Archive for September, 2010

New Displays in the Library

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Banned Books, Wickiup, ISU Homecoming History, Saving Energy and Heating Bills, U S. Poets Laureate, and Finding Magic @ the Health Science Library are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now. The Current Display Art Area has art by Georgia Orwick.

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First Floor:

bbmainDisplay case 1: On the 1st floor, there is a display titled “Why Are Books Banned and Challenged?” to commemorate Banned Book Week, Sept. 25-Oct. 2 2010. It includes samples of the most challenged books in 2009 and information highlights about things like the difference between a banned and challenged book, the reasons books are challenged (sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group), information on first amendment freedom, and other quotes. The current year’s Banned Books Week (BBW) poster completes the display. If you like the graphics on it, be sure to grab one of the BBW bookmarks we are offering at the Circulation and Reference desks.

WickiupDisplay Case 3 has a display on Wickiup, the ISU Yearbook that was published in earlier times. Homecoming occurred Sept. 20-25, and many of you have fond memories of the parade, game, dance, and other fun activities. You can find an online directory of Wickiup 1941-43, 1948-71 here. The page also includes more information about ISU’s early yearbook. Since Facebook seems to be a modern equivalent of yearbooks, in some ways, you’ll want to become a fan of Idaho State University and also Oboler (Idaho State University) Library on Facebook.

h scrapbookISU Football and Homecoming Scrapbook fills case 2. See historic brochures, homecoming advertisement, dance cards, scrapbook pages, photos and poems about the buildings on campus titled Idaho State Retrospective, and more. Enjoy this walk through ISU’s past. You can find many historic photos of campus and Pocatello on the Bannock County Images site, part of ISU Special Collections.

OrwickThe Current Display Art area has art by Georgia Orwick. Georgia Orwick’s “Honoring the Ancients” is a series of paintings inspired by the exploration of ancient rock art sites in the rugged sierras of Baja, Mexico and well as sites in North America. Her watercolor, mixed media, and pastel paintings will be on exhibit in the current display area of the Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library from Monday, October 4 through Friday, November 12, 2010.

orwick 3Raised on the vast North Dakota prairie, Orwick is inspired by her fascination with mountains, horizons, sea and landscapes, and scenes from her travels. For eighteen years she cruised on a motorcycle to the end of many roads: from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, to Florida and to the deserts of the Southwest. She traveled extensively from Alaska to Mexico and to the Panama border in Central America. Since moving to Pocatello in 1996, Orwick’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in local and national shows.
Second Floor:

energy economyDisplay Case 4 has information related to Saving Energy and Saving on Your Heating Bill. Find many tips here on how to make your utility bills lighter. For example: change to fluorescent bulbs, turn off computers at night, turn off everything not in use, change furnace filters regularly,be careful not to block heating registers, and many more.

bb2ndDisplay case 5 is titled “Banned Book Week: Treasure Your Freedom to Read.” It covers what a banned book is, censorship, top reasons books get challenged, what a challenged book is, and some examples. How many of the examples have you read? They include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Fahrenheit 451, Clockwork Orange, Ulysses, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Third Floor:

Poet laureateDisplay case 6 is on The U.S. Poets Laureate. The display covers newly appointed Poet Laureate W S Merwin. It provides information about the position, spines of many book titles of current and past poet laureates, details about how to find out more on the internet, and other items of interest. If you enjoy poetry, you’ll want to see this display. Also see the previous Library News articles on the subjects of W.S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate and Idaho Writer in Residence.

IHSLHealth Science display case— The new display is Finding Magic @ the Health Science Library. It includes information on the mission, databases, the new feature of a Wiki, and contact information. Check out their web page, or email them at ihsl@isu.edu, or call them at 282-4686 with your Health Science questions. They have a handy link to Medline Plus, the consumer health information site, right on their front page! If you haven’t seen Medline Plus before, check it out–it is loaded with health topics and news on all health topics, for everyone, from infants to teenagers to seniors.

Comm. 101 Workshops in the Library

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

It’s time to start thinking about research for your Comm.1101 speeches. High quality and reliable sources can improve the strength of your argument. Library resources can help you save time, find good resources, and locate statistics.

Would you like help with research for your speech or for another class project/paper? These workshops are open to all students, though they do focus on meeting the needs of Comm.1101 students. Look at the schedule below and be sure to sign up in advance.

Come to the Library workshop to learn and get help.

Don’t miss it.

Workshop #1
Monday, October 4th
3:30-5 p.m.

Workshop #2
Tuesday, October 5th
2:30-4 p.m.

Workshop #3
Wednesday, October 6th
2-3:30 p.m.

Workshop #4
Thursday, October 7th
1:30-3 p.m.

Workshop #5
Friday, October 8th
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Workshop #6
Saturday, October 9th
10-11:30 a.m.

Workshop #7
Monday, October 11th
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Workshop #8
Tuesday, October 12th
3:30-5:00

To sign up for a workshop:
Call: 282-3152
Email: refinst@isu.edu
Visit: The reference desk on the main floor of the library.

Openings are limited, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. An attendance sheet will be passed around at each workshop and then sent back to instructors.

Banned Books Week

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Have you heard of Banned Books Week? It occurs Sept. 25 through October 2, 2010. According to American Library Association:

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”

This year the library is hosting a Banned Book Title Poetry Contest in celebration of Banned Book week. Participants will have their name entered into a drawing for a free 1 GB jump drive. The library will not be judging the quality of the poetry. The Event Committee’s favorites along with the drawing winners, will become part of a display and a web page. For more details about this drawing that students may enter, see the web page at: http://www.isu.edu/~semejenn/poetry.html

The Library has two Banned Books Week displays. On the 2nd floor display case 5 is titled “Banned Book Week: Treasure Your Freedom to Read.” It covers what a banned book is, censorship, top reasons books get challenged, what a challenged book is, and some examples. How many of the examples have you read? They include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Fahrenheit 451, Clockwork Orange, Ulysses, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. On the 1st floor, in display case one, there is a display titled “Why Are Books  Banned and Challenged?” It includes samples of the most challenged books in 2009 and information highlights about things like the difference between a banned and challenged book, the reasons books are challenged (sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group), information on first amendment freedom, and other quotes. The current year’s Banned Books Week (BBW) poster completes the display. If you like the graphics on it, be sure to grab  one of the BBW bookmarks we are offering at the Circulation and Reference desks

If you would like to learn more about this observance, check the American Library Association Banned Books Week page.

For a list of some previously challenged or banned books, click here. You may be surprised at some of the popular books that are on the list.

They also include a page of quotations related to banned books. For example:

“The Library is an open sanctuary. It is devoted to individual intellectual inquiry and contemplation. Its function is to provide free access to ideas and information. It is a haven of privacy, a source of both cultural and intellectual sustenance for the individual reader.

Since it is thus committed to free and open inquiry on a personal basis, the Library must remain open, with access to it always guaranteed.”–Robert Vosper

Bengal Spirit in the Library!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Homecoming spirit and celebration are evident at Oboler Library! The Circulation Desk is festively decorated with ISU pennants, colors, and lights. Display case 3 on the first floor has a display of old ISU yearbooks. Display case 2 is an ISU Football and Homecoming Scrapbook. Even the Idaho Health Science Library on the third floor is decorated with a homecoming theme. Be sure you take advantage of all the wonderful homecoming activities going on at ISU. Find more information and the complete schedule here.

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Wickiup Display Case 3 has a display on Wickiup, the ISU Yearbook that was published in earlier times. Get in the mood for homecoming, which occurs Sept. 20-25, with the Homecoming Parade and Football Game Saturday Sept. 25th! You can find an online directory of Wickiup 1941-43, 1948-71 here. The page also includes more information about ISU’s early yearbook. Since Facebook seems to be a modern equivalent of yearbooks, in some ways, you’ll want to become a fan of Idaho State University and also Oboler (Idaho State University) Library on Facebook.

Display case 2 is an ISU Football and Homecoming Scrapbook. It is filled with historic brochures, homecoming advertisement, dance cards, scrapbook pages, photos and poems about the buildings on campus titled Idaho State Retrospective, and more. Enjoy this walk through ISU’s past.

IHSLHealth Science display caseResearch at IHSL The Idaho Health Science Library (IHSL) has the mission “to advance education, research, and patient care by providing publication-based information to the university community, Idaho health care providers, and consumers.” This display illustrates the diverse resources that are available: tools like PubMed, EbscoHost, A-Z journal List, Cinahl, STAT!Rev, Cohchrane Library, Ulrichs Periodicals Directory, and more. It is pleasantly accented with an orange and black homecoming theme: ISU pennant, pompom, Bengal tiger, and megaphone. If you’re taking a health class, doing research on a health topic, or research a personal medical condition, be sure to check with the IHSL.

Current Display Magazine and Newspaper Area

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The War on Unhappiness…..Dogs in the Ancient World…Extreme Weather Warning…7 Ways to Slash Your Energy Bills….What Faculty Owe Students…Walk Off 10 Lbs….Ghost Towns…Revenge of the Introverts….The Web Is Dead…Where can you find all these interesting topics covered?

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On the Current Display magazine shelf at the library! Find titles like: Advertising Age, Art in America, Architectural Digest, Audubon,Current History, Discover, Ebony, Futurist, Health, High Country News, Money, Montana, Mother Earth News, Nevada, Newsweek, Organic Gardening, Outside, Portneuf Valley Audubon Society News, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, Science, Ski, Sunset, Sunstone, Time, Utne, Wired, Writer’s Digest, and a lot more. There are a total of 149 different titles!

The area is located to the back left of the new book area, near the Reference desk, along with the Current Display Art area. Many of the magazines are weeklies, so you may want to check a couple of times a week so you don’t miss any good articles.

There is also a new addition to the rack: all of the current display newspapers that were previously housed on the 3rd floor. It contains many Idaho newspapers, some national papers, plus a few international. There are 36 titles on the bottom shelves, below the magazines.

If you’re here from another Idaho city or town, catch up on news at home! We carry papers from these cities: Aberdeen, Arco, Blackfoot, Boise, Buhl, Challis, Cottonwood, Emmett, Homedale, Idaho Falls, Ketchum, Lewiston, Moscow, Mountain Home, Rexburg, Rigby, Salmon, Soda Springs, Twin Falls, Weiser, and more.

The current display shelf also has Le Monde (Paris, France), New York Times, People’s Daily (Beijing, China), Salt Lake Tribune, Statesman Weekly (Calcutta, India), Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

This reading area can be an enjoyable break between classes or place to go after eating your lunch. The new book area nearby is also an interesting place to browse. And computers are close in case you discover something you want to look up on the internet.

Oxford Bibliographies Online Free Trial

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

ISU Library has a free trial to Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) database. You can access it both on and off campus here. Our free trial lasts for 30 days–from Sept. 16th 2010 until Oct. 16 2010.

“OBO covers variety of subjects: Classics, Atlantic History, Criminology, Social Work, Sociology, Philosophy, Islamic Studies and more. It is a tool designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, data set they need for their research. It is a springboard for new research that allows for fluid movement between texts and databases within a given institution’s collection and beyond. It is a starting point for organizing a research plan, or for preparing a writing assignment, or syllabus. The style and approach is accessible to student readers, but because of the depth of coverage it is of great use to faculty as well.”This article was contributed by Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian. Please send her comments about what you think of this database.

Graduate Student Library Workshop

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Find the articles and journals that you need. Know where to go to find theses and dissertations already published, which will help ensure you do not replicate research that has already been done. Learn which databases will direct you to the most relevant articles. Discover how to look for books not in the Library’s collection. Find out how you can manage your growing list of references with Endnote Web and other free database account programs.

Come and discover the great resources and services available to you, including how to request a book through the Interlibrary Loan Services.

This workshop is open to all graduate and upper-division students as well as advanced researchers in the ISU community. If you are a new faculty member here at ISU, this would be a great workshop to familiarize yourself with ISU’s research resources. Attend if you feel like you need a refresher.

Where: Library Room 212 (2nd floor, across from the water fountain)
When
: Tuesday, Sept. 21st from 4-5 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 22nd from 1:30-2:30
And Thursday, Sept. 23rd from 5-6 pm
Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library
OR Call: 282-3152
OR Email: refinst@isu.edu

If you cannot attend this workshop, you may find some of our tutorials to be useful, such as the one on finding dissertations or finding full-text access to a specific journal article. Come to the Reference Desk in the Oboler Library for any of your research needs. See Reference Desk hours. For individual research consultations, visit or call the Reference Desk to set an appointment: 282-3152.

New Committee Chair from Oboler Library

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Associate Professor James Teliha, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library, has been appointed to chair the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee for 2010 – 2012. Oboler published extensively on intellectual freedom issues and was nationally known as a champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression.

Eli M. Oboler joined Idaho State College as library director in 1949, and worked for over 30 years until his retirement from Idaho State University in 1980. Oboler was a founding member of the Idaho Library Association, and served as its President from 1950 – 1953. Oboler also served as President of the Pacific Northwest Library Association 1955-1956, and served numerous terms as an ALA Councilor, two terms on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, as well as other service on national committees within ALA and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

The award, first given in 1986, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Works to be considered for the award may be single articles (including review pieces), a series of thematically connected articles, books, or manuals published on the local, state or national level in English or English translation.

For more information on Eli M. Oboler see the Eli M Oboler Inscriptions and Quotations page and his biography page.

Iter: Medieval and Renaissance Bibliography

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

ISU Library has a free trial to Iter: Medieval and Renaissance Bibliography database until November 2 2010. You can access it here: “Iter: Medieval and Renaissance Bibliography,“  both on and off campus.

Description: “Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development and distribution of online resources. Online resources include Iter bibliography comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). The Bibliography of English Women Writers 1500-1640, a list of scholarship about 738 recovered writers and located texts, canonical and non-canonical. It identifies many hitherto unknown writers, including among them not only already familiar figures, but also women refugees such as the recusants, women in the colonies, Marrano women (Anusot), women translators, and English women writers in French, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh. And so much more.”

This article was contributed by Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian at Oboler Library. Please let her know how you like the database.

Connect With Us on Facebook!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Did you know that Idaho State University and Oboler Library are both on Facebook? Here’s how to quickly find all the different ISU social software sites; some of them are also listed on the ISU home page.

If you’re reading this, it’s from the library’s blog, Library News. You can get to it right from the Library Web Page. Library News will update you on what’s new in the library. Right now we are offering many 15 minute workshops, including social software workshops –see the Learn Something Quick schedule. Hurry, these classes end Sept. 10th!

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