Archive for May, 2010

Current Newspapers Now on Current Display Racks

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Now you can find current issues of newspapers on the first floor with the current display magazines. Enjoy the convenience of all your current reading in one location! Here are further details, provided by Jennifer Groom, Copy Center/Access Services:

current display magazine area

The 3rd floor print newspaper current display has been incorporated into the 1st floor current display as of this morning. It was agreed that more people will be reading them with them more visible down here! Superseded issues will still be housed on 3rd floor. Most have to be retained until film is received.

The current month of Idaho State Journal is still housed at the circulation desk and sent upstairs to hold until microfilm is received.

The location for these titles can be 3rd floor Periodicals, with the Latest Issue Temporarily Shelved … note added to the bib records. There are only 36 titles.

Find a complete list of newspapers the library subscribes to on the current newspaper web page.

Memorial Day Weekend Closure

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Library will be closed Saturday – Monday, May 29 – 31, for the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

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.

If you need internet services that you usually get with the computers at Oboler library, you could try your local public library. Check with your local library for their open hours and internet policies. They are usually not open on Sunday.

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Oboler Library Associate Professor Receives ISU Research Grant to Solve Puzzle in Butch Cassidy Folklore

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Philip A. Homan, Catalog Librarian and Associate Professor at the Eli M. Oboler Library, has received a research grant from Idaho State University’s Faculty Research Committee to support work on his biography of Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho. Homan is the first ISU librarian to receive a research grant from ISU. He is also the first Oboler Library representative on ISU’s Research Council, a council of the ISU Faculty Senate.


The ISU grant is the largest of the four research grants Homan has received each year since beginning his project in 2007. He is researching the first scholarly, book-length biography of Kittie Wilkins, an Owyhee County, Idaho, horse rancher and the most famous Western American woman at the turn of the twentieth century. The only woman whose sole occupation was horse dealing, Wilkins sold horses by the trainloads in the livestock markets of the Midwest. She owned the largest herd of horses in the American West.

Entitled “Powder Face: The Horse That Robbed the Winnemucca Bank,” the ISU grant will support Homan’s research this summer at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, in the Nevada State Library and Archives in Carson City, and with the Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Records at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

At the center of the folklore of Butch Cassidy as the American Robin Hood is Cassidy’s gift of a white horse to a boy near Winnemucca, Nevada, in 1900. On their way through Idaho to rob the First National Bank in Winnemucca on September 19, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stole the white Arabian horse from an Owyhee County ranch to use in the robbery. When the famous outlaw pair camped at the CS Ranch near Winnemucca, young Vic Button, the ranch foreman’s son, raced Cassidy and the Arabian on the saddle horses from the ranch, but he couldn’t outrun them. Cassidy told the boy, “You like that horse? Some day he will be yours.”

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Fort Worth Five, Fort Worth, Texas, 1900

(Left to Right: Sundance Kid, Will Carver, Ben Kilpatrick, Harvey Logan, and Butch Cassidy)
Courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy, Z-49

During their getaway back into Idaho after the robbery, Cassidy and Sundance kept just ahead of the posse, which admired the speed of the Arabian horse. When changing to a fresh horse he had relayed on a neighboring ranch, Cassidy hollered to the posse behind him, “Give this white horse to the kid at the CS Ranch!” The posse took the unbranded, unidentified horse to the 10-year-old boy, who named it “Patsy” and kept it for the rest of its life. “I can only say,” said Vic Button, “that for Butch to remember his promise to a kid when the posse was so close, he could not have been all bad.”

Later, in Texas, Cassidy and Sundance met up with other members of the Wild Bunch to celebrate the Winnemucca job—their biggest holdup—and they had a group picture taken. According to the folklore, Cassidy sent the photograph of the “Fort Worth Five” to the First National Bank as a thank-you for the new clothes, as well as to the boy Vic Button. The lark was a bad mistake for the outlaw pair. Seeing the photograph displayed in the window of the photography studio, a Wells Fargo detective recognized one of the other Wild Bunch members, and the Pinkerton Detective Agency was soon able to identify the two leaders of the Wild Bunch for the first time. The gang dispersed, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid financed their escape to South America with the $32,640 they took from the Winnemucca bank—their last robbery in the United States.

Always thankful for that white Arabian horse which outran the posse after the bank robbery in Winnemucca, the Sundance Kid later told a friend in Argentina, “If you want to get good, fast, long-winded race horses, go to Winnemucca. They’ve got them, or at least they had some once upon a time.”

While in the archives of the Idaho State Historical Society in Boise last year researching his biography of Kittie Wilkins, Homan discovered that the white Arabian horse that Cassidy stole in Idaho, rode in his getaway from the Winnemucca bank robbery, and gave to Vic Button was Wilkins’s saddle horse Powder Face. The Idaho Horse Queen therefore played a role in the success of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s “last hurrah.”

Besides visiting archives in Nevada, Homan will interview the daughter of Vic Button, who lives in Reno. He will use his research to develop another program for the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

Philip A. Homan, Associate Professor, Eli M. Oboler Library

New Displays in the Library

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Nursing, Why You Should Read, Memorial Day, Physics, My Favorite Books, Spring Poetry, and Here Comes the Sun are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. The Current Display Art Area has a show of Sandra Greba’s work.


First Floor:

nursingDisplay case 1: Nursing. What can you do with an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing? This display has a lot of information about the degree, training on Sim Man, the Florence Nightingale Pledge, plus some artifacts of the trade: a nurse’s hat, blood pressure cuff, arm and hand skeleton, and more.

Memorial DayDisplay Case 3 has a display on Memorial Day. Learn more about the Memorial Day holiday, Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers, wars, Arlington House, military funeral honors, the Civil War, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pearl Harbor, and more. You can find out more about Memorial day on the website. For more information on the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, check this web page on the Arlington National Cemetery web site

reading Why You Should Read, a display on reading, fills case 2. This display shows the four appeals of reading: setting, plot, character and language in the “What Will You Read Next” section. In the “Why Should You Read” section, some of the many reasons include: it keeps you informed, for fun, it teaches you about the past, etc. My favorite book drawing results from the past are used to illustrate the display.

art2Art work by Sandra Greba fills the current display art area. Come see these beautiful pictures of the natural world: hummingbirds, flowers, mountains, lakes, birds–a lot of beautiful scenery. Read more about the artist here.

Second Floor:

first cap We have a surprise display on the 2nd floor–3 tall panels discuss the renovation of the Idaho State Capitol. This is on loan from the state of Idaho for a short time. Read more about this project here: Restoration: Preserving the People’s House. The panels will give you a lot of the historical, architectural, and governmental details of the work and expense that went into preserving this Idaho treasure.

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phys booksDisplay Case 4 has information related to Physics. The poster “Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Physics” inspired this display. Check it out! This colorful display contains information on the ISU Physics program (did you know all physics majors are given a scholarship?) Details are in the “Why ISU Physics is Great” article in the display. $40,000 to $65,000 is the starting salary for Physics jobs–see the details in “What’s a Bachelor’s degree worth.” This display should inspire you to find out a little more about a field of study that studies a lot more than you knew about, including lasers.


favbksMy Favorite Book is the subject of display case 5. The library usually holds a drawing during National Library Week, and these are the results of favorite books in the ISU community. If you’re looking for good summer reading, be sure to check out this display. Recommended titles include: River Town by Peter Hessler, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Fate is the Hunter by Ernest Gann, Telling by Marion Winik, Prey by Michael Crichton, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, and many more.

Third Floor:

poetdupDisplay 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!

sunHealth Science display caseHere Comes the Sun. Are you ready? May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month, and time to remember sunscreens, sun-protective clothing, sun glasses, and hats. For more information on this topic see the article on the Food and Drug (FDA) Administration web page, or search the topic on Medline Plus, the U.S. Library of Medicine site on health information for consumers.

Summer Hours at the Library

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The library is going on Interim Session hours for about a week. The library will be closed on weekends: Saturday and Sunday May 8-9 and 15-16. The library will be open Monday – Friday, May 10-14, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer session runs May 17-Aug. 6. During this time the library will be open these hours, with the exceptions of Memorial Day weekend and Independence Day weekend:

Monday-Thurs 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday -Sunday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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.

If you need internet services that you usually get with the computers at Oboler library, you could try your local public library. Check with your local library for their open hours and internet policies. They are usually not open on Sunday.

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Sandra Greba in Art Display Area

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The Current Display Art Area at Oboler Library, Idaho State University will feature art by Sandra Greba from May 3rd through June 30th 2010. She is the mother of Hannah Keller, who is currently attending Idaho State University, and had her art on display in the Oboler Library gallery a couple of months ago.

iris Sandra was born in the kitchen of quarters #5, Gulkana airfield, Alaska. She spent her early childhood in the rural parts of the state; in places such as Kotzebue and Aniak. She then moved to Oklahoma City where she completed her schooling and worked as a florist and bridal consultant. Sandra returned to Alaska in 1980 and currently resides in Sitka where she paints and operates a Bed & Breakfast named after her daughter, Hannah.

Recognized for her botanical accuracy, she is a self-taught artist who strives to capture the intricate details and fragile beauty inherent in flowers and birds.
aerial “There is such a wonderful order and endless variety in God’s creation. Living in Southeast Alaska has provided me with years of inspiration and it is my hope that my work reflects my love of its natural beauty.” Sandra Greba

“This is a very calming and restorative art show,” Joan Juskie, Library News Editor commented. “It will be nice to be able to enjoy it in the library for a couple of months, as our own hummingbirds come back to Idaho.”


Information Literacy at ISU

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

We have two instruction rooms in our Library. One has 26 computer workstations that allow for hand’s on practice and live demonstration (we have Vision software that allows us to broadcast what we are doing at the instructor’s station to all the other stations). It has a projector, screen, whiteboard, movable blackboard, bulletin boards, handout cupboard, and ELMO. These have all been useful for instruction.

Take a look in Flickr to see the photostream with more photos of our instruction rooms.

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

ISU Librarian Teaches Utah Valley Librarians about Active Learning

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Spencer Jardine, the Oboler Library’s Coordinator of Instruction, will be presenting active-learning ideas to Utah Valley University librarians on May 7th.

SpencerThese teaching methods (see active learning under presentations) can be implemented in library instruction sessions to promote greater student learning. Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah. Annie Smith, Instruction and Reference Librarian, invited Spencer to give this presentation, having participated in his workshops at the Idaho Library Association’s Annual Conference. She used to work in the Oboler Library as the Electronic Resources Librarian and is an Idaho State University alumnus.