Archive for 2011

Traveling Exhibit Opening Event Jan.13, 2012

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Eli Oboler Library at Idaho State University will host “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” traveling exhibit Jan. 11-Feb. 24, 2012.

The colorful new exhibit opening at the Eli Oboler Library at Idaho State University on January 11, 2012 celebrates American popular song during the period 1910-1965. The best musical artists of the time combined a genius for melody, a talent for pairing melody with the perfect words, and an ability to connect with a wide audience. A remarkably high percentage of them were Jewish, from families that had immigrated to America in the 1800s or fled pogroms and persecution in Europe at the turn of the century. “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965” tells their story, using lively and striking images from Broadway musicals, classic films, posters, and personal collections.

Dr. Diana Livingston FriedleyTo celebrate the arrival of this traveling exhibit, an opening event will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm in Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library. ISU Voice Faculty Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley and Geoffrey Friedley will perform music composed by the Jewish artists highlighted in the display. In addition, they will inform attendees of significant and interesting insights into the history and music. The public is invited and welcome to attend. Parking will be available close to the Library, and refreshments will be offered.

Photo below Geoffrey Friedley

Geoffrey Friedley“A Fine Romance” is visiting 55 sites throughout the U.S. in 2011-2012. It was curated by David Lehman and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, an anonymous donor, and Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life. A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs is also a book by David Lehman, published by Nextbook/Schocken.

The Library is sponsoring a number of free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibit. In February, Dr. Sherri Dienstfrey will present a Reader’s Theatre related to the exhibit themes. Other community groups may also be participating. Contact 208-282-2997 or visit www.isu.edu/library for more information. “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” will be on display until February 24, 2012.

New Year, New Editor

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

On Friday Dec. 23, 2011, the Library News editorship will be changing from Joan Juskie, who is retiring from ISU, to Jenny Groom, Library Assistant 3, who has worked in various capacities at Oboler Library since 1980.  Jenny has her B.A. in English from Idaho State University, and experience in creative writing and blogs. She is excited about this new assignment!

Joan Juskie has been Library News editor since its inception in Oct. 2007. With a background including years of working reference in libraries, a M.F.A in creative writing, and some work experience as a research producer at KPVI TV, she was a natural at finding and reporting the news related to Oboler Library. Read more about her retirement here.

As a parting gift, Joan leaves the first poem to ever appear in Library News, a poem written after a very busy week at Oboler Library:

Friday Haiku

Fast cut and paste
to make informative article
now published in Library News.

Joan Juskie

Final Week and Intersession Hours

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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

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Final exam week hours will be:

Sunday, Dec. 11– 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.,

Monday-Thursday, Dec. 12-15– 7:15 a.m. to 1:00a.m.,

Friday, Dec. 16– 7:15 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.,

and then Intersession Hours:

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 17-18– CLOSED

Monday – Wednesday, Dec. 19 – 23 –7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 24 - Monday Jan. 2, 2012 HOLIDAY CLOSURE OF ISU & LIBRARY

Tuesday, Jan. 3– Friday, Jan. 6–7:30 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, email, 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.

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Interlibrary Loan Materials Deadlines

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Interlibrary Loan materials needed before finals should be ordered by November 18, 2011 in order to receive them before final exams.

NO loan materials will be ordered after December 9, 2011 as most libraries will not send them through the mail during the holidays. NO photocopy materials will be ordered after Dec. 19 2011.

The Interlibrary Loan office will be closed from December 24, 2011 thru Jan. 3 2012. There will be no interlibrary loan requests processed during this time.

Have a safe and happy holiday! The interlibrary loan staff.

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs Traveling Exhibit

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Eli Oboler Library at Idaho State University will host “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” traveling exhibit Jan. 11-Feb. 24, 2012.

Americans have always responded to the wit, the passion, and the sophistication of the ballads, dance tunes, jazz numbers, and showstoppers that make up the great “American Songbook.”  Songs such as “As Time Goes By,” “It Had to Be You,” and “Over the Rainbow” have captivated generations of audiences and remain beloved musical icons of American popular culture. Find more details and graphics here.

A colorful new exhibit opening at the Eli Oboler Library at Idaho State University on January 11, 2012 celebrates American popular song during the period 1910-1965.  The best musical artists of the time combined a genius for melody, a talent for pairing melody with the perfect words, and an ability to connect with a wide audience.  A remarkably high percentage of them were Jewish, from families that had immigrated to America in the 1800s or fled pogroms and persecution in Europe at the turn of the century.  “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965” tells their story, using lively and striking images from Broadway musicals, classic films, posters, and personal collections.

To celebrate the arrival of this traveling exhibit, an opening event will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm in Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library.  ISU Voice Faculty Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley and Geoffrey Friedley will perform music composed by the Jewish artists highlighted in the display.  In addition, they will inform attendees of significant and interesting insights into the history and music.  The public is invited and welcome to attend.  Parking will be available close to the Library, and refreshments will be offered.

“A Fine Romance” is visiting 55 sites throughout the U.S. in 2011-2012.  It was curated by David Lehman and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.  The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, an anonymous donor, and Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life.  A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs is also a book by David Lehman, published by Nextbook/Schocken.

The Library is sponsoring a number of free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibit.  In February, Dr. Sherri Dienstfrey will present a Reader’s Theatre related to the exhibit themes.  Other community groups may also be participating.  Contact  208-282-2997 or visit www.isu.edu/library for more information. “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” will be on display until February 24, 2012.

Joan Juskie Retiring from Oboler Library

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Joan Juskie, Library Assistant 1 in Serials, is retiring at the end of December, after 13 years of service to the University. She worked in Acquisitions, then Periodicals 1986-1988, at the Admissions Office 1992-1994, in Interlibrary Loan 1996-2000, and finally in Serials 2005 to present. (In between her ISU jobs, Joan lived in Idaho Falls, North Carolina, and Colorado, always coming back to Pocatello.) In addition to regular job duties, Joan has worked on the reference desk for a couple of shifts a week, was a member of both the Exhibits and Social committees, and has been editor of Library News. In between her NC and CO moves, 2000-2004, she worked as reference supervisor at Marshall Public Library.

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She plans to pursue her passions of poetry and nonfiction (memoir and journal) writing in retirement. She also plans to participate in New Knowledge Adventures classes and her numerous interest areas, including meditation, cooking, gym fitness, outdoor walking, reading, and more.

Please join us at a reception held in her honor on Friday Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation at 12:00. It will be held in Room 268 of the Library.

New Displays in the Library

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Privilege of Voting, Pearl Harbor, Charles Dickens, The FOOL (Friends of Oboler Library) Collection of Censored Books, Information Literacy, Books and Libraries, The Berlin Wall , and Spice Up a Healthy Holiday are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Paintings by Ella Rast are in the Current Display Art Area. Read more about her art here.

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First Floor:

The Privilege of Voting in case 1 covers a lot of information about politics and contains a sampling of books by candidates and about politics on both sides. It includes definitions the terminology of voting: Democratic party, Republican party, liberalism, conservatism, primary elections, and caucus. “Voting is an integral part of American citizenship. It is a fundamental right and privilege of democracy that quite often is neither appreciated or understood. Paul McCaffrey stated.

Pearl Harbor is in case 2B. This is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Find books, facts & information, a handout on the heroes, the front page of the Pocatello Tribune describing the attack, black and white photos and more in this historical display.

Case 2A is on Charles Dickens, author of numerous books, including A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Hard Times, Great Expectations, and more. You can find some good holiday reading at this display. It also includes biographical information and some excerpts from his writing.

Case 3 is “The FOOL Collection of Censored Books FOOL is Friends of Oboler Library, the Friends of the Library Group. Find out more about them here.  The display contains a selection of books that were mentioned in the Spring 2011 article in Foolscap newsletter. The “collection of censored books contains many titles once considered scandalous.” It shows an example of pages with words blackened out, and contains books such as Operation Dark Heart, Fair Game, and Gulliver’s Travels.

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Second Floor:

Display case 4 has a display on Information Literacy. “The information literate student [is] one who accesses information efficiently and effectively, critically evaluates the information, and uses it accurately and creatively.” This spring  Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library, will teaching a class titled Information Research (ACAD 1199, 1 credit). Learn how to “locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.”  For more details about the class go here. Check out this display for more information on how to improve your research papers.

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Display case 5 has a display titled “Libraries and Reading.” Library Assistant and Library News editor,  Joan Juskie, is retiring at the end of 2011 and this will be the last display she does, unless something urgent comes up. She wanted to do something inspired by her love of learning, books, and libraries. The display contains many favorite quotations.

“A great library contains the diary of the human race.” (George Mercer Dawson)

“I find that a great part of information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way.” (Franklin Adams)

Come here to find some inspiring quotations, and you may also leave with some reading ideas for Thanksgiving or Christmas break. The display is accented with book covers from an earlier display on University Reading Programs, where many people on campus participate in reading the same book, discussing it, having the authors come and speak, watching movies about it, etc. Some of the titles include The Kite Runner, Into the Wild, Three Cups of Tea, The Devil’s Highway, and many more.

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Third Floor:

perennialsperennialsDisplay Case 6 is titled The Wall 50 Years Later. Aug. 13, 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the initial construction of the Berlin Wall, which cut off West Berlin from East Berlin and East Germany until its fall on Nov. 9 1989. There are many books on this topic on a nearby table, and available for checkout. The display also mentions an online government document The Berlin Wall 20 Years Later that you can connect with from our catalog.

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Health Science display case
Spice Up a  Healthy Holiday is the new Idaho Health Sciences Library Display. It has attractive decorations and interesting facts. Find more information on their web page for Healthy Holidays,   which contains information on Holiday Food Safety, Holiday Recipes,  Food Safely, Snow Safety, and much more.

Save Your Papers: Flash Drives and More

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Jump drive, flash drive, thumb drive, memory stick, pocket drive, USB drive, disk on key, data stick–there are many names for those handy little devices, and you need to bring yours with you when you come in to use the library computers. Saving your work periodically is very important so you don’t wind up having to redo your work if the computer crashes, times out, or if you notice an error after printing the paper, and have already logged out of the computer.

This time of year saving time is more important than ever. You don’t want to have to retype a term paper; you need to study for a final! You can find a jump drive for as little as $5.00-$10.00.

If you do wind up at the library without a flash drive, another way to back it up is to email the paper to yourself as a Word attachment, and then you can get back into it if necessary. A minute spent  backing up can save you hours of typing.

Silent Study Room

Monday, December 5th, 2011

You asked for a quiet study room, so the library gave you a silent study room on the 3rd floor, Room 335.

Work on this room progressed through summer and fall. The library moved the microform readers to the first floor, installed brighter lights, and cut windows in two of the three doors. It is marked with new signage —
“Silent Study Room. Mute noisy devices. Sign language only.”

New Issues of Between the Lines and Foolscap

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

New issues of both Between the Lines (the Oboler Library newsletter) and Foolscap (the Friends of Oboler Library newsletter) have been published.

Between the Lines includes articles on Beverly Bistline, INL Journals and Books added to the ISU collection, a really overdue book, the new quiet study room on the third floor (Room 335), and more.

Foolscap contains articles on Judge Randy Smith’s lecture on Judicial Independence,  Leonard Hitchcock’s Lifetime membership in FOOLS, the upcoming 2012 Miniature Golf in the Library, and more.