Limited hours @thelibrary for Spring Vacation

photo: Mike Pedroncelli
Spring Vacation starts Monday, March 26, and the library will be open limited hours until classes resume April 1. Hours of operation are:
  • Saturday, March 24: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 25: Closed
  • Monday, March 26 thru Thursday, March 29: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31: Closed
A complete list of when the library is open is available in the Hours page.


Library Instruction Request Form @thelibrary

Photo by: http://www.sxc.hu/profile/ScyzaAre you teaching a class and thinking… “My students would find a library instruction session useful; I wonder who I should contact?” To help you with this question, the Library has created a new web form for requesting a library instruction session at: http://library.boisestate.edu/instruction/instructionrequest.htm .

This form is also available through the Information for Faculty link on the Library’s home page.

Library instruction sessions often cover searching the online catalog, general article indexes, specialized indexes, and finding journals, but they can be tailored to your course assignment. Please give at least one week advance notice, longer for more subject-focused instruction sessions. After you’ve filled out and submitted the form, a librarian will contact you with confirmation and any needed follow-up within two business days.

If you have worked with a librarian in the past on library instruction sessions, you are welcome to continue to contact them directly. But if not, give the new instruction request form a try.

We hope to hear from you soon.


Ebooks @thelibrary

In the past the Albertsons Library's Ebooks page guided users to Internet sources of free books in text form only. Now, for those who enjoy listening to books read aloud, the Ebooks page includes an Audio Books section. There you will find a link to LibriVox ( http://librivox.org/), an exciting open source project without advertising that aims to build "a complete library of all public domain books in audio." Besides having one of the largest collections of free audio books, LibriVox provides links to other audiolit projects, literary podcasts, literary blogs, and audio related resources.

Also listed is the Open Culture: Audio Book Podcast Collection. While it only provides links to about fifty free audio book titles and includes ads, the site contains a valuable annotated list of free foreign language lesson podcasts covering eighteen languages "that you can download to your iPod or just listen to on your computer."

Katherine Ultican
Reference Staff


Lunch at the Library: Who was Emma Angell Drake?

Albertsons Library is pleased to announce “Lunch at the Library” with Gender Studies’ professor Beverly Miller. In honor of Women’s History Month, Ms. Miller will discuss Idaho’s adopted daughter--nationally known author, speaker, suffragist, and reformer, Emma Angell Drake, MD. Miller’s talk will take place Monday, March 19, noon-1:00 p.m. in the McCain Room on the Library’s second floor.

Once a household name, Drake came to Boise in 1917 to head up the state’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. She was soon elected to the Idaho legislature, served from 1919-1920, and lobbied for many causes, including women’s suffrage, prohibition, vaccinations for children, and setting a minimum wage for women.

Unfortunately, Drake is not as well known today as other prominent women in her era, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Miller, a historian, college professor, retired librarian from Boise State's Albertsons Library, and a longtime member of Boise's feminist community, will discuss Drake's unsung legacy in Idaho and beyond. It's sure to be a lively and enlightening presentation!

Please bring your lunch and join us. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. Visitor Parking is available at the Administration Building visitor parking lot, off University Drive--ask for a Parking Validation Stamp at the lecture. For more information, contact Paul Budge or call ext. 6-2580.


Tell us what you think of ELL

The library is evaluating the online version of the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (ELL) for purchase. Hailed as "the field's standard reference work for a generation, the ELL is the first encyclopedia to really exploit the multimedia potential of linguistics." The online edition offers:
  • Ground-breaking and International in scope and approach
  • Alphabetically arranged with extensive cross-referencing
  • Include updates as subjects develop
  • Supplementary audio, video and text files online
  • List of languages of the world (including information on no. of speakers, language family, etc.)
  • Approximately 700 biographical entries (now includes contemporary linguists
  • Available online via ScienceDirect featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy.
Audience: students, researchers and professionals who are seeking an authoritative source of information about any particular aspect of linguistics or its applications.

The URL is: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/referenceworks/9780080448541

Let us know what you think about ELL! Send your comments to Peggy Cooper, or call her at 6-2311.


Women's History Month @thelibrary

We're celebrating Women's History month @thelibrary! Take a look at Women and Society: A Sampling of Sources at Albertsons Library . This is only a small sample of recent titles from various disciplines and perspectives.

Need more? Visit the display bookcase on the Library's main floor (on the way to the main stairway) or search in the Library catalog for thousands of additional titles relating to women, their roles, and their contributions to society.

And on Monday, March 19, join us for a bag lunch with Gender Studies’ professor Beverly Miller, noon to 1:00 in the McCain Room on the Library’s second floor. Ms. Miller will discuss Idaho’s adopted daughter--nationally known author, speaker, suffragist, and reformer--Emma Angell Drake, MD. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served.

Women rock!


Try out a new database @thelibrary

We're currently evaluating the LearningExpress Library (Tests) database for purchase.

"LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results."

Give it a whirl and send your questions/comments to Peggy Cooper, or pcooper[at]boisestate.edu

Username: 99258208426330
Password: Trial