Sunday, February 28, 2010

South Dakota School of Mine - 1965

Summer - first and only could seeding project of its kind in the world is launched in South Dakota by IAS, with financing from the National Science Foundation, the State of South Dakota, the State Weather Commission, and Rapid City Independent Insurers [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 115]

Saturday, February 27, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines - 1966

Freshman class has largest enrollment of females in the history of the school at the time - 20 full-time students! [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 111]

Friday, February 26, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines - 1966

July 1 - Dr. Harvey Fraser becomes President [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 116]

Thursday, February 25, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines -- February 25, 1974

twice acting-president Earl Dake dies [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 139]

Earl Dake (CE '24) resigned in 1972, ending his 48 year tenure on campus [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 128-129]

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dakota School of Mines: February 24, 1887

February 24 - first lectures held [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 8]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1968

September - Devereaux Library construction begins [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 120]

Monday, February 22, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1969

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences acquires armored T-28 aircraft used to penetrate thunderstorms [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 123 and 133]

Sunday, February 21, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: February 21, 1935

February 21 - Dr. C. C. O'Harra dies, ending 37 years of service to the school [Twenty-Fourth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1936, Fiscal Years 1934-35 and 1935-36, Transmitted to the Legislature at the Twenty-Fifth Biennial Session 1937. pg. 40]


Dr. Joseph Peter Connolly named President [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 70]

Saturday, February 20, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines - 1969

October - cross country team wins its first SDIC championship [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 123]

Friday, February 19, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1970

Campus purchases land holding the "M" on M-Hill through the Endowment Association with funds provided by Bruce and Charles Lien and Pete Lien and Sons, Inc. [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 127]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

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South Dakota School of Mines - 1970

July - Athletic director Dr. Harold B. Goodell retires after 44 years of service, Darold King named as his replacement [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 125]

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines - 1972

Men's basketball team wins first SDIC title since 1955 [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 128]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dakota School of Mines: February 16, 1887

February 16 - opening ceremonies held for Dakota School of Mines [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 8]

Monday, February 15, 2010

Special Library Hours

Presidents Day Weekend

The library will be closed Saturday and Sunday Feb. 13-14 2010

The library will be open Monday 4 PM - Midnight

South Dakota School of Mines - 1972

Spring - Tech golfers are SDIC and Region 12 NAIA champions [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 129]

Sunday, February 14, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1979

For second consecutive year women's basketball wins the SDIC title then becomes AUAW Division III champions [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 150]

Saturday, February 13, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1980

Tennis team wins SDIC crown for the fourth consecutive year [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 154]

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dakota School of Mines: Feb. 1883

February - bill for a territorial School of Mines introduced by the Honorable John W. Nowlin / vetoed by Governor Nehemiah G. Ordway [Kramer, J. Howard. "Highlights of the History of Public Higher Education in South Dakota". 197?, pt.1, pg.15]

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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South Dakota School of Mines: 1940 - Fall

Fall - Homer Surbeck elected alumni president at homecoming [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 80]

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1945 & 1947

1945 It's really quiet, now that the soldiers are gone. FY enrollment is 60 [South Dakota Department of Finance. "A Building Survey of South Dakota Institutions Under the Direction of the Regents of Education" 1950., pg. 1e]


1947 FY enrollment is 491 [South Dakota Department of Finance. "A Building Survey of South Dakota Institutions Under the Direction of the Regents of Education" 1950., pg. 1e]

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines:1945

President Connolly's report to the Regents includes the notes that Faculty voted to keep the quarter system permanently; that the "Cooperative Plan" of education was adopted, thus allowing students to work for a company with pay to gain real world experience before graduation; that summer school is necessary to get students who are out of sync with their program back on track. [Twenty-Ninth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1946, Fiscal Years 1944-45 and 1945-46, Transmitted to the Legislature at the Thirtieth Biennial Session, 1947. pg. 77]

Monday, February 08, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1941

James D. Bump named first museum director [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 100]

Sunday, February 07, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines:1919

Drill & Crucible organization begins [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 183]

Saturday, February 06, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1927

Legislature passes law that puts cigarette tax dollars into a fund for buildings on college campuses - School of Mines gets $136,000 which will be used to build a gymnasium [Session Laws 1927, Special session, June 22 to July 1, Chapter 4]

Friday, February 05, 2010

In which I attempt to predict the future

Part of my job is selecting items to be purchased by our library. Most of our materials budget goes to purchase scientific and technical Journals. These are all subscriptions and the annual selection process is quite run of the mill. We get a title because; well we subscribed to it last year and see no compelling reason to change. Occasionally a title ceases, or becomes less useful to us because of curricular changes. Sometimes we cancel titles because the prices go up, but our budget does not. Once in a very rare while some funding becomes available to add a title, but most of the time the Journals subscriptions just roll on from one year to the next.

A small slice of the budget pie is reserved for one time purchases and a tiny slice of that goes for recreational reading/viewing/listening. Here's where the crystal ball gazing comes in. What are our students, faculty and staff going to want to read, watch, and listen to? Not just now but next year, and 20 years from now?

I learned, way back in my collection development class that for libraries, the past is the best predictor of the future that we have. If your patrons read science fiction last year, they will probably want more science fiction next year. If books of poetry languish on your shelves now, that's not likely to change, no matter what drastic measures you take. Sure, sometimes something radical happens to change everything. Terrorists attack New York and we see an uptick in interest in books that might help make sense of things. But changes in circulation patterns are rarely radical, material that was popular in one format (VHS tapes for instance) becomes material that is popular in another format (DVD.) Books about Word Star give way to books about Word Perfect and then to books about Word.

Our circulation system has been automated for just over 20 years now and it seems this might be a good time to analyze what has been used in the past and make some predictions about the future.

I ran a report that identified items that have been used over the past 20 years. 69492 items have been checked out or used in house at least once. 1147 items have been used 21 or more times. (Keep in mind, a book could have been in constant use for 20 years with only 10 checkouts assuming it was checked out to faculty borrowers, and renewed the maximum number of times.) On the other hand, when an item is on reserve it could be limited to a two hour checkout. It's not impossible that a reserve item might rack up 21 charges in a day.

Let's take a look at our crystal ball and see what we can figure out.

This first one is easy. The most used 3 DVDs are the Godfather 1, 2 & 3. If there's a Godfather 4, I'm ordering it. Fargo is #4 and
Braveheart
is in 5th place.

Fiction Best Sellers: The client by John Grisham is the most read best seller owned by the library. Grisham's The Pelican Brief is 2nd and Stephen King's The stand is 3rd. Tom Clancy's The Sum of all Fears is 4th and Grisham's A time to kill is 5th. So any Grisham, King and Clancy seem to be automatic purchases for us.

Of course, the Main Collection, where our research books reside is going to be a much bigger project. At a glance I can see lots of areas that have high use. The most used book of any kind, is Probability and statistics for the engineering, computing, and physical sciences / Edward R. Dougherty.
It is followed by Physicochemical processes for water quality control [by] Walter J. Weber, Jr. With contributions by Jack A. Borchardt [and others], and Water treatment principles and design / James M. Montgomery, Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Want to hear more? Let me know.

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South Dakota School of Mines:February 5, 1925

February 5 - Main building burns in Spearfish leading Regent C.C. Caldwell to call for the programs of Spearfish Normal School to be moved to the campus of the School of Mines and all School of Mines engineering programs consolidated with the University at Vermillion - roll call vote: four vote "no", one votes "yes" [State of South Dakota. Nineteenth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1926, Fiscal Years 1924-25 and 1925-26 to the Governor, Transmitted to the Twentieth Regular Legislative Session 1927, pt. 2, pg. 112]

Thursday, February 04, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1924

Leighton Homer Surbeck awarded Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering. [Eighteenth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1924, Fiscal Years 1922-23, 1923-24, pt. 2, pgs. 190]

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1922

Fall - stones in "M" on Cowboy Hill replaced with 160 square feet of concrete, more slabs were added each year [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 36]

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1922

Guy Ernest March receives Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. [Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1922, Fiscal Years 1920-21, 1921-22, pt. 2, pg. 275]

Monday, February 01, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines: 1921

First radio broadcast of weather is sent from the School of Mines, will be done every day at 7 P.M. [Pahasapa Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 3, pg. 157]

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