12.30.2007

Library Closed December 22 thru January 1









The Library is closed December 22, 2007 thru January 1, 2008.

During Intersession (January 2-18) the Library will be open the following hours:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Regular operating hours will begin on January 19, 2008. Please refer to the Library's Hours page for a complete list of semester hours.

12.26.2007

Catalog Offline for Upgrade Dec. 26-29.

The Library catalog will be offline December 26th through December 29th for an important software upgrade. Patrons wishing to search our collection during the upgrade window may do so at the WorldCat database from the Library's "Find Articles" page.
  • To look for Library holdings while Voyager is unavailable go to WorldCat and conduct your search.
  • If the item is owned by Boise State University, following the statement "Libraries worldwide" Boise State University will be highlighted.
  • Click on the link for the title.
  • Near the bottom of the bibliographic record will be the statement "Class Descriptors:" followed by a partial Library of Congress and/or Dewey call number. You can use these numbers to find the item in the collection when the library reopens.
  • See this short video for an example.
Other online Library resources will continue to be available during the holiday.

12.18.2007

OncologyStat Available @thelibrary

OncologyStat has been added to Albertsons Library's Online Databases page. It is also included in the Library's Journals List page.
OncologySTAT integrates a multitude of authoritative professional cancer information sources, such as peer-reviewed research, news and regulatory updates, a professional drug monograph and interactions database, chemotherapy regimens, and conference coverage into one easy-to-use online destination. Information and educational materials are delivered across multiple media formats: text, audio, video, interactive, user-generated forums, etc.

Community oncologists and cancer-care practitioners in private practice or a non-institutional setting will find OncologySTAT especially useful in gaining immediate integrated access to the latest evidence-based research, news, treatment, and decision support information.
  • Access to current articles from over 100 Elsevier cancer-related journals, including The Lancet Oncology, The Breast, Lung Cancer, The American Journal of Medicine, Cancer Letters, etc.
  • Recent journal scans from the leading 25 cancer-related journals (JCO, JNCI, CA:A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Blood, JAMA, The New England Journal of Medicine)
  • 27 Cancer-type spotlights (ability to filter and view content in one click of the homepage by cancer/tumor type, eg, breast, lung, prostate, leukemia, etc).
  • Select sections of textbook content from Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology (3rd edition, 2004)
  • Chemotherapy regimens from The Elsevier Guide to Oncology Drugs & Regimens (2006)
  • News and regulatory updates from FDC Reports’ "The Pink Sheet Daily" and Elsevier Global Medical News
  • Professional drug monograph and interactions database powered by Gold Standard
  • Integrated Medline search
  • Weekly InfoBLAST e-newsletter
  • Video network of interviews with key opinion leaders
  • Downloadable patient handouts
  • Forums, commentary, blogs, podcasts, surveys

12.13.2007

Library Open 24 Hours for Finals Week

The first floor only of the Albertsons Library will be open 24 hours a day from 10:00 AM Sunday, December 16, through 6:00 PM Thursday, December 20. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and check out first floor reserve materials.
Security will be provided by the Boise Police Department; an officer will be on duty in the library all night and can provide escort service.

The funding for the free coffee is provided by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU).

For a complete list of holiday hours, please refer to http://library.boisestate.edu/hours/ .

12.11.2007

Melville Marginalia @thelibrary

Now on display in the library's first floor (next to Starbucks), a peek at literary research into the writings of Herman Melville using Albertsons Library resources and the Melville Marginalia website. The website is administered by Boise State professor Steven Olsen-Smith.

We teamed up with Dr. Olsen-Smith to create a display looking at the erased notes written in the margins of a book from Melville’s personal library that sheds light into his thinking as he was writing Moby Dick.

12.10.2007

Additions to ARTstor image database




Below are new additions to the ARTstor image database available on the Library's 'Find Articles' page at
http://library.boisestate.edu/indexes/index.htm .

Installation Photos from the New Museum of Contemporary Art Collection
ARTstor is pleased to announce the release of over 6,000 images into the New Museum of Contemporary Art Collection.
More…

The Modern Latin American Art Collection
ARTstor and the Art and Art History Department at the University of Texas, Austin have collaborated on a project to digitize and distribute the teaching slides from Professor Jacqueline Barnitz’s collection. This release contains over 3,800 images that provide teachers, students and scholars with a core teaching collection in the area of modern Latin American art.
More...

More Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Images from the Bodleian Library, Oxford University
ARTstor is pleased to announce the addition of over 6,400 high quality images of manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
More...

Images from the Kress Collection
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and ARTstor are happy to announce the release of approximately 640 images of art works formerly belonging to the Kress Collection. Many of the greatest Italian artists appear in the Kress Collection, as do numerous significant works by less familiar masters.
More…

Images from the Carnegie Institution of Washington Mayan Excavations (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University)
ARTstor, in collaboration with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, is happy to announce the initial release of over 22,000 images of Mayan excavations.
More…

The Natural History Drawings of the Endeavour Voyage
In collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London, ARTstor has digitized and now released a collection of over 950 watercolors, drawings, and related paintings of botany and zoological subjects documented on Captain James Cook’s voyage aboard the HMS Endeavour between 1768 and 1771.
More...

Additional Images from the Mellon International Dunhuang Archives
ARTstor is pleased to announce a sizable addition toThe Mellon International Dunhuang Archive. Nearly 40,000 images from the British Library manuscripts and over 28,000 images from the Bibliotheque national de France manuscripts will join the previously released images of the Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China.
More…

12.04.2007

Faculty Author Recognition Deadline

Submissions for the second annual Boise State University Author Recognition are being accepted online at http://library.boisestate.edu/faculty/ . The deadline for including citations is this Friday, December 7th.

The Author Recognition events celebrate all Boise State University faculty and employee authors who published a book, article, or creative work between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007.

The upcoming recognition events include an online bibliography of university scholarship, a display of the books, articles, and creative works in Albertsons Library from mid-January through February, and a reception on February 21 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm where authors will be introduced. The reception will be in the Albertsons Library McCain Room.

Online access to previous bibliographies is available at: http://library.boisestate.edu/faculty/ . For more information, please contact Barbara Glackin .

American Song database

Albertsons Library is pleased to announce the availability of American Song, a new database in the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press.
"American Song is a history database that will contain 50,000 tracks that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database will include songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more. This release includes 728 albums -- over 12103 tracks."
Classical Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries and African American Song are the other Alexander Street Press Music
Online resources available on the library's Online Databases web page.

Happy listening!

11.30.2007

We're looking for a Librarian/Archivist

Boise State University seeks applicants for the new faculty position of Librarian/Archivist in Special Collections.

Responsibilities include providing physical and intellectual control of archival and manuscript collections through appraisal, arrangement, description, and creation of finding aids; reference work; collection care and preservation; digitization and metadata assignment; and maintenance of rare book collections.

Find out more at http://library.boisestate.edu/admin/JobInfo/faculty.htm

11.26.2007

EBSCO Databases Now Available





Albertsons Library is pleased to announce the following EBSCO databases are now available on the Library's Online Databases page:
  • Academic Search Premier
  • AGRICOLA
  • Atl HealthWatch
  • Business Source Premier
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • Computer Source
  • ERIC
  • Fuente Academica
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts
  • MAS Ultra (School Edition)
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • MedicLatina
  • MEDLINE
  • Middle Search Plus
  • Military and Government Collection
  • Newspaper Source
  • NoveList K-8
  • NoveList
  • Primary Search
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • TOPICsearch
Descriptions for individual EBSCO databases are available at the EBSCO Database Products & content website. ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest Business), ABI/INFORM Dateline (ProQuest Business), ABI/INFORM Global (ProQuest Business) and ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (ProQuest Business) will not be renewed when these databases expire at the end of 2007.

With the combined database suite of Gale Thompson and EBSCO, the library now has over 230 research databases at your disposal. Please contact the library if you have questions about this or any other library resources.

11.19.2007

Thanksgiving Hours @thelibrary

The library will be open limited hours for the Thanksgiving holiday:
  • Mon & Tues, November 19 & 20 - 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 21 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thurs & Fri, November 22 & 23 - Closed
Regular hours resume Saturday, November 24. Please refer to the Library's Hours page for additional information.

11.15.2007

Meet our new Reference Librarians: Part III

“What does a librarian do, anyway?” I’m frequently asked this question and am always grateful when it happens because, well, I really like to talk about what librarians can do: put you in touch with the information you need.

One thing I do is select resources to include in the Albertsons Library collection. As I’m the new liaison to the College of Education, I select resources that support research and teaching at BSU in the field of Education. Please feel free to send me requests. Highlights of the Education collection include over 80 electronic journals and the Curriculum Resource Center (think children’s books, Idaho state-approved textbooks, and educational media).

But honestly, my favorite part about being a librarian is the chance to meet and serve faculty, students, and staff, whether online or in person. I’m available to meet for individual research consultations to help along a project. I would also appreciate the opportunity to visit with faculty to learn more about individual and departmental research interests and explore how I can begin to support both research and teaching efforts. You can contact me directly at saraseely at boisestate dot edu or 426-1263.

I’ve just arrived from University of Washington where I earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree, focusing my studies on school libraries and the information needs of teachers and children, and simultaneously worked in the university’s Undergraduate Library. Before that I lived in Budapest, Hungary, where I worked in the Open Society Archives and the Hungarian public K-5 schools. BSU has extended a warm welcome, which I greatly appreciate, and I look forward to further developing relationships with faculty, students, and staff.

Sara R. Seely
Reference Librarian

11.13.2007

International Connections presents Tales from the Middle Seat: Tips for Novice Travelers

Do you want to travel internationally, but you aren't sure how to plan, pack, or save money on your experience? Is there any way to avoid the middle airplane seat? What’s the fastest way to get through airport security? Find out the answers to these questions. Corrine M. Henke, from the International Programs Office will present her thoughts and experiences gained from traveling the world for business and pleasure. She will give travel tips, ideas to pack better, and blend in with the locals. In addition, she'll distribute travel resources, packing lists, and demonstrate a well-packed bag.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2007
Time: 12:30 - 1:30
Where: Student Union, Lookout Room

Feel free to bring your own lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Albertsons Library and BSU International Programs. For more information, call 426-3652.

11.09.2007

Open on Veterans Day

Albertsons Library will be open regular hours for Veterans Day.

CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

Albertsons Library is pleased to announce the addition of CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts to the library's Online Databases page.

CSA Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations. Coverage is from 1973 to the present.

11.06.2007

Homework in Facebook

Hanging out on Facebook instead of doing your homework? Did you know you can do both? Facebook offers a search application for JSTOR, one of Albertsons Library’s all subject full-text journal article databases. Need information resources other than journal articles? Search Facebook Application for “Library” and see what you can find. Lots of libraries have search boxes for their catalogs. To add JSTOR to your page simply search Facebook applications for “JSTOR” and then add the application to your page. One technical detail: you will have to enter http://libproxy.boisestate.edu/login?url= in the "set proxy" box. If you’re on campus it will take you straight to JSTOR results. If you’re off campus it will ask you for your BroncoWeb ID and password. Simple as that. Now you can do homework and throw sheep at people, compare movies, or have any other Facebook fun.

11.02.2007

Institute of Physics journals available online

Albertsons Library is pleased to announce that IOPscience is now available on the Library's "Find Articles" page under the "Physics" subject databases menu.

IOPscience is a unique platform for all Institute of Physics-hosted journal content published from 1874 to the present. It contains more than 250,000 articles and it has been designed to provide easy access to scientific, technical and medical content.

New links are available from IOPscience full-text PDFs to related articles within the service. Look out for them on the cover page of all PDF's downloaded from IOPscience. A user guide and an online tour are available at http://iopscience.iop.org .

11.01.2007

35 Years of Service

Susan HenggelerAlbertsons Library employee Susan Henggeler was recognized at a Human Resources Luncheon on Oct 30th for her 35 years of service working at the university. As a token of appreciation, Susan was presented with a football signed by the Bronco football team.

Other library employees were also recognized for their anniversaries: Carol Silvers for five years; Robin Burke and Theresa Cotner for ten years; Mario BriseƱo for twenty years and Claudia Scott for twenty-five years.

Congratulations all!

10.30.2007

Special Collections Online Exhibits

Archives Month (October) has almost come and gone, but the Special Collections Department in Albertsons Library, Boise State University, has recently mounted two online exhibits highlighting primary archival sources in several of its collections:

The Gracie Pfost Gallery
http://library.boisestate.edu/Special/GraciePfost.htm features photos and campaign literature from the career of Gracie Bowers Pfost (1906-1965), the first woman elected to Congress from Idaho. The exhibit items come from a collection of memorabilia donated to Boise State University by Mrs. Pfost's sister, Pearl Mabe, in 1998.


The Sunshine Mine Disaster
http://library.boisestate.edu/Special/Sunshine.htm
was created to
support Boise State University's First Year Read, in which all freshmen are assigned to read the same book. This year the book is "The Deep Dark," by Gregg Olsen, about the Sunshine Mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho, in 1972. The primary source materials in the online exhibit come from the manuscript collections of Senator Frank Church, Senator Len B. Jordan, and Governor Cecil D. Andrus.

A complete list of online exhibits mounted by Special Collections at the Boise State University Library featuring primary source documents from our collections is found at http://library.boisestate.edu/Special/Exhibits.htm .

Alan Virta, Head of Special Collections and Associate Professor

10.26.2007

Database Highlight: An art museum in your living room

ARTstor is an online database that includes half a million images in over fifty themed collections that you can browse and search at your leisure. Not only can you view the images online, but you can save them into groups, organize them, and share them with others using ARTstor's "image groups" feature.

Did I mention that ARTstor has half a million images? Digital reproductions of works held at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and a long list of others. The image quality is tremendous, offering you the ability to zoom in and see the item in great detail. It's like having an art museum in your living room!

ARTstor is a database you can use for research or just for fun; either way you get easy access to amazing works of art. To get to the database, go to the library homepage, click "Online Databases," jump to "A," and scroll down to where ARTstor appears in the database listing. You can view a quick-start guide to get you rolling. Enjoy!

10.24.2007

Reminder Contest Due Date is November 7th!!!

The due date for entries to Albertsons Library’s online media/poster contest is Nov. 7th so mark your calendars. First prize is a $300 gift certificate to the BSU Bookstore/BroncoTec. That is enough loot to put towards a decent iPod!

Please see the contest website for official entry forms and rules: http://library.boisestate.edu/staff/librarycontest.htm

10.22.2007

International Connections Brown Bag Luncheon Seminar

Join Professor McLuskie for a brief presentation summarizing his experience with Georgian university reform in the field of communication and media studies. The presentation will stress issues and debates concerning the emerging influence of U.S. models of media education and practices, based on his 2005 Fulbright experience teaching at the Tbilisi State University journalism department and the Georgian Institute for Public Affairs graduate program in media management.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 12:30-1:30p.m.

Location: Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room.


A discussion will follow on the more general question of cultural exports of university education as a theoretical and practical issue. He will be joined for the discussion by a Georgian native living in Boise, Lika Alaverdashvili, who has experienced Georgian and American education systems.

Feel free to bring your own lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Albertsons Library and BSU International Programs. For more information, call 426-3652.

10.12.2007

Wi-Fi Security Enhancement Announced

A message from the Office of Information Technology regarding a new wi-fi authentication process:
The Office of Information Technology will be implementing a new security authentication process for all University wireless and University Housing residence networks this coming Tuesday, October 16.

This new authentication process, known as "Clean Access," ensures computers connecting to the University's wireless and University Housing residence networks meet a minimum standard of security in order to protect the integrity of the University’s networked systems, as well as provide enhanced data security and privacy to the campus community.


Computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems connecting to the University Housing residence network and the University's wireless network will be required to download and install Clean Access software to gain access to University network resources and the Internet.

More information on Clean Access software installation and authentication can be found on the Office of Information Technology’s Help Desk's website at http://helpdesk.boisestate.edu/wireless

If you have any questions or concerns about the Clean Access authentication process, University wireless or residence hall network connections and policies, please call the OIT Help Desk at 426-4357, or e-mail helpdesk@boisestate.edu

10.08.2007

Library Staff Read from The Deep Dark

Come listen to Albertsons Library staff read from "The Deep Dark" at the main entrance of the Library October 8th and 9th.

You can also check out a copy of "The Deep Dark" at the Library, or visit this page for additional information related to the Sunshine Mine disaster.

10.02.2007

New Wireless Restrictions

The following announcement will also impact wireless access at Albertsons Library:

Beginning Oct. 9 October 16, computers connecting to the university network in residence halls and via the campus wireless network will be required to use a security and privacy authentication process called Clean Access.

Users of a Windows operating system will be required to install Clean Access Agent software on their computers. Macintosh and Linux systems will not be required to install the Clean Access Agent software at this time. This small application will verify to the network that the user’s laptop (on wireless) or computer (in student housing) is running a current version of anti-virus and that he/she has the recommended security software updates from Microsoft.

Clean Access only identifies vulnerabilities existing on computers and recommends and instructs computer owners how to fix those vulnerabilities in order to be granted access to the university network. For more information visit helpdesk.boisestate.edu/cleanaccess.shtml.

Check this FAQ for more information and additional options for wi-fi access around campus.

9.21.2007

More than 2,000 eAudiboooks for you - free!

Thanks to the hard work of the Idaho Commission for Libraries, everyone in Idaho will soon have access to more than two thousand eAudiobooks through a company called NetLibrary. Get your mp3 players ready! The service goes live on October 1st.

An eAudiobook, if you don't already know, is identical to a book on CD but without the CD! Instead of burning the audiobook files to a bunch of discs, the publisher simply makes them available digitally. You can download the audiobook files and play them on your computer or transfer to a supported mp3 player (deep apologies, but iPods don't work). We'll also have a bunch of mp3 players available for checkout if you don't have a compatible device.

In case you want to start browsing now, here's a list of books that will be available on the 10/1 go-live date:
  • 1,326 titles in the NetLibrary Core Collection

  • 425 children's and young adult titles

  • 197 literary classics

  • 162 titles from the Pimsleur language series

  • The Bible, broken down into 30 sections
If you have questions about this service or want more information, feel free to ask us or review NetLibrary's help pages. I hope you enjoy the new service -- I know I will!

9.13.2007

Library Contest!

Picture by: Ivan Castro GuatemalaThis semester Albertsons Library is sponsoring a contest for Boise State University students to develop a piece of online media or poster which promotes the library and its services. The contest theme is:

Pick a positive experience, resource, or service in the Boise State University Libraries and create a unique poster or piece of online media about it.

Example of Possible Entry Topics:

  • I like the Albertsons Library because…!
  • The West Campus Library staff is extremely helpful!
  • The Library has great online resources!
  • A librarian saved my bacon on a homework assignment!

First prize is a $300 gift certificate to the BSU Bookstore / BroncoTec. The deadline is November 7th, 2007.

For official contest rules, entry examples, and entry forms please see the contest website:

http://library.boisestate.edu/staff/librarycontest.htm

9.06.2007

Time Capsule Opened Today

The contents of the 1963 library time capsule (and the capsule itself) are on display in the exhibit case, next to the entrance to Starbucks on the first floor of the Albertsons Library.

9.05.2007

Librarians in the News

Alan Virta, head of Special Collections, was co-author of an op-ed piece in the New York Times on Sunday September 2 about the 1955 "Boys of Boise" scandal and its parallels to the current news surrounding Senator Larry Craig. He also was interviewed in the Sunday Idaho Press-Tribune and in Wednesday's Boise Weekly on the history of Boise State University as part of their coverage of the university's 75th anniversary. The New York Times piece may be viewed at www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/opinion/02randal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin or at http://tinyurl.com/384gcj .

Get a Piece of Cake @thelibrary Today!

It's the Library's birthday today and you're invited to celebrate with us by getting some cake! We'll be giving away cake slices on the front steps of the library starting at 10:00 am until the cakes are gone.

In 1990 J. A. and Kathryn Albertson and Albertsons, Inc. donated six million dollars to enlarge and remodel the library (completed in 1995) to what you see today. We've come a long way since, so stop by the library and get yourself a treat!

8.31.2007

Library Closed on Labor Day

Photo by: Clarita [clarita@MORGUEFILE.COM]The library will be closed Monday, September 3th for Labor Day . Check the library's hours page for a complete list of Fall semester hours.


8.29.2007

Free Campus Book Delivery for Faculty/Staff

Short of time? The library has a new service to assist you. Monday through Friday, faculty and staff can have library books, CDs and videos delivered to their Campus Department for free by filling out an online request form via the library catalog.

For more information, go to:
http://library.boisestate.edu/colldev/campusdelivery.htm .

If you have questions, contact Circulation at 426-1204, circulation@boisestate.edu or Interlibrary Loans at 426-3756, libraryill@boisestate.edu.

8.27.2007

Getting ready (and caffeinated) for Fall 2007!

The coffee has been brewed and the walls have a new coat of paint, so Starbucks will officially open at 7:30am on Monday, August 27th!

Albertsons Library is happy to provide the campus community with a fully-stocked coffee shop on the first floor of the library. Starbucks will be open 7:30am-10:00pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30am-6pm on Fridays, 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and 4-9pm on Sundays.

Other changes in the library include:
  • a renovated student lounge next to the coffee shop, complete with comfortable chairs and couches (coffee welcome!),
  • a Spanish interface of the library's catalog,
  • additional computer stations on the first floor (most now require Bronco Web login & password),
  • over 190 research databases and indexes,
  • longer library hours (open until midnight Sunday through Thursday),
  • and a knowledgeable staff ready to serve your research needs.
If you have any questions, please stop by the Reference Desk or email us. Grab a frappuccino, kick back in the lounge, and enjoy your campus library!

8.23.2007

Meet our new reference librarians! Part II

Hey y’all! I’m Amy Elliott, the newest Reference Librarian on the block, or so to speak. I just joined Alberstons Library in early August and can’t wait for classes to start again so I can start helping everyone find the information they need! I love the hunt for information and solving the puzzle of questions (say what you will, I embrace my inner-geek), so bring them on! I’ll also be the liaison for music, math, and diversity studies (including Gender studies) here, so if you need anything in those areas or just want to say “hey” by all means, contact me.

Most recently, I’ve come from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which should explain my greeting for those of you who find it strange. I earned my MS in Information Sciences there, and also worked in the John C. Hodges Library’s Reference department for two years. Though I love the South (and the Lady Vols) I have lived in and traveled all over the U.S. and love experiencing new cultures. Before I was at UTK, I was at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where I earned my MA in English and American Literatures (with specializations in American, Southern, and Medieval literatures).

I’m new to Boise, but so far I love it. It seems like a great place to make a fresh start – a great mixture of outdoor and downtown opportunities – a good place for a bicyclist like me. I also enjoy music, art and culture, so it looks like this could be a good match.

I think that’s about it; I’m sure there could be more, but there will be time enough for that later. I’ll be around the blog – posting now and again. So for now, “Hey & good to be here,” and please contact me at amyelliott2 at boisestate dot edu or 426-4302, if you need anything!

8.17.2007

Big changes @thelibrary

This has been a summer of change at the Library: materials have moved, the new Starbucks will open in mid-August, the Library's birthday celebration is September 5th, and most of the Library computers now require Bronco Web authentication.

Other changes include:
  • The Current Periodicals (for new journals and magazines) is now located on the north side of the Library (1st floor).The paperback browsing collection will move next to the Starbucks space (1st floor).
  • New computers have been added and most will require login in with your Bronco Web user name and password (all floors).
  • Starbucks' grand opening will be August 27th, the first week of classes. You can see the construction progress at our Flickr page.
  • Print indexes have been rearranged and are still located north of the Reference Desk (1st floor).
  • The Career collection, college catalogs and phonebooks are now located north of the Reference Desk, next to the Current Periodicals collection (1st floor).
  • The Library catalog now shows you the floor location of all titles. A new Spanish interface will be available soon!
  • New hires at the Library include four new librarians and one Head of Public Services.
The folks at the Reference Desk would be glad to give you a tour or answer any of your questions.

8.14.2007

More Databases Available @thelibrary

Applied Science and Technology Index . Coverage dates: Indexing 1983+. Look here for the most important sources in applied science and technology-much of it from peer-reviewed journals. This bibliographic database conveys an abundance of data in scientific and technical articles. Periodical coverage includes trade and industrial publications, journals issued by professional and technical societies, and specialized subject periodicals, as well as special issues such as buyers' guides, directories, and conference proceedings.


ClasePeriodica Coverage = 1975 - current. Clase and Periodica (ClasePeriodica) is the combined version of two indexes of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities. CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities, while PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Together they offer access to more than 300,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages.


Physical Education Index . Dates of Coverage: 1970 - current. Since 1970 CSA Physical Education Index has been covering a vast collection of material. Records are indexed and classified from peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, patents, articles from the popular press, and many other publications. Beginning in January 2001, enhancements to the database include the addition of abstracts, e-mail addresses, expanded publisher and author information, and other data to facilitate access to the full text.


Access these resources--and many more--from the "Find Articles" link in the library's homepage.

8.10.2007

Meet our new reference librarians! Part I

Hello out there! I'm Kim Leeder, a new reference librarian here at Albertsons Library. I'll be contributing to this blog, so if you follow our posts you'll be hearing more from me. Anyway, my job here at BSU is to help connect people with the information they need, whether it be books, articles, websites, or far more obscure materials. Call me a geek, but there's a certain thrill to the chase when you're searching for information...

I came to BSU most recently from two part-time gigs at Albertson College's N. L. Terteling Library and Ada Community Library's Star Branch. Before that I worked at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, where I earned my MA in information science. In my pre-librarian life, I earned an MA in English (specifically, Literature & Environment) at the University of Nevada, Reno, and worked for four years as an editor, first for Orion magazine, then for a couple other places.

I've been living in Boise for just eight months now, and have to say that this is the best town I've ever inhabited. Great downtown, great parks, and oh the Greenbelt. Love it. I'm a dog lover and a runner, so the 'belt is treating us well. Also love hiking, and a few more domestic hobbies like gardening and knitting. Recently became a 24 addict, and have been a Lost addict for a while.

That's all I've got. Thanks for reading, and don't hesitate to drop a line if you ever need anything! I'm at kimleeder@boisestate.edu or 426-1621.

8.09.2007

Intersession hours @thelibrary

Albertsons Library will be open limited hours during the August 11 - 24 intersession. We will be open Monday thru Friday 7:30 - 5:00 and closed Saturdays and Sundays.

West Campus Library will be open Monday thru Friday 8:30 to 5:00 and also closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Additional operating hours for the rest of the Fall semester can be found at the Library's Hours page.

Choice Reviews @thelibrary

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

More than 35,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews online for collection development and scholarly research.

Each year Choice publishes more than 7,000 reviews by selected subject experts. Check out Choice in the Find Articles link, or visit the Library's home page for more research sources.

8.08.2007

Blackwell Reference Online @thelibrary





Blackwell Reference Online (BRO) is a vast new e-book library giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the humanities and social sciences. With almost 300 reference volumes, Blackwell Reference Online is the largest academic reference collection available online and includes:

  • Blackwell Companions and Handbooks

  • Major reference works such as the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and the Companion to Syntax

  • Other valuable reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and concise companions.
Subjects covered in BRO include:

Anthropology (2 books)
Art (2 books)
Business and Management (17 books)
Classics (3 books)
Communication and Media Studies (4 books)
Cultural Studies (1 book)
Economics (5 books)
Gender Studies (2 books)
Geography (3 books)
History (31 books)
Law (3 books)
Linguistics (22 books)
Literature (57 books)
Philosophy (61 books)
Politics (2 books)
Psychology (17 books)
Race and Ethnicity Studies (5 books)
Religion (23 books)
Sociology (13 books)

You can access Blackwell Reference Online and scores of other research databases at the Find Articles link, or at the Library's homepage: http://library.boisestate.edu/

7.31.2007

Idaho Mining @thelibrary



The library has compiled a list of books related to mining in Idaho, inspired by Gregg Olsen's book The Deep Dark. This is the second in the First-Year Read program after Mountains Beyond Mountains.


Check out the list at the "Mining in Idaho: A Sampling of Sources at Albertsons Library" page at http://libraries.boisestate.edu/DeepDark/index.htm.

7.27.2007

Love baseball? Check out these hitters!

Albertsons Library has a sampling of recent titles on baseball from a variety of perpectives. For additional information on other topics you can:

7.19.2007

ARTstor News

Images from “Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States”
ARTstor is pleased to announce that 2,000 images from the Library of Congress “Eyes of the Nation” collection are now available through the ARTstor Digital Library. This collection provides a pictorial overview of American history and includes prints, posters, maps, manuscript pages, photographs, design, movie stills, and cartoons.

Additional images added to the Islamic Art and Architecture collection
We have released approximately 1,600 additional images to the Islamic Art and Architecture collection. This latest release focuses on Ottoman architecture in Turkey and brings the total number of images in this collection to over 10,000.

Additional images from the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives
ARTstor has released approximately 1,400 additional images from the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives. These high quality images, scanned from large format color transparencies, focus on key European artists and collections from major European museums outside Italy. Find these and other updates at the ARTstor news web site.

To access ARTstor and over 150 databases, visit us @thelibrary, or go to the Library's Find Articles link.

7.13.2007

JSTORArts and Boise State University Libraries

Boise State University Libraries is the newest participant in the JSTORArts & Sciences V Collection. The Arts & Sciences V Collection will comprise a minimum of 120 titles when it is completed in 2009. (Currently only nine titles are available.)

Building on disciplines introduced in previous collections, Arts & Sciences V will include a number of important literary reviews and state historical journals. It will also widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art and art history, and language and literature.


As a reminder, title, detailed, and delimited lists of all JSTOR collections are available on the "About JSTOR" pages at:
http://www.jstor.org/about/collection.list.html

7.05.2007

Go ahead, ask!

Ever had to do a research paper in the wee hours of the morning? Have a question but there's no one around to help you? Then check out our online chat reference service, answerxpress.com .

AnswerXpress is an online service available 24/7, staffed by helpful library folk willing and able to answer questions or help with your research via chat.

Besides reference services via phone (426-3301), e-mail, or in person, answerXpress is another convenient way to have your reference questions answered quickly and online.


7.03.2007

Library Closed on July 4th

Boise State University--and its libraries--will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, for Independence Day.

6.29.2007

Maps for Hiking @thelibrary

Do you need a detailed map for a hiking trip? The library has hundreds of recent and historic maps for all 50 states, including Idaho. These range from USGS topographic maps (1:24,000-scale) to commercially-produced maps of state parks and hiking areas.

Maps are located on the first floor of the library. All cartographic materials can be photocopied or checked out for two weeks. For more information about the Library's map collection, go to: http://library.boisestate.edu/Maps/ .

6.15.2007

New ARTstor collections announced




Egyptian art from Arielle Kozloff Brodkey’s personal archive
The Arielle Kozloff Brodkey archive consists of over 2,400 images focused on the art, architecture and archaeology of ancient Egypt.

Additional images of contemporary art from the Larry Qualls Archive
Larry Qualls has been systematically documenting contemporary art exhibitions at galleries and other exhibition spaces throughout New York City and elsewhere. We are pleased to announce that we have just released an additional 5,000 images from the Larry Qualls Archive, bringing the total number available to ARTstor users to approximately 11,500.

Additional images of contemporary architecture from ART on FILE
ARTstor recently added over 300 images to the ART on FILE collection, bringing the total collection to over 900 images. This most recent addition focuses on contemporary architecture of Los Angeles and Chicago.

More European Art and Architecture from Scala Archives and Art Resource
We are pleased to announce the release of additional images of major Italian and other European works from Scala Archives, bringing the total number of Scala images now available to ARTstor users to approximately 4,700.

Find more information about these collections and other ARTstor news go to: http://www.artstor.org/info/news/whats_new.jsp

To access ARTstor and other Library databases, go to the Library's Find Articles link, or at: http://library.boisestate.edu/indexes/index.htm

6.13.2007

Library Summer Hours

Now that the Summer session is in full swing, please visit the library's Hours page for a complete list of Summer hours for both Albertsons Library and the West Campus Library.


6.08.2007

New Databases @thelibrary

We have a score of new databases and enhancements for your research pleasure:


R2 library

R2 is a web-based application that aggregates health sciences book content from leading publishers in a single platform, with full text access to
116 medical, nursing, and allied health ebooks. Search results for both index and full text can be sorted by publisher, Book Title, Chapter Title, Author, Publisher, or ISBN.



International Index to Music Periodicals


Full Text music journal resource with more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present, covering the scholarly to the popular. IIMP Full Text is updated with new content every month.

IIMP Full Text now includes 436 indexed titles and 118 full-text titles, with a total of over 634,000 records and almost 238,000 full-text articles.




Classical Scores Library

Classical Scores Library will contain 400,000 pages of the most important classical scores and manuscripts, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 8,000 scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions, but less pages are available currently.

The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.




Standard and Poor's netAdvantage


Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Bond Reports, Company Profiles, and Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives.



Historical Los Angeles Times Newspaper

Major daily newspaper from Los Angeles. With the nation's largest editorial department, it offers extensive online full text coverage of national, international, and local news. Coverage: 1881- 1985



You can access these and many more databases from the Find articles link on the library's home page.

6.05.2007

Summer Reading!

ChocolatLibrary staff have put together an extensive list of books that have been made into movies, and all are available at Boise State's libraries just in time for summer reading.

Check out the list here (which includes call numbers), or you can search the library's catalog for your favorite ones.


5.31.2007

Wireless Access

Did you know that you can use your laptop in the library using wi-fi? Besides 85+ computers at your disposal, anyone with a Boise State BroncoWeb login can access the campus wireless service.

For additional information, see the Library's FAQ section on wi-fi, or the campus-wide FAQ or map of wireless locations on campus.

5.29.2007

Pictures @thelibrary

Construction is in full swing on the library's first floor to make way for the new Starbucks coffee shop, slated to open for fall semester. You can check out pictures of the construction at our Flickr page, or go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/bsulibrary

5.25.2007

Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend

The library will be closed the following days:
  • Saturday , May 26
  • Sunday, May 27
  • Monday, May 28

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29. Check out the Library's Hours page for additional information, or go to http://library.boisestate.edu/hours/


5.22.2007

Finding Government Information @the Library


The Library subscribes to several online databases with U.S. federal government information:



  • LexisNexis Congressional - for legislative information
  • LexisNexis Statistical - for statistics from federal, state and international sources

  • LexisNexis Government Periodicals Index - for summaries of articles found in government periodicals

  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database - indexes more than 90,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources

  • STAT-USA - for business, trade and economic information

  • USA Trade Online - for import and export statistics (Password required--ask someone at the Reference Desk to log you in)

All of these databases are available through the Library's Article Indexes and Databases page. For additional government information, go to the Government Information page.