Law Library Shift Update April 22

April 22nd, 2014

Row 30

KF 105 F432

Federal Reporter, third series. Federal Appendix.

This series of titles is being shifted into place.  In general, everything after this call number is now shelved on the 3rd floor or has been shifted into the general 1st floor Reference Collection. 

Please ask Library staff for assistance if you need help locating law resources that are on the move.

Library Open Easter Weekend April 19-20

April 18th, 2014

WELCOME SPRING!

Click here for our building hours.

Digital Public Library of America

April 17th, 2014

Log on to the Digital Public Library of America and discover a newly launched, massive collection of historical books, manuscripts, documents, photos, and videos from across the country.

“The idea behind the DPLA is fairly simple actually—it is the attempt, really a large-scale attempt, to knit together America’s archives, libraries, and museums, which have a tremendous amount of content,” said Dan Cohen, the library’s executive director.

The library, which is free to all users, launched with more than two million items culled from places like the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, and Harvard University. Everything is viewable online, and many of the items are licensed under the public domain. “It means that we’re giving away all this data for free for people to use in whatever way they want.”

Here’s a sampling of 5 great resources:

Explore your home’s history
One way to browse the library’s massive collective is by location—just click on your homestate on the site’s map of the United States to see what treasures from your neck of the woods turn up. Vintage wildlife photos from Minnesota, newspaper clippings chronicling the history of Georgia, and photos of Native American artifacts from Washingtonstate are among the goodies.

Rare images of our first presidents
Our earliest presidents are usually depicted in paintings, but now you can browse rare daguerreotypes (early forms of photographs) of Abraham Lincoln and even George Washington.

Vintage footage from the civil rights movement
Watch scarcely seen videos of important moments during the civil rights movement of the 1960s: footage of Freedom Riders, a young Tom Brokaw interviewing a Georgia mayor in 1965, and a clip of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking about voting rights in 1962 are among the fascinating records available.

Boston Sports Arenas
One of the library’s current featured collections, “Boston Sports Temples,” features beautiful black-and-white photos of the first days of Braves Field, Fenway Park, Boston Garden, and Suffolk Downs pulled from the Boston Public Library’s archives.

Prohibition-era photos
Follow the fascinating story of the passing of the 18th amendment, the repeal of Prohibition, and all the drama that transpired in between, with a series of slideshows.

From article by:  Vi-An Nguyen

http://parade.condenast.com/6830/viannguyen/5-amazing-finds-at-the-digital-public-library-of-america/

Law Library Shift Update April 14

April 14th, 2014

Row 32

KF 132 A47

A.L.R. titles and indexes

This series of titles is being shifted into place.  In general, everything after this call number is now shelved on the 3rd floor or has been shifted into the general 1st floor Reference Collection. 

Please ask Library staff for assistance if you need help locating law resources that are on the move.

National Library Week April 13-19

April 11th, 2014

Lives Change @ Your Library

National Library Week

April 13-19, 2014

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a nation-wide observance endorsed by the American Library Association (ALA) and celebrated by libraries across the country each April.

The ISU Libraries in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Meridian serve the university community in their teaching and research activities, and being the largest state-supported library in eastern Idaho, also provide services to the area’s citizens.

This is the opportunity to celebrate what information can do for you!  Think about your favorite book and tell us about it!  Enter our “My Favorite Book” contest. Fill out the online entry form and submit your entry, or stop by the Library and pick up a printed entry form to turn in.  All submissions will be entered into a drawing to be held on Tuesday, April 22nd for prizes.   Four winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com sponsored by Friends of Oboler Library.

Many of the previous contest winner’s books have been added to the Library Collection.

Thank you for your participation!

New Resource Spotlight: Clinical Key

April 8th, 2014

Clinical Key is an expansion of the MDConsult database and replaces Stat!Ref.  It includes over 1,000 full-text medical and surgical textbooks, over 500 full-text journals, hundreds of clinical procedure videos, drug information, point of care decision support, patient handouts and more!

From Elsevier:  ClinicalKey – The World’s First Clinical Insight Engine

ClinicalKey is a dynamic clinical resource designed to provide physicians with fast, clinically-relevant answers from Elsevier’s enormous library of proprietary medical and surgical content. ClinicalKey was built specifically to meet the search needs of physicians that a clinical resource be comprehensive, trusted, and fast.

Click here to learn more.

Law Library Shift Update April 7

April 7th, 2014

Row 34

KF 135 N6 N63 v.219

Northeastern Reporter. Second Series.

Everything after this call number is now shelved on the 3rd floor or has been shifted into the general 1st floor Reference Collection. 

Please ask Library staff for assistance if you need help locating law resources that are on the move.

Course Materials

April 4th, 2014

Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has just released its annual two-part study, Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education.

Now in its fourth year, this study provides trend information and analysis about the ways the traditional print textbook is changing to reflect technological innovation and (or sometimes in spite of) student preferences.

The findings include the following major shifts in content use trends:

  • From October 2010 to October 2013, the percentage of students who report that their courses require “no formal course materials” increased from 4% to 11%. This change in perception suggests students are becoming more flexible about what they consider “required,” and increasingly substitute alternative materials for those assigned by faculty – or avoiding purchase altogether.
  • Required content as reported by students continues to evolve away from one or more core textbooks toward new digital alternatives, although open educational resources have yet to show an impact.
  • Despite low sales numbers, interest in tablet versions of textbooks is quite strong, especially among students who have already purchased an e-book. Students prefer tablet versions of textbooks over PDF replicas or even print textbooks, assuming at least a 25% lower cost. This finding supports other research suggesting students’ willingness to adopt digital formats increases significantly with exposure.
  • Some 17% of students reported renting textbooks for their courses. This is down slightly from almost 19% last spring. In October 2013, about 75% of respondents reported they were either somewhat or very satisfied with their rental experience.

Learn more! Click here for the full article.

Law Library Shift Update April 2

April 2nd, 2014

Row 35

KF 135 P2  v.15

Pacific States Reports. Extra Annotated.

Everything after this call number is now shelved on the 3rd floor or has been shifted into the general 1st floor Reference Collection. 

Please ask Library staff for assistance if you need help locating law resources that are on the move.

Banned Books Increase in 2013

April 2nd, 2014

Banned challenges increased in 2013

“In November, the Kids’ Right to Read Project [KRRP] investigated three times the average number of [book challenges], adding to an overall rise in cases for the entire year, according to KRRP coordinator Acacia O’Connor. To date, KRRP has confronted 49 incidents in 29 states for the year 2013, a 53 percent increase in activity from 2012. During the second half of 2013, the project battled 31 new incidents, compared to only 14 in the same period last year.”

On the bright side, KRRP says it has also seen an increase in “challenged” books returned to the shelves following their involvement in the incidents.

From College & Research Libraries News Fast Facts by Gary Patillo, Feb.1, 2014.  Read the original article posted in theguardian Monday 23 December 2013 07.44 EST