Research Databases Web Pages Redesigned

March 28, 2007

The “Research Databases” and “Research Databases Links and Information” web pages on the Briggs Library website have been redesigned to make navigation smoother and more user-friendly.

Redesign Features

  • Fully-functioning A~Z jump lists at the top of the page allowing user to quickly find their desired electronic resource by name without having to scroll the entire length of the page.
  • “Return to Top” links giving the user the ability to return to the top of the page without the hassle of scrolling.
  • Simple one-column design retains formatting on any browser.
  • “More Info” links to full descriptions of all of the databases, giving the user additional information when deciding which electronic resource to select.

Please take a moment to navigate these pages and learn more about the many helpful electronic resources the library has to offer.

~Danielle Becker, Digital Services Librarian


Electronic Reserves at Briggs Library

March 21, 2007

Instructors have access to a system that allows them to easily post notes, practice tests or readings on reserve for their students and to allow those items to be accessed anywhere a student has access to the internet 24/7. The system is called electronic reserves and is a techno version of the traditional paper reserves that academic libraries have carried for more than a century. Briggs began offering electronic reserves in 2000 and the service has grown over the years to include over 250 instructors offering materials. Spring semester 2007 includes 89 courses for 52 instructors. Course pages in electronic reserves have been accessed 34,943 times during the period of January 16, 2007 through March 20, 2007. Obviously, students come back many times for some classes.

If you are an instructor and would like information on using electronic reserves for course notes or readings, please contact Elizabeth Fox at or 688-5569. ~ Elizabeth Fox, Reference and Instruction Librarian

New Dean named for libraries at South Dakota State University

March 16, 2007

Dr. David Gleim

David Gleim, of Denver, Colorado, has been named Dean of Libraries at South Dakota State University effective July 1, 2007.

“We’re pleased to bring Dr. Gleim to campus with his impressive record of leading libraries in Colorado, Florida and North Carolina,” said Carol J. Peterson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SDSU.

Dean Gleim provided leadership for libraries serving three Auraria Campus institutions in Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (USDHSC), Metropolitan State College and Community College of Denver.

During his tenure, Gleim led and improved the library through challenging financial times, guided staff reorganization and made significant improvements in the library’s physical plant. He oversaw the library’s transformation into a sophisticated and easily accessible, high technology environment with a growing array of digital resources.

Gleim earned his PhD in academic library administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s in History from Brescia University (KY).

Previously, Gleim held appointments at the University of South Florida, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Florida State University.

At South Dakota State University, Gleim will direct the work of the Briggs Library through 13 professional staff, 20 career service employees and 44 students. The library includes close to 650,000 volumes, 1694 paper periodicals and over 27,000 periodical titles available electronically through the Briggs and SDLN systems.

Gleim has an impressive record of leadership in the American Library Association.

“We recognize and thank Dean Gleim for his exceptional service to the university and our sister Auraria institutions,” said UCDHSC Provost Mark Heckler.

Gleim replaces Steve Marquardt who retired this past fall after 10 years at SDSU.

“Steve Marquardt, his faculty and staff, and your administration have built an excellent base of library resources and services. I look forward to working with everyone at SDSU as we build upon that foundation and move Briggs Library to higher levels” said Gleim.

The new Dean of the SDSU libraries continued, “I’ve become a beginning student of South Dakota history and have learned more about the critical role of SDSU in the growth of your state. I am honored to make South Dakota and SDSU part of my own history in a few months.”~Jeanne Jones Manzer, News Editor, SDSU University Relations

Check Out the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award Winner!

March 12, 2007

This year’s National Book Critics Circle fiction award winner is Kiran Desai, for her narrative of global discovery and displacement, “The Inheritance of Loss.” Desai, a native of India, now lives in
New York City. If you would like to read this book, the call number is PS3554.E82I54 2006.  
Click on the title of the book to view the library catalog record which contains a color image of the book cover and, when clicked on, this image links to a complete profile and summary of the work.

Mary Caspers-Graper, Professor and Head of Acquisitions


Attention Interlibrary Loan Users!

March 8, 2007

ILLiad = InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database

On July 18th, Briggs Library Interlibrary Loan launched an automated system to manage your interlibrary loan requests. We think you’ll like the new functionality that ILLiad provides:

• Enter your contact information just once when you set up your ILLiad account–no more repeated keying of personal data!
• Make interlibrary loan requests and check their status 24/7.
• Edit and resubmit canceled requests quickly, easily.
• Add notes and view staff annotations on your requests.
• Check your own account for due dates and history of past requests.
• Request renewals online at any time.
• Faculty can authorize student assistants or support staff to pick up requested materials.
• Web delivery of most requested photocopies.

What’s more, ILLiad will streamline the work of our ILL staff, which means a faster turn-around time for you.

This system has its requirements, too, so ILL users will have to make a few adjustments, but they should be fairly painless. For example, everyone will need to use their official SDSU email account when they register, and all ILL correspondence will go to the SDSU email account. And there are some minimum requirements for browsers that will work with ILLiad. If you have concerns or questions about ILLiad, please post a comment.  For additional information Click for FAQ.  
Mary Kraljic, Access Services Librarian

New AgeLine Online Tour

March 5, 2007

AgeLine is an extremely useful online resource produced by AARP which includes journal articles, books, research reports, and dissertations on hundreds of ageing-related topics.  Results are arranged in bibliographic format with optional abstracts (or summaries) of each publication.  Full-text links are provided when available.

AgeLine provides summaries of research, policy, and provider publications covering social gerontology and aging-related aspects of psychology, social work, sociology, nursing, health sciences, public policy, economics, and more.

AgeLine has recently launched an online tutorial to encourage users to discover the many uses and successfully navigate this valuable resource.  The tutorial can be easily accessed by clicking on the following link:

then click on the link “AgeLine Demo” to launch a quick PowerPoint presentation.

Take a moment and explore AgeLine today!

Danielle Becker, Digital Services Librarian