Archive for April, 2010

Lost and Found

Friday, April 30th, 2010

In the rush of final papers and studying for finals, sometimes things get left behind at the library. If you find or have lost any items, please check at the Circulation Desk–hopefully the item has been turned in.

I heard a sad story this morning about someone who had lost his whole semester of work by forgetting his jump drive in a computer, and not finding it when he went back to look for it. If you find items like jump drives in or near computers, or even accidentally left on a table or shelf, please turn them in at the circulation desk.

Final Exam Week Hours, May 2-7

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The library will be open longer hours for final exam week.

May 2, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

May 3-6, Monday-Thursday, 7:15 a.m.-1:00 a.m.

May 7, Friday, 7:15 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

May 8-9, Saturday-Sunday, CLOSED

Study in the Library!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

With “closed week” and finals coming up, places for studying alone or with a group are an important priority. 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. The outer areas of levels of the second and third floors tend to be the quietest. Talking is discouraged in this area so that students can study. The areas near reference desks, classrooms and other common areas are more noisy.

Books, Books, Books!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Here’s your chance to buy some great books, and help Oboler library add to their collection. Today and tomorrow, April 16 and 17, the Oboler Library Book Sale will be held. On Friday the sale will go from 11 to 6, and on Saturday it will be 10 to 3, plus have reduced prices. Read the full story here. This is what the Book Sale looked like Friday morning before the sale started!

book sale

National Library Week

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Libraries are the heart of their communities, and Oboler Library is the heart of the ISU campus for many people. “Communities thrive @ your library” is the theme of 2010 National Library Week, April 11-17. Read more about National Library Week on the American Library Association Web page. Author Neil Gaiman is the honorary chair.

Oboler Library has several things going on during National Library Week. First, you should be sure to enter the “My Favorite Book” drawing, and have a chance to win a $25. gift certificate. You can enter with the online form, or fill out a paper copy at the Circulation Desk.

There are a few displays related to National Library Week up in the library. Read about them here.

There are some free bookmarks at the Circulation desk celebrating National Library Week.

Finally, Friday and Saturday the 16 and 17 Oboler Library is having the Biennual Used Book Sale. Plan to come in and get some books for your home library and support the library in our fund raising efforts.

ISU Oboler Library to Hold Biennial Book Sale April 16-17

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library will hold its biennial Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17.

The Library has been collecting books for two years to include in this two-day-only sale.

The event will take place in the student lounge at the Library, located at 850 S. Ninth in Pocatello, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

All profits from the book sale will be dedicated to building the Library’s collections, thereby benefiting both ISU and other Library users throughout Idaho.

This year’s sale offers, as usual, thousands of books of all types, on a wide variety of academic and popular topics, as well as works of popular and literary fiction. Among the noteworthy collections are: various history titles, classic science fiction, and mathematics/computer science materials.

Most of the book sale items originate with books donated to the library by faculty and other members of the community. The Library evaluates all donated books and identifies those that should be added to its collections. Those that are not destined to become part of the collections are set aside to be sold. The Library annually adds between 1,000 and 2,000 volumes to its collections from donated materials.

Parking at the library is very limited on weekdays and cars without parking permits are ticketed in ISU parking lots between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free parking is available in the Holt Arena’s northeast parking lot with shuttle bus service to the library. Parking lots are not monitored on Saturday.

My Favorite Book Drawing

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

What’s the name of your favorite book? Why do you like it? These are the questions ISU Oboler Library will be asking during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010. The entry form is available on the Library’s homepage (below “Library News”), or you can come in to the Library to get a printed entry form. All submissions will be entered in a drawing held on Friday April 16. Four winners will each receive a $25. gift certificate to So, remember to enter “My Favorite Book.” Many of your “favorite books” will be added to the Library’s collection. Thank you for your participation.

Between the Lines–Library Newsletter

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The latest issue of Between the Lines, the Oboler Library Newsletter, is now out. You can find the past four years of Between the Lines newsletters here.

The Spring 2010 issue features these articles:

• Kackley Library donated to Oboler Library
• Oboler Library hosts Miniature Golf in the Library
• University Librarian & Dean comments
• Oboler Library acquires Early English Books Online
• Homan joins Idaho Humanities Council Speakers
• Library Book Sale

When You Need a DOI for Your Citation

Monday, April 5th, 2010

No, this is not a post on driving over the influence, nor under it, either. Rather, this is about finding a digital object identifier (DOI). The International DOI Foundation gives the following definition: “A DOI® (Digital Object Identifier) is a name (not a location) for an entity on digital networks. It provides a system for persistent and actionable identification and interoperable exchange of managed information on digital networks.”

Some associations, such as APA and AMA, have begun to ask for DOIs in their citation style manuals.

What happens if you cannot find the DOI? Fortunately, many databases provide the DOI as part of the full citation of the articles they index. Nevertheless, there may be times when the DOI cannot be located. has created a query page that allows individuals to input elements of their citation into blank fields before clicking the search button to find the answer. Actually, they provide three different search options:

  • Bibliographic Metadata Search: enter as many individual elements of an article, book, or conference proceeding citation. Note: select the radio button next to Book/Conference proceeding if that is what you seek.
  • Search an Article Title: use this one if all you have is the article title. Knowing the author’s name may reduce results.
  • Automatic Parsing of a Normal Reference: enter the text for a bibliographic record. It lets you search for multiple DOIs if you enter multiple bibliographic references.

So if this post influences you to use to find DOIs, then you might just be driving [the internet] under the influence (DUI).

This article was contributed by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library.

Mini Golf in the Library, This Saturday, April 10th

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Coming soon! Plan to attend Mini Golf in the Library on Saturday, April 10, 2010. There will be prizes for low score winners, and a bake sale and beverages. Arrange a student team, or come with your family.

Golfers may sign up for tee times beginning March 15 by calling 282-3248 or stopping by the Circulation Desk at the library. Tickets will cost $5 a person, $20 for a family, and $20 for a team of 4.

Have you ever played mini golf in a library, surrounded by newspapers, journals, books, government documents, and a law library? This exciting and fun library event 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!

another mini golfHelp 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.