Archive for October, 2008

RSS Feed and Library News

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Don’t you hate hearing about something after it’s over? If you want to stay updated with new entries on Library News, but don’t want to have to remember to look it up, you’ll be happy to know that you can now subscribe to this feed using Bloglines, My Yahoo, Google, Live Bookmarks, or Microsoft Office Outlook.

At the bottom of the Library News page, you’ll find a message that Library News is powered by Word Press Entries (RSS), Click on RSS and you get a pull down menu for the above mentioned subscribers. Click and finish and then you can look forward to automatically receiving information on the updates, which usually happen at least once a week, but usually more frequently.

And if this sounds hard to do and is something you’ve never done before, look at the Library News entry below: there’s a class all about getting on RSS feeds on Nov. 3!

Research While You Sleep

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Too much to do, too little time? Here is a solution: Research While You Sleep!

Monday November 3
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. room 212 in the Library
By Jenny Semenza

Suffering from information overload or the too little time, too much to do syndrome? Then come to this workshop and learn how to harness the power of RSS feeds to bring you the information you are looking for.

* What is an RSS feed
* How to use Bloglines or Google Reader
* Adding feeds to the reader
* Getting search feeds from EbscoHost databases
* Getting tables of content feeds from Ebscohost databases

To sign up email Emily at

Three or more people will need to sign up or the class will be canceled.

The Library Screensaver

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Has the flash of interesting book covers gotten your attention? If you have come into the library recently, you may have noticed that we have a new screensaver on all of our computers. Since we cannot make the screensaver hold still for you, a collection of all of the images can be found on our flickr account.

A new set will be added in the spring so stay tuned…

This story was submitted to Library News by Jenny Semenza, Head of Reference at Oboler Library.

Create Your Own Blogs with Blogger & Twitter @ the Library

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Want your own blog? Come learn how to set one up free on Blogger. Blogs can be used as online diaries, and newsletters. They have been used for collaborative teaching and learning.

Twitter is a new microblogging application that helps you keep in touch with family and friends. A web based application that can be accessed via the text-message feature in your cell phone. No extra fees (other than your phone plan costs) apply. Twitter can be updated on the website free. Additionally, Twitter can be integrated into Facebook and will update your status.

Monday October 27
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. room 212 in the Library
By Jenny Semenza

To sign up email Emily at

Three or more people will need to sign up or the class will be canceled.

Bengal Spirit @ Oboler Library!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

You may notice a lot of new Bengal shirts on library staff!

shirtsFor about 10 years now, many library staff members have purchased personal library shirts: either with an Oboler Library or Bengal tiger emblem. The new ones are in, so you should see some around on casual days!

Intellectual Freedom Event

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Pat Bagley, award-winning editorial cartoonist for the “Salt Lake Tribune,” will be here on Nov. 7 at PV’s Pasta Vino restaurant in Old Town Pocatello for dinner and a presentation.

Bagley’s visit is sponsored by the Idaho State University Friends of Oboler Library, which each fall sponsors an event on intellectual freedom and censorship.

Bagley describes his home state of Utah as “that little metal thingy on the buckle of the Bible Belt.” He is the daily cartoonist for “The Salt Lake Tribune” and is syndicated in more than 450 newspapers around the country. Bagley reached a national audience with the popular “Curious George” parody, “Clueless George Goes to War,” which critics at call, “a little gem of a book that distills the Bush mis-presidency down to its essence.” See some of his cartoons on his Salt Lake Tribune web page.


Bagley cartoon.

Bagley cartoon.

The columnist grew up with politics. His father was mayor of a booming seaside community in southern California. He earned his degree from Brigham Young University in 1977 in history and political science.Pat BagleyBagley’s first published cartoon was picked up by “Time” in 1977. His work has since appeared in “Newsweek,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The Los Angeles Times” and “The Guardian” of London. His work is also regularly featured on the popular cartoon site and the annual publication, “The Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year.” His latest book, “Bagley’s Utah Survival Guide,” is an interpretive joyride through the Beehive State.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and Bagley will deliver his presentation at 7:15 p.m. PV’s Pasta Vino is located at 138 N. Main Street. Bagley will have some of his books for sale and many of his cartoons will be on display.

The cost of tickets for the social hour, dinner and talk is $25. The cost of tickets for the talk only is $5.

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, call (208) 282-2997.

Dead Writer’s Night

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Come hear some good literature! Friday Oct. 24, 7-9 pm in the SUB Canoe Room, the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is sponsoring this annual event. Come dressed as your favorite author/character and read up to five minutes of your favorite spook-tacular selections!

If this puts you in the mood to read more of some traditional poetry or prose writers like Edgar Allen Poe or Emily Dickinson, come by the library to see our large selection of literature.

National Archives Month

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

October is designated National Archives Month and the Public Archives and Research Library has several activities planned at the Idaho History Center in Boise. To view the schedule, please go to the Idaho State Historical Society page.

As part of Archives Month, we are also highlighting two recent projects – Idaho State and Territorial Inmates Files and Idaho History Online. The Inmates project processed and cataloged a large collection (7,500+) of inmate files and photographs covering the period from 1864 to 1947. These are one of our most heavily-requested collections and are a rich source of information for a variety of research projects, from family history to social history. Idaho History Online presents both a web exhibit and searchable database of images, all based around the topic of mining in Idaho.”

This information was recently sent in an Idaho Library list serve. If you’re looking for something closer to home, try Oboler Library’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives web page. It links to Special Collections online which includes the Bannock County Images Project, as well as numerous links to other digital collection sources. The Edward Stevenson collection (he designed for Lucille Ball for 18 years and has many design achievements) and the Richard Stallings papers are two other notable collections at ISU.

Poetry Heaven @ Oboler Library

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

If you love poetry, you’ll want to see the new books we’ve been getting! You can find some of them by coming in and browsing the new book shelves on the First Floor, near the aquarium and Circulation Desk.

new booksThe books are only on the new shelf for about five weeks (unless they check out sooner), and then go upstairs to the 2nd floor Main Book collection. Another way to find them is by going to our new books web page. There you can choose location of Main Book Collection, period of last 4 weeks to get the most hits, and sort by call number so you can go to your favorite subject area. Modern American Poetry is classified PS, and around page 476.

Some of my favorite finds of the past couple of months have been:

A Mind of Winter: Poems For a Snowy Season, edited by Robert Atwan,

Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems, edited by Lisa Spaar Russ

The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets translated by Sam Hamill

Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework edited by Pamela Gemin (poems about grating Parmesan, arranging my closet, cooking, a clothesline, housekeeping, sewing, cleaning, and more.)

America Zen: A Gathering of Poets edited by Ray McNiece and Larry Smith

The Face of Poetry edited by Zack Rogow (includes a CD of poets reading their poetry)

Range of Voices edited by Todd Marshall (poets born 1941-1959, a generation many of us are included in)

You can find these, books by your favorite poets, or poetry by subject areas in our catalog. The new books also include traditional verse, and poets from a variety of countries. If you would like to suggest a book for our collection, you can from the Research and Resources page, scroll down to Find Books, then “Suggest a book for our collection.” You will need to log in to do it.

This book recommendation article was contributed by Joan Juskie, Library Assistant in Serials.

Social Bookmarking with @ the Library

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Learn Social Bookmarking! The library is offering a free 1/2 hour class to students, faculty and staff at ISU. It’s “Social Bookmarking with” @ the Library taught by Spencer Jardine.

Want an easier way to share your favorite web sites? Want to use your bookmarks and favorite web sites on different computers? Bookmarking with can help you get more use out of your favorite websites

It’s October 13, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in room 212 in the Library.

To sign up email Emily at