Friday, July 19, 2019

Fall Semester Art and Exhibit Schedule

Infinity’s Edge Installation
Fall semester 2019
Second floor corner windows of the northwest side

Native Voices Travelling Exhibition, National Library of Medicine
August 14th – September 25th, 2019
Second floor exhibit space

Siouxland Artists Exhibit, Sioux City Art Center 
Mid-August - October, 2019 
First floor and second floor gallery walls 

Bound and Unbound 5: Altered Book Exhibition
August 26, 2019 - January 3, 2020 
Second floor exhibit cases

Public Services Colloquium, Department of Political Science 
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. 5-8 p.m.
Second floor exhibit space

Friday, July 12, 2019

Exhibit - Infinity’s Edge

Location: 2nd Floor corner windows of the northwest side of I.D. Weeks library building.
When: Fall semester 2019

University Art Galleries Interim Director, Amy Fill and USD Graphic Design student, Lacey McLouth created a beautiful window installation for the I.D. Weeks library building. Using red removable vinyl, they hand cut the shapes and designs to create a symmetrical, lace-like pattern that was applied to the windows. Courtney Lavallie, UAG Gallery Assistant and Martha Aguirre, Oscar Howe Gallery Attendant assisted Lacey with the installation process. The artists state that “art does not have to exist in a formal gallery space and with this project, we hope to elevate and activate a common shared space”.

Monday, July 8, 2019

New Database - DynaMed Plus

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Library Hours - 4th of July Holiday

Wednesday (7/3) 7:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday - Sunday(7/4 -7/7) Closed

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Expanded Access to JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments - Science Education Section

USD Libraries has had access for about a year to the JoVE Video Journal collection for all topics except engineering.  Thanks to some additional library funding from the BRIN grant, we now have access to the Science Education Section within JoVE. 


JoVE - Science Education:
Advanced Biology – Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology

Psychology – Behavioral Science, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sensation & Perception, Social Psychology

Basic Biology – Includes lab animal research and lab safety

Chemistry – General, organic, inorganic, analytical,  biochemistry

Environmental Sciences – Environmental microbiology, earth science

Physics – Physics I and II

Engineering – Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering

Lab Manual (Biology)- Comprehensive, curriculum-focused videos for both instructors and students in introductory biology lab courses

Core (Biology)- Foundational concepts of biology

Clinical Skills – Nursing Skills, Emergency Medicine & Critical Care, Physical Examinations I, II, & III

Thursday, June 6, 2019


The USD Law School has recently purchased Elgaronline.  Access is available to all of USD.

Elgaronline includes scholarly research monographs, Research Handbooks, companions, dictionaries, encyclopedia and journals. Works include scholarly research monographs in major subject areas of Law, Business, Economics and the Social Sciences


Tuesday, May 28, 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.

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.  

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