Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11


Devereaux Library commemorates the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Want to learn more? The library has many items of interest.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001. 

Bin Laden, Osama, 1957- 

Special operations (Military science) United States.


From the campus archives:

Candlelight Vigil At Tech

Tech M-Week Activities Rescheduled

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2nd floor reopens

On the evening of August 27th the Devereaux Library experienced a major water leak.

Prompt action on the part of facilities, campus administration and library staff prevented the loss of any library materials or equipment.

There was a great deal of water that needed to be dealt with.  The floor was closed to the public due to the unsafe nature of the partially disassembled shelving ranges and the general mess of stacked shelves and materials.

Finally on Monday the 8th the carpet was dry.  So the ranges were reassembled and materials were re-shelved.

2nd floor is once again "open for business."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A closer look at the library's NEW website

Welcome back to old friends and hello to all the new faces on campus!  Over the summer the library website got a new look and some cool new features. 
All of the links that you’ve used in the past are still available, just rearranged. New features include subject guides to electronic resources, a finding resources guide, a federated search option, tools and apps for electronic resources, a FAQ section, links to new print books, e-books, best sellers, and videos, new ways to locate journal titles, and a link to submit archival documents and photos.

If you want to change your password, check due dates or renew material, click on My Library Card located at the bottom of every page.
One of the big improvements is the inclusion of a federated search option. Users may now search multiple databases at one time. One of the databases is WorldCat, others include a number of journal databases and other services. Results will then link you to either the full-text version of electronic resources or will provide a citation to items not available via the Devereaux Library. Our federated search option, WorldCat Discovery is prominently located on the upper right hand corner of every page, labeled “Search for resource worldwide. Just enter your search terms, click on “GO“.  

To locate library resources or begin your research, start with the alphabetical list of All Resources. This list will guide you to all of the millions of resources available to you via the Devereaux Library. 
A link to the Devereaux Library’s online catalog will take you to the library’s catalog where you can search for specific items, print and electronic, available via the Devereaux Library. The library catalog is the most efficient way to locate a specific item in the library’s collection. You can determine if the item is immediately available and place a hold if it is in use.

In addition to an alphabetical list of all electronic databases, a new feature on the website is Subject Guides to Electronic Resources.  These guides are customized for each academic discipline; guides to general science and engineering and general interest are also listed. These guides will help identify key resources for research and study in specific areas.
If you are not sure where to begin, check out our Finding Library Resources page, it offers useful tips for locating library resources.

A variety of useful of links that will help you access electronic resources with your mobile device are listed in the Tools and Apps section. EndNote software installation is also featured on this page.
Check out the library’s new website.   Let us know what you think.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Devereaux Library has a new website

The library has an all new website.  Many thanks are due to Marsha Ahrenkiel, Vickie Bender  and Janet Taylor for many hours of work.  That said, I’m sure there are things that aren’t quite done yet.  If you stumble upon anything that doesn’t work like you think it should, or if you can’t find something, please let me know.  If you’d like a personal demo or a session for your students we’d be happy to arrange one.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Atlas – part 2 when the power goes out

Lois Zens “I have oil lamps, had them for years, for when the power goes out summer or winter. I found out you really cannot read by them, they are too dim. You can get around in the dark and see what's going on, but you cannot read. I had seen someone gift someone else LED lanterns and at the time thought they were a great idea then forgot about them. I remembered them Friday night and am going to look for them when we can get around again. They are bright and would really serve a purpose.  They would be great to have next time....and there will be a next time.
  Also I will make sure I have batteries for my radio. I listened to KOTA AM radio for updates and stories during the storm. I was alone and that was my company.  My daughter has a gas furnace so I assumed she and her family were warm. They have an electronic ignition on the furnace and therefore when the electricity went out so did their heat, for 24 hours. I do not have a fix for that.  They cooked on the grill and bundled up.”

It is amazing how dark it gets when the power is out, and how long the night lasts isn’t it?  I also heard from people who burned candles, used camping lanterns, and who just went to bed because they were cold and dark. At our house, I’ve avoided oil lamps and candles because I worry that they are fire hazards.  The last thing I need is something my dogs could knock over to burn the house down.  So what about these LED lanterns Lois mentions? Well there are dozens of options on the market; the one we picked up has a light that’s quite adequate for reading, cooking or cross stitching. While I was researching lanterns, I stumbled on many other items that the storm bound might find useful.   See:
Also the lanterns come in solar powered, I don’t know how well they work, but it might be worth looking into.

And of course when your power is out, your water is probably going to be cold as is your food.  It’s probably worth investing in some baby wipes and maybe one of those little pots that can heat water with DC power. Something like a: Smart car pot or slow cooker or beverage heater or even a portable stove.  Use of these items implies you have plenty of gas in your car so you can keep your battery charged up and that you can safely get to your car and run it without fear of carbon dioxide fumes.  After Atlas I’m even thinking about a battery based generator.  They are quiet and can be operated inside the house with no fear of noxious fumes. Maybe an Xpower Powerpack 1500 “a portable system on wheels that can supply up to 1,500 watts of continuous AC power. The product is capable of producing AC household power from a battery source to run TVs, power tools, computers, stereos, lights and home appliances. The Powerpack, unlike a fuel-operated generator, is quiet, creates no exhaust or fumes, has no moving parts and requires no maintenance other than occasional recharging. It incorporates a 12-volt battery pack and an inverter to produce AC power. “(Power headaches? take a xantrex. (2002). Channel Business, 15(13), 33. Retrieved from ) or a similar system: CSA Mr. Emergency 1500 Watt  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Brainstorming Atlas, part 1

In the aftermath of the October 2013 Blizzard “Atlas” I asked for your thoughts on what worked, and what did not work. The response, not unlike the blizzard was overwhelming.  So instead of the one summary blog post I had planned, I’m going to break the responses into a series of posts for our Blog and Facebook.

The first response I received was from Dr. Boysen.
Alfred Boysen “We live in an apartment complex--Carriage Green Estates--and we were without power for two hours on Friday evening. So, otherwise, reading and watching movies were the main activities. We did "get out" yesterday day for an evening mean at the Windmill Truck Stop where many other folks were also "having an evening out."  However, the greatest adventure happened at Herberger's when I came to get Judy on early Friday afternoon. The snow was deep and my 2001 Taurus which handles snow well almost "spent the weekend" in the parking lot. Obviously, Judy will not be working during such winter warnings in the future. If corporate American can't make an intelligent decision, I will! That is our story and we are "sticking to it." Oh, by the way, we will relax this morning with caramel rolls from the truck stop! See you at the library!”

Several good points here.  First, have some books and movies on hand.  Do you know that in addition to our popular reading collection, the library has a great collection of classic movies on DVD thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Devereaux Library? We also have a number of databases (accessible via VPN) full of journals and eBooks so that your research need not suffer, just because you can’t make it to the library.

Second, know what the forecast is and pay attention to it. There are several great apps for your electronic device that can help you get the warning you need.  Here is a review of some of the apps that are available.  If your phone is new enough it may automatically give you severe weather warnings, or you can sign up to receive warning by text message.  

If you must travel, make sure that you know what the road conditions are. Call 511 or visit Safe Travel USA information.  Put together a winter survival kit for your car. And check out  this app from NDSU.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

What a way to start the winter, eh?  Hope everyone is safe and warm!  We live in Rapid Valley, and got our power back last night about 7:00 (OK it was 7:14, but who’s counting?)  We spent 55 hours without power (which meant no water, as we have a well with an electric pump) that was the toughest part for us as we have a natural gas fireplace that can be lit with a match and a 30 year old gas range with burners that can also be lit manually.  I hear that newer natural gas appliances won’t let you light them with a match?  Anybody know if that’s true? The fireplace kept the living room and kitchen nice and toasty (even a little too warm in this storm’s mild temperatures) bedrooms were chilly, but bearable. We could cook the food that was most in need of being eaten… We had enough bottled water to carry us through for drinking and cooking, but I’ll want more on hand just in case next time is longer.
Next time.  I hope that’s years from now, but I have to admit, after the wacky, hail filled summer we had, I’m worried about what this winter may bring.  I hope this was winter’s one big blast, but I’m afraid that Atlas might be a warning shot.  
So I’d like to brainstorm.  I’d love to hear your comments (even if you didn’t lose power, lucky bums) I know you had a bunch of snow if you live in the Rapid City area…  What worked?  Is there some gadget you’d recommend? Did your snow blower actually work with this wet snow? 
I’ll start by saying that in addition to my obsolete natural gas devices. I have a PowerGen Mobile that charged my cell phone twice during the storm.  I was down to about 25% on my battery when the power came back, and had charged my PowerGen in the car so it has another 3 days or so in the tank.  That and a stack of books, both on my kindle and the ones you can borrow from the library, kept me entertained…  What was your lifeline?  Respond here on the blog, or directly to me at cindy. davies @ sdsmt. edu (no spaces) and I'll compile a storm tips post.

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