Archive for May, 2012

Trial Access: The March of Time

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

We have a free, through July 1st, trial  access to The March of Time, which has just recently gone live.  For information about this collection click here.

From 1935–1967, American theatergoers and television watchers were witness to Time Inc.’s unique and controversial film series, The March of Time®. Now, for the first time, this groundbreaking series is available in online streaming video in a single, cross-searchable collection designed specifically to meet the needs of researchers, teaching faculty, and students. The videos have been restored to their original luster by HBO Archives, allowing viewers to experience these historic films as audiences did in earlier decades.


For trial access click here  

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Library Displays

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Summer Session classes have started!  Come on over to the Oboler Library and check out our newest displays in between classes, or when you need to get out of the hot sun!

F I R S T    F L O O R


 Paintings by our own Traci Morgan are in our Current Display Art Area.


MAIN CASE: Why Libraries?


 Think about all of the services libraries offer and you’ll realize why you cannot take them for granted!


 SPECIAL DISPLAY: How Science Literate Are You?  

Science Literate

Can you tell the difference between a “gam” and a “pod”?   Is the universe a hologram?  Find the answers to these questions and learn other facts at this display.  You can also browse some of the more interesting science books from our collection.  Check-out “Do Llamas Fall in Love?”


CASE 2A: 50 Year Anniversary of “Silent Spring”



In 1962 Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, eloquently questioned humanity’s faith in technological progress and helped set the stage for the environmental movement.  Our display features books from the Oboler collection, the DDT story, and the controversies that still exist today.  The New Yorker Blog April 20, 2012 post is displayed on a side table discussing Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and the chemical imidacloprid connection.


CASE 2B: Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

A remarkable writer and poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Her work includes Their Eyes Were Watching God, Moses, Man of the Mountain, Every Tongue Got to Confess and many more.  The Library collection and some of her quotes along with a beautiful red hat make this a great display.


UPRIGHT CASE: Do Your Professors Publish?


Do your professors publish?   In this case we are displaying the work and accomplishments of Dr. Susan Swetnam, Dr. Laura Woodworth, and Jean Pfau. This display will be updated with new material as we receive it.


S E C O N D     F L O O R

 CASE 4Communication: Telegraph to Television to Internet


Ponder this amazing communication timeline.


CASE 5: Exploring Different Religions

Religions of the World

Begin the journey to understand the religions of Baha’i, Mormonism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Jehovah’s Witness and Catholicism.  Call numbers from books in the Oboler collections are included for further research.


T H I R D   F L O O R

perennialsperennialsCASE 6: Celebrate Green !


Time to Think Green and embrace the nice weather!  Earth Day, Arbor Day and environmental symbols are displayed with Rachel Carson quotes.  Carson is the author of “Silent Spring”, the book published 50 years ago (1962) that brought the dangers of DDT to the public’s attention.  The 1st floor display case 2A features Rachel Carson, her work and legacy.


HEALTH SCIENCE CASE:  Safety in the Summer Sun – Bicycle Safety Tips


The new IHSL display is on bicycle safety.  Read up on safety tips, consumer information and some sobering statistics regarding this sport.

Online Serial Set

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Oboler Library is pleased to announce that we have trial access to the Online Serial Set, Archive of Americana, published by Readex, a division of Newsbank, inc.

This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.  The set of databases includes:

American State Papers, 1789 – 1838  Contains legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817.


U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817 – 1994  Contains reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  Includes the Serial Set Maps published as part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set publications.

Click here to access this terrific set of resources.  We will have access until Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Help Us Test PRIMO

Monday, May 7th, 2012

PRIMO is up and ready for you to test!


As noted in our earlier Library News post, the user-friendly interface will search the library’s catalog, the majority of the library’s databases, digital collections, and open access academic content on the Internet.  It will retrieve the results from all of the resources in relevance-ranked order and provide multiple options for listing the results by material type, subject, date, location, and more.

Log on to the Library webpage here.  The PRIMO search box is located at the top of the page.  Let us know what you think!

Information Research LLIB 1115/ACAD 1115 – REGISTER NOW!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

 Information Research LLIB 1115/ACAD 1115 is designed to fulfill the following objective:

“Locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly”

Have you ever wanted a class that would help you learn how to conduct better research?  This course is designed to help you recognize when information is needed, then find, evaluate, and use it effectively and ethically.

Explore a variety of ways to find reliable sources worth using/documenting in support of academic projects.  Learn how to create an annotated bibliography and better support for your speeches and papers.


Class details:

Fall 2012 – August 27 – December 21

Meets Tuesday 3:00 – 3:50 pm in REND 213

This class is currently available in the Fall 2012 class schedule.  Register in Bengalweb today!

Questions?  Contact Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction (208)282-5609.

Oboler Library Summer Hours

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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Summer classes begin May 14!  When it gets too hot to study outside head to the Oboler Library this summer!  The 2012 Summer Session schedule is now available.

General Summer Session Schedule

Monday -Thursday 7:15 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday 7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Interim Session May 7-13

Monday – Friday         7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday     CLOSED

Memorial Day Holiday

May 26, 27, 28   Saturday – Monday     CLOSED

Independence Day Holiday

July 4, Wednesday     CLOSED