Behind the Scenes at Briggs Library/Cataloging

February 23, 2009


Read about the success of a library department below.




It’s great to have a wealth of resources available in a library.  But we have to be able to find the information we want.  That’s where cataloging comes in.  Catalogers analyze resources and assign descriptors such as subject terms and call numbers so that users can find the items in the library’s catalog and on the shelves. 


For many resources, some of the cataloging work can be imported from WorldCat, an international database of catalog records maintained by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and contributed by libraries worldwide.  However, Briggs Library receives items that have not been cataloged by OCLC’s member libraries, including materials that originate at SDSU like Master’s and PhD theses.  For these resources our Cataloging Department needs to provide original cataloging information.


Minitex, a consortium of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota libraries, recently published a list of its “Top 10 OCLC Original Catalogers” for 2008.  The creation of 469 original cataloging records earned SDSU a number ten placing on this list. 


Congratulations to hard working Cataloging staff members Lisa Lindell, Kay Hauge, and Kim Winterfeld.


Linda Kott

Information Services Librarian


Chemistry Database Gets New Interface

February 11, 2009

For all you chemistry researchers out there, we now have access to SciFinder Scholar via the web. SciFinder Scholar provides comprehensive bibliographic access to the scientific literature of chemistry and related disciplines. Access is limited to SDSU faculty, staff, and students due to licensing restrictions.

SciFinder Scholar provides the SDSU community with quick and easy access to a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines. Faculty and students can explore:

  • CAS database content created by scientists
  • References from over 9,500 currently published journals and patent information from more than 50 active patent issuing authorities
  • Important discoveries that span the scientific century back to 1900
  • The latest scientific breakthroughs almost as soon as they are published with references added daily and some patent information as recent as two days ago
  • Complete coverage of chemistry and the life sciences including biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines
  • The world’s largest collection of organic and inorganic substance information

To access this database, a user must create a free account. These accounts can be created here. Remember, this account must include an SDSU e-mail account. We only have one concurrent user for all the South Dakota universities.

~Elizabeth Fox, Digital Information Services Librarian

Briggs Library has gone live with SFX

February 11, 2009

SFX, a link resolver which facilitates electronic access to full-text articles has been available for use in Briggs Library.

It has been placed in the library home page as “Beta Version” next to the Magazines and Journals List link.

SFX is the most popular OpenURL link resolver for its context sensitive linking capabilities. 430 of 5337 academic libraries in the world use SFX as their OpenURL Link Resolvers. Significant numbers of libraries around the world have now implemented SFX link servers, including Library of Congress, Oxford University, and etc.

Some important features are highlighted as follows:

  • With its context sensitive linking capabilities, SFX can link directly to the article level.
  • It can integrate print journals to issue level, and direct users directly to holding information in the OPAC.
  • The related objects feature in SFX can show journal title changes, related journals, and etc.
  • It can be interoperatable well and compatible with Ex Libris’ Integrated Library System (ILS), ALEPH 500 as well as MetaLib, Ex Libris’ information portal product.
  • It can browse a group of journals in a specific topic.
  • It provides a better format of journal entries and the clean look of the interface.

Try to use SFX. If the electronic version is not available SFX will indicate if the library has the print version. Please share any questions or comments you have about this new way of accessing the library’s journal holdings. Contact us at: E-mail a Question.

Fei Xu, Integrated Systems Librarian

Behind the Scenes at Briggs Library/ILL

February 10, 2009

A lot of work at the library goes on behind the scenes. Read about the success of one department below.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Through Interlibrary Loan Services, SDSU students, staff and faculty members may request resources not found in Briggs Library collections. Often the ILL Department can borrow or gain access to resources from another library in a week’s time.

The flip side of ILL is that the library lends our resources to other libraries. Reciprocal lending agreements with other libraries allow us to operate ILL services economically, meaning users do not usually pay a fee for the resources provided through Interlibrary Loan.

Briggs Library is a member of a library consortium called Minitex, which provides services for Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota libraries. Minitex recently recognized Briggs Library as number four on its list of top ten ILL lenders, with 5,509 ILL requests filled in 2008.

Kudos to ILL Lending Technician Rachel Manzer and her student assistants for their hard work.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian