12.22.2009

Bronco Football Books!


Excited about Boise State University’s upcoming appearance in the Fiesta Bowl? Want to relive the experience of past successful seasons? Well, you are in luck. Albertsons Library has a great collection of materials celebrating Boise State’s football program. So take a break this holiday season and read up on the storied history of Bronco football with these books and videos:

BOOK: Blue magic: Boise State's inspiring journey to a Fiesta Bowl win. [Boise, Idaho]: Idaho Statesman Publications.
http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/182763714
Call #: GV958.B65; C75 2007  - 2nd Floor

BOOK: Boise State University, a season to remember. (2005). [Boise, Idaho]: Idaho Statesman.
http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/61329740
Call#: GV958.B65; B66 2005  - 2nd Floor

BOOK: Out of the blue: Boise State, undefeated Fiesta Bowl champions. (2006). Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing L.L.C.
http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/84737123
Call#: GV958.B65; O88 2006  - 2nd Floor

BOOK: 36th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, January 1, 2007: Boise State University vs. University of Oklahoma, Glendale, Arizona, Fiesta Bowl magazine. (2006). Clearwater, FL: Mainstream Media.
http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/173844127
Call#: GV957.F54; T55 2006  - 2nd Floor

VIDEO2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Official complete game broadcast. [United States]: Distributed by Team Marketing.
http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/84754723
Call#: crc GV957.F54; A15 2007 – Curriculum Resources Center  -2nd Floor

VIDEO:  Out of the blue A film about life and football. New York, N.Y.: Arts Alliance America.
http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/174564403
Call#: crc GV958.B65; O879 2007 – Curriculum Resources Center  -2nd Floor

Rick Stoddart,
Reference Librarian

12.02.2009

Longer hours at the Library





Albertsons Library is pleased to support your last-minute research and study needs by expanding our hours at the end of the semester.

During Dead Week (12/7-12/12), we'll be open the following hours:
Monday, Dec 7 - Thursday, Dec 10: 1st floor open midnight to 2AM
Friday, Dec 11 - Saturday, Dec 12: extended from 7PM to midnight

Then the real fun starts in Finals Week, when the 1st floor of the library remains open 24 hours: starting 10AM on Sun Dec 13 - ending 7PM on Thurs Dec 17.

Security will be present during our extended hours. Please note that for extended hours, the library is open only to Boise State University students, faculty, and staff. Please refer to our nifty calendar for all library hours.

11.30.2009

New databases available

Albertsons Library is pleased to announce two new databases to our growing list of online resources:

  • Journal Citation Reports "is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries."
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online - based on the 15th edition, it includes the Chicago Style Q&A, the Chicago-Style Citation "Quick Guide," and "Tools," such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets. Access the e-book version from the library's catalog, or via the University of Chicago Journals from the library's A-Z list.
You can access this and many more databases from the Articles, Databases link from the Library's homepage. Let us know if you have any questions.


    11.20.2009

    Thanksgiving holiday hours


    The Albertsons Library will have reduced hours next week, but our online resources will be available 24/7. Check our calendar for library hours at http://library.boisestate.edu/calendar/main.php


    Have a great Thanksgiving break!


    11.17.2009

    Library reading 'Run' today

    Stop by the library today to hear short readings from Ann Patchett's novel Run every hour on the hour, 9-4. We'll be just outside Starbucks on the first floor. Run is the First-Year Read book for 2009-10. 


    And don't forget about author Ann Patchett's appearance tonight at 7pm in the SUB! You can pick up your free tickets at the SUB Info Desk.


    For more information about the First-Year Read, visit the New Student and Family Programs website.

    11.13.2009

    Announcing the Cenarrusa Papers and Exhibits


    Longtime Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa has donated his political and personal papers to Boise State University. Documenting an extraordinary career in public service in both Idaho and on the international stage, the papers fill nearly 100 boxes and span the entire second half of the 20th century.

    The son of Basque immigrants, Pete Cenarrusa was elected to public office 17 times—9 times as a state legislator and 8 times as Idaho Secretary of State—compiling a record of 52 years of continuous public service, the longest tenure of any officeholder in Idaho history. In a career of more than fifty years, from 1950 to 2002, Pete Cenarrusa became one of the most popular politicians in the state. Over the course of that half century, both he and his wife Freda were active in numerous political, civic, and cultural causes, and Pete Cenarrusa used his influence as a senior American statesman of Basque descent to work for peace in his ancestral homeland.

    Albertsons Library celebrates this gift from Pete and Freda Cenarrusa by showcasing a new online exhibit, "The Public Career of Pete Cenarrusa." The Special Collections Department has also mounted an exhibit of photos, plaques, and other memorabilia in their display windows on the 2nd floor of Albertsons Library. The exhibit can be seen whenever the library is open through the end of the year.

    For more information contact the Special Collections Department at 208-426-1674.

    11.09.2009

    Take University 106 in spring 2010!

    Take University 106: Library Research (1 credit) and learn to find the information you need to succeed in course papers and projects. UNIV 106 will get you on the path to becoming an information ninja, able to slice through the web and maneuver the library’s rich information landscape to conquer projects. 

    All courses are one-credit pass/fail and are taught by librarians. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor directly.

    PoWeR Up!
    ENGLISH 102 & UNIVERSITY 106 are teaming up to help you get a jump-start on your research skills.

    Are you ready to take English 102 in the spring and looking for an enriched experience? Consider participating in PoWeR (Project Writing and Research)! What is PoWeR? It's what happens when writing instructors and librarians work together so that students benefit. In PoWeR, you will take both a specified section of English 102 *and* a one-credit (pass/fail) section of University 106: Library Research. 

    All of the students enrolled in a designated section of English 102 will also be enrolled in an online section of UNIV 106, creating a hybrid learning community of researchers and writers.
    Within this combined four-credit experience, you'll get a lot of support for both your writing and research through integrated assignments. The content of both courses is coordinated so that University 106 activities work towards the completion of English 102 writing projects. Now that’s PoWeR!

    For a list of all spring 2010 University 106 offerings, including the PoWeR sections linked with English 102, please visit http://guides.boisestate.edu/univ106

    Got questions? Contact Sara Seely at saraseely@boisestate.edu or 426-1263.

    11.06.2009

    Research help is only a click away


    Need help researching your homework assignments or class projects?

    Librarian research assistance is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week via online Reference Chat.

    Librarians can suggest related library resources and help track down those peer-reviewed articles on your paper topics that your professors require.

    Save yourself time and frustration. Ask a librarian for help! Visit: http://library.boisestate.edu/reference.shtm to find out all the ways you can get in contact with Boise State University librarians including help 24/7 online instant chat services. 

    Research help is only a click away!


    Rick Stoddart,
    Reference Librarian



    11.04.2009

    University Author Recognition Deadline

    Albertsons Library’s fifth annual University Author Recognition will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. February 25, 2010, with a short program beginning at 4 p.m. in the library. Citations are now being accepted for articles, books and creative works produced by Boise State authors between Sept. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2009.

    To submit a citation of your work, go to the
    Faculty Authors website and click on “Send Citations.” Faculty have the option to review and edit information before submitting citations, including multiple citations from a single creator. The draft bibliography is updated in real-time; please take a moment to look over the bibliography, as your citation may already have been entered by library staff.

    Recognition events for the fifth annual bibliography include:

    • A comprehensive online bibliography of scholarly and creative works by Boise State University faculty and staff created between Sept. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009
    • A display of books, articles and creative works in Albertsons Library during January and February 2010
    • A hosted reception in Albertsons Library with remarks by Provost Andrews and recognition from the university community
    Please contact Barbara Glackin at barbaraglackin@boisestate.edu with any questions.

    11.02.2009

    Faculty: Would you like to see better term papers?

    Workshop: "Designing Assignments for Better Term Papers"
    Interactive Learning Center
    Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10:30am - 12:00pm
    or Friday, Nov. 5 from 9:45 - 11:15am

    Learn how to help students make a term paper more than just an information gathering exercise. This hands-on workshop for faculty will use sample assignments to provide practical advice on how to get students to ask engaging research questions, use discipline-specific information tools and library collections, and evaluate and synthesize findings. Using this approach teaches students transferable skills in the research and writing process. Bring along a term paper assignment, if you’d like.

    Librarians Sara Seely and Melissa Kozel will facilitate. To register, go to the following link: http://ctl.boisestate.edu/default.asp?page=13

    See you there!

    10.28.2009

    Hauntingly Good Reads at the Library

    It's as much fun to scare as to be scared. ~ Vincent Price

    We all know the library houses a large collection of research materials at our disposal for all of the essays and research projects we are assigned throughout the semester. Did you know that it also has a wide array of items that can make your spine tingle, stir your imagination, and perhaps conjure up memories of Halloweens past? The horror genre has spanned many forms of media.

    The library carries many of these incarnations within its walls. Reference books, books on the history of the genre, films, books about the films, biographies on iconic actors and directors, and even books on the aesthetics of horror are available for your consideration.

    Literature is the perhaps the most obvious thing that would be in the library, so we will begin the tour there. Some of the authors the Albertsons Library has are Edgar Allen Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Guy de Maupassant, and Stephen King. H.P Lovecraft is a personal favorite of mine and his Cthulhu mythos has met with a revival in the last decade or so.

    There are also biographies on the icons and studios involved in making the horror genre what it is today. The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, and Vincent Price: The Art of Fear (the title of which holds some humor for this writer, as Price had a radio show I listen to quite often called The Price of Fear) are only a few that we have at the library. There are several books that focus on Hammer Films, the company that produced a number of films starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as Dracula and Dr. Van Helsing respectively.

    We also have, in the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC), films as well as juvenile fiction and children’s stories. Again, if you have a more classic bent, we have the silent films Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, as well as the movie based on a novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting. For some of the juvenile literature, we have Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones, which also happens to be on the Banned Books list, as well as Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World. Even the little ones can get into the, if you’ll pardon the term, spirit of things with books like Teeny Tiny Tingly Tales and Cobwebs, Chatters, and Chills: A Collection of Scary Poems.

    Those titles listed above are not even close to the vast amount of sources the Library contains. So, if you need an escape from the everyday grind of studies or just even need anything from the horror genre for a bit of research (it does happen), the Albertsons Library is a great resource. Search the Library’s catalog for your favorite horrific titles at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/

    Happy Haunting!

    Post by Lizzy Walker – member of Albertsons Library’s Student Library Advisory Committee (SLAC). If you would like to become a member of the Student Library Advisory Committee, contact Sara Seely.

    10.22.2009

    In a rush? Ask us to get a book off the shelf for you!

    Too busy to hunt for the book you want in the library? Let us help! If you need an item from the library and it's not checked out, ask us for an "on-shelf hold."

    We'll pull the item from the shelf and hold it for you at the library's Circulation Desk on the first floor -- usually that same day! This service is available to all students, faculty, and staff.

    Here's how to do it:


    10.19.2009

    Another EndNote Web Workshop!

    This week we're offering one more EndNote Web workshop! The workshop takes place this Thursday, October 22, 4:30pm- 5:30pm.

    EndNote Web can manage your citations, keep you organized, create bibliographies, can be accessed anywhere, and EndNote Web can help you retrieve saved articles. Interested in learning more about this awesome citation management tool? Go ahead and email me, Amy, to confirm your attendance. We'll be meeting in Library room 203. Please sign up and register for an account with EndNote Web before the class!

    10.07.2009

    Become a Library Expert in 10 Minutes or Less


    Are you daunted by an upcoming research project? Want to know more about what the library has to offer? Albertsons Library is pleased to announce a new series of drop-in sessions that can make a library expert out of anyone! The "10 Minutes to..." sessions will take place daily at 12:00 noon from Monday to Thursday throughout the month of October.

    Boise State librarians will cover the essentials of research with lightning speed! Look for us just inside the library's front doors, near the entrance to Starbucks. Planned workshops include:

    • Monday, Oct. 12th: 10 Minutes to... Finding a Movie in the Library
    • Tuesday, Oct. 13th: 10 Minutes to... Finding an Article
    • Wednesday, Oct. 14th: 10 Minutes to... Google Search Tips
    • Thursday, Oct. 15th: 10 Minutes to... ARTstor: Find Your Image

    • Monday, Oct. 19: 10 Minutes to... Finding Music in the Library!
    • Tuesday, Oct. 20: 10 Minutes to... Starting Your Research
    • Wednesday, Oct. 21: 10 Minutes to... Google Scholar Search Tips
    • Thursday, Oct. 22: 10 Minutes to... Finding E-Books

    • Monday, Oct. 26: 10 Minutes to... Finding a Movie in the Library
    • Tuesday, Oct. 27: 10 Minutes to... Finding an Article
    • Wednesday, Oct. 28: 10 Minutes to... Effective Search Strategies on the Web
    • Thursday, Oct. 29: 10 Minutes to... Google Search Tips


    There's no need to RSVP or plan ahead; just stop by at noon and check them out. Come for one session, or come for all of them -- it's up to you. See you there!

    9.30.2009

    One image from Special Collections

    It's only one image in twelve hours of film, but we're pleased that Ken Burns is using a photo from the Frank Church collection in his 6-part documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," airing Sunday through Friday nights this week on PBS (KAID-TV in Boise).

    It's an image of Frank Church with Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall and it will air in Episode 6 on Friday.

    PBS also uses the image on their website devoted to the show at http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/history/ep6/3/ .

    Alan Virta,
    Head of Special Collections

    9.28.2009

    Banned and Challenged Books: 2008-2009

    Banned Book Week, established by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) in 1982, begins today and wraps up October 3.
    Each year, the OIF documents attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries and from school classrooms.
    Out of 513 challenges in 2008, the 10 books most challenged are listed below. The OIF also tracks "Banned and Challenged Classics," which includes many of the top 100 novels of the 20th century.

    The 10 Most Challenged Titles in 2008


    Titles are linked to the Albertsons Library copy's location and call number.
    Reasons for challenges follow the authors' names.

    And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group.

    His
    Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence.

    TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.

    Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence.

    Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence.

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group.

    Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.

    Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group.

    The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.

    Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

    9.25.2009

    Test Your Bronco Trivia Skills, Win a Prize!

    Albertsons Library is excited to offer avid Bronco fans the opportunity to put their memory to the test for the chance to win Bronco memorabilia! Beginning on the afternoon of Monday, September 28, 2009 until mid-day on Saturday, October 3, 2009 Albertsons Library will have a Bronco exhibit prominently displayed on the first floor, just beyond the main entrance.

    Please come in and view the memorable Bronco mascot images from over the years and match each one to the correct corresponding decade and, enter your answers in a drawing to win your own piece of prized memorabilia!

    We look forward to seeing you — Go Broncos!

    9.23.2009

    Need an NAICS code?

    It's the question of the day!

    If you're trying to find an NAICS code, try using the official government website at http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/. This site has a really useful search and, although it's not a library database, it is a reliable information source.

    If you need more information about NAICS, such as correspondence tables to see the differences between revisions to the code, try this site: http://www.census.gov/epcd/naics02/.

    9.21.2009

    FIND IT @ Albertsons Library

    Albertsons is working hard to connect you to the information you need. Look for the button embedded in the Library’s online resources.
    The button will lead you to full-text content by any means possible (interlibrary loan, in print, or through other online library resources). You are always just a click of the button away from what you want. Check out this video for more information.


    If you have questions about how to use this tool, please do not hesitate to contact Albertsons Library. As always, we are happy to help you with your research and questions!
    Rick Stoddart,
    Reference librarian

    9.16.2009

    Special Collections featured in a new documentary

    Images from the Vardis Fisher collection in Albertsons Library's Special Collections are featured in a new documentary, "Soul of a People: Writing America's Story," which will air four times over the next several days on the Smithsonian Channel.
    The documentary is about the Federal Writers Project, a New Deal initiative to employ writers during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Vardis Fisher was the Idaho state director for the Federal Writers Project, and his 400-page guidebook to Idaho was the first in the project's American Guide series to be completed and published, to nationwide critical and popular acclaim.
    The story of Fisher's work with the project, including his testy relationship with New Deal administrators, is interwoven throughout the 90-minute documentary. He is one of several writers featured in the film; others include Studs Terkel, John Cheever, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Zora Neale Hurston.
    The producers of the documentary visited Albertsons Library during the course of their research, and images from Boise State's collections are found throughout the film.
    According to the Smithsonian Channel's website, it is scheduled to air this Friday September 18 at 2 pm Mountain Time, Saturday at 7 pm, next Tuesday at 5:30 pm, and next Wednesday at 6 am Mountain Time. Please check local listings to confirm the times.
    More information about the documentary can be found at http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/smithsonian/show_soul_people.do
    The guide to the Library's Vardis Fisher collection is on the Special Collections website at http://library.boisestate.edu/special/findingaids/fa159.shtm

    Alan Virta,
    Head Librarian
    Special Collections

    9.14.2009

    EndNote Web Workshops!

    We are offering two more workshops in September and more to come as the semester progresses.

    The EndNote Web workshops will focus on how to use this tool to organize and save your research effectively.

    Please RSVP as there are a limited number of seats available for both!

    9.09.2009

    Happy Birthday @theLibrary

    Cake! Yep, it's time for a birthday celebration. This Thursday, Sept. 10th the library will be celebrating our 14th anniversary of the last remodel of the building.

    We'll start slicing cake at 1pm in front of the library, so come on by and share in the celebration.

    9.08.2009

    The Rockwell Clock

    One of the landmarks in Albertsons Library is the grandfather clock in the McBirney Room on the second floor. It was presented to the library when the university was still Boise Junior College by Irvin E. Rockwell, one of the school’s early benefactors.
    A former state senator, Rockwell—known popularly as “Rock”—owned the Minnie Moore silver mine near Bellevue. He was a powerful and engaging personality, a tall man with a booming voice who was several times considered a potential candidate for governor.
    Rockwell died in 1952 at the age of 89, and in 2001 his family presented his papers to Albertsons Library. The Special Collections Department has completed a guide to the papers and a biographical sketch of this important and colorful Idaho personality. They are posted online at http://library.boisestate.edu/Special/FindingAids/fa60.shtm

    8.28.2009

    What can the Library do for you?

    As a new or returning student to campus you'll find there are many resources available to you. What can you expect from your Albertsons Library? Here's a quick breakdown:
    • Reference assistance: What does a librarian do, really? In a nutshell, we're here to guide and teach you how to discover and use a vast array of print and electronic resources. We teach you to think critically about the sources you use in your research, to use the most relevant books or articles for your topic, and to navigate your way around scholarly databases. We also offer this expertise via chat, e-mail, phone, or in person. Stop by the reference desk or visit our "Ask a question" page.
    • Computers: We have over 80 computer stations in the first floor, with another 25 on the second floor. All have Microsoft Office 2007 and all print using the BroncoPrint system. Use your Bronco Card as your print card (it's also your library card). You can also check out Macs and PC laptops from the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
    • Books! Well, that's the obvious one. The library has a growing collection of over half a million books. Use the WorldCat Local search box on our homepage to search our collection and the collections of just about every (public, school, academic) library in the United States. It is that powerful :D
    • The Second Floor: Is where you will find the Special Collections department , which houses all our rare books and archives related to Idaho, Boise State University history, and more. There's also the Curriculum Resource Center, where you'll find all our multimedia (DVDs, VHS, books on tape/CD, Music CDs), curriculum materials, and the Juvenile and Young Adult literature collections.
    • LibGuides: These are research guides on steroids. Librarians create these guides for most departments (and in some cases, individual classes) to provide you with an overview with your top resources for a specific discipline or subject. You can find a list of available guides at our "Resources by Subject" page.
    • Classrooms: Chances are your professor will bring you to the library to learn about the resources mentioned above, so they'll have you come to rooms L203 or L201C. Both of these rooms, on the second floor of the library, are where the librarians will help your class get a jump start on your research.
    These are but a few of the services Albertsons Library puts at your disposal. As the semester progresses we will highlight other services or electronic resources that can help you succeed here at Boise State. Remember, all you have to do is ask!

    8.20.2009

    Meet Margie, New Reference Librarian!

    Greetings Boise State students and faculty! I recently moved to Idaho from Indiana (think corn fields, John Mellencamp, and humidity) where I served as a reference librarian at the University of Southern Indiana. Prior to that, I worked as the education liaison librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I earned a Masters in Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington and a B.S. in Elementary Education at USI.

    As a Reference Librarian at Albertsons Library, I am looking forward to providing library services by answering your questions at the Reference Desk, teaching you search strategies, and using information technology applications. A really cool thing about Albertsons Library is that you can get research help in person on the 1st floor, or you can chat with us off-campus, call us, or email us (all available through the library's home page). Please, don't hesitate to ask me or any other librarian for help with your project!

    I will also help select books and e-resources for the library that support research and learning in the College of Education, including core education topics, children's literature, literacy, and materials for the Curriculum Resource Center. Faculty and student input helps to create a stronger library collection, so please email or call me with specific titles or subject areas in education you would like to recommend: 426-1323 or margieruppel@boisestate.edu.

    I look forward to working with you!

    Margie Ruppel

    8.17.2009

    Graduate Student Open House

    Mark your calendars for the Graduate Student Open House! Albertsons Library, with the support of the Graduate College, is holding an open house where you can meet the librarians who work with you and your departments, learn more about the library, and tell us what kinds of instruction sessions you would like us to hold for you.

    Along with the many librarians attending the event, Jodi Chilson and Jim Allen from the Graduate College will be on hand to answer your questions. The open house will be held in the Graduate Student Lounge in the Albertsons Library on the Third Floor. We’ll provide drinks, snacks, and smiles!

    For your convenience, we will hold two sessions: Wednesday, August 26 from 10 am - 2 pm and Thursday, August 27 from 2 pm - 6 pm. To RSVP please select this hyperlink and choose the date you plan on dropping in. Also, please indicate if there are any workshops you are interested in attending during the Fall semester.

    Gearing up for Fall 2009

    We have had many changes in the library since May, including a slew of new databases, new liaison librarians, new carpeting (hey, that counts!), and a commitment to student success!

    For Boise State Faculty, we have created and revamped a page just for you. Here you will find a variety of library resources based on your scholarly and teaching needs, a plethora of library services and collections, and location and contact information for your library liaison.

    For students, we have additional computers with Office 2007, laptops (Macs & PCs) for checkout, library pages geared toward your scholarly needs (check it out: Undergrads and Graduates), and extended hours. Don't forget, we are available to help you with your research via our reference chat, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

    Albertsons Library is committed to ensure the academic success of Boise State University students, faculty, and staff. If you have questions or comments, please let us know, or call us at 426-1204.

    We hope you have a fantastic Fall 2009 semester!

    7.28.2009

    Meet Amy!

    Hello! My name is Amy Vecchione and I am the new Reference Librarian at Albertsons Library. My primary responsibilities will be engaging individuals who come to the reference desk, conducting instruction sessions, and working as a liaison for the Chemistry department. I am very excited to be here and working with everyone throughout the new year.

    To tell you a bit about my background, I have lived in the Boise area for the past four years and love the combination of nature and technology that the Treasure Valley has to offer. Although I grew up in New Jersey, I have lived in the West for the past 15 years.

    Some of my favorite things to do involve swimming, road biking, music, food, and any kind of adventure. I received my MLIS from the University of Washington in 2007 and my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in 2000.

    I have been moonlighting on weekends at the reference desk, and also have worked on some Library Research Guides. You can see my profile and other research interests here: http://guides.boisestate.edu/profile.php?uid=6120

    Please give me a call at (208) 426-1625, e-mail at amyvecchione@boisestate.edu or stop by my office on the first floor of the library, if you want to chat. I am most happy to do so.

    7.21.2009

    New database: ScholarWorks


    This spring, Albertsons Library, in collaboration with the Graduate College, Research Office, and Office of the Provost, began developing ScholarWorks, a collection of services designed to capture and showcase all scholarly output by the Boise State University community.
    These services include: identifying and making available via the ScholarWorks web site documents and files produced by the faculty, research groups, and students of Boise State University; creation of Selected Works pages which highlight the scholarly accomplishments of each individual faculty member; distribution of regular reports that provide data on the impact and usage of faculty publications; access to simple and inexpensive electronic publishing of original series, journals, and monographs; and promotion of research efforts via a searchable public database.
    Not only does ScholarWorks help increase the visibility and impact of faculty work through broader dissemination, it also supports student research through initiatives such as making theses and dissertations available electronically.
    Additionally, ScholarWorks has the ability to provide access to many different types of scholarship such as journal articles, technical reports, presentations, working papers, and datasets. Here are some examples:
    In the coming months, ScholarWorks will continue to develop these services and help support Boise State’s scholarly communication efforts. Please contact Michelle Armstrong (426-2580) for more information.

    7.07.2009

    Albertsons Library on the social web

    Do you Twitter, check out Facebook, watch YouTube, or post your photos to Flickr? Then keep abreast of news and information from Albertsons Libary and beyond via these social networks:

    6.30.2009

    Check out a laptop


    Albertsons Library has Macbook and PC laptops available for student checkout in the Library.
    Library Macbooks & PC come loaded with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and wireless Internet access. Macbooks have the full iLife suite (iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto, and Garage Band). You can also print directly to BroncoPrint!
    To check out a laptop, show your student ID at the library's first-floor Circulation Desk. Laptops check out for three hours and can be used anywhere in the library building.

    6.17.2009

    Library Hosts Vardis Fisher Exhibit


    Albertsons Library Special Collections is hosting an exhibit of Idaho author Vardis Fisher’s novels, research materials and memorabilia from the Lloyd Jensen Collection. The exhibit is available for viewing anytime the Library is open on the second floor.

    Jensen was a close friend and neighbor of Fisher, who lived in the Hagerman area. The exhibit will feature postcards written by Fisher to Jensen, as well as rare and deluxe editions of Fisher’s novels. The Jensen family donated the collection in September 2008.

    Erin Passehl
    Archivist

    6.11.2009

    New database: Films on Demand

    Films on Demand is an online collection of videos for all subjects including many of Films Media Group’s best selling and most popular titles. Incorporating outstanding educational programs into your presentations and lesson plans is now easier than ever! Just visit the database and browse by subject, search all videos, or search in one of the four collections: Business & Economics, Health, Humanities & Social Sciences, or Sciences.

    Films on Demand offers online video streaming of high quality programs available anywhere there’s a computer. It allows users to create an account where they can build their own playlists and favorites lists making it easy to share videos with classes. Visit the link above or our databases page to check it out!

    With this subscription, Albertsons Library continues its transition to electronic formats. Online access to these videos was made possible by reallocating funds that previously supported print collections.

    6.08.2009

    Counseling and Therapy in Video

    Counseling and Therapy in Video is an online collection of videos for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. It is possible to find videos about client-counselor relations, brief relational therapy, age and aging, and by therapists such as, Lynn Banez, Norman Kagan, and over 150 others.

    The database currently contains more than 276 videos with more than 300 hours of content and new titles will be added over time. Videos can be discovered through a number of different ways including subject, therapy type, theme, and therapist.

    They can also be found by type—consultations, counseling sessions, demonstrations, interviews, and lecture/presentations. Counseling and Therapy in Video makes it easy for students and faculty to find and view videos.

    With this subscription, Albertsons Library continues its transition to electronic formats. Online access to these videos was made possible by reallocating funds that previously supported print collections. Additional resources can be found in our Psychology subject guide at http://guides.boisestate.edu/psychology .

    6.01.2009

    Service Learning Posters

    Service Learning is a campus-wide effort to create better connections between the learning that occurs on campus and service to our local community. Albertsons Library is proud to support this undertaking, not only by providing access to the latest research and library resources, but also by displaying posters reporting on recent service learning projects undertaken by Boise State students.

    Come see how Boise State makes an impact in your community. These posters can be viewed on the 2nd floor of Albertsons Library. For more information about Service Learning at Boise State, please see: http://servicelearning.boisestate.edu

    As always, visit http://library.boisestate.edu for information on Albertsons Library and our wonderful array of research resources.

    Rick Stoddart,
    Reference Librarian

    5.29.2009

    Attention Marketing Students

    Want to know how many men between 18 and 49 have had a nutrition/energy bar in the last week? Or, how many college graduates have purchased a Timex watch in the last year. Or, how many women are heavy users of shower and bath gels?

    All these questions, and more, can be answered using the MRI+ (Mediamark Research & Intelligence) database, found via the articles, databases link right here on the Library’s home page.

    Register for use with your Boise State email address, and, after confirmation, use the Mediamark Reporter link to find more information about understanding consumers and the things they buy.

    Melissa Kozel,
    Reference Librarian

    5.26.2009

    Check it out, keep it longer

    Albertsons Library is extending loan periods for faculty and graduate students.
    When checking out or renewing items, graduate students will now see their due dates on every item showing an end-of-semester date (increased from six weeks), while faculty will see their checked out and renewed items due one year from their date of checkout. This is effective immediately.
    As always, all checked out items remain subject to recall (and recall fines). See a list of the library's current loan periods at http://library.boisestate.edu/circulation/loan_periods.shtm.
    We hope you'll enjoy these longer checkout periods!

    5.18.2009

    Announcing WorldCat Local

    Boise State University’s Albertsons Library, in cooperation with the libraries at Lewis-Clark State College, the University of Idaho, and the University of Idaho College of Law, is implementing a groundbreaking new information discovery tool called WorldCat Local.

    WorldCat Local allows users to quickly locate information about hundreds of thousands of titles in many formats including: books, videos, articles, internet resources, sound recordings, and more.

    While traditional library catalogs provide access to a single library’s collection, WorldCat Local seamlessly accesses the collections of other Idaho libraries and more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

    Now you can find many of the items you want with one search. Interlibrary Loan requests are available with the click of a button. For more information on WorldCat Local contact your library liaison or stop by the reference desk.

    To try WorldCat Local and enjoy research made easier use the search box on the library's homepage or click here. WorldCat Local is made available through Albertsons Library and its partners with the support of grant funding.