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