Buy Nothing Day

"Walmart on Black Friday 2009" by Laurie is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Where will you be November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving, or as it’s known in the U.S., Black Friday? Waiting outside of a big box store for the perfect gift for yourself or others? Worried about adding to your credit card debt over the holidays, but feeling compelled to shop anyway? You know, you could be relaxing in your jammies at home, celebrating Buy Nothing Day. 

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against over-consumerism, founded in 1992 by Canadian artist Ted Dave, and since promoted by AdBusters magazine

You can find additional resources on the anti-consumerist movement at Albertsons Library:

Shop ‘til you drop: the crisis of consumerism http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/521099791
Affluenza: How overconsumption is killing us --and how we can fight back  [Ebook]   http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/867050543

Or, if you’d like to spend your time relaxing with some fiction, we have a Good Reads guide to all things fresh and fascinating in literature http://guides.boisestate.edu/goodreads. However you choose to celebrate your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you all the best.

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Library hours during the Thanksgiving holiday

"Pie II" by Sarah is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Albertsons Library will have reduced hours during the Thanksgiving holiday break. The library will be open:

  • Sunday, Nov. 22: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 23: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday Nov. 26 through through Saturday Nov. 28th: CLOSED

Regular hours resume on Sunday, Nov. 29. You can find updated library hours at http://library.boisestate.edu/about/hours.php

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!


Save Students Money by Rethinking the Textbook

Textbooks are expensive and they don’t always fit the learning objectives of your course.

Join Leif Nelson and Amber Sherman for a brown bag lunch workshop on how you can save students money by rethinking your textbook and adopting open educational resources (OERs).

We will give you an overview of the textbook problem and show you how to get started identifying, evaluating and incorporating open material in your course. This workshop will be offered on Monday, November 16th starting at noon in the MakerLab at Albertsons Library.

A hands-on workshop for faculty to search open educational resources and importing content to Blackboard will be offered on Tuesday, November 17th. Sign up at https://orgsync.com/117745/events/1276503/occurrences/2859504

Amber Sherman,
ScholarWorks Librarian


Thank you to our Veterans!

Check out other Veterans Celebration events being held November 9-13. To celebrate Veterans Day, I’d like to share some information about resources, at Boise State and beyond, which are available to veterans.

Boise State University Veteran Services Center
In 2015, Veteran Services was awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which is being used to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Students. Congratulations to the amazing staff who work hard to make Boise State such a great environment for student veterans!

ΩΔΣ (Omega Delta Sigma)
Student veteran and Veteran Services Education and Event Coordinator Travis Hayes founded the Idaho Alpha Chapter of this co-ed college fraternity for veterans when he began his education at Boise State. Travis was recently featured on the Vice President’s Faces of Student Affairs blog. For more information about chapter activity at Boise State University contact pres.ida@omegadeltasigma.com.

Boise State University Veterans Upward Bound
This office is officially dedicated to helping veterans (both students and community) achieve academically by offering free assessments, instructional programs, and career planning, but the caring staff make it feel like a community center of sorts.

Boise Vet Center
The Boise Vet Center is available to all combat veterans, and is staffed with some awesome therapists who care about the well-being of veterans.

Library Research Guide - Veteran Services
You can find all of the resources I mention (and more) here. My contact information is also listed on this page, and please don’t hesitate to use it. I’m great at finding resources, whether academic or otherwise, so if I don’t know the answer to your question, I’m pretty sure I can find out who does!

Ellie Dworak is the library liaison for Veteran Services, Veteran’s Upward Bound and Military Sciences.


Boise State Authors: Over 1 ½ million Downloads

Congratulations Boise State Authors! Your scholarly works have been download over 1 ½ million times since ScholarWorks began in 2009. 

In a time when journal prices are skyrocketing and publishers are placing more restrictions on authors, systems like ScholarWorks help connect people from around the world to the incredible work you are producing. Help us reach 2 million downloads by looking for Open Access Journal options, challenging copyright transfer agreements, and continuing to send your work to ScholarWorks.


Amber Sherman,
ScholarWorks Librarian


Keyboard Kits Available at the Library

We now have four new Keyboard kits in our reserves collection. These kits are available to checkout for two weeks. Included in this stylish bag is: 1 Keyboard, 1 mouse, 1 4-port USB hub, and 1 SD card adapter. They have been put together to compliment our Arduinos and Raspberry Pi kits, but anybody in need of these accessories is welcome to borrow the kit.

Michael Mitchell,
Access Services



New Issue of BOGA, Basque Studies Consortium Journal Published

BOGA, the Basque Studies Consortium Journal, has just published its next issue. The multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, academic publication provides a forum for the scholarly study of all aspects of Basque culture. As an English language journal, the publication not only benefits the academic community, it also provides a valuable avenue for non-Basque speakers to learn about this unique and important culture.

In this latest issue, researchers have explored Ernest Hemingway’s experience with the Basque, Basque diaspora within the academic community, and the globalization of the Basque culture. Also featured is a look back at the Oñati study abroad program. Oñati, Gipuzkoa is home to the Basque Country’s first university built in 1548 and the first location for Boise State’s Basque study abroad program in the 1970s.

Gozatu! Enjoy!

Michelle Armstrong,
Scholarly Communications and Data Management Librarian