Archive for April, 2009

ISU Reading Project Book Selected

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson has been selected for the 2009-2010 ISU Reading Project. Everyone on campus reads the same book, and discussions, lectures, author presentations are available for all to attend. Find out more information here. The library will have multiple copies of the book sometime in the future. This will be the 6th annual reading project.

Study in the Library & Final Exam Week Hours

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The library will be open longer hours during final exam week, May 3-8, for your studying needs.

Sunday, May 3, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.,
Monday-Thursday, May 4-7, 7:15 a.m. to 1:00a.m.,
Friday, May 8, 7:15 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday, May 9-10 CLOSED

All Library Materials Are Due Friday, May 8.

Depending on whether you are studying alone or with a group, there are many different study areas available on all floors of the library. Here is some additional information on Library study spaces.

The Library offers four group study rooms, three on the second floor and one on the first floor, for use by two or more University-affiliated patrons. Rooms may be reserved for two one-hour blocks per person, up to one week in advance. Reservations can be made in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone at (208) 282-3248.

Carrels for individual study and tables for group study are available throughout the library. Specific areas of the Oboler Library have been designated as quiet study spaces. The Law Library, the Periodicals stacks, and the Government Document stacks are intended for quiet study only.

New Library Tutorials

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

A new page has been added to the Library’s website. This page includes links to the library tutorials (A-Z Journal List, finding dissertations, requesting articles, academic integrity, plagiarism, search path tutorial of research tips, and more), which we anticipate we will continue to develop:

Idaho Librarian

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Three Oboler Library staff members are published in the new issue of Idaho Librarian, a publication of Idaho Library Association.

Cathy Gray, Librarian at the University Library Center in Idaho Falls, has an article titled: “Conference Planning: What Does it Take?” If you’ll be putting on a conference, you’ll want to learn some of the good ideas mentioned here.

Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian, wrote the article “Interview with James Teliha, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at ISU.” It’s an interesting article about the professional involvements of our Associate University Librarian, Public Services, whom you may have met out at the reference desk, or elsewhere in the library.

Joan Juskie, Library Assistant in Serials, and editor of Library News wrote a review of the book Backcountry Roads Idaho. If you’re looking at taking some interesting trips in Idaho, you’ll want to take a look at this review and book. Look for it in our catalog.

Citation Vexation

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Citations driving you crazy with all the term papers coming due? Check out the link on the library web page for citation help with APA Style, Chicago Style, MLA Style and other styles. The Idaho Health Science Library has some good links to citations for APA and AMA also. When consulting online guides you will need to be careful noting when they were updated to reflect the latest citation style manual.

You can also check with the ISU Writing Center for an appointment for additional help either in person or online with a writing tutor. They also have some great online handouts.

Local Poets on KISU Radio

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Here’s your chance for a perfect ending to National Poetry Month. Listen to KISU radio (91.1 FM) on Wednesday April 29, at 9 p.m. and you will hear a number of local poets reading their work for National Poetry Month. They will also be reading their Old Town Literary Paver poems. This Pocatello Arts Council Project project carved local poet’s poems into paver rock, and placed them downtown on Main, Arthur, and some side streets. Find a list of the pavers here. Their web page also has a feature where you can see and enlarge each of the pavers.

You can hear these ISU and local writers: Cathy Peppers, Kim Hirning, Joan Juskie, Michael Corrigan, Ruth Morehead, Harald Wyndham reading Edson Fichter’s poems, Susan Swetnam reading Ford Swetnam’s poems, Leslie Leek, Will Peterson, and Ron Dean. The show is going to air as it was originally planned, with a full hour of local writers reading their works.

IHSL at Parent Resource Fair

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Idaho Health Science Library (IHSL) staff exhibit every year at the ISU Health Fair to inform consumers and patients about health information resources. After this year’s fair, they were contacted and invited to also exhibit at the Student Parent Resource Fair held yesterday in the SUB Ballroom. The resources they highlighted are listed on a wiki page posted here and were passed out as a handout. At yesterday’s fair, they were invited to exhibit at another fair to be held at the Portneuf District Library next week.

IHSL at Parent Resource Fair

If you are looking for health information, either for a class or for personal use, be sure to check the Idaho Health Science Library, located on the 3rd floor of the library, and on the web.

Social Software Class!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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…


Current Display Magazine Area Has More Titles!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

A number of magazines that the library subscribes to have been moved to the Current Display magazine area. These titles include: Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Black Rock and Sage, Exceptional Parent, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Handwoven, Harvard Health Letter, History Today, Idaho Business Review, Idaho Landscapes, Journal of Military History, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Landscape Architecture, Metalsmith, Modern Drummer, Native Peoples, Poets and Writers, Rendezvous, Screen, Sing Out, Threads, and The Writer.

current display magazine area

You can also still find most of your old favorites: 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.

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.

Emily Phelps Wins Student Employee of the Year Award

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Emily Phelps, student assistant in the Reference Department at Oboler Library, has won the Student Employee of the Year award. Phelps has worked at the library for over 5 years and has been involved helping numerous students with their research, putting up educational displays, working on handouts for reference and instruction, and much more. Read the whole story here. Jesse Stoler wrote a story about this that the April 22, 2009 issue of The Bengal published. Read the online story here.