Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

College Students Prefer Print?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

From: Fast Facts / College & Research Libraries News / April 2015

A fall 2014 “survey found students spent an average of $320 to get 5.3 textbooks. Eighty-seven percent of these were print books. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.”

Michael S. Rosenwald, “Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right,” The Washington Post, February 22, 2015, (retrieved March 2, 2015).

Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair April 18

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The 2015 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair seeks to present information, resources, services, and products that promote healthier, more ecologically sound lifestyles, as well as educate attendees about the environmental impacts of widespread consumer actions and choices.

Nearly 100 businesses, agencies, and organizations will be providing activities, information, and goods for sale that make it easy to be green. Come enjoy great music, food, and hands-on activities at this popular community festival.

The fair is FREE and has something for everyone—just ask one of the over 5,000 attendees from last year. Bring your friends and family and enjoy dozens of hands-on activities, pick up green goodies, listen to great live music, and enjoy a free Idaho baked potato, hot dog, or freeze-dried ice cream. This community event is sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and local government agencies.

Our Health Science Librarians Ruiling and Loretta will be representing the National Library of Medicine’s Tox Town website, an excellent source of information about toxic substances around the home, farm, and city.  (Rumor has it that they will have chocolate at their booth)

See you there!

More New Trials

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Some great new trial subscriptions have been set up.  Research On!

British Periodicals (until 05-13-2015)
Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports (until 05-13-2015)
The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H Jacobs (until 05-13-2015)
Historical Statistical Abstracts 1970-2012 (until 05-13-2015)
Human Rights Studies Online  (until 12-18-2015)
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index (until 05-13-2015)
Nursing Assessment in Video  (until 06-09-2015)
Nursing Assistant Education in Video  (until 06-09-2015)
Nursing Education in Video  (until 06-09-2015)
Play Index (H.W. Wilson) (until 07-05-2015)

New Health Sciences Database Trials

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Get Ready-


Try out our new Trial Databases!

These databases are available until 6/09/15.

Nursing Education in Video: Second Edition

Description: Nursing Education in Video is the most comprehensive, functional collection of nursing videos available today. It gives faculty and students anywhere-anytime access to the complete collection of Medcom’s highly regarded training videos—over 400 titles.

Nursing Assessment in Video:

Description: Nursing Assessment in Video is an online database that provides anywhere, anytime access to the best-selling assessment series of training videos from Medcom Inc., acclaimed provider of nursing education programs worldwide. Each title features leading industry experts providing hands-on demonstrations and step-by-step instructions in key assessment areas. And because all content was produced since 2012, users can depend on the collection to deliver the most accurate, up-to-date information available.

Nursing Assistant Education in Video:

Overview: Video is the ideal training medium for this highly practical profession. It gives nursing assistants in-training and those professionals seeking to brush up on their skills an easy way to observe highly technical procedures and complex patient interactions before practicing in a clinical setting.

Construction Zone Book Retrieval

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The second floor book stacks, QH – Z are currently blocked off by tenting for the earthquake bracing, new carpet project.

If  you need a book from this call number area please fill out a call-slip at the Circulation Desk.

  • Circulation will retrieve books between 5:00 – 6:00 pm daily.
  • An email will be sent to your account about availability.
  • If the item cannot be retrieved from the construction chaos then the email will include a notice about Interlibrary Loan.

Remember to check with the Reference Desk for help locating additional resources for your research. Stop by, call us at (208) 282-3152, or fill out the convenient Ask a Librarian email form.

National Library Week April 12 – 18

Monday, April 13th, 2015

National Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 with the theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Celebrate with us and enter our annual “My Favorite Book Drawing”.  Four winners will be drawn on April 28 to receive a $25 gift certificate to

Click here to submit your entry online, or stop by the Library to fill one out.

Submissions will be accepted April 12 – 25 with the drawing held on Tuesday, April 28 for the prizes.

Additional Information:

  • The gift cards are sponsored by Friends of Oboler Library
  • Become a Friend of the Oboler Library today: Membership Page
  • “My Favorite Book” submissions will be put on display in the Oboler Library and shared on the ISU Libraries Facebook page
    (:Like the Facebook page today. :)
  • National Library Week, April 12th – April 18th

Contact the Reference Desk if you have any questions:

Trial Database: Play Index

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Play Index (H.W. Wilson)

Play Index contains approximately 34,000 plays — published individually or in collections — dating from 1949 to present time. Including over 600 monologues from playwrights such as Shakespeare, Aeschylus and Euripides, Moliere and many more.  This database is available on and off campus, through 07/05/2015.  Click here to check out our other current Trial Databases and let us know what you think of them!

2nd Floor Construction Begins

Monday, April 6th, 2015

They have begun tenting the shelves and the area from approximately QH – Z.  Please see Circulation for retrieval of materials from this section.

The Details:

Contractors are going to lift and move the stacks, put down the carpet, put the stacks back, unload the bottom shelf of books, bolt the shelving, put the books back.   The carpeting is expected to occur during the day and the bolting after the Library closes.

Veterans History Project

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) today launches “Please Write Often: Wartime Correspondence,” the latest installment of the Experiencing War website series. The presentation examines 18 digitized, correspondence-based collections found in the VHP archive. The veterans in this installment represent a wide variety of branches, service locations and military roles and span the entirety of VHP’s collecting scope from World War One to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

“Please Write Oftentakes a close look at the practice of sending and receiving letters during wartime, easing the pain and loneliness of military members and their loved ones separated for long periods of time. Writing letters is often their only way to share intimate feelings, exciting news and the sometimes drab details of daily living.

The highlighted collections contain letters exchanged between sweethearts, spouses and parents and children. Many unique stories of war are found in these personal documents, including that of Robert Barber, who wrote to his mother with graphic descriptions of what he experienced during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, and James Sorenson, a 45-year-old father of four who requested a discharge due to his age and rank – and was instead sent to the Philippines during World War II.

“Before letter-writing became an art form lost to technology that now allows for two-way communication at warp speed without the need for pen, paper or postage, service members and those back home relied upon letters delivered during wartime to keep in touch,” said Veterans History Project Director Robert Patrick. “These letters are priceless. They provide vivid descriptions of the foreign places in which military members found themselves and reveal their most personal thoughts and emotions under the stress of separation and war.”


Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. For more information, visit or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to advance the knowledge and creativity of the American people through its collections, programs and services. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

March 19, 2015 / Contact: Megan Harris (202) 707-8205, Lisa Taylor (202) 707-2333
Website:“Please Write Often: Wartime Correspondence”

Library Construction Work Continues

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Library will re-open this Sunday, March 29 with regular semester building hours after being closed spring break.

General Library Hours Spring Semester 2015

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Midnight

Please excuse our mess and noise as carpeting and shelving work continues in the Library.  If you need a book located in a construction zone please ask for help at the circulation desk and the item will be retrieved for you.

Visit the Library’s website or the Idaho State University Library Facebook page for more information.