Finals week @thelibrary

Finals week is coming and the first floor only of the Albertsons Library will be open 24 hours a day from 10:00 AM Sunday, May 6, through 6:00 PM Thursday, May 10. 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.

And we can't forget the most important ingredient: coffee! Provided by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU).


Victims' Rights Week

April 23-27 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Boise State and the Department of Criminal Justice will be hosting various workshops and lectures to highlight awareness of victims' rights. A schedule of events is located here.

The Albertsons Library contains many relevant resources concerning the subject of Victims' Rights. A great place to begin researching this topic would be the Criminal Justice Library Subject Guide or to select a database from the list of Article Indexes and Databases in Criminology.

A select list of related print titles available in the Albertsons Library include:
  • Controversies in Victimology. Call #: HV6250.3.U5 C56 2003
  • Understanding Violence and Victimization. Call #: HV6250.25 .M43 2004
  • Finally a Voice : Women, Victims and Restorative Justice.Call #: HV6250.4.W65 C76
  • Violence Against Women. Call #: HV6250.4.W65
  • Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice. Call #: HV6158 .W35 2001
  • Negotiating Domestic Violence : Police, Criminal justice, and Victims. Call #: HV6626.23.G7 H69 1998
  • Third Parties : Victims and the Criminal Justice System. Call #:HV6250.25 .S42 1996
  • With Justice For Some : Victims' Rights in Criminal Trials Call #: KF9763 .F58 1995

A select list of related Victims' Rights websites:

Rick Stoddart
Criminal Justice Librarian

ARTstor enhancements announced

ARTstor has announced the following additions to its database:

Paintings and Tapestries from the Getty ARTstor is pleased to announce two new collections from the Getty. The first, J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, contains nearly 400 paintings from the 14th century through the early 20th century. The second collection, Study Photographs of Tapestries in the Getty Research Library, contains over 4,000 images from the Tapestries Collection. More: http://www.artstor.org/info/news/getty_announce.jsp

Greek, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures from the Berlin State Museums ARTstor has just added 301 images of Greek, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures from the Collection of Classical Antiquities at the Berlin State Museums. More: http://www.artstor.org/info/news/berlinstate_announce.jsp

Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture ARTstor has released over 300 images of historic art and architecture illustrations to the Digital Library. This collection, created by Allan Kohl, contains illustrations originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More: http://www.artstor.org/info/news/histartimages_announce.jsp

Access ARTstor and scores of other research databases from the library's web page, or the Find Articles link.


New Database @thelibrary: Europa World

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book (call # ref JN1 .E85), the indispensable source of information on world-wide affairs. Europa World is now available from the alphabetical list of databases on the Library home page.

First published in 1926, the Europa World Year Book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. This invaluable resource is now available in a dynamic online format.


International Connections Luncheon Series: Michael Zirinsky

Join us this Thursday, April 19th, at the SUB's Lookout Room at 12:30 pm for Michael Zirinsky's "Iran and the US: A Vexed Relationship". This presentation will explore the deep history of US-Iranian relations, from their origin in the 1830s up to the current day.

More information is available at the Library's International Connections Luncheon Seminar series.


Coffee @thelibrary

The first floor of Albertsons Library looks a little different these days--construction is underway for the new Starbucks near the entrance of the Library. Construction will continue through the summer, with the Starbucks opening planned for the beginning of the Fall semester.

Besides providing a convenient place for library users to grab a drink or snack, additional comfortable seating for the Library will be included within Starbucks.

Books, research journals, computers, friendly people, and soon, coffee--all @thelibrary!

Marilyn K. Moody
Dean of University Libraries


New Reference Books @thelibrary

The Library buys lots of materials to support university programs, including new reference books. Much like the new books shelf (located on the first floor of the library, next to the reference desk), new reference books encompass the vast scholarship of human knowledge. Some titles include:
  • Guide to Information Sources in the Forensic Sciences
  • Latinas in the United States (3 volumes)
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
  • Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy
  • Colonial America (5 volumes)
You can find these reference gems at the reference desk and, eventually, in the reference stacks. New reference books are always coming in so go ahead, ask for a peek at the newest batch.


JSOTR Enhancements Announced

JSTOR has announced the following new features that will enhance searching, viewing, and printing articles found in the JSTOR archive.
  • A new PDF format for downloading and printing articles has replaced the previous High Quality PDF format. This new format enables JSTOR users to "search" or "find" words and phrases within the PDF version of JSTOR articles, as well as copy and paste portions of text from them.
  • Search term highlighting is now available in JSTOR page images. When a user searches for a term and follows a link to an article from the results, the search terms will be highlighted in the article's page images.
  • ARTstor, a non-profit initiative founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides a repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data. Similar to JSTOR, ARTstor's mission is to serve the scholarly community through its collections. To enhance the benefits of these two resources and to enable researchers to discover useful content across all formats, JSTOR has developed a way to search both JSTOR and ARTstor content simultaneously.

Specifically, users have the opportunity to search JSTOR article content, JSTOR image captions, and metadata for ARTstor images. Search results pages are separated into three tabs — Articles, Images from Articles, and ARTstor Images — so that users can easily view and choose among their results. Article image thumbnails accompany the caption results, and ARTstor results contain title, creator, and date information.

JSTOR and ARTstor are available on the library's home page under the Find Articles link, or through the alphabetical list of Article Indexes and Online Databases page.


Grants Available @thelibrary

Albertsons Library will be providing eight grants of $3,000.00 each to faculty for collection development in subject areas where the Library has serious gaps in currency and/or relevancy.

The intent of these grants is to enlist the help of Boise State University faculty in identifying areas of the collection needing special attention. An additional goal is to promote critical information use in the curriculum by bringing together faculty and librarians to enhance the quality of student use of information resources. Faculty or departments who are interested in applying for a grant should begin the process by contacting their library liaison.

Send completed applications to the Coordinator of Collection Development, Peggy Cooper by Monday, May 7, 2007. The grant recipients will be announced on Friday, May 18, 2007. Call Peggy at 426-2311 for additional information.


Canada Displays @thelibrary

Come to the Library to view the Canada displays on the first floor across from the elevators. Included are a display case of Canadian memorabilia, a wall display that includes Canada Week Events (April 2-6), and a display of books about Canada, along with a bibliography of recent Library acquisitions.


More computers @thelibrary!

So you know about the extended library hours, the top-notch reference help, and that the library is wireless enabled, right?

Now know this: we've added an additional eight much-needed computers to the computer commons on the first floor. Now you can work on your Word, PowerPoint, or Excel files without having to wait (too long) for a computer.

With the eight new computers, there are now a total of 84 fully connected computers in the Library.
If you find yourself in need of a computer, come to the Library or head on over to one of the many computer labs around campus.