Archive for March, 2009

Finding Foreign Language Materials in the Library

Monday, March 30th, 2009

The library has access to many foreign-language materials. Come find out about them at this workshop. Learn time-saving tips on how to find Library books in foreign languages. Discover which databases and resources will help you find the best books, articles, and other materials in other languages.

Where: Library Room 212 (2nd floor, across from the restrooms)

When: Wednesday April 1st, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library
OR Call: 282-3152
OR Email:

Books for Sale or Trade @ the Library

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If you need some easy reading to enjoy, sitting outside on a beautiful spring afternoon, you can grab some leisure reading at the library! Or if you are looking to add a few used nonfiction books to your home library, we have some of those too. We have two book racks of items available without any check out or overdue restrictions: the Book Sale Rack and the Book Swap Rack.

BOOK SALE RACK: Buy some great books for 50 cents or $1.00! Oboler Library has been having an ongoing book sale for several months. 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. It includes academic books, nonfiction, and some fiction. This “stock” will be replenished as needed, and more books are being added regularly!

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.

book swap rackBOOK SWAP RACK: This rack was installed as part of National Library Week, and moved into the student lounge area after the Book Sale Rack was installed. Many individuals have taken advantage of this service in swapping out desirable titles. Library staff have donated paperback books from their personal collections, and one notable manager has bought a variety of titles from the local Deseret Industries, garage sales, and the Marshall Public Library Friends of the Library booksale to add to the offerings on the rack.

A variety of genres are available on the rack, including westerns, thrillers, mysteries, classics, adventures, romances, and a little nonfiction. Come to the library to see what is available! Bring a paperback of your own to swap for a title that interests you. If you have multiple paperbacks you are willing to share, please feel free to add them to our Book-Swap Rack so others in our campus community can enjoy a wider array of options for their reading pleasure.

Financial Wellness

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This is exactly what we need in these rough financial times! I saw an interesting item on the ISU News/ Headlines pagea few days ago. ISU has a Financial Wellness Center now. It will offer resources for students seeking financial advice. They also have some classes and presentations ISU staff can attend, and an “under construction” web page which already has some interesting information and links, and will have more later. Their mission is reported to be: “to promote financial awareness and financial literacy in the University; provide free one-on-one advising; network with campus, professional and community resources; and improve university student retention and recruitment.” Financial wellness is such an important issue in our current world.

The library can also help you in your search for more information about getting through these trying times. On our Current Display magazine shelves on the first floor, we have the newest issue on many publications that can help you: Barron’s, Business Week, Consumer Reports, Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, Money, and more. You can find back issues of these magazines in the 3rd floor Periodicals area. Also the library has numerous electronic databases for quickly finding even more information. MasterFILE Premier is a good choice for popular journals, and Academic Search Complete would work well for academic journals.

Finally, the book collection can be helpful for finding more financial information. Check our catalog. Using the subject heading “finance, personal,” I was led to 125 titles including Suze Orman’s 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, Ernst & Young’s Personal Financial Planning Guide, Michael Finney’s Consumer Confidential : the Money-Saving Secrets They Don’t Want You To Know, Start Late, Finish Rich : a No-Fail Plan For Achieving Financial Freedom At Any Age by David Bach If you’ve found a highly recommended book that the library doesn’t have, you can “Suggest a Book For Our Collection” (under Find Books), or Interlibrary Loan it to read.

Between the Lines

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The newest issue of Between the Lines, the Oboler Library Newsletter, is out! You can get to the new issue from here, and get to all the past issues by clicking on Pages on the menu bar on the right side of the Library News page.

This new issue contains a variety of articles you’ll want to read covering: book arts, the economy & libraries, the new adopt a journal program, emergency preparedness, Regina Koury’s midwinter conference presentation, cuts in the library budget, Phil Homan’s research fellowship to study Kittie Wilkins, the new LiLI-D online resources, and integrating patron services into one location.

Spring Break Hours

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The library will be open different hours for Spring Break week.

Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, the library will be closed.

Monday-Friday, March 23-27, the library will be open 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 the library will be open 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 the library will resume normal hours of 12:00 pm to midnight.

While the library is closed, you can still do considerable research from home using the library web page: it contains over 212 electronic databases, and access to 76,425 electronic journals.

If you are working on your thesis or dissertation during spring break, you may want to read the recent Library News article on Finding Dissertations and Theses.

Have a wonderful spring break!

Oboler Library

Spring Break Travels

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

If your spring break plans include traveling somewhere by car, you probably already know about getting driving directions (including mileage and time estimates) with Mapquest and Yahoo Maps. My favorite, however, is Google Maps because they have an option (click on “get directions: and then “options” to see it) “Avoid Highways” that allows you to really see the country from the old highways and often avoid big city driving. Google Maps also has an interesting option for “Street View” where you can see a specific location. Try it–it’s fun!

Finding Dissertations & Theses

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

In the last two months I have been working on a tutorial that incorporates an audio component. The Instructional Technology Resource Center or ITRC helped me download Adobe Presenter software, which allows me to add audio to a PowerPoint Presentation. They allow faculty and staff on campus to publish these audio presentations to their servers.

It really was not as difficult as I feared that it would be. I created a tutorial on finding dissertations and theses at Idaho State University: It begins with a brief overview of the the ProQuest database, Dissertations and Theses–A&I, which can really be a useful source for finding graduate studies on all kinds of subjects. Abstracts and full citations appear with other information, such as the names of committee members. They also provide options for purchasing a copy in various formats, beginning at $34.00. It is a good place to start when doing graduate research and discovering research that has already been done, so you do not duplicate your efforts.

Then I go through the steps of securing a dissertation via Interlibrary Loan. Colleagues in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department like to emphasize that a thesis or dissertation is considered a book, and requesters need to remember this.

Not all institutions allow their theses and dissertations to be borrowed; however, researchers do have the opportunity to purchase a copy through the Dissertation Service. They just need to fill out a Purchase a Thesis/Dissertation Form. A photocopy of the book will be made and sent to the proper persons; their university account will be billed $29.00.

Finally, I conclude the tutorial with tips on how to found in-house theses and dissertations at ISU’s Oboler Library. The Library’s catalog still serves as a great tool (and probably the only tool) for browsing ISU’s theses and dissertations online. Using keywords such as “thesis ‘idaho state’” will allow anyone to browse all the theses and dissertations. It so happens that even for the dissertations the keyword “thesis” works, since the bibliographic record contains a note, saying it is a “Thesis” for a doctoral degree, or a doctoral thesis.

If grad students or faculty want to limit the results to a specific department, then they can just add the name of that department to the Keyword Boolean or Quick search: “thesis ‘idaho state’ anthropology.” This will retrieve more results than a search on the subject heading. For example, “Dissertations, Academic–Idaho State University. Dept. of Political Science” will only retrieve 21 results, yet a Keyword Boolean search for “thesis and ‘idaho state’ and ‘political science’” will yield 60 results. The subject headings are still relatively new, so if you also want the older titles written by former students I recommend this second search.

The tutorial, “How Can I Find Dissertations: Using ISU’s Resources to Conduct More Exhaustive Research” lasts for twelve minutes and thirty-two seconds (12:32). Take a look at it and let me know what you think.

This article was contributed by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library. He frequently writes about research, reference and instruction skills on his blog, Information Literacy at ISU.

Audiobooks at the Library

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Come learn how to access the new Audiobook collection. These audiobooks can be downloaded to your computer or mp3 player (not IPod compatible). You can find popular fiction, classic literature, non-fiction, and language-learning books. With an MP3 player or laptop, these audiobooks are great for road trips.

This workshop is open to all interested individuals in the ISU community.

Where: Library Room 212 (2nd floor, across from the restrooms)

When: Wednesday, March 18th from 4-5 pm

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library
OR Call: 282-3152
OR Email:

Open Workshops–New Schedule!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Endnote Web, Copyright, Job Searching, Social Software, RSS Feeds, and more! The new schedule of Open Workshops @ The Library is now out. It includes topics in this article title, plus Research While You Sleep, Audiobooks, Finding Foreign Language Materials, and Social Software.

To sign up for any of these workshops email Emily at

1. Endnote Web
Instructors: Marcia Francis – Director of the Idaho Health Sciences Library
When: Wednesday March 4th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

Do you need help organizing your citations? EndNote Web software can be used freely by ISU students, staff, and faculty to organize and format citations for bibliographies and works-cited pages. It allows you to input citation information as well as import citations from many Library databases, including many of the EBSCOhost databases, PubMed, and Web of Science.

2. Research While You Sleep
Instructors: Jenny Lynne Semenza – Head of Reference Services
When: Wednesday March 11th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

Involved in a large research project? Want to learn how busy people keep up with the information deluge? Then come to this workshop and learn how to pull the information you want right to your desktop. Includes information on RSS feeds and feed readers, the use of Ebsco databases to deliver tables of contents and search results to the feed reader.

3. Audiobooks at the Library
Instructors: Beth Downing – Government Documents Librarian
When: Wednesday March 18th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

Come learn how to access the new Audiobook collection. These audiobooks can be downloaded to your computer or mp3 player (not IPod compatible).

4. Finding Foreign Language Materials in the Library
Instructors: Jenny Lynne Semenza – Head of Reference Services
Spencer Jardine – Coordinator of Instruction
When: Wednesday April 1st, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

The library has access to many foreign language materials. Come find out about them at this workshop.

5. Copyright
Instructors: Kay Flowers – Dean of Oboler Library
When: Wednesday April 8th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

Ever wondered if you can legally use someone else’s work? Kay will talk about some of the ins and outs of this complex question, so you can make more informed decisions about when and how much you can use without infringing on someone’s copyright.

6. Job Searching
Instructors: Spencer Jardine – Coordinator of Instruction
Troy Kase – Career Center Director
When: Wednesday April 15th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

Spencer will discuss resources you may access to find out about specific careers, including salaries, positions available, future outlook of the profession, education needed, etc. Troy will provide tips on job-searching skills such as writing resumes, finding internships, and developing interview skills.

7. Social Software 10 types of applications in 60 minutes
Instructors: Jenny Lynne Semenza – Head of Reference Services
When: Wednesday April 29th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Library room 212

This workshop is an overview of the many types of social software applications available and how they could be used by you socially and/or professionally. Includes information on bookmarking, wikis, social networking sites, document sharing and more…


New Displays at the Library

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Idaho Cowboys, Rachel Carson: Celebrating Women’s History Month, Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet, Recycling in Pocatello and the New Curbside Program, How Can I Find Dissertations, Women and History, and Health & Nutrition@ Your Library are the new or continuing displays up in the library now.

First Floor:

cowboyDisplay case 1: Idaho Cowboys. Two of Idaho’s most famous cowboys are the subject of this display. Diamondfield Jack was Idaho’s most famous gunfighter, and also a cowboy and outlaw. Henry Harris, Black Buckaroo, was one of Idaho’s most famous black cowboys. Learn more about his interesting life here.

CarsonRachel Carson and Women’s History Month is the topic of display case 2. The theme this year is ”Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.” The library has a lot of information on Rachel Carson, and the case contains some of her books, pictures, and other information. It also includes information on the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in ME.

art 1The nearby Current Display Art Area has work by Mike Adams. He has several large and small paint on paper items. His themes include Red Hill and the Gibson Jack Creek Trail. Find out more about him with his artist statement or look him up at


art 2

Second Floor:

Display case 3-Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet is the topic of Women’s History Month and this display. It includes some interesting books on the topic: The New Complete Guide to Environmental Careers, Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches That Moved the World, Women Pioneers for the Environment and more.

recycleRecycling in Pocatello and the New Curbside Recycling Program is the topic of display case 4. Find information and see examples of the many items that you can recycle in the City’s Recycling Program. Did you know that toilet paper and paper towel cardboard rollers can be recycled? Also junk mail, the first draft of your term paper, your TV dinner and the cardboard box it came in–check out the display for more ideas. It’s not too late to sign up. If you’re a renter, you can do it too–go in with a few friends to lower the cost!

How Can I Find Dissertations? is the subject of display case 5. It covers finding dissertations through the ProQuest database Dissertations and Theses. Complete instructions are provided in a step by step format, and information on how to Interlibrary Loan the ones we don’t have is also given. A couple of samples of ISU dissertations are also provided.

Third Floor:

w histWomen and History is the topic of display case 6. it highlights some books related to the topic including Women and Political Participation and Women in Prehistory.

healthHealth Science display caseHealth & Nutrition @ Your Library This display covers health information for consumers through Medline Plus, DVD’s like Supersize Me and Food Matters, and books like Family Guide to Fighting Fat and A Healthier You. The Food Pyramid and some sample foods are shown in the cabinet.