Archive for November, 2007

Did you know there is an on campus Print Shop?

Paper due? Out of ink? Print it at your very own print shop in the library. Rapid Copy is a great service for students and faculty. They offer high quality fast copying, printing, binding, faxing, and finishing services six days a week on the 1st floor of the Library. There are computers available for self service black and white or color printing. Many other printing services also available at very competitive prices and right on campus.

Add comment November 26th, 2007

Did you know you can access books beyond the Library?

If a book is not in our collection, you can use Link+ to search over 40 libraries in California and Nevada, including most California State University Libraries as well as many public libraries. Books from Link+ are delivered to the main circulation desk in 3-4 days. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Use ILLiad to search over 10,000 libraries worldwide. Books from ILLiad can take a little longer to get here, between 5 days and 3 weeks. But between ILLiad, Link+ and our ever growing collection of books, you should always be able to find what you’re looking for.

3 comments November 26th, 2007


The J. Paul Leonard Library is one of the first Academic libraries in the United States to add tags and recommendations from LibraryThing to our Online Catalog. For over 190,000 books in our Main Library collection, you can see tags and other recommended books in our collection generated from the data that LibraryThing collects from its 276,000 users.

For example, see the tags for the book, Infotopia in Investigator (click on the “details” tab to see the LibraryThing information). For more detailed information about the theory behind tagging in library catalogs, see the short paper by librarian, John Wenzler. ”


Wenzler, John
Collection Access and Management Services

Add comment November 20th, 2007

New and Improved Research Guides

Looking for the best resources on your subject or major? Need to know where to start your research project? The Library now offers some of its research guides through a new interface called Libguides, a Web 2.0 authoring service that integrates user polls and comments, RSS and podcast feeds, videos, customized search engines, and instant messaging windows in addition to useful web links and textual content into library guides.

Check out these new and improved Libguides on the following subjects:


History: Primary Sources


Criminal Justice

Click here for a list of all SF State Libguides.

Research guides are also available to introduce you to subjects and disciplines, and to help you meet particular research needs related to common assignments at SF State.
For questions about Libguides contact Mira Foster .

Add comment November 20th, 2007

Library Web server back up

The maintenance and updates on the Library web server were finished today at around 1:30. The server is now up and available.

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Alert: Library Web server down Mon/Tues Nov. 19 and 20

We’ve got some work to do on the Library Web server that requires taking it off line beginning Monday morning November 19th at 8am. If all goes well, the server will be back up midday on Monday. But to be safe, we’ve blocked out all day Monday and Tues to complete the work. So it’s conceivable, although unlikely, that the web site will be unavailable until the end of the day Tuesday, November 2oth.

In the meantime the following online Library services will still be available:

2 comments November 16th, 2007

Talk and slide show on Medieval and Renaissance libraries

Oxford Cambridge LibrariesLibrarian Ned Fielden spent the Spring 2007 semester in Cambridge UK researching academic library history. During International Education Week, he will be showing slides of Medieval and Renaissance libraries from Cambridge and Oxford, and discussing university library history. The talk starts at 12:15 in the de Bellis Collection, on Friday the 16th of November.

Add comment November 9th, 2007

Sara Wingate Gray – The Itinerant Poetry Librarian @ The Poetry Center

Sara Wingate Gray
The Poetry Center presents a special lecture of interest to curators, archivists, librarians, scholars, & students…

Thursday NOV 15
The Poetics of the Library

7:00 pm @ the Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, free.

This public lecture and presentation by the Itinerant Poetry Librarian and the Poetry Center’s 2007 Visiting Research Scholar Sara Wingate Gray will concern itself, in her words, “with poetry, taxonomy, ephemerally, digitally, accessibly, auditory, library and other words ending in why?’ Please come and help us decide what a library might be.” The Itinerant Poetry Librarian travels the world with a library of “lost & forgotten poetry,” installing the library and librarian, and recording the sounds and poetry of the people, cities, and countries she meets. She lives wherever her library is.

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Alexander Street Press databases alert

All Alexander Street Press databases will be down for routine maintenance and upgrades on Saturday, Nov 10 from approximately 4:00pm-8pm PST.

-Ya Wang

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