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!

Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week is April 9-13
This week, University Libraries joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.





Monday, April 9, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Pallister Conference Room, William T. Jerome Library
Poetry Reading –
Bring a copy of your favorite poem to recite or look through some of our poetry books from the Center for Archival Collections’ poetry collection to find inspiration. You do not have to recite a poem to attend. We will also have our collection of artists’ books on display.

Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, First Floor Lobby, William T. Jerome Library
Sleeve FacingJoin the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sounds Archives for sleeve facing.  What is sleeve facing you ask?  Here’s the simple answer: one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion [in a library]”

Thursday, April 12, 10:00 am, First Floor Lobby, William T. Jerome Library
Dunkin Donuts!
  – The Friends of the University Libraries will serve Dunkin Donuts and coffee to our patrons.

Friday, April 13-14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Pallister Conference Room, William T. Jerome Library
The Browne Popular Culture Library at BGSU will host an academic conference focused on various aspects of the romance genre.  The “Researching the Romance” conference will be held in two locations over the course of the weekend. Friday’s sessions will be held in the Jerome Library on the campus of Bowling Green State University, while Saturday’s events will be held at the Wood County District Public Library in downtown Bowling Green.

Prize Patrol – Staff from the Curriculum Resource Center will be patrolling the library with book related questions and fabulous prizes.  You could win a fabulous prize!

University Libraries Celebrate Winter Sports

Display case- winter sports fun
The fun of winter sports- from hockey and skiing to curling and more!

The weather outside may be frightful, but to winter sports enthusiasts, there’s snow time like the present to get out there! If the recent cold and snow have got you down, stop by Jerome Library to see our new exhibit about winter sports and the Winter Olympics. Celebrate the history of the Winter Olympics and the BGSU Ice Arena, lutz with local figure skating legend Scott Hamilton, faceoff with the 1984 NCAA Hockey Championship winning Falcons and the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team, laugh at some ski humor, come around on curling, and eagerly await the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea this February. Who knows? You may inspired to pick up a new hobby to occupy these long winter months. The exhibit runs from now through March 30th.

Authors and Artists – Call for Submissions

Each year, The Friends of the University Libraries recognizes members of the University community for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. This year, honorees will be selected for accomplishments that occurred from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.  We will honor them at a Reception on April 11, 2018.

We are asking you to nominate individual(s) from within your department or area by completing the nomination form, which is available on the Friends web page. Self-nominations are acceptable.

To ensure that all nominations receive full consideration, nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 2.

Thank you for participating with The Friends in this important project.

Featured Study Space – Center for Archival Collections

Computers too crowded on the first floor?  Not enough room for your group up on 7?  Want to take a break from 8?  Come check out the study space on the 5th Floor of Jerome Library.  The Reading Room at the Center for Archival Collections has five tables to gather your group around, plus two computer workstations connected to a copier/printer.   We also have two scanners in case your projects need some last minute images.  We even have exhibits for when you need a bit of a study break.  Currently we are displaying materials documenting women and sports at BGSU.

The Center for Archival Collections is an archives and manuscript repository within the University Libraries.  Our primary mission is to actively acquire and make accessible to researchers historical materials for five unique collections: Northwest Ohio, University Archives, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the National Student Affairs Archives. 

Just remember, you do not have to be using our collections in order to study here.  We have a friendly staff and our Reading Room is usually pretty quiet.  This makes us a great alternative study space anytime of the year.  We are open 8 am to 9 pm Mondays and 8 am – 5 pm Tuesdays through Fridays.

We hope to see you sometime soon on 5!

Featured Study Space – Browne Popular Culture Library

Founded in 1969, the Browne Popular Culture Library occupies the entire fourth floor of the Jerome Library and contains a mind-boggling collection of items related to American popular culture from the late 1800s through today.

But did you know it’s also a delightful place to spend a day studying? We have comfy couches with plenty of power outlets, tables for small group studying, and a chance to listen in on our staff arguing hot topics like the merits of Die Hard as a Christmas movie (it totally is!).

Need a break from studying? Check our catalog for your favorite superhero and spend some time with classic comic books. You could also read a romance novel, or even some classic Star Trek fan fiction. We’ve also got a wide selection of DVDs that you can check out with your BGSU ID- from TV shows and documentaries to animation and Hollywood hits.

The Browne Popular Culture Library is one of the hidden gems of BGSU’s campus. Come spend an hour or two among some of the coolest stuff around. And maybe get some work done while you’re at it. We’re open 8am-9pm Monday and Tuesday, 8am-5pm Wednesday-Friday, and 5pm-9pm Sundays. See you soon!

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