Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

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




New Database: Early American Imprints

Friday, June 6th, 2014

We have recently added a new full text database to our collection: 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.”

History of this Collection

Early American Imprints was originally a microopaque card (not the more common microfiche) collection produced by Readex Microprint. It is based on Evan’s American Bibliography and on Shaw-Shoemaker’s American Bibliography and contains the full text of all known existing books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the United States (or British American colonies prior to Independence) from 1639 through 1819, some 72,000 titles.

It is now also available in electronic form as part of the Readex Archive of Americana.

The microprint edition was undertaken by the American Antiquarian Society in 1955 and edited by Dr. Clifford K. Shipton, then director of the Society. The extensive collection of early American imprints in the Society’s library provided a substantial number of the imprints that were filmed. Many other major libraries in the United States and Europe also made texts available and provided editorial corrections to the original bibliographic work of Charles Evans.

The series is available in two parts: Early American Imprints: Series I Evans, 1639–1800, and Early American Imprints: Series II Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801–1819.

Go to the Library webpage and under Library Quick Links find  Databases -  Alphabetic and take time to explore our newest resource!   It is available on and off campus and for all sites.

UNC Celebrates 7 Millionth Book

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A rare sixteenth century book with modern resonance will become the seven millionth volume in the Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A public celebration in March marked the acquisition of a book of Latin poetry published in 1573 by Juan Latino. Scholars have described Latino as the first person of sub-Saharan African descent to publish a book of poems in a Western language.

With this milestone, UNC becomes one of only 21 university libraries in North America to hold more than seven million volumes. It also becomes one of a handful of U.S. libraries—including Harvard, Yale, the Boston Public Library, and the New York Public Library—to own this first book of Juan Latino.

Juan Latino was born around 1518 in either Africa or Spain. He was a slave in a noble Spanish household, serving as a page to the family’s son. While accompanying the young duke to classes, Latino learned Latin and Greek. He eventually earned his freedom and became a professor of Latin grammar in Granada. He came to use the surname Latino or Latinus, reflecting his mastery of the Latin language.

The Hanes Foundation gift also included a copy of Latino’s second book, along with ten scholarly books about Latino’s life and work.

They will all become part of the Rare Book Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library, where librarians expect them to be consulted by students and scholars in many disciplines, including classics, history, comparative literature and Africana and Diaspora studies.

Click here to learn more.

Trial Database: RIPM

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Music Researchers!

We have been given trial access to the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM), through June 17.  This resource  indexes writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950.  If you have some historic music research to do or are curious about the contents to RIPM, give it a try!

There are two different platforms or interfaces to choose from, via RIPMPlus and EBSCOhost.  Access with your ISU ID# and last name if you’re off campus.

2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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 will be presented to Pinnell-Stephens at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas at the IFRT reception on Saturday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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 methods on how to combat the censors, it 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 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.  The award was 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.”  The award has been offered biennially since 1986.

During his 31 years as ISU’s head librarian (the position eventually became “University Librarian and Dean”) he planned two library buildings. The current home of the library was completed in 1977 and named in his honor shortly before his death in 1983.

Learn more about the remarkable Eli M. Oboler and click here.

Article source: Shumeca Pickett,  March 12, 2014,

Library Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Library will be closed

Saturday, May 24th -  Monday, May 26th.

Regular summer hours resume Tuesday May 27th.

Choice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

This year, Choice magazine marks a milestone of true significance: 50 years of publication. The premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources in higher education, Choice is a publication of ACRL. Launched in 1964 out of office space at Wesleyan University’s Olin Library under the leadership of founding editor Richard K. Gardner, Choice originated as “a monthly current book selection guide to aid colleges and junior colleges in strengthening their library collections with the best of academic materials.”

Over the years, Choice has remained committed to this vital collection development service, expanding coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably a vast array of new digital and Internet resources. With Choice and Choice Reviews Online (CRO), the contribution to the academic library community has grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights including bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and other notable features.

David Free, “From the Field,” May 2014, College & Research Libraries News.

Reading Comprehension

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Time spent online was expected to top five hours per day in 2013 for U.S. adults. That is up from three hours in 2010. This may affect how we read for in-depth comprehension. We spend more time scanning, searching for key words, and scrolling than we do reading linearly. It may be affecting our ability to comprehend long sentences with multiple clauses, such as those found in novels and other long textual pieces.
Michael S. Rosenwald, “Serious Reading Takes a Hit from Online Scanning and Skimming, Researchers Say,” April 6, 2014, The Washington Post.

Trial Databases

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014