Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Database Trials - EBSCO - Flipster

University Libraries will be trialing EBSCO - Flipster

Flipster is an easy-to-use digital magazine newsstand and offers a wide range of e-magazines covering various topics such as art and design, hobbies, interests and DIY, science and technology. You can directly access the titles here, or find them when you are searching in an EBSCO database.

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Database Trial - EBSCO Play Index

University Libraries will be trialing EBSCO - Play Index

Play Index includes over 31,000 plays written from antiquity to the present and published from 1949. An invaluable aid to finding the perfect plays to match any group's production resources, Play Index covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

University Libraries Call for Entries for Altered Book Exhibition

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota University Libraries is seeking entries for their sixth international biennial altered book exhibition, “Bound and Unbound VI: Altered Book Exhibition,” scheduled for display Aug. 23, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022.

Sponsored by the University Libraries Arts and Exhibits committee, “Bound and Unbound VI” features an exhibit of altered books, which are a mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form by altering its state or meaning. Books from any source utilizing any medium are eligible. All work must be original and executed within the last three years.

“We are very excited to have Melissa Stern as juror this year,” said committee member Sarah Hanson-Pareek, digitization and photographs curator at the University Libraries. “Her expertise in journalism (written word), sculpture, artmaking and cross-discipline endeavors will bring a fresh and unique perspective to the jury process.”

Melissa Stern, an artist, professor and journalist living in New York City, has worked in sculpture, photography and drawing for over 30 years, exhibiting throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Starting in 2012, her multi-media installation exhibition, "The Talking Cure," has traveled to museums around the states and will open at the Fuller Museum of Art in 2021. Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections, including: News Corporation, JP Morgan/Chase, Arkansas Art Center, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Racine Art Museum, International Center for Collage, Bucknell University, Library of Congress: Rare Books and Special Collections, Museum of Art and Design, Arario Gallery and the Weisman Art Museum.

With a background in anthropology, Stern’s work reflects both non-Western and outsider-art influences. Her drawings, collages and figurative sculptures are richly drawn and deeply layered, with quirky, often dark humor.

Stern has taught and lectured throughout the New York area, including the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and New York University. She was the lead art critic for New York Press and City Arts from 2006-2014 and is currently a contributing writer for Hyperallergic, Romanov Grave, and Vasari 21. Learn more about Stern at her website.

Entries for “Bound and Unbound VI” are open to the public and artists can submit up to three entries by March 5, 2021. There is no fee to enter the exhibition and selected works will be on display at USD’s University Libraries second floor exhibition cases from Aug. 23, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022 as well as entered into the altered book collection on the Digital Library of South Dakota and the Digital Public Library of America. A full prospectus and entry form for the exhibition can be found at

For more information, please contact Hanson-Pareek at, Danielle De Jager-Loftus at or Michael Boring at

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Friday, September 18, 2020

New Resource - Stedman's Online

 Stedman's Online

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Online and the other Stedman’s reference products on StedmansOnline are the direct successors to the first American medical dictionary, Dr. Robley Dunglinson’s A New Dictionary of Medical Science and Literature, first published in 1833. The work continued through successive editions until the 23rd and last edition, which was edited by Thomas Lathrop Stedman, MD in 1903. Five years later, Dr. Stedman wrote a modernized version of the Dunglison dictionary. It was published in 1911 as A Practical Medical Dictionary and is now known as Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.

Monday, September 14, 2020

New Database - New Play Exchange

University Libraries has subscribed to New Play Exchange

New Play Exchange (NPX) is a script discovery database. Search, read and download scripts, view writer profiles, contact writers, read script recommendations from professionals throughout the field.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New Database - Digital Theatre +

University Libraries has recently subscribed to Digital Theatre+.   Digital Theatre+ provides online access to streaming video of current theatre productions including behind-the-scenes documentaries as well as teaching and learning resources to facilitate understanding of the productions and texts for English Literature and Performing Arts.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Food in I.D. Weeks

As of  Sept 5th, food is now allowed in the library.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Library Resources

The DEI Committee has  created the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Library Resources LibGuide.  It highlights library collections relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion and provides links to online resources.

University Libraries Exhibits Art by Janet Braun-Reinitz


The “Painted Ladies Speak” exhibition by artist Janet Braun-Reinitz of Brooklyn, New York, is currently on view at the University of South Dakota University Libraries, on the second floor, through Oct.16.

The exhibition, which features a selection of Braun-Reinitz’s recent collages, is hosted by the University Libraries’ Art and Exhibits Committee and curated by Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek, committee member and curator of photographs and digital projects at the University Libraries.

“Implicit in my work are stories waiting to be re-told – remembrances of recent events and those fading from memory that resonate in many registers, formal, narrative and personal,” Braun-Reinitz said. “The troubling nuances and tensions between what is observed in passing, and what lives in memory, produce an art with explicit social and political content. I find conceptual parallels and formal connections to works as diverse as the narrative predellas of Italian altarpieces and the mixed media art of Betye Saar.

“The collages in the “Painted Ladies Speak” series borrow from icons of art history and add a contemporary ‘comment’ to critique the ongoing, still unresolved problems facing women today and, alas, tomorrow. Artists are here to disturb the peace,” said Braun-Reinitz.

The exhibition was originally planned to open in April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed.

“A lot has happened since then. Janet’s work reflects current events and is always fresh. She keeps up with the topics of the day in her work. So, if one thinks back to April, you can see a definitive timeline in her pieces, pausing right at the pandemic. And yet, her pieces are also timeless. The topics she works with, the stories she relates, the narratives created, are sincere and are well documented by many artists throughout time and place, thus her references to them,” said Hanson-Pareek.

“The University Libraries is honored to host the exhibit,” said Dan Daily, dean of the University Libraries. “Braun-Reinitz’s 2018 exhibit at I.D. Weeks Library with Sarah Maple was well-received, and I anticipate the same for ‘Painted Ladies Speak.’”

Braun-Reinitz is a muralist, painter, teacher and activist committed to social justice. Since 1984, she has collaborated in painting more than 60 community murals – in many venues in New York City, including public schools, health care facilities, day care centers, community gardens and more – as well as elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. Between 1992 and 2013, she was the director of Artmakers Inc., a NYC community mural organization.

Her ongoing commitment to social justice began in 1961 when she was a freedom rider, arrested and jailed in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is frequently an artist-in-residence, most recently in 2019 at the Lakkos Residency to paint the mural “Denied, Detained, Welcomed,” in Heraklion, Greece, and in 2017 at Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy.

Braun-Reinitz has co-authored two books, “The Mural Book: A Practical Guide for Educators” and “On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in NYC.”

For more information, please contact Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek at, Danielle De Jager-Loftus at, or Michael Boring at

The exhibition is located at the top of the stairs on the second floor of the library, open to the public during library operating hours.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Virtual Reference Desk

The physical reference desk will be closed this semester. Librarians and staff are available online for
drop-in help online. We will answer your questions and help with your research virtually.

Contact us through Ask-A-Librarian via chat, text or email.
● Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 9 p.m
● Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
● Sunday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

After hours you may send an email through the link above or and your inquiry will be answered promptly.

Additional Reference Services
Reference services for the Lee Medical Building, Native Student Center, Veteran
Student Services, and the Community College of Sioux Falls (CCSF) are available
virtually or by appointment. Students, faculty, and staff may also contact the Reference
Desk online as noted above.

Subject Specialist Services
Virtual appointments and consultations with library subject specialists are available on a
limited basis.
● Virtual appointments will be held using teleconferencing software platforms such as
Zoom or WebEx. Once the appointment/consultation is scheduled the librarian will
send you an invitation to meet through either Zoom or WebEx.
● Requests for face-to-face consultation services will be assessed by the librarian
relative to the research objectives and risk mitigation.
○ If meeting in person you will be required to wear a mask and practice social
○ The meeting space will be disinfected before and after the meeting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The USD Library is open!

The USD Library is open! See our updated hours, the Library Reopening Plan and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Proxy server update

The library recently updated its proxy server used for connecting USD members to licensed databases, e-books and journals. 

·       We will no longer be using

·       Our new proxy prefix is

·       Please update your bookmarks!

We have a web-tool that will generate urls with the proxy prefix.

For additional information about linking, please see our Libguide for direct linking to resources.

Found a broken link?  email us at or use our web form

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Library Hours - Fall Semester

Fall semester hours begin Aug. 19

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - Midnight
Friday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Noon - Midnight

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Library re-opening

I.D. Weeks Library Building will re-open Aug. 3

Hours from Aug 3 - 16

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm*
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Aug 17-18 hours: 8am-8pm

Fall semester hours begin Aug. 19

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Database Trial - New Play Exchange

University Libraries will be trialing New Play Exchange

All you need to do is visit

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Database Trial -Digital Theatre+

University Libraries will be trialing  Digital Theatre+ 20th July - 10th August, 2020

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Database Trial - Drama Online

University Libraries will be trialing Drama Online until August 12, 2020

Database information

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Database Trial - American Heart Association eBooks

We are trialing American Heart Association eBooks until August 28 2020

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Titles available are:
2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers eBook
2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC eBook
Basic Life Support Provider Manual eBook
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual eBook
Heartsaver First Aid Student Workbook eBook
Heartsaver CPR AED Student Workbook eBook
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student eBook
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual eBook
ACLS for Experienced Providers Manual and Resource Text eBook
Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) Provider Manual eBook
Heartsaver® Bloodborne Pathogens Student Workbook eBook

Thursday, July 9, 2020

New EBSCO databases!

The following EBSCO online databases are now available through The South Dakota State Library’s partnership with Minitex:

Applied Science and Technology Sources

This database offers a diverse array of full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines — from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering.

European Views of the Americas

This is a free archive of indexed publications related to the Americas and written in Europe before 1750. It includes thousands of valuable primary source records covering the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples.

Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers.

Open Dissertations

EBSCO Open Dissertations is a free database with records for more than 1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world.

World Politics Review

This unique database provides uncompromising analysis of critical global trends to give academics, policymakers and businesspeople the context they need to have the confidence they want.

All databases links are also available on our A-Z database list