Record Listening Club

The Record Listening Club takes the idea of a book club and puts a whole new spin on it.

It began in the fall of 2015 by inviting faculty, staff, students or community members to select an album that has some personal significance to them and lead a group discussion in the style of a book club. The only requirement is that the album must be part of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives collection, and with hundreds of thousands of options to choose from, that hasn’t been an issue!

Past events have featured:

  • Sound Archivist and MLBSSA namesake Bill Schurk presenting one of the first albums he purchased for his own personal collection, Little Richard’s Here’s Little Richard
  • Popular Culture Lecturer Matt Donahue presenting Little Axe’s One Man, One Night, which Donahue was involved in recording and producing
  • Music Industry Lecturer Erik Sabo presenting his controversial take on how Pink Floyd’s The Wall is not their best album
  • in fall 2017 a series of albums from 1967 to celebrate their fiftieth anniversaries along with the fiftieth anniversary of Jerome Library

This summer, Record Listening Club takes things on the road to collaborate with the Wood County District Public Library’s summer reading program, “Libraries ROCK!” and to present events for local teens. A full list of past albums and information about upcoming events is available.  http://libguides.bgsu.edu/rlc

New Staff

UL welcomes the following new staff:

Lindy Eynon – Library Associate, Center for Archival Collections, Micrographics Lab
Che Gant – Librarian in Residence, Library Teaching and Learning
Kailey Snyder – Senior Library Associate, Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository


The collective power of Falcon philanthropy changed lives for the world on #BGSUOneDay, making this our best Giving Day yet! Gifts made to BGSU impacted every area on campus, brought more successes than we could have imagined, and made us all proud to be Falcons.

On this day, Falcons from all 50 states and around the world flocked together to support BGSU students. For those who participated gave to the UL on #BGSUOneDay, we extend a sincere thank you. It is because of you that we are able to make our students’ aspirations a reality.

The University Libraries raised $12,240 from 54 gifts; thank you for your support!

Missed out on #BGSUOneDay? You can still impact the lives of BGSU students by making your contribution here.

Student Scholars

The UL Scholarship Committee awarded $1,000 scholarships to seven student employees. These funds were collected from donations made by UL donors and UL employees. Receiving a scholarship provides necessary financial assistance for our students as they continue pursuing their education at BGSU.
Jessie Walton
Ashley Gearheart
Elizabeth Helms
Chaska McGowan
Katherine Monnin
Mark Richards
Monica Yost*
*In addition, Yost was selected received the Stearns Family Scholarship for her work within the Music Library.

Ohio History Fund

The Center for Archival Collections was one of the recipients to receive funds from the Ohio History Connection. As part of the Ohio History Fund Grant, the CAC received $6,700 for “Experiencing War: A Project to Preserve and Make Accessible Oral Histories of World War II.” The project will enable Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections (CAC) to digitize, preserve and publicly disseminate a collection of approximately 100 oral histories of Ohioans’ experiences of World War II. The project will transfer recordings from unstable analog formats to preservation-quality digital files, as well as create descriptive metadata, disseminate files via the CAC’s digital collections platform, and promote the project. The result will be easier access to a historically significant oral history collection and a greater awareness of the CAC as a steward of the region’s cultural heritage.

UL host Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Research Institute

For the third year, the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, along with the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, sponsored a summer research institute at Bowling Green State University, June 3-8.  This institute is generously supported by the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, the Department of Popular Culture and the University Libraries, at Bowling Green State University, as well as by the PCA/ACA Endowment.

Faculty Promotions

Linda Rich, Coordinator of Reference Services, Library Teaching and Learning,
was recently promoted to the rank of Professor at the May 4 Board of Trustees meeting.

Awards and Recognitions

BGSU annually recognizes the value and support rendered by all faculty and staff in accomplishing its mission of providing the best possible environment for the student population. The following UL employees were recognized for their years of service at BGSU:

Chris Hesterman, Learning Commons, 10 years
Seneida Howard, Access Services (retired), 30 years
Stefanie Hunker, Browne Popular Culture Library, 20 years
Mardi Losoya-Rush, Cataloging and Technical Services, 30 years
Chris Miko, Library Teaching and Learning (retired), 32 years
Jennifer Nyiri, Library Teaching and Learning, 10 years
Heidi Popovitch, Administrative Office, 10 years
Rudy Ramos, Library Information Technology, 15 years
Bill Schurk, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (retired), 50 years
Vicki Seifert, Curriculum Resource Center, 10 years

Sandra Sandor Kerbel Librarian Professional Development Award

Lola J. Kerbel established this award in memory of her daughter Sandra Sandor Kerbel, a BGSU alumna and academic librarian. Because of her generosity, three UL team members have been able to add new skills to our resources:

  •  Susannah Cleveland – to attend the Library Management Skills Institute I in Bloomington, Indiana

  • Amy Fry – to present at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference in Indianapolis

  • Edith Scarletto – to attend the ACRL Immersion Teacher Track Professional Development in Burlington, Vermont

Extended Hours begin April 22

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 22 to provide a safe and comfortable research and study environment free of disruption for our students, staff, and faculty.

Important reminder:   Library patrons will have access to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th floors throughout the night.  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!

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