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
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.
*In addition, Yost was selected received the Stearns Family Scholarship for her work within the Music Library.
UL welcomes the following new staff:
Library Associate, Center for Archival Collections, Micrographics Lab
Librarian in Residence, Library Teaching and Learning
Senior Library Associate, Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository
Researching the Romance Conference
In 1997, the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University held one of the first academically oriented conferences on the genre of popular romance fiction. Titled “Re-Reading the Romance,” the event included authors and academics from around the country sharing their experiences and love for the genre. A follow-up conference, “Romance in the new Millennium,” was held in 2000, featuring even more thoughtful looks at romance.
Since then, the romance industry has grown to more than $1 billion per year in sales, and the study of popular romance has grown by leaps and bounds along with it. On April 13-14, the Browne Popular Culture Library hosted a conference titled “Researching the Romance.”
The conference was hosted in the Jerome Library and the Wood County District Public Library. Guest of honor was 2017 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Beverly Jenkins. Jenkins has published more than 30 novels, and is well known for the level of detailed research she puts into her books, making her the perfect guest for this conference. She delivered the closing keynote address on Saturday as well as signing books. Also attending were Dr. Kate Brown, assistant professor of political dcience at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana and Dr. Eric Selinger, professor of English at DePaul University and executive editor of the Journal for Popular Romance Studies.
Ohio Digital Network brings Ohio to DPLA
In March, OhioLINK announced that more than 50,000 new materials from the Ohio Digital Network are now discoverable in Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Led by the State Library of Ohio and in partnership with OhioLINK, the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Digital Network builds on strong digital collection efforts across the state, including extensive digital collections at OhioLINK member institutions, Ohio Memory, and the Ohio Digitization Hubs project. As part of this project, University Libraries highlighted a portion of sheet music.