Thursday, November 30, 2006

Parking lot closed Dec 3

On Sunday Dec 3 the parking lot between Surbeck Center and Devereaux Library will close at noon because of the Diwali Celebration fireworks Sunday evening.

Please have all vehicles removed to prevent damage and make it safe for the workers setting off the fireworks.

Please come and enjoy this Festival of Lights put on by the India Club on campus.

Parking for Library users is available in the MI and Chem lots. As this is a weekend they are available to anyone using the library.

For more information see or contact

Additional Help Desk Hours

In order to better serve our student customers, the Help Desk will be open December 3rd, 5-10pm and December 10th, 5-10 pm.
These extra hours will allow students to be assisted on Sundays during the last 2 weeks of the current semester.

VJ Hedrick
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Technology Help Desk

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

CAS e-Seminar Dec. 6, 2006

Just a reminder…
Save the date and register now!

CAS is hosting an e-Seminar on December 6, 2006
It’s live, it’s interactive, and it’s focused on

SciFinder®: Exploring What Is New in SciFinder 2007

Wednesday, December 6, 2006
14.00 – 15.00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time (19:00-20:00 GMT)

To register, visit:
After you register, you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing the teleconference phone numbers.

SciFinder®: Exploring What Is New in SciFinder 2007

View the latest version of SciFinder—SciFinder 2007—and find out how it can help you organize research information in new ways.

Combine Answer Sets
Combine research answer sets, using various set operations (Union/Intersect/Not) resulting in answer sets with only the desired references from the saved and active sets

Create a Commercial Availability Report
Export supplier contact information and price estimates on quantities for a substance directly to Microsoft® Excel for further manipulation, sorting, and filtering to easily locate preferred suppliers

Quick Explore of Substances
Use a structure answer to launch a new search or refine to quickly extend your research inquiry

Print Structures in Grid Format
Print structure answer lists in a grid layout to review at a later time or serve as a reference sheet for research projects

Learn from your desktop or gather your colleagues and share the e-Seminar demonstration in an auditorium or meeting room. You can submit questions at any time during the e-Seminar.

For system and other technical requirements needed to participate in this event, contact WebEx:
Phone: 866-779-3239 (North America) 916-463-8262 (worldwide)

If you have technical questions, please contact WebEx at 866-779-3239 if inside the United States, at 916-463-8262 if outside the United States, or by e-mail at

If you have general questions about SciFinder, please call CAS Customer Care at 800-753-4227 if inside the United States or 614-447-3700 if outside the United States, visit the CAS Customer Care web page at, or send an e-mail to

Join us on December 6!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

BOR Library Initiative databases

Happy Thanksgiving and a brief update. I hope that all of you now have access to Web of Science and SciFinder Scholar. If that is not true please let me know immediately.

Both databases are on campus use only at this time.

Special software needs to be loaded onto your computer for SciFinder, this software is available at the circulation desk of the library.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tuesday@your library

Please join us Tuesday November 21st for Tuesday @ Your Library. This week we will demo 3 databases. Sessions at 10 AM and 2 PM.

Environmental Science and Pollution Abstracts A database with abstracts covering key areas of environmental science, including toxic hazards of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other substances; air, marine and freshwater pollution as well as biochemical applications in water treatment and pollution are also covered.

GeoBase Contains citations with abstracts covering worldwide literature in journals on geography, geology, ecology, international development, and their related disciplines. Subject coverage includes cartography, climatology, energy, environment, geomorphology, hydrology, photogrammetry, sedimentology, geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, petrology, volcanology, and much more.

GeoRefS Provides access to the geoscience literature of the world. Contains references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. Includes the GeoRef Thesaurus.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Library Hours Thanksgiving Week

Wednesday November 22 Open 7AM-5PM
Thursday-Saturday November 23-25 Closed
Sunday November 26 Open 4PM-12Midnight

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tuesday @your library

The topic is eBooks. November 14th 10am &2pm.

A sneak preview is at :

Monday, November 06, 2006

Tuesday @ Your library

Want to improve your research skills? Then Tuesday @ your library is for YOU! Informal sessions presented each Tuesday at 10 am & again at 2 pm. You provide the questions. We’ll provide the answers along with a cup of coffee. Tuesday November 7th 10 AM & 2 PM

The special topic this week is Wilson's Applied Science and Technology Database.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

A message from ITS

The ITS Help Desk and Faculty Help Desk has been moved from EP 140 to the much more convenient location in the basement of the Library.

The Desk is located between the computer lab and the Tablet Shop. This location will serve the IT needs of the entire SDSM&T computing community.

Currently, hours of operation are 7:30 am - 7:00pm M-Th and 7:30am- 5pm on Fridays. Hours may soon change based on the needs of our customers.

Phone numbers are 394-1234 and 394-1294.
Please visit us at our new location!

The large format printer will remain in the ITS offices. Both Rick MacDonald and I will be happy to assist you with your printing needs.

Please see this web site for printing details, prices and hours of operation.
VJ Hedrick
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Technology Help Desk

Friday, November 03, 2006

Holiday Hours Veterans' Day

November 11th is Veterans' Day. The State of South Dakota will be observing Veterans' Day on Friday. Special library hours are:
Thursday, November 9
7 am to 5 pm
Friday, November 10
Saturday, November 11
Sunday, November 12
4 pm to 12 midnight

Engineering Information

EI training scheduled.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

News from the South Dakota State Library

South Dakota citizens will have access November 1, 2006 to two South Dakota newspapers, online reference books, and practice tests through three new databases provided by the South Dakota State Library for statewide access.

“These new resources are a part of the new mission of the State Library and represent an important piece of the State Library’s support of library services on the local level,” said Dorothy Liegl, State Librarian. The new databases are:

American Newspapers—Aberdeen American News and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Citizens can browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and a variety of special sections. It will be useful for general reference or to research local and national issues, events, people, government, education, arts, business, sorts, real estate and much more.

Learning Express Library—an online learning platform of over 300 practice tests for grade school through adulthood. Tests include ACT, SAT, GRE, licensing practice exams, 4th grade math diagnostic tests, and more. A wide assortment of tests that will benefit many citizens of the state. Dr. Rick Melmer, DOE Secretary said, “Learning Express Library features a wide assortment of tests that will benefit the citizens of our state. The program is easy to use and relevant to your learning needs. It would be an excellent resource for many South Dakota citizens.”

Gale Virtual Reference Library—a core collection of virtual reference books available in the library and at home 24/7. Subject areas are: business, education, history/terrorism, medicine, law and government, and science.

Citizens can utilize these new online resources by going to their local library or from their home computer using a library card from a South Dakota Library Network member library. For more information about these new databases and other electronic resources, contact your local library.

Dorothy M. Liegl
State Librarian
South Dakota State Library
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2294
605-773-3131 or in-state 1-800-423-6665

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