Library DIY: LibGuides for everyone

We live in a DIY culture! And if you're like me, you'd rather spend several hours trying to figure something out yourself before you ask for help. If do-it-yourself is the way you do things, you're going to love our new LibGuides (and if you're not, we hope you'll still love them).

LibGuides are a collection of library research guides that we are building for just about any subject you can think of -- from Accountancy to Theatre Arts, and everything in between. Each guide has recommended resources: books, databases where you can search for journal articles, and other subject-specific resources you can go to for authoritative info on your research topic.

We've also got special-interest guides that you may want to use: for citing sources, locating primary resources, and a guide for Library TV video tutorials.

Best of all, LibGuides are a place where you can sound off about what resources you like and what you'd like help with. You can comment, get updates, and vote on polls. Let us know what you think!


Faculty and Graduates: your room is ready

If you like a quiet, pleasant place to study in the Library, check out the Faculty Graduate Study room on the third floor.

Bring your own laptop and find speedy, excellent wireless access, plus comfortable furniture and surroundings. With more area to spread out, none of the first floor hubbub, and a door that closes, room 302 is right for you.

The room is open during regular library hours for your convenience. Check it out!

Reference Librarian


Bittner collection exhibit

This summer Denise Alexander Bittner presented Albertsons Library a collection of more than 300 books about Ernest Hemingway, his writings, and his literary associates. The John Robert Bittner collection, named in honor of Denise's late husband, a Hemingway scholar who was a professor of journalism at the University of Norh Carolina, is housed in Special Collections.  

Special Collections has put up a display in both of our display windows as well as the wooden exhibit cases outside the department showcasing the collection and the career of John Robert Bittner. Stop by and take a look. 

Alan Virta
Head of Special Collections


Need to use a Laptop? We've got one for you!

Albertsons Library now has 10 laptops available for 3-hour checkout at the 1st-floor Circulation Desk. All of these Windows laptops have wireless Internet access and the full Microsoft Office 2007 suite, and they'll print to BroncoPrint printers.

And perhaps best of all, we've taken care of Clean Access for you - just turn it on and you'll be ready to go!
This pilot project is funded 100% by student technology fees, so at the moment, all of our laptops are available to current students only.

Bring your ID and check one out at the Library Circulation Desk, just like you'd check out a book. Note that the laptops are for use in the Library building only (which has 100% wireless coverage).


International Connections Luncheon: Elizabeth Veatch

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 12:30-1:30p.m.
Location: Interactive Learning Center, Room 315

Elizabeth Veatch, Director of the Critical Language Scholarship Program, will speak about the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

This program offers intensive overseas studies programs for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study critical need foreign languages - Arabic, Azeri, Bengla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. It is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages.

Light refreshments will be provided or feel free to bring your own lunch. The event is sponsored by the Albertsons Library and Boise State University International Programs. For more information, call 426-3652.