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Newsletter Fall 2013

In this edition: Dean's Comments | Building Changes | Supporting Teaching, Learning and Research | Quick Bytes | Ways to Relax | Art Exhibitions | Welcome New Staff



 Dan Daily

Dean's Comments

Campus Master Planning and the I.D. Weeks Building

Recognizing the central place and role that the I.D. Weeks library building has on the Vermillion campus, the University of South Dakota administration directed Joe Bilotta, a space planning and facilities consultant at JBA Incorporated, to look specifically at the I.D. Weeks building as part of the current campus master planning process. 

The preliminary recommendations hew to the library's longstanding mission of supporting teaching, learning and research at USD.  Hence, study spaces, both individual and collaborative, are situated throughout the recommendations.  The recommendations call for augmenting the teaching and instructional spaces in the I.D. Weeks building, and space for books, federal and state documents, archives, special collections, and oral history collections.  Bilotta aligned his recommendations with the philosophy of the Academic Commons by further developing the environment currently found primarily on the first floor of the I.D. Weeks building. 

I believe the consultant's recommendations build upon the strengths of the University Libraries and the Academic Commons by expanding such programs as the Student Athlete Success Center, developing expanded and more visible space for Archives and Special Collections as well as the South Dakota Oral History Center, providing more instructional space, and ensuring space for the book collections. As campus master planning proceeds, University administration is considering the consultant's concepts and recommendations for I.D. Weeks. As fall progresses, more information will become available.  Addtional information on campus master planning can be found at:
I hope 2013-2014 is off to a great start for you. 

-Daniel Daily, Dean of Libraries 


Building Changes

Reading Materials...
Looking for a current periodical or new book? Current periodicals are now shelved with the bound journals on the second floor.  If you need assistance finding a current journal, visit the Circulation Desk. New books are now integrated into the third floor collections. Search for new books by going to the University Libraries (UL) homepage @ and selecting the "Books & More" tab. From there, enter information for subject, keyword, title, and author searches.  

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South Dakota Oral History Center Joins University Libraries
Planning for the relocation of the South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC) to I.D. Weeks is underway.  Currently, SDOHC is located in Dakota Hall.  Updates on the transition will be posted on the SDOHC website 

New Flex Study Area
A flexible, quiet study area has been added to the southwest side of the second floor to serve the quiet study needs of the Student Athlete Success Center (SASC) during the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday. During unscheduled study hours, this space is available to all students for quiet study.



Supporting Teaching, Learning and Research 

Contact a Liaison Librarian


"The Role of Librarians Today: The Liaison Librarian"

Looking for expert help? Contact a liaison librarian. As subject specialists, they work closely with academic department faculty to support teaching, learning and research. Some ways liaison librarians partner and collaborate with faculty include:

  • scheduling orientation session meetings with new faculty and adjuncts
  • working with faculty to design course-integrated assignments that use library services and resource
  • helping students develop information literacy skills
  • providing expert reference and research assistance to faculty, students and others
  • ensuring the libraries have a balanced collection for each discipline
  • collaborating with faculty on research projects, publications, presentations and teaching  



Quick Bytes

Nursing Education Video Package
The libraries have purchased a Nursing Education in Video package, a unique collection of online videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other interested healthcare workers.  These videos, available on the UL (under "Research Gateway") and the Wegner Center Library's (under "Online Videos") websites, demonstrate common nursing techniques and theories encountered in nursing curriculums. Each of the 288 videos in this package includes a full portrayal of the procedure, rather than just short clips, and an easy-to-follow transcript highlighting the procedure as the video progresses.  The 2013 collection has been created by Medcomm-Trainex, a leading producer of nursing education videos, and is distributed by Alexander Street Press. Links for the videos can be embedded into an electronic syllabus, into a class website, or into a personal playlist for use in the classroom. For more information about this online resource, please view  
Ask a Librarian
Reference Librarians are available to assist students, faculty, staff and community members via phone, text, chat, email and in-person.
  • Get research help in person and online
  • Learn about proper citation style
  • Find scholarly sources for papers and projects
  • Find government information and statistics  

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Ways to Relax

Book Chatter
Have you read a great book or are you wondering what to read next? Come to Book Chatter Round Table! The next meeting is on Thursday, August 29th, from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Presentation Center (first floor of the I.D. Weeks building). At this unique book club, participants share their thoughts on recently read books; rather than everyone reading the same book, you come away with ideas for great reads! Book Chatter meets monthly -- feel free to join in when you are able!  
Hot Off the Press
You can find interesting books to read on the Hot Off the Press shelves located at the West end of the I.D. Weeks building's first floor. Hot Off the Press is a selection of recently published books from all genres, including graphic novels, memoirs, non-fiction, fiction books and more! Anyone may suggest a book for this collection by emailing requests to Include the title and author of the book(s) when making your request. 



Art Exhibitions

Fall 2013 


Bound and Unbound II: Altered Book Exhibition. Second floor display cases. AUGUST 28 – DECEMBER 20, 2013.  Reception, November 1, second floor.

  • ″Artist Karen Bondarchuk, foundation area coordinator and associate professor at Frostic School of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan, juried this exhibition. Bondarchuk chose works that represent "attention to detail and crafting, as well as those that push the boundaries of conceptual, philosophical and formal intrigue."  The 32 selected artists span from Argentina, Canada, England, Hungary, and Spain to the United States.


Dressed and Repressed: Addressing Material Significance. University Libraries Gallery, first floor. AUGUST 28 - DECEMBER 20, 2013. Reception, November 1, second floor.

  • Sculpture series by USD student artist Reanna Schultz. Schultz's work presents issues involving identity, gender stereotypes, and process as a means of expression.

  • Current student graphic design works will also be on display on the second floor, west side of the library building. 
Spring 2014

Corroborations 2014 is coming!  Corroborations pairs USD visual arts and poetry majors to create new collaborative work broadening acceptance and appreciation of alternative art disciplines. Look for the call for entries which will be coming out this fall. Selected works will be shown in the second floor display cases. 

Featured Permanent Exhibit
 Robert Penn Don't forget to check out our Robert L. Penn Northern Plains Contemporary Indian Art Collection on the third floor of the library.

In 1999, USD and the University Art Galleries established this study collection to engage the university community, especially students, in a unique aesthetic and cultural perspective. The collection is funded upon the legacy of Oscar Howe, the internationally celebrated Yankonai Dakota artist who taught art at USD for twenty-five years. This exhibition is dedicated to Robert Penn, a 1972 university graduate and Oscar Howe protégé. The USD Northern Plains Contemporary Indian Art Collection emphasizes Northern Plains contemporary paintings between the 1930s and the present and attempts to contextualize American Indian art in terms of its relationship to contemporary movements. Other portions of the collection are exhibited across campus. (Originally posted:



Welcome New Staff! 

Dan Burniston Daniel Burniston, Interlibrary Loan Manager, CSA Librarian
Daniel began working at USD in early 2013 as the interlibrary loan manager. His responsibilities include managing the Interlibrary Loan Department, working with eReserves and addressing copyright questions and issues. Daniel came from Southwestern, PA, where he worked as a library director at the Chartiers-Houston Community Library and his prior library experience also includes cataloging, circulation and reference. Daniel received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.
 Lindsay Marlow Lindsay Marlow, Science Librarian
Lindsay became the science librarian in mid-August, and provides general reference and instruction as well as subject specific services for biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.  She helps to develop and implement outreach to undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences, cultivate the collection, as well as serves on various library and university committees.  She recently completed the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC) offered through the Rochester Regional Library Council.  Lindsay received her Master of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
 Shelie Vacek Shelie Vacek, Health Sciences Librarian
Shelie became a health sciences librarian in mid-August, and provides general reference and instruction as well as subject specific services for alcohol and drug studies, biomedical sciences, dental hygiene, medical lab science, and the Sanford School of Medicine. Previously, Shelie was the physical collections manager, CSA librarian within the University Libraries. She completed a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Informatics at the University of North Texas, Denton.
 Jessica Neal Jessica Neal, Cataloger/Curator, South Dakota Oral History Center
While new as a University Libraries staff member, Jessica has been cataloging the oral history recordings in the collections and assisting researchers at the SDOHC for over three years.  Her particular research interests include the early history of Northern Europe, and Plains history and prehistory. As an undergraduate, Jessica worked for the USD Archaeology Lab, the South Dakota State Archaeological Research Center, and the Archives and Special Collections at the University Libraries.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude in December of 2007, she worked with Current Archaeological Research in Rock Springs, Wyoming, as a cataloger and field technician.
 Sam Herley Sam Herley, Temporary Archivist
Sam Herley began work as an temporary archivist at University Libraries this summer. He has worked primarily on the William Janklow Papers, and also works in SDOHC. He continues work on the James Legg Papers, which includes his conducting a series of oral history interviews, over the last year. Since 2011, he has taught a variety of classes at USD, including Native American Studies, American History, and World History. He earned his Masters in 2006 and his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both degrees in history with an emphasis on the American West and federal-tribal relations.



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