Archive for August, 2008

Library Closed for Labor Day Holiday and Fall Semester Hours

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

libraryThe Library will be open Saturday August 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and then be closed Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day holiday. You can find the hours for the entire semester on the Hours page, and also the exceptions to the schedule (first 2 weeks of the semester, Thanksgiving Holiday, and final exam week hours.)

Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collections

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Idaho State Historical Society has a new Digital Collections web page. If you are interested in Idaho history or Oregon Trail information, check out this new page. You can view over 700 different images online, including their Mining in Idaho collection, Shorty Fuller photographs and more!

Literary Pavers Reception Sept. 5th

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

For several years, Pocatello Arts Council has been working on a Literary Pavers Project in downtown Pocatello: poems and creative writing excerpts are etched into stone, and placed in the sidewalk. Sixteen pavers were installed earlier, including work by Greg Nicholl, Will Peterson, Cathy Peppers, Jesse Robison, Edson Fichter, Ford Swetnam, Ruth Moorhead, Leslie Leek, and more. See the complete list and location information on the P.A.C. Literary Pavers web page.

The newest round of Literary Pavers includes an Oboler Library staff member, Joan Juskie. Her poem about the Portneuf Greenway titled “Spring” is on the SW corner of Main and Whitman, near Pioneer Park. Other writers included in this round are: Michael Corrigan, Barbara Ann Russell, Steve Montgomery, Tom Spanbauer, Matthew Burch, Ron Dean, and Robert “Bob” Granger.

A reception for the literay pavers installation will be held on Sept. 5th, 6:00 p.m. at the Walrus and Carpenter bookstore during the Old Town Art Walk. Refresments will be provided. Come by, or do your own poetry walk, appreciating this new creative contribution to the arts in Pocatello.

Oboler Library Tours

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Welcome to campus! This week marks the first days of classes for many students at ISU. The Eli M. Oboler Library wants to make new students feel comfortable and familiar in these new surroundings. Library tours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28th from 12 noon until 5 pm. Tours leave every hour on the hour. Just enter inside the library doors and look for a Library staff member wearing a name tag near the Circulation desk.

This opportunity gives you access to library secrets, such as the best places to study, be seen, find snacks, reserve a study room, relax with a newspaper/magazine, use a computer for free, and find answers to your research questions. Participants will receive a free pen! Come and find your niche at the Library.

Welcome to the Library, Part 2: the 2nd and 3rd Floors, Basement

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

If you can attend a library tour on Thursday Aug. 28, you will learn a lot of helpful information about the library. See the post above this one. If you are unable to attend, this article will give you some of the information, and help you get around the library. This article will describe the 2nd, 3rd and basement floors. You can also find a floor plan of the library here.

2nd floor

2nd floor

The second floor is where all of the books are kept, in Library of Congress call number order. There are separate sections for Juvenile Literature and Oversize books (often art and musical scores, plus other books that are really big.)

classroom

Classrooms 212 and 266 are located on this floor. There are good individual and group study tables, comfortable chairs and sofa, and study carrels. Also there are some study rooms along the back wall that can be reserved at the Circulation Desk. There is a computer lab where you can get 30 pages of “free” printing per day if you have paid your computer fee. (more…)

Welcome to the Library, Part 1: 1st Floor

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

If you can, attend the library tour described in the above post. It will be filled with helpful information. If you can’t make it, here is a visual tour of some important details and areas in Oboler Library. You can also find a floor plan of the library here.

library exterior

The Lounge is a very popular meeting place on the first floor. It contains self-service copiers, food and drink vending machines, and computers for e-mail. You can enjoy easy chairs, sofas, or tables with chairs. This is a great place to eat, study or visit with friends. This is what the lounge looks like on a summer afternoon when school is not in session.

student lounge

 

student lounge

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Student Assistants Needed at Library

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

If you are attending ISU Fall semester and are looking for a part time job, check out what the library has to offer. There are jobs available in departments like Circulation and Copy Center/Periodicals. Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend hours may fit well with your school schedule. Fill out an application as soon as possible. Application forms are available at the Circulation desk, or back in the Administration Department.

Gene Warren Leaves Library for Business Information Department

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Gene WarrenAfter 17 years as a Financial Technician in the Administration Department at ISU’s Oboler Library, Gene Warren has accepted a teaching position with the Business Information (BI) department at ISU’s College of Technology (CoT). He has been adjunct faculty at the CoT for over 18 years, and is looking forward to being there full time. His last official day at the library will be August 15th. Even though he will not be working at the library any more, he will still be on campus and hopefully working with many of us in the future. We wish him well on his new adventure.

Help Others: Donate Blood Aug. 20th @ the Library

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Wednesday, August 20th, 10 am to 2 pm, there will be an American Red Cross blood drive in the student lounge at the library. You can sign up between now and then at the Circulation Desk in Oboler Library. Rules and information are available at the circulation desk. They need 36 donors. Please help!

Newest Library Staff Member: Shannon Shrum

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Welcome to our newest staff member, Shannon Shrum (formerly Shannon James), who is a Library Assistant 1 in the Circulation Department.

Shannon was born in Pocatello, but raised everywhere as a “military brat.” She returned to Pocatello to attend the high school both of her parents had attended. She dabbled in classes at ISU, and worked as a legal secretary until October 2005, when she began working as a circulation assistant for Marshall Public Library and found her “calling”. In 2001 she moved to the Boise area and started working for the Garden City Library, and became Circulation Manager in August 2005.

Over the July 4th weekend she moved to Pocatello to start work at Oboler Library and marry her college sweetheart. An academic setting is a new challenge for her, and she’s happy to be here. In her free time she enjoys family, camping, four-wheeling, boating, fishing, and playing with her pug, Buffy.