Resources to help you prepare for your future

It’s that time of year again! As many of students prepare to graduate and others look to the future, we’ve pulled together a few resources to help you on your way. If you have time, stop by and see our book display next to the Circulation desk - available during Dead and Finals weeks.

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Here are a few of the eBooks that the library provides access to. Hurry, though – except for the first item on this list, you must be a student at, or employed by, Boise State University to access these titles.

Your federal student loans: learn the basics and manage your debt
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/477404401

The Image of Success: make a great impression and land the job you want
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/635960624

Successful interview skills: how to prepare, answer tough questions and get your ideal job
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/496121558

Acing the interview: how to ask and answer the questions that will get you the job
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/213812487

Fried: why you burn out and how to revive
Access it at: http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/787842735


Boise State University Career Center – http://career.boisestate.edu

Ellie Dworak & Lindsay Dwyer


Shakespeare’s First Folio Dates Announced

Breaking News: We’re bringing one of the most famous books of all time to Boise State in 2016! Boise State University was selected as Idaho’s only stop on a national tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio—the original 1623 edition of the collected works by Shakespeare.

From August 20 - September 21, 2016 you’ll be able to stop by the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery in the Yanke Building (http://ahi.boisestate.edu/gallery/) and see a copy of this historic book. The exhibition marks the first time Shakespeare’s Folio has ever been on display for the public in Idaho.

18 of Shakespeare’s plays that we know today including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night probably would have been lost to us without the First Folio. The book was compiled by two actors in Shakespeare’s company after the playwright died; about 750 copies were originally printed, and only 233 copies are known to exist today.  The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. holds 82 copies of the First Folio, and in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, they are sending copies of the Folio to every state and to Puerto Rico beginning in January 2016.

During the exhibition, the First Folio will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be.” A multi-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now, will be accompanied by digital content and interactive activities. Albertsons Library and the Arts and Humanities institute will also collaborate to create an exhibit celebrating the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 40th season in 2016.

Until then, we’ll be working with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Boise Public Library and other local organizations to create a series of First Folio events for all ages while the exhibit is in town.  We’re so excited about this amazing opportunity for Boise State—if you have any questions or ideas, send them to librarian/archivist Gwyn Hervochon at gwynhervochon@boisestate.edu.


Library Hours During Finals

The Albertsons Library will be open 24 hours a day during Dead AND Finals week starting Monday, April 27th. The first and second floors will remain open too, which includes the library's computer classroom (L 203) and its 30 additional computers.

Library hours: 
  • Monday, 4/27 : Open at 7 am and close at midnight on Friday, 5/1
  • Saturday, 5/2: Open at 10 am to midnight
  • Sunday, 5/3: Open at 10 am and close at 7 pm on Thursday, 5/7
  • Friday, 5/8: Open 8 am to 5 pm
  • CLOSED Saturday, 5/9 and Sunday 5/10
During the late night hours staff will be on hand to answer questions and check out first-floor reserve materials. Cram Snacks (free coffee and treats) will be provided each night (while supplies last!) by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU). An officer from the Boise Police Department will be on duty in the library all night and can provide escort service as needed.

Please refer to our calendar for the complete list of library hours. 

Best of luck on your finals!


Undergraduate Research Conference

From 1:00 - 4:00pm today in the Jordan Ballroom, Boise State is hosting the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. The conference features podium and poster presentations from all six colleges and allows the campus (and community) to  learn about the research undergraduates are engaged in. To see a complete list of abstracts, go to ScholarWorks at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/2015_under_conf/.

Congratulations to all students participating in the poster session! Remember, if you would like the rest of the world (including future employers and grad schools) to see what you've accomplished, you can send a PDF of your poster to ScholarWorks at: scholarworks@boisestate.edu.

Amber Sherman,
ScholarWorks Librarian


National Library Week

National Library Week, which began in 1958, celebrates libraries and librarians and what libraries offer communities. Long before National Library Week began the American Library Association (ALA), libraries, and librarians were working hard to support our entire country. One of those ways was begun in 1917, in conjunction with the War Department's Commission on Training Camp Activities, to provide library service to soldiers throughout the United States and overseas. This began the War Library Bulletin and the drive to establish libraries in all camps in all branches of service.


According to the Personal Efficiency in Business, this library became the largest of its kind in the world by 1919. Through the cooperative efforts of libraries they created a "library war fund of $1,700,000 and from gift books worth as much more, it had been organized to serve in various capacities five million actual or potential clients, from over two thousand branches, stations and departments located in all parts of the world where American soldiers were training, fighting or convalescing", had 3,000,000 million holdings, distributing over 5,000,000 magazines.

The ALA was innovative for the time and noted a need that was unmet. The ALA, libraries, librarians and all library staff still practice that innovation to this day. Even more so with the advent of technology and the ability to put into each person's hand that which is the basis of libraries - information.

Shelly Doty,
Albertsons Library


Idaho Library Snapshot Day

This week is National Library Week AND Idaho Library Snapshot Day! Albertsons Library will be joining in the celebration by taking snapshots in the library on Friday, April 17th. We're inviting you, our community, to help us document a day in the library by taking your own photos of people/things/moments that epitomize what the library is to you. Share your photos by posting them to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IDSnapshotDay.

If you're willing, submit any photos to Teresa from the Idaho Commission for Libraries at teresa.lipus[at]libraries.idaho.gov by Thursday, April 23, 2015. Photo size should be about 1 MB to 3 MB.

If you have questions you can contact Elizabeth at 426-3781. Get snapping!

Elizabeth Ramsey,
Reference & Instruction Librarian


Campus Read 2015-2016 Kickoff

Albertsons Library will be hosting the Campus Read Kick-Off event on April 7th from 1:30 PM till 3:00 PM. We will display next year’s Campus Read selection, A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel.

Join us on the 1st floor of the Library, across from the Circulation Desk. We will have cake, whiteboards where you can write about your favorite books, and a display with the new book. Come join us and get a jump start on the campus wide common reading experience for 2015-2016.

Mary Aagard,
Access Services


Library Art Exhibit Winners

Shoshone Ice Caves Dinosaur with Native by Carrie Quinney
Albertsons Library present its “50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition” from April 2 to May 3 on the second floor of the library.

The Albertsons Library’s 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition was open to all artists in the Treasure Valley and vicinity. Artists were allowed to submit up to two works each, with a total of 93 entries submitted. Boise State jurors Lily Lee, a visual artist and assistant professor of sculpture, and Brian Wiley, visual artist and assistant professor of graphic design, selected 36 works by 27 artists for inclusion in the exhibit. The awards for top works went to:
  • 1st prize: Carrie Quinney for Shoshone Ice Caves Dinosaur with Native
  • 2nd prize: Anna Matejcek for Flight/Freeze 
  • 3rd prize: Katy Rogan for Inishmore
Honorable Mentions:
  • Allison Corona for Novedades La CosteƱa, Caldwell, ID
  • Tony Caprai for Rush
The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Civil War Exhibit at Albertsons Library

An exhibit, “Setting the Record Straight,”  is on display in the library lobby through April 13th in honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. 
Boise State History Department Graduate research assistant
Kate Claussen and Dr. David Walker

Dr. David Walker and Dr. Raymond Krohn, both from Boise State’s History Department, curated the exhibit, “This exhibit challenges certain myths about the American Civil War (1861-1865) by stressing the need to consult sources from the time period, speeches, newspapers, and documents (primary sources) - that give us our best understanding of what caused the war, its cost in lives and limbs, and the results of all the bloodshed."

Former director of the Idaho State Military History Museum,
Ken Swanson, showing artifacts to two students.

Artifacts of that bloodshed are also included in the display, courtesy of former director of the Idaho State Military History Museum, Ken Swanson. The artifacts include slave manacles, a bone saw, and an 1861 contract musket rifle, among other gruesome relics of the war. In addition, informational posters were created by Dr. Walker, Dr. Raymond Krohn, and graduate research assistant Kate Claussen from primary sources of the era. Dr. Krohn will be available in the library on Bronco Day, April 11th to answer questions about the exhibit.

Elizabeth Ramsey,
Reference & Instruction Librarian