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Artist Reception January 20 for Linda Groom

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

The Oboler Library will host a reception for photographer Linda Groom and her work on Wednesday, January 20, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the Library’s exhibit area on the first floor.

This event is free and open to the public. Meet the artist, visit with others who appreciate art, enjoy some light refreshment, while viewing the varied and beautiful images that Ms. Groom has created.

Linda Groom’s stunning photographs reflect her worldwide travels, from Idaho to Burma and beyond. An Idaho native, she graduated from the University of Idaho, taught junior high, owned a yarn store, and spent nearly 20 years as a real estate associate broker. She is on the Boards of Directors for the Idaho State Civic Symphony and the Pocatello Art Center, and is a member of Pocatello Rotary. Linda found her true passion behind the lens; beauty, she writes, can be found everywhere. This exhibit includes images of the ancient temples in Palmyra, Syria taken by Ms. Groom just a few years before the UNESCO World Heritage site was destroyed by ISIS bombers this Fall.

The art exhibit may be viewed at any time the library is open, through February 29, 2016; see the library’s webpage at for the library’s hours. For more information about art exhibits in the library, please contact Kristi Austin: (208) 282-4073; to purchase art, contact the artist by email at, phone her at 208-251-4111, and visit her website at

The Oboler Library is located on the corner of 9th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. 9th Avenue in Pocatello, ID.

Library Blood Drive Wednesday,January 20

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Giving blood doesn’t require much time. 

About an hour should do it.

You can help save up to 3 lives in about an hour.

The need is ongoing but the supply is not!

Please give blood today!

Idaho State University Library

850 S 9th Street – Student Lounge

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

10:00 am – 3:15 pm

To schedule your appointment or for more information, contact: Circulation Desk at (208) 282-3248.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Friday, January 8th, 2016

ISU’s Department of Global Studies and Languages, in partnership with the Eli M. Oboler Library, was selected to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.

Upcoming grant-related events in the Library include the showings of the six part PBS Series: Latino Americans and the book club featuring Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima, culminating in the showing of the movie based on the book. 

Jan.21 Bless Me Ultima pre-read (book club / discussion)
Jan. 28 Latino Americans film showing, Pt 1: “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)”
Feb.4 Latino Americans film showing, Pt 2: “Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)”
Feb.11 Latino Americans film showing, Pt 3: “War and Peace (1942-1954)”
Feb.18 Latino Americans film showing, Pt 4: “The New Latinos (1946-1965)”
Feb.25 Latino Americans film showing, Pt 5: “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)”
Mar.3 Latino Americans film showing, Pt 6: “Peril and Promise (1980-2000)”
Mar.10 Bless Me Ultima book discussion
Mar.17 Bless Me Ultima movie & discussion (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Location: Oboler Library Student Lounge (1st floor)

Start Time: 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

New Resource: Sage Research Methods

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Sage Research Methods is a tool created to help researchers, faculty, and students with their research projects.  Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods, or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings.  And, since SRM focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences.

Learning research methods?

Want to learn about a method? Search or browse for methods to find great comprehensive introductory material. Not sure what method to consider? Check out the Methods Map.

Doing a research project?

Working on a research project, thesis or dissertation? Find content covering all stages of the process. Not sure what method to consider? Check out SAGE Research Methods Cases to see what approaches others have taken and why.

Supervising a project? 

Supervising a project, thesis or dissertation? Create and share lists of the content you like. Want real examples? Point supervisees to SAGE Research Methods Cases in their discipline area.

Teaching research methods?

Teaching students about the breadth and depth of research methods? Engage them with the Methods Map. Want to go deeper? Use advanced search to get to the heart of the matter.

Find this resource on the Library homepage under Library Quick Links, Databases, Alphabetic.

Art Project (Google Cultural Institute)

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Art Project is an initiative to provide thousands of high-quality, high-resolution images from museums across the globe in one place. It includes powerful tools for exploring the collections and is impressive for the depth and breadth of its scope as well as its intuitive interface.

It is part of the Google Cultural Institute, an initiative that partners with cultural heritage organizations to make their resources accessible to a global audience. Art Project launched in 2012 with 17 museums from 9 countries and now includes more than 600 partners. In addition to museum collections, it includes a fascinating collection of street art from around the world, with mobile apps and audio tours.

Searching is powerful and seamless by keyword, collection, artist, or artwork. Facets make it possible to refine a keyword search in several ways, including place, person, and medium.

When viewing an individual work of art, users can peruse a wealth of information provided by partner museums, such as descriptions, biographical information about the artist, physical dimensions, and provenance. Zooming in to explore detail demonstrates the exceptional quality of the images. Many of the partner museums have one or more artworks captured at ultra-high resolution. These gigapixel images include treasures such as Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” Klimt’s “The Kiss,” and Chagall’s ceiling panels for the Paris Opéra. The ability to zoom in and examine the intricacies of such images is truly breathtaking.

The Museum View option uses Google’s Street View technology to provide virtual tours of museums. Individual artworks are connected to floor plans, so that users can seamlessly transition from viewing an item to seeing it in context in the gallery and vice versa.

Art Project has several additional interactive features. Users can compare two images side by side, save images and create personal galleries, and share with friends on social networks.

What’s not to like? Critics express unease with the ever-expanding reach of Google and with its incursion into the cultural heritage sector, as well as concern that such initiatives threaten the existence of physical museums. Amit Sood, Art Project’s founder, counters that Google has been careful to address museums’ concerns about rights and curation, and that Art Project is contractually noncommercial.

Lori Robare  University of Oregon,


Gabriel Garcia Marquez Archive Opens

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

The archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) opened for research in October 2015 at The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum.

More than 75 boxes of documents constitute the archive of the Colombian-born author, journalist, screenwriter, and key figure in Latin American history and politics. Researchers will have access to manuscript drafts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, 43 photograph albums, 22 scrapbooks, research material, notebooks, newspaper clippings, screenplays, and ephemera.

García Márquez’s archive also contains digital materials, such as files from computer hard drives, that will be processed and made available in the future. Other materials in the archive, most notably photographs, received preservation and conservation treatments by Ransom Center conservators, allowing accessibility. More information on the Ransom Center is available at

From: News from the Field / David Free.  College & Research Libraries News, January 2016.

Library Hours

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Intersession Hours
January 4 – 10, 2016

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

New Resource: WRDS

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The Oboler Library and the College of Business have purchased a subscription to Wharton Research Data Services, allowing  online access to COMPUSTAT, CRSP, CUSP, Bank Regulatory Stockholders, CBOE Indexes, DMEF Academic Data, Dow Jones Averages & Total Return Indexes, Federal Reserve Bank Reports, PHLX (Philadelphia Stock Exchange), and more.

Data for research in accounting, banking, economics, finance, ESG, and statistics, are available.  Take the “Quick Tour” to familiarize yourself and the web interface, and check the Support tab for international videos, tutorials & presentations.

Find WRDS at / Library Quick Links / Databases. Alphabetic.

Important: you must either set up a free account or enter your ISU-email address in order to use this resource.

Ellen Ryan: Preserving History

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

From Bengal Tracks / by Chris Gabettas

If you’re researching the history of Idaho State University or accessing a rare collection online, you may want to thank Ellen Ryan.

As university archivist, she maintains ISU’s historical archives and oversees 300 special collections housed in the basement of the Eli M. Oboler Library.

Acquisitions include the collection of Oscar-winning designer Edward Stevenson, who grew up in Pocatello and designed for Lucille Ball; materials chronicling the history of Garrett Freightlines, once the nation’s fifth largest trucking firm; and letters and documents written by George Shoup, Idaho’s first governor.

“Our main focus is to make sure that the materials and collections in our care are available to researchers now and beyond our lifetime,” said Ryan, who came to ISU in 2013 after working in Special Collections and Archives at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

Ryan and her small team take special care to process and store fragile manuscripts, documents and photographs to preserve their physical integrity.

“We monitor temperatures and humidity levels on a daily basis. We also look for mold or any kind of insect or rodent infestation that could damage documents,” she said. She’s also working to place more materials from Special Collections and Archives online, increasing public accessibility.

Ryan loves her job-especially the opportunity to teach students the value of using ISU Special Collections and Archives for their primary research. This fall, she helped students in an honors business class gather research for a book they co-authored about the history of Garrett Freightlines trucking company.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in history from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master’s in library information science from San Jose State University.

For 12 years, Ryan was a security supervisor at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art where she handled reference questions about exhibits and worked with film crews shooting inside the museum. Movies included the Michael Douglas-Gwyneth Paltrow thriller “The Perfect Murder” and “Maid in Manhattan” starring Jennifer Lopez. It was Ryan’s job to make sure set lights and equipment didn’t damage the priceless art and exhibits.

Ryan grew up in Queensbury, New York, a town about half the size of Pocatello located at the base of the Adirondack Mountains. She enjoys spending weekends exploring eastern Idaho and visiting many of the sites mentioned in library collections.

Not only do the trips add a visual reference and context to the documents she reads, but they’re also an opportunity for Ryan to experience a new region of the country.

“Yeah, I have a very cool job,” she says with a laugh.

Thank you Ellen!

Library Hours

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Intersession Hours
December 19, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Holiday Closures

Dec. 24, 2015 – Jan. 3,2016 CLOSED