Maker Mixer at Albertsons Library

Mingle with makers at Albertsons Library’s Maker Mixer! This is an opportunity to:
  • Connect with interdisciplinary maker faculty and staff
  • Take a sneak peek at the library’s new 3D printer
  • Learn about the maker technologies at the library
  • Enjoy beverages and snacks
If you have an interest in emerging technologies: video creation, design thinking, mobile and web development, eBook creation, but especially 3D printing. Whether you already know about these technologies, or have a desire to learn more, we want you to join us!

Albertsons Library Maker Mixer, Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:30 - 11am, Collaboration Lab (room 109C), first floor of Albertsons Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

#MakerMixer #BoiseState @BSULibrary

Mary Aagard,
Access Services


Boise State's Centennial Amphitheatre

 The Centennial Amphitheatre, located on the Greenbelt east of the Friendship Bridge between Albertsons Library and the Communication building, is a popular outdoor venue for concerts and other events organized by university and community groups. Its location is intentional. It was placed on an undeveloped corner of campus, and it is easily accessible both from Julia Davis Park and the Greenbelt. 

The project to construct the amphitheatre was approved by the State Board of Education in June 1989. The structure was envisioned as more than an outdoor facility for university performances, lectures, and casual gatherings. It was also an enhancement to the Greenbelt and a welcome addition to the Boise arts community. The "Elizabethan Fair" design of the structure looked similar to the Global Theater. It was meant to serve as the culmination of the university's goal of enhancing its indoor performance facilities with an exceptional outdoor theater for special cultural events. The amphitheatre was not envisioned as a "commercial facility, but a cultural bridge to city and region."

Two local businessmen donated the amphitheatre. One was Jim Nelson of Nelson Sand and Gravel who was the Prime Contractor for the project, and the other was Ron Yanke of Yanke Machine Shop. Art Albanese of Zabala-Giltzow-Albanese also donated architectural services for the 16-foot-tall semi-circular structure that could seat 600 people. The amphitheatre was valued at more than $250,000 when it was completed. The landscaping around the structure was created to shield it from surrounding buildings and maximize the natural setting.     

The amphitheatre was completed by the summer of 1990. It was officially dedicated on July 3, 1990. Entertainment for the ceremony was provided by Boise Junior College graduate Gib Hochstrasser and his BSU Alumni Band called the "Little Big Band." The contributions of Jim Nelson, Ron Yanke, and Art Albanese were recognized at the ceremony. The amphitheatre was termed "Centennial" in honor of the centennial of Idaho that was signed into statehood by President Benjamin Harrison as the 43rd state on July 3, 1890. The dedication ceremony was one of the special events held that year to celebrate the state's birthday.

When the amphitheatre opened, it was intended for all agencies on a rental basis, whether it was for academic use, student use, or use by an outside agency. The structure was used annually for SummerFest, a popular festival held along the Boise River in the 1990s. The amphitheatre is currently a frequent host of university and community events.

Julia Stringfellow

Special Collections and Archives


“A is for Arab” Exhibit

Photo credit CC by Tribes of the World, via flickr

A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture features photographs of objects and materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive at Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and documents U.S. popular culture representations of Arabs and Muslims. Powerful, accessible and compelling, the A is for Arab traveling exhibition reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims from the early-20th century to the present.

The exhibit provides historical context about these images, which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons. Check this link to view portions of the exhibit: http://neareaststudies.as.nyu.edu/object/kc.media.jackshaheen.aisforarab

Exhibit Dates and Location: Opening October 6, 2014, Closing October 31, 2014 in the SUB Transit Center.

Documentary Showing: Reel Bad Arabs: 50 minute documentary on how Hollywood vilifies the Arab race will be shown in the library, room 201C, on Tuesday, October 14th from noon-1pm.

Additional Resources for this event include:
  1. Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (book by Dr. Jack Shaheen) on display at the library
  2. Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs After 9/11 (book by Dr. Jack Shaheen) on display at the library
  3. The Nation magazine, “Islamophobia: An Anatomy of An American Panic” July 2-9, 2012, available electronically through the library http://goo.gl/lYKvnP [my.BoiseState login may be required]
  4. Dr. Jack Shaheen interview clips (available on loan from NYU)
Elizabeth Ramsey,
Reference Librarian


Have you found KP2?

KP2 in stacks.jpg
Find me somewhere in the library!
Though he has survived being attacked by his mother, surfing with children, flown out of his native Hawaii and placed in a research facility, KP2 has never met a human he did not like. Now KP2 is in Albertsons Library, waiting to make new friends.

In past years Albertsons Library has participated in Campus Read events and outreach efforts by hiding a plush animal in the book stacks for students to find (2012-2013, 2013-2014). 

We continue on with this tradition with our cute KP2; he’s visited Walden Pond and the Scottish coast, panned for gold, and has read about different mariners throughout time. 

Students may find KP2 anywhere in the library where he is curiously reading up on different topics and people. 

They can also read more about KP2 the seal in this year’s Campus Read, The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and a Marine Biologist’s Fight to Save a Species by Terrie M. Williams, which can be checked out from the library.

People who find KP2 should bring him to the Circulation Desk, where they will be awarded with a prize. Then KP2 will travel again to another part of the library to be found by another friend.

If you find KP2, share with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, #FriendofKP2 #CampusRead @BSULibrary.

Mary Aagard,
Access Services


In Memory of an Idaho Rock and Roll Star

Photo from Flicker, C Thomas
Paul Revere: January 7, 1938 - October 4, 2014
Paul Revere was a unique, charismatic entertainer who started his music career in Caldwell and Boise, Idaho, and went on to become an icon of rock and roll. He passed away at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, on October 4th.

Paul Revere and the Raiders always put on a show that was energetic and fun, ensuring that the audience had a memorable time. Paul Revere and the Raiders were Idaho’s answer to the ‘British invasion’ of rock bands at the time, such as the Beatles and Rolling Stones. The revolutionary costumes they wore were their trademark throughout their career.

Paul Revere worked closely with the likes of Dick Clark and appeared regularly on Where the Action Is. The band were guests on shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show. Paul Revere supported Ride to the Wall, a group in support of veterans, with two CD’s. Hits from his time with Paul Revere and the Raiders include Kicks, Indian Reservation. Louie Louie, Hungry. Check out some of the band’s music through Alexander Street Press.

You can also watch videos of the band’s performances and find more details about them on the Paul Revere & the Raiders website http://www.paulrevereandtheraiders.com/index.html

Audrey Williams & Shelly Doty


Coffee and Donuts with the Research Community

Beginning in September, OIT, in conjunction with the Division of Research and Economic Development and Albertsons Library, will host a community event for researchers and their graduate assistants on a monthly basis.

Please join us on the first Thursday of each month at the Environmental Research Building (ERB), first floor conference room and atrium from 9 am – 11 am. The forum will include brief presentations of resources, support and contact information provided by the Research Computing Department, the Library, and the Division of Research and Economic Development, at 9 am and then again at 10 am.

In between presentations, coffee, tea and donuts are available as well as opportunities for introductions to other university researchers.

For more information:

or contact

Michelle Armstrong, Scholarly Communications and Data Management Librarian michellearmstrong1@boisestate.edu


Reserve a Study Room at Albertsons Library!

Reserve me! http://goo.gl/6EsfO6
Based on student feedback, Albertsons Library has increased the number of group study rooms that can be reserved by students.

The six study rooms, located on all four floors of the library can be reserved via the online reservation form, or students can continue to place reservations at the Circulation or CRC (2nd floor) Desk.

Rooms can be reserved by current Boise State students for 3 hours at a time, 2 reservations a week, and 1 week in advance.

In addition, faculty, staff, and graduate students can reserve private study rooms on the 4th floor. Two rooms, 401 K and 401 L, are small study rooms with one desk and chair.

These offices are ideal for working in a quiet space, away from interruptions. These rooms can be reserved for 8 hours at a time, 3 time slots a week, 1 month in advance. Keys to the room must be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Reservations can be made via our online form, or at the Circulation and CRC Desks.

Other study rooms on the 3rd and 4th floor are first-come first-served. Visit the library’s Library Space page to learn more about the various study and collaborative spaces in the building.

Mary Aagard
Access Services