Greetings from the Dean of Libraries

August 31, 2007

davidg83107.jpgOn behalf of everyone at Briggs Library, welcome to the 2007/2008 school year.  I especially want to send greetings to students, faculty, and staff who are new to SDSU.   Like you, I’m also new to the university, having traded the University of Colorado at Denver for the smaller but equally challenging world of Brookings and SDSU.  If you haven’t visited your Library recently, you will discover many improvements when you enter our doors this year—whether the doorways are on our building or on our web pages.   These include more print and electronic resources, upgraded computers, a graduate student lab, wireless printing, and ILLiad, an easy way to borrow materials from other libraries.  For 2007/2008 we’ll continue to improve our services to you with a special focus on making the library building a more comfortable place in which to meet and study. 

One of the perks of being a new dean is the chance to meet so many interesting people for the first time.  I welcome the chance to meet you, whether in person or by e-mail or phone.   You will find me in Room 108 of Briggs Library or at or 605-688-5106.

Wishing you a great year,


David Gleim

Dean of Libraries


What’s My Password?

August 23, 2007

When using Briggs Library, you may encounter times when you are asked for your username and password.  In a perfect world we would all be able to use the same username and password for everything.  In a really perfect world we would all be able to access all our needed resources without using any password.  However, as much as we all strive for perfection, most of us still need to remember several different username and password combinations, and it is likely that you will encounter that need when using Briggs Library. 

Off-Campus Access to Briggs Library

Briggs Library’s electronic resources (databases) are governed by license agreements which restrict their use to the members of the SDSU community.  That’s why you will be asked to enter a username and password when you click on most database links on a Briggs Library web page while using a computer from off campus.

  • SDSU employees must enter their SDSU network-login username and password.
  • SDSU students must enter their MyState Online username (the same as their WebAdvisor login ID) and their MyState Online password (this should be $ and then their student ID number–e.g.  $1234567).
  • More information is available at

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery to Distance Learners

Briggs Library recently implemented a new interlibrary loan management system, which will makes it more efficient for you to request books, journal articles, videos and other types of materials that are not owned by Briggs Library.  Likewise it provides the same efficiency to distance learners and distance staff members requesting for library materials owned by Briggs Library and interlibrary loan items from other libraries.  The new system, named ILLiad, requires each new user to complete a registration form including contact information, and library barcode, etc.  New users also choose their own username and password during the registration process.  Once registered you will not need to supply personal information each time you request an item using the service.  Having your e-mail and regular mail addresses on file enables library staff members to notify you promptly and deliver the requested materials accurately and quickly when they arrive in the library.  By specifying a username and password of your choosing, you will have secure access to information about the status of your requests. You will also be able to review a list of items you have requested in the past.  More information, including the registration form, is available at


Library Catalog

When using the library catalog you will not need a username and password to search for items.  However if you use features like My Library Card, My List, or Basket for the following functions, you will need to sign in with your library barcode number (omit the letters A and B printed before and after the barcode on back of your SDSU ID card) for your user ID and your last name for your password:

  • to see a list of all library materials you have checked out
  • to renew library materials you have checked out
  • to submit an interlibrary loan request for an item from another SD library that was identified while searching the catalog
  • to view a list of fees, which you might owe the library
  • to save a list of items found when searching the catalog

Electronic Reserve Materials

Many professors make copies of journal articles, book chapters, lecture notes, and/or links to other full-text materials available to the students using the library’s electronic reserve system.  Electronic reserve materials support specific courses and, due to copyright limitations, only students registered for the associated specific courses are permitted to access them.  Therefore, your professors must provide you with a password to access the materials they place on e-reserve. More information about electronic reserve can be found at:


Unfortunately, there are several electronic resources that require us to use specific usernames and passwords, which are supplied to us by the publisher.  When you are using the Briggs Library web site and you encounter a web page that asks for a username and password and none of those mentioned above provides access, please contact us at (605) 688-5570 or (800) 786-2038 or E-mail the SDSU Librarians.  We will check for a password or let you know if we do not have access to the desired resource. 

Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services

Attention Interlibrary Loan Users!

August 9, 2007

New for the Library: ILLiad = InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database

 This summer the Briggs Library launched an advanced and efficient 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 for all ILL.  Details are addressed in the FAQ that accompanies the First Time Users screen.  To create your account, go to or begin from the library homepage and click the link for “Library Request Forms.” 

If you have concerns or questions about ILLiad, please contact the ILL Office at 688-5573 or 

August is National Inventors’ Month

August 3, 2007

This month, check out the new guide on the library web page featuring both print and online research materials related to inventions, inventors, and technological innovations. 

 Laura M. Wight, Reference Librarian