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Fall 2011 Common Read Announced

The fall 2011 Common Reading Experience book has been selected! Join the incoming first year class as they read No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. Book signing and author visit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26. For more information, visit or contact Colleen Boff at  or call 419-372-7901.

From Macmillan publishing:

“What does it really take to live eco-effectively?  For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile–and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.”

Library wins DM Penny Wars

Dance Marathon Flash MobThis week we learned that the University Libraries won this year’s Dance Marathon Penny Wars! Thanks to everyone who put pennies and dollars in our jars – or silver coins in other jars around campus!

According to Pat Pauken, BGSU’s Dance Marathon raised $217,000 this year. It is one of the longest-running DMs in the United States.

See if you can spot the library staff in this video of the Flash Mob organized during Faculty/Staff hour at Dance Marathon 2011!

Librarians celebrate 15, 20 and 25 years!

Linda Rich and Chris MikoSeveral BGSU librarians were honored last week for their years of service to the University, two of whom (pictured here) can often be seen at our main Research & Information Desk.

Linda Rich, Reference Coordinator, is celebrating 15 years at Jerome Library. Linda coordinates staffing and services offered at the main Research & Information Desk, and is also the instruction liaison to the department of Apparel Merchandising and Product Development. Linda has created LibGuides (online research guides) for AMPD, legal resources, and classes dealing with legal issues.

Chris Miko is a Reference Librarian and Bibliographer and has been at Jerome Library for 25 years. Chris is the collection development liaison for Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Technology Systems, and VCT. You can check out his LibGuides for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy.

Other librarians honored were John Forsyth (Bibliographer for Media & Communication, Accounting & MIS, Economics, and other departments; 15 years of service), Stefanie Hunker (Digital Resources Librarian, Browne Popular Culture Library, and liaison to the Film Studies, Theatre & Film, and American Culture Studies programs; 15 years), Julie Rabine (Coordinator of Acquisitions & Cataloging and bibliographer for the Art Department; 15 years), Stephen Charter (Head, Center for Archival Collections and bibliographer for History, 20 years), and Nancy Down (Head, Browne Popular Culture Library and Chair of Archival Collections and Branches as well as bibliographer for ACS, English and Popular Culture; 20 years). We are thankful for all these librarians’ many years of expert service!

Saturday, February 12, is Darwin Day!

Charles DarwinAccording to the website of the International Darwin Day Foundation:

“Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin – the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.”

The Library has a wealth of resources for people interested in learning more about Darwin. The database Biography Reference Bank contains an extensive article about him, including references, images, and links to full-text documents by and about Darwin.

In the image database ARTstor, you can find images of artwork that deals with Darwin, like Rafael Ferrer’s 1973 sculpture Tierra del Fuego and Portrait of Charles Darwin as Fuegian Ceremonial Mask, or photos of Darwin taken by one of the first female photographers, Julia Margaret Cameron.

The Music Library currently is offering a CD by the band Artichoke. It has 26 tracks, each about a different scientist, and Darwin is one of them.

Doing a cited reference search in the Web of Science for Darwin C* and year 1859 will reveal the thousands of scholarly publications that have used Darwin’s famous theory as a source.

And, of course, the library has books by and about Darwin, from an annotated facsimile of On the Origin of Species to the children’s book Animals Charles Darwin Saw: An Around-the-World Adventure.

Happy Darwin Day!

Extended Hours Offered

The Wm. T. Jerome Library will be open for extended hours November 29 – December 16 to help students and groups prepare for finals.  Please visit the library hours web page for a list of building and service times.

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Faculty Learning Community on Creating Digital Collections

Do you have a collection of resources that you’d like to share with colleagues and students? If you’ve created these resources or have permission to digitize them, we invite you to join us in a learning community, Creating Digital Collections for Teaching, Learning and Research, sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning. The learning community will give you the opportunity to design a digital collection that will enhance student learning and promote your research agenda.

As well as introducing the OhioLINK/BGSU Digital Resource Center as an institutional repository platform,  we will also explore software that will support other open access resources such as electronic journals, conference proceedings, or other technical literature.  

For more information and to download an application, see the Center for Teaching and Learning’s information page at The deadline for applications is August 7th.

If you have questions, contact Stefanie Hunker at or 372-7893

Westlaw Campus Research

The Libraries recently subscribed to Westlaw Campus Research, a full-text online database for legal research. It contains legal news, statutes and information, including over 700 full text law reviews and journals, such as American Jurisprudence and American Law Reports. It also contains primary sources, including the United States Code Annotated (USCA), all federal and state cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases, state statutes and regulations from all 50 states, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the Federal Register.


For further information, view the database’s five-minute overview (requires free registration), or just log in and start searching!