ISU Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative works 2014

October 16th, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 7-9 p.m., Marshall Rotunda, Stephens Performing Arts Center

A reception to honor the scholarly and creative works of ISU faculty published, presented, or exhibited during 2013. For more information on how to participate contact (208) 282-2997.

The event is a reception and recognition program for ISU authors and creators of works published or performed in 2013. The program will include recognition of these authors/creators as well as speakers Maria Wong and Erika Kuhlman, who have received the distinguished researcher and outstanding researcher of the year awards, respectively. There will be a large display of all books, book chapters, journal articles, and selections of creative works by these accomplished faculty. The University has earned a research-high Carnegie designation, and we want to acknowledge faculty responsible for ISU’s research success. We believe that this author program will be of interest to ISU researchers and creative artists and will celebrate the diversity and success of ISU’s very own faculty.

The event is free and open to the public. All university faculty and staff have been invited to the event, as well as other interested community members. Students have also been invited. This is an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to gain awareness of the research and publishing efforts of their instructors or professors, and, possibly become more motivated as students.

This event is sponsored by ISU Library, Office for Research and Economic Development, Office of the Provost, and Friends of Oboler Library.

Library Archivist Publishes Case Study

October 15th, 2014

In September, Ellen M. Ryan, Head of Special Collections and Archives published a case study entitled: Identifying Culturally Sensitive American Indian Material in a Non-tribal Institution.    The study was submitted for peer review, accepted and published by the Society of American Archivists as part of their Case Studies in Archival Ethics series.

The case study focuses on culturally sensitive American Indian archival material held by a non – tribal institution, and working with the Native American community to identify best practices.  It involves balancing the Protocols for Native American Archival Material with SAA Code of Ethics.

Ellen noted that writing it was interesting because it was required that it be written in the third person.

Congratulations Ellen!

The Library is seeking your comments!

October 14th, 2014

OneSearch replaced PRIMO as the Library’s federated search engine at the beginning of this semester. The Library would appreciate any comments that you have concerning your likes and/or dislikes about OneSearch.

Please take the time to submit your comments to us by going to our OneSearch comments form. You must identify your “user status” (ISU Faculty, ISU Staff, ISU Student or Non-ISU) in order to successfully submit a comment.

Please help us evaluate OneSearch by supplying us with your comments.

Thanking you in advance!

COMM 1101 Workshops

October 9th, 2014

We are teaching open library workshops designed for COMM 1101 students, but anyone wishing to fine-tune their research skills is welcome to attend!

All classes will meet in Library Room 212 (second floor) and are scheduled:

October 15, Wed. 10 – 11:30 am

October 16, Thur. 1 – 2:30 pm

October 17, Fri. 11 am – 12:30 pm

October 18, Sat. 12 – 1:30 pm

October 20, Mon. 12 – 1:30 pm

October 21, Tues. 6 – 7:30 pm

October 22, Wed. 1 – 2:30 pm

To sign up for a class visit the Reference Desk on the main floor of the Library, email:, or call, 282-3152.

Note that attendance will be taken at each workshop and sent back to COMM 1101 instructors.


Library Staff News

October 9th, 2014

Congratulations to Cathy Grey and Molly Montgomery for the publication of their article Teaching an Online Information Literacy Course:  Is It Equivalent to Face-to-Face Instruction? in: Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.

The Abstract:  College-level students arrive fairly confident in their research abilities. When the university began a new requirement for information literacy competency in the General Education Requirements, distance library faculty had the opportunity to teach an online section. A technologically savvy health science librarian and technologically challenged distance librarian co-taught the online section while three face-to-face sections were taught at the main campus. The goal was to teach the same competencies, present equivalent material and assess learning with equal rigor in all five sections. The sections agreed to similar final projects and final exam. A non-graded knowledge survey has been given to students in all sections at the beginning and end of the semester as a pre- and post-test to help assess if the online course is equivalent to the face-to-face sections. Other factors in teaching experience and technology also affect student competency levels.

DOI:  10.1080/1533290X.2014.945876

Catherine J. Graya* & Molly Montgomeryb

pages 301-309

Published online: 03 Oct 2014

Banned Book Poetry Contest Winners

October 7th, 2014

The winners of the Library’s Banned Book Poetry Contests are: Brave (New?) World: A Sonnet by Samuel H., and Wonderland, by Zara S.  Read them!

Thanks to all who entered our contest and helped celebrate our freedom to read!

“The thoughts that are not permitted to be expressed may be the very ones that most need to be expressed. Unless they are printed or otherwise made available for mass consideration, how are we going to know?”

Eli M. Oboler, Defending Intellectual Freedom: The Library and the Censor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980, p. 228.

Literary Tourism

October 7th, 2014

“Poe-Boy Sandwich,” anyone? Boston’s newly inaugurated “Literary District” is the latest and most concerted attempt by a city to make a vacation destination out of dead authors’ haunts.

The city of Boston is embracing the spirit behind these sly literary popups, but in a new way. This past week, the city inaugurated the nation’s first “Literary District,” a bookish spin on the state’s “Cultural District” initiative, with a website consolidating information on the neighborhood’s literary cred and a calendar of events. (Those include such delights as impromptu Writers Booths, conversations with local bloggers, tours of the hotel where Ho Chi Minh was a baker and Malcolm X a busboy, and themed cuisine such as the “Mel-Ville Chowder” and “Poe-Boy Sandwich.”) All will take place within the district’s perimeters, the tourist-friendly area that extends from Back Bay East through Beacon Hill and ends at the southernmost tip of the Financial District.

The one-time homes of Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Lowell, Henry James, Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes are within the perimeter, as are the former offices of The Colored American Magazine, The Woman’s Journal, and, yours truly, The Atlantic. The district’s goal is to make this rich intellectual history more “visible,” according to Literary District Coordinator Larry Lindner. He’s planning to eventually add honorary plaques and verse in store windows, then map all, virtually, in several themed tour apps, according to Boston Magazine. Phase One began on Sunday with the unveiling of a new statue of Edgar Allan Poe.

Source: Katie Kilkenny Oct 6 2014, 8:08 AM ET The Atlantic

Hidden Histories

October 6th, 2014

The Library is pleased to have a part of the larger Idaho Museum of Natural History exhibit entitled: Hidden Histories: Stories of Asian Pacific Americans in Idaho.  It is being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.

Hidden Histories explores how Asian Pacific Americans influenced Idaho’s history, from the Chinese in mining and railroading to Hawaiians in the fur trade.

In addition one can learn about the two Japanese internment camps in Idaho: Minidoka Internment Camp (also known as Camp Hunt) in southern Idaho and Kooskia Internment Camp in northern Idaho.  This exhibit will run from September 2014 through Summer 2015.

Several guest lectures are planned beginning with R. Gregory Nokes on October 16, 2014 in the College of Education room 243 at 7 pm.  Nokes, the author of Massacred for Gold: the Chinese in Hells Canyon will be lecturing on his research.  The Library has Nokes book and others on display to check-out.

Research Guides

September 30th, 2014

The Library webpage link  Find Resources by Subject has changed to Research Guides.  Only the name has changed! You still use this link to discover the important resources in your discipline by accessing our Libguides.

Stop by the Reference Desk and let us help you with your research!

Price of Education

September 29th, 2014

The average annual price (including tuition, fees, room, and board) for a public four-year, in-state college education in the United States was $17,474 in 2012–13. The equivalent for a private four-year institution was $35,074 or about double the cost. The most expensive state for public education was New Hampshire at $24,705. The least costly state was Utah at $12,076. The highest average for private colleges was $49,871 in Massachusetts. Idaho had the lowest average cost for private colleges at $11,544.

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Table 330.20, “Average undergraduate tuition and fees and room and board rates charged for full-time students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by control and level of institution and state or jurisdiction: 2011–12 and 2012–13,” Digest of Education Statistics 2013, (retrieved August 13, 2014).

From College & Research Libraries News Fast Facts, Sep.2014 / Gary Pattillo.