Archive for March, 2010

Here’s Help with Gmail

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Has your Gmail in box gotten out of control? Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction, just alerted me to this page titled “10 Steps to a Gmail Makeover” that is loaded with ideas for making your Gmail more manageable. If you are interested in further information on Google Apps, see Spencer’s article “Using Google Apps for Everything” below on Library News.

Library Closed for Easter Sunday

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Plan your weekend library visit for Saturday this week, while the library is open 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The library will be closed for Easter Sunday.

You can still do extensive research from home with the library web page, unless there are power or computer outages. Approximately 171 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to approximately 107,086  electronic journals, books and reports.

ISU Librarians Join Eli M. Oboler in Who’s Who in America

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Cathy Gray, Librarian at the University Library Center in Idaho Falls, and Ruiling Guo, Health Sciences Librarian at the Eli M. Oboler Library, as well as Phil Homan, Catalog Librarian, have been included in the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Marquis Who’s Who in America. According to the 2009 edition—celebrating the 110th anniversary of publication since 1899—biographees are selected on the basis of “position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field.” Cathy, Ruiling, and Phil are the first librarians at Oboler Library to join Eli M. Oboler in Who’s Who. Oboler was University Librarian at ISU from 1949 to 1980 and was featured in the 14 editions of Who’s Who from 1956 to 1983.

CathyCathy, an Assistant Professor, received the BA in Elementary Education from Boise State University, the M.Ed. from ISU, and the MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a public library technician, a school librarian, and the director of the Blackfoot Public Library. Cathy has also planned two state-wide Idaho Library Association annual conferences and two ILA regional conferences. Cathy’s biography will appear in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in America.

RuilingRuiling, also an Assistant Professor, earned the BA in Library Science from Beijing University and the MLIS from McGill University in Montreal. She has worked in Ethiopia and was a visiting scholar at the University of Victoria School of Health Information Sciences, British Columbia. Ruiling has published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Medical Library Association, Chinese Ophthalmic Research, and Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. She has also received grants, fellowships, and awards from the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Ruiling’s biography will appear in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in America and the 2011 edition of Who’s Who in the World.

PhilPhil, an Associate Professor, has the BA and the MA from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and the MLS from St. John’s University in New York City. He has studied in Germany and Israel. Phil is writing the first biography of Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho. His research has been supported by grants from three state humanities councils, and he joined the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau in June 2009. Phil’s biography appeared in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in America.

Since Marquis Who’s Who began making professional-geographical indexes in 1995, Cathy, Ruiling, and Phil have joined the ranks among other Idaho librarians of former Idaho State Librarian Charlie Bolles and current State Librarian Ann Joslin, former University of Idaho Library Dean Ron Force and current Dean Lynn Baird, and former Boise State University librarian Dan Lester.

—Philip A. Homan, Associate Professor, with assistance from Kim Leeder, Reference Librarian, Albertsons Library, Boise State University

Using Google Apps for Everything

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Since the University stopped using our former webmail service back in October and switched to Google Apps , I have migrated completely from the Microsoft Outlook to exclusive usage of the Google Apps. It has many advantages, though many of my colleagues may argue otherwise. They have stayed with Microsoft Outlook, preferring its system of folders, which is an advantage in many instances. Today’s news says that 25 million people use Google Apps.

I like the greater capacity to collaborate with the Google Apps. It seems to be easier to share calendars, share documents, collaborate on websites, etc. Google Sites in particular makes it easy to create webpages. True, they may not function as well as LibGuide’s product; however, the price tag, or lack thereof, really makes Google Sites more of a realistic option in today’s down economy.

As part of instruction responsibilities, I teach many different classes and have created handouts for many of them. Unfortunately, some students will discard them immediately after the class, so, rather than print handouts that may get wasted, it may make a bit more sense to create websites and include digital copies of the handouts and worksheets that they can print or use digitally themselves.

Here are some of the Google Sites I have created thus far:


Eli M. Oboler Library Tutorials

English 102

Grad Students

• PE 473/573

PE for Grad Students

Spencer Jardine’s ISU Work Site

Theatre Resources

This article submitted to Library News By Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library.

Free Trial to American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Oboler Library has set up trials for the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, both Series 1 and 2. The trials will run through the end of June. Below are the direct URL’s. Please keep in mind that these unique resources are one-time purchases, ideal for end of year money or grants. I encourage you to let your history faculty members know of these trials so that they can offer feedback. We’ve received rave reviews thus far. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Regina Koury, Electronic Resources Librarian

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals: Series 1-

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals: Series 2-

Mini Golf in the Library

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Have you ever played mini golf in a library, surrounded by newspapers, journals, books, government documents, and a law library? Mark your calendars for this exciting and fun library event: mini golf in the library on Saturday April 10! Try playing a sample hole by the circulation desk the next time you come in the library. Read all the details in the story on our web page. It includes:

*sponsorship details

*playing groups, times, ticket information, etc.

*prize information

*a map of the course, which covers 3 floors and a back stairwell of the library!

*much more!

golf 1Help us achieve our $7,500 goal! Fund raiser proceeds will go to the Oboler Library for materials and acquisitions. For more information call 282-2997.

Spring Break Hours

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Oboler Library was closed Saturday and Sunday March 20 and 21st. Monday through Friday of Spring Break Week the library will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday March 27 the library will be open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Normal hours resume on Sunday March 28: 12 p.m. until midnight.

Need Some Fun Spring Break Reading?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

If you need some easy reading to enjoy over the upcoming spring break holiday, 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 over 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 over 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 two years ago, and moved into the student lounge area after the Book Sale Rack was installed. Many individuals have taken advantage of this service in swapping titles. Library staff have donated paperback books from their personal collections . Recently a library staff member 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.

Open Graduate Workshop in the Library!

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Are you working on a literature review, a thesis, a dissertation, or an article? Do you feel like there’s more you should know about doing research or the Library’s resources?

Did you know that there’s a free online database that can help you find the full text to other theses and dissertations?

Come to the Library for a refresher on:

* accessing doctoral and masters theses
* requesting resources via interlibrary loan
* finding full-text to needed articles
* managing and organizing searches and citations
* enhancing research strategies

Library Room 212

Monday, March 15th
1:30-3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16th
4-5:30 p.m.

Questions? Talk with Spencer.
Call: 282-5609
Email: jardspen(at)

New Displays at the Library

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Womens History Month, The ISU Writing Center, Ideas for Term Papers and Speeches, Spring Poetry, and National Month of Nutrition are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. New pictures are up in the Current Display Art Area. A sign at the library entrance lists the displays that are currently up, and the floor that they are on.


First Floor:

march 1Display case 1: Women’s History Month This decorative display of colorful books and posters covers March’s Women’s History Month theme. It includes a “Generations of Women Moving History Forward” poster about Celebrating Women’s History Month, some photos and biographies of women, and plenty of books like Women Transforming Congress, Know Your Power, When Women Lead, and Women and Political Participation.

tall marchDisplay Case 3 has a display on National Women’s History month. The shelves have some books about Women’s History month (March), some information, and some memorabilia. There will be some activities on campus, plus a well known speaker: “The Idaho State University Women’s History Month Committee is pleased to announce the Women’s History Month keynote speaker, Emily Toth will deliver the lecture “Strong Women and How They Did It” at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite.” A full calendar of events for Women’s History Month will be available on the Anderson Center page

case 2 marchWomen’s History Month books and a poster fill display case 2. This display shows past issues in Women’s History. Books in this display include: Pioneering Women Lawyers, Mother Jones, Sisters in the Struggle, Future Females: the Next Generation, and Faces of Feminism.

march art 2Pictures by Hannah Keller and Sandra Greba occupy the Current Display Art Area. Sandra Greba has watercolor lithographs and sepia toned pastels of nature and people. Hannah Keller has colored pencil graphics and photos of animals, buildings, a dancer, and flowers.

march art 1

writing centerSecond Floor: Display Case 4 has information about the “ISU Writing Center”. It covers what the Writing Center offers: working individually with undergraduate and graduate students on writing assignments for courses in all subjects. The display includes some of their writing handouts on topics like the process and the paper, editing, apostrophes, capitalization, colons, commas, passive voice, run on sentences, etc. Also there is information in APA Style, MLA style, and more. Find their Online Handouts here. I was very impressed with how many different handouts they offer. Make this your best semester ever by using the Writing Center services

speechesIdeas for Term Papers and Speeches is the subject of display case 5. If you’re stuck trying to decide the subject you want to write about, this display will give you a lot of ideas to choose from. In addition to showing some popular ways to find topic ideas, it also refers you to other books and web sites that will help you decide your topic. Make your term paper writing experience this semester more interesting! Find more term paper ideas on Spencer Jardine’s Information Literacy at ISU blog.

Third Floor:

spring poemsDisplay case 6 is on Spring Poetry. The display contains artistic green grass, leaves, and the poetic images of spring: a blackbird, spring rain, a butterfly, dandelion, trees, and thawing snow. If the changeable Idaho spring weather is temporarily getting you down, stop by this display to cheer up!

march ihslHealth Science display case National Month of Nutrition. The Idaho Health Science Library, located on the 3rd floor of the library, offers many research services. This display gives information about nutrition, including a lot of information about the food pyramid. Also there is a sampling of healthy cookbooks, including The Itty Bitty Kitchen Handbook, Quick and Healthy: Recipes for Vibrant Living, and Nutrition and Health.