New Open Access Basque Studies Journal Announced

The Boise State Basque Studies program, in collaboration with several other organizations, has developed BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal. Housed in ScholarWorks, BOGA is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access academic publication dedicated to the scholarly study of all aspects of Basque culture. It aspires to foster a better understanding of Basque heritage by disseminating original works of interest to an English speaking audience and to encourage interaction among academics from various learning traditions.

With the inaugural issue scheduled for Fall 2013, papers are currently being accepted through June 1st. Works published in BOGA will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License (CC BY-NC). By granting a CC BY-NC license to their work, authors retain copyright ownership of the work, but give explicit permission for others to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the work, as long as the original source and author(s) are properly cited (i.e. a complete bibliographic citation and link to the BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal website), and used for no commercial gain. 

For more information, please visit: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/boga/

Michelle Armstrong,
Librarian / Asst. Professor 


Exhibit Celebrates 150 Years of Writing in Idaho

Albertsons library is celebrating the 150th year anniversary of the founding of the City of Boise AND the Idaho territory with an exhibition about the history of writing in Idaho and Boise.

Come see the exhibit, which will run through the summer, on the second floor. Some topics include: Famous Idaho Authors, Unique Idaho Fiction, Boise Environment, Boise Communities and more! All books, magazines and manuscripts used in the exhibit are from the Library’s Special Collections and Archives, which collects books and manuscripts about Idaho.

 Jim Duran,
Special Collections & Archives


Chargers? We have them!

Stop by the circulation desk in the Library --we have two iPhone 5 / iPad 4 chargers, original Apple device chargers, several micro and mini USB cords, computer mice, multiple SD card reader/writers, a portable floppy disk drive and lots of other device type things you might need. All can be checked out for 3 hours --don't forget your student or staff ID.

Mary Aagard
Head, Access Services


Favorite eBooks at Boise State University

Our campus is very busy reading many eBooks. Have you noticed them when you search the catalog? Try a search below and scroll down to see our list of most viewed eBooks for 2012!



Albertsons Library Hosts the Eighth Annual Boise State University Author Recognition Reception

Albertsons Library will host the 8th annual University Author Recognition reception on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The reception will honor several hundred Boise State University faculty and staff who have published books, articles, book chapters, and creative works during the period of September 1, 2011 – December 31, 2012. Research topics range from digital storytelling to the effectiveness of Bikram Yoga; DNA elements in the human genome to the migratory turkey vultures; mass extinction to mystery novels.

The reception will be from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the McCain Room, with the recognition program beginning at 4:00 pm. The McCain Room is located on the Library’s second floor. Authors and all members of the University community are invited to attend. An exhibit featuring the books and articles published by the faculty is currently on display in the first floor of the Library. An author bibliography is available online at the Library’s website at http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/uar/

Faculty and staff are encouraged to review the bibliography, as well as all the content in ScholarWorks, and to submit any works published between September 1, 2011 – December 31, 2012. Publication information can be sent to scholarworks@boisestate.edu.

Please join us in celebrating and recognizing the scholarship and accomplishments of Boise State University faculty and staff.

Michelle Armstrong,
Librarian, Asst. Professor


Kids in the Archives!

One of the great parts about working in an archives is that you get to work with not just the academic population but the general public. A few weeks ago we were contacted by a Montessori school about bringing in a small group of kindergartners. They were studying maps and wanted to look at historical maps of Boise. One of the teachers wanted them to learn that maps aren’t always located in an electronic or mobile device.

In our collection, we have historic maps going back to 1890, one year after Idaho became the 43rd state. That map was hand drawn by Augustus Koch and gives a “birds-eye” view of Boise, including when the Boise River forked into two then merged together, near what is now Julia Davis Park.

The kindergartners were amazed that someone drew that map long before even their grandparents were born. They enjoyed trying to find the streets they lived on and only a couple could find their street back to 1910. They also looked at raised relief maps and had fun examining where the mountain ranges were. As a parting gift, they received a photocopy of a 1938 aerial photo of Boise showing where their house is, though most of the photographs showed only farmland. Overall, teachers, kindergartners, and archivists all had a good time! 

Cheryl Oestreicher,
Head, Special Collections and Archives/Assistant Professor


Women in Horror

Are you interested in horror? What about gender studies in regard to horror film? This might just be the month for you! February is Women in Horror Month (WiHM). It is the brainchild of Hannah Forman, who writes under the pen name Hannah Neurotica. Since 2009, the event has increased in popularity, and rightly so. Horror has been a male driven genre, for the most part, and seeing women rise in the ranks is refreshing.

Jennifer Lynch, the Soska Sisters, and others have brought their horrific visions to life on screen and have been successful in their endeavors.
Here is the mission statement from the WiHM website:
Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support.

WiHM seeks to expose and break down social constructs and miscommunication between female professionals while simultaneously educating the public about discrimination and how they can assist the female gender in reaching equality.
Check out their website for more information http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com/#!about. Will you be the next Women in Horror Month ambassador? Might we suggest some interesting reading in the meantime?

Film and Literary Criticism
The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film
The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis
When There's No More Room in Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead

Fiction by women
Wrong Things
Women of Darkness

Lizzy Walker,