Archive for June, 2010

Two Oboler Librarians Recieve ISU Cares Awards

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

In April Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library, received an ISU Cares Award and in May Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian, received one. Human Resources sent out the news: “They were commended through the ISU Cares online or paper surveys for delivering awesome service. They were each presented with a $15 VISA card (courtesy of ISU Credit Union), a certificate, and posters. Their efforts on behalf of Idaho State University are very appreciated! Our customers, whether they be students, parents, visitors, vendors, or co-workers deserve to be treated with respect and good customer service.”

Library Closed Independence Day Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The library will be closed July 3, 4, and 5, Saturday – Monday, for the Independence Day Holiday weekend. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday. The library will be open until 5 p.m. on the Friday before the holiday (July 2) and re-open again Tuesday July 6, at 7:30 a.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 or holidays.


Academic Blogs Portal

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Many professors blog about their research, teaching, and administrative duties, as well as issues they encounter in higher education. The Academic Blogs wiki classifies these academic blogs according to discipline. If you wish to keep up-to-date in your field or to understand what interests others academics, take a look here. The disciplines include social sciences, humanities, sciences, professional and useful arts, etc.

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

Kay Flowers, University Librarian, Leaving ISU

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Kay Flowers will begin work at Bowling Green State University in Ohio in July.

Bowling Green State University has chosen Kay Flowers as its next dean of University Libraries, Dr. Kenneth Borland, senior vice president for academics and provost, has announced. Flowers, currently University Librarian and dean of the library faculty at Idaho State University, will begin her BGSU appointment as dean on July 13.

“I am leaving ISU with very mixed emotions. The Oboler Library faculty and staff are dedicated to the university and to its faculty and students, and I feel honored to have worked with them,” Flowers said. “I have complete confidence in their ability to provide excellent service to Idaho State University as it continues to develop its medical and research missions. I want to thank the university faculty for their support of the library. I believe ISU has a great future ahead of it, and I know the library will be there to support that future.”

Flowers was selected following a national search. She has more than 30 years’ experience in university libraries. At Idaho State, she oversees the main library collection, the Idaho Health Sciences Library, the Oliver Law Library, the University Library Center in Idaho Falls and a joint library project with an area school district. Flowers has planning responsibility for budgets, collections, facilities and personnel. Her staff includes 15 faculty members, 22 classified staff members and a number of student employees.

In her 12 years at Idaho State University, she doubled the number of the library’s endowments, created a “friends” group of supporters and began an outreach program to donors and alumni. She also procured a number of grants for the library related to digital collections standards.

Flowers began her library career at Rice University’s Fondren Library, serving as assistant university librarian for library information technology and, before that, assistant University librarian for automated services and head of circulation. She interrupted her work at Rice in 1983 to obtain a master of library science degree from the University of Illinois.

She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rice and has nearly completed a doctorate of education at ISU.

Searching Photos and Quick Facts

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Photos from Tag Galaxy
Do you like to look at photos? Have you seen Tag Galaxy ( This website makes it easy to search for photos in a fun way. Categories of the results appear as satellites around a sun-like sphere. Whenever you click on any of these “planets” it takes you to a more narrowed set. Any time you select the sun, a sphere with photos appears and you can view the photos. Computational Knowledge Engine
Find answers and quick facts. This search engine gives you answers, not results or links to other websites. Want to know how many acres are in a square mile? teaspoons in a cup? Learn which day of the week you were born on and the phase of the moon on that day by entering your birth date. Any kind of factual information you might need can be found here. BTW: 640 acres = 1 mi^2, 48 teaspoons/cup, and Mt. Fuji is 12,388 feet high.

These two mini-articles were contributed by Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction.

Summer Reading

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Summer reading is a pastime many of us enjoy. You can find interesting books on our new book shelf in the entry area, near the aquarium, across from the reference desk. These are books that have recently been added to the library’s collection. You can also search our catalog if there is a particular book or author you want to read. We also have a special new books page where you can get a list of all the books that have been added to the library recently.

I like looking at summer reading lists provided by National Public Radio (NPR). We get some of their radio programming on 91.1,  KISU-FM. You can sometimes hear good summer reading discussions on their shows. I found a page of Bookseller Picks for current summer reading. Last year they had an article on 100Best Beach Books Ever. Here’s a printable list of their Summer Reading Books. As summer progresses, they may have more current lists available.

You can find lists of best sellers, both fiction and nonfiction, hardback and paperback, on the New York Times Book Review web page.   If you search”summer reading” on their page you can get to several reading lists. We also have the current paper copy of New York Times Book Review on our Current Display Periodical shelf on the first floor. Reading the 100+ titles on that shelf can be interesting and fun.

ISU, as an academic library, has a focus on acquiring academic books. If you are looking for popular fiction, mysteries, science fiction, etc. you may also want to check your local library: Marshall Public Library, Portneuf District Library, or elsewhere.