Archive for June, 2009

Library Receives Collection of Conservation Books, Online Resources

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

“As the collections held by the Oboler Library continue to grow and include new formats, we must be able to keep up with their proper care to ensure their safe preservation,” stressed Karen Kearns, head of Special Collections. “Items such as the operatic recordings in the Amelita Galli-Curci Collection and the Hollywood costume drawings in the Edward Stevenson Collection require very special handling and the materials included in the Bookshelf will help that happen.”

“When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation’s collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS. “We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations.”

The Oboler Library will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries’ special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquariums, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of “Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action,” a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006. IMLS began the initiative in response to a 2005 study it released in partnership with Heritage Preservation, “A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections.” The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America’s collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections. More information on the Connecting to Collections initiative is available on the IMLS website at

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

This item was contributed by Karen Kearns, Head of Special Collections.

Library Closed Independence Day Holiday Weekend

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The library will be closed July 3, 4, and 5, Friday-Sunday, for the Independence Day Holiday weekend. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday. The library will be open until 9 p.m. on the Thursday before (July 2) and re-open again Monday, July 6, at 7:30 a.m. You can do extensive research from home with the library web page: 171 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 90,317 electronic journals, books and reports.


Summer Reading: Book Swap and Book Sale Racks

Monday, June 29th, 2009

If you need some easy reading to enjoy, sitting outside on a beautiful summer 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 almost a year. 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 book sale 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 paperback books you are willing to share, or want to unclutter, 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.

Changes to MLA Handbook

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

There are some new changes to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition. Take a look at some of the websites I listed in my recent blog post.

Or read it here:

One of the biggest changes to the MLA citation style is that they are asking that each reference identify its medium. In the past, the default medium was print, so as long as it was print, you did not have to say that. With technological advancements, that has all changed. Take a look at the MLA page that discusses this change among others.

For citation examples incorporating some of these changes, take a look at some of the following pages:
1. Scottsdale Community College Citation Guide.
2. The OWL at Purdue: MLA Update 2009
3. Duke University Libraries: Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper
4. Dixie State College of Utah: How to Cite BOOKS, eBOOKS, and CHAPTERS
5. Gabriele Library, Immaculata University: MLA Style: This pdf document includes a good list of sample citations beginning on page three (there are 11 pages total).
6. How to Cite Media, Video, and Online Media

Look at this tutorial for explanations and practice:
1. MLA Tutorial

For similar lists of websites, take a look at my MLA bookmarks (these may take a moment to load) within my Delicious account. When you see a number in blue to the right of a website, you can click on it to see all the other people who have “tagged” that website, then you can see all the websites they have tagged with that tag, so you can see other sites with ‘mla’ as the tag.

Unfortunately, one of my favorite sites with MLA examples still has not updated their page. Long Island University’s Schwartz Memorial Library has an MLA Citation Style page which color codes the different elements of the citation. I’m hoping that they do update to the 7th edition.

This article was submitted to Library News by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction.

Free Trial: EBSCO’s Research Starters–Sociology Database

Monday, June 15th, 2009

We now have a free one year trial (June 2009 through May2010) to EBSCO Research Starters- Sociology database , available on or off campus with unlimited number of users. You can find it on our Sociology subject page and alphabetical database list.

Research Starters offer students a starting point for their research. By providing comprehensive summaries of discipline-specific topics, they help students grasp the broad outlines of a subject, realize its real world applications, critically engage it, and locate sources for researching it in greater detail. Most articles are around 3,000 words, making them more in-depth than the average text book or encyclopedia entry, yet short enough to be easily digestible.

The Research Starters – Sociology articles are broken down into twenty-six categories, each of which contains between four and thirty-five article topics: aging & elderly issues, culture, history of sociology, social movements & collective behavior, sociology of religion, etc. The Research Starters – Sociology writers and subject experts are highly qualified professors, higher education administrators, consultants, counselors, and professional writers. They all have significant experience in sociology, in and out of the classroom, and hold advanced degrees in sociology and its various sub-fields.”

This item was contributed to Library News by Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian.

Finding Information About Grants

Monday, June 15th, 2009

One of the hidden treasures on the Resources by Subject page of the Oboler Library home page is the “Grants” section. Recently we had a staff development session about this page. The information presented can be helpful to ISU faculty, departments and programs seeking grants, and graduate students, so I wanted to do a brief Library News article to share some of the information presented.

Community of Science (COS) is the first link and it takes you to the Office of Sponsored Programs web page, which is filled with information, including online tutorials. You can spend hours exploring the resources on this page.

In the Web Sites section of our Grants page, there’s a link to This is a key resource for government funded grants. With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, there are a lot of grant possibilities out there. The Foundation Center is also located in that section and has information about nonprofit funding from private sources. Under the “Get Started” tab there is a link to Proposal Writing that includes some proposal writing information, and under “Tools and Resources” there are some “Online Guides and Tutorials”

Our Grants page is currently under revision and will be updated in the near future. The new page will mention Eastern Idaho Funding Information Center (EIFIC). This is a Foundation Center program housed at Marshall Public Library in Pocatello. They have very up to date online and print access to the Foundation Center materials. They recently mentioned that they will have a Grant-seeking Basics Workshop on July 6, 10 to noon– contact Marshall Public Library for more information and details.

Current Display Magazine Area Has More Titles!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

A number of magazines that the library already subscribes to have been moved to the Current Display magazine area this week. These are the “new”titles: Arts of Asia, Astronomy, Ceramics Monthly, Computer Graphics World, Keyboard, Sculpture, Sculpture Review, and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot.

About two months ago another batch of titles were moved there. 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 your old favorites there– 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. This area can be an enjoyable break between classes, at lunch, or at the end of a workday.

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. Only the newest issue is on Current Display–back issues may be found on the third floor in Periodicals.

New Displays at Library

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The National Trails System, My Favorite Book, Backpacking, Walking and Hiking in Pocatello, Summer Sports, and Here Comes the Sun are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. Daav Corbet has his art exhibited in the Current Display Art Area.


First Floor:

trailsDisplay case 1: National Trails System This program has been in existence for 40 years. Maps and books about the trails, all government documents, are on display here. Check out their website too. Some of the books included in this display are: Pacific Crest Trail, National Historic Trails: Auto Tour Route…, Historic Resource Study: Mormon Pioneer Natural Historic Trail, and Trails for America.

fave bookMy Favorite Book, is the topic of display case 2. Last spring, for National Library Week, the library sponsored a drawing for four gift certificates: ISU students entered the names of their favorite books that they would recommend. The results of the contest are shown in this display. Some of the titles in this display are A Book of Memories, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, The Midnight Examiner, The Road, Into Thin Air, The Mommy Manual, Twilight, and many more. Come by and get more ideas for summer reading.

backpackDisplay Case 3 has a display on Backpacking. It includes guides, books about backpacking and informative lists of “The Elements of Backpacking” and “Trip Planning.” Oboler Library has books like Walking Down the Wild by Gary Ferguson, Backpacking with Babies and Small Children by Goldie Silverman, Exploring the Yellowstone Backcountry by Orville Bach, Walking Softly in the Wilderness, The Outward Bound Backpacker’s Handbook, and more.

The nearby Current Display Art Area has work by Daav Corbet. See his bright and colorful paintings, abstract and natural themes. They will be up through the end of July.



Second Floor:

walkingDisplay Case 4 has information on Walking in Pocatello and the many historical walking tours and nature trails here. It includes the Downtown Historic District, Eastside Walking Tour, College Neighborhood Walking Tour, Westside Historic Residential District, and historic churches. Pick up a copy of the walking tour brochures here! There are also copies of the Guide to P0rtneuf Greenway and East and West Bench Trails and the map of the City Creek Management Area Trail System.

summerSummer Sports are the subject of display case 5. It contains books on golf, tennis, baseball, swimming, motorcycle riding, backpacking, climbing, and bicycling. There are some interesting articles and a list of all the city parks in Pocatello and Chubbuck to help you enjoy an outdoors summer even more.

Third Floor:

Display case 6 is under construction. A description and title will be added here when the display is up.

sunHealth Science display caseHere Comes the Sun. This summer the IHSL will be doing a display on summer safety each month. This month their display will cover protecting yourself from sun damage and skin cancer with sunscreen and eye protection. You can find many articles about this important subject by checking with the Idaho Health Science Library, located on the 3rd floor of the library.

Summer Reading Ideas

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

One of my favorite Summer Reading recommendations web sites has just updated for this summer. It’s National Public Radio’s Summer Reading ’09. They include both fiction and nonfiction. Also on my summer reading list are numerous mysteries, and the ISU Reading Project book, Three Cups of Tea. If you have summer reading recommendations, please share them with Library News.

Copy Center Moves Services

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The Copy Center has moved to the 1st floor in the Circulation/Reserves area near the student lounge. Our services include regular photocopying, color copying and transparencies. We handle paper sizes 8 ½ x 11, 8 ½ x 14, and 11 x 17 with a selection of paper colors to choose from. Our price list is posted on the Library webpage. We can also scan documents into pdf or tiff formats onto your flashdrive for $.05 a page. Our services are available all hours the Library is open. Please call Jennifer Groom at 282-3139 if you have any questions.

This article was submitted to Library News by Jennifer Groom, Copy Center.

copy center