Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Library Bill of Rights

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the American Library Association’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the work of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom – was created in the wake of several incidents of banning The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in the late 1930s. It also was inspired by the rising tide of totalitarianism around the world.

Since its initial adoption, the Library Bill of Rights has been amended four times. There are also over 20 official interpretations on issues ranging from Meeting Rooms to Labeling and Ratings Systems.  Many of these interpretations have Q&As associated with them to assist library boards and administrators adapt the policies to their specific circumstances.

To honor the Library Bill of Rights, we at the Oboler Library encourage you to take some time to read it and consider its meaning and relevance these many decades later.

Source: The OIF Blog (managed by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association)

Note These Dates

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Special Collections and Archives will be closed this summer on the following days:

July 25, Friday

July 28, Monday

August 21, Thursday (in-house training)

From Ellen M. Ryan, MA, MLIS, Head of Special Collections and Archives

NetCom Construction Notice

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A Service Contractor, System Tech, Inc. will be installing new network cabling in offices and classrooms in the Oboler Library Bldg. (50) over a two week period beginning Monday July 14th.

What:      Network Cabling

Where:    Oboler Library Bldg. (50)

When:     Beginning Monday 7/14/2014

Why:       NetCom has hired a service contractor to upgrade network cabling, campus-wide, to support a new telephone system and the continued expansion of wireless networking.

Note that the contractor should be wearing identifying clothing and/or name tags.  The cabling work should not disrupt telephone or network services.

If you have questions or concerns please call
NetCom Office: 282-4541 or
Mark Norviel, Manager NetCom:  282-4246

Source: staffmemos; facultymemos


Monday, July 7th, 2014

Idaho State University Veterans Sanctuary has new mascot, support dog Hero

There is a new ‘Hero’ at Idaho State University in the form of a 10-week-old Labradoodle puppy named Hero.  She will serve veterans and be a new mascot for the ISU Veterans Sanctuary.

There will be an open house to welcome Hero to the Veterans Sanctuary on July 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Veterans Sanctuary. Refreshments will be served.

“I’ve got a lot of vets in recovery and wanted to be able to provide them a service that is out of the box,” said Todd Johnson, director of the ISU Veterans Sanctuary. “Hero will be a day-to-day fixture at the Sanctuary. Vets will be able to take her for a walk, throw her a ball or they just can sit on the floor with her and love her up.”

Johnson noted that support dogs have proved effective in other settings and believes Hero will be a hit at the Sanctuary as well, providing a positive, calming interaction for student service members and veterans.

Hero, a cross between a Black Labrador and Standard Poodle, will receive specialized training and will soon be spending days at the Veterans Sanctuary and nights with Johnson and several backups, when needed. Expect the dog to be a regular fixture at events involving veterans or the Veterans Sanctuary at ISU and in the community.

“One of our veteran students named her Hero to indicate her mission and academically link her to the literary character from Shakespeare’s comedy, ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’” Johnson said.

The Veterans Sanctuary has received some donations to help with the project, but is still trying to raise additional funds for food, veterinary care and training services for Hero.

A funding support channel has been established through the ISU Foundation. To make a pledge to this project visit, select payment type and under “direct my gift as follows,” select “other” to enter the keywords “Hero Project.”

Johnson can also be contacted at 208-282-4245.

From ISU Headlines, Posted July 7, 2014

Independence Day Holiday Library Hours

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

July 4 – July 6

Friday, Saturday, Sunday    CLOSED

Rock Walk App

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Explore the ISU Centennial Rock Walk this Summer!

Students and a faculty member in an Idaho State University Civil Engineering Technology program teamed up with the ISU GIS Training and Research Center and ISU Facilities Services to create a mobile map of the ISU Centennial Rock Walk that is accessible on smart phones.

To access the rock walk on a smart phone or computer visit the following Idaho Museum of Natural History web link

The ISU Centennial Rock Walk, created in 2001, is comprised of rocks from all 44 Idaho counties that are matched with buildings on the ISU campus in their approximate geographic orientation within Idaho. Each county donated a rock for the rock walk. These rocks are mounted on standardized circular bases, which are placed at buildings across campus. Each rock has a plaque, with information about the rock and its place in Idaho history.

Now people strolling through campus can find out the information for each rock and their proximity to each rock by entering the Internet link above.  When a user hits the icon for the rock they are interested in the website brings up the name of monument, who it was collected by, more information on the rock and photos of it. If the user’s smart phone GPS function is activated the program will also show the user’s location in relation to where the monuments are located on campus.


For full story see:  ISU Headlines, posted May 21, 2014.

Ready, Set, Search Our Newest Resources!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
One of the largest curated online collections of literary criticism in the world, this resource includes the complete full-image text of 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series, representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Multiple search and browse options are combined with an easy to use format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online Archive 9: Science Technology and Medicine 1780-1925, Part II  (Gale)
This second part of the Science, Technology, and Medicine archive includes some three million pages of scientific material from the late seventeenth century through the first quarter of the twentieth century, with a primary focus on the nineteenth century. The collection is divided into four major parts: academies of science publications, natural history, public health, and entomology. Taken together, the documents in this collection offer a rare window onto the development of modern science and its methods.

Political Science Complete (EBSCO)
This database provides extensive coverage of global political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. Designed specifically for students, researchers and government institutions, Political Science Complete (PSC) contains full text for hundreds of journals along with indexing and abstracting for thousands of publications. PSC also provides over 340 full-text reference books and monographs and over 38,000 full-text conference papers, which includes those from the International Political Science Association.

British Periodicals I & II (ProQuest)
This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
“Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 has been hailed as the definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America. This incomparable digital collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, Early American Imprints, Series I is based on Charles Evans’ renowned “American Bibliography” and Roger Bristol’s supplement. Including more than 36,000 printed works and 2.3 million pages, Series I also offers new imprints not available in microform editions.”

Go to the Eli M. Oboler Library webpage, click on Library Quick Links, then to Databases — Alphabetic and find the database you want to explore!

Why Are Pollinators in Trouble?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Come to the Library and find out.  Our first floor Display Case 3 investigates the status of the world’s pollinators. Learn about the insecticide Neonicotinoid. Books in this display include The Forgotten Pollinators, Fruitless Fall, Fireflies, Honey & Silk and Silent Spring.  Other books explore the craft of beekeeping- The Ordering of Bees by John Livett published in 1634. These are available for checkout and planting guides from the Pollinator Partnership are yours for the taking.

Display case 1 is titled Pollen: Friend & Foe.  We explore the world of palynology and take a look at the weird, wonderful, alien shapes of pollen and spores.  Understand more about allergies and visualize these little space critters every time you sneeze.

Other new displays on the first floor include the life Maya Angelou who died May 28, 2014 and the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, July 28, 1914.  Peter Macdiarmid’s photos bring the past to life.  And remember,  ARTificer²: the artwork of Juliet and Danielle Feige is on display through the end of July.  Click here for Library Hours.

National Pollinator Week June 16 – 22

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 16-22, 2014 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators’ message out to as many people as possible.

Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let’s SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!

Source: Pollinators Partnership

Summer Library Workshops

Monday, June 16th, 2014


ISU Students, Faculty, Staff


Open training on:

  • How to Find Books at the ISU Library
  • Searching EBSCOhost
  • Advanced Searching Skills


  • June 24th, Tuesday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • June 25th , Wednesday, 10 am – 11 am


Eli M. Oboler Library, 2nd Floor, Room 212