Archive for April, 2008

ISU Reading Project 2008 Selection

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Looking for something good to read this summer? Try Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. It was selected for the 2008 Reading Project. The author will be here in fall for a lecture and book signing. There will be an essay contest and other discussion events that will be advertised later. More details are available on the Reading Project web page. The library has copies of the book, both at the reserves desk and in the stacks. Use our catalog to find further information about availability.

“Women in the American West” Books

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Laura Woodworth-Ney, Ph.D., Department of History chair at Idaho State University, has written a new book detailing how women played significant roles in the development of the western United States, a recent news release states. Read the entire article here. The library is currently processing copies of the book and it should be available soon. The library also has many other resources for further research. Check the History subject area page for databases, reference books, and web resources. Also check the online catalog for subject headings like Women-West (U.S.) History and Women-West (U.S.) Biography for lists of books on the same topic.

Newest “Between the Lines” Library Newsletter

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The new spring issue of Between the Lines, the Eli M Oboler newsletter is now posted. This issue has articles on gifts and rare book purchases, the Richard Stallings papers, the University Librarian & Dean’s column, Web of Science, changes in the NIH Public Access Policy, Library Service in Idaho Falls, and more. It even has a small article on this Library News blog!

Click here to get to the new issue. If you want to see the four previous issues, click on “Between the Lines Library Newsletter” in the pages column on the upper right side of this page.

Study at the Library

Friday, April 25th, 2008

The library will be open longer hours finals week, and has a variety of study areas. (more…)

Access Newspaper Archive

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

For the past year and a half, the Oboler library has been enjoying a free subscription to the Access Newspaper Archive. We recently learned that the company that produces this database will no longer offer the free version. Because we know that it’s hard for historians and other researchers to find primary source material and historic newspaper articles, we purchased a subscription to the Archive. (more…)

Historic Newspaper Database Trials

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Historic Newspaper Database Trials

The Oboler Library is currently running month-long trials of the following historic newspaper archives:

19th Century British Library Newspapers Digital Archive ( This database indexes more than 50 national and local newspapers from England, Scotland, and Ireland and contains more than two million scanned pages. The database can be accessed from anywhere on the Pocatello Campus. The trial ends May 23, 2008.

America’s Historical Newspapers ( We currently have access to series 2 through 5, covering 1756-1922. It indexes hundreds of newspapers from all over the United States. The database can be accessed from anywhere on the Pocatello Campus. The trial ends May 23, 2008.

American Periodicals Series Online, 1741-1900 ( More than 1,000 titles are covered in this database. It contains pdf scans of articles, allowing you to see the articles as they originally appeared when they were published. This database requires a password. The trial ends May 21, 2008.

Times Digital Archive ( This database covers the London Times from 1785 to 1985. The database can be accessed from anywhere on the Pocatello Campus. The trial ends May 23, 2008.

If you would like to explore one of the databases that requires a password, please contact Annie Smith at X3100 or by e-mail at smitanna(at)isu(dot)edu.

This article was contributed to Library News by Annie Smith, Electronic Resource Librarian.

Weekly Reminder, April 21-25

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Library News will start a weekly reminder section during weeks when there are numerous events. This article will highlight special activities and events that occur during the current week. (more…)

Library Staff Participate in Bike to Work Challenge

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Fifteen Oboler Library staff members will represent the library in the Employee Challenge sponsored by Portneuf Valley Bike to Work. This program challenges workplaces to use alternative transportation to and from work during the month of May: bike, walk, car pool, or ride the bus. Check out their web page for many more exciting events that will be happening, information on the benefits of alternative transportation, and more.

Last year Oboler Library staff won first prize in the Employee Challenge, a new bicycle. Staff voted to donate the bicycle to the ISU Women’s Club Holiday Fair, where it was raffled and the proceeds used to provide scholarships for ISU students.

National Poetry Month

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

April is National Poetry Month. You can find out more about this on the Academy of American Poets web page. (more…)

Readers on Web 2.0

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

National Library Week began on April 13th, and libraries around the country showcase their collections and services. Idaho State University’s Oboler Library will promote reading for its own sake–for FUN! (more…)