Trial Database: PolicyMap

July 21st, 2016

PolicyMap is an online (no software installation needed) U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for college students and faculty. It is used in undergraduate and graduate curriculum and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies.

PolicyMap data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and pre-built reports that can be incorporated into papers, presentations, blogs and websites. In addition, students can upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data for use in PolicyMap, and can share these maps with others. Users can also download data from PolicyMap for use in other tools.

Data indicators are accessible via easy to use menus organized in categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and analytics. Data can be viewed on a census block or census tract level in many cases, city, county, zip, state, US, as well as by congressional district, school district, state house and state senate districts.

Explore this resource!  Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then >>Databases – Alphabetic.

Available on campus only. Trial ends August 15th.

New eBook 7-18-16

July 18th, 2016

Find the link to this eBook in OneSearch and in the Library catalog.  Access is restricted to one ISU user at a time.

Author:     Lavelle, Ashley,
Title:     Radical challenges to the family : from the sixties to same-sex marriage / Ashley Lavelle (Macquarie University, Australia).
Publisher:     Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource.

New Library Website

July 14th, 2016

Changes are coming to the ISU Library!  We have a new website that has simplified navigation, streamlined content, and will make it simpler to get to the resources that you need to do the excellent research that ISU students and faculty are known for.

The site will be fully live on August 1st, but you can check it out during the beta period from July 14 to August 1st

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know at elibrary@isu.edu.

Thanks and happy researching!

New eBooks 7-14-16

July 14th, 2016

Find the links to our newest eBooks in OneSearch, and in the Library Catalog! 

Access is restricted to one ISU user at a time.

Title:     Care of the imminently dying / edited by Judith A. Paice, PhD, RB, FAAN (Director of Cancer Pain Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois).
Publisher:     Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource (ix, 94 pages).

Author:     Marshall, Karrie,
Title:     Creative toolkit for communication in dementia care [electronic resource] / Karrie Marshall.
Publisher:     London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Marteel-Parrish, Anne.
Title:     Green chemistry and engineering : a pathway to sustainability / Anne Marteel-Parrish, Department of Chemistry, Washington College, Martin A. Abraham, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Youngstown State University.
Publisher:     Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, [2014]
Description:     1 online resource (xiv, 361 pages).

Author:     Bevelacqua, Joseph John, 1949-
Title:     Health physics : radiation-generating devices, characteristics and hazards / Joseph John Bevelacqua
Publisher:     Weinheim, Germany : Wiley-VCH, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource

Title:     Hospital-based palliative medicine : a practical, evidence-based approach / edited by Steven Pantilat, Wendy Anderson, Matthew Gonzales, Eric Widera.
Publisher:     Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Moore, Janelle, 1972-
Title:     The military marriage manual : tactics for successful relationships / Janelle Hill, Cheryl Lawhorne, and Don Philpott.
Publisher:     Lanham, MD : Government Institutes, [2010]
Description:     1 online resource (ix, 227 pages).

Author:     Pagana, Kathleen Deska, 1952-
Title:     Mosby’s diagnostic and laboratory test reference / Kathleen Deska Pagana, Timothy J. Pagana, Theresa Noel Pagana.
Edition:     Twelfth edition.
Publisher:     Saint Louis, Missouri : Elsevier, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (1094 pages) : illustrations (some color), tables

Author:     Marengo, Hugo,
Title:     Neogene micropaleontology and stratigraphy of Argentina : the Chaco-Paranense Basin and the Península de Valdés / Hugo Marengo.
Publisher:     Cham : Springer, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (xiv, 218 pages).

Title:     The neurobiological basis of memory : a system of attribute and process analysis / [editors] Pamela A. Jackson, Andrea A. Chiba, Robert F. Berman, Michael E. Ragozzino.
Publisher:     Cham : Springer, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (465 pages) : illustrations.

Author:     Mathes, Michele, 1947-
Title:     Nurse’s law : legal questions & answers for the practicing nurse / Michele Mathes, JD, JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, RN.
Publisher:     Indianapolis, IN, USA : Sigma Theta Tau International/Honor Society of Nursing, [2014]
Description:     1 online resource (xxii, 279 pages :) : illustrations

Author:     Hobbs, Bruce E.,
Title:     Structural geology : the mechanics of deforming metamorphic rocks / Bruce E. Hobbs, Alison Ord.
Publisher:     Waltham, MA : Elsevier, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource.

New Art Exhibit at the Oboler Library

July 8th, 2016

The Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University is pleased to announce a new exhibit of art by Ginger Kramer and Bernadette Regnier of Idaho Falls. The exhibit, which includes watercolors, collages, mixed media, prints, ink, and more, went up today and will be on display through September 30, 2016 in the Library’s 1st floor art exhibit area.

Ginger Kramer, Urban Development

Ginger Kramer, Urban Development

Ginger Kramer moved to Idaho Falls from Minnesota in 1967, serving as a teacher here for many years before following her dream to be an artist.  Her work has been widely exhibited through the region and she is a member of the Gallery 12 Artist Group, the local Art Guild, The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, and the Idaho Watercolor Society. She writes, “Since I create most of my present art work using many kinds of water media and collage materials, I consider myself an experimental artist.  My early paintings were mainly watercolor which I enjoyed doing for many years.  Then it seemed exciting and challenging to incorporate more kinds of papers and different types of paint to create texture and other unique and interesting effects. This led to doing a more abstract and impressionistic style of art . . . My style of painting will probably continue to evolve as I experiment and discover new ways to create and display my art.”

For more information about Ms. Kramer, and to purchase her work, please contact her at nak@srv.net  or call (208) 522-8677.

Bernadette Regnier, Poppy Season

Originally from Colorado, Bernadette Regnier holds degrees in agriculture and has studied watercolor and acrylic painting, printmaking, fiber arts, and figure drawing.  Her interest in nature and work as an agronomist are reflected in her work.  This exhibit includes limited-edition prints and original watercolor paintings.  Of printmaking, she writes: “Printmaking is a thought-provoking process involving inks, printing plates, presses and shapes.  In each print I strive to convey what has captured my interest through the use of light, shapes and color.  The prints in this exhibit are linocuts printed from linoleum plates.  These prints are from small limited editions in which each print is considered an original print as the plate cannot be inked and printed exactly the same resulting in slight differences between pieces.  I invite you to enjoy this exhibit and celebrate with me, life on our unique planet, Earth.”

For more information on Ms. Regnier and her artwork, please see her website at www.bregnierartstudio.com, send an email to bernadette@nwinet.com, or call (208) 745-5912.  Her work may also be seen at her studio in the Artist’s Studio Gallery of the Willard Arts Center, 496 A Street in Idaho Falls.

The art exhibit is free and open to the public, and may be viewed at any time the Oboler Library is open; see the library’s webpage at www.isu.edu/library for the library’s hours. The Oboler Library is located on the corner of 9th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. 9th Avenue in Pocatello, ID.

The Library will host a reception for the artists in September.  For more information about the exhibit and the reception, please contact Kristi at austkris@isu.edu or (208) 282-4073.

ICA Fellowships Announced

July 5th, 2016

An Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship is a reward for talent, creativity and perseverance, and comes with a no-strings-attached cash award of $5,000.

This year’s recipients are screenwriter, nonfiction writer and poet J. Reuben Appelman, short-story writer and screenwriter Alan Heathcock, and poet Kerri Webster, all of Boise; poet and University of Idaho assistant professor Devin Becker, of Moscow; and poet and Idaho State University assistant professor Bethany Schultz Hurst, of Pocatello.  This is Heathcock’s second ICA Fellowship.

Honorable mentions, with an award of $1,000, go to fiction writer Christopher Linforth, of Boise, and Kevin Gooden, of Moscow.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, June 29, 2016.

Library Closed July 4th Weekend

June 30th, 2016

 

July 2,3,4      Sat. – Mon.      CLOSED

Brexit Scholarly Resources

June 29th, 2016

“International Documents Librarian Jim Church has prepared a brief Library guide to scholarly sources on the Brexit as part of his existing European Union guide. Jim notes “that the circumstances of the ‘Brexit’ or Referendum of the United Kingdom’s Membership of the European Union are rapidly evolving. At present most scholarly communication has been published by think tanks and governments.” Rather than pointing to popular news analyses, Church has collected here official government statements and publications along with responses from a variety of think tanks.”

From listserv LPSS-L@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU

2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

June 29th, 2016

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando. The annual list honors 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its eighth year, with 200 recognized sites, the list is considered the “best of the best” by AASL.

Sites named as Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration. They offer tools and resources in the categories of media sharing, digital storytelling, managing and organizing, social networking and communications, curriculum collaboration and content resources.

The websites honored in 2016 include:

  •     Media sharing: Movenote, Vibby, Bunkr, PicMonkey, Piktochart, Photos for Class
  •     Digital storytelling:  Adobe Spark, Biteable, Office Sway
  •     Manage and organize: Seesaw, Jeopardy Rocks, Trello
  •     Social networking and communications: Creatubbles, Edueto, Quizizz, Bloomz
  •     Curriculum collaboration: Google Cultural Institute, Google Maps Street View Treks, Digital Compass, DK Find Out
  •     Content resources: Go Noodle, Actively Learn, Zoom In, Epic!, Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Links, descriptions and tips for the 2016 Best Websites as well as previously recognized sites can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/bestwebsites.

The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning provide a foundation to support AASL’s learning standards and each website is linked to one or more of the four strands of the “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” – skills, dispositions in action, responsibilities and self-assessment strategies. Best Websites are free, Web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning list is based on feedback and nominations from AASL members. School librarians can nominate their most used websites at www.ala.org/aasl/bestwebsites. Nominations to be considered for recognition at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference must be submitted by March 1, 2017.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Source: Jennifer Habley, Manager, Web Communications,  American Association of School Librarians.  06/25/2016

Trends in Academic Libraries

June 24th, 2016

Every other year, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee produces a document on top trends in higher education as they relate to academic librarianship. The 2016 Top Trends report discusses research data services, digital scholarship, collection assessment trends, content provider mergers, evidence of learning, new directions with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, alt metrics, emerging staff positions, and open educational resources.  Here is the overview of Open Educational Resources:

Open Educational Resources (OER)
OER are experiencing a watershed in higher education in the United States, as articles in major news media drive public awareness of the high cost of college-level textbooks. This growing public awareness may drive a broader range of infrastructures to address not only the development of OER on campuses but solutions to address hosting and discoverability of OER. In February 2016, Amazon announced the development of an OER platform aimed at the K-12 market, and higher education seems a likely next development.

OER are not limited to the traditional textbook format. They include a range of course materials, including entire courses, lesson plans, modules, and recorded lectures. The savings to students can be substantial and when multiplied across a large course demonstrate a real value, particularly when the OER is shared with other institutions and is constructed to be easily updated and reused. David Annand notes that open resources require faculty expertise, time, and infrastructure and financial support from campus or external sources, so even as OER save students money at the institutional and policies levels, sustainability is an important issue. The benefits of OER extend beyond the fiscal impact. Recent research has indicated that OER are viewed positively by both faculty and students and that they contribute to student success.

From: College & Research Libraries News / June 2016.