Archive for September, 2012

Welcome Alumni!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

With ISU Homecoming in full swing this week, remember to add a visit to the Eli M. Oboler Library to see the Writing Out Loud, The Perry Swisher Manuscript Collection Exhibit.  We’ve prepared 5 cases and 5 tables showcasing the work of this remarkable man: U of I, Southern Branch (1943) and ISU graduate (1968), publisher, journalist, ISU administrator, legislator (house and senate, republican and democrat), IPUC  and NARUC  commissioner, businessman, and civil rights activist.


Laura Gleason in her Idaho State Journal article published Sunday, Sept. 23, Looking at the life of a renouned Idahoan, summarized his life perfectly:

“Whether it was surviving polio, living through the Great Depression, or being a third generation Idahoan, something gave Swisher the courage to speak out loud.  For over 60 years, both editorially and politically, he voiced his views on issues in Idaho and his voice made a difference.  He participated and we are better for it.”

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Banned Books Poetry Contest !

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Banned Book Title Poetry Contest

Write a Poem – Enter the Contest – Win a Flash Drive!

The Oboler Library at Idaho State University is again sponsoring a “Banned Book Title” Poetry Contest in celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012).  The prize, a 1 GB jump drive, will be awarded to the author of the best poem, selected by a panel of local writers. The winning poem and some of our favorites will be included in a library display, and posted on the library web page.

Entries will be accepted from September 30 through October 6, 2012 at 5 p.m.



  • The poem can be haiku, limerick, sonnet, unrhymed, rhymed, ballad, lyric, or free verse. Anything goes!
  • It should include words from three or more banned book titles.
  • Title words can be in any order and mixed with other titles.
  • You do not have to use every word from the title.
  • You may use other words as needed to make the poem sound right.

To Find Banned Book Titles

Check out the Banned Book Resource Guide at the reserves desk of the library, or go to:

Frequently Challenged Books by ALA:

List of books banned by governments

American Booksellers Foundation for free Expression: Banned and Challenged Book List

Banned and Challenged Classics



Other banned book sites/lists may be used; please include URL or citation in your submission.

Sample Haiku:

The Awakening

As I lay dying,

Where angels fear to tread: one

Day of life -— twilight!

By Joan Juskie


Titles Used:

The Awakening

As I Lay Dying

Where Angels Fear to Tread

One Day of Life



Poetry Submission

Please include:

  • Title of poem
  • The poem
  • Your name
  • List of titles used
  • Preferred contact method: Phone or Email
  • Source of banned book titles

To enter:

  • Drop your poem off at the circulation desk in the library or submit by email at
  • Deadline for entry into the contest is 5:00 p.m. October 6, 2012
  • Winners will be announced on October 10th


Winner of the flash drive will be determined by a panel of judges.

Winning poetry and the committee’s favorites will be displayed in the library, on Library News and the Banned Book Title Poetry webpage


Disclaimer: Entry of poem into contest gives permission to the Library to use the poem in future displays and library publications.

Zombies in the Library

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The living dead among the stacks?  No, we’re not talking about sleeping students but  the latest way to connect virtually to a great set of resources!  Among the 1st floor Reference stacks you can now browse the Gale Virtual Reference Library by scanning the QR code affixed to wooden blocks that are  inter-shelved in our Reference books. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a 24/7 virtual library of reference eBooks.  With electronic reference books from Gale and their publishing partners, researchers can access eBooks in virtually any subject, including health, business, careers, history, literature, biography, science and many more.”  So, get brave and check out your favorite subject area (click here to locate the call number for your area).  Tread carefully….


The Information Place

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012


Gather Information and Think For Yourself is the Library’s newest guide.  Find out how to locate books, find journal articles, course reserves and much more.  Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services are explained along with tutorial access and  building guides.

The handouts are available at the circulation desk.  While you’re there, pick up our semester building hours schedule and plan your research and study time!