Who's that couple?

Who are the two people gazing across the atrium on the second floor? The man is Clarence R. King, who in 1868 at age 25 led one of the first scientific geological expeditions into Idaho. King later became the first director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

The woman's name is unknown, but she was crowned Miss Ida-Ho, Harvest Queen of 1911. Find out what other neat historical resources are available in Special Collections, second floor of the Library.


2008 Election Resources

The election is November 4th and some voters are already mailing in their ballots. These websites provide a wealth of information to help you sort out the voting process and make an informed decision.

For Student Voters

Rock the Vote

A multi-media site aimed at young voters.

On the voting process

Idaho Votes

Official site of the Idaho Secretary of State, who oversees elections in Idaho. Includes information on registration and where to vote, rules for students and voting residency, absentee voting, and more. Also has a list of candidates and links to their campaign websites.

About the candidates

Project Vote Smart

Provides non-partisan information on state and national candidates, including voting records, interest group ratings, and campaign finances. Issue positions are also included, but only if the candidate chooses to participate, so coverage is uneven. Check out this page for young voters.

Political ads

Politifact’s truth-o-meter

Nonpartisan; analyzes the accuracy and truthfulness of political ads.


Commission on Presidential Debates

Idaho Debates

Covers debates for state races. Also includes links to news outlets around the state.

News and commentary

NPR’s Election 2008

National Public Radio’s news site on the elections. Includes news, commentary, polls, and blogs on the candidates and the issues, mainly at the national level.

Vote 2008

Includes videos from the Public Broadcast System. Try out their Budget Hero to see if you can balance the federal budget.

Albertsons Library's Election Information


For Theatre studies, or just for fun! New video database

video still from From King Lear (1988)

Whether you're interested in plays, playwrights, or acting, check out
Theatre in Video, a new database of online streaming video productions of live plays from the 1930s to the 20th century, including BBC's productions of every play in the Shakespearean canon.

Find plays written by Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov, Harold Pinter, William Faulkner; plays starring Meryl Streep or Anthony Hopkins; and much more.

According to Alexander Street Press, the creators of Theatre in Video:
With live television broadcasts of New York productions from the 50s, revivals of classic works and experimental performances from the 60s and 70s, as well as important contemporary performances, Theatre in Video covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history. Unlike Hollywood adaptations, these are the actual original productions, captured and recorded while performed for a live theatre audience.
Watch from home, work, or in the library. To access from off-campus, just log in with your BroncoWeb ID and password. Find a play to watch online now! ->


Librarian Daniel Lester retires

Long-time Albertsons Librarian Dan Lester will be retiring at the end of October after 18 years of service to Boise State University and the Idaho Library community.

An open farewell celebration for Daniel W. Lester will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3 -4:30 p.m. in the Albertsons Library’s McCain Room, 2nd Floor. There will be a brief presentation at 3:30pm.

Join us!

Marilyn Moody,
Dean of Libraries


International Connections: Evelyne Trouillot

Join us for an International Connections luncheon with Haitian writer √Čvelyne Trouillot. Ms. Trouillot's presentation, "The Linguistic Situation in Haiti: Languages and Instruction," will examine the current status of French and Creole in Haiti, and discuss her personal experiences with both languages from her point of view as an educator.

When: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Thursday, October 23, 2008
Where: Student Union Building, Hatch A.

√Čvelyne Trouillot is an award-winning author from Haiti who has written essays, poetry, novels and a play, as well as short stories and fairy tales for children. Born in Port-au-Prince, she lived more than ten years in the United States (New York and Florida) before returning definitively to Haiti in 1987. In addition to being a university professor and writer who has published in French, Creole and English, Ms. Trouillot participates actively in Haitian cultural activities and organizes writing workshops for children and young adults.


University Author Celebrations

Get ready for the Albertsons Library's 4th annual Boise State University Author Recognition reception.

Albertsons Library celebrates the scholarship and creative output of all Boise State University faculty and staff who published articles, books, and creative texts between September 1, 2007, and August 31, 2008.

As of this writing there are over 190 university authors in the bibliography!
Please go to http://library.boisestate.edu/faculty/ and note the following improvements:
  • Updated online submission form
  • Expanded fields to include multiple co-authors
  • Submit multiple citations by the same author
  • Draft bibliography is available online
  • Draft bibliography auto-updates when new citations are entered
Please note: Your citations may already be in the draft bibliography so check before you submit.

Mark your calendars! Albertsons Library will display the books, articles, and creative works of University Authors in the library during January and February, culminating with a celebration on February 4, 2009, from 3:30-5:00 in the library's McCain Room. The university community is invited to meet those being recognized and applaud their scholarship and creativity. Individual introductions will be made at 4:00 pm.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Glackin.


Campus Sustainability Day

Boise State is gearing up for Campus Sustainability Day on October 22. This annual event takes place on campuses nationwide, and the Library is supporting the effort.

We're constantly buying new books and other materials on this subject, from green building to water policy and more. Some of our newest books include:

In addition to our new books on sustainability, you can always find new articles being published in newspaper, magazines, and academic journals. A great place to search for articles on green topics and sustainability is GreenFILE. Check out some of the recent articles on sustainability from GreenFile.


Welcome Ellie Dworak, Web Services Librarian

I'm Ellie Dworak, the new Web Services Librarian at Boise State University. My husband jokes that my tag line should be "I go to the Library so that you don't have to!" While I do hope that you will visit us, it's true that much of my job is to make it easier for you to access resources such as journal articles, ebooks, and other library tools while wearing your pajamas in your nice cozy home.

I spent my first 22 years in Eugene, Oregon, where I attended the University of Oregon and earned a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature. I then attended the University of Michigan for a Master's degree in Library & Information Services. My career then took me to the sleepy (except for Friday nights!) town of Athens, Ohio and then to San Diego, California, where I worked at San Diego State University. After 8 years in Southern California, I became weary of the big city and 70-degree perfect day after 70-degree perfect day, so I applied for this job in Boise. I'm really excited to be part of the team here - I can tell already that it's a great group of people who are dedicated, energetic, and creative.

Off work, I like to spend time with my husband and our two energetic dogs. We have a 6-year old rescued pit bull mix named Raisin, and a Vizsla (a Hungarian hunting dog) named Gus, both of whom need to run for at least an hour a day. When the dogs aren't keeping me busy, I like to bake, cook, read trashy mystery novels,watch movies (Netflix is my Best Friend Forever), hike, lift weights at the Student Rec Center, and hang out incognito at the public library.

I look forward to becoming part of the Boise State University community. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for improvement to the Library Website, please feel free to contact me at elliedworak[at]boisestate.edu


Sign up for ARTstor training

Did you know the Library subscribes to an image database of nearly one million images called ARTSTOR? Those of you who use images in your classes will want to sign up for ARTstor training in Room 203 at the Albertsons Library on Thursday, October 30th. Please RSVP to Elaine Watson, Reference Librarian and indicate which session(s) you plan to attend. Space is limited.

10:40 - 11:55 am - Introduction to ARTstor (see below for details)
12:15 - 1:30 pm - Teaching with ARTstor (see below for details)
3:15 - 4:30 pm - Teaching with ARTstor (a repeat of the 12:15 - 1:30 session)

Introduction to ARTstor
Prerequisite: none
Who should attend: anyone with an interest in using digital images (students, faculty) or those in a position to support others in the use of digital image resources (librarians, instructional technologists, etc.)
Topics covered:
- browsing, searching for content
- viewing images, zooming, rotating, printing, saving
- viewing data and saving your own personal commentary with images
- saving groups of images

Teaching with ARTstor
Prerequisite: working knowledge of ARTstor introductory topics covered in the first session
Who should attend: anyone who plans to teach with ARTstor (faculty) or those in a position to support others in their use of ARTstor (librarians, instructional technologists, etc.)
Topics covered:
- adding your own images to ARTstor
- collaborating with students online using shared folders
- integrating ARTstor with course management systems
- creating presentations using ARTstor's Offline Image Viewer (OIV) or Powerpoint


Elections & Politics

Check out this sampling of recent titles related to U.S. elections and political campaigns at Albertsons Library. Looking for more?
  • Consult our Catalog
  • Search our online databases
  • Ask Us! Our reference librarians will help you find what you need. Contact us at the library 426-3301 or online
  • Don't see what you want? Request a title to add to our collection