University Libraries Community Engagement

PROGRAM ACTIVITY

Library research workshops/tours for area high school groups.

  • Conducted research workshops and tours for area high school groups. Local high school teachers and/or library media specialists bring their classes here so that the First Year Experience Librarian can present them with an idea of the resources available to them in an academic library, help them with their research, and provide them with access to our resources for research.
Regional workshop for area school librarians and high school teachers about what research skills high school students need to develop for college.
  • Developed a presentation for the NW Ohio Education Library Media Specialists Association (OELMA). The presentation included information about library research and necessary technical skills for incoming students, and what high school teachers and library media specialists can do to assist in making the transition to college successful.

Community borrowing of materials

  • Students, faculty, staff, and community members may borrow from our local libraries, from the OhioLINK consortia comprising 91 member Ohio academic institutions’ libraries with a central catalog of nearly 50 million items, and from the SearchOhio consortia comprising 21 Ohio public libraries with access to more than 10 million items. 
Enacted metadata
Adam Matthew digital collaboration
Fair Use Workshop
  • Hosted a two-day workshop to explore issues of fair use and copyright in libraries. Librarians from throughout the state and from nearby states (Michigan and Indiana) participated in learning activities as well as applying concepts addressed to their own cases.

Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music

  • Collabored with the College of Musical Arts (with the Middamerican Center for Contemporary Music), composers and musicians from the musical community at large, and the University Libraries. Scores of musical pieces submitted for the annual New Music Festival are on deposit in the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives while papers documenting the history of the Festival are in the Center for Archival Collections. Users from throughout the world access both collections regularly.

Collaboration between BGSU and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

  • Engagement activity with community and student leaders to provide tours of the special collections. This activity strengthens our relationships with community individuals and businesses.

Collection tours for BGSU leadership and administration

  • Engagement activity with community and student leaders to provide tours of the special collections. This activity strengthens our relationships with community individuals and businesses.

Participation in BGSU Piano Camp

  • Piano students from through Ohio and neighboring states attend piano camp at the College of Musical Arts. For several years, the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives  has supported this process through formal and informal instruction in finding and using music collections.
Local History Publication Award
National History Day in Ohio District 1

Great Lakes Vessels Online Image Database

  • TheGreat Lakes Vessel Database serves as an index tool to our collection of more than 100,000 vessel images. The items in the database have been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study.  Items from the collection have been used in books, television & radio productions, documentaries, museum exhibits, and underwater archaeological studies.
Digital BG News
  • Digitizated the BG News serves as an outreach effort to connect with BGSU alumni and community members, as well as to assist current students with research that utilizes the BG News.
Digital Key Yearbook
  • Digitizated the Key yearbook serves as an outreach effort to connect with BGSU alumni and community members, as well as to assist current students with research that utilizes the Key.

Libguide of freely accessible newspapers used by researchers

  • Created LibGuides for Historical Newspapers Online, Historical Canadian Newspapers Online, and Historical U.S. Newspapers Online to assist BGSU students and external users (librarians, genealogists, teachers and historians) in their search for historical and genealogical resources. 

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture

  • Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted as a teen and held captive for nine months, spoke at the BGSU University Libraries’ new Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories series.  Her speech included reference to “My Story,” the title of her newly released memoir about how she survived and forged a new life after her abduction. Almost 1,000 students and community members took part in Ms. Smart’s visit to BGSU. 

Curriculum Resource Center participation in the Literacy in the Park event

  • Partnership between the BGSU College of Education and Human Development, School of Teaching and Learning and the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center. The focus of Literacy in the Park is to address all of the different ways literacy is important in our lives. The Curriculum Resource Center provides an activity that engages children in using an Ellison die cut machine and book jackets to create one of a kind bookmarks.

Curriculum Resource Center participation in the STEM in the Park event

  • STEM in the Park is a family day hands-on fun at Bowling Green State University featuring a free lunch, take-home STEM activities and hands-on interactive displays and activities. The Curriculum Resource Center participates by sharing science materials from our collection with curious children.

 

Curriculum Resource Center story time for summer camp participants

  • The Recreation and Wellness Kids Camp program provides participants with fun experiences that empower physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth.  The Jerome Library was part of the walking field trips in which themed story time was offered to children age 5-12 by the staff of the Curriculum Resource Center.

CRC hosted a Penta High School student through the Penta Campus Works program  

  • Penta Career Center provides services to students with special needs. The CRC partnered with Penta to train a Penta student to do library work. Both the CRC and Penta benefited from this experience.