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Thank you for following our Boise State library news and resources blog for the past 10 years here on Blogger. Now another chapter begins as the Albertsons Library blog, "At The Library" moves to its new home at WordPress. Our new site is located at https://library.boisestate.edu/at-the-library/

Memo Cordova,
Associate Professor/Librarian


Goodbye Blogger! Hello WordPress!

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After 10 years of using Blogger to disseminate news and information about Albertsons Library, we are excited to make the move to WordPress and become part of a unified campus-wide branding platform.

We will unveil the new Albertsons Library blog in the coming weeks once the migration of our content is completed. The URL http://albertsonslibrary.blogspot.com/ will no longer be updated.

Stay tuned for our new web address coming soon!


Road Trip!

"Road" by Susanne Nilsson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Laura Coleman has mapped out a great display of road tripping books and materials at the Circulation desk for our first month of summer. In addition the library ebook collection has a number of resources that might spark your travel bug:
This website has ideas for eats along the way: 
Road Food https://roadfood.com/state/

If you’re thinking of exploring the great state of Idaho, Visit Idaho has maps and more at https://visitidaho.org/explore-idaho/maps-and-publications/

And, if you’d like to check your route or view a live feed from a roadside camera there’s the Idaho 511 Traveler Information site: http://bit.ly/1RR0UG7

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


New Digital Theatre Arts Costume Collection

Millie, Act II, Scenes iv-viii
by Darrin J. Pufall
doi: 10.18122/B2VC7T
Kimberly Holling, Library Assistant III for the Data Management and Scholarly Communications unit recently helped launch a new Theatre Arts Costume Collection in ScholarWorks. The collection was organized and implemented by Ms. Holling for her 2016 Master of Library and Information Science Capstone Project with the University of Washington. As a growing number of institutions are creating digital collections of historical clothing, the same cannot be said for theatrical costumes.

This form of non-traditional academic scholarship continues to go unmarked in the world of repositories with the exception of small collections of production stills. While theatre is a collaborative effort, there are technical elements (ex. scenery or costumes) that need to be documented with context in order to support the study and ongoing recognition of their corresponding designers. Constructed garments are often altered and reused for subsequent performances making these pieces ephemeral in nature.

This collection increases awareness not only of the designer’s work, but also to Boise State University’s contributions to the theatre arts. Initially intended as a form of archival collection, it quickly presented itself as a digital publishing opportunity for the library. The collection currently houses 63 digitally published records containing the costume designs of Darrin J. Pufall for the 2013 Boise State production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. These records are a combination of Mr. Pufall’s personal costume renderings and Ms. Holling’s photographs of selected garments from the show.

Finished garment of
displayed rendering
doi: 10.18122/B2S88J
To add further value to these records a statement from the designer himself provides additional context to understand why certain features were chosen and the overall premise the designer was going for. Ms. Holling herself has a background in both apparel design and theatre (performance and costume design) and provided her expertise to help breakdown the primary construction techniques and features of the photographed garments, along with measurements and the fabric content whenever possible.

The additional insight of Keri Fitch, the manager of the Theatre Arts Costume Shop, provided further background for alterations in the final design of certain garments from the original rendering, which is information that is generally left unknown to those outside of the technical production of a show.

The collection demonstrates the on-going efforts of the Data Management and Scholarly Communications unit to support Boise State's arts and humanities scholarship while expanding its original, open access publishing services.

Building upon traditional library cataloging description practices, Ms. Holling utilized a standards-based metadata schema to represent the theatrical costume designs and increase discovery of the work. Additionally, unlike other online costume collections which are no longer accessible, the library's stewardship and support of this work ensures permanent, world-wide access to Boise State scholarship.

Come visit the new Theatre Arts Costume Collection online at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/millie_2013_costumes


Bosnia and Herzegovina in Posters at the Library

The library is happy to host a new display of posters created by Boise State Service Learning students. Project leader and student in the MBA program, Maya Duratovic, provides some background on the project:
The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho received a grant from The Idaho State Historical Society to create a traveling museum of Bosnian and Herzegovinian history. Boise State Service Learning students worked together with the members of the Cultural Center to find ways to present the history in visually appealing posters. This project is only one of its kind that showcases the tradition and heritage that Bosnian refugees brought to the state. Idaho has been influenced by waves of immigrants, each contributing in some way to the history of the state. Bosnians are a modern day example of how history develops in Idaho, and this traveling history museum will help to preserve the rich Bosnian heritage brought to the American melting pot of cultures.


May in Motion--Busing it to Work

Riding the bus to work is an easy, inexpensive, and low-stress way to commute. However, it can be a little confusing if you haven’t ever ridden before. Here are a few insider tips from a frequent traveler to help you get started.

Catching the Bus
  • Valley Ride has a lot of routes throughout Boise and the surrounding areas. A complete list of options can be found on the Valley Ride website.
  • To figure out which routes are closest to you, first look over the Valley Ride system map. Once you’ve found the specific route you need, look at the map for that particular route. It will list all the official stops allowing you to figure out where you need to go to catch the bus.
  • Some stops are covered by multiple routes. If that is the case, the bus stop sign will list the numbers of the routes that go by that location. Pay close attention to the different schedules as buses run at different times. One route may run throughout the day, while another only runs during rush hours.The maps will also provide Time Points along those routes. Time Points, marked with a number in a square and highlighted in bold, are stops along the route when the bus is supposed to depart at a specific time. This is how Valley Ride builds-in flexibility for things like traffic or weather delays. If a bus is ahead of schedule, it will pause at the Time Point stop until the depart time. If they are running late, they will treat it like a regular stop.
  • You can use the Time Points to estimate when the bus will come by your specific stop. It’s always a good idea to arrive several minutes early to make certain you don’t miss your bus.
  • Another useful tool is the Bus Locator Portal. If you have internet access, you can track your bus as it moves along its route.
  • Riding the bus is great, but sometimes you need to go a little further where there is no route. Bringing your bike is a great solution, but it may seem a little cumbersome when you first try to put your bike on the front of the bus. Check out this video for a quick How To:

Riding the Bus
  • As a member of the Boise State community, you get to ride the bus for free! Stop by the Information Desk in the Student Union and pick up a bus sticker for your ID, then show that to the driver when you get on. If the bus isn’t very full, feel free to spread out and use the seats around you for your bags and extra things. However, keep an eye out for when more passengers get on. If the bus starts to fill up, be sure to move your belongings.
  • Don’t make it difficult for another passenger to sit down by refusing to move over from the aisle seat. Buses aren’t airplanes. The drivers can’t wait for everyone to get perfectly settled before taking off. Hogging two seats is especially annoying during rush hour.
  • If you see a friend on the bus, move over to chat with them. One of the great benefits of riding the bus is time to catch up with folks. However, it’s not fun for other passengers when they have to listen to you yelling/talking loudly down the length of the bus.
  • Be prepared to give up your seat for passengers using wheelchairs, scooters, or other similar equipment. This is an official Valley Ride rule.
  • Offer to give up your seat to those with greater need: parents with strollers/multiple kids, passengers with many/heavy packages, etc. Generally being thoughtful of your fellow passengers will always earn you some good karma points.

Exiting the Bus
  • It can be easy to get absorbed in your favorite book, so be sure to keep an eye out for your desired stop.
  • When you get a block or two from your stop, pull the yellow cord which is strung along the side of the bus. A red light in the front of the bus will come on which will notify the driver that you would like to get off.
  • Preferably exit off the back of the bus, especially if there are a passengers waiting outside to get on.
  • If you brought your bike, notify the driver that you need to grab your bike. This is helpful as they may not be aware that you are going to step in front of the bus.
  • When leaving, be sure to offer your thanks to your driver. Not only is it a nice thing for your hard working driver to hear, it's good form as courteous passenger.

A Few Extra Tips
  • Drivers are great source of information and when not driving are usually able to answer any questions you have.
  • Some of your fellow passengers may be Travel Information Volunteers who are available to help riders navigate the bus system. Look for the Travel Information Volunteer vest the next time you get on the bus.
    From 'Travel Training" page at Valley Ride
Michelle Armstrong,
Head, Scholarly Communications and Data Management


EBooks on Gardening Display

Service-Learning students, Chunkit Li, Boise Urban Garden School, Franklin Rd, Photo Patrick Sweeney
Service-Learning students, Chunkit Li, Boise Urban Garden School,
Franklin Rd, Photo by Patrick Sweeney
Access Services staff member Laura Coleman has created a growing display of gardening sources for you to enjoy at the Circulation desk. Keep on checking the display as a variety of items will pop up as it is tended to.

The library’s collection offers a bounty of ebook inspiration for growing a garden or to just dream about them: 
And check out these garden sites too: 
 Finally, just for fun, a little music from John Denver and Guy Clark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJxsxaCzeRE

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


New tech to, literally, check out

Our Access Services department has new items for checkout! In addition to accessible iPads we now have 2 lavalier microphones that plug into a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. This means, they can be used in iPhones, or any other technology that supports this size plug:

We have also added a new digital camera, a Vixia HF R50. This camera kit includes a wireless lavalier microphone, and a mini-tripod.

This brings us to our final addition this week, a Vivitar 50" tripod. This tripod feature a 3-way, fluid-effect pan head with a bubble level, a quick-release mount, and 3-section channel leg locks. This tripod has also been added to our reserve calendar.

These, and many other tech tools, are available for reserve at our Reserve Calendar.

Michael Mitchell,
Access Services


Library hours during the Summer break

A photo posted by Albertsons Library (@albertsonslibrary) on

Now that the Spring 2016 semester is over it's time to gear up for Summer classes! Our hours will be different during the Summer. We will be closed Saturday, May 7 (Commencement day!) and Sunday, May 8. Starting May 9 we will be open:
  • Monday thru Thursday: 7AM - 7PM
  • Fridays: 7AM - 6PM
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 10AM - 6PM
Our online resources are available 24/7 at http://library.boisestate.edu/ . Our hours can be found at http://library.boisestate.edu/about/hours/

Or you can connect with us via Twitter, Facebook, or at our Help & Services page: http://library.boisestate.edu/help-services/

We hope you have a fantastic Summer!


May in Motion

Photo: Boise State Photographic Services

May in Motion, the annual campus-wide initiative to encourage faculty and staff to commute via alternative means, kicked off May 1st https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2016/04/27/may-motion-begins-monday/. Prizes for the May in Motion contest include tune-ups and rentals from the Cycle Learning Center http://rec.boisestate.edu/clc/.

Campus Security and Police offers Bike Safety videos to help you ride safely https://security.boisestate.edu/register-your-bike/

If you don’t already own a bike, you can always rent one on campus from Boise GreenBike http://boise.greenbike.com/. Or check out the used bikes at Boise Bike Project http://www.boisebicycleproject.org/

Want to take a virtual  bike ride on the Greenbelt and see how wonderful it is?  Watch this YouTube trip: Let’s Ride! North Side of the Boise Greenbelt from Barber Park to Julia Davis Park

And here’s a sampling of resources on biking from the library’s ebook collection:  
Pharmacy on a Bicycle:  Innovative Solutions to Global Health and Poverty http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/836873637
Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/756484214

Ride safe and have fun!

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Library hours during Dead Week & Finals Week

"OPEN 24 HRS" by Tom Magliery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It's about time! The Albertsons Library will be once again be open 24 hours a day for dead week AND Finals week starting on Monday, April 25. Here's the schedule (1st & 2nd floors only):
  • Dead Week: 
    • Monday, April 25 open 24 hours until Friday, April 29 when we close at 7 pm.
    • Saturday, April 30: 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Finals Week:
    • Sunday, May 1: open 24 hours starting at 10 am until Thursday, May 5 when we close at midnight.
    • Friday, May 6: 7 am to 5 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8: Closed
During the late night hours staff will be on hand to answer questions and check out first-floor reserve materials. Our instruction classroom (L203) and its bank of computers will be open and available to students during dead and finals week.

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.


Today is Earth Day!

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/ . Students from Boise State’s Environmental Science program have continued the tradition, organizing Earth Week events each day this week as part of their capstone projects https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2016/04/18/celebrate-earth-week-campus-april/.

In the library Dr. Lisa Brady and graduate student Kate Clausson have organized a display in the first floor elevator lobby using items from Special Collections and Archives, including the above image, from the original Earth Week program. The first Earth Day was organized by US Senator Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness of growing ecological issues with an environmental “teach-in” in schools and universities across the nation.  We can get a sense of the tenor of the event from the program guest list, which included Allen Ginsberg and Ralph Nader.

An Earth Day board on the library’s Pinterest account includes more resources on the event https://www.pinterest.com/albertsonslib/earth-day/. For research on the topic check out the Environmental Studies library guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/environment.

Elizabeth Ramsey Assistant Professor, Librarian


Hear! Hear! Shakespeare!

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life and Death on April 22, 2016 

In honor of the impending visit of Shakespeare’s First Folio to Boise State
, Laura Coleman and Audrey Williams of  Access Services have staged a display of Shakespeare materials at the Circulation desk. 

You can peruse all manner of Shakespeare items from serious drama and comedy, sonnets, music, the Globe Theatre, and Will’s life. We’ve also included the adorably cute Shakespeare Cats, by Susan Herbert with Hamlet in fine feline form.
Research Shakespeare with the Theatre Arts guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/theatre

Find streaming videos of Shakespeare plays http://www.ambrosedigital.com/content/view/119/186/

And check out the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life and Death

Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity church, Stratford. The inscription includes a poetic curse discouraging would be grave robbers. CC-BY David Jones https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5250485

April 23 marks the official 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate on the quad Friday, April 22 from 11am-2pm with birthday and death-day cakes, a Shakespeare selfie-station, and interactive exhibits that highlight Shakespeare’s contributions to literature and culture.

Though there is no definitive record of Shakespeare’s birth, his baptism was recorded in the register of Holy Trinity parish church in Stratford on April 26, 1564.  Based on Elizabethan traditions, scholars suggest that this indicates he was born on April 23.  There is also no definitive record of his death, but he was buried at Holy Trinity church April 25, 1616 and scholars generally accept that he died on his 52nd birthday on April 23.  The cause of his death is not known. 

In honor of the 400th anniversary, The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., presents “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.”  Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio was the first collected edition of his plays.  It contains 36 of the 38 surviving scripts, including 18 works that were previously unpublished and would likely have been lost without the Folio.  This includes titles like, “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” and “Twelfth Night.”  This national traveling exhibition comes to Boise August 20-September 21, 2016. The Folio will be on display in the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery in the Yanke Family Research Center.  For related programming updates visit: http://archives.boisestate.edu/shakespeare2016.php

Heather Grevatt, Assistant Professor, Research & Instruction
Gwyn Hervochon, Assistant Professor, Special Collections & Archives



This year’s Campus Read selection is The Road to Character by  David Brooks. It is available in print http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/906798072
or electronic formats http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/906826452 or eAudiobook http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/910525679 at Albertsons Library. For more information check  out the Campus Read Libguide http://guides.boisestate.edu/character

Join us for the Campus Read kick-off on Tuesday April 12 at 2:00 PM on the 1st floor of the Library. We’ll have cake, a display of past year’s books, and whiteboards posing questions that will engage students in the themes of the book.

We are also continuing the tradition this year -- find the traveler on the road to character! Locate the plush toy hidden inside the library and win a Prize.   
The Turtle Is traveling all over the library and you might be surprised where it can be found. If you find the Turtle, bring it to the Circulation Desk. You will receive a ticket to fill out as an entry into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card. Find the Turtle as many times as you can -- entries will remain in the box till the end of the scheduled drawings. Winners will be notified via email, and need not be present to win.

Access Services and the Library Campus Read Team


Read a Poem. Write a Poem. Share a Poem.

The Current  Poet Laureate of the United States is Juan Felipe Herrera. No, that's not him in the photo above. That's one of our super student employees, John. You can find out more about Juan Felipe Herrera at the Library of Congress  http://www.loc.gov/poetry/laureate.html   Copies of  his works Exiles of Desire, Mayan Drifter  and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream  are included in the poetry display  at the Circulation desk as well as works by former Poet Laureates. The display was arranged by Laura Coleman of Access Services. 

Interested in Idaho Poets and Poetry? The book Idaho’s Poetry A Centennial Anthology  http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/18441308  is a great place to start. You will find poetry by  Vardis Fisher, Darryl E. Jones, Tom Trusky, and Richard Ardinger, to name but a few.  And be sure and take a look at  Archives and Special Collections Ione Thielke Collection http://archives.boisestate.edu/digital/thielke/

You can also find lots of poetry in our ebook collections:
The Poems of Edgar Allen Poe   http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/867774066

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Bronco Day 2016

Bronco Day 2016 - Saturday, April 9th - Live Like a Bronco!

Stop by Albertsons Library during Bronco Day 2016 and see what we have to offer. Prospective, admitted and current students are all welcome to come learn more about YOUR library!

The Bronco Day 2016 main page can be found at:

Click on Find Events at the top of the page and then choose Albertsons Library.

Check out the eleven planned events we have going on from 11-3. Or just stop by and talk with any library employee about what we can offer you as a student, how we can help you succeed in your research, and how the library can expand your lifelong learning!

Take a chance on some great prizes!
Check out our 3D printer!
Take a tour!
Spin the wheel for some candy!
Peruse the artwork display!

Everyone is welcome.


MakerLab Workshops at the Library

Join the After Hours 3D Printing Group
Do you want to learn how to use a 3D printer and print your files on your own? Get trained! Let's talk about our processes and how you can join what we call the After Hours 3D Printing Group.

There are trainings every week, see if one fits your schedule. Don't see a time that works? We're happy to make time! Just email Amy Vecchione, amyvecchione@boisestate.edu, or Deana Brown, deanabrown@boisestate.edu to schedule.

Scientific origami
Making origami can be fun and functional, but did you also know it can be scientific? Gain a whole new understanding of DNA by creating a 3D model with paper, while learning about DNA research being done by The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group. Register now for Friday, 4/8/16 @ 3:00 PM.

Circuit Stickers
Create a memento that appears to magically light up. These are high-tech stickers with embedded LEDs and circuitry. No need to bring your soldering iron, we’ve got copper tape. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination! Register now for Thursday, 4/14/2016 @ 1 PM.


Library hours during Spring Break

The Albertsons Library will be open limited hours during the Spring Break holiday:
  • Sunday, March 20: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25: 8:00 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, March 26: CLOSED
Regular semester hours resume Sunday, March 27. Library hours are posted at http://library.boisestate.edu/about/hours.php

If the sun doesn't shine that week you can always stream movies or cozy up with an eBook from our catalog.

Enjoy the break!


​Help​ us plan the future of Albertsons Library

Albertsons Library wants to become THE recruiting show piece for Boise State University. To do that, we need your help to improve the library for students.

You are invited to be a part of a focus group aimed at better understanding the needs of students. What types of study spaces do you need? What services would you like to have? What resources and tools would help you in your pursuit of a degree?

The discussion will run no longer than 1 hour and your input will be confidential. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to tracybicknell-holmes@boisestate.edu​ or just show up.

Albertsons Library Focus Group
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Albertsons Library Room 201C

And tell your friends! Better yet--bring them along with you!

If you have input about the library you'd like to share and you can't make it to the focus group, send your comments to: ​tracybicknell-holmes@boisestate.edu

Hope to see you there!

Tracy Bicknell-Holmes
Dean, Albertsons Library

Idaho Wildlife Resources & Display

This image is from a poster in the library’s Curriculum Resource Center
collection and available for check out.
You see them almost everyday. Cute, furry little things. No, not Tribbles, red squirrels! You can learn more about red squirrels and other Idaho wildlife through these websites:

Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation http://species.idaho.gov/

World Center for Birds of Prey http://peregrinefund.org/visit  and, closer to April, watch nesting falcons and kestrels live http://www.peregrinefund.org/webcams

Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center

Or, check out one of the resources from the Idaho Wildlife display designed by Laura Coleman, Access Services, at the Circulation desk. We also have library resources for those interested in the unique Raptor Studies program here at Boise State:

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Open Education Week

Open Education Week is March 7-11, 2016 to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities for everyone. Join us in celebrating this world event by learning more about open educational resources (OERs) at the MakerLab from noon to 1 p.m. at the Albertsons Library:
  • March 8 – Leif Nelson and Amber Sherman, Saving Students Money by Rethinking the Textbook
  • March 9 – Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Finding and Using Open Educational Resources: Saving Students Money
  • March 10 – Chris Mathias, The Idaho State Board of Education’s Involvement with Open Educational Resources


Women’s History Month

Please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!

Check out the display at the Circulation Desk, designed by Laura Coleman of Access Services, featuring many famous and interesting women. You might just find an inspiring and fascinating woman to learn about.

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


New Workshops Added!


NEW Join the After Hours 3D Printing Group
Do you want to learn how to use a 3D printer and print your files on your own? Get trained! Let's talk about our processes and how you can join what we call the After Hours 3D Printing Group. There are trainings every week, see if one fits your schedule. Don't see a time that works? We're happy to make time! Just email Amy Vecchione, amyvecchione@boisestate.edu, or Deana Brown, deanabrown@boisestate.edu to schedule.

NEW Starting with Python Picking a programming language can be difficult, especially when there are so many languages and so many different applications out there. Not only is Python easy to learn and faster to program with, it is the first choice of organizations like Youtube, Reddit, and Industrial Light & Magic. This workshop will take you through the essentials of programming and get you started writing and editing your own programs. Register now for Thursday, 3/17/2016, 11am. NEW Scientific origami Making origami can be fun and functional, but did you also know it can be scientific? Gain a whole new understanding of DNA by creating a 3D model with paper, while learning about DNA research being done by the The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group. Register now for Friday, 4/29/2016, 2:30pm.
NEW Paper Baskets Desk Set
Are you constantly misplacing your keys? Need something to corral your pens? Don’t spend a fortune buying something, make it out of paper! Learn how to use the library’s Silhouette cutter and let your imagination go wild. Register now for Thursday, 3/10/2016, 1pm.

NEW Circuit Stickers
Create a memento that appears to magically light up. These are hightech stickers with embedded LEDs and circuitry. No need to bring your soldering iron, we’ve got copper tape. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination! Register now for Thursday, 4/14/2016, 1pm.

Getting in Touch with Your Arduino
Have you ever thought about learning to code? Many people want to learn, but never do because they can’t see how it could fit into their everyday life. This workshop will teach you the basics of Arduino coding, electronics and breadboard prototyping. By using capacitive touch sensors, you can interface the Arduino with objects all around you! Register now for Friday 3/4/2016 noon.