Thursday, August 29, 2013

Welcome Back

Welcome back.  I hope your semester is off to a great start!  We had a busy summer and I wanted to get you up to date. Several changes are taking place in the library, the books formerly on the north side of the top floor are being moved to the lower level of the library; government documents will find a new home on the top floor. Some staff assignments have been made to accommodate the retirement of one library staff member and the resignation of another. If you are unsure who to contact, give us a call at 394-2418 or send an e-mail to

News from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

  • USPTO patent publication images are no longer in TIFF format on the web; they are now in PDF format.
  • You can now print out ALL the pages of a patent publication with one click.
  • You can now download ALL the pages of a patent publication with one click.
  • You can now email a copy of a patent publication or a link to the patent publication.

Library Hours for the fall semester 

Devereaux Library becomes South Dakota state depository library

Interested in a tour? We'd be glad to schedule a custom tour for your class.  We also do individual library orientation sessions.

New items available at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology []

I asked our staff  what books they'd recommend and they tell me that these were some of the best of the summer:

The King's Deception (Cotton Malone #8) by Steve Berry

Another great read from Steve Berry. This time in England and involving the Tutor history, Cotton must do what he can to save his son and England as a nation. Steve Berry keeps the action going and mystery interesting.

Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

Harvard professor Robert Langdon returns again in a new adventure, this time revolving around Dante Alighieri and his work Inferno. The action is continual and the pressure on Langdon is constant and he once again tries to solve a puzzle that will help save the world. It was interesting to read the ways Dan Brown was able to create clues from Dante's Inferno and works inspired by it.

Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat #4) by Richard Castle

Mystery and suspense, balanced out by the right amount of comedy, romance and likeable characters make this a great read. Based on the TV show "Castle" this is a nice companion to the show that only adds to the experience.

 A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson
Set in Wyoming and South Dakota. When a lost Mormon child wanders into Absaroka County, the intrepid Wyoming sheriff teams up with feisty deputy Victoria Moretti and longtime friend Henry Standing Bear on a high plains scavenger hunt that leads them to a violent interstate polygamy group.
Redshirts by John Scalzi
 Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.

Remember Devereaux Delivers if you want to avoid the heat (or the coming cold).