Archive for February, 2011

Learning Express Library

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Thanks to Idaho Commission for Libraries, Learning Express Library is now available to Idaho citizens as one of the LiLI databases. This resource includes practice tests, courses, and eBooks that can help you prepare for admissions and placement tests; improve your skills in math, writing, computer software use, and public speaking; and much more. Link to Learning Express Library via Oboler Library’s webpage: Library Quick Links / Databases, at the upper left under library photo. A one-time User Registration (FREE) is required.

Spring Break Closures and Hours

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The library will be closed or open shorter hours for the ISU Spring Break Holiday.

The library will be closed Saturday and Sunday March 19 and 20.

Monday – Friday, March 21-25, the library will be open 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Saturday March 26 the library will be open 1:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday March 27 we will be back to regular hours: 12:00 p.m. - midnight.

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.

Free Classes Learn Something Quick

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Come to the Library and Learn Something Quick! This series of workshops are arranged in the following tracks: Google, Library Research, Citations, Success, and Fun. It will be offered from Monday, March 7 through Thursday, March 10, 2011. Get lots of information and answers to your questions in only 15 minutes!

Check out our webpage at: for more information.

Attend any session for a chance to win a 1GB thumb drive. Sessions will be held in room 112 on the first floor unless otherwise noted.

APA Style
Tues., March 8th 12-12:15pm
Wed., March 9th 12-12:15pm
MLA Style
Tues., March 8th 12:30-12:45pm
Wed., March 9th 12:30-12:45pm
EndNote Web—Citing Sources (room 212)
Mon., March 7th 12:30-12:45pm
Wed., March 9th 3-3:15pm
Thurs., March 10th 12:30-12:45pm

Kindle for PCs
Mon., March 7th 8:30-8:45am
Thurs., March 10th 9:30-9:45am
YouTube an Intro
Mon., March 7th 8-8:15am
Thurs., March 10th 9-9:15am

BengalWeb – Be Advised Channel
Mon., March 7th 11:30-11:45am
BengalWeb: Creating Groups
Tues., March 8th 1:30-1:45pm
Budgeting 101: The 10-10-80 Plan
Wed., March 9th 9-9:15am
Wed., March 9th 9:30-9:45am
Transcripts, transfer credits, degree plans & advisors
Thurs., March 10th 12-12:15pm

Google Docs—Web based office type applications
Mon., March 7th 9-9:15am
Thurs., March 10th 10-10:15am
Google Calendar—Schedule Your Life
Mon., March 7th 2-2:15pm
PowerPoint—Bye Boring . . . Hello Prezi
Mon., March 7th 2:30-2:45pm
Gmail—Advanced Tricks
Tues., March 8th 1-1:15pm

American Memory Project-Full-Text history from Library of Congress
Thurs., March 10th 1:30-1:45pm
Mon., March 7th 10:30-10:45am
Books—Find them in the Library
Thurs., March 10th 3-3:15pm
EbscoHost—The Easy Way to Research
Tues., March 8th 9-9:15am
Wed., March 9th 2-2:15pm
Pro & Con Use CQ Researcher to find both sides of your speech or essay topic!
Thurs., March 10th 11:30-11:45am
Scholarly Sources Online
Tues., March 8th 9:30-9:45am
Wed., March 9th 2:30-2:45pm – Your Portal to Government Scientific Information
Thurs., March 10th 1-1:15pm
Mon., March 7th 10:30-10:45am
WorldCat for Grad Students
Tues., March 8th 10-10:15am
Wed., March 9th 4-4:15pm

Library Web Page Unavailable

Monday, February 28th, 2011

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Required Bengal Web maintenance will occur from 10:00 pm Wednesday, March 9 thru 6:00 am Thursday, March 10.

As a result, all Library Web pages, electronic resources, etc. will not be available.

Additional ISU Details:

Some features in Bengal Web will not be available during this maintenance such as time sheets, grade lookup and student accounts. However, access to Moodle ISU and Google Apps from within Bengal Web will function normally.

Rocky Mountain Writers Festival

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Creative writing readers and writers will be pleased to know that the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival will be held March 9-12 this year, in Pocatello. The festival gathers many poets and fiction writers.

Karen FowlerThe headliner this year will be Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club, and several other fiction books. You can find the book at either Oboler Library or Marshall Public Library. Find out more information about this on the Rocky Mountain Writers Festival web page, Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival on Facebook, and also the Pocatello Readings blog. Oboler Library has some books by the many writers reading at the Festival–check our catalog for availability.

New Displays at the Library

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Charles Darwin, Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival, The ISU Reading Project (Temple Grandin and Autism), Open Access Journals, Pocatello’s Historic Architecture, African American Poetry, and Heart Health Month are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Bob Beason is in the Current Display Art Area: drawings, pictures, and part of his graphic novel, Mascot, featuring a Bengal tiger character, Captain Bengal. The library roof is mentioned in one of the ISU campus scenes. Read the article about his art show here.


First Floor:

Autism tall caseTwo of the four display cases on the first floor are filled with ISU Reading Project-related information, and books by or about Temple Grandin, plus books about autism. The displays are titled: “Autism: The Personal Stories,” “Autism Current Research,” and “Understanding Autism.” A wide assortment of books about autism fill three of the cases. These include Son Rise, Autistics’ Guide to Dating, Thinking in Pictures, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, The Science and Fiction of Autism, and many more. Also be sure to take advantage of the events the reading project is sponsoring: Feb. 2 & 3 the film, Temple Grandin; Feb. 15 Panel: Autism an Applied Clinical Science Perspective and March 9–Keynote Speaker: Temple Grandin. Find more details on the ISU Reading Project page, and ISU calendar.

Autism flat case

DarwinDarwin Day occurs in February, and the Idaho Museum of Natural History has done a display on Charles Darwin here in Display Case 1 in celebration of Darwin Day and the museum’s remodeling. While known for his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin also did considerable botanical research. This display highlights some of Darwin’s background and botanical studies. Also be sure to check out the newly remodeled Museum of Natural History. They now have free admission and many new exhibits to see and learn from.

rmwfDisplay case 2B is filled with information about the Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival, which occurs March 9-12, here in Pocatello. This year is the 21st annual festival of local, regional and occasionally national writers coming together to share poetry, fiction, and prose. The Keynote this year is Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club. Find out more information here, including links to the web page, blog, and Facebook page.

Second Floor:

open accessDisplay case 4 has a display on Open Access Journals. Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. This display will give you a lot of information about Open Access, and refers the viewer to Peter Suber’s website “Open Access Overview“. Check out this display and learn a lot about this new trend, and how it relates to library research. If you wind up with questions, check with Spencer Jardine, our Coordinator of Instruction and Reference Librarian who created this display. You can read his article on this topic on his Information Literacy at ISU blog.

hist archDisplay case 5 has a display on Pocatello’s Historic Architecture. Learn more about Frank Paradice who designed our Administration Building, and many other important Pocatello buildings. He designed many Pocatello buildings and homes from 1913 to 1952. Learn the history of some of our downtown historic buildings and the old East Side downtown. Find out more about the historic homes in the college neighborhood. You can get to online walking tour brochures of some of Pocatello’s historic buildings and homes on the City of Pocatello’s Planning and Development Department page. They include downloadable brochures of self-guided walking tours of the Old Town Residential Historic District, Pocatello Downtown Historic District, Eastside Downtown Historic District, and Westside Residential Historic District. As springtime comes to Pocatello, it will be fun to explore our local architecture!

Third Floor:

aframerpoetDisplay Case 6 covers African American poets. This is our celebration of February as Black History Month. This display contains books, photographs, biographies and poetry. There is a shelf below of books available for check out. If you enjoy poetry, expect to linger with this abundant display. It includes The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita Dove, Alice Walker, Vice by Ai, Langston Hughes, and much, much more.

heart monthFebruary is National Heart Month, so the IHSL (Idaho Health Science Library) display case is on Heart Health. Find out more about heart attack symptoms, how to survive a heart attack, and the ten commandments for a healthy heart. They include a link to Heart Healthy Recipes, which include Latino recipes, healthy dinners, healthy family meals, and African American cooking. Be sure to show your support for heart health by wearing red every Friday in February.

Comm. 101 Workshops in the Library

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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 specific 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. They will be held in Library room 212.

Workshop #1
Tuesday, February 22nd
3:30-5 p.m.

Workshop #2
Wednesday, February 23rd
2:30-4 p.m.

Workshop #3
Thursday, February 24th
12-1:30 p.m.

Workshop #4
Friday, February 25th
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Workshop #5
Saturday, February 26th
10-11:30 a.m.

To sign up for a workshop:
Call: 282-3152
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 the instructors.

Mark Your Calendars: Mini Golf in the Library

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The second annual Mini Golf in the Oboler Library will be Saturday February 26, 2011, with open play between 10 AM and 2 PM. You can call 282-2997 for tee times and more information. If you’ve never played mini golf in a library, here’s your chance! Find extensive information on the course, contests, sponsorships, etc. here.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Oboler Library, and fundraiser proceeds will go to the Oboler Library for materials and acquisitions. Admission is $5. per person, or $20. for a family.

There will be a bake sale and beverages available. There will also be prizes, including low score winners for age categories and best team.

President’s Day Holiday

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The library will observe the Presidents Day Holiday by being closed on Monday Feb. 21, and open reduced hours on Sunday Feb. 20: 12:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday we will be open regular hours again.

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.

Open Graduate Student Library Workshop

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Find the books, articles, and journals that you need to conduct a literature review. 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.

Where: Library Room 212 (2nd floor, across from the water fountain)

Wednesday, Feb. 16th from 3:30-5 pm
And Thursday, Feb. 17th from 12:30-2 pm

Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library
OR Call: 282-3152
OR Email:

If you cannot attend this workshop, you may find some of our tutorials to be useful, such as the one on finding dissertations, narrowing a search to scholarly, peer- reviewed journal articles, or finding full-text access to a specific 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.

Moreover, if you would like to organize a workshop specifically tailored to you and your colleagues, you may certainly do that. Just fill out the Library Instruction Request Form. For interested instructors, we can even schedule a librarian to come to your class, though the Library’s instruction room allows for hands-on searching practice, so your class could also come to the Library for this type of workshop or one customized to your students’ research needs.