Monday, September 29, 2014

Notes from the Archives


In 1974 the School of Mines, in cooperation with the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded a carpool project.  Interested parties submitted their contact information as well as home and work locations and expected schedules and received a list of prospective carpool partners.  Maybe it’s time to revisit this idea?  We might save some gasoline, wear and tear on vehicles and roads, and maybe even free up a parking place or two.

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Be a law abiding citizen and preserve your legacy!


 Did you know that by law you must submit copies of documents, photos, videos, etc. that are created using campus funds and/or resources?  The South Dakota State Legislature passed this law several years ago.  Recently, the South Dakota State Library delegated the responsibility of collecting the materials produced at regental institutions to their respective library. 
The Devereaux Library has tried to make this as painless as possible. You can submit your materials via the library’s website. Located on the menu bar is a Submit Archival Documents link for easy submission of electronic material. The Devereaux Library will then archive and make them publicly accessible as required by law. Not only will you be abiding by the law, you will be saving a piece of history for future generations.

What should be submitted? There are no concrete guidelines. The law states that a state publication is “any information originating in or produced by the authority of a state agency or at the total or partial expense of a state agency that the agency intends for general distribution to the public, regardless of format or medium, source or copyright, license, or trademark.”  It is our understanding that course work such as presentation slides, spreadsheets, exams, homework, syllabi, etc. would not be included in this mandate; these items are not intended for general distribution to the public. Reports and documents published elsewhere need not be submitted.  E-mails and most of the plethora of memos, notes, etc. that we all produce on a daily basis would not also be included in the mandate. While items created by an individual not using state funds need not be submitted, however, we do welcome the submission of items such as photographs videos, PowerPoints, documents, etc., that record the activities of SDSM&T students and employees.
If there are items that cannot be made public due to copyright or other restrictions, they can still archived, but not made publicly available.  There are many unique situations and would be happy to discuss your specific concerns individually.

We realize that in some cases, materials have not been submitted for some time; so clean off your shelves and empty your files, dig through your hard-drive, and get the material to the library before it is lost forever! 
If you have hard copies of documents, the library welcomes those, too.  And remember, Devereaux delivers and picks-up, too!

Need more information?  http://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Library/History/Submit-Archival-Documents/  or contact the library.  The South Dakota state statutes addressing the gathering of materials may be found in Chapter 14-1A. The Administrative Rules defining the number of copies state agencies should submit may be found at: legis.state.sd.us 

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.

Terrorism

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 http://search.proquest.com/docview/275070241?accountid=44996 ) or a similar system: CSA Mr. Emergency 1500 Watt  

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