Laptops in the library!

February 27, 2008

In the first 2 weeks of our new laptop service, we’ve checked out 18 laptops, and we expect more of our students (and university employees) will take advantage of the service as word spreads.We have about a dozen functioning computers right now.  Students use their WebAdvisor logins to access the wireless network.  Faculty and staff use their normal network logins. Laptops are configured for library printer use, as well.  For more details, see the blog post from February 10th. – Mary Kraljic, Access Services Librarian

Greetings from the Dean of Briggs Library

February 21, 2008

gleimcroppedblog2.jpgOn behalf of everyone at Briggs Library, welcome to the 2008 spring and summer terms. I especially want to send greetings to students, faculty, and staff who are recent arrivals to SDSU.  Like you, I am relatively new to the Jackrabbit community.   In July 2007 I 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’ll find 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
  • laptops on loan
  • a graduate student lab
  • friendlier library web pages
  • wireless printing
  • and ILLiad, an easy way to borrow materials from other libraries. 

For 2008 we’ll continue to improve our services by making the library building a more comfortable place in which to meet and study.  One of the perks of being a new face on campus is the chance to meet 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 2008, David GleimDean of Libraries

If You Need to Borrow a Laptop, Stop at the Circulation Desk

February 10, 2008

Beginning Monday, February 11, 2008, laptops may be borrowed at Briggs Library’s Circulation Desk in the lobby. The laptops are configured to access the library’s wireless network, print to the library printers, and also contain Microsoft Office applications. These laptops must be used within the library and must be returned at least 30 minutes before the library closes. A valid SDSU ID card is necessary to borrow laptops and all other library materials. We are grateful to the SDSU Chief Information Technology Office for providing these laptops for student use in the library. – Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services and Head of Reference.

Web of Science – An awesome information resource!

February 8, 2008

Using Web of Science, researchers can identify current and retrospective science and social sciences information from thousands of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Users can retrieve relevant information quickly and effectively with powerful search capabilities such as: author searching, keyword searching, publication title searching, and article title searching. 

In addition, cited reference searching provides researchers the unique ability to indentify works that have cited previously published materials relevant to their research interests.  In other words, this feature enables users to begin their search for information with a journal article pertinent to their research and to identify subsequently published articles citing the previous article, moving forward in time.  Cited reference searching not only identifies relevant sources of information about a specific topic, but also may indicate the importance of a published work through the number of times it has been cited by other researchers.  In fact, it is often used by researchers to highlight the importance of their own work by documenting the number of times their work has been cited and by whom. 

The SDSU community has access to the following Web of Science databases:Science Citation Index, 1992 – present
Social Sciences Citation Index, 2001 – present

I think you will find Web of Science to be an awesome resource.  Give it a try by clicking here or access it via Briggs Library’s Research Databases page.

– Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services and Head of Reference