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Special Collections Fall Semester Hours

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Hours for Special Collections for Fall 2014 beginning Monday, August 25th are the following:

Monday/Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday/Thursday: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday: By Appointment Only

Saturday/Sunday: Closed

Please contact Ellen Ryan, Head of Special Collections and Archives,  (208) 282-3608,, or visit their homepage for more information or to schedule an appointment.

2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

‘Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library’ receives the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines” by June Pinnell-Stephens is the recipient of the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award.

The award was presented to Pinnell-Stephens at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas at the IFRT reception held June 28.

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee was honored to choose this slim but powerful title for its practical relevance as a guide. “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library Scenarios from the Front Lines” not only details step by step how to combat the censors, but also outlines in clear language  how and why intellectual freedom is a singularly important matter facing all 21st century libraries. Citing U.S. court cases for protection of intellectual freedom rights in libraries, Pinnell-Stephens clearly defines and answers questions critically important to librarians, as well as providing sample forms and policy documents that can be utilized.

The award is named for Eli M. Oboler, the extensively published Idaho State University librarian known as a “champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression.”  Learn more about this amazing man and click here.

The award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.  It has been offered biennially since 1986.

Source:  Shumeca Pickett /

Library Interim Hours Begin August 9

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The Library will be closed this weekend!

Interim Session: August 9 – August 22

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

Weekend Before Classes Start: August 23 – August 24

Saturday – Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Resource Spotlight: Natural Standard

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

THE Source for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Information

Thanks to the ISU College of Pharmacy, all ISU students, staff and faculty now have access to the Natural Standard database.  This integrative medicine resource provides high quality, evidence-based information on the safety and efficacy of herbs, minerals, and supplements, as well as information on CAM therapy specific to medical conditions, foods, and supplements, and even sports medicine.

If your research covers anything related to alternative medicine, you NEED to be searching Natural Standard.  Find it on the Idaho health Sciences Library page or the Databases – Alphabetic page.

Source - Molly Montgomery, Asst Professor, Health Science Librarian

New Art Show Begins August 1st

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Gallery 12 Comes to the Oboler Library

From August 1 through the end of October 2014, works by Gallery 12 will be on view in the Oboler Library at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.  Gallery 12 is a band of twelve artists from Idaho Falls who work in a variety of styles and mediums, from paintings to collage, depicting subjects that vary from wildlife to landscapes to abstract works.  They have renounced the idea that a gallery must have the traditional four walls; instead, they collaborate to put on exhibitions of their work in numerous venues across the West.

The artists included in this show are:

Gloria Allen, Mary Ann Cherry, Sally Cannon Ellis, Marilyn Hansen, Joe Keller, Ginger Kramer, Gary Lords, Ruth Nordstrom, Nolan Parson, Roy Reynolds, Marla Swanner Ward, and Marina Zavalova. 

“Here’s Looking at Ya” by Mary Ann Cherry

Please join us for the reception at the Oboler Library, September 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hoursFor more information, please contact Kristi Austin (208) 282-4073. 

Visit Gallery 12 on their website!

Oboler Library August Hours

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Interim Session: August 9 – August 22

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

August 23 – August 24

Saturday – Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Library Faculty News

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Eli M. Oboler  faculty Sandra Shropshire, Jenny Semenza and Regina Koury’s  paper has been accepted for  the Satellite Meeting  “Knowledge Management as a Vital Tool for Change Management” at the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions ) World Library and Information Congress: 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly 15 August 2014, Lyon, France.

On the panel they will join their colleagues from  Drexel University, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), University of Texas at Tyler, First Command, Helsinki University Library, Flinders University Library – Australia and Bibliothèque universitaire des Langues et Civilisations, France.

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It aims to promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services and encourages widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services.

IFLA conference is held in August or early September in a different city each year. More than 3,000 delegates meet to exchange experience, debate professional issues and see the latest products of the information industry.

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