The Albertsons library will be open limited hours during the holidays and Winter Intersession:
Dec. 20 - 22: 7AM to 7PM
Dec. 23: 7AM to 5PM
Dec. 24 - Jan. 1: CLOSED
Winter Intersession (January 2 - 16) hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7AM to 7PM
Fridays: 7AM to 5PM
Sat/Sun: 10AM to 6PM
We will be closed January 17. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 for the Spring semester. Library hours are posted at our homepage, on our calendar page, and via our nifty mobile page. You can also scan this QR code that will direct you to our mobile site:
Students in Amy Vecchione's University 106 course created this fun video about their favorite service at Albertsons Library: 24/7 chat reference! You can watch the one-minute video below. We hope you enjoy it.
Do you need to study for the CLEP exam? Practice your math skills? Learn how to use Excel? Use the LearningExpress Library database, recently made available through the Idaho Commission for Libraries' LiLI service (Libraries Linking Idaho).
Learning Express Library offers online practice admission tests, skills-enhancing tutorials for math, writing, Adobe software, Microsoft Office software, and tutorials for writing resumes and cover letters. Additional practice tests in LearningExpress include GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, TOEFL, ACT, Praxis, PPST, and GED. Creating a free account in the database will let you start and stop a test at a time that fits your schedule.
Albertsons Library’s annual University Author Recognition celebrates articles, books, and creative works produced at Boise State University. The 6th annual University Author Recognition will take place on February 24, 2011, in Albertsons Library from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Citations are still being accepted until December 3, 2010, for works created between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010. It is easy to submit a citation of your work; just go to http://library.boisestate.edu/faculty and click on “Send Citations.” A faculty member has 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 draft bibliography, as your citation may already have been entered by library staff.
Recognition events for the 6th annual bibliography include:
A comprehensive online bibliography of scholarly and creative works by Boise State University faculty created between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010.
A display of the creative works in Albertsons Library in January-February 2011
A hosted reception in Albertsons Library on February 24, 2011, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. with a short program beginning at 4:00 p.m. The university community is invited to meet those being recognized and applaud their scholarship and creativity.
We look forward to seeing you at the 6th annual University Author Recognition event! Please contact Michelle Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The most recent episode of Idaho Public Television's "Outdoor Idaho" program featured a number of photos from the Library's Frank Church manuscript collection. Entitled "Wilderness in the 21st Century," the program examines the history and future of wilderness areas in Idaho. If you missed the program, you can view it online at http://video.idahoptv.org/video/1622555196. Half a dozen Frank Church photos appear at the 9:40 mark. Bethine Church and Boise State University professor John Freemuth also appear in the program offering their views on wilderness.
Attention Boise State Faculty & staff: are you considering a mobile device, but want to make sure it will be useful before making the investment? Do you currently use an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android phone, or other mobile device to help you be more effective in your professional life? Would you enjoy sharing and learning from colleagues about apps and best practices that can help you to ...
• Use time more productively
• Stay connected with colleagues
• Improve your teaching and learning
• Conduct more innovative and/or efficient research
• Accomplish more while on the go
If so, the Center for Teaching & Learning, Academic Technologies, and the Albertsons Library would like to invite you to participate with us in a faculty/staff mobile device users group. Click here to learn more or to sign up.
To celebrate Boise State University hosting ESPN GameDay on September 25, the Special Collections department in Albertsons Library contributed historical photographs and moving image footage of old football games towards the creation of this video created by ESPN, which aired both during GameDay footage on television and on their website. The video looks back at Boise State's steady climb from humble beginnings as Boise Junior College to its prominence as a nationally ranked football team.
Check out our new playlist for citing sources in MLA! Each video will cover how to cite a book, article or website. The first one covers the broad elements of an MLA citation. The very last one in this playlist is how to cite websites in MLA style. You can scroll through this playlist using the arrows on the left and the right of this screen. Enjoy!
Hello, BSU community! I am the new archivist in Special Collections and have been here since July. Before this position, I was the archivist at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (Go Packers!). Prior to that, I served as Project Archivist of the Southeast Asian Archive at the University of California, Irvine.
I received a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a Master's of History degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I also received a Bachelor of Music degree from Ouachita University.
In my new position I will be working with the University Archives part of Special Collections and working with university records. I will also be working with digital collections that include university materials.
Have a question about BSU's history or donating university records to the University Archives? Feel free to contact me by phone 426-4308, by e-mail email@example.com, or by visiting Special Collections located on the second floor of the library.
A new exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of the opening of Bronco Stadium was recently installed in the front exhibit windows of Special Collections on the second floor of the library. Construction of Bronco Stadium began in 1969, and it was dedicated on September 11, 1970, during the football game of BSU v. Chico State that BSU won with the final score being 49-14.
The stadium was built at a cost of $2.2 million and originally contained 14,500 seats. The exhibit is comprised of photographs, newspaper articles, programs, and other memorabilia on the stadium. Additional images of Bronco Stadium can be viewed in the digital collection Historic Boise State located on the Special Collections website.
Last week in honor of the Campus Read author visit on Wednesday, Albertsons Library held a Recycled Poetry Contest in which we cut up photocopied pages from the Campus Read book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and invited students to create original poetry using the words from the book (along the lines of Magnetic Poetry, but without the magnets).
The contest took place during a three-hour fair on the quad, and students had to make up poems on the spot! We were delighted to receive 27 submissions, all of which were excellent, and we all had a great time playing with words at the fair.
We have a winner! Our three judges -- Janet Holmes and Tom Hillard from English, and Sara Seely from the Library -- reviewed all the submissions and ranked their top three. It was quite a challenge with all those wonderful entries, but only one could win. One poem appeared on all three of our judges' lists: the "Circle Poem by Ben." Congratulations to Ben for his winning poem! He will receive a $20.00 gift card to Starbucks.
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make our contest a success! We all had a great time and will plan to do this again next year.
Note: If you missed out on this contest, be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep track of library news and announcements in the future!
Albertsons Library is hosting an open-house welcome specifically for graduate students called Fast Track to Graduate Student Success. This series features both an in person event, and web based workshops.
The face to face welcome on Sept. 9, 2010 is designed for both new and returning graduate students and features skill building, networking, meeting your librarian liaisons, and learning new services in the library. During Fast Track you will gain tips and strategies that will bolster your success at Boise State University.
In addition to a welcome, and meetings with your library liaison, the three workshops available at Fast Track will be: How to Conduct a Literature Review, Understanding the Thesis and Dissertation Process, and Navigating Albertsons Library. This event takes place on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 9am - noon. Can't stay for the whole morning? Drop in whenever you would like! To find out more information, including the schedule and to sign up, go to http://guides.boisestate.edu/graduatestudents.
Spend 10 minutes with us and get an intro to the library: how to find articles and books, borrow a laptop, print a paper and more. Drop in anytime between noon and 1:00 pm, just inside the library on the first floor. These quick intros will be available until Friday, August 27. Optional tours available, too.
Albertsons Library is ready for Fall 2010! We have lots of great resources to make your research endeavors shine. Here’s a quick list of what you can expect at the library this semester:
For students, over 110 computers with Microsoft Office 2007, laptops (Macs & PCs) for checkout, and library pages geared toward your scholarly needs (check it out: undergraduate and graduate). Plus we have two multimedia stations with additional hardware and software to create and edit multimedia projects.
Library pages for Faculty. You will find links to a variety of library resources targeted to your scholarly and teaching needs, from library services and collections to contact information for the library liaison to your department.
A Starbucks coffee shop on the first floor. Get your caffeine fix here!
Have questions about research, campus, or anything at all? We’re available to help you via our reference chat, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Or you can text us your questions at (208) 546-9982.
Access to thousands of journals and magazines in our growing collection of databases, all available at the A-Z list of databases.
Fifteen photos by Claudio Beagarie documenting the struggle of California farm workers for social and economic justice in the 1960s will be on display at the Albertsons Library through Labor Day.
Beagarie, a community activist with a commitment to progressive causes, captured images of farm workers in their homes, in the fields and marching with Cesar Chavez, cofounder of the United Farm Workers of America and the best-known leader of the movement.
The images chronicle some of the dramatic moments of the struggle in 1966 and 1967 — the grape boycott, the march from Delano to Sacramento and the rally in San Francisco — as well as scenes of the everyday life and work of the mainly Latino and Filipino farm workers.
“I have been deeply involved in the Latin American community for the past 40 years,” states Beagarie, who now lives in Boise and holds a degree in geology from Boise State. “I have been an activist and have chronicled events with both pen and camera. By utilizing a candid photo style, I seek to capture the enthusiasm of people involved in struggle. I seek to record the times of happiness and sadness, their times of triumph and defeat. I view my photography as an investigative research tool, as photos can be analyzed at a later date for cultural meanings that are not evident at the time of shooting.”
The 11×14-inch photos are on display in the Special Collections exhibit windows on the library’s second floor and can be viewed whenever the library is open. To check library hours, visit library.boisestate.edu/calendar/main.php.
Smart phone users, rejoice! Alexander Street Press, publisher of our streaming music databases Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, has made their spectacular collections of high-quality streaming music available to the mobile user. By scanning QR codes, such as those in this blog post, you can launch right into specially selected playlists (for instance, the QR code at left links to a playlist for French Bastille Day; QR code below right links to an e-album of music from the movie Pride & Prejudice).
As you browse the database, look for the cell phone icon: . Clicking that icon from your smart phone will bring up the mobile player, while clicking from a computer will automatically generate a textable shortlink and scannable QR code for the album or playlist. Don't forget that these great databases allow you to create your own playlists, too! The only apparent drawback is that (unlike listening on your computer) mobile access only allows you to play one track at a time and can't run a group of songs in continuous playback -- but if you figure out how to do that, please let us know!
The service is currently available from the three above databases for all Android and iPhone devices, including the iPod Touch and iPad. Later in 2010, you can expect more streaming access! The publisher is planning to add its nine video collections, including American History in Video, Dance in Video, and Ethnographic Video Online.
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Spectacular fires, historic firefighting equipment, and Boise city streetscapes are among the images preserved in the Doc Roach Fire Digital Collection in Boise State University Library. A Boise city firefighter for more than 50 years, Doc was one of the few firemen who worked from the days of horse-drawn fire engines, witnessed the introduction of motorized equipment in 1912, and also used gasoline pump trucks. Doc Roach was not a photographer himself, but rather a collector of photographs documenting the fire fighters, equipment, major fires, and fire prevention education in Boise from 1911-1965. These photographs also document the growth of Boise from a small town to a city in the first half of the 20th century, including shots taken of the greater downtown area, capturing changes in transportation and buildings.
The Doc Roach Fire Digital Collection features 70 images from 1904 to 1965 and is drawn primarily from Doc Roach's photograph collection and is supplemented by related images from other collections in Boise State University Library Special Collections.
The Library will be closed Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday. You can find library hours at our calendar, or visit our mobile site for quick access to our electronic resources, including hours:
Get research and library help any way you want - ask away! Albertsons Library now offers text messaging research assistance. Need help locating books and articles? Need to know where to start your research? Simply send your question to 208.546.9982.
Staff members are available to answer your questions during library hours; currently Mon-Thurs 7am-7pm, Fri 7am-6pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.
Using your phone, you can also get research help by calling the Reference Desk (208.426.3301), chatting 24/7, emailing a question to firstname.lastname@example.org, or using our mobile web site. In addition, research help is always available in person at the Reference Desk, 1st floor.
Great students make a great library! We're proud to announce that Jonathan Donahue, our amazing Lab Manager in Library Computer Services, has been named the recipient of the Boise State University 2009-2010 Student Employee of the Year award.
You may have seen him around the library keeping our lab computers running smoothly. Jon has worked as Lab Manager for the last two years while pursuing his Computer Science and Math degrees. He has demonstrated not only the advanced technical skills required by the position but he also brings to the job a terrific attitude -- he's courteous, patient, and positive, and best of all he's always attentive to the needs of library coworkers, faculty, and students.
He has far exceeded expectations in every area. Jon is Albertsons Library's first recipient of the award, and we're lucky to have him on our team.
The Albertsons Library will be open until 5:00 pm today, Friday, May 14. We will be closed on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16.
Our Summer hours start on Monday, May 17 when we will be open from 7AM to 7PM. Please refer to our friendly calendar for the Summer semester schedule.
Congratulations to all our graduates, and have a great Summer!
During the Spring 2010 commencement ceremony on May 15, Velma Morrison will receive an honorary doctorate from Boise State University. Morrison is only the eighth person to receive this honor from Boise State.
Morrison has maintained a partnership with the university for over thirty years, known for developing the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, as well as providing millions of dollars to numerous buildings and projects at Boise State University.
To commemorate her long association with the university, Albertsons Library Special Collections created a special tribute on Velma Morrison featuring photographs from its collection. To access the online tribute, please visit http://library.boisestate.edu/vmorrison.
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.
For a list of all fall 2010 University 106 offerings, including those sections that are linked with English 102, please visit http://guides.boisestate.edu/univ106. 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. Watch this video to learn more:
Are you ready to take English 102 in the fall 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!
Got questions? Contact Sara Seely at email@example.com or 426-1263.
Spring semester is fast becoming obsolete, but Albertsons Library has your back! We will be open extended hours during Dead week and 24 hours during Finals week.
Here's a breakdown for Dead Week:
7AM to 2AM Monday-Thursday, May 3-6
7AM to midnight, Friday, May 7
10AM to midnight, Saturday, May 8
During Finals Week:
Open 24 hrs starting 10AM Sunday, May 9 until 7PM Thursday, May 13
8AM to 5PM Friday, May 14
Only the 1st floor will be open after midnight during Finals Week.
Staff will be on hand to answer questions and check out first floor reserve materials. During Finals Week, security will be provided by the Boise Police Department; an officer will be on duty in the library all night and can provide escort service. Free coffee and treats provided each night (while supplies last!) by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU).
"Preschool Masterpieces: Self-Portraits of Boise Children" Exhibit Dates: April 16-May 14 Curriculum Resource Center - 2nd Floor
Children ages 3-5 in Boise’s Head Start program painted their self-portraits after they studied portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Artworks created in conjunction with the Picturing America project are displayed this month throughout Boise as part of the annual Week of the Young Child celebration. Picturing America was developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This project allowed prints of 40 American masterpieces to be delivered to 20,000 Head Start centers in the U.S. for use in the curriculum. See if you can guess which child wears matching hair bows with her outfit every day. Stop by and view the exhibit!
We have been working on a (beta) mobile version of Albertsons Library which includes resources like map locators, contact info, access to research databases, and our catalog, to name a few.
If you haven't tried it, please go to http://library.boisestate.edu/m/ and let us know what you think. This is a work in progress so we want to hear from you about what you like, what can be improved, or suggestions for future mobile projects.
Stop by the Curriculum Resource Center in Albertsons Library this week to see children's book author projects created by students in Dr. Stan Steiner's Children’s Literature class. Dr. Seuss, Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants series), Chris Van Allsburg (author of Jumanji), Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, and Idaho author Patrick McManus are just a few of the authors represented.
Margie Ruppel, Reference Librarian, taught students in this class how to locate children's literature and author information earlier in Spring 2010. Students then created displays about children's books and their authors that appeal to students in grades K-12, including brief bibliographies and lesson plans.
The coconut tree from Bill Martin'sChicka Chicka Boom Boomis featured in the photo at left. Displays will stay up through Friday, April 9 and are located on the North side of the 2nd floor, facing the Boise River.
Throughout the month of April, Albertsons Library invites all faculty and staff to a series of webinars about several of the library’s top databases. These webinars will be “hands-on” with laptops available, and open to all faculty and staff.
Learn how to search for Legal or Business information, or explore the new enhanced search interface of LEXIS NEXIS, one of the premiere academic research databases.
Discover the wealth of high quality images, maps, paintings, photographs, and art available in the ARTSTOR database that can enhance and supplement teaching efforts.
Become familiar with ENDNOTE WEB, an online bibliographic citation manager that can enhance the research and writing process for you and your students.
Leverage the wealth of data available in the journal archive JSTOR, or go behind the scenes of Arts & Sciences Collection VIII to learn about the core materials it contains.
PLEASE RSVP to Rick Stoddart (firstname.lastname@example.org). All Webinars will be held in room L201C in Albertsons Library (except those starred* will be held in L203)
Are you staying in Boise during Spring Break next week? Albertsons Library will be open limited hours:
Saturday 3/27: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 3/28: CLOSED
Monday-Thursday 3/29-4/1: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 4/2: 8:00 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 4/3: CLOSED
We will resume regular hours Sunday, April 4 when we open at 10 AM. Check out our calendar for more library hours.
Need more library time? Don't fret! All of our online resources will be available to you 24/7 through the break, be they reseach databases, our catalog, or our growing collection of research guides. And if you haven't checked out our new phone-friendly website, you can try it at http://library.boisestate.edu/m. Let us know what you think--we'll keep making this better if you tell us how.
Say you have a topic in mind, and you're not sure where to start. You want to get a nice range of resources for finding more information about your topic. Where would you go? How about saving some time and giving our super research guides a spin?
LibGuides are a collection of library research guides filled with handpicked resources on just about any subject you can think of -- from Accountancy to Theatre Arts, and everything in between. Each guide has recommended 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.
Need academic resources for your papers and projects? Albertsons Library offers library research guides on most all academic subjects. These online guides are one-stop shopping for subject specific research tools such as article databases and relevant websites. Check these guides out here: http://library.boisestate.edu/Reference/subjectguides/list.shtm
Looking for full-text articles? Albertsons Library has put the FIND IT button in most of the library databases and resources. Click on it when you don’t see the full-text of the article you located. The button will link out to other library resources which may contain the full-text you need or allow you to use inter-library loan to request it from another library. Give the library databases a whirl and look for the FIND IT button: http://library.boisestate.edu/indexes/
Need research help during the Spring Semester? There are many options available to you: email a librarian; chat online with a library professional 24/7; schedule a personal research appointment; or visit the reference desk in Albertsons Library. For more information on all the ways you can research help, please click here: http://library.boisestate.edu/reference.shtm
Welcome to Albertsons Library! We are continually adding new services and resources to make your stay at Boise State one of fulfilling research and academic excellence. Here are a few of the things you can expect to see this Spring semester at the Library:
Library pages for Faculty. 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 Microsoft Office 2007, laptops (Macs & PCs) for checkout, library pages geared toward your scholarly needs (check it out: undergraduate and graduate), and extended hours.
New research databases! Access articles from thousands of journals and magazines in our growing collection of online resources available at the A-Z list of databases.
Find research resources using our extensive interactive subject guides in fields such as Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Kinesiology, Sociology and many more via Alberstons Library's LibGuides system.
We're up to about 110 desktop computers in our student lab, with machines on the first and second floors. Included are two multimedia stations with additional hardware and software so that students can use to create and edit multimedia projects.
There are digital screens in presentation rooms on the first and second floors, so you can plug in your laptop and view your presentation on the big screen.
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.