Constitution Day/Congress Week

September 9, 2011

This year is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  It’s an appropriate time to revisit the documents and institutions that sustain our country in the wake of a national tragedy like 9/11 and other challenges.  Constitution Day, September 17, and Congress Week, September 12-16, provide us with that opportunity.

Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Established by Congress in 2004, Constitution Day stresses the importance of the Constitution as a document that guides our government and protects citizens’ rights.  You can read the Constitution online or come in to the Government Documents office on the lower level of the library for a free copy.

The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) created Congress Week to coincide with Constitution Day.  ACSC encourages the study of Congress and its key role in the government as established by the Constitution.  Our own Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study, located within the Special Collections area of Briggs Library, provides a unique resource for the study of Congress.  Here the public can access papers from Daschle’s twenty-six years in Congress.

The staff at Briggs Library encourages you to explore our resources and learn more about the U.S. Constitution and Congress.  The library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, and has been since 1889, so we provide free access to congressional, executive, and judicial publications.  For more information on this program connect to our Government Documents Web page. 

You can also come to the library to see displays on the lower and main levels.  Access our History and Political Science Research Guides.  Search library resources such as our online catalog and databases to get more information.  Also, feel free to contact a librarian about the Constitution, Congress, or any other research interests.

 Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Festival of Cultures

March 25, 2011
Librarian Mary Kraljic at Past Festival of Cultures / Photo by Patty Vick

Briggs Library staff members will be hosting a booth at SDSU’s 29th Annual Festival of Cultures.  We hope you will join us in Frost Arena on Friday 1 April anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Our booth will highlight library resources related to culture.  You can explore world cultures in more depth by visiting the library in-person or online.  Following are just a few ways to dive into the topic.

  • Peruse the library’s collection of local, regional, and world newspapers found on the main level of the library.
  • 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 Services Desk or click on the Ask Us link on the library’s homepage for information on connecting by phone, e-mail or instant messaging. 

 Linda Kott
Information Service Librarian

Microfilm Disaster Abatement (Nearly) Completed!

October 13, 2010

During the lower level renovations this summer, a plugged drain in the ceiling sent water into a storage room, wetting hundreds of microfilm reels.  We’re happy to report that the microfilm, with the exception of a few requiring conservation, have now been re-boxed, re-labeled, and re-shelved!

Congratulations and thank you to those involved in getting these 1,710 microfilm reels salvaged, back in the cabinets, and ready for use!

Wet microfilm set out for drying and checking

-Laura Plowman, Public Services Library Associate

September 17 – U.S. Constitution Day

September 16, 2010

Constitution Day commemorates the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution. In effect, September 17th is the birthday of our current form of government. Constitution Day also recognizes all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization have become citizens.

For more information on the Constitution or our government, visit the Government Documents Office and Collection on the Lower Level or visit with a librarian.

Also, please feel free to take a look at the Constitution Day display on the Lower Level and pick up a free Pocket U.S. Constitution.

Pocket U.S. Constitution

A constitution embodies the fundamental principles of a government. Our constitution, adopted by the sovereign power, is amendable by that power only. To the constitution all laws, executive actions, and, judicial decisions must conform, as it is the creator of the powers exercised by the departments of government.”  –

-Laura Plowman, Public Services Library Associate

What can a person do with 13,000 feet of plastic wrap?

May 25, 2010


31 ranges of shelving…
at nearly 100 shelves per range,
13,000 feet of 10″-wide green plastic pallet wrap,
and help from Sunil, Nikunj, Lisa, Sandy, Susan, and Laura with photographs by Patty… 

…we can plastic-wrap the Government Documents Collection in preparation for moving the shelving!  

The documents are secure and are now awaiting the stack movers for the next step in the recarpeting project!  

Looking down the plastic-wrapped aisles

Looking down the plastic-wrapped aisles




Sandy, Susan, and Nikunj wrapping the upper shelves

Sandy, Susan, and Nikunj wrapping the upper shelves


Lisa and Sandy wrapping the shelves

Lisa and Sandy wrapping the shelves


Banana Boxes Maps and Microfilm

May 17, 2010

Briggs Library Lower Level Madness has risen to new heights. Library staff have been furiously moving furniture, clearing shelves, emptying map cases, and empting microfilm cabinets. Why the madness, you ask? And what do Banana Boxes have to do with anything?  

Briggs Library is undergoing major changes on the Lower Level of the Library. Since 1977, the year of H.M. Briggs opening, the Lower Level has been “decorated” for the time-1977, that is. What do you think of when asked about the library basement? ORANGE! Yes, the orange carpet and orange shelves are certainly retro, but the carpet has seen much better days. Sooooooooooooo…finally………………..the library is getting new carpet for the entire Lower Level! AND………………….it IS NOT ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

The Bound Periodical, Documents, Curriculum, Maps, and Microform Collections will all be moved at one time or another to accomodate the carpet layers. Thus, these collections will have limited access until the project is completed. Microfilm cabinets and map cases are entirely too heavy when full to move. Documents Staff have emptied 240 map drawers with over 70,000 maps, and 360 microfilm drawers with over 20,000 microfilm reels to temporary locations. If all goes well, the collections should be available  by Mid-June. Thank you for your patience during our organized chaos.  

So what about those banana boxes? Did you know a banana box can hold 80-88 reels of microfilm? Well now you know! Amazing what one learns when scavenging for boxes-banana boxes are the best!    

Nikunj and Sunil prepare maps for move

Kathy prepares map stack

Room soon to be filled with maps

Nikunj, Sunil, and Laura map movers

The "Map Room"

Banana boxes-thanks HyVee!

Microfilm cabinets-360 drawers

The "Microfilm Room"

Ice cream for a job well done!


 Vickie Mix, Documents Librarian  

National Library Week Trivia Display

April 8, 2010

Do you visit Briggs Library?  Do you like trivia?  Or glossy book covers? Do you like finding non-guilt-inducing ways of procrastinating a few minutes?  (It’s educational!)

If you answered yes to any of those questions, visit the lower level of the library and check out our National Library Week trivia display!

Just twelve simple questions – do one or do all.  Chances are your score will be pretty good!

-Laura Plowman, Public Services Library Associate

National Library Week lower level trivia display