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Libraries and Learning Resources Launch Centennial Campaign “Preserve the Past-Envision the Future” 2002-2009

Lorraine Haricombe, Dean, LLR

This semester the Libraries and Learning Resources launched its Centennial Campaign “Preserve the Past-Envision the Future” 2002-2009. Our goal during the campaign will be twofold. First, we will focus on the spatial and environmental needs for our unique and special collections particularly in the Popular Culture Library, Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, Curriculum Resource Center, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, and the Center for Archival Collections. Secondly, our goal is to raise significant funds towards the construction of secure and appropriate storage and exhibit and study areas for these collections.

Our special collections serve the scholarly needs of our faculty and students as well as national and international researchers. The estimated worth of these precious collections is more than 10 million dollars; however, the variations in temperature, humidity, and the lack of fire suppression put them at risk in the Jerome library building. An estimated 15 million dollars is needed to appropriately store, process, and showcase the collections. Your financial contribution to the Libraries’ Centennial Campaign will provide significant support towards this goal.

Your contribution will be recognized on our beautiful new donor gift tree located on the first floor of Jerome library. Financial contributions may be made at anytime during the Libraries’ Centennial Campaign through 2009. More information about opportunities to give to the library can be found on the libraries’ homepage at: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/giving_lib.html. If you have questions please call the Dean’s office during business hours at (419) 372-2856.

Thank you for support to the Libraries and Learning Resources. Your gift will make a difference!

Electronic Reserves

Colleen Coughlin, Head, Course Reserve

Electronic Reserves (E-Res) at Bowling Green State University is off to a solid and promising start. Following a successful pilot project in fall 2001, the Reserve Units at Jerome Library, Science Library, and Firelands were able to successfully launch electronic reserves throughout the university in spring 2002.

During the fall semester, the Main Reserves unit conducted a pilot project that fulfilled all its objectives with resounding success. The pilot project involved 16 faculty members who represented 24 courses and targeted about 700 students. These faculty and courses represented a wide variety of classroom sizes, the smallest being 3-5 students and the largest being a lecture class of 150. The pilot pool also represented both undergraduate and graduate classes from small discussion and seminar classes to large lecture sections and even two lecture/labs courses. The faculty members helped to test the new E-Res system by submitting approximately 700 documents, consisting of pdf articles, powerpoint presentations, word documents and links to e-books, web sites and Blackboard course pages.

The pilot project ran smoothly with very few reported problems. Faculty and students completed an evaluation of the service that helped to resolve glitches and other problems prior to the launch of E-Res in spring. Faculty and student feedback overwhelmingly reflect a preference for E-Res versus the regular paper-based reserve materials. Of particular note was the faculty perception that students actually read more of the reserve readings, because they were on-line. Students confirmed this faculty perception with 91% of the students reporting that they read the same or even more material for their courses than they would have if they had to use regular paper-based reserve materials.

The pilot project was helpful in identifying a significant problem with file size. We were able to successfully resolve the problem before the campus-wide implementation. The resolution of this problem significantly reduced the download time for our on-campus and our off-campus users of the system.

The launch of E-Res this spring has been very successful. To date, 112 faculty members have submitted 1800 documents for E-Res to support 119 courses, compared to 1500 documents for regular paper-based reserves. Close to 25,000 students have already accessed the E-Res web sites during the semester, showing a much higher use rate than the circulation rate of 12,700 for regular paper-based reserves. For more information about the E-res service please contact Colleen Coughlin at: colleen@bgnet.bgsu.edu or (419) 372-7908.

BGSU Takes the Lead in Statewide Digital Reference Service

Kelly Broughton, Coordinator, Reference Services

Last fall, BGSU librarians Kelly Broughton and Carol Singer, working with OhioLINK staff, earned a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $64,000 to implement a statewide live, digital, reference service for Ohio’s college students, faculty, and researchers. Like the BGSU Libraries’ “Chat with a Librarian” service, this service, with the click of a button, offers the assistance of a librarian to students who need help searching an OhioLINK database such as Periodical Abstracts. When they connect, they will be greeted by a librarian from an OhioLINK affiliated library who will answer their inquiry.

The statewide pilot project will be beta tested this spring at eight institutions including BGSU, Miami University, NEOUCOM, The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, University of Toledo, and Wittenberg University. The service will be available to all library users associated with these schools and will be staffed by librarians from the eight schools. It is anticipated that the service will go statewide and involve librarians and library users from all of the OhioLINK institutions in fall 2002. This new statewide initiative will benefit BGSU’s Libraries and Learning Resources in two significant ways. First, it will considerably reduce the cost of the software, and second, the demand for digital reference service will be shared by librarians across the state. While digital reference service is not new, OhioLINK will offer the largest cooperative academic reference service of its kind.

BGSU Receives Ohio Board of Regents Grant to Improve Student Learning through Faculty Development

Catherine Cardwell, Coordinator, Library User Education

BGSU faculty Catherine Cardwell (Libraries and Learning Resources) and Dan Madigan (Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology), in collaboration with Kent State University, were awarded $343,000 from the Ohio Board of Regents Technology Initiatives Program recently for their proposal entitled, “Improving Student Learning through faculty Development: A Plan for Information Literacy.”

In an effort to help faculty, administrators and students have an increased understanding of information literacy and its significance, the Libraries and Learning Resources (LLR) and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) have been collaborating for more than a year to offer extended workshops. Participants learn to distinguish the critical differences between the “free” web and subscription databases, both crucial sources of information for researchers; to create effective online research assignments that engage students in critical thinking; to use effective “search” skills on the web; to improve both personal and student research skills; and to develop strategies to prevent and detect plagiarism. So far, approximately 70 BGSU faculty members have attended the workshops conducted by Dan Madigan, Cathi Cardwell, and Colleen Boff (LLR).

Teachers, administrators and students generally agree that increased access to information through new technologies has enriched our learning and our lives. At the same time, however, this information and access to information has presented a new set of problems. For example, how does a student distinguish reliable information from unreliable information on the web? And, how does a student move beyond surfing the web to becoming information literate? A commonly accepted definition of information literacy is “the ability to articulate an information need, retrieve appropriate information, and use the information effectively and appropriately.”

As part of a project funded through this OBOR Technology Initiatives Grant, participants who have already attended the faculty workshops and those who plan to attend in Fall 2002 will be invited to apply for a $5000 equipment grant that will support the integration of information literacy skills into their courses. For more information please contact Cathi Cardwell at cardcat@bgnet.bgsu.edu or 2-7903.

BGSU Libraries Joins LibQual+ Project to Measure Library Users’ Satisfaction

Bonna Boettcher, Head of Special Collections

The LibQual+ project is a joint effort of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Texas A & M University (TAMU). Individuals directing the LibQual+ efforts are working to develop an instrument that will measure user satisfaction with library services and collections. They are basing their instrument on the SERVQUAL instrument, a well established and repected total market survey tool developed and tested by Parasuraman, Zeithaml, and Berry. The first iteration of the web-based survey was administered to a small group of institutional volunteers in 2000; later that year, ARL and TAMU were awarded a three-year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to further refine and expand the project.

One of the features of SERVQUAL that has been retained for LibQual+ is the use of the “gap” method for assessing satisfaction. Those completing the survey are asked to supply three responses to each statement: their minimum acceptable level for the specific aspect; their maximum, or ideal, level; and the level they ascribe to BGSU Libraries. The three responses provide a context for interpreting the results.

Along with a number of other OhioLINK libraries and more than 100 libraries nationwide, BGSU Libraries has joined the project in the second year of the three-year grant. With the assistance of the Office of Institutional Research and Information Technology Services, we have distributed the URL for the survey to preselected lists of BGSU community members (undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff). Following brief demographic questions, all participants will respond to twenty-five statements. OhioLINK has been allowed five additional statements to assess satisfaction with OhioLINK services.

Data from the survey, which will be administered locally from 19 March – 10 May, 2002 will be available by the end of the summer, with additional data for OhioLINK libraries available in August. We look forward to receiving this data and responding to our users’ thoughts on the services and collections available at BGSU.

If you would like additional information, please e-mail libqual@bgnet.bgsu.edu or visit http://www.arl.org/libqual/

BGSU Acquires the GARY C. HOPPENSTAND ADVENTURE FICTION COLLECTION

Colleen Warner, Popular Culture Librarian

The Popular Culture Library proudly announces the acquisition of an extraordinary collection of British and American adventure fiction. The Hoppenstand Collection contains nearly one thousand monographs and features rare, first edition classics from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods in England and the early twentieth century in the United States. A few of the preeminent authors and their works include: The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, Dr. Nikola by Guy Boothby, Rafael Sabatini’s Captain Blood and Beau Geste by P.C. Wren. Intellectually related to the monographs is an extensive set of colorfully illustrated adventure pulp magazines dating from the 1910’s through the 1940’s. The Hoppenstand Collection is one of the largest sets of historical and contemporary adventure fiction ever assembled and placed in an academic institution.

The collection is a gift of noted popular culture scholar, author and BGSU alumnus, Dr. Gary C. Hoppenstand. Currently, Dr. Hoppenstand is Professor and Associate Chairperson in the Department of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. A reception honoring Dr. Hoppenstand for his wonderful gift and support of the Popular Culture Library was held in the William T. Jerome Library on Thursday, April 11, 2002.

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