Family Weekend Library Events Lineup

Parent & Family Weekend at Boise State is this weekend, and Albertsons Library has planned a great lineup of events for parents and children alike. Here's the quick rundown! Or you can view the full schedule of events across campus.


Boise State Open House in the Library

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, McCain Room, 2nd floor

Speak with Deans, faculty and staff of several departments and colleges around campus.

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs

  • Dean of Libraries, Marilyn Moody


Albertsons Library Booth

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, 1st floor

Drop by the Albertsons Library Booth just inside the Library to get information about the library and its resources, as well as free stuff and goodies!

Special Collections Exhibits

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Special Collections & McCain Room, 2nd floor

Stop by the library anytime to view an exhibit on the Sunshine Mine disaster of 1972, focus of the university’s first-year read book, The Deep Dark, and a selection of photos from the 1910s and 1920s by explorer and outdoors photographer Robert Limbert.

Albertsons Library Tours: Behind the Scenes

10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm, 1st floor

Drop in for a behind-the-scenes tour of the library's resources and services. Participants will see our librarian services for students and faculty, our learning spaces and equipment, take a quick peek at our most rare and valuable special collections, and get an overview of some of the many specialized research databases available for student and faculty research.

Children’s Story-time at Albertsons Library

11:00 am - 12:00 noon, Curriculum Resource Center, 2nd floor

Come enjoy a story-time at Albertsons Library! Adults will be introduced to the materials available in the Curriculum Resource Center. Kids will delight in stories, music, movement and a bookmaking activity. Children ages 0 to 10 are welcome. Be sure to bring your family!

Information Obstacle Course

12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, Albertsons Library Booth, 1st floor

Complete the course and win a prize! 11-18 year olds will get a map and list of obstacles, and will use the library’s print and online resources to complete the course. Help will be available. The Obstacle Course will take between 15-45 minutes to complete.

Treasures from the Library Archives & Special Collections

1:00 pm, Special Collections, 2nd floor

Ever seen a five-hundred-year-old book? This is your chance to view and learn about rare books from the 15th to 19th centuries, while enjoying a short talk by our Head of Special Collections. We’ll also unlock the Senator Frank Church Room, which is home to historical memorabilia from Church's senatorial career and presidential campaign.

Learn the Lingo: Students and Social Networking

2:00 pm, Room L203, 2nd floor

Join us in the library's electronic classroom for a tour of the social networking websites where our students spend their time, including Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. You'll also get the chance to learn about ways that the library is taking advantage of these venues to provide better services to our students.


Boise State University Authors Display @thelibrary

Albertsons Library is proud to host the third annual Faculty and University Author Recognition reception to honor Boise State University scholarship.

A display featuring the books, articles, chapters, and creative works published by Boise State University authors is available for viewing on the first floor of the Library through mid-February. The bibliography and author list are available online at: http://library.boisestate.edu/faculty/ .

The university community is invited to a reception on Thursday, February 21, 2008 from 3:30 - 5:00 McCain room, second floor of Albertsons Library. So mark your calendars and join us to celebrate and recognize the scholarship and accomplishments of Boise State University faculty and staff.

International Connections Luncheon: Nick Miller

International Connections
Joins us at 12:30 today in the Student Union Building’s Lookout Room for an
International Connections brown bag luncheon. History professor
Nick Miller will be speaking on his experience last September when he testified at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, which is located in the Hague.

His testimony concerned six Croatian political and military leaders who guided a small Croatian breakaway state in Bosnia from 1991 to 1994. They are accused of a variety of war crimes, including mass murder, rape, expulsion of populations, and many others. Miller's testimony was sought by the prosecution as the result of his expertise in Yugoslav history, culture, and politics.

Now that he's finally testified, he will have some interesting stories to tell.
Feel free to bring your own lunch, light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Albertsons Library and International Programs.


"Focus the Nation" exhibit at Albertsons Library

When you get a chance, check out the new "Focus the Nation" exhibit outside Special Collections on the second floor of the library. Focus the Nation is a national teach-in, in which Boise State is taking part, to foster discussion about issues and solutions related to climate change.

We are one of over 1,550 institutions nationwide and 19 in Idaho that will be sponsoring events and conversations this month on these issues. The project culminates on January 31st with one-day, national symposia held simultaneously on campuses across the country. For more information, visit the national website or Boise State's site, which includes a schedule of campus events on January 30th and 31st.

Albertsons Library's exhibit features information about Focus the Nation, a selection of books and resources about climate change from the library's collection, and facts and statistics related to recycling on campus. If you didn't realize it, recycling is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and thus your impact on global warming.

I hope you enjoy the exhibit and Boise State's Focus the Nation events! If you have any comments about it, please feel free to add them below.


Library photos on display at Smithsonian Museum

America by Air,” a major new exhibition in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., features several images from Albertsons Library’s Frank Church collection.

The exhibition documents the history of passenger air travel in the United States, and the images from the Church collection illustrate the way politicians were able to travel about the country in the post-World War II era with the advent of affordable and dependable passenger service.

The library has created a web page featuring our contribution to the national exhibit. The entire exhibition takes up a great portion of the Air and Space Museum’s first floor and has been popular so far. Smithsonian curators first contacted Boise State about contributing to the exhibit in May 2006.


Welcome to your Library!

Boise State University's Albertsons Library welcomes you to another exciting school semester. There are lots of changes happening in the Library and its website. We have a new look, have increased our database list to over 230+ research databases and indexes, and made it easier to find content with our new button.

We're gearing up for regular semester hours, but the Library will be closed on Monday, January 21st, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/Idaho Human Rights Day. Regular hours will go into effect on Tuesday, January 22, when classes begin.
Please check out the Library's Hours page for a complete list of regular and holiday hours.

Have a great semester!

Library of Congress photos on flickr

The Library of Congress has begun a project to make available many of their most popular (copyright free) images available via flickr.

Read about it on the Library of Congress blog, or go straight to the photos at the LOC flickr site.


Check out an MP3 player @thelibrary

MP3 players are available for checkout at the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) desk, located on the 2nd floor of the library. Headphones must be provided by the user.
The MP3 player kit contains a player, USB cable, power adapter with DC to USB connector, and a guide sheet to the player and NetLibrary eAudiobook use. NetLibrary is a database of over 2,000 electronic audiobooks available for download. Check out period for the MP3 player kit is 3 weeks, plenty of time to give your ears a workout.


Intersession Hours @thelibrary

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