Archive for July, 2011

Fred Harms Photography Show Artist Statement

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Beauty in the Backyard

My name is Fred Harms, I live in American Falls, Idaho and I was a late bloomer for furthering my education. I graduated from High School in 1975, then graduated from Idaho State University in 2002.

I take great pleasure in presenting the photographs I have taken and are featured at the Library. The photographs were taken in the Southeast Idaho and Wyoming area. Photos taken in Idaho are from American Falls, Rockland Valley, Teton Valley and Copper Basin areas. The photos taken in Wyoming are from the Snowy Ridge Road area, west of Laramie and south of Elk Mountain.

Harms mountains 1

I have always been interested in photography especially taking pictures of nature and what is out there to see. It is very amazing that some people never look in their own back yard to see what they have. The photos I take are just that, in my back yard. I spend a lot of time in the mountains, back roads and in my airplane. I see what others either wish to see or have no idea what is to see, close to our homes, small towns and cities.

While I am out and about and see something of interest, I take as many photographs as possible of whatever the subject is and freeze the moment in time. I take pictures of unique interest and try to pass the beauty on to whom ever.

These pictures and others are posted at my web site are for anyone who has an interest in seeing the beauty I have seen. These photographs are very special to me in that they pass on what I have seen in the local areas of Idaho and Wyoming. All you have to do is take the time to look around and see what is there to see, Beauty in the Back Yard.

Harms creek

This show will be featured in Oboler Library’s Current Display Art Area in July and early August.

New Displays in the Library

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Concussion Awareness, Summer Reading Ideas, NASA, Pocatello Warehouse District Historic Walking Tour, Information Literacy, Idaho Magazine, Perennial Summer , and Welcome Back Orange and Black are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Photographs by Fred Harms are in the Current Display Art Area

The Current Display Art Area is showing photographs by Fred Harms of American Falls. This show is a perfect opening to Idaho summer; it abounds with local and regional scenery, wildlife, and flowers. I found it an explosion of beautiful, colorful nature, that made me want to go driving to see some of it myself. Read more about the artist and his work here.

First Floor:

Concussion Awareness in Sports is in case 1. Stay safe in sports! This display covers facts, symptoms, and steps in returning to play after a concussion. It includes books on sports-related concussion, traumatic brain injury, and related topics. Pick up the handout “get current on concussions” and a wallet-sized checklist on concussion symptoms and the standard assessment of concussion.


Case 2B is on the Pocatello Historic Warehouse District Walking Tour. This newly published brochure is available, and the walking tour is just 8 blocks from the library. Find out more about the history of Pocatello in the brochure. For example, “In 1915, the population was more than 16,000, and approximately one in four people residing in Pocatello worked for the Oregon Short Line.” The brochure was produced by Pocatello Historic Preservation Committee, and they have other walking tour brochures available online. Check them out here. They include the Old Town Residential Historic Walk, Pocatello Downtown Historic Walk, Eastside Downtown Historic District, and Westside Residential Historic District.


NASA is in case 2A. How much do you know about the many different projects NASA is involved with? The government documents highlighted in this display will show you! Find documents including Exploring the Unknown; Cosmos and Culture; The Sun, The Earth and Near-Earth Space; The Face of Venus; Read You Loud and Clear; Hubble 2008 Science Year in Review; and Dreams, Hopes, Realities. Find out about the effects of the sun on weather and climate. The NASA web site will also provide information, including a multitude of amazing pictures. this display has been updated with the space shuttle Atlantis’ last launch.


Case 3 is “Need Something to Read This Summer?” It contains interesting and colorful book covers of the many interesting books you can read this summer. Some of the book suggestions in the cabinet are:
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, Fair Game by Valerie Plame Wilson, Early Days in the Range of Light By Daniel Arnold, and much more. Enjoy the leisure of summer reading! You can easily find a lot of good books on this display, and they are ready to be checked out.


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 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.

information literacy

Display case 5 has a display on Idaho magazine, which started in 2001. The display starts with a poster of their first 100 issues, and continues with sample information of interest to ISU students, faculty and staff. It could be helpful with planning trips, researching Idaho history, or filling leisure interests. Some of the topics included in the display are the Teton dam collapse, Marsh Valley, McCammon, Pocatello, American Falls being moved, literary Idaho, Idaho landscapes (including some beautiful photos), an article on Kittie Wilkins by ISU catalog librarian Philip Homan, and more. You can search topics on the Idaho magazine web page, under archives, search. Find the most recent issue of Idaho magazine on the first floor current display shelf, and previous issues in the 3rd floor periodicals area, call number F741 I17.

Idaho magazine

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.

Health Science display case—Welcome Back Orange and Black!  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.


LiLI Database Changes

Monday, July 18th, 2011

“Idaho Commission for Libraries provides statewide access to databases for patrons in Idaho.  As a result of competitive bidding several databases were added and removed from the suite of resources that will be available through the LiLI Database service beginning July 1, 2011:

New databases:

Consumer Health Reports, Legal Collection, Newspaper Source Plus, Small Business Reference Center, World Book Encyclopedia

For a complete list of LiLI’s new databases go to the Idaho Commission for Libraries page about the database changes.

Databases terminated as of 06/30/2011:

ProQuest Central, eLibrary, Book Collection Non-Fiction, and Book Index with Reviews.

New databases are available on ISU’s Oboler Library databases pages.”

This article was contributed by Regina Koury, Electronic Resource Librarian and Cheryl Sebold, Library Assistant in Reference and Collection Development. 

Books on Tape and CD at Oboler Library

Monday, July 18th, 2011

If you are looking for a book on tape or CD to take on vacation or use when you’re working out, check with Oboler Library. We have a small browsing collection of recreational audios. The library doesn’t buy recreational material, but has benefitted from donations, and accepts gifts of recreational tapes and CD’s. If you have any that you want to unclutter, please think of us! They check out for 28 days.

The shelf of audio material is up on the second floor, in the open sitting area near the entrance. When I checked the shelf today, there was a wide variety of mystery and adventure audios. For example, mysteries include: Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of Baskervillle, Tony Hillerman’s The Dark Wind, James Patterson’s Hide and Seek, Sue Grafton’s “O” Is for Outlaw, Dick Francis’s Proof, Patricia Cornwell’s Southern Cross, John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief, John Sandford’s Mortal Prey, and Jonathan Kellerman’s Over the Edge.

For adventure stories, here are a few examples: Tom Clancy’s The Sum of All Fears, Dale Brown’s Air Battle Force, Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, Jack Higgins’s Day of Reckoning, and Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove.

I even found one nonfiction tape on the shelf: Organize Your Life and Get Rid of Clutter.

While I personally don’t enjoy driving and listening to an Audio CD, going to Campus Recreation for a workout and listening to a mystery story sounds great!

books on tape shelf

More Tips for Research During Computer Maintenance

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Due to planned Information Technology Services maintenance this coming weekend (July 16th – 18th) the Library’s web page and all related electronic resources will be unavailable – both on and off campus – from 6:00 AM Saturday through 6:00 AM Monday.  If you have Internet access at home or your public library, you will have access to some of our most popular databases through the Idaho Commission on Libraries LiLI (Libraries Linking Idaho) website. Point your Internet browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome) to .  It will come up with a log-in screen where you will put in your Zip Code and City.  From there you will be sent to a list of databases that can be selected for searching.  LiLI databases are often full text, so you can read or print the full article.


You can also search for books using World Cat at . When you find a book you are interested in, you can see if the ISU Library owns it by clicking on the title in the title list.  The next screen will have all of the information about that book/title, including a box to Find a Copy in the Library.  Put in our zip code of 83209 in the Location box and Idaho State University Library will be listed for those titles we own.  You will not be able to get the ISU library call number from the Internet version of World Cat. If other universities are in the list of libraries that own a book, follow their link and get their call number. In many cases our call number will be the same as other libraries that use LC call numbers. 


Despite the disruption of access to the web page and resources, the ISU Library will be open during our regular weekend hours of 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. You can still study, write papers, browse the shelves, and check out books you find ahead of time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Important! Database, Web Page and Internet Unavailability

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Due to planned Information Technology Services maintenance this coming weekend (July 16th) the Library’s web page and all related electronic resources will be unavailable – both on and off campus -from 6:00 AM Saturday through 6:00 AM Monday. This includes access to the Internet from Library computers. Regardless, the Library building will be open during our regular weekend hours of 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. You can still study, write papers, and check out books you find the old-fashioned way by searching the book shelves. Please plan accordingly! We apologize for any inconvenience. And just a friendly reminder, internet and some scholarly databases are available at our public libraries.