Stress Relief at the Library

Comics courtesy of Special Collections and Archives

Albertsons Library is helping you squash the stress of final exams starting Dead Week with a collaboration with Advising & Academic Enhancement (AAE). Staff from AAE will have a table in the library to offer study assistance. You may also notice their study tips on bookmarks, slides and Toilet Talk flyers. Here’s what else we have planned during Finals Week:

  • On Monday, 12/15, Special Collections will have comics from our collection on display as well as materials to do your own drawings, and local comics writer/illustrator Al Asker will be on hand to talk about comics from 1-4pm. 
  • Monday at midnight the library will host a Zumba session in room 201C.
  • Tuesday at midnight we will have a yoga session in room 201C.
  • All week, indoor lawn games will be set up, and available for checkout. If you post a picture of your friends playing the lawn games to the library Facebook page, you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a portable power pack!

As usual, Albertsons is also partnering with ASBSU to offer cram snacks Sunday-Wednesday of Finals Week. In addition, we’ll be hosting a knitting hour from 2-3pm Monday through Thursday in the niche where Starbucks’ door used to be. All are welcome, experienced or not. 

More information on knitting and other ways to relieve stress is available on our Stress Relief guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/stressrelief.

Best of luck on your exams and final projects!

Elizabeth Ramsey
Reference & Instruction Librarian


Library Hours for Dead Week & Finals Week

Ready for finals? The Albertsons Library will be open 24 hours a day during Dead AND Finals week starting December 8th. The first and second floors will remain open too, which includes the library's computer classroom (L203) and its 30 additional computers.

Here's the schedule:
  • Monday 12/8: Open at 7 am and close at midnight on Friday, 12/12
  • Saturday 12/13: Open at 10 am until midnight
  • Sunday 12/14: Open at 10 am and close on Thursday, 12/18 at 7 pm
  • Friday, 12/19: Open at 8 am and close at 5 pm
  • Sunday12/20 through Sunday 12/28: all university offices and library closed for Winter Break
During the late night hours staff will be on hand to answer questions and check out first-floor reserve materials. Free coffee and treats will be provided each night (while supplies last!) by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU). An officer from the Boise Police Department will be on duty in the library all night and can provide escort service as needed.

Please refer to our calendar for the complete list of library hours. Of course, you can always access our online resources 24/7 at http://library.boisestate.edu/

Best of luck on your finals!


Coffee and Donuts Series

Coffee and Donuts Series
A community event for researchers and graduate assistants


Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Flickr photo by BioDivLibrary
The Albertsons Library will be open reduced hours during the Thanksgiving holiday break. The library will be open:

  • Sunday, Nov. 23: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 24: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 25: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday through Saturday: CLOSED
  • Regular hours resume on Sunday, Nov. 30

You can find updated library hours at http://goo.gl/Ef7TKu

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!


The Legacy of Miss Ruth McBirney

Figure 1. Ruth McBirney, Evenlyn Evarts (left), and Lois Hansen (right).
Boise Junior College librarians. University archives photo.
A new exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Albertsons Library is now up! This second exhibit of the year showcases Ruth McBirney, Head Librarian from 1954 to 1977. But, who was this woman? Why is there an entire exhibit on her? Ruth was a key figure that helped transform Boise Junior College into Boise State University. With her strong commitment to education and to Boise State, Ruth worked effortlessly for 23 years to ensure the library kept up with academic needs.

Ruth, a Boise native, was born on January 16, 1918. Graduating from Boise High School in 1935, Ruth attended one year at Boise Junior College. A year later, Ruth entered Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she studied French and Music. Ruth graduated from Whitman in 1939, and later received her bachelor’s in Library Science from the University of Washington in 1940. Ruth then returned to Boise where she worked as a librarian for Boise Junior College and the Boise Public Library for two years.

In 1942, Ruth went to New York, where she worked for the Music Library at Columbia University.  Her French degree suited her well as she traveled to France to be a reference librarian in 1947. She later was appointed head librarian. Her experiences in France are well documented and can be found within her files in Special Collections and Archives. Ruth returned to Boise in 1954, when she agreed to step in as head librarian of Boise Junior College while the current head librarian was ill. Ruth would find herself in this position for the next 23 years.

Figure 2. Ruth, Robert Overstreet (Board of Trustees), and a
construction official with the cornerstone of the library, 1963.
University archives photo.
During her 23 years in that post, Boise Junior College became a four-year college and, in 1974, Boise State University. As head librarian, Ruth oversaw the construction of a new library building and built the collection from one of 20,000 volumes to one containing 300,000 volumes.

She was instrumental in bringing the congress classification system you see today. Her efforts in establishing a university archives was tremendous, having donated a few of her own personal books to get it started.

Ruth was a woman of stature and character, but was headstrong and fought for Boise State students. Under Ruth’s leadership, the Boise State library became one of the biggest and most efficient libraries in Idaho, despite its rather secluded location. During her tenure, Ruth became involved with the Soroptimist Club of Boise, served as president of the Idaho Library Association, and attended the First Presbyterian Church. With her busy schedule, Ruth always took time to do what she loved the most, traveling. While at Boise State, and after her retirement, Ruth traveled to distant places. China, France, Europe, Italy, and India are among her many destinations.

Figure 3. Ruth at her desk, 1969.
University Archives photo.
In 1977, Ruth retired from Boise State University. Her retirement prompted many acknowledgments from Boise State employees and even Senator Frank Church.

After her retirement, Ruth donated almost $16,000 to form the Lois and Chaffee Scholarship. This scholarship benefited many students studying Music, History, and English. Ruth McBirney died in Boise, Idaho on March 20, 1991.

For more information on Ruth McBirney, be sure to check out the exhibit! It will be up for the remainder of the Fall semester. Be sure to also check out the permanent exhibit located inside the Ruth McBirney room on the second floor.

All materials from this exhibit can be located in Special Collections and Archives in the Ruth McBirney files (MSS 113).

Arthur Aguilera
Student Library Assistant



The Albertsons Library is going GREEN!

The Albertsons Library now has a total of 10 single stream recycling bins available. They are located on all four floors of the central part of the Library. 

These stations are co-located with a trash can to enable items to be disposed of properly in the correct bin.

 The following is a list of items which CAN be recycled on campus:

  • Cardboard coffee sleeves 
  • Clean Paperboard (non-greasy containers) 
  • Empty Aluminum cans 
  • Empty Plastic cups 
  • Empty Plastic bottles 
  • Empty Soup cans 
  • Plastic lids 
  • Paper 
  • Post-It notes 
  • Toilet paper rolls 
  • Yogurt containers 

Here is a list of common items which CANNOT be recycled on campus:

  • Capri Sun packets and juice boxes 
  • Compostable service ware (composting not available at this time and NOT recyclable) 
  • Condiment packets 
  • Disposable drink cups from the dining areas (Coke cups, coffee/tea cups) 
  • Glass bottles 
  • Plastic utensils 
  • Snack wrappers (chips, cookies, pop tarts) 
  • Straws
Please contact the Circulation desk if you have any questions or let them know if a bin needs to be emptied.


Student Art Books Now on Display

An exhibit of art books by students taking ART 108 is now on display on the first floor of the Albertsons Library. Art books are different from books about art in that they are original artworks in themselves, sometimes in the shape of books, sometimes using parts of the books to convey an artist’s message.

Some of the art books you’ll see in this exhibit are handmade books, while others use books in a variety of techniques including paper-mâché, paper folding, and innovative combinations of books and other materials. The exhibit will be on display through December 2nd.

Elaine Watson
Elizabeth Ramsey