Archive for November, 2009

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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

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

Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 23-25, the library will be open 7:30 a.m. -6:00p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, the library will be closed.

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

Sunday Nov. 29, normal library hours will resume (12:00 p.m. to midnight.) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


Early English Books Online Trial Ending Soon

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Hurry! This free trial ends on November 30, 2009, and feedback is still needed.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 – from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave’s Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing’s Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars – from their desktop! – in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science. It will be available only until November 30, 2009, and can be accessed through either the alphabetical database page, or this link:

Associate University Librarian Jim Teliha forwarded this information to Library News–be sure to let him know what you think of this resource at .

ISU Library Food Drive: Can Your Fines

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Have ISU Library fines? Pay for them with cans of food! Starting Monday, November 16, 2009, bring in cans or boxes of food. Here are the details:

*1 can or box of food per $1.00 fine.

*Up to $10. off on your fines.

*Cash donations accepted.

*Even if you don’t have fines, you can bring in food to help out.

The food will be donated to the Idaho Food Bank. This project will go on for a week, possibly longer. So, plan to start bringing in cans on Monday! Help someone have a happier holiday.


New Items on Book Swap and Book Sale Racks

Monday, November 9th, 2009

If you need some easy reading to enjoy over the upcoming holidays, 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 a year ago and is continuing. 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 is 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 . Recently two library staff members have added more books to these racks.

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.

Interlibrary Loan Information

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

This important message was received from Interlibrary Loan.

“Book orders through Interlibrary Loan will be suspended from Dec. 11, 2009 until Jan. 6, 2010.

This is to avoid loss in the mail during the busy holiday rush. Many libraries do not loan materials over the holidays.

Oboler Library will be closed from Dec. 24, 2009 t0 Jan. 4, 2010. There will be no Interlibrary Loan Services during that time.

Please order materials needed before finals by Thanksgiving or the items may not get here in time!


News Story on Stolen Books from ISU

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

KPVI News Channel 6 recently did a story on the FBI returning the valuable and rare books that James Brubaker of Great Falls, Montana stole from Oboler Library and many other libraries around the country. Librarians Sandra Shropshire and Karen Kearns are featured in the news story, which includes both a written story and video.

thiefA past Library News article includes further information about the display of some of these books and history of the theft, plus a link to a Smithsonian magazine article about it. Be sure to come in and see this interesting true story of library detective work, and some of the returned books.