Archive for July, 2010

Books on Tape and CDs Have Moved

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Our small browsing collection of books on tape and other interesting cassettes has moved from the 1st floor to the 2nd. The cabinet contains poetry and plays on cassette. The shelf is filled with popular books on tape and CD–mystery, adventure, etc. A recent donation has greatly increased the size of the collection–check it out when you want some easy entertainment.


new books on tape area


Medline Plus–Consumer Health Information–Updated

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

If you’re interested in finding health information from a reliable source and written in language that is clear and understandable to the average health consumer, Medline Plus is a great place to go. I also like looking at their “Health News” section for new information. Recently they changed their web page format, so I asked our health librarians for an update:

The first choice for reliable consumer health information has a new look! Medline Plus , sponsored by the U. S. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health, is available in both English and Spanish versions and now has the option of a mobile connection to use with smart phones and blackberries. The new web page has a more vibrant look as it incorporates color and larger print to highlight useful tabs that help users direct their search. The medical dictionary that is available from the home page now has a pronunciation feature. Having trouble spelling your search term? There is a link to the 100 most searched for terms located directly under the dictionary search box. Other helpful features include instructional videos and games. Interested in the latest health news written in layman’s terms? Go to Medline Plus!

Medline plus

If you still need to do more research on your health topic, be sure to check with the staff at our Idaho Health Science Library, on the 3rd floor of Oboler Library.

Idaho’s Writer in Residence, and More Summer Reading

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It’s interesting how research in one area often flows into research in a related area. Two weeks ago I wrote a Library News article about poet W S Merwin being named Poet Laureate of the U.S., and the pleasure of reading poetry outdoors during the summer. Last week at the Library Exhibits/Displays Committee meeting, one of the members announced she was going to do a display on the Poet Laureates of the U.S., and asked, did Idaho still have a Writer in Residence….

Working in a library, one doesn’t have to remain uninformed for long. Idaho’s first Poet Laureate was Irene Grissom, who held the post from 1923-1946. The position was vacant till 1949, when Sudie Stuart Hager took over until 1992. She was the last of the Poet Laureates. The position was changed to Writer in Residence, and has been held by 11 different people since then, according to the Idaho Commission on the Arts web page. Checking out some of these writers leads to a lot of good summer reading. Here’s the list from the ICA page, with some of the books available at Oboler Library:

Tony (Anthony) Doerr, Boise (current)–Oboler library has his story collection, The Shell Collector.

Kim Barnes, Lewiston (2003)–Oboler Library has some great summer reading by her–Circle of Women: an Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, two of her memoirs: Hungry for the World and In the Wilderness, and a novel, Finding Caruso.

Jim Irons, Twin Falls (2001)

Bill Johnson, Lewiston (2001)

Lance Olsen, Moscow (1996)

Clay Morgan, McCall (1994)

Daryl Jones, Boise (1992) Someone Going Home Late: Poems

Neidy Messer, Boise, (1990) In Far Corners (poetry)

Eberle Umbach, McCall (1988)

Robert Wrigley, Lewiston (1986) Clemency: poems, Glow

Ron McFarland, Moscow (1984) Our catalog is loaded with books he wrote or edited.

As always, when you’re looking for books on our shelves, look around–you may find other similar interesting books shelved nearby. And if you find a book you want to read that Oboler Library doesn’t own, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

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This article and photo are from Joan Juskie, Library Assistant in Serials and Editor of Library News.

Catalog Librarian Phil Homan a Guest Speaker at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Philip A. Homan, Catalog Librarian and Associate Professor at the Eli M. Oboler Library, will present the program “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company” at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, 300 South Capital Avenue, Idaho Falls, on Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for the public and free for museum members. The program is made possible by funding from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Homan’s program accompanies the exhibition Bill Schenck: The Serigraphs, which opened on July 8 and will run through October 30. One of the originators of the contemporary “Pop” western movement, Schenck explores the cinematic and heroic images of the West.


A woman of superlatives, Kittie Wilkins was the boss of the Wilkins Horse Company in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County and owner of 10,000 range-bred horses, all branded with her famous Diamond brand. It was the largest herd of horses owned by one family in the West. The Queen of Diamonds was the only woman at the turn of the twentieth century whose sole occupation was as a horse dealer.

Kittie Wilkins, 1876, 2006.16.376

(Owyhee County Historical Society)

Homan is writing the first biography of Wilkins.


Philip A. Homan, Associate Professor,

Eli M. Oboler Library

ISU Reading Project 2010-2011

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Every year participants in the ISU community read the same book, and can attend discussions, panels, films, and a keynote speaker on topics related to the book. This year the ISU Reading Project will cover the book the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon. This is an interesting book about a 15-year-old boy with autism who is” a die-hard fan of Sherlock Holmes novels. The novel narrates Christopher’s attempts to unravel the mystery of the death of a neighbor’s dog.” Find out more information about the book on the Reading Project web page.

The schedule of events is also posted, and has activities starting on Sept. 12, and continuing into spring semester. There is an essay contest, as usual, where students can win a $100. award.

Every summer I try to get a head start and read the book. I just checked, and Oboler Library does not have copies in yet, but Marshall Public Library does have two copies. I read the book about a month ago and found it interesting and easy to get through in one evening.

Sandra Shropshire Interim Dean of Oboler Library

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Dr. Gary Olson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, recently announced that the vacancy left by Kay Flowers leaving for Bowling Green State University would be filled by Sandra Shropshire, “who will serve as Interim Dean of the Oboler Library. Sandy has worked at the Library since 1987. Since 2006, she has served as Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services, and she has served in a number of capacities prior to that. She earned an M.A. in English from Idaho State University in 2005, an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona in 1986, and a B.A. in foreign languages from the University of Idaho in 1983. She has published a number of articles in the Idaho Librarian and is currently the president of the ISU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.”

W. S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

W. S. Merwin was appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S. on July 1st. “William Merwin’s poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience,” James Billington of the Library of Congress said. “He leads us upstream from the flow of everyday things in life to half-hidden headwaters of wisdom about life itself.” Read the entire article here.

Oboler Library has 35 books of his (mostly poetry, also some prose) listed in the catalog. These include Compass Flower, Finding the Islands, Migration, and River Sound. There are also 4 books about his writing listed in a subject search of W. S. Merwin, under the heading of criticism and interpretation.

Summer is a great time to sit outdoors reading some good nature poetry, with poems being so short, intense and contemplative. Come by the library and check out some poetry for summer evenings! Billy Collins, Poet Laureate several years ago, has some good poetry for summer reading. The library also has poetry books by other previous poet laureates, including Kay Ryan, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, William Stafford, Donald Hall, and more. Find the complete list of past Poet Laureates and their biographies here, on 6 pages, organized by time periods.

New Displays in the Library

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Census 2010, Memorial Day, Physics, My Favorite Books, three Summer Poems, and Here Comes the Sun are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. The Current Display Art Area has posters of famous authors.

First Floor:

census 1Display case 1: 2010 Census What is the population of the United States? Census data will determine that. Find a map of the United States with the population of each state in this display cabinet, plus a copy of the census form. Several books and booklets related to the census are also included.

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

census 2Census Information, fills case 2. This display explains a lot about the U S census. There are brochures/ charts that describe the history of the census, the population of the United States from 1790 (3,929,214) to 1970 (203,184,772) to 2000 (281,421, 906) , and one for the costs of the census from 1790 ($44,377) to 2000 (4,500,000,000). Learn some things you didn’t already know from this display.

author display

The Current Display Art area is filled with posters of authors, including Henry James, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Zora Neale Hurston, John F Kennedy, Eugene O’Neil, Willa Cather, Neil Gaiman, Richard Wright, Ray Bradbury, and John Steinbeck.

Second Floor:


Display 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 Three Summer Poems. Poet Geoffrey Chaucer welcomes the season with a passage from The Parliament of Fowls. Then enjoy the green grass of childhood in the poem Barefoot Days by Rachel Field and a summer night sky in the poem Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg. The display contains artistic green grass, leaves, and the poetic images of summer: a blackbird, summer rain, a butterfly, dandelion, and trees. If the Idaho summer 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.