Library hours during Spring Break

Photo by John-Morgan

Happy Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your vacation, whether you're staying in the Boise area or headed off to warmer climes.

For those sticking around the library will have the following hours

Sunday 3/24: CLOSED
Monday-Thursday 3/25-3/28: 8AM - 6PM
Friday 3/29: 8AM - 5PM
Saturday 3/30:CLOSED

Regular library hours resume Sunday, 3/31. 

Enjoy the break!


National Wildlife Week

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The 75th annual National Wildlife Week takes place from March 18th-24th. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org), the theme for 2013 is “Branching Out for Wildlife” with a focus on celebrating “trees and their importance to wildlife and people” (http://www.nwf.org/National-Wildlife-Week.aspx). This year, the NWF is sponsoring the planting of 75,000 trees with the assistance of school children and youth groups across the country.

Check out some of the library’s resources related to wildlife here:

Students, faculty, and staff can access biological sciences databases such as Web of Science (thousands of high impact journals in the sciences and other disciplines), ScienceDirect (the library’s largest scientific database), and BioOne (includes peer-reviewed materials in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences).

Plant a tree if you can and save a tree by using some of the library’s fabulous digital resources!

Megan Davis
Librarian/Asst. Professor


Library student selected for prestigious internship

Library Lab Assistant Helena Mallonee has been selected to be a Keck Geology Consortium summer intern. This means that this summer, instead of helping Boise State students navigate computers and printing in the library, Helena, along with five other Keck students, will spend 10 days mapping basaltic lava flow features in the Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field in New Mexico. From New Mexico, Helena will continue on to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she will work with Chris Hamilton and Jake Bleacher of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. While there, she will learn to work with Martian remote sensing datasets in an effort to understand lava flow emplacement on Mars.

This isn’t the first time Helena has spent her summer out of doors. She has previously worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger at Craters of the Moon National Monument, as well as working as an intern Cave Technician and Speleologist with the GeoCorps of America & BLM’s Shoshone Field Office. She will return in to the fall as she begins work on her senior thesis.


Charge and sanitize!

In case you haven't noticed we've made incremental changes to the library, all to make your research time valuable and healthy.
For starters you can charge your device with our charging station, located next to Starbucks. Let your device take a breather and recharge while you do the same.

The awesome folks at Heath Services provided us with 6 hand sanitizer stations. These units are located throughout the building: 2 on the 1st floor and 2nd floor and 1 each on the 3rd and 4th floor.

Have ideas or suggestions to make your library stay better? Let us know!


Copies of "The Idea of Nature" Public Lecture Series Available Through ScholarWorks

In spring 2012, a new public lecture series, Ideas of Nature, began at Boise State University. The goal of the series is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry and to foster dialogue across the campus and community, based on the premise that big questions need interdisciplinary answers.

How are conceptions of nature expressed in literature, art, philosophy, music, and other humanities disciplines? How did ideas of nature change from 1660 to the present, a period of radical change and revolution?

The lecture series is continuing on March 12th when Dr. Dan Philippon, University of Montana, will
lecture on the “Slow Food” movement in Europe. Although Slow Food is often portrayed as a contrast to fast food, it is less about speed than scale. Visits with artisan food producers in Italy's Piedmont region, where Slow Food was born, illustrate the weaknesses in the romantic understanding of nature as "other" and confirm that scale is the key variable in the search for sustainability.

All lectures are free and open to the public and videos of past presentations can be downloaded from ScholarWorks:
Each video is made available with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Michelle Armstrong,
Librarian / Asst. Professor


Celebrate National Criminal Justice Month

In 2009 the U.S. Congress established March as National Criminal Justice Month.The National Criminal Justice Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of societal awareness regarding the causes and consequences of crime, as well as strategies for preventing and responding to crime.

To promote this education and information campaign, and to support the curricular and research needs of BSU criminal justice students, faculty, and staff, the Albertsons Library is focusing attention on Criminal Justice resources.

Specialized resources relevant to Criminal Justice are available at the Albertsons Library Criminal Justice Subject Guide: http://guides.boisestate.edu/CriminalJustice

For more details about the National Criminal Justice Month, visit www.acjs.org/pubs/167_2138_14507.cfm

Marilia Y. Antunez,
Assistant Professor/Librarian


Special Collections and Archives collaborates with Idaho History Museum

Last night was the opening of the Idaho History Museum's new exhibit, http://history.idaho.gov/museum-exhibits. Special Collections and Archives collaborated and provided a few photographs and other items to help with the exhibit. Attached are a photos showing some of our contributions. The exhibit is up through December.

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


March is National Professional Social Work Month

Social work professionals continue to influence and improve services in hospitals, schools, businesses, military branches, government, and thousands of non-profit and community organizations across the country.

This year’s theme, 
“Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy,” emphasizes the value of using personal strengths and self-advocacy to manage serious life challenges.

In honor of this annual celebration of one of the country’s top growth professions, and to support the curricular and research needs of BSU social work students, faculty, and staff, the Albertsons Library is focusing attention on social work resources.

Licensed databases with the best coverage for Social Work include:

Additional specialized resources relevant to Social Work are available at the Albertsons Library Social Work Subject Guide: http://guides.boisestate.edu/socialwork

For more information about Social Work Month 2013 or the social work profession, visit SocialWorkMonth.org

Marilia Y. Antunez,
Assistant Professor/Librarian


March is Red Cross Month

In 1943 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed that March was Red Cross Month. Every American President since Roosevelt has kept to that tradition.

The American Red Cross provides disaster relief; collects blood and provides more than 40% of all blood products used in America; provides CPR and first aid certification; gives training for babysitters and lifeguards; and offers support services to military families. To celebrate Red Cross Month, consider donating blood, or volunteering your time. 

Check out some of the Albertsons Library health science resources available at this guide: http://guides.boisestate.edu/health_sciences.  

All students, staff and faculty can access health science databases such as MEDLINE (the largest medical database in the world), CINAHL (our premier nursing and allied health database) and ScienceDirect (the largest scientific database in our collection). Many eBooks are also available, both through the R2 Digital Library and through the WorldCat Local search box on the Library’s homepage (http://library.boisestate.edu).

Come check out our health science resources and celebrate Red Cross Month.

- Terry Madden