National Library Week: Create Your Own Story, Library and Information Science Careers, Choose Privacy, Dr. Seuss, Information Literacy, Historic Route 66, National Poetry Month (African American Poetry), and Autism Awareness Month are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library.
Traci Morgan is in the Current Display Art Area. She is showing her paintings in Oboler Library during the months of May and June. She is a student at ISU and majoring in Art. Come by and take a look at these colorful, bright images. Read the article about her art show here.
Dr. Suess (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born March 2, 1904, and this display in case 3 commemorates his writing life. It contains a selection of his books, characters, and posters honoring his work. There is a shelf of his books that are available nearby. This is a display kids of all ages will enjoy. Be sure to visit the fish in the nearby aquarium on your visit. The library has 25 books by Dr. Seuss in the Juvenile Literature section on the second floor. If you haven’t been up there before, it is located in the southwest corner, behind the computer labs. If you have children, they would probably find some good books if they have to entertain themselves while you are studying.
National Library Week displays are in cases 1 and 2B. This year National Library Week occurs April 10-16. The library will have the usual My Favorite Book Drawing. Case 1, the Main Display Case, is National Library Week, Create Your Own Story. It is about Creating the Library’s History. It includes photos and description of the old library in the Museum Building, a previous director (Eli M Oboler whom the library is named after), construction of this building we are in now, and completion of Oboler Library. Find out more information on the Oboler Library Building page.
Case 2B is on Library and Information Science careers. It contains many books related to the field, plus a couple of articles. There is a CNN article on library careers, which includes much information, including famous people who were librarians: J Edgar Hoover, the former First Lady Laura Bush, and more. It also has a short article by Jessamyn West titled “What Do Librarians Do All Day?” Have you ever thought about working in a library?
Choose Privacy is in case 2A. How much personal information about you is on the web? What can you do about it? Choose Privacy–a national awareness campaign to improve awareness of current privacy issues among the general public, encourage individuals, particularly young people, to think about privacy in new ways, to promote well-informed actions and choices around private information.
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 fall the display’s creator, Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library, will teach a class Information Research (ACAD 1199, 1 credit). Learn how to “locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.” Find out more about his class here. Check out this display for more information on how to improve your research papers.
Display case 5 has a display on Historic Route 66. This 2,488 mile long highway was established Nov. 11, 1926, removed from the US highway system on June 27, 1985, and became an place of interest again, especially in 1999 when the National Route 66 Preservation Bill was signed into law, preserving and restoring historic features along the route. It goes through IL, MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, AZ, and CA. If you’re traveling this summer, perhaps you’ll see part of it–”get your kicks on Route 66!” The display gives a colorful and informative sampling of scenes, both historically and today. The Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK provided some of the information.
Display Case 6, in honor of National Poetry Month, covers African American poets. 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.
The IHSL (Idaho Health Science Library) display case is on National Autism Awareness Month. It includes information on autism and also Temple Grandin. Oboler Library has many books on the topic. Also be sure to check out the IHSL’s page on National Autism Awareness Month. This page is loaded with links to further information, including the link to Temple Grandin’s presentation at ISU.