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@thelibrary - News and resources from Albertsons Library at Boise State University

News and resources from Albertsons Library, located on the Boise State University Campus.

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We have moved our blog!

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:08:00 +0000

Thank you for following our Boise State library news and resources blog for the past 10 years here on Blogger. Now another chapter begins as the Albertsons Library blog, "At The Library" moves to its new home at WordPress. Our new site is located at

Memo Cordova,
Associate Professor/Librarian

Goodbye Blogger! Hello WordPress!

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:15:00 +0000

After 10 years of using Blogger to disseminate news and information about Albertsons Library, we are excited to make the move to WordPress and become part of a unified campus-wide branding platform.

We will unveil the new Albertsons Library blog in the coming weeks once the migration of our content is completed. The URL will no longer be updated.

Stay tuned for our new web address coming soon!

Road Trip!

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:30:00 +0000

"Road" by Susanne Nilsson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Laura Coleman has mapped out a great display of road tripping books and materials at the Circulation desk for our first month of summer. In addition the library ebook collection has a number of resources that might spark your travel bug:
This website has ideas for eats along the way: 
Road Food

If you’re thinking of exploring the great state of Idaho, Visit Idaho has maps and more at

And, if you’d like to check your route or view a live feed from a roadside camera there’s the Idaho 511 Traveler Information site:

Audrey Williams,
Access Services

New Digital Theatre Arts Costume Collection

Fri, 27 May 2016 14:52:00 +0000

Millie, Act II, Scenes iv-viiiby Darrin J. Pufall doi: 10.18122/B2VC7T Kimberly Holling, Library Assistant III for the Data Management and Scholarly Communications unit recently helped launch a new Theatre Arts Costume Collection in ScholarWorks. The collection was organized and implemented by Ms. Holling for her 2016 Master of Library and Information Science Capstone Project with the University of Washington. As a growing number of institutions are creating digital collections of historical clothing, the same cannot be said for theatrical costumes. This form of non-traditional academic scholarship continues to go unmarked in the world of repositories with the exception of small collections of production stills. While theatre is a collaborative effort, there are technical elements (ex. scenery or costumes) that need to be documented with context in order to support the study and ongoing recognition of their corresponding designers. Constructed garments are often altered and reused for subsequent performances making these pieces ephemeral in nature.This collection increases awareness not only of the designer’s work, but also to Boise State University’s contributions to the theatre arts. Initially intended as a form of archival collection, it quickly presented itself as a digital publishing opportunity for the library. The collection currently houses 63 digitally published records containing the costume designs of Darrin J. Pufall for the 2013 Boise State production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. These records are a combination of Mr. Pufall’s personal costume renderings and Ms. Holling’s photographs of selected garments from the show.Finished garment of displayed renderingdoi: 10.18122/B2S88JTo add further value to these records a statement from the designer himself provides additional context to understand why certain features were chosen and the overall premise the designer was going for. Ms. Holling herself has a background in both apparel design and theatre (performance and costume design) and provided her expertise to help breakdown the primary construction techniques and features of the photographed garments, along with measurements and the fabric content whenever possible.The additional insight of Keri Fitch, the manager of the Theatre Arts Costume Shop, provided further background for alterations in the final design of certain garments from the original rendering, which is information that is generally left unknown to those outside of the technical production of a show.The collection demonstrates the on-going efforts of the Data Management and Scholarly Communications unit to support Boise State's arts and humanities scholarship while expanding its original, open access publishing services.Building upon traditional library cataloging description practices, Ms. Holling utilized a standards-based metadata schema to represent the theatrical costume designs and increase discovery of the work. Additionally, unlike other online costume collections which are no longer accessible, the library's stewardship and support of this work ensures permanent, world-wide access to Boise State scholarship.Come visit the new Theatre Arts Costume Collection online at: [...]

Bosnia and Herzegovina in Posters at the Library

Wed, 25 May 2016 19:18:00 +0000

The library is happy to host a new display of posters created by Boise State Service Learning students. Project leader and student in the MBA program, Maya Duratovic, provides some background on the project:
The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho received a grant from The Idaho State Historical Society to create a traveling museum of Bosnian and Herzegovinian history. Boise State Service Learning students worked together with the members of the Cultural Center to find ways to present the history in visually appealing posters. This project is only one of its kind that showcases the tradition and heritage that Bosnian refugees brought to the state. Idaho has been influenced by waves of immigrants, each contributing in some way to the history of the state. Bosnians are a modern day example of how history develops in Idaho, and this traveling history museum will help to preserve the rich Bosnian heritage brought to the American melting pot of cultures.

May in Motion--Busing it to Work

Mon, 23 May 2016 19:14:00 +0000

Riding the bus to work is an easy, inexpensive, and low-stress way to commute. However, it can be a little confusing if you haven’t ever ridden before. Here are a few insider tips from a frequent traveler to help you get started.Catching the BusValley Ride has a lot of routes throughout Boise and the surrounding areas. A complete list of options can be found on the Valley Ride website.To figure out which routes are closest to you, first look over the Valley Ride system map. Once you’ve found the specific route you need, look at the map for that particular route. It will list all the official stops allowing you to figure out where you need to go to catch the bus.Some stops are covered by multiple routes. If that is the case, the bus stop sign will list the numbers of the routes that go by that location. Pay close attention to the different schedules as buses run at different times. One route may run throughout the day, while another only runs during rush hours.The maps will also provide Time Points along those routes. Time Points, marked with a number in a square and highlighted in bold, are stops along the route when the bus is supposed to depart at a specific time. This is how Valley Ride builds-in flexibility for things like traffic or weather delays. If a bus is ahead of schedule, it will pause at the Time Point stop until the depart time. If they are running late, they will treat it like a regular stop.You can use the Time Points to estimate when the bus will come by your specific stop. It’s always a good idea to arrive several minutes early to make certain you don’t miss your bus.Another useful tool is the Bus Locator Portal. If you have internet access, you can track your bus as it moves along its route.Riding the bus is great, but sometimes you need to go a little further where there is no route. Bringing your bike is a great solution, but it may seem a little cumbersome when you first try to put your bike on the front of the bus. Check out this video for a quick How To: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Riding the BusAs a member of the Boise State community, you get to ride the bus for free! Stop by the Information Desk in the Student Union and pick up a bus sticker for your ID, then show that to the driver when you get on. If the bus isn’t very full, feel free to spread out and use the seats around you for your bags and extra things. However, keep an eye out for when more passengers get on. If the bus starts to fill up, be sure to move your belongings.Don’t make it difficult for another passenger to sit down by refusing to move over from the aisle seat. Buses aren’t airplanes. The drivers can’t wait for everyone to get perfectly settled before taking off. Hogging two seats is especially annoying during rush hour.If you see a friend on the bus, move over to chat with them. One of the great benefits of riding the bus is time to catch up with folks. However, it’s not fun for other passengers when they have to listen to you yelling/talking loudly down the length of the bus.Be prepared to give up your seat for passengers using wheelchairs, scooters, or other similar equipment. This is an official Valley Ride rule.Offer to give up your seat to those with greater need: parents with strollers/multiple kids, passengers with many/heavy packages, etc. Generally being thoughtful of your fellow passengers will always earn you some good karma points.Exiting the BusIt can be easy to get absorbed in your favorite book, so be sure to keep an eye out for your desired stop.When you get a block or two from your stop, pull the yellow cord which is strung along the side of the bus. A red light in the front of the bus will come on which will notify the driver that you would like to get off.Preferably exit off the back of the bus, especially if there are a passengers waiting outsid[...]

EBooks on Gardening Display

Thu, 19 May 2016 21:57:00 +0000

Service-Learning students, Chunkit Li, Boise Urban Garden School,
Franklin Rd, Photo by Patrick Sweeney
Access Services staff member Laura Coleman has created a growing display of gardening sources for you to enjoy at the Circulation desk. Keep on checking the display as a variety of items will pop up as it is tended to.

The library’s collection offers a bounty of ebook inspiration for growing a garden or to just dream about them: 
And check out these garden sites too: 
 Finally, just for fun, a little music from John Denver and Guy Clark

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Audrey Williams,
Access Services

New tech to, literally, check out

Wed, 18 May 2016 21:36:00 +0000

Our Access Services department has new items for checkout! In addition to accessible iPads we now have 2 lavalier microphones that plug into a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. This means, they can be used in iPhones, or any other technology that supports this size plug:

We have also added a new digital camera, a Vixia HF R50. This camera kit includes a wireless lavalier microphone, and a mini-tripod.

This brings us to our final addition this week, a Vivitar 50" tripod. This tripod feature a 3-way, fluid-effect pan head with a bubble level, a quick-release mount, and 3-section channel leg locks. This tripod has also been added to our reserve calendar.

These, and many other tech tools, are available for reserve at our Reserve Calendar.

Michael Mitchell,
Access Services

Library hours during the Summer break

Mon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000

A photo posted by Albertsons Library (@albertsonslibrary) on

The Albertsons Library will be open limited hours during the Spring Break holiday:
  • Sunday, March 20: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25: 8:00 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, March 26: CLOSED
Regular semester hours resume Sunday, March 27. Library hours are posted at

If the sun doesn't shine that week you can always stream movies or cozy up with an eBook from our catalog.

Enjoy the break!

​Help​ us plan the future of Albertsons Library

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:09:00 +0000

Albertsons Library wants to become THE recruiting show piece for Boise State University. To do that, we need your help to improve the library for students.

You are invited to be a part of a focus group aimed at better understanding the needs of students. What types of study spaces do you need? What services would you like to have? What resources and tools would help you in your pursuit of a degree?

The discussion will run no longer than 1 hour and your input will be confidential. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to​ or just show up.

Albertsons Library Focus Group
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Albertsons Library Room 201C

And tell your friends! Better yet--bring them along with you!

If you have input about the library you'd like to share and you can't make it to the focus group, send your comments to: ​

Hope to see you there!

Tracy Bicknell-Holmes
Dean, Albertsons Library

Idaho Wildlife Resources & Display

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:49:00 +0000

This image is from a poster in the library’s Curriculum Resource Center collection and available for check out.You see them almost everyday. Cute, furry little things. No, not Tribbles, red squirrels! You can learn more about red squirrels and other Idaho wildlife through these websites:Nature Guide for Boise Parks Green Belt Governor's Office of Species Conservation Center for Birds of Prey  and, closer to April, watch nesting falcons and kestrels live Fish and Game MK Nature Center, check out one of the resources from the Idaho Wildlife display designed by Laura Coleman, Access Services, at the Circulation desk. We also have library resources for those interested in the unique Raptor Studies program here at Boise State:Raptor Studies Guide Pinterest Board Williams, Access Services [...]

Open Education Week

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Open Education Week is March 7-11, 2016 to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities for everyone. Join us in celebrating this world event by learning more about open educational resources (OERs) at the MakerLab from noon to 1 p.m. at the Albertsons Library:
  • March 8 – Leif Nelson and Amber Sherman, Saving Students Money by Rethinking the Textbook
  • March 9 – Leslie Madsen-Brooks, Finding and Using Open Educational Resources: Saving Students Money
  • March 10 – Chris Mathias, The Idaho State Board of Education’s Involvement with Open Educational Resources

Women’s History Month

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:11:00 +0000

Please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!


Check out the display at the Circulation Desk, designed by Laura Coleman of Access Services, featuring many famous and interesting women. You might just find an inspiring and fascinating woman to learn about.

Audrey Williams,
Access Services

New Workshops Added!

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 23:21:00 +0000

 NEW Join the After Hours 3D Printing GroupDo you want to learn how to use a 3D printer and print your files on your own? Get trained! Let's talk about our processes and how you can join what we call the After Hours 3D Printing Group. There are trainings every week, see if one fits your schedule. Don't see a time that works? We're happy to make time! Just email Amy Vecchione,, or Deana Brown, to schedule.NEW Starting with PythonPicking a programming language can be difficult, especially when there are so many languages and so many different applications out there. Not only is Python easy to learn and faster to program with, it is the first choice of organizations like Youtube, Reddit, and Industrial Light & Magic. This workshop will take you through the essentials of programming and get you started writing and editing your own programs. Register now for Thursday, 3/17/2016, 11am. NEW Scientific origamiMaking origami can be fun and functional, but did you also know it can be scientific? Gain a whole new understanding of DNA by creating a 3D model with paper, while learning about DNA research being done by the The Nanoscale Materials and Device Group. Register now for Friday, 4/29/2016, 2:30pm. NEW Paper Baskets Desk SetAre you constantly misplacing your keys? Need something to corral your pens? Don’t spend a fortune buying something, make it out of paper! Learn how to use the library’s Silhouette cutter and let your imagination go wild. Register now for Thursday, 3/10/2016, 1pm. NEW Circuit StickersCreate a memento that appears to magically light up. These are hightech stickers with embedded LEDs and circuitry. No need to bring your soldering iron, we’ve got copper tape. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination! Register now for Thursday, 4/14/2016, 1pm.Getting in Touch with Your ArduinoHave you ever thought about learning to code? Many people want to learn, but never do because they can’t see how it could fit into their everyday life. This workshop will teach you the basics of Arduino coding, electronics and breadboard prototyping. By using capacitive touch sensors, you can interface the Arduino with objects all around you! Register now for Friday 3/4/2016 noon. [...]

Research Community: Coffee & Donuts

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:42:00 +0000

The campus research community is invited to the monthly Coffee and Donuts forum from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3rd in the Albertsons Library's MakerLab space. SCHEDULE9 - 10 a.m. – Open forum to mingle10 - 11 a.m. – Round table discussionLearn About Opportunities for Early Career Research FundingOpportunities Abound for Early Career Research Funding! The March 3rd Coffee and Donuts will feature a round table discussion facilitated by Harold Blackman, associate vice president of Research and Economic Development. The round table goal is to introduce the variety of early career funding opportunities available to new faculty, discuss strategies for preparing for and responding to solicitations, and  highlight some lessons learned. During the hour round table, research development and grant specialist staff, library personnel, and faculty will present and share:Share “Funding Strategies & Opportunities for New & Early Career Faculty" toolkit, including resources for funding opportunities that span the disciplinesProvide a template for developing your individual research planProvide an NSF CAREER grant “Prep Sheet” to jump start attendees for the CAREER workshop on March 18Lessons learned from faculty who have recently submitted on a variety of “new faculty” funding opportunitiesYou can also sign up for a one-on-one with the Research Computing Services Department’s programmer, system administrator, or HPC engineer to learn more about research computing tools and resources. [...]