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

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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!

Featured Study Space – Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

Stressed about finals? Come visit us in the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives on the third floor of Jerome Library! We have books, scores, and recordings to support curriculum in Music, Popular Culture, and American Culture Studies. 

If you’re writing papers, we have several Mac and PC computer workstations, a copier/printer, and two scanners, as well as helpful reference staff for music-related topics.

Just need study space? Come enjoy our comfy seating and work tables that can easily accommodate larger study groups.

Need a study break? Search our collections in the library catalog and relax while listening to some great music. We have almost a million recordings spanning nearly every conceivable genre from classical to heavy metal to reggae to bluegrass that you can hear in our listening room!  

Featured Study Space – Visit the CRC

As we get ready for finals, each day we’ll feature some of the lesser-known study spaces in the Jerome Library. Floors 2 through 5 house our Special Collections, but can also be great places to study, away from the crowds!

Curriculum Resource Center

What do Katniss Everdeen, Winnie the Pooh, and Jackie Robinson all have in common? They’re all characters in books available at the Curriculum Resource Center!

And if studying has got you down this Finals Week, why not treat yourself to reading The Hunger Games, Finding Winnie, or Jackie’s Bat? And while you’re picking up a copy at the CRC, why not stay to study?

The Curriculum Resource Center is the ideal place to tuck away and study during Finals Week. In addition to many group study tables, we have an entire classroom, Room 210B, at your disposal (just check the schedule posted outside to see if it’s available). A few of our tables are even tucked away from foot traffic if you really desire a quiet place to work.

As an added bonus, you’ll be surrounded by children’s and young adult literature, games, classroom activities, puppets, die-cut machines, and other charming distractions for when your brain is full and you need a break.

Expand your study space and study away from the crowd. Although Room 210B and the teaching aids shutter up by 10:00 PM, the CRC’s main floor closes when the library closes – which is pretty much never during Finals Week.

Come visit us. Even if it’s just to say “hi” or check out a great children’s book.

Prepare for Finals – Extended Hours at the Library

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,  December 3 to 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!

Reaching For The Stars

Author Mark Kelly Inspires BG Audience With Tales From Life as a Pilot, Astronaut and Tragedy Survivor

By Shay Carroll

As part of events commemorating its 50th anniversary celebration, University Libraries hosted astronaut and author Mark Kelly to headline the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series this fall.

The former Navy officer and NASA astronaut shared his experiences through witty and moving tales to a crowd of several hundred enthusiastic listeners.

Kelly has been to space a total of four times, the first two aboard the STS-108 Endeavour and STS-121 Discovery.

“For my first two flights, I was the pilot,” Kelly said. “For the STS-124 Discovery mission, I was the commander. Being the commander is different, as you’re responsible for the entire mission, for the safety of all of your crew members.”

Kelly inspired the audience with many harrowing and hilarious anecdotes about his life’s trials and tribulations, including his rocky start to becoming a pilot. He described his poor performance on his first attempt to land on an aircraft carrier and how he nearly crashed his plane, prompting the flight evaluator to ask him afterward: “Are you sure this is the right career for you?”

Kelly didn’t give up, though, and redoubled his efforts.BEEG6371

“How good you are at the beginning of something isn’t an indicator of how well you’ll do later,” Kelly said.

One of the first points Kelly expanded upon was that there was never an excuse for not communicating with teammates, describing one event in particular where he didn’t properly communicate with a pilot he was working with during a combat mission over Iraq, which very nearly resulted in getting both him and his partner killed.

“I tell my teams that they are required to question my decisions – especially if they believe it will affect the mission and crew’s safety,” Kelly said. “A group is just as capable of making dumb decisions as one individual, and group think can be dangerous when people are hesitant to contradict anyone else.”

Kelly also spoke candidly about wife Gabrielle Giffords, a former U.S. congresswoman who shot outside a Tuscon supermarket in 2011 while meeting with constituents. While she survived being shot in the head, Giffords now has aphasia – a language disorder resulting from brain injury that leaves its victims with the loss of ability to comprehend or express speech properly.

Kelly and Giffords wrote about the tragedy in their 2011 book, “Gabby: A Story of Courage.”

“It was a learning experience for both of us in terms of patience, and in terms of decision making,” Kelly said of his wife’s shooting and subsequent recovery.

In another moving story, Kelly explained how after Giffords was shot, the doctors needed to perform surgery and repair parts of her skull, and decided to change the way they did the procedure the day before it was scheduled to happen, which led to Kelly questioning how group decisions are made and what the best course of action would be – something he has carried into his career and how he makes safety decisions for his own crew.

Kelly’s last words of advice were from his wife.

“She spent most of the morning trying to articulate just what she wanted to say to all of you,” Kelly said, addressing the crowd. “Right before I left, this is what she finally decided on:  ‘Be bold, be courageous, and be your best.’ And I think that’s all we can really hope to be in life.”

Take a sneak peak inside the Browne Popular Culture Library

This past spring, Visual Communication Technology student Linda Peralez stopped by the Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies to film a short documentary. Featuring Head Librarian Nancy Down and Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown as well as Department of Popular Culture Lecturer Dr. Charles Coletta, this documentary gives a brief history of the library as well as a glimpse inside its amazing and eclectic collections. Take a peek, and then come see for yourself!

A special thanks to Linda Peralez for allowing us to share her excellent work with you.

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