Library open 24 hours during finals

The first floor of Albertsons Library will be open 24 hours during Finals, from Sunday May 11th at 10am until Thursday May 15th at 6pm.

Database trials: tell us what you think!

Check out the newest feature on the library's "Find Articles, Databases" page: database trials.

On this page you can see what new online products the library is thinking about buying that we have made available for you to use on a trial basis.

Now you can tell us what you think -- just fill out the comment form at the bottom of the page.

Your feedback will help us support the academic pursuits of the Boise State University community.


Changing its tune: Grove Music Online

Grove Music Online has changed its name to Oxford Music Online. This change also includes access to the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music, which you can access via the library's databases link.


Get to know EndNote

Need a way to manage your references? EndNote Web can keep, organize and export references and is now freely available to all BSU faculty, staff and students through the BSU Libraries’ Web of Science database.

Librarians are offering workshops for faculty on how to get started with EndNote Web:

  • Tuesday, April 22nd, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 23rd, 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: L-203, a computer classroom on the second floor of the Library. Please RSVP to Sara R. Seely, Reference Librarian at 6-1263.

Here’s a link to a product description for more information on EndNote Web, or please feel free to contact Sara for further details.


Check out our exhibit on green building in support of this week's Distinguished Lecture

William McDonough's Distinguished Lecture this week inspired us to create an exhibit of materials related to green building.

The exhibit, entitled "Designing for a better planet: A celebration of green building practices," is on display in the windows outside Special Collections on the second floor of the library. We hope you enjoy it!


International Connections Luncheon: Phillip Kelly

Join us this Wednesday, April 16, for Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies "Teaching in Northern Uganda" by Phillip Kelly.

Location: Student Union Building, Look Out Room
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Prof. Kelly spent six weeks in northern Uganda in Summer 07, teaching high school physics and chemistry as part of a volunteer program coordinated by Invisible Children, an organization that assists children who were abducted during the civil war in Uganda. Prof. Kelly will talk about his experiences teaching and interacting with students and teachers as well as his initiative to sponsor a student from northern Uganda at Boise State this fall semester.


Mary Ann Liebert Journals available @thelibrary

We have been able to purchase and add all of the Mary Ann Liebert journals to our Journals List page.
Liebert Online delivers electronic access to peer-reviewed journals published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Our critical mass of content exceeds 30,000 papers from more than sixty authoritative journals, all full-text searchable and linked to external bibliographic databases.
The Liebert journals focus in the following disciplines:
  • Biomedical Research/Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Medicine/Surgery
  • Complementary/Alternative Medicine
  • Engineering/Informatics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Law
  • Philanthropy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health/Policy

To locate Liebert journals, go to the Journal Titles page and select "Publisher" in the drop-down menu option, then type "Liebert" and click Go:


Library collection grants due April 15th

If you would like to submit an Albertsons Library collection grant for the purchase of library materials in a specified subject area, you have until Tuesday, April 15th to turn it in! These are competitive grants of up to $3000 awarded to teams of librarians and faculty members.

The intent of these grants is to work with faculty members to identify areas of the collection in need of special attention. The goal is to promote the use of library resources by making collections more relevant to the coursework and research interests of faculty and students.

Faculty members interested in applying for a grant should begin by contacting their library liaisons. Grant proposals may address a single academic area or an interdisciplinary topic.

Send completed applications to Carol Silvers, Albertsons Library, by Tuesday, April 15th, 2008. The grant recipients will be announced on May 1st, 2008.

Contact Peggy Cooper at 426-2311 for more information.


Mark Maguire presentation today at the Library

Come listen to Mark Maguire, 2008 Fulbright visiting fellow to Stanford University with the Western Institute for Irish Studies, on Migration and Bio-Surveillance: Irish and Other Examples, at 12:30 PM in the McCain room of the Albertsons Library, on the Campus of Boise State University.

Ireland, once a place from which residents emigrated, has been transformed since 1990 into a major destination for migrants from other countries. Currently over ten percent of Ireland’s population is foreign-born. The country moved rapidly to develop immigration policies in line with European Union and international trends and engaged in heated debates about border security, citizenship, and social services.

As other countries confront similar challenges in managing migration and preventing terrorism, a keyword is “eSecurity.” Borders are becoming eSmart; passports have eMemory; there is enormous investment in the latest biometric systems. Together such electronic measures constitute bio-surveillance, which lies at the heart of contemporary migration policies around the world.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Distinguished Lecture Series: William McDonough

William McDonough, internationally renowned “green” designer and winner of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, will speak as part of the Boise State University Distinguished Lecture Series at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Morrison Center. McDonough’s lecture, “The Next Industrial Revolution,” is free and no tickets are required. Limited seating is available on a first-come basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. and parking is free.

McDonough is principal of MBDC, a product and system development firm involved in designing profitable and environmentally intelligent solutions. He is also the founding principal of William McDonough+Partners, alumni research professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and consulting professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.


Turbocharge your library research and earn 1 credit

Tired of spending hour after hour wading through Google results and library databases trying to find resources for your class projects? Want to learn how to search smarter, better, and faster? The Library is pleased to announce that our newly revised & updated course, University 106: Library Research, is available for Fall 2008 registration.

In UNIV 106 you will learn:
  • How to choose a research topic and develop search strategies that generate results.
  • Where to find the best information for your research topic.
  • How to use library resources effectively, with an emphasis on our digital resources.
You'll learn by doing. In UNIV 106, with the help of a faculty librarian, you will walk you through the process of creating a small, self-directed research project on a topic of your choice.

UNIV 106 is a one-credit course. Three sections are being offered in fall; two in-person and one distance:
  1. Mondays, 12:40-1:30 PM | Instructor, Rick Stoddart
  2. Wednesdays, 8:40-9:30 AM | Instructor, Sara Seely
  3. Distance section (BlackBoard) | Instructor, Kim Leeder
Don't wait to take this course! The biggest complaint we hear from students in UNIV106 is that they wished they had taken it sooner. If you have any questions feel free to email any one of the faculty members above.


FYI - JSTOR changes platform

From the JSTOR news website:
We are excited to announce that the new JSTOR platform will be launched on Friday,
April 4. The behind-the-scenes process for switching from the existing JSTOR to the new platform will begin around 7:00 a.m. EST.

A document describing features of the new platform is included in the JSTOR Sandbox http://sandbox.jstor.org/. The Sandbox also has links to tutorials and training materials focused on the new JSTOR interface.
JSTOR and over 230 research databases and indexes are available via the Library's Articles, Databases link.