Archive for August, 2012

Trial Databases

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

We have a trial subscription to Cambridge Books Online through October 22, 2012 offering access to eBooks from their world-renowned publishing programme.  This publisher covers subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.

Take a look at the Cambridge collection and our other trial subscriptions for the following databases before they end on September 12, 2012!  Click here to and see what they are all about!

Literature Criticism Online  “The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, this resource brings together 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.”

Literary Criticism Online + Something About the Author + Dictionary of Literary Biography Series  Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online delivers biographical and critical information on authors in all genres, from all time periods and from around the world. Researchers can find electronic access to all volumes of the acclaimed Dictionary of Literary Biography series as well as the DLB Documentary series and the DLB Yearbook series. Something About the Author Online will find engaging biographies of classic, contemporary and emerging authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature.”

Literature Resource Center  Literature Resource Center is the most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource. Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills. Researchers will find information on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines.”

Learn Something QUICK at the Library

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Learn Something Quick about Google, Research Funding, Dance, eBooks, Facebook, Library Research, Transcripts, Advising, Copyright and more. The series is open to everyone and runs from Tuesday August 28th through Friday August 31st, 2012. Get lots of information and answers to your questions in only 15 minutes!

Click here to see more information and the schedule.

ISU Library Blood Drive August 30

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the ISU Library on Thursday, August 30 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  To schedule an appointment call the circulation desk at 282-3248.  In addition, all donors will be eligible to enter a chance to win a prize in the “Ticket to Summer Fun” event sponsored by the American Red Cross.  Click here for the info!

Find out more about the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton in our main display case, The Civil War: the 150 Year Anniversary of the Year 1862.  Clara began volunteering her nursing services and was given permission to go behind the lines July 1862 eventually reaching some of the grimmest battlefields of the war.  This display will be up through the end of August.

New Displays in the Library

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Summer Display cases currently house exhibits on the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War year 1862, Craters of the Moon National Park, Summer Reads, Canada, Communication: From Telegraph to Internet, 200 Year Anniversary of the War of 1812, and Inventions: Extending the Boundaries.  Linda Wolfe is our visiting artist displaying her work.


1862: 150 Year Anniversary of the Civil War is in CASE 1The Civil War: American Experience portraits are center pieces in this display.  Clara Barton, (founder of the American Red Cross) began working in the Civil War in 1861 and was given permission to go behind the lines July 1862 eventually reaching some of the grimmest battlefields of the war…   She delivered aid to soldiers of both the North and South.  A separate side display describes “The Cornfield”, the Battle of Antietam.  A second side display board outlines the day-to-day events of August – September 1862.  A selection of books from our 2nd floor collection is here for you to check out and learn more about this unbelievable tragic episode in America’s history.

Civil War


CASE 2B celebrates Canada Day, July 1st, 1867.  Did you know that Canada is derived from the Huron-iroquois “Kanata” which means village or settlement?  Learn more about the Canadian flag, the beaver, ice hockey, lacrosse and more!

Canada Day 

Explore the Craters of the Moon in CASE 2A.  Craters of the Moon National Monument, extablished was established in 1924.  It is the result of basaltic volcanic activity between 15,000 and 2,100 years ago.  Learn more about this remarkable landscape and check out the books and U.S. documents we’ve pulled from our collections.  The explorer R.W. Limbert vividly described his experiences in a series of striking photo essays in newspapers and magazines.  The most prominent was a 1924 National Geographic article entitled “Among the “Craters of the Moon’. (it is photocopied and on the display table for you to read).  “He wrote, “No more fitting tribute to the volcanic forces which built the great Snake River Valley could be paid than to make this region into a National Park.” Limbert also sent President Calvin Coolidge a scrapbook with pictures and narration describing his trips along the Great Rift.  Within two months after the article appeared, Coolidge issued a proclamation establishing Craters of the Moon National Monument.  About 1,500 people traveled over the gravel and cinder roads to attend the dedication ceremony on June 15, 1924.  Learn more – click here.


CASE 3 is part of the Linda Wolfe Art Exhibit.  Here you can see the tools Linda uses to create her pieces along with a few of her other art works.


















The Summer Reads book displays are still up in this area as well!












Display CASE 4 is titled: Communication: From Telegraph to Television to InternetTravel the ever changing world of communication with this information packed display.


Display case 5 showcases the 200 year anniversary of the War of 1812.  June 18, 1812.  The United States declared war against Great Britain.  Learn about the battles, maps and weapons the soldiers used in this conflict.


Display CASE 6 is titled Inventions: Extending the Boundaries.  Learn about patents, inventors, inventions and more!  A creative and dynamic display for you to enjoy and learn from!


HEALTH SCIENCE CASE:  Safety in the Summer Sun – Bicycle Safety Tips.  The IHSL display is on bicycle safety.  Read up on safety tips, consumer information and some sobering statistics regarding this sport.


Library Interim Session Hours

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Take note of the Oboler Library hours for August.  We are closed the weekend of August 4 – 5.

Interim Session: August 6 – 24

Monday – Friday    7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday  CLOSED

Saturday, August 25  & Sunday, August 26    1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For a complete Library  hours schedule click here.


Classes start Monday, August 27!