New Laser Printers Coming this Fall

May 20, 2011

Library staff members are pleased to report that we will install two new black and white laser printers this fall.  This summer we are making due with one black and white printer and one color printer.  In addition to these printers found in the library’s lobby, users may print from the computer lab located on the library’s main level.

The library will continue to subsidize printing and keep the prices at $.05 per page for black and white copies and $.15 per page for color copies.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Summer Information

May 12, 2011

You are invited to use the library this summer.  SDSU students who are not taking summer classes may still check out materials as long as they are enrolled for the fall semester.  Those not enrolled at SDSU can check out materials with a guest card if they are a South Dakota resident and sixteen years of age or older.

The library is an excellent place to explore information in the summer.  On the main level of the library you will find newspapers, popular magazines and a recent fiction collection.  We have many computers available and there is usually no waiting during the summer months.  Our air conditioning is so super-powered that staff members often bring sweaters to work.

Check the Library Hours page to see when we are open.  You can access the Library Hours page from the library’s home page by clicking on About the Library. The Library Hours page will also let you know when a librarian is on duty.

 Have a great summer!

 Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Recent Fiction Collection

Celebrate Your Library

April 14, 2011

Students & Staff Celebrate National Library Week with Ice Cream

Alas!  National Library Week ends on Saturday 16 April.  We don’t have ice cream every week, but you can celebrate your library every week by using its resources and services. 

 For example, remember the library is a great place for studying.  We have extended hours during finals week.  Connect to our Library Hours page for details.  Also, as you work on your last research projects of the semester, remember you can ask librarians questions.  Click on the Ask Us link on the library’s homepage for information about contacting a librarian in person, by phone, or via e-mail or chat.

 Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Electronic Reserves Changes

March 15, 2011

Some faculty members have used the library’s Docutek Electronic Reserves system to make class materials, such as articles, book chapters, and lecture notes, available to their students online.  Due to budget concerns, the library will discontinue its license for Docutek.  Library personnel expect the system to remain functional through the end of the Spring 2011 semester, but we will no longer receive updates after March 31, 2011. 

 Faculty members are encouraged to move their class materials to D2L, the university’s course management system.  Anyone needing help making the transition may contact Instructional Design Services.  Briggs Library personnel hope that since class materials can be made available online via other means, SDSU students, staff, and faculty will not be inconvenienced by the discontinuation of Docutek. If you have questions, you may contact Mary Kraljic, Access Services Librarian.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

1-Minute Survey on Document Delivery Service

January 18, 2011

Occasionally, in your research, you may find articles that are available in print at the library, but are not available electronically. In these cases, you can come to the library, find the journal on the shelf, and make copies for your research. Library staff realizes that this process takes an investment of time and so we are conducting a survey to see if patrons are interested in a document delivery service.

The proposed document delivery service would allow SDSU on-campus students, faculty and staff to order articles that are available in print in the library’s collection. The items would be scanned and delivered electronically via our ILLiad interlibrary loan system.

Before we plunge in we want your input. Please take our survey located at The survey is very short, but will let us know if you are interested in the document delivery service and how much you would be willing to pay for the service. Please respond to the survey by February 1.

If you have questions about the proposed service please contact Rachel Manzer (688-5573) or Mary Kraljic (688-4049).

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

EndNote training for spring 2010

December 21, 2009

Training for the EndNote bibliographic software will be held throughout spring semester. To find out what EndNote is, check out this blog entry. There are two sessions – a beginning session and an advanced session. All sessions will be held in Briggs Library, room 125 and will be hands-on training. You may bring your laptop or use one of our computers.

Beginning EndNote will cover:

  • Downloading and installing the software;
  • EndNote libraries and groups;
  • Getting citation information into EndNote;
  • Adding attachments to records;
  • Organizing your records;
  • Using citations in your writing
  • Searching and Sorting in EndNote
  • Term lists
  • Preferences, toolbars, shortcuts
  • Backing up your library

Advanced EndNote will cover:

  • Adding citations styles not downloaded with EndNote
  • Adding import filters for databases not covered by the basic EndNote download
  • Using EndNote Web with EndNote on a desktop
  • Setting EndNote up for searching databases within the program
  • Creating an independent bibliographies

Dates of training:

Beginning EndNote:

  • January 14 9:00 – 9:45 SHORT (this has changed from original post)
  • January 14 2:00 – 3:30 FULL
  • January 19 3:00-4:30 NEW
  • January 20 12:00 – 1:30
  • February 9 2:00 – 3:30
  • March 17 3:00 – 4:30
  • April 15 10:00 – 11:30
  • May 6 3:00-4:30

Advanced EndNote:

  • January 21 12:00-1:00
  • January 22 3:00-4:00
  • February 17 12:00 – 1:00
  • April 15 3:00 – 4:00
  • May 7 3:00 – 4:00

It is highly recommended that you sign up for a session beforehand. To sign up, simply e-mail or call Elizabeth at 688-5569.

~by Elizabeth Fox, Digital Information Services Librarian

HM Briggs Library Web Toolbar

October 9, 2009

Access library and other research resources quickly from your browser using the free Briggs Library Toolbar! The toolbar is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. The toolbar is very easy to install and updates quickly with a built-in refresh option. The toolbar is also easy to uninstall if you wish to remove it from your browser. The HM Briggs Library Toolbar provides searching and one-click access to:

* Library Catalog
* Library Databases
* Journals List
* Electronic and Paper Reserves
* Google Scholar
* Archives & Special Collections
* Government Documents
* Library Research Tools such as: Interlibrary Loan, Citing & Copyright, Distance Library Services, Renew Books Online.
* The main SDSU Web Page

Try it out today:

Laura M. Wight, Associate Professor & Information Literacy Librarian

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 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

Mountains Beyond Mountains

May 29, 2009

 If you like to read and then discuss what you’ve read, consider the book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

 This fall students in twenty-five sections of freshman opportunities and orientation courses, such as General Studies 100, will be reading the book, a biography of Dr. Paul Farmer.  Farmer, a world leader in public health and medical anthropology, founded Partners in Health, an organization which has provided health care to disadvantaged populations throughout the world, conducted ground-breaking research, and influenced policy in world health organizations.

 The book focuses on Farmer, a fascinating individual, who Kidder describes as “a man who would cure the world,” but it also invites discussions of broad and varied topics like public health, poverty and wealth, land use, and the responsibilities of the individual.  

 This fall you’ll find plenty of students who have read the book, but if you can’t wait contact Tim Nichols, Dean of the Honors College, at 605-688-5268, about a summer reading group. 

 To further advance study and discussion, Dr. Farmer will speak on campus on November 19, 2009, as the Griffith Honors Forum lecturer. 

 Ready to get started?  The library has two copies of Mountains Beyond Mountains (BOOKS/UPPER LEVEL R154.F36 K53 2003) and the University Bookstore has copies for sale.

 If you are interested in further investigation of the topics addressed in the book, the library has many resources available.  Search the library’s catalog to find records for books and government documents; search databases, such as EBSCOhost Megafile and ProQuest, for articles in newspapers, magazines and journals.   Also consult the library’s Topic Guides for research guidance in a particular subject area.  Librarians are available to help you research—consult with us in-person at the Information Desk, send an e-mail, a text message, or set up an appointment

 Happy reading!

 Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian