Archive for November, 2008

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

The library will have special hours for the Thanksgiving break week.

Starting Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, the library will be closed.

Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 24-26, the library will be open 7:30 a.m. -6:00p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, the library will be closed.

Saturday Nov. 29 the library will be open 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday Nov. 30, normal library hours will resume. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


Current Display Magazine Area

Monday, November 24th, 2008

How to survive the financial crisis….Actions we can take to curb climate change…Best electronics: LCD and Plasma TVs….Your best (ski) season ever….Sin-fully sweet chocolate shops….The economy may be better than you think…The end of night:why we need darkness….Redesigning global finance…Drop 10 pounds this month….

current display magazine area

Where can you find all these interesting topics covered? On the Current Display magazine shelf at the library! Find titles like: Advertising Age, Art in America, Architectural Digest, Audubon,Current History, Discover, Ebony, Economist, Futurist, Health, High Country News, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Montana, Mother Earth News, Motor Trend, Newsweek, Organic Gardening, Prevention, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, Science, Ski, Sunset, Time, Utne, Wired, Writer’s Digest, and a lot more. There are a total of 144 different titles!

Current Display mags

The area is located to the back left of the new book area, near the Reference desk, along with the Current Display Art area. Many of the magazines are weeklies, so you may want to check a couple of times a week so you don’t miss any good articles. It can be an enjoyable break between classes.

The Library’s Catalog is Temporarily Down! NOW What Do I Do?

Thursday, November 20th, 2008


Occasionally the computer system that drives the library’s catalog does not work (generally for temporary maintenance or upgrades), but don’t panic! There are a few tricks you can use to work around this problem. These solutions are not by any means as good as using the catalog, but definitely better than nothing. And CALL US (the Reference Desk) at 282-3152 – we can help!

How to use WorldCat to Find Books in the Oboler Library

· From the Library’s Home Page: choose “Find Books” under the Research & Resources link.
· Click on WorldCat. (WorldCat is a huge catalog which contains the information from many library catalogs, including our own.)
· Choose the option at the bottom of the page, “Jump to Advanced Search.”
· Choose WorldCat from the very short pull-down menu (the box reads “Select a Database to Search”).
· Towards the bottom of the page, you’ll see “Limit Availability To” with a check box labeled “Items in my library (ONB, Idaho State Univ. Libr).”
· Check this box and go ahead with your search. Your results should be for books in the Oboler Library.

A few things to note:
· This system does not in any way indicate where in the library the book might be, or if it is available.
· The call number you’ll find in the item’s record is a general-use one, not the particular call number which we have assigned here. Often it is a very brief call number. This gives you the opportunity to browse our shelves for the item you’re looking for. One benefit is that you might find some books you didn’t know you needed!

Use the Periodical Holdings List (at the Reference Desk) to find call numbers for Journals

· To locate journal articles, the A-Z Journal List (available as a “Library Quick Link” below the photograph of the library, on the library web page) should still be working, except the “Check ELI (Library Catalog)” option, so if it’s available electronically, you should still be able access it.
· However, if an article you seek is not available via an electronic source (database, etc.), you may need to ask for help at the library’s Reference Desk (1st Floor), where an old, but still useful, printed list of periodicals is available.
· This will tell you if we subscribed to a particular journal prior to 1998, which issues we had at that time, and the CALL NUMBER for the journal. The call number will indicate where in the Periodicals collection (3rd Floor) you can look for the article you need.

Neither of these “work arounds” is fool-proof, but should prove somewhat helpful.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please ask for help at the Reference Desk, call us at 282-3152, or use the “Ask A Librarian” web form on the library home page. Thank you.

Books for Sale at the Library!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Buy some great books for 50 cents or $1.00! Oboler Library has been having an ongoing book sale for about a month and a half. If you’ve ever been to the Biennial Used Book Sale, you’ll remember what good books we had!

book saleThe sale started on Oct. 1st and runs through the remainder of the academic year. Items offered for sale are available near the New Books area of the First floor. This “stock” will be replenished as needed, and more books are being added today!

Books cost $1.00 for hardback and $ .50 for paperback. You can pay for them at the Circulation desk. So, come by, have a look, and stop by regularly to see the new items that have been added. This will be a great way to stock up on reading for school breaks, and to add to your home book collection.

New Publication at the Library

Monday, November 17th, 2008

In our ongoing effort to get information about the library out to as many people as possible by whatever means are available, the Oboler Library’s Reference Department has decided to try something new: a bulletin which will be posted in the restrooms of the library. A new issue will come out every other month, and will cover such topics as where to get research help in the library, brief blurbs on some of the wonderful library resources, such as databases, lists of particularly timely resources, calendar events, search tips, and other fun and useful tidbits.

We need your help, however, to name this new publication! From Nov. 17 — Dec. 12, we encourage you to fill out the quick easy form (available at the Reference Desk, on the first floor of the Oboler Library) with your ideas for a great title! The winner will be chosen and announced Monday, Dec. 15. The prize is a $25.00 Gift Certificate at the ISU Bookstore! This publication will be edited by the reference staff; if you have topics you’d like to see covered, write them at

Social Software Mini-workshop: Facebook

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Learn About Facebook! Ever wondered what web 2.0 means? Have you ever heard someone say they have “friended” someone else? Come learn and/or share your expertise about Facebook and understand why so many people use it. Set up an account. Learn how to share photos, updates, interests, causes, games, etc with your friends, family, and colleagues.

When: Monday, November 17, 2008 from 4 until 4:30pm
Where: Oboler Library Room 212

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New Displays at the Library

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Election Results, Hunting, University-Wide Reading Projects, Skiing, Cooking for the Holidays, and It’s Fall! are the new displays up in the library now.

First Floor:
electionsDisplay case 1 has several newspaper front pages with the Election Results. It also contains books by and about the president-elect. We’ll be adding the New York Times front page as soon as it is available.

huntingHunting is the topic of display case 2. The library has a lot of information on hunting, subscribes to Field & Stream magazine, and has a number of government document publications like Idaho Wildlife, Idaho Sportsmen’s Directory, Big Game Seasons. The display is accessorized with a camouflage suit, bow, and arrows.

Second Floor:
skiingDisplay case 3-Winter means Skiing! A sampling of some of the library resources are included in this case: Outdoor Sports, Winter Tales and Trails, Skiing for the Disabled, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, and The Rock: A History of the Pebble Creek Ski Area. If you live in Idaho, you probably do some kind of winter sports–watch for another winter sport highlighted next month.

readingUniversity-wide Reading Projects are the topic of display case 4. Recently ISU concluded events related to Enrique’s Journey. Did you know that over 230 university reading projects were found in a study on Reading Programs? Other books read included Coyotes by Ted Conover, Into the Wild by John Krakauer, Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver, The Devil’s Highway by Luis Urrea, The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini, and many more. Universities with reading projects include Western Washington University, University of Montana- Missoula, University of Washington, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, Spokane Falls Community College, and many more. Find out what your friends at other universities were reading, and get some reading ideas for school breaks. University of Idaho read 1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose.

cookingCooking for the Holidays is the subject of display case 5. It covers holiday treats, foreign cuisines (French, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, and more) and basic cooking, with books like Straight A’s College Cookbook and Fast and Healthy Recipes. One of the books is open to a yummy recipe for Fried Tortillas with Cheese (Nachos).

Third Floor:
fallIt’s Fall is the topic of display case 6. Colorful leaves decorate autumn poems, children’s stories, Leaf Man, Thanksgiving information, and more. Get into the spirit of fall with this one. It is a colorful and relaxing display to view.

Health Science display caseThe Right Choice at the Right Time. This display covers information and books about Dying, dying at Home, Care giving, Hospice and Palliative Care, Wills, Living Wills, Medical Power of Attorney (POA) and other related topics.

Interlibrary Loan Information

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Here is an important message about Interlibrary Loan during the upcoming holidays, and about materials needed before final week.


Picture of Copy Center Desk–ILL pickup/return

Librarian Wins $3,500 Grant to Study Kittie Wilkins

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Associate Professor Philip Homan, Eli M. Oboler Library catalog librarian, was awarded a 2008 Research Fellowship by the Idaho Humanities Council in support of his project “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company.” The IHC Board of Directors awarded this grant at its October meeting.

kwThe Wilkins Horse Company owned 10,000 horses, the largest herd owned by a single family in the West. Homan’s application was in the top four of five winners selected from thirteen submissions in this current grant round. He will use the grant to visit courthouses, archives, and libraries in Idaho in order to uncover the life and career of Wilkins, who has fallen through the cracks of history, as well as to develop a program for the IHC Speakers Bureau.


The IHC is a “private, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the humanities in Idaho.” It administers the Research Fellowship Program “to stimulate scholarship in the humanities, to provide support for scholars who need time and money for research, and to share the results with academic and public audiences.” Homan is writing the first biography of Wilkins.

Current Art Display in the Oboler Library

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

New art works hang in the Current Display area of the Library. These works of art have resided inside the Library for some time. Many of them used to hang in the Library’s instruction room (#212). This past summer new cork boards were installed inside the instruction room to highlight new books, search strategies, the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines, and other information- literacy themes.

Some of these pieces belong to the University’s art collection, while others were donated directly to the Library. Unfortunately, some of the information related to these works of art seems to have been lost. Looking at the works themselves I managed to glean the following information:

Miro 5We have three of Joan Miro’s lithographs. He lived from 1893 until 1983 and hails from Barcelona, Spain. The backs indicate that they were named Miro Lithographia II, Miro Lithographie II, and Miro Lithographie III. The second one says Centerfold on it as well.

miro 2

Two of the works of art depict ISU’s Student Union Building. They appear to be artist renditions of the building before it was built. They both identify Cedric M. Allen as the architect and Brautigam as the artist. These indicate that they were created in 1964.

Lib Art 4The largest two pieces contain the least amount of information. Each includes the same artist signature; however, even the signature is difficult to interpret. In lower-case, cursive letters it looks like “rgiur,” yet the third letter appears to be more of a “u” with a dot over the first stem of the “u.” These large oil-on-canvas pieces are beautifully composed and full of rich colors.

lib art 2

Four posters represent four different exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are Monet’s Years at Giverny, Douglas Dillon Galleries, Department of Prints and Photographs [The Favorite Cat], and The New American Wing.

Lastly, an oil-on-canvas painting depicts what look to be sunflowers. No title accompanies this work of art, but it appears the artist signature most nearly says Stuart. Anyway, please come look at these works of art and take a moment to read from the current magazines in the Current Display area.

This article and photographs were contributed by Spencer Jardine, Instruction and Reference Librarian, and Chair of the Exhibits Committee.