Archive for December, 2010

New Issues of Between the Lines and Foolscap

Monday, December 13th, 2010

There are two new issues of library newsletters out.

Between the Lines is the Eli M Oboler Library Newsletter. You can read it here. The new issue has articles on: American Periodicals Series Online, Sandra Shropshire being named Interim Dean, expansion of the Meridian collection, accomplishments of Library staff members, and more.

Foolscap is the newsletter of the Friends of Oboler Library. You can read it here. The new issue has an article on censorship by Leonard Hitchcock, information about Golf in the Stacks, which will occur on Saturday February 26, 2011 (18 hole miniature golf in the library) and the Friends’ annual business meeting. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Oboler Library, you can find more information on their web page.

New Displays in the Library

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Winter, Reading a Classic, Earthquakes in Idaho, U. S. Poets Laureate, and Happy Healthy Holidays are the new or continuing subjects of displays up in the library now.

First Floor:

bear snowAll four display cases on the first floor are filled with Winter displays. Find books about snow and winter, including The Polar Express, accessorized by many interesting objects like a train, bear, fox, etc. Many types of snowflakes are present in all the cabinets: paper, metal, lighted, etc. There are some snow and winter poems. Come experience a warm, interior winter in the library. I found these displays interesting, creative, and cheerful. The library Christmas tree is nearby to also enjoy. Happy Holidays!

tree snow

Second Floor:

classicsDisplay Case 4 has a display on Reading Classics. If this winter snows you in and keeps you home in the evening, this project may interest you. Numerous classic book covers are shown in the display cabinet, and a bibliography of classics you can read is in the handout rack. Also there is a nearby shelf of popular classics that will be replenished as the books check out. Whether your interest lies more with Jane Austin, or Kidnapped, or The Three Musketeers, or somewhere else entirely, there is probably a classic you’d enjoy reading this winter. It is interesting to note that a week after we put this display up, the Oprah show announced that their next reading program would be to read two classics, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. This seems to be the winter everyone will be reading a classic!

earthquakesDisplay case 5 is titled “Earthquakes and Idaho.” It includes a map showing the Idaho fault lines, information on the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake, the article about the new fault line discovered by ISU professor Glenn Thackray, Earthquakes in Idaho Facts, an earthquake videocassette, and some books on the topic.

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.

healthy holidaysHealth Science Display Case–The new display is Happy Healthy Holidays, and directs you to their wiki page on the topic. Check out that amazing page! It includes information on: cold, ice, and snow safety; healthy, thrifty holiday cooking; holiday food safety; holiday recipes (including an interesting section on appetizer recipes); holiday health and safety tips; managing holiday stress, and more. The pages link to information from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Mayo Clinic, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), USDA (U S Department of Agriculture), and more.

Holiday Closure and Interim Session Hours

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The library will be closed for the ISU Holiday Closure, Dec. 23, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011. The library will also be open shorter hours for the interim session. Complete hours are listed below, as well is information on resources that can help with internet and research needs.

Interim Session Hours:Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 20 – 22 –7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday Dec. 23 – Sunday Jan. 2, 2011 HOLIDAY CLOSURE OF ISU & LIBRARY

Mon. Jan. 3– Fri. Jan.. 7–7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 8 and Sun. Jan. 9–Closed

You can still do extensive research from home with the library web page, unless there are power or computer outages. Over 200 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 112,590 electronic journals, books and reports. Call, e-mail, or come into the reference desk during open hours if you have questions. Or look at some of the Library Tutorials, which may answer your questions.

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.

We hope that you enjoy the holiday.

snow library

Best Books of 2010

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If you’re looking for some good semester break reading, these lists will help you. There are so many subject areas and fiction themes represented, that anyone should be able to find some good recommendations. You can also get some great ideas for Christmas presents from this list!

The Village Voice

The Guardian: Best of 2010

The Economist: Page Turners of 2010

The New Yorker:

Best Poetry of 2010

Reviewers favorites

Compilation of Best Sellers Fiction

and Nonfiction

The New York Times:

100 Notable Fiction & Poetry

Best Cookbooks

Best Travel Books

Best Gardening books

Notable Children’s Books

Notable Crime Books

Graphic Books

Art Books

Theatre Books

Globe & Mail:

100 International Fiction

100 Non-fiction

Poetry & Graphica

Barnes and Noble:

Barnes and Noble Best Sellers Fiction & Non Fiction

Snow Closure Policy and Road Conditions

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Public Safety will put a message on their snow closure line, x3936 if ISU is closed due to the weather. “Local radio and television stations will be notified. An additional notice will usually be posted on the ISU homepage and on the ISU Public Safety Web page For information specific to the Idaho Falls campus call x 7825.”

ISU snow

more snowIf you need to know road conditions, Idaho Transportation Department has a 511 Information page. It has been enhanced and expanded. My favorite part of their web page is the web cam section It is interesting to actually see the road conditions. The All Advisories page shows road closures and alerts Be sure to select the Southeast Idaho region if it defaults to a different area.

If you don’t have internet at home, you can just dial 511 on your telephone for the new Idaho Transportation Department’s new road report and information. They have a web page for help with the phone menu .

Photographs provided by Regina Koury, our Electronic Resource Librarian.

Study in the Library

Friday, December 3rd, 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 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.

Holiday Interlibrary Loan Policies

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Book orders through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will be suspended from Dec. 10, 2010 until Jan. 7, 2011. This is to avoid loss in the mail during the busy holiday rush. Many libraries do not loan materials over the holidays.

Oboler Library will be closed from Dec. 23, 2010 to Jan. 2 2011. There will be no Interlibrary Loan service during that time.

It is suggested that interlibrary loan materials needed before finals be ordered by Nov. 19, 2010, in order to receive them in a timely fashion.

This message was sent to Library News by the ILL staff, who also wish you Happy Holidays.

Final Exam Week and Intersession Hours, Closures

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The library will be open longer hours during final exam week, and also closed for the ISU Holiday Closure. See the article Study in the Library for details about places to study.

circ holiday

Final exam week hours will be:

Sunday, Dec. 12– 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.,

Monday-Thursday, Dec. 13-16– 7:15 a.m. to 1:00a.m.,

Friday, Dec. 17– 7:15 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.,

and then Intersession Hours:

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 18-19– CLOSED

Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 20 – 22 –7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday Dec. 23 – Sunday Jan. 2, 2011 HOLIDAY CLOSURE OF ISU & LIBRARY

Mon. Jan. 3– Fri. Jan.. 7–7:30 a.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. Over 200 electronic databases can be accessed off campus, with access to 112,590 electronic journals, books and reports. Call, e-mail, or come into the reference desk during open hours if you have questions. Or look at some of the Library Tutorials, which may answer your questions.

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.

We hope that you enjoy the holiday.

snow library