Library & SE Idaho Public Health Dept Receive Award

September 19th, 2014

Idaho State University Health Sciences Library and the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department have received an award of $30,000 for a Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014 from the National Library of Medicine.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, made the award to Ruiling Guo, associate professor and health sciences librarian at ISU Health Sciences Library, Darin Letzring, public health preparedness program manager and Rhonda D’Amico, healthcare preparedness program liaison at Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department for their innovative proposal.

This award will allow the project investigators:

1) to conduct an information needs assessment among under-served hospital emergency preparedness professionals in rural Southeast Idaho; and

2) to provide a training program for these professionals to gain knowledge and skills in searching disaster health information efficiently to support Southeast Idaho emergency preparedness and response efforts.

“This will be an exciting outreach project for partnering organizations to increase collaborations and information acquisition and access,” Guo said. “The investigators would like to thank ISU Office of Research, Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department, and hospital partners for their support during the application.”These awards are very competitive – ISU received one of only four awards across the country that was granted by the NLM in 2014.

Posted September 16, 2014, ISU Headlines

Banned Book Poetry Contest

September 16th, 2014

Write a Poem – Enter the Contest – Win a $25 Gift Card!

The Library is sponsoring this event as part of its celebration of Banned Books Week Sept. 21 – 27, 2014.  Entries will be accepted from Sept. 15 -  27, 2014.


  • Choose your category!
    • Category 1: You need to use the complete book title(s).
    • Category 2: You may use words from the book title(s) in any order.
  • The poem can be haiku, limerick, sonnet, unrhymed, rhymed, ballad, lyric, or free verse. Anything goes!
  • It should include three or more banned book titles.
  • You may use other words to create your poem.

Finding Banned Book Titles

Check out the Banned Book Resource Guide at the reserves desk of the library.
Banned Books Week top ten challenged books list of 2012
Banned and Challenged Classics
Frequently Challenged Books by ALA:
List of books banned by governments
Other banned book sites/lists may be used; please include URL or citation in your submission.

Poetry Submission

Please include:

  • Title of poem
  • The poem
  • Your name
  • List of titles used
  • Preferred contact method: Phone or Email
  • Source of banned book titles

Enter Your Poem

  • Drop your poem off at the circulation desk in the library or submit by email at
  • Deadline for entry into the contest is midnight September 27, 2014
  • Winners will be announced on September 30, 2014


Winner of the $25 Gift Card will be determined by a panel of judges. Winning poetry and the committee’s favorites will be displayed.

Disclaimer: Entry of poem into contest gives permission to the Library to use the poem in future displays and Library publications.

Banned Books Week Sep.21-27, 2014

September 12th, 2014

Get Ready to Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Enter the Library’s Banned Book Poetry Contest
For rules and contest submission information go to

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out these title lists of books that were challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in that year as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom.


Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2013-2014 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2012-2013 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2011-2012 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2004-2005 (PDF)

Special Collections Fundraiser

September 11th, 2014

The Special Collections Department at ISU’s Eli Oboler Library, along with Pinyon Jay Press and Friends of Oboler Library, will be holding a fundraising event on Sept. 26

The Special Collections Department at ISU’s Eli Oboler Library, along with Pinyon Jay Press and Friends of Oboler Library, will be holding a fundraising event on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at 315 South Lincoln Ave. in Pocatello. The purpose of this inaugural event is to raise funds to purchase two handmade books produced by renowned book artist Mary Risala Laird, founder of Quelquefois Press and teacher at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Laird has produced many award-winning books, sought by collectors and libraries all over the world. After purchase, the books will be on display in Oboler Library, along with names of donors whose generosity made this purchase possible.

Light refreshments will be served. All contributors – of any amount – will be automatically entered in a drawing. Prizes include letterpress broadsides, letterpress keepsakes, hand-cut quills, and personalized lessons in cutting and writing with quills. For more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, head of Special Collections at

Reference Desk Hours

September 9th, 2014

Got Questions?  Need a topic?  Need resources?  Just not sure where to start?  We’re here to help!

The Reference Desk is on the first floor of the Library and staff are available during the following hours:

Fall 2014

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

You can also call the Reference Desk (208) 282-3152, or use our Ask a Librarian services.

Gallery 12 Reception Sept.4

September 4th, 2014

You are invited to attend a reception in the Library’s art gallery area Thursday, September 4th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Come chat with a few of the Gallery 12 artists and partake of some light refreshments.  The Gallery 12 group includes a dozen professional artists from the Idaho Falls area who work in a wide variety of styles and mediums.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal Library hours through October 21.

This painting is entitled “Upper Teton Creek” by Sally Cannon Ellis.  Explore other works by Gallery 12 by going to their website.

For more information please email Kristi at: , or call (208) 282-4073.

Library Closed for Labor Day Holiday

August 29th, 2014

The ISU Library is closed this weekend and Monday!  Regular hours resume on Tuesday September 2. 

You can still access the ISU Library homepage and use OneSearch (the default search box), the Library Catalog (Books & More), Quick Articles (Academic Search Complete) and the A-Z Journal List.

To learn about the resources relevant to your field or topic, consult the Subject Libguides under Resources by Subject (under Find & Explore).

Labor Day Holiday: August 30 – September 1

Saturday – Monday CLOSED

18 More Blood Donors Needed!

August 27th, 2014

Did you know?  Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion

The Library Blood Drive needs 18 more people to donate blood tomorrow, Thursday, Aug.28!

The Drive is scheduled from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up, or call 282-3248 to get scheduled. 


Library Blood Drive Aug.28

August 26th, 2014

Give the gift of Life!  The Library is hosting a blood drive this Thursday and we  need volunteers!  Appointments are available from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Stop by the circulation desk to sign up, or call  282-3248 for an appointment!

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood. ™

To learn more about the science behind blood transfusion, look at the History of Blood Transfusion from the American Red Cross.  Here’s a snippet from the timeline:


British physician William Harvey discovers the circulation of blood. The first known blood transfusion is attempted soon afterward.


August 22nd, 2014

Ever wish you could search many of ISU Library’s resources in a single search?  Well, wish no more.  Beginning August 25th, OneSearch will be the default search option on the ISU Library Homepage.

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) or OneSearch is an online research tool that searches virtually all of the library’s resources and allows for a single comprehensive search. Results from a search can include books, magazine and journal articles, newspapers, videos, government documents, eBooks, audio, and much more. Also available are multiple search options and limiters to help broaden or refine a search to help find just the right resources.

Fall Semester Reference Desk hours begin Monday, August 25th.   Stop in and let us show you more about this amazing resource or, call us at (208) 282-3152.  You can also use our Ask a Librarian email service as well.

Happy Discovering!