August 1, 2013

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SDSU Librarians Presenting at the South Dakota Library Association Confernece

October 3, 2012

Several librarians are presenting sessions at the South Dakota Library Association conference October 4-5, 2012 in Huron, SD. Mary Caspers-Graper is presenting a session called “Mainstreaming E-books in Academic Libraries”. Elizabeth Fox and Melissa Clark are co-presenting a session called “Choosing a Chat Software.” They have created a Guide for the presentation that is located at Finally, Melissa Clark and Elizabeth Fox are presenting a session called “Usability Testing 101: User-Centered Website Design” with a presentation linked at

~Elizabeth Fox, Digital Information Services Librarian

Morrill Act & Land-Grant Institutions

August 30, 2012

One hundred and fifty years ago Congress passed the Morrill Act funding institutions of higher education with grants of federal land. Sponsored by Vermont statesman Justin Smith Morrill, this legislation sought to make education at colleges and universities more practical and more available to the working classes.

If you are interested in more information on the topic consult our Morrill Act & Land-Grant Institutions Research Guide or ask a librarian for assistance.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian


Briggs Library Student Ambassadors

August 27, 2012

Briggs Library Student Ambassadors

Have a question about #SDSU or #BriggsLibrary? Stop by the Library and ask our Student Ambassador!

Look at this friendly face. There are all kinds of friendly people at the library waiting to help you. Please stop in and we will happily answer your questions.

Celebrate the Morrill Act

June 29, 2012

From the office of SDSU’s President David Chicone:

 “The university on Monday will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, federal legislation that opened the doors of higher education for people previously unable to afford a college or university experience. The Morrill Act — sponsored by Rep. Justin Morrill of Vermont and signed July 2, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln — also spawned the land-grant system of colleges and universities nationwide.

 Several invited guests will offer greetings at the event. The featured speaker will be Anderson Thorp, a founding member and first president of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead in Stafford, Vt.

 Please consider joining us at the celebration of this landmark act of Congress that has shaped today’s South Dakota State University.”

 Event details:

 Monday 2 July 2012
1 p.m.
Sylvan Theatre, SDSU

 Free SDSU Ice Cream after the program!

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Common Read 2012

May 3, 2012

Cover of Alexie's novelThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is SDSU’s Common Read book for 2012.  The choice was revealed during a special party at the library on May 1st. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and received free copies of the book courtesy of the library.

This is the fourth year for SDSU’s Common Read.  Previous selections were Outcasts United, Mountains Beyond Mountains, and Three Cups of Tea.  Many students enrolled in First Year Seminar courses will be reading and discussing the current selection this fall.   A slate of activities centered on the book and its subject matter will be announced later.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Study Breaks During Finals Week

April 17, 2012

SDSU students—take a break!  Come to Briggs Library for treats during finals week.

Evening Study Breaks

Coffee, cookies and lemonade

Refreshments will be offered Sunday, Monday & Tuesday evenings
April 29, 30 & May 1
Starting at 7 p.m. in the library’s lobby

 Morning Breaks

Coffee & juice

Enjoy a morning pick-me-up Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday mornings
April 30, May 1 & 2
Starting at 8 a.m. in the library’s lobby.

Linda Kott
Information Service Librarian