Archive for December, 2009

Off-campus Access of ISU Library Databases

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Beginning December 22, 2009 off-campus access to the Library databases will change. You will no longer use your email username and email password. Instead you will be prompted for your Bengal card number and last name.

When typing in your last name:
· Ignore punctuation.
· Hyphenated names require both parts of their hyphenated name to be entered (with or without the hyphen).
· If there is a space in your last name, it can be entered with or without the space.
· If there is an apostrophe in your last name, it can be entered with or without the apostrophe.
· If you have a Jr. Sr. III, etc. suffix in your last name, do not include it.

If you have problems, call the Circulation Desk at 282-3248.

Snow Closure Policy and Road Conditions Information

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Public Safety recently mentioned the snow-closure policy in their newsletter. Public Safety will put a message on their snow closure line, x3936. “Local radio and television stations will be notified. An additional notice will be posted on the ISU homepage and on the ISU Public Safety Web page For information specific to the Idaho Falls campus call x 7825.”

ISU snow

more snowIf you need to know road conditions, Idaho Transportation Department has a new 511 Information page. It has been enhanced and expanded. My favorite part of their web page is the web cam section It is interesting to actually see the road conditions. The All Advisories page shows road closures and alerts Be sure to select the Southeast Idaho region if it defaults to a different area.

If you don’t have internet at home, you can just dial 511 on your telephone for the new Idaho Transportation Department’s new road report and information. They have a web page for help with the phone menu .

Photographs provided by Regina Koury, our Electronic Resource Librarian.

Notice-Important Change!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Notice – Important Change!

Beginning December 22, 2009 off-campus access to the Library’s databases and electronic journals will be different!
You will use your Bengal Card Number and Last Name instead of your ISU email username and password.

Defective and Error Ridden Printing of APA Style Manual (6th Edition 1st Printing)

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The first printing of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) contains many errors. APA has posted an eight page correction summary on their web site for anyone who wants to correct their copy by hand. Alternatively, for a limited time, they will replace 1st printing copies with corrected 2nd printing copies through their return/exchange program.

All of the Oboler Library copies were 1st printing editions and have been returned to APA for replacement. In the long run the library will be better able to meet the needs of the University community with corrected editions. We regret any inconvenience this causes now.


*Use the library’s copy of Concise Rules of APA Style (6th edition) that is available at the Reserve Desk.
*Use web pages with updated citation examples.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

APA Citation Style: Long Island University Library

Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center (Includes a 20 page handout and numerous audio/visual presentations.)

*Ask for assistance at the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Writing Center located in the Rendezvous, Room 323. For other locations and phone numbers check their web page at .


The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)

First check the back of the title page for the printing statement. If your copy is the first printing, you have two options.

*Make the corrections by hand – A list of the “Corrections to the First Printing is available at For complete information follow the three links within that document.

*Return your 1st printing copy to APA in exchange for a 2nd printing copy – Information about return/exchange is available in the Frequently Asked Questions at . The deadline to return your copy is December 23, 2009. Contact the APA Service Center at 800-374-2721 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) Monday–Friday for more information.

This article was submitted to Library News by Jenny Semenza, Head of Reference.

Study in the Library

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The library will be open longer hours during final exam week,Dec. 13-18, for your studying needs.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.,
Monday-Thursday, Dec. 14-17, 7:15 a.m. to 1:00a.m.,
Friday, Dec. 18, 7:15 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday,Dec. 19-20, CLOSED

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.

Intersession Hours & Holiday Closure

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The Library begins Intersession Hours on Saturday Dec. 19, when it is closed on weekends. During the Intersession the library is only open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Library participates in the university-wide holiday closure and will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3.

Intersession continues, January 4 through Jan. 11. The library will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am. until 5:00 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday.We hope you enjoy your holiday.

snow library You can still do extensive research from home with the library web page, unless there are power or computer outages. 171 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 104,262 electronic journals, books and reports. Call, e-mail, or come into the reference desk during open hours if you have questions. Be sure to read the e-mail below this one if you have problems logging into the databases.

Winter library photo by Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian.

Happy Holidays in the Library

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

We hope you are enjoying the holiday decorations in the library. We have a decorated tree for library visitors to enjoy in the new book area, beside the Circulation desk. The desk and aquarium are also decorated. You’ll also want to check out the displays Winter Wonderland and Winter Stories in the same area.

student tree

circ christmas

The Library also has a tree for library staff and student assistants in the staff lounge.

staff lounge

If you’ve ever wondered what is behind the doors marked Technical Services/Library Staff only in the northeast corner of the first floor, this article will explain a little.

Technical Services gets the material you need ready for circulation or usage. It consists of Acquisitions (ordering and buying), Cataloging (getting it in the catalog and ready for checkout), Serials (similar to cataloging but with serials–journals, annuals, microfilm, etc.), and Bindery (preparing items for commercial binding and book repairs.) For complete details about library departments, see this page.

joans cardsWe have a few decorations behind the scenes in Technical Services. One staff member has collected her favorite Christmas cards from past years. A couple others have a nicely decorated desk area. Enjoy these pictures, and Happy Holidays!nancys area

shannons area

New Displays at the Library

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Winter Wonderland, Winter Stories, 2009 ISU Reading Project’s Three Cups of Tea, The ISU Financial Wellness Center, the Library of Congress Classification System, Multicultural Literature, and Research at IHSL are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. Dustin Landon has his photography exhibited in the Current Display Art Area.

landon photo

First Floor:

winter wonderlandDisplay case 1: Winter Wonderland. This decorative display of snowmen, snowflakes, snow covered trees, animals, and flowers, are all on a blanket of snow, highlighted with clear lights. Children of all ages will enjoy this display and the festive aquarium nearby.

festive aquarium

winter storiesDisplay Case 3 has a display on Winter Stories. Children’s books in this case include: The First Igloo, Too Many Mittens, It’s Winter, Snow, Winters Tale, White Snow Right Snow, and more. Check the library for winter and Christmas stories and songs of all kinds, or just for a good book to curl up with on a cold winter evening.

TeabookThe 2009 ISU Reading Project is the topic of display case 2. This display discusses “Three Cups of Tea, has a list of the events, includes other information and pictures. Check out the Reading Project home page for online information. This display case has been moved closer to the new book area near the reference desk for easier viewing.

photo treesThe nearby Current Display Art Area has photography by Dustin Landon. Dustin Landon has only been involved with photography for two years now, but he’s already won several awards for his photography at the Eastern Idaho State fair and the Photographics Society at BYU-Idaho. His work has also been on display at the Pocatello Art Walk. To Landon, “Pictures are more than capturing a moment; they’re more than the face in the frame. They seem to capture something else, something that will keep you staring.” Capturing that “something else” for Landon is the pinnacle of photography, even if it means changing angles and perspectives to “find what most eyes don’t see.” find out more on his web page:

photo building


Second Floor:

wellfDisplay Case 4 has information about the “ISU Financial Wellness Center”. It covers determining whether you are financially fit or in financial danger. You can learn more about personal finance and find out ways to save money and surviving on a student budget. Most of all, find out more about the ISU Financial Wellness Center and preview the new “Cash Course” link on their web page. This display has some good ideas that will help you spend less over the holidays.

lcongThe Library of Congress Classification System is the subject of display case 5. What are those numbers and letters on books? J includes political science, L= Education, D = History, R = Medicine, etc. Find out how the books are organized into 21 categories, and learn about the history of the Library of Congress system, developed by James Hanson.

Third Floor:

multicultural litDisplay case 6 is on Multicultural Literature. The display contains books from a multicultural America and about our the literatures of our diverse cultures. Examples include Multicultural Autobiography, Latino Literature in America, Writing America Black, Multicultural Detective Fiction, West of the Border, Against Borders, and more.

IHSL stockingHealth Science display caseResearch at IHSL. The Idaho Health Science Library, located on the 3rd floor of the library, offers many research services, and encourage you to “check our online ‘stocking’ and see what we have for you. Some available online resources include Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, MD Consult, Psychiatric Secrets, Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care, and more.