Friday, November 29, 2013

Food for Fines

Food for Fines Program
December 1 – 18, 2013
One food item = $1.00 in overdue fines

Each item of food will credit $1.00 toward your overdue fines
Fine of $4.00 = four food items
Fine of $4.25 = five food items
·        Only unopened, pre-packaged, unexpired food will be accepted
·        No Ramen noodles
·        No perishable food
·        Actual cost of food will not be considered in crediting fines
·        Food accepted for overdue fines only, NOT for ILL or lost book charges
·        Food donations will also be gratefully accepted
Canned fruits or vegetables     Soup     Canned meat or fish     Pork & beans     Jelly     Peanut butter
Boxed macaroni & cheese     Cereal     Pasta/canned sauce

All proceeds will be donated to the Vermillion Food Pantry.  For more information, email, ask at the Circulation Desk, or call 605-677-5373

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Keep up with the Libraries News!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Library Catalog downtime starting Nov. 26

The default Library Catalog (A.k.a. Aleph) will be down for upgrades starting Nov. 26 at 10 pm CT.    This catalog is scheduled to be down during the entire holiday weekend.

Searching in the Aleph catalog will be unavailable.   Please use the WorldCat catalog for your research needs.

New database - Gartner Research

Gartner is a leading providers of research and analysis about the global information technology industry. Areas of focus include customer relationship management, business-to-business e-commerce, supply chain management, wireless, emerging technologies, security, IT services and vendors, IT spending and strategies.

Gartner Research LibGuide -

Monday, November 18, 2013

International Education Week Activities at the Libraries

We have a table in the MUC all week (Nov. 18-22) from 10am-1pm.  Please stop by and:

1. Tell us why the library is important to you, or what you'd like to see in the library.
2. Get your picture taken and posted to the library FaceBook.
3. Register for a free beverage mug.
4. Check out some really cool internationally themed books!

Find out more about this international effort on FaceBook:

New LibGuide – Mahoney Music Collection

Learn more about this comprehensive collection of music-related books, periodicals, ephemera, and more. 

The Archives and Special Collections at the University of South Dakota received the Mahoney Music collection from John P. and Barbara Mahoney in June 2006. The Mahoney Music Collection contains more than 4,800 books, magazines, pamphlets, and ephemera on all facets of stringed instruments, as well as music histories, encyclopedias and lexicons.  Dr. Mahoney originally developed the collection to provide support for a small business selling used violins and accessories.  Now, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of books about violins and the violin family.

In 1984, Dr. Mahoney found it difficult to find basic information on violin makers and that need launched a quest for music books in used book stores across the country. With the advent of the Internet and electronic inventories, it became easier to locate rare and unappreciated texts from around the world. In a little more than two decades, the Mahoney Music Collection became a world class collection with the capability to support research on instrument lineage, historical performance and exhibitions.

Dr. Mahoney bought, sold, and traded books on stringed instruments for several years, but in the fall of 2005, he began the search for a permanent home for his collection. By October, Mr. Mahoney notified curators at the National Music Museum (NMM) of his desire to donate the collection in its entirety to the University of South Dakota. The I.D. Weeks Library (now called the University Libraries), in collaboration with the NMM and the USD Department of Music, made arrangements to accommodate this impressive collection. Along with the Witten-Rawlins Collection of fine stringed instruments at NMM and USD's advanced degree in the history of musical instruments, the collection represents a major addition to the teaching and research resources located at the University of South Dakota. All of those involved in this project believe that a collection of this magnitude will certainly become an attraction for both U.S. and international music scholars.