The Privilege of Voting, Veteran’s Day, The FOOL’s Collection of Censored Books, Information Literacy, Books and Libraries, The Berlin Wall , and Fall Into Health for the Holidays are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Some of the displays are going to be changed soon, and this article will be updated with the changes. Paintings by Ella Rast are in the Current Display Art Area. Read more about her art here.
The Privilege of Voting in case 1 covers a lot of information about politics and contains a sampling of books by candidates and about politics on both sides. It includes definitions the terminology of voting: Democratic party, Republican party, liberalism, conservatism, primary elections, and caucus. “Voting is an integral part of American citizenship. It is a fundamental right and privilege of democracy that quite often is neither appreciated or understood. Paul McCaffrey stated.
Veteran’s Day is in case 2A and 2B. Veterans Day is celebrated November 11, and this year ISU has many activities for it in both Idaho Falls and Pocatello, like the Veteran’s Memorial Dedication. The display in case 2A and the surrounding area covers the activities, the Veteran’s Club, Veteran’s Sanctuary, Veteran’s Memorial Dedication and Celebration, and more. Two library staff members are showing memorabilia from family members who are veterans. This includes a flag, photographs, news articles, and other items.
Case 2 B is on the Vietnam Medical Shield received by a library staff member’s husband. Read about Don Roth’s experience in Vietnam and the symbolism and meaning of the shield in this display. Don Roth happened to be in the library while I was writing this article and mentioned: “It’s been carried at opening flag ceremonies at Pow Wows. It’s been a treasure for me, and one of the nicest gifts I’ve ever received.”
Case 3 is “The FOOL Collection of Censored Books“ FOOL is Friends of Oboler Library, the Friends of the Library Group. Find out more about them here. The display contains a selection of books that were mentioned in the Spring 2011 article in Foolscap newsletter. The “collection of censored books contains many titles once considered scandalous.” It shows an example of pages with words blackened out, and contains books such as Operation Dark Heart, Fair Game, and Gulliver’s Travels.
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 Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library, is teaching a class titled Information Research (ACAD 1199, 1 credit). Learn how to “locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.” For more details about the class go here. Check out this display for more information on how to improve your research papers.
Display case 5 has a display titled “Libraries and Reading.” Library Assistant and Library News editor, Joan Juskie, is retiring at the end of 2011 and this will be the last display she does, unless something urgent comes up. She wanted to do something inspired by her love of learning, books, and libraries. The display contains many favorite quotations.
“A great library contains the diary of the human race.” (George Mercer Dawson)
“I find that a great part of information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way.” (Franklin Adams)
Come here to find some inspiring quotations, and you may also leave with some reading ideas for Thanksgiving or Christmas break. The display is accented with book covers from an earlier display on University Reading Programs, where many people on campus participate in reading the same book, discussing it, having the authors come and speak, watching movies about it, etc. Some of the titles include The Kite Runner, Into the Wild, Three Cups of Tea, The Devil’s Highway, and many more.
Display 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—
Fall into Health for the Holidays is the new Idaho Health Sciences Library Display. It has attractive fall decorations and interesting facts like “Turkey is listed among the top 10 foods for your eyes because it is rich in zinc.” Find more facts on their web page for Fall Health, which contains information on Holiday Food Safety, Mom’s Roast Turkey Recipe, Joy of Giving and Receiving Food Safely, and much more.