5.24.2015

Albertsons Library Closed for Memorial Day


The Library and the rest of campus will be closed on Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday. Find online resources at our website at http://library.boisestate.edu/ and library hours at http://library.boisestate.edu/about/hours.php  

5.21.2015

Albertsons Library Faculty: Advisors for the New Creative Technologies Association

Student learns about why bananas are conductive, and plays Tetris with bananas and MaKey MaKeys. You can check out your own MaKey MaKey at the library's Circulation Desk!
When the library purchased a 3D printer and began providing a service, the library faculty working with this device met a group of passionate students who wanted to pursue creative technologies outside their coursework. Scott Schmader, Greg Brasier, Elle (Michelle) Pyles, Veronica Blake, and Ian Gilman are the founding officers of the Creative Technologies Association (CTA), each coming from a different major and background. The CTA was recognized by ASBSU in Spring 2015.

Working together and collaboratively, this group of students has already been instrumental in providing workshops for their peers, hosting a MaKey MaKey build night and assisting Albertsons Library with the development of the MakerLab and with the 3D printer services.

Library faculty Deana Brown and Amy Vecchione are the faculty advisors for this group. As part of this network, we actively seek to engage fellow makers from the community, and from campus, to help create new knowledge through the process of critical making.

Many of the students that are members have worked on creative and technical projects: inventions, new designs, entrepreneurial business ideas. Each of them enjoy the aspects of critical making, reflecting back on what, of their projects, worked and what did not. 

To learn more about the organization visit OrgSync. From the constitution, they state that: 
The purpose of this organization shall be to: provide students and faculty with a campus-wide network of informational, social, and physical resources that will allow them to explore and expand their individual and group interests in the field of creative technology through various independently initiated projects. Furthermore, members will develop and use creative thinking skills that are highly applicable to a multitude of modern careers - ultimately being able to present their work in the CTA as part of a resume to future employers.
We are very excited to welcome this group to the Boise State campus.

There are several skill sets that the CTA wishes to learn more about including projection mapping, creating digital experiences, user experience design, building a quadcopter, and creating their own filament for 3d printing. Please get in touch if you want to work together and learn!

Contact Amy Vecchione amyvecchione@boisestate.edu and Deana Brown deanabrown@boisestate.edu to learn more!

5.19.2015

Changes Around the First Floor

You'll start seeing some changes around the first floor due to the construction taking place. Here are some snapshots of what's been changing so far since the summer session began.

The browsing collection, full of great reads, is now located near the Starbucks.

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The Browsing Collection has moved to a new nook on the first floor!

Microfilm cabinets are moving into the space where these books used to be. 

Microfilm cabinets are moving in.
This area is now cleared for the MakerLab!

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This room will house the Albertsons Library's MakerLab and the GIMM Lab. 

5.18.2015

Albertsons Library Makes Way for the MakerLab

Albertsons Library will see some exciting changes over the summer months.

Construction soon will start on the first floor to make room for the library’s MakerLab, a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation. The lab will feature technology such as 3D printers, vinyl cutters, Raspberry Pi (an extremely powerful, small cluster computer), Arduinos (a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer), squishy circuits and more.

Space also is being created for a new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program. The GIMM classroom and lab space are part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID) and classes will start in fall 2015.

The library also will host the COID offices on the second floor. In order to make room for the new college, the library will be relocating furniture and collections. In some cases, where the library has permanent electronic versions of journals, large duplicate journal sets will be withdrawn in favor of electronic access.

Follow Albertsons Library on Twitter, Facebook or on this very blog for updates on these exciting changes.

5.11.2015

Summer & The Albertsons Library


Welcome to the Summer session, Boise State! We're glad to have you in our temperature controlled, Wi-Fi enabled, air-conditioned building! We strive to make your research and study spaces as comfortable and useful as possible. Enjoy:
  • When is the library open? Check here http://library.boisestate.edu/about/hours.php
  • Access articles from journals and magazines from 280+ research databases
  • Hundreds of computers running Microsoft Office, Mac and PC laptops for checkout, scanners, and multiple BroncoPrint stations, including wireless printing from your laptop
  • Printing stations on 1st and 2nd floors, and color printing on the 1st floor
  • Check out iPads, MacBooks, and netbooks from the Circulation desk on the first floor
  • Streaming video databases on a wide range of subjects--watch online or on your portable device
  • The library catalog sports a large & growing collection of eBooks--read books online or download it to your portable device
  • Did we mention a Starbucks in the building? First floor, next to the library's entrance
  • Extensive subject guides in fields such as Public Administration, Anthropology, Kinesiology, Educational Technology and many more, via the library's subject guides
  • A collaboration room (L109C) with scanners & computers
  • Have questions about research, campus, or anything at all? We’re available to help you via our Help page, on Facebook, and on Twitter. We're well represented on Pinterest and Instagram too. Or you can text us your questions at (208) 546-9982
Here's to a fun & research-rich summer semester!

4.28.2015

Resources to help you prepare for your future

It’s that time of year again! As many of students prepare to graduate and others look to the future, we’ve pulled together a few resources to help you on your way. If you have time, stop by and see our book display next to the Circulation desk - available during Dead and Finals weeks.

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/5079551048

eBooks:


Here are a few of the eBooks that the library provides access to. Hurry, though – except for the first item on this list, you must be a student at, or employed by, Boise State University to access these titles.

Your federal student loans: learn the basics and manage your debt
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/477404401

The Image of Success: make a great impression and land the job you want
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/635960624

Successful interview skills: how to prepare, answer tough questions and get your ideal job
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/496121558

Acing the interview: how to ask and answer the questions that will get you the job
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/213812487

Fried: why you burn out and how to revive
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/787842735

Websites:

Boise State University Career Center – http://career.boisestate.edu

Ellie Dworak & Lindsay Dwyer
Librarians

4.27.2015

Shakespeare’s First Folio Dates Announced


Breaking News: We’re bringing one of the most famous books of all time to Boise State in 2016! Boise State University was selected as Idaho’s only stop on a national tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio—the original 1623 edition of the collected works by Shakespeare.

From August 20 - September 21, 2016 you’ll be able to stop by the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery in the Yanke Building (http://ahi.boisestate.edu/gallery/) and see a copy of this historic book. The exhibition marks the first time Shakespeare’s Folio has ever been on display for the public in Idaho.

18 of Shakespeare’s plays that we know today including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night probably would have been lost to us without the First Folio. The book was compiled by two actors in Shakespeare’s company after the playwright died; about 750 copies were originally printed, and only 233 copies are known to exist today.  The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. holds 82 copies of the First Folio, and in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, they are sending copies of the Folio to every state and to Puerto Rico beginning in January 2016.

During the exhibition, the First Folio will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be.” A multi-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now, will be accompanied by digital content and interactive activities. Albertsons Library and the Arts and Humanities institute will also collaborate to create an exhibit celebrating the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 40th season in 2016.

Until then, we’ll be working with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Boise Public Library and other local organizations to create a series of First Folio events for all ages while the exhibit is in town.  We’re so excited about this amazing opportunity for Boise State—if you have any questions or ideas, send them to librarian/archivist Gwyn Hervochon at gwynhervochon@boisestate.edu.