Monday, March 29, 2021

Library Hours - Easter weekend

Thursday (4/1)  7:30 am - 5 pm

 Friday - Monday (4/2 - 4/5) Closed

Virtual reference services will not be available on Friday - Monday, April 2-5th.  Services will resume April 6th at 9 am.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Database Trial - The National Theatre Collection

Trial is now available now until 01-APR-2021.

National Theatre Collection brings the stage to life through access to high definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering significant insight into theatre and performance studies. Through a collaboration with the U.K.'s National Theatre, this collection offers a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive.


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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Vanguard: Leading on Voting Rights, Leading the Nation

 The University of South Dakota Libraries are proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming lecture “Vanguard: Leading on Voting Rights, Leading the Nation” by Professor Martha S. Jones, who is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. The presentation is a joint Schell History Lecture and Gunderson Lecture in honor of Women’s History Month. It is scheduled for March 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. There is still time to register for the event. To do so, go here:  Jones’ book, “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All” is part of the libraries’ Hot Off the Press Collection (

USD Libraries, Archives & Special Collections, and the South Dakota Oral History Center all house numerous collections and research materials on women’s suffrage. The SDOHC has about a dozen oral histories that discuss the topic. Several are currently featured on the SDOHC Kiosk on the second floor of I.D. Weeks Library, and many can be accessed at the Digital Library of South Dakota ( ).  

Also in the DLSD is the Marnie Shields Pyle Papers.  This collection is part of the Richardson Collection, USD Archives & Special Collections. Mamie Shields Pyle was a prominent suffragist and leader of the South Dakota Universal Franchise League which secured suffrage to South Dakota women in 1918. She is the mother of Gladys Pyle, the first female senator from South Dakota. Her papers, highlighted here, demonstrate the organizational efforts of the suffrage campaign in South Dakota through correspondence and printed materials (

For more information, contact the Archives and Special Collections (  or SDOHC (  

Monday, March 15, 2021

USD RED February 2021 Readership Snapshot

RED Institutional Repository

Monthly Readership Totals:
Last month, USD RED had 2863 full-text downloads and 1 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 733. University of South Dakota scholarship was read by 271 institutions across 98 countries. 

The most popular papers were:
The History of Sex Education in the United States: With Application to South Dakota (391 downloads)

Application of Leininger’s Culture Care Theory in Family Medical History (256 downloads)

The Effect of a Universal Basic Income on Life Decisions: Evidence from a Student Lab Experiment (219 downloads)

The most popular publications were:
Honors Thesis (2589 downloads)

Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations (127 downloads)

Faculty Publications (44 downloads)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Have You Considered?

Have you considered using oral histories as sources for your paper or project? The South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC) contains stories from throughout South Dakota and its peoples—including Black Americans who have lived and worked in South Dakota.

The Black History oral histories at the SDOHC are comprised of thirty-four oral histories (about two-thirds have transcripts), virtually all of which were recorded in the 1970s. A little over one-third of the interviews are with Black women. Many of the interviews focus on the Civil Rights Movement in South Dakota during the 1960s, particularly in Sioux Falls and the Black Hills, but also other large towns  such as Yankton and Huron. Other topics include experiences of Black settlers, veterans, laborers, churches, as well as race relations.

"Patrons may read transcripts and listen to any audio files that we have here in the SDOHC, including those that do not have signed releases. We just cannot make copies of items that don't have copyright releases. So that's why we just encourage patrons to make an appointment to come visit us in person if they can and if they're interested in something that we find that does not have a copyright release,” Sam Herley, SDOHC Curator, explained.

To see of list of these with a brief explanation of those available digitally and listen to five excerpts, please see the SDOHC: Black History in South Dakota LibGuide.  

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The I.D Weeks and Wegner Libraries both updated their classrooms


I.D. Weeks Library active learning classroom. New “Chevron Verb” tables were added. New TV mounts, and an Apple TV are coming. Right now, everything is socially distanced; note the chairs stacked at the front of the room.


Wegner Library’s new Mary D. Nettleman classroom.


New Signage

USD Sanford School of Medicine faculty and students will use the new Wegner Library classroom for lectures and collaborative learning.   

Wegner Library Renovation

In 2018, the Wegner Library Board of Directors approved a substantial renovation of the Wegner Library. Features of the renovation include:

• A new classroom: The Mary D. Nettleman M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P. classroom will provide USD Sanford School of Medicine faculty and students with a large classroom for both lectures and collaborative learning. The classroom will serve as a study or event space when not in use for classes.
• Traditional and contemporary study areas throughout the building, which include new furniture.
• A welcoming and user-friendly information and research help desk.
• Lockers available for checkout
• A treadmill desk

The open, light, and inviting character of the building was retained while replacing the book stacks with a classroom and introducing a vestibule that will soften the sound of students entering and exiting the library for classes. The renovation includes high-density mobile stacks that are located in the basement of the Health Sciences Center. High-use items and collections will remain in the library. The library’s permanent collection of books and journals in storage are available to students and faculty upon request.


The effects of social distancing: stacked chairs in the I.D. Weeks Library. Chairs were removed from tables all through the building.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Library hours - Spring Break

 Spring Break hours begin March 5

Friday (3/5) 7:30 am - 5 pm

Saturday - Sunday (3/6-3/7) Closed

Monday - Friday (3/8-3/12) 7:30 am - 5 pm

Saturday (3/13) Closed

Sunday (3/14) Noon - Midnight

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

ART 100 FYE Altered Book Exhibit

 On display now until the end of the semester in the second floor cases in the library.

Students in the ART 100 FYE class created an altered book for exhibit. The class goal was to transform a discarded book into a creative artwork that encompassed a theme and utilized a variety of media and techniques.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

I.D. Weeks will be open Feb. 16

Feb. 16, 2021, the library will be open normal hours (7:30 a.m.-Midnight).  Circulation, Interlibrary Loan and Archives & Special Collections will be open. All other areas of the library will be closed.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Library Hours - President's Day

Saturday - Sunday (2/13-2/14) Noon - 5pm

Monday (2/15) Noon - 10 pm

Friday, January 22, 2021

New treatises from the Mahoney Music Collection added to the Digital Library of South Dakota

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

University Libraries Call for Entries for Altered Book Exhibition

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota University Libraries is seeking entries for their sixth international biennial altered book exhibition, “Bound and Unbound VI: Altered Book Exhibition,” scheduled for display Aug. 23, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022.

Sponsored by the University Libraries Arts and Exhibits committee, “Bound and Unbound VI” 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 utilizing any medium are eligible. All work must be original and executed within the last three years.

“We are very excited to have Melissa Stern as juror this year,” said committee member Sarah Hanson-Pareek, digitization and photographs curator at the University Libraries. “Her expertise in journalism (written word), sculpture, artmaking and cross-discipline endeavors will bring a fresh and unique perspective to the jury process.”

Melissa Stern, an artist, professor and journalist living in New York City, has worked in sculpture, photography and drawing for over 30 years, exhibiting throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Starting in 2012, her multi-media installation exhibition, "The Talking Cure," has traveled to museums around the states and will open at the Fuller Museum of Art in 2021. Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections, including: News Corporation, JP Morgan/Chase, Arkansas Art Center, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Racine Art Museum, International Center for Collage, Bucknell University, Library of Congress: Rare Books and Special Collections, Museum of Art and Design, Arario Gallery and the Weisman Art Museum.

With a background in anthropology, Stern’s work reflects both non-Western and outsider-art influences. Her drawings, collages and figurative sculptures are richly drawn and deeply layered, with quirky, often dark humor.

Stern has taught and lectured throughout the New York area, including the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and New York University. She was the lead art critic for New York Press and City Arts from 2006-2014 and is currently a contributing writer for Hyperallergic, Romanov Grave, and Vasari 21. Learn more about Stern at her website.

Entries for “Bound and Unbound VI” are open to the public and artists can submit up to three entries by March 5, 2021. 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. 23, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022 as well as entered into the altered book collection on the Digital Library of South Dakota and the Digital Public Library of America. 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

Originally posted

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Library Hours - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 Saturday (1/16) & Sunday (1/17):  Noon - 5 pm

Monday (1/18): Noon - 10 pm

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Library Hours - Spring semester

Spring semester hours begin on Jan. 10 

Sunday: 10 am - Midnight

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - Midnight

Friday: 7:30 am - 10 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm

Monday, January 4, 2021

Library Hours - Winter Interim

 Winter Interim - Starts Dec. 9

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5 pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Friday, December 18, 2020

Library Hours - Christmas

 The library will be closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 3

The reference desk will also be closed during this time.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Power outage - Dec. 17

EVENT: Power outage
DATE:    Thursday, December 17, 2020
TIME PERIOD:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Facilities Management will be preforming electrical work in I.D. Weeks Library building on Dec. 17.   There will be no electrical power throughout the entire building until the repair is complete.