Friday, December 16, 2016

Library Hours - Christmas and New Year

The library will be closed:

Dec. 23 - early closing at noon *
Dec. 26 *
Jan. 2

These hours also pertain to the Archives and Special Collections

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Food for Fines

USD Libraries announces the ninth annual Food for Fines program

December 1 – 19, 2016

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Library Hours - Finals Weeks

Thursday (12/08)  7:30 am - 2 am*
Friday (12/9) 7:30 am - 11 pm*
Saturday (12/10) 7:30 am - Midnight*
Sunday (12/11) 10 am - 2 am*
Monday - Wednesday (12/12 - 13) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Thursday -Friday (12/14-15) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday (12/17) Closed*
Sunday (12/18) Closed

Monday, November 28, 2016

Library Diversity and Inclusiveness

The University Libraries provides a safe teaching and learning environment where diversity, inclusiveness and individual differences are recognized and respected. We are committed to offering services that are grounded in the principles of Inclusive Excellence. Library users may access our varied collection of resources to enrich their teaching, learning and research experience.

Inclusive Excellence Committee

The University Libraries' Inclusive Excellence Committee endeavors to assist all library faculty and staff in providing library users with a safe teaching and learning environment where diversity, inclusiveness and individual differences are recognized and respected.

University of South Dakota Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

ASA Book Drive

Support Literacy on the African continent by donating any novels, children books, or college textbooks.

Collection Dates: November 7th – December 17th
Location: Library Tower, near west doors

For more information, please contact the African Student Association:
Rm. 219 USD, MUC

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Weaving Images

Mike Jones, Graduate Art Student


Friday, November 18, 1-3pm.
Second Floor - Gallery space at the top of the stairs

Mr. Jones will present a performance piece in the form of a demonstration where he will weave images into one artwork. He will begin with a pre-mounted photograph placed on a custom-made loom and in a meditation he will weave strips of another photograph into it in order to gain a better understanding of the subject matter. The amalgamation of the two images will result in an installation that will be displayed the rest of the semester in the first floor library gallery.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Library Hours - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday (11/22) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Wednesday (11/23) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Thanksgiving - Thursday (11/24) Closed
Friday (11/25) Closed
Saturday (11/26) Closed

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trial Database - BKpedia

**Trial available now until January 9, 2017**

Expert curators have organized hundreds of books into these thematic collections, which are designed to allow subscribers to access content on specific topics quickly and easily:

Advances in Leadership and Management
Organizational Change and Innovation
Professional and Personal Development
Economic Justice

Access the trial now:

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Monday, November 7, 2016

AP Images in EBSCO database downtime

AP Images in EBSCO databases will shut down temporarily from Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 12 noon. During this time, AP Images will not be available.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Library Hours - Veterans Day

Thursday (11/10) - 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Veterans Day - Friday (11/11) 10 am - 5 pm

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Open Access eBooks on JSTOR

JSTOR is  pleased to announce a new program to make Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform. An initial set of titles is available from four outstanding publishers: University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, UCL Press, and Cornell University Press. JSTOR expects to add several hundred more Open Access titles over the next year. The titles are also cross-searchable with other content on

The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content, are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR. Librarians can receive free MARC records and activate the titles in discovery services.

List of titles and urls -

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Colossal Cardboard Heads

3D Design Art 123 (Amy Fill instructor)
 Class project was to create 4 foot corrugated cardboard heads that was part of the Art Department float for D-Days on October 8.

Location: 2nd floor gallery
Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Silent Witness Initiative

The Department of Political Science is sponsoring Silent Witness Initiative in October on the First Floor Gallery, University Libraries.

In 1990, the Silent Witness Initiative began promoting and education to support an end to domestic violence through community based exhibits. It started with a small group of volunteers in one state and grew into an international presence, with projects in all 50 states and 23 countries. Silent Witness provides hope, help and healing for the victims and violators of domestic violence. Our goal is to eliminate domestic violence homicides by 2020.

Thousands of men and women die each year in acts of domestic violence in the United States. Each one has a story. Join our efforts to end this tragedy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Maintenance - EBL ebook Library - Oct. 15

EBL ebook Library will be down for maintenance on Saturday October 15 from 2 -5 pm.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Library Hours - Dakota Days/Native American Day

Dakota Day (10/8) 10 am - 5 pm *
Sunday (10/9) 10 am - 11 pm *
Native American Day (10/10) 10 am - 2 am

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dakota Day’s Parade Countdown

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Trial Database - the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL)

**Trial available now until October 31 2016

The CSDL provides you with authoritative, peer-reviewed articles from 32 periodicals and over 5,200 conference publications that cover the complete spectrum of computing. Whether you are looking for the latest research on today's hot topic, foundational information, best practices, or quick answers to a problem, you will find what you need.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

PubMed url update

PubMed is updating it's url.    Please update your bookmarks.

To improve security and privacy, and by Federal government mandate, NCBI is moving all of its Web sites and services, including Web APIs, to HTTPS only by September 30, 2016.

 The only change you should notice after the deadline is that a green lock icon should appear inside the box, and the web addresses of the NCBI pages you visit will start with https://.

Friday, September 23, 2016

South Dakota Election and Voting information

How to vote in South Dakota! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Library Classes at CTL

The library will be hosting several training sessions at CTL this fall.  All sessions are located at MT 110.

Endnote - Sept. 27 @ 10am
Libguides - Oct. 5 @ 10am
Copyright - Oct 17 @ 2 pm

Monday, September 12, 2016

Trial Database - Bentham Science Journals

**Trial available now until December 2016

 Bentham Science has been publishing many high impact factor publications since 1992. With over 110 scientific journals and several hundred E books we are continuously serving the information needs of the STM field in general and the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical research communities in particular

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trial database: Shakespeare in Performance

**Trial available now until September 27, 2016
'Shakespeare in Performance' is an essential online resource for scholars of theatre, literature, popular culture and Shakespearean drama, featuring the world-famous prompt book collection from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.

These unique prompt books allow researchers to discover and compare how the Bard’s timeless works have been interpreted by theatre companies, actors and directors across the centuries.
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*Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Library Hours - Labor Day

Sunday (9/04)  10:00 am - 11:00 pm *
Labor Day - Monday (9/5) 10:00 am - 02:00 am*
Reference Desk Hours will resume Tuesday (9/6)

Monday, August 29, 2016

E-resource cancellations

As the University Libraries strive to align budget resources and expenditures with USD priorities, the following e-resources will no longer be available as of Sept 1, 2016.  If you questions or concerns, please direct them to Daniel Daily, Dean of Libraries.

Cabell’s Educational Set
Cabell’s Psychology & Psychiatry

EBSCO Applied Sciences and Technology
EBSCO Computers and Applied Science Complete
EBSCO Bibliography of Native North America

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Now online - Horace J. Austin diary

Horace J. Austin diary 1868 with transcription is now available on the Digital Library of South Dakota *

Sculptures by Leila Ghasempor

Located in University Libraries , second  floor atrium.

Ghasempor’s work is diverse since she does sculpture, ceramic and painting in lots of medium;  including pastel, watercolor, gouache, crayon, chalks, colored pencil, and acrylic. Her works comes from her imagination and the concerns that she has.  Examples include the weather in her native country Iran, and social concerns in other countries around the world. Ghasempor states she would also like to be an activist.

Friday, August 19, 2016

ProQuest product downtime August 20-21

Over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, 20 -21 Aug. 2016, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure.

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable. While the date and time were chosen to minimize the impact on our customers, we realize that some users may be affected, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Downtime: Saturday, 20 Aug., 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, 21 Aug., 5:00 a.m.

During the window, web-based customer access will be redirected to a webpage stating the planned maintenance times.
The following products will be temporarily offline:
Research databases
•    ProQuest platform (
•    ProQuest Congressional (
•    SIRS (all editions)
•    Ancestry
•    Sanborn maps
•    Dissertation publishing

Reference management/Research support tools
•    RefWorks

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
•    Books in Print®

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Parking lot closed for painting - Aug. 11-14

The I.D. Weeks Library Building parking lot will be closed for painting Aug 11 - 14. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Exhibit - Caroline Bowersox Collection of William Henry Jackson Photochroms

On display in the Archives - The Caroline Bowersox Collection of William Henry Jackson Photochroms. The collection contains 187 prints from the Detroit Publishing Company.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Political pins on display

The Allan H. Schell Collection of Campaign Buttons, Pins, And Political Ephemera was created by Allan H. Schell, and chiefly contains political pins, buttons, posters, pennants, and ephemera related to United States and South Dakota political positions in the 20th century.
Pins from US Presidential and SD Gubernatorial campaigns are on display in the Archives and Special Collections in ID Weeks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Library Employee Years of Service Celebration

Congratulations to Library employees for their years of service

Alan Aldrich – 10 years
Anne Hinseth – 20 years
Julie Junker – 20 years
Catherine Paltz – 25 years
Diane Frigge – 30 years
Susan Benton – 35 years
(not pictured - Anne Hinseth, Catherine Paltz)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Database - Proquest - US Major Dailies

ProQuest has added US Major Dailies, providing access to five of the country’s most respected national & regional newspapers offering researchers complete and timely coverage of local, national and world events, from 1980-present. The newspapers included are the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. ProQuest continues to contain ProQuest Discovery and Research Library databases. Within ProQuest, you may search one, two or all three of these databases simultaneously.

Monday, July 11, 2016

ILLiad Server Maintenance - July 13

ILLiad will be down starting at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 and it could last up to 4 hours.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

ProQuest platform maintenance- July 9

ProQuest will be taking a two-hour maintenance window on July 9th from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM to prepare for the upcoming migration to a cloud-based infrastructure.

During this time access to ProQuest databases will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cengage Gale cancellation

As of June 30, 2016, South Dakota will no longer subscribe to the Gale databases.  Thus, USD will no longer offer these databases to our users.  This action is part of cost sharing measures at the statewide level.

See the Research Gateway for our database subscriptions.