Friday, August 18, 2017

One Search FAQs

Questions about One Search (Primo)?  Check out our FAQs.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

University Libraries implement new discovery system

In an effort to better connect the USD community to the information resources and digital tools they need, the University Libraries are implementing a newly integrated library services platform that will enhance and expand library services and operational workflows university-wide.
Supporting USD's commitment to innovation and accessibility, the new system will enable the University Libraries to continuously refresh and unveil new digital tools that will allow students and faculty to search, browse, share and customize materials in increasingly robust and intuitive ways.
Additionally, the platform will support broader integration of information resources through its alignment with all the SD BOR libraries, to ensure greater fiscal responsibility and operational efficiency.
The new system is cloud based, with improved discovery, analytics, and other capabilities as well as simplified and more efficient staff workflows. With the new system we can replace the 4-6 different systems (from different vendors) that are not integrated, with integrated modules that meet the functional needs of the University Libraries.
Look for the change to be in effect in August. The main search/discovery search interface will be available at
·        What will this mean for me?
The interface for locating, accessing and obtaining USD Library resources will change in August. Many new features will be available which will allow for better virtual browsing of USD Library's collections and improved integration with other various University systems, including the learning management system (D2L). 
·        What resources will I find in a USD Library One Search?
You will be able to find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, books and e-books, journals, dissertations, music, films video, government documents, newspaper articles, reviews and digital library content. 

·       Where can I get help navigating the new system?
For more information on how to use the new Library One Search, please see our Primo/Library One Search library guide or Ask a Librarian for help.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Library Hours - Fall Semester

Fall hours start Aug. 19

Monday - Thursday7:30 am -2 am
Friday7:30 am - 11 pm
Saturday10 am - 11 pm
Sunday 10 am - 2 am

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Changes to State Library Databases

The subscriptions to the databases ProQuest Statistical Insight and ProQuest Congressional will cease on July 1.

The databases have been provided to USD by the South Dakota State Library.  The cancellation was a state library decision and not an action taken by USD.    If you have questions or concerns, please contact the South Dakota State Library.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ProQuest Databases down

Update -  databases are now operational.
The ProQuest suite of databases provided by the State Library are having connectivity issues- AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest, ProQuest Discovery and Research Library, SIRS Discoverer and Researcher, and US Major Dailies. ProQuest is aware of the problem and is working on it.
Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12 Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a public proceeding to roll back network neutrality protections instituted in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.

The ALA has been on the front lines of the net neutrality battle with the FCC, Congress and the federal courts for more than a decade, working in coalition with other library and higher education organizations as well as broader coalitions of net neutrality advocates.

The ALA is one of nearly 200 organizations participating in the July 12 Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.

On July 12, websites, internet users and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Absent strong, enforceable net neutrality protections, ISPs have the financial incentive and opportunity to sell priority access to certain content providers. Enforceable rules are essential for libraries to fulfill our missions and serve our patrons. Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Parking Lot Re-striping - Starting June 26

The Library parking lot (lot 2) will be closed June 26-30 due to re-striping parking spots.

Other lots that will be painted during this week will be: lots 1, 2, 6, 6A, 7, 8, Handicap area north of McKusick Hall in lot 9, 11, 19, 26, 27, and west half of 31.

These parking lots will be barricaded off starting at 6:00 am on Monday June 26th, 2017

Campus parking map can be found at: 

Library Hours - July 4th

Saturday (7/1) -Tuesday (7/4) Closed

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Temporary Water Shut Off

DATE: Friday, June 23rd, 2017
TIME: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Facilities Management will be replacing water shutoff valves in the third floor restrooms.  To do this water will have to be shut off to the building.   All water use fixtures will be inoperable during this time. This includes, but is not limited to: urinals, toilets, sinks, and drinking fountains.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Arthur Amiotte

The John Day collection on Arthur Amiotte (MS 046) is now open to researchers.

The majority of this collection was gathered by John Day before, during, and after the retrospective on Arthur Amiotte’s art in 2001. Also included are VHS recordings featuring Amiotte.

The 4.5 linear feet of material span the years 1962-2010, with the bulk from of the material dated 1980-2003.

Contact the Archives and Special Collections for a copy of the guide to the collection.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

3rd Floor Update!

The 3rd floor of the I.D. Weeks library building is now open. Please pardon our mess though!

Extensive shifting of the book collection on the east side of the 3rd floor will continue throughout the summer AND that means it will be a little noisier on 3rd than usual. If you have trouble finding an item during the shift, please inquire at the Circulation desk.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Valencia and Vermillion: An Artists’ Exchange - on display in Spain!

USD's University Libraries and the Departamento de Dibujo (Department of Drawing), Facultad de Bellas Artes de Valencia (Faculty of Fine Arts), Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Valencia (Technical University of Valencia - UPV), Valencia, Spain, are hosting an art exchange for artists from both Universities.

Eighteen artists from USD will have their work on exhibit in Spain from May 29th through June 16th. Artists from the Department of Drawing, Valencia, will be on exhibit at the University Libraries in the near future.

To view the Vermillion entries currently on exhibit in Spain, please see the Digital Library of South Dakota:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Archives & Special Collections closed May 29- June 2, 2017

The Archives and Special Collections will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day and May 30-June 2 for re-carpeting.

The third floor of the ID Weeks Library may be inaccessible for periods of time in May.  Please use the east stairwell to access the Archives or stop by the circulation desk for directions.  Please contact the Archives for more information if you are planning on visiting in May or if you have any questions.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

ID Weeks 3rd Floor Access

Beginning this week, contractors will be installing new carpet on the 3rd floor of ID Weeks. Between May 10 and approximately June 15, access to ID Weeks 3rd floor will generally be limited to library faculty and staff.

The Circulation department (first floor of ID Weeks), however, will retrieve books upon request from faculty, students, staff, and the public. For safety reasons, there may be limited periods of time when materials cannot be accessed by library staff.  Insofar as possible, our objective is to ensure access to the book collection during the project. If you need assistance with accessing books on the 3rd floor or have other questions, please email the Circulation department at or call 605-677-5373.

For information about access to Archives and Special Collections, please email or call 605-677-5450.

Project progress and related information will be posted to the University Libraries’ blog

Thursday, May 4, 2017

3rd Floor Carpeting

Please be aware that the third floor of the ID Weeks Library may be inaccessible for periods of time in May for re-carpeting.   Please stop by the circulation desk for more information.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Library Hours - Summer Hours

Summer hours - May 8 - August 20

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 11 pm
Friday:  7:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 11 pm

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Library Hours - Finals

Friday (4/28) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Saturday (4/29) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Sunday (4/30) 10 am - 2 am*
Monday - Thursday (5/1-5/4) 7:30 am - 2 am*
Friday (5/5) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday (5/6) 10 am - 2 pm*
Sunday (5/7) Closed

Monday, April 24, 2017

Archives & Special Collections closed May 29- June 2, 2017

The Archives and Special Collections will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day and May 30-June 2 for re-carpeting.

The third floor of the ID Weeks Library may be inaccessible for periods of time in May.  Please use the east stairwell to access the Archives or stop by the circulation desk for directions.  Please contact the archives for more information if you are planning on visiting in May or if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ENGL 210 Poster Exhibition

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Fri , April 28, 2017

Forty-two students from Russell Shaffer's ENGL 210 class will exhibit their visual representations of some of America's best novels from the 20th century in a poster exhibition in the first floor University Libraries Gallery. Shaffer states "the beauty of literature is that an author's words mean something different for every reader. How we interpret the written word is up to us."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trial - The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

The University Libraries are trialing Henry Stewart Talks, The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection. The collection is comprised of more than 2,100 specially prepared, animated lectures by world leading experts. The collection is highly prized for providing researchers easy access to the same experts that they would like to see present at an international conference or hear speak at a guest lecture and is particularly suitable for use in distance, blended, team learning and flipped classroom programs.

 Fill out our feedback form and let us know what you think about this resource:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Library Hours - Easter

Thursday (4/13) 7:30 am - 8 pm
Friday - Sunday (4/14-16) Closed

Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Library Week

Win a giveaway!   Let the world know that you appreciate USD Libraries.   Your response can be text, a photo or video posted directly to the USD Libraries Facebook or Twitter.   Be sure to add the hashtag #usdlibraries

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mardi Gras Parade Heads

Mardi Gras Parade Heads
University Libraries 2nd floor gallery
March 3 – April 27, 2017
Lecture March 21 at 11:00am

The Art 123 , 3 D Design class is displaying their class project, “Mardi Gras Parade Heads” on the 2nd floor of the library. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Library Hours- Spring Break

Friday (3/3) 7:30 am - 5 pm*
Saturday - Sunday (3/4-5) Closed*
Monday - Friday (3/6-10) 8 am - 5 pm*
Saturday (3/11) Closed*
Sunday (3/12) 10 am - 2 am

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

USD Network Services down - March 4

Due to the installation of a generator for the data center IT services will be unavailable
Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
Start Time: 8 a.m.
End Time: Noon
Duration: 4 Hours
All USD network services will be unavailable from all locations
Internet access will be unavailable at the Vermillion Campus, Yankton Med campus, and Rapid City campuses.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Call for Entries - Bound and Unbound IV: Altered Book Exhibition

Database name change - Thomas

Thomas ( is now is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Human Books Wanted

A Human Library™ being held at USD next October!
Human Books Wanted
Do you have a story to tell about overcoming a stereotype or prejudice or know of someone who does? If so, fill out the Human Library™ Book Application by Friday, March 3rd.

What is a Human Library™?                                                                       
A Human Library™ is a safe place for people from different backgrounds to talk one-to-one and learn from each other. People who have overcome a stereotype or prejudice volunteer to be the “books” and readers are encouraged to ask questions about their book’s topic. Readers may borrow a book for up to 20 minutes and may borrow more than one book as time and availability of books allow.
Interested? Come get to know someone else and have a positive conversation(s) that may challenge stereotypes and prejudices on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at the I.D. Weeks library.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with Compustat.  We are working on the problem and hope to have it restored as soon as possible.   Thank you for your patience. 

In the interim while we figure out what the problem is, please use the virtual setup.  The virtual is working. 

Intrepid Coalescing

"Backwards Compatible" Brian Joel Damon
USD alumni Brian Damon (’80) and Paula Bosco Damon ('91 & '93) are exhibiting their collaborative show titled "Intrepid Coalescing" February 8 – April 14, 2017 in the first and second floor galleries in the I.D. Weeks library building.

Damon is an emerging artist and his wife is a national award-winning writer. Their exhibit is “a courageous attempt of a husband and wife to marry distinctively diverse perspectives of their journey together, spanning nearly 50 years”. Paula explains intrepid means to go about something courageously while coalescing means to unify something.  “With profound subtlety of poetry as an overlay to multimedia, the synergies of art making and storytelling bring about a thought-provoking and passionate reckoning," they write.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Love Your Data Week - Feb 13-17

What is Love Your Data Week?
The purpose of the Love Your Data (LYD) campaign is to raise awareness about topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. Academic libraries can help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.

LYD week is an event coordinated by research data specialists, mostly working in academic and research libraries or data archives or centers. Research data are the foundation of the scholarly record and crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us. #LYD17

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scheduled upgrades to impact OCLC services

Scheduled upgrades to impact OCLC services

Alert Status: Scheduled maintenance

Affected Services:
WorldCat Discovery
WorldCat Local

As OCLC will be performing a system upgrade on Sunday, 5 February 2017, from 12:00 am-8:00 am US Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5). The above  services will be unavailable to members globally during this time.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ProQuest downtime January 28-29

Over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, 28-29 Jan. 2017, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products.

Time: Saturday, 28 Jan., 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 5:00 a.m.

The following products will be temporarily offline:

Research databases
•    ProQuest platform (
•    ProQuest Congressional (
•    Ancestry
•    Sanborn maps

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Library early closing

Due to the weather, the Library will be closing at 11 pm

TODAY - Reference Desk early closing

The reference desk will close at 5 pm today.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Leaf on the Wind

 A Leaf on the Wind
Composed by Thomas Rush
(3-D Design 2016 Fall Semester) Final Project
December 2016 - January 2017
Second Floor - Gallery space at the top of the stairs                                                         

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Library Hours - Martin Luther King Day - Jan 16

Monday (1/16) 10 am - 2 am

Library Catolog down

We are currently experiencing intermittent problems with the library catalog. We hope to have the issue resolved soon.   We are sorry for the inconvenience.   

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Library Hours - Spring Semester - Starting Jan. 8

 Monday - Thursday 7:30 am -2 am*
Friday 7:30 am - 11 pm*
Saturday 10 am - 11 pm*
Sunday 10 am - 2 am