Archive for September, 2011

Memoir Reading: Leaving Parma

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Angie Sarich, author of the memoir Leaving Parma, will visit ISU on Thursday, October 13th. She will read from her work at the Bengal Café (Student Union Building) at 4pm.

The book’s publisher, Colonus House, describes the book as an exploration of the Vietnam combat death of Sarich’s uncle and its effect on her mother, her grandparents, and the people of the small town of Parma, Idaho. Sarich witnesses how death can dim and brighten the human spirit, how it can erode and rebuild a family. Her work illuminates the meaning of loss for us all.

The reading, sponsored by ISU’s Department of English and Philospohy, will be followed by a book signing.

Bengal Spirit In the Library

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Homecoming spirit and celebration are evident at Oboler Library! The window by the front door is painted with this year’s Bengal theme, Forever Orange.

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The Circulation Desk is festively decorated with ISU pennants, colors, and lights. Brad Nelson (Circulation Dept.) was the artist in charge of this project, and two of our student workers, Tracy and Kirsten, did a lot of the work on it.

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The Idaho Health Science Library on the third floor has a display with a Bengal theme.

Be sure you take advantage of all the wonderful homecoming activities going on at ISU. Find more information and the complete schedule here.

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.

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FOOL’s Event

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Honorable N. Randy Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, will lecture on “Judicial Independence”, Wednesday, October 5 at 7 PM in the Bistline Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. A reception honoring Judge Smith will be held before the lecture at 6 PM in the promenade by the Bistline Theatre. Tickets for the lecture are free and tickets for the reception are $20. All tickets may be picked up at the Library Circulation desk (208) 282-3248) or obtained by calling the Friends Of Oboler Library office at (208) 282-2997. Find more information here.

Choosing Your Major–Undergraduate and Graduate Career Planning

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Two programs designed to help you find your major will be held on campus next week. There will be a Health Professions and ISU Graduate Programs event on Tuesday Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Then the following day, Wednesday Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 pm,  Rope In a Major, an ISU Majors and Minors Fair, will be held. It will provide information on the variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs at ISU, and planning your career. This fair is designed to assist students in making informed decisions related to their college majors and future careers. Read the entire story about both programs here.

Oboler Library can also assist you in your career decision making. If you’re thinking about a career area, check our Resources by Subject page to find the important journal databases, reference books, and websites in your field. Do a subject search on your field in our catalog, and browse some of the books in your career area. Will you find the courses interesting and enjoy studying your field?

You can also look up professional associations in your field. The Reference Desk has a good reference book for this, Encyclopedia of Associations, or you can just search your field name and “professional associations” on the internet and find the sites. These associations often have a section for career information in their field. For example, here’s the career page for American Psychological Association.

Occupational Outlook Handbook online has a wealth of information about careers, including training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions. Two other very useful web sites are the ISU Career Center and the ISU Central Academic Advising.

When you’re starting to look for a job, take a look at the library’s Job Searching audio tutorial. In the tutorial you will find a few websites, databases, tips and recommendations, as well as campus centers that can assist the job seeker in conducting a more fruitful job search.

Finally, if you’re having trouble finding the information you need on this or any other topic, ask at the Reference Desk. You can also call (282-3152–find the reference desk hours here) when the reference desk is staffed, or e-mail (Ask a Librarian). See the Reference web page for more information.

Banned Books Week

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Have you heard of Banned Books Week? It occurs Sept. 24 through October 1, 2011. According to American Library Association:

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”

If you would like to learn more about this observance, check the American Library Association Banned Books Week page.

For a list of some previously challenged or banned books, click here. You may be surprised at some of the popular books that are on the list.

They also include a page of quotations related to banned books. For example:

“The Library is an open sanctuary. It is devoted to individual intellectual inquiry and contemplation. Its function is to provide free access to ideas and information. It is a haven of privacy, a source of both cultural and intellectual sustenance for the individual reader.

Since it is thus committed to free and open inquiry on a personal basis, the Library must remain open, with access to it always guaranteed.”–Robert Vosper

ACAD 1199 Information Research Class and Research Help

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Sign up for the ACAD 1199: Information Research class today!

Ever wanted a class that would help you learn how to conduct better research and find credible sources for your research projects? This 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. Sign up today! See the ACAD 1199: Information Research flier.

Class begins October 18th and runs for eight weeks.

This is a one-credit course.

All students must have a computer account.

This course seeks to augment information-literacy skills. As defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries: “Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information’” (ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education).

Whether you are a graduate student, undergraduate, or professor, there are library resources that can help you with your research needs. Our tutorials point to useful resources, including databases and webpages worth using.

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Open Graduate Workshops in the Library

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Want to learn about available resources to help you with your prospectus and literature review? Want to make sure that others have not already conducted or written about the research you want to do? Come to Library Room 212 to learn about resources that can help you be more successful with your literature review, prospectus, and your graduate studies as a whole. Discover tools that can let you know if others have already conducted your research proposal idea.

Would you like to access a free citation software program? Come learn how to use Endnote Web and keep your citations in one place. Learn how to best utilize this great tool. It’s free!

Open Graduate Workshop:  Tuesday, Sept. 6th, 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Library Room 212

Endnote Web Workshop: Wednesday Sept. 7th, 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Library Room 212

Endnote Web Workshop + Open Graduate Workshop: Thursday, Sept. 8th, 10:30 am until 11:20 a.m., Library Room 212

Can’t make it? Please look at our library resources: Endnote Web,  Grad Students Site, Resources by Subject,  and  Help and Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions? Want to schedule a graduate/research workshop for you and your fellow graduate students? Contact Spencer Jardine, (208) 282-5609

New Displays in the Library

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Judge Smith’s Lecture, Leisure Reading Ideas, NASA,  Information Literacy, Are You Interested in Sociology?, The Berlin Wall , and Welcome Back Orange and Black are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Watercolors by Augusta Sheetz are in the Current Display Art Area. Read more about her art here.

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First Floor:

Judge N. Randy Smith’s upcoming lecture is in case 1.  The Friends of Oboler Library  present the Honorable N. Randy Smith speaking about “Judicial Independence” on Thursday, Oct. 5th. The Reception will be at 6 p.m. and tickets for it are $20.. The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. and is free–you can pick up free tickets at the Library Circulation desk or call 282-2997. Both events will occur at the Bistline Theater at the Performing Arts Center. The display gives information on the three kinds of courts: Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and District Courts. There is also a biography of Judge Smith and further information about the role of circuit courts. You can find more information on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit here. Today the 9th Judicial Court covers Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana.

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Case 2B is currently empty and awaiting a new display. Details will follow when the case is filled.

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.

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Case 3 is “Need Something to Read?” It contains interesting and colorful book covers of the many interesting books you can read this fall. 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.

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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 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.

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Display case 5 has a display titled “Are You Interested in Sociology?” ISU offers both BA and MA degrees in sociology. Classes offered at ISU include: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Diversity, Women Crime & Corrections, The Community, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, and more. 35 colorful sociology book and journal covers add interest to this display. For more information check with the Sociology Department. If you would like your program or major to be featured in a library display, contact Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library.

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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.

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.

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