National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

April 28, 2009

Believe it or not stress and anxiety can be a good thing.  If you’re worried about your electricity being turned off, you’ll likely pay your utility bill on time.  If you’re worried about passing your classes, you’ll likely put in some study time. 


However, sometimes fear and anxiety go past normal levels and people have trouble coping.  Helping people who experience overwhelming levels of fear and anxiety is the focus of National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2009.


Freedom from Fear, a national non-profit mental health advocacy organization, sponsors the week and urges anyone experiencing debilitating anxiety or depression to seek help.  The organization’s Web site can be found at and their toll free number is 1-888-442-2022.


Resources for SDSU students include Student Health and Counseling Services which offers by-appointment and crisis counseling.  Their offices are located in the Wellness Center or call (605) 688-6146.


National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, coincides with finals week at SDSU.  If you’re in the library studying, check out a display on this issue located in the hallway to your right when you come in the door.


If you need more information about depression or anxiety, you will find hundreds of relevant books in the Briggs Library catalog.  In addition, thousands of relevant magazine and journal articles can be found using databases listed on the library research databases page.  EBSCOhost Megafile and ProQuest will each provide a great selection of both magazine articles written for the general public and scholarly research articles written for more scientific purposes.  For even more comprehensive scientific coverage, PsycINFO and Medline would be excellent choices.  You will find that digital versions of many of the articles will be available from these databases. 


Best wishes to all students for a healthy and successful finals week.


Linda Kott

Information Services Librarian

Earth Day 2009

April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day 2009!

The United States has been celebrating Earth Day since 1970, the year the Environmental Protection Agency was created.  These government websites offer more information about Earth Day:

This website provides information on conservation and volunteer opportunities.  A special ‘for kids’ section offers many Earth Day and environment-related games and learning activities for kids or kids-at-heart.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s website offers news, analysis on a variety of environmental issues, information about Earth-friendly science and technology, and much more.

This page, provided by the EPA, gives a nice timeline of environmental progress from 1970 to today.


Also, feel free to visit the lower level of the library to see our Earth Day display full of a variety of government publications regarding the environment. 


And, a reminder… the staff at the Information Desk and the Government Documents office are available to help you with your research needs, environment-related or otherwise!

Earth Day 2009 display

Earth Day 2009 display

Celebrate National Library Week!

April 14, 2009


'National Library Week' Library of Congress display

This week, the over 123,000 libraries around the country are celebrating National Library Week [April 12-18]. In Briggs Library, you will find signs and banners as well as a display outside the Government Documents office on the lower level. The display features information about our nation’s library, the Library of Congress, and also provides a selection of the Library’s publications.

The Library of Congress was founded in 1800 and originally located in the U.S. capitol building. It has grown to be the largest library in the world, currently holding nearly 142 million items in its collection, 32 million of which are in print. The Library also employs a permanent staff of 3,637 employees. In comparison, Briggs Library holds only 926,000 print items and has a staff of 32.

To find more publications by the Library of Congress, feel free to browse the ‘LC’ call number section of the Government Documents shelving. For more information about the Library of Congress, please ask us or visit to browse the Library’s resources, view its virtual displays and collections, and learn more about America’s library.

We’ll conclude this posting about National Library Week with a few facts courtesy the American Library Association:
 Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer more than 7.2 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners would stretch from New York City to Juneau, Alaska.
 63% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
 There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S. – a total of 16,549, including branches.
 Americans go to school, public and academic libraries 50% more often than they go to the movies.
 The planned national events for the week include the release of the annual “State of America’s Libraries” report , National Library Workers Day on Tuesday (Libraries Work Because We Do!), the release of the 2008 list of the ‘Top Ten Most Challenged Books’ on Wednesday, and ‘Support Teen Literature Day’ on Thursday.

Librarians Make Presentations at Conferences

April 13, 2009

Three librarians from H. M. Briggs Library recently participated in regional conferences.

Laura Wight, Information Literacy Librarian and Associate Professor, conducted a session entitled “Stuck in the Social Web” at the Library Technology 2009 Conference held in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 18-19. Ms. Wight’s presentation helped library professionals analyze World Wide Web social networks and discriminate between technology fads and social networks that could improve library services. Participants discussed applications such as Facebook, Myspace, Meebo, blogs, and wikis and which of these applications would best serve particular libraries and their customers. For more information view the following Web site or contact Ms. Wight at or 605-688-5955.

Elizabeth Fox, Digital Information Services Librarian, presented a session called “Embedded Librarians: Fighting for Information Literacy” at the Mountain Plains Library Association/Kansas Library Association (MPLA/KLA) joint conference held in Wichita, Kansas, April 1-3. Ms. Fox focused on her experience working with an undergraduate Sociology class over the course of several weeks as they created group poster presentations. Ms. Fox also discussed a variety of ways librarians could become more integrated in university classes. If you are interested further information, contact Ms. Fox at or 605-688-5569.

Vickie Mix, Government Documents Librarian, presented “E-Government: Documents and Services to the People” at the MPLA/KLA 2009 Conference held in Wichita, Kansas. Ms. Mix noted that government information and government services are increasingly delivered to citizens via the internet. She explored the implications of this trend for public, school, and academic libraries in delivering services to library users. She noted that electronic government services require librarians and library users to learn and employ new knowledge, skills, and collaborative strategies. For more information access “e-government” from or contact Ms. Mix at or 605-688-5958.

Exploring Cultures

April 6, 2009

Mary Kraljic, Access Services Librarian, at SDSU's Festival of Cultures Photo by Patty Vick, Serials Dept.

Mary Kraljic, Access Services Librarian, at SDSU's Festival of Cultures Photo by Patty Vick, Serials Dept.

 Briggs Library staff members enjoyed the SDSU Festival of Cultures held April 3 in Frost Arena.  In addition to exploring the exhibits, enjoying the entertainment, and partaking in the food, staff members hosted a booth to promote library resources.

Here are a few ways to further explore world cultures at the library, in-person or online.


·         Peruse the library’s collection of local, regional, and world newspapers found on the main level of the library.


·         Consult the library’s Topic Guides.  Included are guides in:  American Indian Studies, Modern Languages, Political Science, European Studies, Geography.


·         Use the library’s catalog to find records for books, government documents, DVD’s, and electronic books.


·         Consult resources in the library’s Reference collection on the library’s main level, including multivolume works on Culture and Customs organized by country and Food Culture organized by country or region.


·         Use one of our many databases to find articles in magazines, journals, or newspapers. 


·         Explore Government Information, including international information.


·         Ask a librarian to help with your research.  Consult with a librarian in person at the Information Desk or click on the Ask Us icon on the library’s homepage for information on connecting by phone, e-mail or instant messaging. 



Linda Kott

Information Service Librarian