“History of Idaho Comics” presentation at Albertsons Library

Join local comic book artist Al Asker for his “History of Idaho Comics” presentation on Wednesday October 7th at 6pm in Special Collections and Archives on the 2nd floor of Albertsons Library. 

Asker is the leading authority on the history of comic books in Idaho and has given presentations all over the Gem State. He wrote an article for Boise State University's The Blue Review titled “The Wild West of Sequential Art: A History of Comic books in Idaho” (https://thebluereview.org/idaho-comic-book-history/) and an article for Idaho Magazine called “Tarzan Loves Idaho” (https://www.idahomagazine.com/article/tarzan-loves-idaho/). He is the editor and publisher (and sometimes writer/artist) of Idaho Comics Group, the purveyor of the officially licensed Tarzan and the Comics of Idaho anthology and Idaho Comics.

Asker’s presentation coincides with the Idaho Comics exhibit currently on display in the Library. The exhibit feature selections from Boise State’s collections including works by Dennis Eichhorn, Jay O’Leary, Shanae Lavelle, Al Asker, Randall Kirby, Scott Pentzer, Allen Gladfelter, Jon Kiethley, and Todd Clark.

Special Collections and Archives maintains a growing collection of comic books, graphic novels, zines and small press publications by Idaho artists, authors, and poets.

Everyone is welcome to explore the collections in Special Collections and Archives, and Asker’s presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information contact archives@boisestate.edu.


Campus Read @ The Library 2015-2016

This year’s Campus Read selection is A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel. It’s available in print http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/889949815 or electronic formats http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/890913503 at Albertsons Library.

If you come across this stuffed car in the library stacks, bring it to the Circulation Desk for an entry into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card. Find the car as many times as you can -- entries will remain in the box till the end of the scheduled drawings. The drawings will take place on 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, and 12/4. Winners will be notified via email, and need not be present to win.

Good luck!
Access Services Crew


Meet Amy, one of our new librarians!

Hello! I’m Amy James and I am the newest Assistant Professor/Librarian here at the Albertsons Library. Not only am I brand new at Boise State, but I am also new to this area. I was born and raised in Michigan (just outside of Ann Arbor—Go Blue!). I have lived in Michigan my entire life, so coming out to Boise was a huge adventure for me. My husband, Grant, and our cat, Sutton, were excited to come along for the ride (well…not so much the cat—but that’s another story!).

I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature and my Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. As a graduate student, I concentrated my coursework on academic librarianship and emerging technologies. When I graduated in 2012, I worked as a librarian and branch manager for one of the Genesee District Library’s 18 branch locations in Flint, Michigan. But, I always wanted to work in academia…so I decided to continue to pursue academic librarianship. About a year later I ended up with a tenure track Emerging Technologies Librarian position at a small private Christian Liberal Arts College in south central Michigan called Spring Arbor University. SAU was a great place to launch my career as an academic librarian. I was there for two years before ending up here at Boise State.

My position here focuses mostly on instructional design for information literacy sessions. I also help to incorporate technology into library curriculum, create library instruction video tutorials, and help students and faculty with their information needs! I am currently serving as the liaison to the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) department.

Okay, okay…so besides working, I love to run. I have enjoyed running through the foothills and on the greenbelt since arriving. I am excited to run in the City of Trees Half Marathon here in Boise this October. I also love hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, drinking coffee…lots of coffee, learning about different cultures and trying new foods! Please stop by the library and say ‘hi’ if you get a chance—I’d love to meet you!


Register for the Openness Symposium

Amber Sherman, ScholarWorks Librarian at Albertsons Library has organized an Openness Symposium devoted to principles of Open Access, and the tools and resources available to help you incorporate Openness into your teaching and learning. The Symposium will be held September 30, 2015 in the SUB, Jordan Ballroom A.

Speakers will include:
  • 9am: Dr. Chris Haskell, Boise State EdTech professor, will demonstrate Open Badges
  • 10am: Leif Nelson, Interim Director of Learning Technology Solutions at Boise State will discuss teaching students about free and open content online
  • 11am: Annie Gaines, University of Idaho Scholarly Communications Librarian, will present on Open Textbooks
  • 1-4pm: Betsy Russell, Boise bureau chief for The Spokesman-Review, will lead a workshop on Open Government: Public Records and Open Meetings.
The symposium is a pre-conference offering at the Idaho Library Association's annual conference, which is being held at Boise State this year. Registration is open to the community; register for the symposium at http://idaholibraries.org/conferences/ila-annual-conference/.


Library Closed on Labor Day

The university and the Albertsons library will be closed on Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day holiday. Regular library hours resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!