EndNote Bibliographic Software available from Briggs

August 28, 2009

The South Dakota Board of Regents has obtained a license for all students and employees of South Dakota State University for the EndNote Bibliographic Software.
EndNote is will help manage citations for research and writing and for bibliographies for classes. After the bibliographic information for references have been entered by downloading them from databases or manually entering it the “Cite-while-you-write” feature will automatically insert citations in the text and create a bibliography at the end. “Cite-while-you-write” works with Microsoft Word and Open Office. Even more amazing is that over 3700 styles including MLA, APA, CSE, Chicago, etc. and styles required for many specific journals are available for use in EndNote. Is it possible to change the citation style after writing the paper without laborious reformatting, just choose a new style and EndNote makes all the changes.
The software can be loaded onto your computer at work and home. Libraries of citations can be shared between computers or users by using flash drives or EndNote Web (an online limited version of EndNote accessible to anyone).
To load the software onto your computer, faculty should access InsideState and choose Academics and Briggs Library. On the Briggs Library InsideState page, the EndNote software is linked on the right side of the page. Students should check on MyStateOnline under My Academics in the Library box (if it is not listed here, e-mail Elizabeth Fox at elizabeth.fox@sdstate.edu). Two files need to be saved onto your computer. Once the two files are saved on your computer, you just need to double click on the ENX3Inst.msi file and follow the directions.

~Elizabeth Fox, Digital Information Services Librarian

Where is the Information Desk and where do I get help?

August 28, 2009

The short answer is: The information desk is gone, but our librarians are available to help you at the Library Services desk (formerly Circulation/Reserves desk) in the lobby of the library. The new Library Services desk provides one location where students, faculty members, and others may get help with finding information, checking out or returning books, borrowing reserve materials, and other needs. The location of the desk, immediately inside the entrance in the lobby, enhances the visibility of our librarians, which makes it easier for students and faculty to find them. Merging circulation/reserves and information services in one location also eliminates the inconvenience of referring people from the circulation desk to the information desk and vice-versa. It also enables librarians at the desk in the lobby to take advantage of opportunities for assistance and instructional interactions that may never have happened at the former information desk. While checking out or returning books and reserve materials students may talk about their information needs and/or express frustrations with their research. In addition, some students are reluctant to approach a librarian for help, but they may feel more comfortable talking with a library student employee at the desk. These situations create easy “hand-off” opportunities for these students to get help from a librarian.

Of course, not all needs can be satisfied at the Library Services desk. Some people will still be referred to the Archives & Special Collections on the library’s upper level; or to the Government Documents Department on the lower level; or to the Acquisitions Department, Serials/Bindery Department, or the Dean of Libraries’ office on the main level. However we believe inquiring at the new Library Services desk is the most efficient way to begin any trip to the Briggs Library. BTW: The old Information Desk was dismantled in June, but not totally discarded. Parts of it live on after being repurposed to provide work stations elsewhere in the library.

Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services

Rachel Manzer Takes Charge of Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services

August 18, 2009

Staff member Rachel Manzer has moved to a new position within Briggs Library. On August 3rd Rachel took charge of the library’s document delivery and interlibrary loan services. Rachel began working at the library in October of 2007 as our Interlibrary Loan Lending Technician.

The Document Delivery Unit offers a vital service to SDSU students, staff, and faculty by providing access to resources not owned by Briggs Library. When researchers discover that they need a resource that is not available through the library, they may request the item using the ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database) system.

Once patrons place requests, Rachel is in charge of all the behind-the-scenes work. With the help of student assistants, Rachel maintains patron accounts; verifies citations; ensures copyright compliance; and places requests with other libraries, commercial vendors, or the library’s acquisitions department. She also manages fees, coordinates delivery, coordinates returns, and handles problems.

The Document Delivery unit also lends Briggs Library materials to other libraries through a worldwide interlibrary loan (ILL) network. The network allows Briggs Library to participate in reciprocal lending activity with thousands of other libraries which helps the service operate economically. This means users usually do not pay a fee for the resources provided through Document Delivery or Interlibrary Loan. In her former position, Rachel worked with ILL lending, and, in fact, she will supervise that operation when the ILL staff vacancy is filled.

Congratulations to Rachel Manzer. Questions about specific Document Delivery (ILLiad) requests can be directed to Rachel in her new office (106C) on the main level of the library. For help with finding potential sources for your research or placing ILLiad requests please contact a staff member at the Library Services Desk, by phone (605-688-5107), by e-mail, or via instant messaging.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian