Archive for August, 2011

Library Closed Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The Library will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday. It will be open Friday Sept. 2nd  from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will re-open Tuesday Sept. 6th at 7:30 a.m. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday weekend!

libraryYou can still do extensive research from home with the library web page, unless there are power, database 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.

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Blood Drive at Oboler Library

Monday, August 29th, 2011

We need your help, please! We are having a blood drive at the Library student lounge on Thursday, September 1, 10 AM to 3 PM. To schedule an appointment–Call 282-3248 OR ask at the Library Circulation Desk. AMERICAN RED CROSS NEEDS YOUR BLOOD DONATION!

Learn Something Quick–Free Classes Aug. 23-26th

Friday, August 19th, 2011

 Come to the Library and Learn Something Quick! This series of workshops cover a number of important tools and techniques, including Bubbl, CQ Researcher, Conducting a Literature Review, EndNote Web, Facebook, Google (Books, Docs, Scholar, Sites, Tricks), Jing, Kindle, and much, much more. See the complete schedule with detailed course descriptions here., including Schedule at a Glance which has the offerings by day. The classes will be offered Tuesday through Friday the first week of classes. Get lots of information and answers to your questions in only 15 minutes.

Welcome to Fall Semester

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Welcome to Fall Semester at ISU! As you begin or continue your college experience, come by the library for your information needs! The library is a great place for individual or group study reading, researching or visiting.

You don’t need to have a computer account to use the library computers for research, books, periodicals, internet, e-mail and Facebook–just your Bengal ID number! Printing is 10 cents a page (duplex–both sides.) If you do have a computer account, you will be pleased to know that there is a computer lab on the 2nd floor of the library.

The library will be open shorter hours the first couple weeks of the semester (August 22-Sept. Sept. 2, 2010), and then resume general library hours. For a complete listing of the hours and the exceptions, check the Library Hours page.

If you are new to ISU or unfamiliar with the library, you may want to check the Oboler Library Tour on this page, under the right hand column, “Pages”.   You can also attend one of the numerous library tours (see below) that will be offered during Week of Welcome, plus mini workshops (Learn Something Quick) on a variety of topics that are offered the first week, Aug. 23-26. Watch Library News for an announcement, or check the bulletin board near the library entrance, going towards the rest rooms and administration areas.

The library will have an information booth in front of the library on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 22 and 23, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Stop by and ask directions to places you can’t find, or pose other questions to the reference desk staff manning the booth.

The library will be offering tours on the hour on Monday and Tuesday (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), and Thursday (1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Meet at the Circulation desk to attend. If you need a tour at a different time during this week, call Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction, at 282-5609, or stop by his office Library 110 (near the current display magazine/art area on the first floor) to arrange a tour.

The Library will also be participating in the Involvement Fair on Wednesday. Find us on the Quad from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The Involvement Fair will have free gear, free food, live music, fun, and information.

Check previous entries of Library News to see things that happened at the library over the summer. Have a wonderful Fall 2011 semester!

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Philip Levine New Poet Laureate of the U.S.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The Library of Congress announced today that Philip Levine is the new Poet Laureate of the United States. He follows W.S. Merwin. The appointments last for a year. Here is further information from their web page:

“PHILIP LEVINE was born in Detroit in 1928, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, and educated at Wayne University (now Wayne State), the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford University. He is the author of twenty collections of poetry, and his honors include the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, and two National Book Critic Circle Awards.”

The Library of Congress press release contains a lot of information about the poet and his work.

I checked our catalog to find out which of his books we own, for people interested in reading his work. There were 14, including 7 Years from Somewhere, Ashes: Poems Old and New; Names of the Lost, Not This Pig, Off The Map, One for the Rose,  Selected Poems, What Work Is: Poems, and a lot more. There is also a sound recording of him reading his work.

ACAD 1199: Information Research

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Ever wanted a class that would help you learn how to conduct better research and find credible sources for your research projects? This one-credit course is designed to help you develop life-long strategies for recognizing when you need information, locating it, evaluating it, and using it effectively and ethically. Come explore a variety of tools and formats in order to find sources worth using and citing in support of your academic projects. Learn how to create an annotated bibliography.

Class details:

  • Class begins October 17th and runs for eight weeks.
  • Fall 2011
  • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 until 3:50 p.m.
  • Rendezvous Room 213
  • One credit
  • Must have computer lab account.

This course is designed to fulfill the proposed NEW General Education objective:
“Locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.”

This class is currently available in the Fall 2011 class schedule. Register in Bengalweb today. This is an experimental course and as such, there are only 26 seats available, and there is only one section.

Questions?
Contact Spencer Jardine

(208) 282-5609
jardspen@isu.edu

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Interim Session Hours, August 6-21

Monday, August 8th, 2011

During the Interim Session, Aug. 6 to 21, the library will be open shorter hours. The Library will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday until Aug. 20 and 21, when we will be open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the convenience of faculty and students who want to get started on fall projects, or finish summer projects.

You can still do extensive research from home with the library web page, unless there are power, database, 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 in to the reference desk when it is staffed 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.

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