New at the Library: Biography of Football Legend George Taliaferro

November 27, 2007

George Taliaferro, guest on Dakota Midday, November 26, 2007 on SDPB radio discussed his experiences breaking the color barrier in professional football.  If you are a football fan or someone interested in sports history you will find his new biography inspiring. Taliaferro : Breaking Barriers from the NFL Draft to the Ivory Tower  is currently on the new book shelf in H.M. Briggs Library. 

Mary Caspers-Graper~Acquisitions Librarian


New Acquisitions Associate Joins Library Staff

November 15, 2007

Tom Henley recently joined the Acquisitions Department as a Library Associate.  His position is responsible for purchasing books and videos for the library and paying invoices for all types of library materials. While new to the library, Tom Henley is not new to the university having previously worked in Purchasing and Accounts Payable, with a grant project in Human Development, Consumer and Family Sciences, and with the South Dakota Art Museum and South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum.  He has been active on the Career Advisory Council and the University’s Parking Committee. 

Tom and his wife live in rural Aurora.  They have four adult children and fourteen grandchildren.  Commenting on their experience serving as youth ministers for two years and foster parents in Kansas they said, “ It has made a big impression on how important our youth and children are to us.  We hope to keep working with the kids here.”  Remodeling projects keep Tom busy in his spare time.  Tom enjoys woodworking, hunting and fishing


Mary Caspers-Graper, Acquisitions Librarian

A New Asset to Briggs Library

November 5, 2007

Rachel M. Manzer joined the Briggs Library staff this October as a Library Technician for Interlibrary Lending. Her primary responsibilities include lending our library materials to other libraries in South Dakota, across the country, and even around the world. She will also process thousands of requests annually for scanned copies of articles from Briggs Library periodicals. In addition, she will supply SDSU distance learners and faculty with materials from our library directly to their homes, offices and computers.

Rachel comes to the library from a previous position with SDSU University Relations where she scanned and cataloged current and historical images of SDSU.

Rachel has an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Science degree from Cottey College in Nevada, MO, and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Philosophy, Religion & Ethics from SDSU. Rachel grew up in Brookings and is a graduate of Brookings High School. She is now making Brookings her adulthood home with her 4-year-old son, Elijah, and their dog, Luna, in addition to four fish, three snails, and two mice. Rachel enjoys spending time with family & friends, knitting, reading, watching movies, listening to and playing music, and learning new things.

~Danielle Becker/Reference/Digital Services Librarian