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Trends in Academic Libraries

Friday, 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.

Challenged Books

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The top ten most challenged books of 2015 were:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin

  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

  6. The Holy Bible

  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson

  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

Kathy S. Rosa, ed., American Library Association, “The State of America’s Libraries 2016: A Report from the American Library Association,” (retrieved May 5, 2016).

First Folio Workshop

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

As part of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, we are excited to let you know about a free teacher workshop:

August 27, 1-5 pm

Shakespeare’s Text Demystified: An Exploration of the First Folio and its Significance with Dr. Matt Hansen and Dr. Jennifer Black (Boise State University)

We invite Idaho schoolteachers to come together for this interactive workshop to explore the First Folio during its visit to Boise State. During this four-hour workshop facilitated by Boise State English faculty, we’ll look at a variety of aspects of Shakespeare’s plays through activities and discussions. Participants will come away with greater knowledge about Shakespeare’s language and early modern printing practices, as well as activities for immediate classroom use.

Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Advance registration is required.  Professional development credit for “Shakespeare’s Text Demysified” is  available through Boise State University. Click here to register and pay for credit.

This workshop is open to educators and librarians at all grade levels, though most activities are geared at 6th-12th grade students (since that’s when you might usually study Shakespeare.)  The workshop is free, but attendees seeking Continuing Education Units, will need to pay a credit fee.  You do not need to seek CEU’s to attend, they are just something we are offering.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Heather Grevatt Librarian, Assistant Professor Liaison: Business, Economics, ITM/SCM, Management, Albertsons Library, Boise State University (208) 426-3737,

JSTOR Research Guides Available

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

JSTOR is a growing digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Use these guides as starting points for your research on JSTOR!

The JSTOR LibGuides site ( was launched earlier this year and currently includes several guides designed for students, including how to use and search JSTOR and discipline-specific guides to content on the platform.  All the guides are public, and Springshare customers may copy and customize the guides as desired.

A new platform news feed has been added to this site. Recent platform updates include the introduction of “My Lists” (save and organize citations), improvements to the accuracy of the pre-formatted citations (“Cite This Item”), and a few styling changes for the search results page.  You can read more about the changes and see screenshots at

From: Kristen Garlock, Associate Director, Education & Outreach – JSTOR

New Research Guides Available

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

From our Health Sciences Library Director, Molly Montgomery:

New LibGuides now available!

Health Sciences Research: Where to Start

This was created to help students select the best resource(s) based on their question type. It helps distill the rather overwhelming amount of information available.

Health Statistics

If you need information along the lines of, ‘what county in Idaho has the highest rate of heart disease?’, this page will be your friend! Especially the tab for state/county information!


Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

SICOT-J is now accepted for indexing in PubMed Central and DOAJ

The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) and EDP Sciences are pleased to announce that their peer reviewed, open access journal SICOT-J has been accepted for indexing in PubMed Central and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Inclusion of SICOT-J in PubMed Central and DOAJ will provide international visibility and recognition for the journal’s authors.

The first issue of SICOT-J was published in 2015, and all articles are free to access. The journal is focused on publishing original clinical, basic and translational research in the field of orthopaedics surgery and traumatology.

The Editorial board of SICOT-J and EDP Sciences are very proud of the recognition of the exacting ethical and publishing standards applied by SICOT-J since the launch of the journal in 2015.

SICOT-J is led by Professor Hatem Said, of Assiut University, Egypt, and Professor Jacques Caton, of Clinique Orthopedique Emilie de Vialar, Lyon, France. The editors would like to thank the Editorial board, reviewers and authors for their support, and they continue to welcome new article submissions.

About SICOT 

SICOT, Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie, is an international non-profit association incorporated under Belgian law with the aim of promoting the advancement of the science and art of orthopaedics and traumatology at an international level (and in particular for the improvement of patient care), and to foster and develop teaching, research and education. In 2014, SICOT celebrated its 85th anniversary.

SICOT’s commitment to education in orthopaedics is reflected by its various activities in diploma examinations, publishing of scientific journals, newsletters and books, as well as organizing world congresses, regional scientific meetings and courses, and the creation of multiple fellowships and Orthopaedic Education Centers.

About EDP Sciences and EDP Open

EDP Sciences ( is a not-for-profit publisher, established in 1920, belonging to learned societies with a mission to participate in the dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific progress and cross-fertilisation of ideas of the society in general. EDP Open ( is the Open Access arm of EDP Sciences. EDP Sciences is located in Paris and London and publishes over 55 scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and biomedical sciences. It also publishes 20 professional magazines, conference proceedings and books.

Source: SERIALST listserv / 5-19-16

New Resource: REDBOOKS

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

REDBOOKS Agency and Advertising Database: your trusted source for advertiser and agency data

For almost 100 years, REDBOOKS has been providing competitive intelligence and prospecting data to media companies, advertising agencies, manufacturers, advertising services and suppliers, libraries and more.  Looking for relevant content on companies and the advertising agencies that work with them? This is the source for uncovering key advertiser and agency relationships.

REDBOOKS monitors nearly 9,000 worldwide agency parent companies, over 4,400 U.S. publicly traded companies, the top 2,000 global companies and the largest U.S. private companies. It reviews over 500,000 worldwide news sources daily for executive and key staff member changes, account wins and losses, merger and acquisition activity.

Check out the competition using this resource to locate important data unique to both advertisers and ad agencies:

Key Personnel
E-mail and LinkedIn for many Key Personnel
Business Description – What industry? What exactly do they do?
Advertising Expenditures & Breakdown by Media
Advertising Agencies that work with Advertisers
Brands Owned and Agencies servicing those brands
Examples of Brand Creatives
Sales Figure or Sales Ranges
Number of employees
S.I.C. & N.A.I.C.S. Codes – to help you quickly identify competitors and benchmark against them
Recent News

Key Personnel
E-mail and LinkedIn for many Key Personnel
Agency Client Lists, including New Accounts
Annual Billings
Creative URLs
Agency Specialization
Number of Employees
National Agency Associations
Global Branch Offices
Primary contact info: phone, fax, address, and website
Recent News

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New Reference Print Resources 6-21-16

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Let’s split! : a complete guide to separatist movements and aspirant nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar / by Christopher F. Roth.   Sacramento, CA : Litwin Books, 2015.
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: D445 .R595 2015

Sage encyclopedia of African cultural heritage in North America / edited by Mwalimu J. Shujaa, Kenya J. Shujaa.   Thousand Oaks, California : Sage Publications, Inc., [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: DT16.5 .S26 2015

Latino stats : American Hispanics by the numbers / Idelisse Malave, Esti Giordani.   New York : The New Press, 2015.
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: E184.S75 M363 2015

Haitian Revolution : a documentary history / edited and translated, with an introduction, by David Geggus.   Indianapolis : Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., [2014]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: F1923 .G338 2014

Encyclopedia of the Incas / edited by Gary Urton and Adriana Von Hagen.   Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: F3429 .E495 2015

Mapping the First World War : the Great War through maps from 1914-1918 / Peter Chasseaud.   London : Collins, 2013.
Location: Idaho Falls Reference – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: GA101-1999

World atlas of natural disaster risk / Peijun Shi, Roger Kasperson, editors-in-chief.   Heidelberg : Springer Verlag, 2015.
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: GB5014 .W67 2015

Cambridge world prehistory / edited by Colin Renfrew, The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Paul G. Bahn, Independent scholar.   New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2014].
Location: Idaho Falls Reference – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: GN710 .C36 2012

Zombie book : the encyclopedia of the living dead / by Nick Redfern and Brad Steiger.   Canton, MI : Visible Ink Press, 2014.
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: GR581 .R43 2014

Crafting scholarship in the behavioral and social sciences : writing, reviewing, and editing / Robert M. Milardo.   New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: H61.8 .M56 2015

Watchdogs and whistleblowers : a reference guide to consumer activism / Stephen Brobeck and Robert N. Mayer, editors ; foreword by Jim Guest, former president and CEO, Consumer Reports.   Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: HC110.C63 W38 2015

China’s foreign places : the foreign presence in China in the treaty port era, 1840-1943 / Robert Nield.   Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: HE559.C5 N54 2015

1960s counterculture : documents decoded / Jim Willis.   Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: HN59 .W525 2015

Women of power : half a century of female presidents and prime ministers worldwide / Torild Skard.   Bristol : Policy Press, 2014.
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: HQ1236 .S5713 2014

Profiles of America.  Third edition   Millerton, NY : Grey House Publishing, [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: HT123 .P7624 2015

Handy English grammar answer book / Christine A. Hult.   Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [2016]
Location: Idaho Falls Reference – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: PE1112 .H845 2016

Atlas of crustacean larvae / edited by Joel W. Martin, Jørgen Olesen, and Jens T. Hoeg.   Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: QL435 .A85 2014

Engineering book : from the catapult to the Curiosity Rover : 250 milestones in the history of engineering / Marshall Brain.   New York : Sterling, [2015]
Location: Idaho Falls Reference – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: TA15 .B73 2015

Mechanical engineers’ handbook / edited by Myer Kutz.  Fourth edition.   Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons Inc., [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: TJ151 .M395 2015

Oxford guide to library research / Thomas Mann.  Fourth edition.   Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Location: Reference Collection (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: Z710 .M23 2015

Research guide to the ancient world : print and electronic sources / John M. Weeks and Jason de Medeiros.   Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
Location: Reference Desk (1st Floor) – NO CHECKOUT       Call Number: Z5579.2 .W44 2015

Medline Complete

Monday, June 20th, 2016

MEDLINE Complete, a full-text upgrade to our previous MEDLINE product, is up and active!  Go to the Library  homepage, >>Library Quick Links, then to >>Databases – Alphabetic and learn more!

It provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations.  It offers the full text of many popular MEDLINE-indexed journals that are not available in other databases.

The greatest benefit of MEDLINE Complete is the breadth of its content. In looking at the product’s title list, a potential subscriber would be excited by the impressive holdings, especially when looking at titles that are listed as being available without embargo, such as American Family Physician, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Biochemical Journal, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, and Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Beyond the non-embargoed titles, the product is unique in its efforts to release its full text simultaneously with the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) release of citations to MEDLINE. It also has the great asset of being a part of the EBSCO family, being easily integrated into link resolvers, and adding full-text heft to other EBSCO database subscriptions.

New Resource: Nursing Reference Center

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Designed specifically for nurses, this resource provides evidence-based information for point-of-care, continuing education, nursing research and more. With Nursing Reference Center (NRC), nurses can get answers to questions quickly, strengthen their nursing skills and read full-text journal articles anytime and anywhere.

NRC supports education goals and encourages nursing students to access the original research, and provides options for patient care while preserving and supporting the essential learning opportunities that educators want to provide.

Access evidence-based resources for quick reference at the point-of-care including:

  •     Quick lessons providing disease and condition overviews that map to the nursing workflow
  •     Evidence-based care sheets providing summaries of what is known about a disease or condition and the best treatment options
  •     Nursing cultural competencies providing information on how to treat patients from diverse cultures
  •     Patient education handouts
  •     Point-of-care drug information

Nurses can strengthen their nursing skills with the nursing practice and skill documents which provide an overview of a procedure or skill, desired outcome, facts and figures, step-by-step instructions and more. These resources help nurses develop nursing competency skills, critical thinking skills and communication skills. Nurse managers can use the corresponding skill competency checklist to assess a nurse’s competency in the desired skill.

Explore NRC!  Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, and go to >>Databases – Alphabetic.