Library Construction Work Continues

March 26th, 2015

The Library will re-open this Sunday, March 29 with regular semester building hours after being closed sprint break.

General Library Hours Spring Semester 2015

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Midnight

Please excuse our mess and noise as carpeting and shelving work continues in the Library.  If you need a book located in a construction zone please ask for help at the circulation desk and the item will be retrieved for you.

Visit the Library’s website or the Idaho State University Library Facebook page for more information.

Library Closed Spring Break

March 13th, 2015

The Library will be closed during spring break for construction, Saturday, March 21 through Saturday, March 28.

Workers will begin repairing the Library’s terrazzo flooring in the front stairwell and entrance and securing shelving for earthquake safety. 

Although the Library building will be closed, the website, databases, and OneSearch will be available. Reference librarians will be happy to answer questions via email at “Ask a Librarian” or by phone at 208/282-3152 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Regular Library building hours resume on Sunday, March 29:

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Midnight

In the coming months, the Library will also be replacing the carpet on the first and second floors, upgrading the third floor reading room, and replacing furniture.  Visit our Idaho State University Library Facebook page, or the Library’s website for construction updates.

Research News: Academic Impact of Libraries

March 12th, 2015

“University and college libraries often seek ways to demonstrate their impact for the academic community.” Results from a two-year study that analyzed library use against grade point averages of students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln “found that undergraduates with a GPA above the mean university GPA used the library more than those with a GPA below the mean. There was a correlation between greater use of the library and increases in GPA between the two years—that is, as one grew, so did the other.”

DeeAnn Allison, “Measuring the Academic Impact of Libraries,”  Libraries and the Academy, vol. 15, no. 1 (2015): 29–40.

Source: Fast Facts / Gary Pattillo - College & Research Libraries News, March 2015.

Routledge Handbooks Online Trial

March 4th, 2015

Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

Key Features:

  • All chapters are accompanied by an abstract and rich metadata that make searching and research more efficient and effective
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find exactly the material they need across the Handbooks’ and Companions’ multiple subject areas
  • Peer-reviewed content ensures quality of research
  • Over 11,000 chapters from 320+ volumes available at launch
  • Expansive coverage of 18 subject areas including Sociology, Linguistics, Education, and Asian Studies
  • Unique areas of interest include Security Studies, Tourism, Hospitality, and Events Management
  • Content available as HTML and PDF
  • Full text DOIs

Routledge Handbooks Online is available until 3/15/15.  Go to the Library webpage, click on >>Research Guides, and go to >>Trial Databases.

Database Trial: DARE Dictionary

March 4th, 2015

Discover the full panoply of American regional words, phrases, and pronunciations with The Dictionary of American Regional English.  The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.

DARE is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of our language, documenting words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. Widely viewed as the American equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary, DARE represents the full panoply of American regional vocabulary—from Adam’s housecat to Zydeco. Contradicting the popular notion that American English has become homogenized, DARE demonstrates that our language still has distinct and delightful local character.

Explore Dare Dictionary!  Go to the Library’s webpage, click on >>Research Guides, then on >> Trial Databases.

Trial runs until 3/24/2015.

GPO Is Now The Government Publishing Office

March 4th, 2015

An agency whose mission has been producing, publishing, and recording our Nation’s history has made some history of its own.

Section 1301 of H.R. 83, the legislation providing consolidated and further continuing appropriations for FY 2015 that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, changes the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.

Publishing reflects the increasingly prominent role that GPO plays in providing access to Government information in digital formats through the agency’s Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks, and related technologies. The information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond only print and GPO has transformed itself to meet its customers’ needs.

GPO opened its doors on March 4, 1861, the same day Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office as President of the United States. Since that day, GPO employees have produced our country’s most important documents such as the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation, The Warren Commission Report, The 9-11 Commission Report, the U.S. passport, the Federal Budget, and all Congressional materials.

FDLP: Published: December 17 2014

ISU Library Blood Drive March 4

March 3rd, 2015




9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

To schedule your appointment call Circulation: (208) 282-3248

For more information contact: Sonia Norden (208) 317-3192

Sponsored by ISU College of Pharmacy / 1-800-RED CROSS / 1-800-733-2767

Trial Database: PolicyMap

March 2nd, 2015

PolicyMap is a US-National web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities.  With easy-to-use menus, PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level.

It is used in the social sciences, urban studies and regional planning, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration and policy, public health, political science, education, environmental studies, business and finance, economics, statistics and geography, among other areas.

PolicyMap is produced by The Reinvestment Fund, a national leader in the financing of neighborhood revitalization. 

It is available through 3/10/15.

March Library Workshops: COMM 1101

February 27th, 2015

Learn to support your arguments! 

Locate important, relevant resources and statistics to make your presentation more powerful! 

Look at the schedule below and be sure to sign up in advance. An attendance sheet will be passed around at each workshop and then sent back to the COMM instructors.  All classes will meet in Room 212 on the second floor of the Library.

March 11, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 am

March 12, Thursday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

March 14, Saturday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

March 16, Monday, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

March 17, Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:30 am

March 18, Wednesday, 11:00 – 12:30 pm

March 19, Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

To sign up for a workshop:
Call: 282-3152
Or Visit: The Reference Desk on the main floor of the library.

* Openings are limited!  *  Sign up as soon as possible! *

Library Staff News

February 27th, 2015

Sandra Shropshire, Jenny Semenza and Regina Koury’s invited paper has been accepted for publication in “Knowledge management in libraries and organizations: theory, techniques and case studies” volume by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

Aims and Scope:  The management of knowledge created in an organization not only enables reuse of knowledge, but also adds value to the organization itself. Preventing duplication of intellectual effort, it saves economic and human resources, leading to the creation of new information. This book gathers the wisdom of knowledge managers and researchers in the context of the library and will be a valuable reference source for all libraries.

Knowledge Management in Libraries and Organizations: Theory, Techniques and Case Studies / Ed. by Bultrini, Leda / Sempéré, Julien / MCCallum, Sally.  Series: IFLA Publications 173.

To be published: October 2016 / ISBN:978-3-11-041310-6 / DE GRUYTER SAUR