Alan Virta, Library Professor Emeritus, Receives Award

Alan Virta, professor emeritus and former head of special collections at Albertsons Library, received the Life-Time Achievement Award at the annual Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists meeting in Mesa, Arizona. The prestigious CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient. The award is given based on nominations, and this was only the third time the award has been given in CIMA’s nearly 40-year history.


Welcome, Summer Session Students!

Now that Summer is just around the corner, let us welcome you to a new and improved Albertsons Library. We spent Spring break making the library your go-to place for your research and academic needs. These are a few of the things you can enjoy at the library:

  • New carpeting on the entire first floor
  • Over 110 computers with Microsoft Office 2010
  • Mac and PC laptops for checkout, scanners, and multiple BroncoPrint stations, including wireless printing from your laptop.
  • Access the library from your phone via our mobile website.
  • Check out an iPad, laptop, netbook, or portable battery chargers
  • Bring your mobile device--the whole building is Wi-Fi enabled
  • A large collection of eBooks, available via the catalog
  • A Starbucks coffee shop on the first floor
  • Extensive subject guides in fields such as Public Administration, Radiologic Sciences, Educational Technology and many more, via the library's LibGuides system
  • A growing collection of streaming video databases on a wide range of subjects--watch online or on your portable device.
  • Access thousands of articles from journals and magazines from the A-Z list of databases. You will find that more and more of our databases are mobile-friendly, too.
  • 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.
We hope you have a fantastic Summer session at Boise State University!


New Primary Source Databases

Albertsons Library recently purchased and made available to the campus several databases funded by the Mobile Learning Initiative. These databases are mobile friendly, and all-around incredible resources that add to the value of the library's offerings.

Each resource was purchased in support of the Masters of Applied Historical Research (MAHR) program, which is the chosen Mobile Learning Program for 2012-2014. All students in this program will be required to purchase an iPad as part of their studies. Each faculty member that is listed as part of the program is learning how to incorporate the mobile technology into their classroom and assignments.

Though these collections were purchased in support of the MAHR program, they have broad uses for many other subject areas.

Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society: Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society brings together 105,000 pages of the personal writings of women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, displayed as high-quality images of the original manuscripts, Semantically Indexed and online for the first time. The collection is drawn entirely from the extensive holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. It currently contains over 103,000 pages

Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 - 1974: Wow!! What a resource!! The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960–1974 brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary. With 150,000 pages of material at completion, this searchable collection is the definitive electronic resource for students and scholars researching this important period in American history, culture, and politics. Please visit What's New to learn about new archives and other great content additions for 2012! The database currently has over 100,000 pages. We also welcome your suggestions about additional material for this collection.

Social Explorer: Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices.

Contact us if you have any questions!


Library Summer Hours

The Albertsons Library will begin Summer semester hours on Monday, May 14th. To prepare for the new semester the library will be closed Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

Starting May 14th the library will be open:
  • Monday thru Thursday: 7AM - 7PM
  • Fridays: 7AM - 6PM
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 10AM - 6PM
Find library hours at http://library.boisestate.edu/calendar/main.php . Our online resources are available 24/7 at http://library.boisestate.edu/, or on your mobile device at http://library.boisestate.edu/m

Have a great Summer!