, and he is entrusting Bowling Green State University Libraries to help him do it.

In 2015, Harris, the president of Music Publishers of America (MPA), donated two copies of the thousands of selections in his company’s polka music collection – originally published by the Vitak-Elsnic Company – to the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives at BGSU’s Wm. T. Jerome Library.

Recently, Harris has also made provisions in his estate planning to ensure that the entirety of the company, plus a significant cash bequest, will flow into BGSU’s Polka Preservation Fund at some point in the future to help preserve and promote this invaluable collection.

“Steve has been an extraordinary donor to the library,” said Susannah Cleveland, head of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. “With his 2015 gift of sheet music, he helped us to make sure that this music that is so crucial to the culture of our region can be preserved and made accessible to scholars. His most recent gift will help us make a long-term commitment to this collection, this music and this culture.”

“I know the university and I share the same goal to preserve this part of our musical heritage,” said Harris, who grew up with this genre like so many others in rural middle America, especially those with Eastern European heritage. Although polka originated in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, it spread through neighboring Eastern European countries and was carried to America via waves of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“The vast majority of the composers and arrangers of the music in the collection were people who either themselves immigrated to this country or were the children of immigrants – Czech, Polish, Lithuanian, German,” Harris explained. “The music is part of a broader immigrant experience. It really represents an important part of the whole European immigrant experience from the 1880s to the 1950s.”

The music is in Harris’ blood. His parents played in a polka band with several family members, and Harris even graced the stage with them at the early age of 11. He has carried on the family tradition, releasing three albums of polka music from MPA’s collection. The latest release just this month was performed by Harris’ own Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band.  Musicians in addition to Harris include his two brothers, a cousin and long-time friends who are all born and raised in northwest Ohio.  The album, appropriately entitled Made in Ohio, is available through MPA or digitally through iTunes and Google Play.

“The idea is to keep the music alive and reintroduce the genre to a different, younger generation of people and also to update and refresh the originals,” Harris said.

Harris’ recent gift to BGSU will help support ongoing cataloguing, processing, promotion and preservation of the collection materials donated in 2015.

“It will give us the ability to support additional access to and outreach for the collection and also to acquire and process related materials, support scholars in their research and program activities around polka,” Cleveland said.

In addition, the funds will help sustain promotional and outreach efforts in collaboration with area ensembles, as well as student travel to perform pieces from the collection or present on polka topics at conferences. It also will help with the additional acquisition of related polka materials and reference resources.

In addition to the sheet music MPA acquired from the Vitak-Elsnic Company, a venerable music publishing company in the polka music industry, Harris plans to donate the company’s business records for historical reference. He hopes BGSU is able to acquire artifacts and music published by other companies as well.

“Already with the initial donation, BGSU indisputably has the world’s largest collection of American polka music,” Harris said. “I’m confident the university can continue to build on its budding reputation as the world’s leading repository of polka music and related artifacts.”

Harris is thrilled that BGSU was so gracious and excited in accepting the collection, and he is working closely with the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives on a plan to promote the vitality of polka in the modern age.

“He has been an active partner in helping us to think of ways to increase outreach to the community around polka, an area that was new to us,” Cleveland said. “His generosity and attention to detail have made him an ideal partner in this initiative, and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Harris, meanwhile, is happy about the chance to reconnect with his alma mater.

“Over the intervening period when I was working in Columbus and later in the D.C. and New York areas, I didn’t get a chance to spend a whole lot of time at the university,” said Harris. “In the last couple of years, due to all the activity related to the collection as well as our band, I’ve come back regularly to the university.”

“As an alumnus, I’m very pleased and impressed to see what’s happening not only from the capital campaign and replacing some of the older buildings and making them more functional and attractive, but the university’s approach to its higher education mission. I’m very impressed with what I see all around, and I know the Vitak-Elsnic collection has found a good home.”

 

Welcome Back Falcons

After a long and restful winter break, University Libraries is back and excited to greet the Spring semester…even if it is below freezing outside.

The William T. Jerome library will be open the following hours during Spring 2017 semester (January 9-April 22). Extended hours begin Sunday, April 23.

Monday-Thursday                         8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Friday                                                 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday                                           10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m
Sunday                                              12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Additional information and exceptions can be found on the Library Hours webpage.