Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 18 closure

The library will be closed Saturday, May 18 due to Facilities Management upgrading the primary electrical service at the East Substation.

To facilitate this work, the East Substation will be required to be shut down for approximately four hours. This will affect the campus IT network/email services and all electrical service to the vast majority of the campus buildings including the I.D. Weeks Building.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer Reference

This summer, reference services will be available electronically Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, at You may also make an appointment with a subject librarian.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Library Hours - Summer

Summer Hours begin May 6*

Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 5 pm;
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8 pm;
Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Herbert T. Hoover 1930-2019

Photo credit: South Dakota Magazine
Herbert Theodore Hoover (1930-2019) was a Renaissance man. He served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War, studied multiple languages, nearly majored in chemistry, thought seriously about a career in pharmacy, worked for a time in healthcare, and ultimately became one of the longest-tenured, most prolific, and most influential historians in the history of South Dakota. Although he came to document and understand the kaleidoscopic interactions between virtually all groups of people in the state, he became particularly noted for his keen insights into the complex relationships between Native Americans and whites. His passing in March 2019 marked the end of an era. But it also marked a time to celebrate a legacy that has served, and will continue to serve, as one of the pillars of modern academic life at the University of South Dakota.
    Born in the small town of Wabasha, Minnesota at the start of the Great Depression, Hoover eventually used the G.I. Bill to begin his academic pursuits. He often cited the notable historian John Baptist Wolf at the University of Minnesota as his greatest influence but was always quick to express gratitude to all historians who helped him navigate a career that “beats working,” as Hoover liked to say.
    “I was only using the best that I learned from those models. I think there has to be something behind you like that,” he said in 2007. “You must have learned from some of the very best.”
    After receiving his Ph.D. in history at the University of Oklahoma, Hoover taught and researched for a time in Texas, where he claimed he learned to do state history. He developed his philosophy that regional and thematic considerations are more important to state history than strict adherence to geographic borders.
    Hoover came to USD in 1967 to help fill the seemingly unfillable void then being left by historian Herbert Schell, who had served more than forty years in higher education and – among other accomplishments – had written what was at that time considered the definitive history of South Dakota (History of South Dakota, 1962).  Shortly after arriving at USD, Hoover came to chair a committee on the operations of the newly-created South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC). Over the coming decades, he and fellow USD historian Joseph Cash formed one of the most important partnerships in the academic history of South Dakota. Together, they led the effort to collect the bulk of resources at the SDOHC, which now houses more than 6,500 oral histories and recordings, making it one of the largest oral history collections in the United States.
    By 1970, Hoover and Cash had secured funding from the South Dakota state legislature to collect oral histories from every county in the state. By 1971, they published To Be an Indian, an anthology of fifty-two oral history excerpts. Donald Fixico, the prominent Native American historian and recent president of the Western History Association, recognized To Be an Indian as one of the most important and groundbreaking collections of Native American oral histories ever published, particularly with regard to the subject of Native American identity.
    Drawing upon his family heritage and intellectual ability, Hoover in his classes and numerous publications was able to show balanced insights into the relationships between Dakota, Lakota, and non-Native American groups in the region. His sharp sense of humor is evident in many of his writings, as well as the more than half-dozen recordings (from 1972 to 2007) for which he agreed to be interviewed for the SDOHC. South Dakota Leaders, which Hoover published in 1989 as an editor with Larry J. Zimmerman, became one of the first studies of general South Dakota history to gain widespread acclaim under peer review.
    As he entered his twilight years as a historian, Hoover became a leading advocate for a new comprehensive state history of South Dakota. As part of a landmark collaboration with more than a dozen scholars from around the region in the early 2000s, Hoover worked tirelessly for the project. The result was a magnum opus, A New History of South Dakota (first printed in 2005), for which he wrote the introduction and served as a primary contributor.

    After the project, Hoover continued on in a professor emeritus role in the USD History Department for many years. Reflecting upon his half century of work with the university, Hoover called it “the ideal job.”
    “It couldn’t have been any better for me,” he said.
    It could not have been any better for USD, as well. Like the great historians who influenced him, Hoover will continue to stand as a model for students and scholars who come through the university. His lectures and publications will become all the more important in the coming decades, as concepts of identity continue to be crucial to Native American individuals and communities in the twenty-first century, and also as stories of all South Dakotans continue to unfold.

An oral history interview with Herbert T. Hoover from 2007 is available on the Digital Library of South Dakota.

Library Hours - Finals

Wednesday - Friday (4/24-26) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Saturday - Sunday (4/27-28) 8 am - 2 am*
Monday - Thursday (4/29 - 5/2) 7:30am - 2am*
Friday (5/3) 7:30 am - 10pm*
Saturday (5/4) Noon - 5 pm
Sunday (5/5) Closed

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Library Hours - Easter Break

Thursday (4/18) 7:30 am - 5pm*
Friday (4/19) Closed*
Saturday (4/20) Closed*
Sunday (4/21) Noon - Midnight

Monday, April 8, 2019

Library chair poll

The University Libraries is purchasing new chairs for our first floor study area.  Help us choose!

Add your email address to be entered into a prize drawing.  Winners will be contacted via email.

Chairs will be available to view and test in Room 121A,  April 8-12.    

PLEASE NOTE! Purchased chairs will NOT have arms and chair color will be neutral.  

Questions?  Please see the Circulation Desk.

Friday, April 5, 2019

National Library Week

Help the University Libraries celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13!

Come in and help us choose new chairs for our first floor study area. Those that vote can enter in the  prize drawing.  Winners will be contacted via email.

National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is "Libraries = Strong Communities." 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

University Libraries call for entries for altered book exhibition

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University Libraries at the University of South Dakota is seeking entries for “Bound and Unbound V: Altered Book Exhibition,” their fifth international biennial altered book art exhibition scheduled for display August 26, 2019 – January 3, 2020.

Sponsored by the University Libraries Arts and Exhibits committee, “Bound and Unbound V: Altered Book Exhibition” 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 and media are eligible for this exhibition, and all work must be original and executed within the last three years.
“”Bound and Unbound” is now in its tenth year, and the Libraries are committed to exhibiting some of the world’s best altered book entries, as well as growing our online study collection of altered books,” said committee member Sarah A. Hanson-Pareek, digitization and photographs curator at the University Libraries. “The response to calls has always been very positive, and we currently have 167 works in our online collection, representing many diverse artists.”

This year’s juror is Jessica Drenk. Drenk is an American artist, who was raised in Montana where she developed an appreciation for the natural world that remains an important inspiration to her artwork today. Tactile and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world. Working with altered books for over 15 years, Drenk’s work can be found in private collections throughout the world, and can be seen in galleries across the United States. Her work is a part of several corporate collections, such as Fidelity Investments and the Macallan distillery in Scotland, as well as university collections, including Yale University Art Gallery. Drenk has been the recipient of several awards, including the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and her work has been pictured in “Sculpture” and “Interior Design” magazines, as well as the “Workshop Guide to Ceramics.” Drenk received an MFA in 3D Art from the University of Arizona in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in 2002. A working artist since 2007, Drenk’s home and studio are currently outside Rochester, New York. More information about Drenk and her art can be found at

Entries for “Bound and Unbound V” are open to the public and artists can submit up to three entries by April 2. 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. 26 through Jan. 3, 2020 as well as entered into the altered book collection on the Digital Library of South Dakota at and the Digital Public Library of America at 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

Photo credit: “Grand Rapids 1937” by Lynn Skorhal, 2014.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Library Hours - Spring Break

Friday (3/1) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday - Sunday (3/2-3) Closed*
Monday - Friday  (3/4 - 3/8) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday (3/9) Closed*
Sunday (3/10) Noon - Midnight

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Library Hours - President's Day

Saturday- Sunday (2/16-17) Noon- 5pm*
Monday (2/18) Noon - Midnight

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Human Library Book Applications - Open

Applications ( are now being accepted for people to be volunteer human books for Vermillion’s 3rd Human Library—scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the I.D. Weeks Library.

A Human Library is an opportunity for people talk one to one with someone who is different from them—whether the difference is related to looks, background, culture, religion, life experiences, sexual orientation, occupation, ideology, health, etc. The book (a brave person willing to share their story) begins by sharing highlights of their story with a reader (a brave, curious person) and then the conversation begins. Conversations last up to 20 minutes and readers’ questions are welcome.  The event is organized like a library with volunteer books, a catalog of book titles & descriptions to help readers choose which book(s) they want to read (talk to),  librarians to answer questions, a check out table (circulation desk), etc.

The first Human Library was held in Copenhagen in 2000 at a youth rally to promote peace. The Human Library™ Organization now works with libraries and organizations around the world to overcome prejudice and stereotypes by building bridges of understanding through conversation.

For more information please refer to the links below or contact Caroline Anderberg at
The Human Library LibGUIDE            
The Human Library™ Organization  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Proquest Downtime

To maintain the currency and security of ProQuest products, ProQuest is performing maintenance on many ProQuest products beginning on January 19, 2019 During the maintenance window, the following products will be temporarily unavailable.

Downtime scheduled: Saturday, January 19 at 9 p.m. U.S.  Maintenance will conclude within 8 hours.
See what time this maintenance window will occur in your region

ProQuest Books
•    Ebook Central
Research databases
•    ProQuest Platform (
•    ProQuest Congressional (,
•    Chadwyck-Healey databases (U.S. customers only)
•    SIRS (all editions)
•    Ancestry
•    Sanborn Maps
•    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open
•    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses OAI Repository

Library Hours - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saturday - Sunday (1/19-20) Noon - 5 pm
Monday (1/21) Noon - Midnight

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ebook Central downtime

ProQuest will be performing maintenance on Ebook Central and LibCentral in January 2019.

This maintenance will take place Saturday, January 5 beginning at 11:00am  (lasting approximately 2 hours), and Saturday, January 19 beginning at 10:00pm  (lasting approximately 8 hours).

Library Hours - Spring Semester

Saturday (1/5) Closed*
Sunday (1/6) Noon - Midnight

Spring Semester Hours - start Monday 1/7

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018