Archive for October, 2009

NDSU Visual Art Faculty Exhibition

  • Title:  NDSU Visual Art Faculty Exhibition
  • Show Dates:  October 26 – November 20, 2009
  • Location:   Gannon Gallery/BSC Library
  • Reception:  Thursday, November 19, 2009,  4:30-7:00 p.m.

BSC welcomes our neighbors to the east from North Dakota State University by showcasing faculty artwork in the Gannon Gallery/BSC Library.  NDSU faculty works include paintings, ceramics, drawings, photography, mixed media, and literature.

Please join us for the reception at the Gannon Gallery/BSC Library and meet Kent Kapplinger and Michael Strand from NDSU’s Visual Art Department while you enjoy complimentary refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public.

— Posted on behalf of Andrea Fagerstrom, Gallery Director

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Database Trials – Seeking Feedback

The BSC Library has trial access to these databases through November 13, 2009. Try them out and let us know what you think. Should we become subscribers? Your feedback will help us decide.

American History in Video – Currently includes 1,000+ titles and is continuously growing, with complete videos and synchronized, scrolling, searchable transcripts. This rich, online collection is the only source for the complete online newsreel streams of United News and Universal Newsreel; important documentaries and series from The History Channel®, PBS, and others; and archival footage. Teaching tools include custom clip-making, shareable playlists, course folders, and more.

History Reference Center (find link on Library’s Databases (Articles & More) page; click on EBSCOhost Research Databases, then choose History Reference Center) — Includes nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 1,620 full-text reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books; more than 113,000 historical photos & maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

MLA International Bibliography + MLA Directory of Periodicals (find links on Library’s Databases (Articles & More) page; click on EBSCOhost Research Databases, then choose MLA International Bibliography and MLA Directory of Periodicals) – Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), includes almost 60 titles from J-STOR’s language and literature collection as well as links to full text, over 2.2 million citations, over 4,400 journals and series, 1,000 book publishers, and nearly 11,000 subject names and terms. Subject coverage includes: Dramatic Arts, Folklore, Language & Linguistics, Literature, Literary Theory & Criticism.

TR Kiosk – Dedication

The Library’s TR Kiosk was officially dedicated on Sunday, October 11, 2009.  On hand to share remarks about the project were BSC President Larry Skogen, DSU President Richard McCallum, and DSU Theodore Roosevelt Scholar-in-Residence and BSC Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities Clay Jenkinson.

TR Kiosk dedication

Left to right: Larry Skogen, Richard McCallum, Clay Jenkinson

You are invited to stop by to use the TR Kiosk and visit the Theodore Roosevelt Center online.

Library Adds Credo Reference

The BSC Library has added Credo Reference to its suite of database products.  Credo does for reference publications what many other databases do for journals and magazines – it aggregates the content and makes it searchable.  Currently, you can search 3,261,517 full-text entries in 426 reference books through Credo. 

You can also execute searches of the ODIN library catalog, Academic Search Premiere, and Britannica Online Academic Edition via Credo.  In addition, there are links to BSC’s Library blog, Databases (Articles & More) page,  Finding Information page, and Ask a Librarian page. 

The gadgets are cool, too.   Unsure how to pronounce a word?  Try the pronunciation gadget.    

To learn the fine points of using Credo so you can make the most of its potential, take the online tours, use the help screens, or talk to a BSC librarian. 

Credo Reference is a very robust resource.   Check it out!

TR Kiosk – Dedication & Grand Opening

95b33/huch/1337/12Bismarck State College has a new way to learn about Theodore Roosevelt with a kiosk computer portal in the BSC Library. The grand opening and dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt Center kiosk is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, immediately after the “Conversations at BSC” humanities event earlier that afternoon.

Kiosk users will be linked directly to the Theodore Roosevelt Center Web site.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center is a project of Dickinson State University (DSU) and part of its Theodore Roosevelt Initiative. The center is dedicated to increasing the visibility of Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota, exploring his life as a cowboy and rancher, and preserving and interpreting Roosevelt’s immense output as a writer and statesman.

BSC President Larry C. Skogen, DSU President Richard McCallum, Theodore Roosevelt Center Director Sharon Kilzer, and Clay Jenkinson, Theodore Roosevelt scholar-in-residence at DSU and BSC Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities, will be on hand for the festivities.

The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.  Join us!

What books should we remove?

Check out this Crash Pad puppets video on ALA’s Banned Books Week site. 

“Chad, Rustle, and Mooch, the Crash Pad puppets, misinterpret the meaning of Banned Books Week, trying to throw some books with objectionable content–including Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy of Cooking, and the phone book–out of the library, until Herb points out the error of their ways.”

Banned Books Week