Sunday, October 31, 2010

South Dakota School of Mines -- 1976

$2.8 million Goodell Physical Education Complex completed, facility includes olympic-sized swimming pool, two handball courts, a squash court, a basketball court, two classrooms, a music room, rifle range, and other facilities [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 140 &]

October 31 - official inauguration of President Schleusener is first major event held in the new Goodell Gymnasium [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 145]

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October 31

After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore was declared complete on this day in 1941. What do you want to know about the monument? Find it @ your library.

On October 31, 1956, Admiral George J. Dufek and a crew of six became the first Americans to set foot at the South Pole and to plant the American flag, and the first men to land on the pole from the air. Take your own journey to the South Pole @ your library.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Looking for something spooky for Halloween?

Find it @ your library!

Can't decide which movie to see?

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October 30

On this day in 1938, Orson Welles' broadcast of H. G Wells The War of the Worlds was aired on CBS radio. Many listeners believed that the dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion, causing panic through the nation. Check out more H.G. Wells @ your library.

Don’t forget miss out on the Halloween fun! Check out the ghosts at @ your library

Friday, October 29, 2010

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October 29 ~

On this day in 1959, General Mills became the first corporation to use closed circuit television. What’s happening with closed circuit television today? Look @ your library.

The space shuttle Discovery blasted off with 77-year old John Glenn on board on this day in 1998. Read all about it @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: Octcober 29, 1934

October 29 - first Hardrock alumni magazine published [sources #2]

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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October 28 ~

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was was dedicated on this day in 1886. . The 225 ton, 152 foot tall statue was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World.” Make her acquaintance @ your library.

In 1965 the 630 foot high Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, Missouri, was completed. Visit the Arch @ your library.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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October 27 ~

The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York on this day in 1927. Did you know the Friends of the Devereaux Library have provided an extensive collection of Universal Newsreels @ your library!

On this day in 1904, the New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America. See where mass transit has gone @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines - October 27, 1983

TOTH (Tower on the Hill) dedicated, TOTH was designed by Minneapolis-based sculptor and landscape artist Andrew Leicester to represent the Black Hills-Indians, gold, paleontology, and erosion [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 167]

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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October 26~

On this day in 1825 the 425-mile Erie Canal opened. News of the canal’s opening was transmitted to New York via canon; 81 canons were lined up within hearing distance of each other, one would fire as soon as it heard another firing. It was the fastest known communication of its day, taking 81 minutes to transmit the exciting news. Explore the Erie Canal @ your library.
Wyatt Earp and his brothers along with Doc Holiday meet the Clanton gang at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, on this day in 1881. Meet Wyatt @ your library.

Monday, October 25, 2010

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October 25~

On this day in 2001, scientists announce that they have unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons. Meet the beast @ your library.
In 1929, Albert Fall became the first member of any president’s cabinet to be convicted of a crime during his term. Warren Harding’s Secretary of the Interiorwas found guilty of bribery for his role in the Teapot Dome Scandal.
On this day in 1999, a Learjet flies uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota. Golfer Payne Stewart and five others perish in the crash. Read all about it @ your library.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

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October 24~

In 1861 Western Union completed the first US transcontinental telegraph line.Out with the Pony Express in with telecommunications!
Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match in 1836. Got a hot idea? Learn how to get a patent @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines - October 24, 1963

October 24 - Surbeck Center dedicated, President Partlo presents the building to Governor Archie Gubbrud on behalf of the school's Endowment Association [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 107]

Saturday, October 23, 2010

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October 23~

On this day in 1956, the first ever video recording on magnetic tape was televised coast-to-coast. Learn more about magnetic recorders and recording @ your library.
In 1958 an underground earthquake trapped 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, at the time, the deepest coal mine in North America. Rescue workers were able to save 100 lives. Dig into coal mines and mining @ your library.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mines Medalist Information

As you may know, on October 28 Steven Squyres, Ph.D., will be awarded the 2010 Mines Medal. The Devereaux Library has available several works by and about Dr. Squyers. These items have been placed at the Circulation Desk for your convenience and are available for check-out.

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet [book] by Steve Squyres
“Squyers artfully chronicles more than a decade of ups, downs, triumphs, dead ends, politics, and, at times, utter confusion in this dramatic tale of how Spirit and Opportunity beat the odds. Roving Mars is both a true adventure story and insider’s view of life at the frontiers of exploration.” – from the publisher.

Roving Mars [DVD] with Paul Newman and Steven Squyres
“Experience it all as you join the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity for an awe inspiring journey to the surface of the mysterious red planet. Through the eyes of the two intrepid, state–of-the-art rovers, and with NASA scientists and engineers at your side, you’ll see Mars in a way no one ever has before. You’ll feel what it’s like to stand on the startling surface of the planet that has intrigued mankind for eons. Discover Roving Mars – it’s the ride of a lifetime”-- from the publisher.

Mars Rising [DVD] narrated by William Shatner
This six-part documentary series explores the challenges behind a potential manned mission to Mars.

Race to Mars [DVD]
The mini-series accompanying Mars Rising.
There is a multitude of additional information about or by Steven Squyres; a selective bibliography is avaiable. Many of these items are available at the Devereaux Library or electronically through our online resources. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any of these resources.

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October 22~

In 1797 the first high altitude parachute jump was made by André-Jacques Garnerin, jumping from a hydrogen balloon above Paris. Interested in parachuting? Check it out @ your library.
The first two International Sun-Earth Explorers were launched into Earth orbit on this day in 1977. Lots more about space exploration @ your library.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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October 21~
In 1897 the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago is dedicated.

The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York City on this date in 1959. Explore the Guggenheim @ your library.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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October 20 ~

Microsoft is accused of forcing IE browser on computers on this day in 1997. Is Microsoft monopolizing the industry? See what the experts have to say @ your library.
In 1803 the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. Unearth this historic event @ your library.
Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin report on October 20, 1967, that they captured a purported Sasquatch on film in California. Begin your own hunt for Bigfoot @ your library.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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October 19~

On this day in 1977 the Supersonic Concorde jet landed in New York City for the 1st time.
The Reds win the 16th annual World Series. This series will soon become known as the black sox scandal as eight White Sox throw the series. Say it ain't so, Joe! Get the story @ your library.
The first American causalities of the military campaign in Afghanistan occurred on this day in 2001 when two Army Rangers perish in a helicopter crash. What’s happening in Afghanistan? Find it @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines: October 19, 1918

October 19 - Students' Army Training Corps (SATC) unit in operation [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 41]

Monday, October 18, 2010

Will physical books be gone in five years? -

Will physical books be gone in five years? -

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October 18 ~

On this day in 1942, Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable. Exactly 50 years later, the first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City began operation. Delve into the world of telecommunications @ your library.

The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter’s television show on this day in 1958. Learn about online social networking @ your library

Sunday, October 17, 2010

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October 17 ~

An earthquake shook San Francisco on this day in 1989. The quake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale, lasted for 15 seconds, damaged 100,000 buildings, injured 3,000 and killed 63. The quake was televised nationwide as it occurred during the third game of the World Series. Whether you’re interested in earthquakes, baseball or San Francisco, it’s @ your library.

Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison on this day in 1931. Check out some gangster flicks @ your library.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

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October 16 ~

On this day in 1987, rescuers freed 18-month old Jessica McClure from the abandoned well in Midland, Texas, where she had been trapped for 58 hours. What happened to Jessica? Find it @ your library.

Oscar Wilde is born in Dublin, Ireland, on this day in 1854. Find Oscar @ your library.

Dakota School of Mines: October - November 1889

George Duck

October - Franklin R. Carpenter resigns [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 14]

November 4 - Board of Trustees requested Edward H. Williams of Lehigh University to be the school's dean. Williams declines [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 14]

November - Williams recommends mining engineer George F. Duck as Dean, Duck accepts [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 14]

Friday, October 15, 2010

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October 15 ~

The German airship Graf Zeppelin completes its first commercial journey, a flight across the Atlantic from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1928. Get into zeppelins @ your library.


The United States’ plutonium-powered space probe, Cassini, is launched for a mission on Saturn in 1997. Join Cassini on its journey @ your library.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Online Catalog problems

SDLN has discovered a problem with ALEPH (the library's Online Catalog) which requires them to shut down the server.

AquaBrowser will be search able but holds and ILL requests via the catalog will not be possible. Please place holds using our webform and use WorldCat for ILL requests (search for the item in WorldCat and click Request Item)

Please email or phone 394-2418 the library to renew materials or with any questions.

We will be working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.

We may be down from now through the weekend.

We will send an update as soon as we have more information.

On campus and VPN access to all databases should not be impacted. If you use your library barcode to access databases from off campus, you may need to use VPN instead.

SDLN staff

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October 14 ~

In 1913, Britain's worst mining disaster occurred at the University Colliery in Glamorgan, Wales. An explosion at the mine results in 439 fatalities. Learn more about the perils of mining @ your library.
On October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Learn about sound waves @ your library.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Flickr: Rescate Mineros' Photostream

Chilean government photo stream of the mine rescues.

Flickr: Rescate Mineros' Photostream

US Library of Congress: Copyright Is Destroying Historic Audio

US Library of Congress: Copyright Is Destroying Historic Audio

» We Can Help News Media Get Our Infrastructure Message Out

ASCE offers training for Civil Engineers who deal with the media.
» We Can Help News Media Get Our Infrastructure Message Out

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October 13 ~
Greenwich was established as the universal time meridian of longitude from which standard times throughout the world are calculated in 1884. More about time measurement @ your library.

In 1888 the Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ's burial cloth, was shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages. A treasure trove of information about carbon dating is @ your library.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

See it on iHub

The Rapid City Journal is streaming coverage of the Rescue of the trapped Chilean miners - Rapid City, South Dakota

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October 12 ~

Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig marries Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on this day in 1810. The festivities become an annual event and evolve into the present-day Oktoberfest celebration of beer and bratwurst. Oktoberfest @ your library.

Construction of the Holland Tunnel begins in 1920. When completed, the tunnel will provide a direct path from Twelfth Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Canal Street in New York. The tunnel will run 94 feet below the Hudson River and include two tubes over 8,000 feet long. The tunnel will open to traffic in November 1927 and will be named for civil engineer Clifford Milburn Holland who will die directing the tunnel’s construction. Dig up more about tunnels and tunneling @ your library.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Special Library Hours

Native Americans’ Day Holiday

Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10

Monday, October 11, 4 pm -12 midnight

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October 11 ~

Apollo 7, the first manned space mission to transmit live television broadcasts from orbit, is launched on this day in 1968. More about manned space flight @ your library.

In 1868 Thomas Edison patents his 1st invention, the electric voice machine. Become friends with Thomas Edison @ your library.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

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October 10~

United States President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike on this day in 1913, marking the end of construction of the Panama Canal. Interested in the design and construction of the Panama Canal? It’s @ your library!

More than a year after his death, the remains of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer are buried at West Point in New York on this day in 1877.

In 1972 The Washington Post prints articles by reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward that uncover a massive effort to disrupt the Democratic campaign, activities that will soon become known as “Watergate.” The duo’s activities and findings will be immortalized in the 1976 film, All the President's Men. Get the scoop @ your library.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Alumni Notes - Rex Alan Smith Obituary

Books owned by Devereaux Library

Books available via ILL

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October 9 ~

It’s a busy day at the patent office in 1855; Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor, Joshua Stoddard patents his calliope. Interested in applying for your own patent? Get the scoop @ your library.

The first generator at Boulder Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, on this day in 1936. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam. Interested in electrical transmission? Find it @ your library.

Friday, October 08, 2010

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October 8 ~

The Great Fire of Chicago broke out on this day in 1871. The fire raged for more than 24 hours leaving in its wake more than 17,000 destroyed buildings, 250 fatalities, and 98,500 homeless.

World War I hero, U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York, almost single-handedly kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132 in the Argonne Forest in France in 1918. York had originally tried to avoid being drafted as a conscientious objector. After this event he was promoted to sergeant and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

South Dakota School of Mines: October 8, 1912

An "M" is born!

Excavation and construction of the "M" on M-Hill, "M" measures 112 1/2 by 67 feet [Stymiest, Ruth Anne. "Centennial: An Illustrated History, 1885-1985". 1985, pg. 36]

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Introducing Opensky

NCAR is moving forward with the process of opening their repository from UCAR/NCAR Authors and Co-Authors.

They are working through the different publishers to grant general access to NCAR-authored work. Some embargoes (delays between publication and access) may apply. They have success with AGU, AMS and Springer journal publishers, and they are working on Elsevier next. These holdings start in 2009 (since that's when they started the project).

You do not have to be a UCAR Member or Affiliate to enjoy access.

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October 7 ~

In 1849 Edgar Allan Poe, aged 40, dies a tragic death in Baltimore. Check out Poe @ your library.

Born on this day in 1885, Niels Bohr, a physicist whose model of atomic structure helped establish quantum theory. Explore quantum theory @ your library.

South Dakota School of Mines - October 7, 1947

October 7 - President J. P. Connolly dies after a prolonged illness. [Thirtieth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1948, Fiscal Years 1946-47 and 1947-48, Transmitted to the Legislature at the Thirty-First Biennial Session, 1948. pg. 82]

October 8 - Earl Dake appointed acting President [Thirtieth Biennial Report of the Regents of Education of the State of South Dakota to the Governor for the Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1948, Fiscal Years 1946-47 and 1947-48, Transmitted to the Legislature at the Thirty-First Biennial Session, 1948. pg. 363]

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The latest webpage photos

You may have noticed the photographs on the lower left-hand side of the Library’s homepage. These photos are a sampling of the holdings in the campus archives and special collections at the Devereaux Library. Most recently scenes from M-Weeks past and present were displayed.

Currently, we are featuring images from the works of William J. Collins. For nearly 50 years, Mr. Collins operated a photography business in Rapid City recording views of his region and its people. The library has a small collection of his works. Collins photos are featured in the book, Black Hills, White Sky.

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October 6 ~

Born on this day in 1846, George Westinghouse, founder of Westinghouse Electric Company and inventor of railway braking systems. Learn more about Westinghouse @ your library.

Spacecraft Ulysses is launched towards the pole of the sun on this day in 1990. Did it make it? Find out @ at your library.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in October, 90 degrees F, happened in 1946. Learn about more weather phenomena @ your library

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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October 5 ~

In 1983 Lech Walesa wins the Nobel Prize. Who else has won this coveted prize? Find it @ your library.

Robert H. Goddard, known as the "Father of the Space Age", was born on this day in 1882.

Monday, October 04, 2010

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October 4 ~

In 1905 Orville Wright pilots a flight lasting 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covering 21 miles; the first flight to last longer than 30 minutes. Learn more about the history of aeronautics @ your library.

Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched in 1957, beginning the space race. Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up. Exlpore more about Sputnik @ your library

Sunday, October 03, 2010

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October 3 ~

The first conference on wireless telegraphy held in Berlin in 1906 adopts SOS as the warning signal. Learn about telegraphy @ your library.

In search of the Northwest Passage, Captain James Cook anchors at Alaska in 1778. William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame, is Cook’s Sailing Master. More information about the search for the Northwest Passage @ your library!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

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October 2 ~

The nation’s 4th planetarium, New York’s Hayden Planetarium opens in 1935.

In 1836 Charles Darwin returns to his native England after a five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. Discover Darwin @ your library

Friday, October 01, 2010

Pictures from M-Week: Across the Decades

Pictures from last night, last year and years gone by.

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October 1 ~

In 1977 the U.S. Department of Energy is established. What has the DOE been up to? Find out at @ your library.

The nation’s first ultra high frequency (UHF) television station begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon. Discover more about television engineering @ your library.

The Ford Model T hits the market in 1908. More than 15 million of these black vehicles will eventually be sold. More about automobiles @ your library

South Dakota School of Mines: Sept - Oct 1890

September - a new Faculty is engaged with Samuel Cushman as Dean [Regents of Education, Annual Report of the Regents of Education to His Excellency The Governor. December 15, 1890, pg. 18]

October 1 - Campus reopened for continuous service [Regents of Education, Annual Report of the Regents of Education to His Excellency The Governor. December 15, 1890, pg. 18]

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