New Librarian Joins Staff

November 24, 2008

Welcome to Fei Xu who has joined the H.M. Briggs Library Staff as our Integrated Systems Librarian. He will primarily provide support and development assistance for serials, cataloging, and acquisitions. He will serve as chemistry and computer sciences bibliographer. Fei Xu was previously employed as a librarian at Barry University Library. He completed his Masters of Library and Information Studies at McGill University in 2005 and his Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998. He left Florida’s hot tropical weather and hurricanes to brave the snowy Brookings winter. Fei enjoys classical music, table tennis, badminton, and bridge. He can recommend amazing places to visit in China.

Mary Caspers-Graper
Head of Technical Services


SDSU Model Gets Updated

November 14, 2008

Chuck Cecil Works on the Model of SDSU

Chuck Cecil Works on the Model of SDSU
Photo by Sandra Linn, Bindery Dept.

Normally, the lobby of Briggs Library contains a model of the SDSU campus. This wooden representation of SDSU is a popular site for newcomers seeking directions and for potential students and their parents touring the campus. Currently, visitors have to make due with paper maps because the campus model has been removed temporarily for updating.

Former SDSU employee and Distinguished Alumnus Chuck Cecil is working on the model so that it reflects the growth of SDSU. Mr. Cecil, who is retired from SDSU and from a second career as a newspaper publisher, built the original model in the 1970’s. Now, he is building miniature versions of recent building projects such as the Wellness Center, Equestrian Center, Avera Health Complex, Harding Hall South, Dykhouse Student Athlete Center, and Innovation Campus. Library staff and patrons can look for the model’s return in a few weeks.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Author, Author

November 7, 2008

Congratulations to Stephen Van Buren, University Archivist & Head of H.M. Briggs Library Special Collections, on the publication of his book New Dimensions in Identity Control Theory: The Formation of Self-Meaning in Social Roles.  Dr. Van Buren’s book is an adaptation of his 2005 SDSU doctorial thesis in Sociology and analyzes how stepmothers view themselves and what factors influence their self perceptions.  Dr. Van Buren’s thesis is available in our print collection (call number:  LB2386.V36 2005) and in the Dissertations & Theses at South Dakota State University database.  The book, published by VDM Verlag in September of 2008, will shortly be available in the Briggs Library collection or may be purchased online or through bookstores.


Linda Kott

Information Services Librarian