Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wiley Scheduled Downtime - March 21

Wiley Online Library will be disrupted on 21st March from 6:30 CDT up to six hours for essential maintenance. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Library Hours - Easter Break

Friday (4/03)  7:30 am – noon
Saturday (4/04)  closed
Sunday (4/05)  closed
Monday (4/06)  7:30 am - 02:00 am

Monday, March 9, 2015

Web Transition

During the week of March 9, 2015, USD is transitioning to its new website. Please see full alert for additional details.

This morning we are beginning the transition to USD's new public website. Today and tomorrow you will begin to notice a change in the look of certain internal pages, but their functionality should remain the same.

These changes will continue through Wednesday, when the USD homepage and Campus Calendar are updated to complete the transition.

While we are creating page redirects wherever possible, some web browser bookmarks will still need to be updated or recreated.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Downtime for Proquest Databases - Feb. 28

On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:
    Research databases
    ProQuest platform (
    ProQuest Congressional (
    ProQuest Dialog (
    eLibrary (all editions)
    SIRS (all editions)
    Dissertation publishing
    Books in Print®

Friday, February 20, 2015

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan unavailable Saturday February 21

Please be advised that the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan service will be unavailable Saturday February 21, 2015 from 1:00am – 8:00am Central time for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Contact with any questions.

OCLC System Alert

Posted: 02/20/2015 7:37:51 AM ET

WorldShare ILL Maintenance

Alert Status: Scheduled maintenance

Affected Services:
WorldShare ILL
ILL Policies Directory

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Library Hours - Spring Break

Friday (3/06)  7:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday (3/07-08)  Closed
Monday - Friday (3/9-3/13)   8 am - 5 pm
Saturday (3/14)  Closed
Sunday (3/15)  10 am - 2 am

Living Traditions - Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art

Monday, February 9, 2015

University Libraries at USD calls for entries for altered book exhibition ‘Bound and Unbound III’

Sponsored by the University Libraries Arts and Exhibits committee, “Bound and Unbound III: Altered Book Exhibition” features an exhibit of altered books – 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.

“Exhibiting altered books in the University Libraries is quite fitting. Since the 15th century, technology, popular tastes and expectations, and aesthetic ideals have shaped the form and function of the book,” said Dean of Libraries Daniel L. Daily. “Though seemingly stable until the most recent decades and the pressures and promise of digital technologies, the history of the book is marked by change--alteration.  Bound and Unbound III will provide artists and the public the opportunity to explore the amazing durability and malleability of the book and its power to communicate ideas.”

“2013 marked our inaugural year for opening up this biennial exhibition to the jury process as well as making the call for entries international. We had 16 states represented as well as six countries,” said committee member Sarah A. Hanson, Digitization and Photographs Associate at the University Libraries. “The response was very positive, providing a range of artistic and cultural diversity, and we are happy to embrace the University Libraries as a venue for the altered book.”

This year’s juror is Sandra Brooke, associate professor of art at the College of Liberal Arts; Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Ore. Brooke received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. She currently works in encaustic “where the past and the present are mixed together through disparate images in layers of wax.” Since 2010, Brooke has been in 16 juried shows of which three were national juried, 12 were by invitation, and one was a solo exhibition at Dakota State University.

Entries for “Bound and Unbound III: Altered Book Exhibition” are open to the public and artists can submit up to three entries by March 4. There is no fee to enter the exhibition and selected books will be on display at USD’s University Libraries second floor exhibition cases from Aug. 24 through Jan. 4, 2016 as well as entered into the altered book collection on the Digital Library of South Dakota at . A full prospectus and entry form for the exhibition can be found at University Libraries reserves the right to refuse work difficult to exhibit due to excessive size, weight or difficulty in presentation.

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

Friday, January 30, 2015

The University Libraries and the U.Discover Summer Scholar Program

Beginning in the summer of 2015, the University Libraries will fund and support three U.Discover Scholars. Priority will be given to proposals that incorporate historical inquiry into the methodology and draw upon collections in Archives and Special Collections and the South Dakota Oral History Center.
Located in the I.D. Weeks building, the Archives and Special Collections and the South Dakota Oral History Center are home to nationally and internationally recognized collections related to:
  • Native American history and culture
  • South Dakota and American politics
  • Settlement of the Northern Plains
  • The history of the violin and the violin family of instruments
  • Collegiate athletics in South Dakota
  • The Missouri River Basin
Opportunities abound to use the Mahoney Music collection, American Indian Research Project oral history collection, Oscar Howe papers, USD Photograph collection, Jane Rooker Breeden suffrage papers, William Janklow gubernatorial papers and many other collections.
To learn more about the collections visit  and, or contact Dan Daily, Dean of Libraries at
Applications for the University Library U.Discover Scholars will be submitted through the U.Discover process and must outline preliminary plans about use of the Archives in the student’s research. The faculty support letter should include reference to the faculty’s ability to mentor archival research

More information -

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Database Trial - International Medieval Bibliography Online

International Medieval Bibliography Online is the world’s leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the European Middle Ages, covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the period 400-1500.

The database comprises over 300,000 articles derived from regular coverage of some 4500 periodicals and 5000 miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues). All articles are classified with full bibliographical details and subject classifications and indexing familiar to medievalists.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015