Undergraduate Research Conference

From 1:00 - 4:00pm today in the Jordan Ballroom, Boise State is hosting the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. The conference features podium and poster presentations from all six colleges and allows the campus (and community) to  learn about the research undergraduates are engaged in. To see a complete list of abstracts, go to ScholarWorks at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/2015_under_conf/.

Congratulations to all students participating in the poster session! Remember, if you would like the rest of the world (including future employers and grad schools) to see what you've accomplished, you can send a PDF of your poster to ScholarWorks at: scholarworks@boisestate.edu.

Amber Sherman,
ScholarWorks Librarian


National Library Week

National Library Week, which began in 1958, celebrates libraries and librarians and what libraries offer communities. Long before National Library Week began the American Library Association (ALA), libraries, and librarians were working hard to support our entire country. One of those ways was begun in 1917, in conjunction with the War Department's Commission on Training Camp Activities, to provide library service to soldiers throughout the United States and overseas. This began the War Library Bulletin and the drive to establish libraries in all camps in all branches of service.


According to the Personal Efficiency in Business, this library became the largest of its kind in the world by 1919. Through the cooperative efforts of libraries they created a "library war fund of $1,700,000 and from gift books worth as much more, it had been organized to serve in various capacities five million actual or potential clients, from over two thousand branches, stations and departments located in all parts of the world where American soldiers were training, fighting or convalescing", had 3,000,000 million holdings, distributing over 5,000,000 magazines.

The ALA was innovative for the time and noted a need that was unmet. The ALA, libraries, librarians and all library staff still practice that innovation to this day. Even more so with the advent of technology and the ability to put into each person's hand that which is the basis of libraries - information.

Shelly Doty,
Albertsons Library


Idaho Library Snapshot Day

This week is National Library Week AND Idaho Library Snapshot Day! Albertsons Library will be joining in the celebration by taking snapshots in the library on Friday, April 17th. We're inviting you, our community, to help us document a day in the library by taking your own photos of people/things/moments that epitomize what the library is to you. Share your photos by posting them to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IDSnapshotDay.

If you're willing, submit any photos to Teresa from the Idaho Commission for Libraries at teresa.lipus[at]libraries.idaho.gov by Thursday, April 23, 2015. Photo size should be about 1 MB to 3 MB.

If you have questions you can contact Elizabeth at 426-3781. Get snapping!

Elizabeth Ramsey,
Reference & Instruction Librarian


Campus Read 2015-2016 Kickoff

Albertsons Library will be hosting the Campus Read Kick-Off event on April 7th from 1:30 PM till 3:00 PM. We will display next year’s Campus Read selection, A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel.

Join us on the 1st floor of the Library, across from the Circulation Desk. We will have cake, whiteboards where you can write about your favorite books, and a display with the new book. Come join us and get a jump start on the campus wide common reading experience for 2015-2016.

Mary Aagard,
Access Services


Library Art Exhibit Winners

Shoshone Ice Caves Dinosaur with Native by Carrie Quinney
Albertsons Library present its “50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition” from April 2 to May 3 on the second floor of the library.

The Albertsons Library’s 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition was open to all artists in the Treasure Valley and vicinity. Artists were allowed to submit up to two works each, with a total of 93 entries submitted. Boise State jurors Lily Lee, a visual artist and assistant professor of sculpture, and Brian Wiley, visual artist and assistant professor of graphic design, selected 36 works by 27 artists for inclusion in the exhibit. The awards for top works went to:
  • 1st prize: Carrie Quinney for Shoshone Ice Caves Dinosaur with Native
  • 2nd prize: Anna Matejcek for Flight/Freeze 
  • 3rd prize: Katy Rogan for Inishmore
Honorable Mentions:
  • Allison Corona for Novedades La CosteƱa, Caldwell, ID
  • Tony Caprai for Rush
The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Civil War Exhibit at Albertsons Library

An exhibit, “Setting the Record Straight,”  is on display in the library lobby through April 13th in honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. 
Boise State History Department Graduate research assistant
Kate Claussen and Dr. David Walker

Dr. David Walker and Dr. Raymond Krohn, both from Boise State’s History Department, curated the exhibit, “This exhibit challenges certain myths about the American Civil War (1861-1865) by stressing the need to consult sources from the time period, speeches, newspapers, and documents (primary sources) - that give us our best understanding of what caused the war, its cost in lives and limbs, and the results of all the bloodshed."

Former director of the Idaho State Military History Museum,
Ken Swanson, showing artifacts to two students.

Artifacts of that bloodshed are also included in the display, courtesy of former director of the Idaho State Military History Museum, Ken Swanson. The artifacts include slave manacles, a bone saw, and an 1861 contract musket rifle, among other gruesome relics of the war. In addition, informational posters were created by Dr. Walker, Dr. Raymond Krohn, and graduate research assistant Kate Claussen from primary sources of the era. Dr. Krohn will be available in the library on Bronco Day, April 11th to answer questions about the exhibit.

Elizabeth Ramsey,
Reference & Instruction Librarian


Research Community Invited to Coffee and Donuts Forum – April 2nd

The campus research community is invited to the monthly Coffee and Donuts forum from 9-11 a.m. April 2nd.

The schedule is as follows:
  • 9 – 11 a.m. Microforms area – 1st Floor
    Open forum to mingle. Support staff will be available to answer questions on data management planning, research computing and proposal development.
  • 10 – 11 a.m. Room 201C – 2nd Floor
    “Responding to Grant Funder Policies on Research Dissemination.” The White House directive on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research is changing federal department funding policies. Learn how these changes impact your grant proposals and the resources Boise State has to help you comply with individual federal and foundation guidelines. Participants may take their coffee and donuts to the presentation. Michelle Armstrong, Scholarly Communications and Data Management Librarian and Amber Sherman, ScholarWorks Librarian

Coffee and Donuts is presented by the Research Computing Department, Albertsons Library and the Division of Research and Economic Development. The forum includes information on available resources and support services and is meant to allow faculty and students to visit with one another and administrative staff and establish a sense of community.

Additional Coffee and Donuts forums will be presented from 9-11 a.m. on May 7. Each forum will highlight a specific topic, research area, or expertise. Agenda with details will be posted prior to each event.

Michelle Armstrong,
Scholarly Communications and Data Management Librarian