Archive for October, 2012

Special Collections Reorganizes

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The dust has settled, the shifting finished and Special Collections has a whole new look!  Nice work Robin!

Special Collections houses research materials that are unique, rare, or fragile relating to the Intermountain West.  To learn more, click here.  Because of the nature of the collections, the Department has special guidelines for access and use of the materials.  This includes wearing white, cotton gloves for safe  handling of fragile documents.  Collections include:  The Intermountain West Collection, Manuscript Collections, Rare Books Collections, Schultz Radiology Collection and University Archives. We also have Special Collections Online.  Click here to access our Digital Collections.

Our recent Perry Swisher, Writing Out Loud Manuscript Collection Exhibit featured many materials from his manuscript collection housed here.

Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: (208) 282-3249

E-mail:  Robin Stanger,


Open Graduate Student Library Workshops Nov. 1st & 3rd

Friday, October 26th, 2012

A second set of Library workshops for graduate students has been scheduled November 1sr and 3rd.  Come learn how to do more comprehensive research for your papers, theses, and dissertations.  Click here and learn about the topics to be discussed.


Eli M. Oboler Library Room 212


Thurs. Nov.1st, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Sat.  Nov.3rd, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Sign up: At the Reference Desk in the Library  –  Call: 282-3152


Make-up Library Workshops for COMM 1101 Students

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Make-up Library Workshops are scheduled this week for Comm 1101 students. Get  help with the research you need and locate that information  for your argument speeches.

Wednesday October 24, 3 – 4:30 pm

Thursday October 25, 1 – 2:30 pm

Click here for more information.

Swisher Wisdom

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

“Born on a ranch in Bruneau, [Perry] Swisher understood and explained Idaho with elegance and depth that few have matched.  Here’s his take on the confounding place we call home”.

‘What Idaho tolerates and by its customs encourages is a pride of place, usually a specific place, together with a  degree of independence mingled with a mutual tolerance for those who chose another corner where lifestyles are different from one’s own.

‘When the state’s business must be done, the votes are cast in the precincts or a roll call is taken, and there is some new accommodation between the Mormon bishop from Malad and the bartender from Mullan, the logger from Hope and the tree hugger from Ketchum, the spud grower from Ucon and the railroader from Pocatello, the Boise lawyer and the Mackay libertarian, the Elk River school trustee and the Twin Falls teacher.’”

Dan Popkey. (2012, June 7). Swisher Sweets: Remembering an Idaho Original [Blog]. Retrieved from

Poetry Reading This Friday Oct.19

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Do take the time to go hear 2 great writers from the USU Creative Writing program, Jennifer Sinor and Michael Sowder read their work this Friday, October 19, 2012, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Bengal Cafe, Pond Student Union.

We have Michael’s works Empty Boat: Poems, Whitman’s Ecstatic Union, and A Calendar of CrowsCafe Midnight, by Margaret Aho and Michael is also available for check-out.  Our collection includes Jennifer’s works The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing: Annie Ray’s Diaries, and Tazzini.


Ray J. Davis Herbarium Exhibit in the Library

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

We have a beautiful fall foliage display from the Ray J. Davis Herbarium set up on the 1st floor in the Oboler Library this month.

Learn what an herbarium is and how to identify and collect specimans.  Useful resources are included along with fruits and seed dispersal information.  This exhibit is from the Idaho Museum of Natural History.  Take a break from studying and look at these amazing gifts the autumn season shares with us!

New Trial Database from CQ Press

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

We have a new trial database package for you to try out!

CQ Press (Includes CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection, CQ Press Congress Collection CQ Press Supreme Court Collection)

Trial through November 1st only.

“Created and hosted by CQ Press, the CQ Press Electronic Library (CQEL) is the definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs.”

username: rkoury and password: trial

And remember time is running out to explore the Cambridge Books Online trial.

Cambridge Books Online offers access to over 11,000 eBooks , covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.”

This trial will end Monday, October 22.

New Displays

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Library has new exhibits for you to explore!


The Most Shocking and Horrible Murders display highlights the “True Crime” Murder Pamphlets in the Collection of the National Library of Medicine.  From their webside:

EVER SINCE THE INVENTION OF moveable type in the mid-1400s, the public’s appetite for tales of shocking murders —“true crime” —has been an enduring aspect of the market for printed material. For more than five centuries, murder pamphlets have been hawked on street corners, town squares, taverns, coffeehouses, news stands, and book shops. Typically, a local printer would put together a pamphlet that claimed to be a true account of a murder, consisting of a narrative, trial transcript, and/or written confession of the murderer before his or her execution.

Click here to go to this History of Medicine website.

And while you’re on the 3rd floor, if you haven’t looked at the Inventions: Extending the Boundaries in the main wall case, take a moment and learn about inventions, patents, copyright and some of the famous products invented here in Idaho!



Both display cases 4 and 5 have new exhibits

Newbery Awards: Celebrating 90 years of Quality in Children’s Literature showcases the history of this prestigious award in case no. 4.  Winners and some of the winning books are here for you to learn about.


Why Are Books Banned and Challenged? is the exhibit in case no. 5.  We continue Banned Book Week (Sept. 30 – Oct.6) and explore censorship in depth.






The Perry Swisher Writing Out Loud Manuscript Collection Exhibit will be up through the end of October.










Our main display case celebrates the 56th Presidential Election: Tippercanoe and Lincoln, Wilson, Rossevelt, and Reagan Too campaign button exhibit.









Campaign buttons













You will also find the Official Bannock County Sample Ballot, General November 6th, 2012  and the Idaho Directory of Public Officials posted for you to review.

New Online Resource

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

We’d like to share with you a newly purchased online resource entitled The Birds of North America Online. The following is the brief information about this resource and its access.

The Birds of North America Online is acknowledged as the preeminent source of life history information for the over 700 species of birds that breed in the United States and Canada. Maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with The American Ornithologist’s Union, this resource is authored by experts on each species. Each species account includes information on systematics, distribution, identification, behavior, breeding biology, and conservation. The accompanying multimedia includes photos of various plumage, examples of sounds, and videos of interesting behaviors. QuickTime 7.0 or higher is required for playing sounds or videos.

Access: To access this online resource, you may consult the library web page at under Core Databases and Indexes or through our library online catalog. There is no access restriction for ISU affiliated faculty, students, and staff. This resource can be accessed on and off campus.


Banned Books Poetry Contest Winner

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

As part of the Library’s support of Banned Book Week activities, a poetry contest was held.  Bob D. was the winner for his submission of The Looking Glass.

Besides the poetry contest, Library Staff participated in ALA’s Banned Books Virtual Readout.  Check out Beth’s, Cathy’sLaura’s and Spencer’s videos produced in support of the Virtual Readout, and ALA’s 2012 Banned Books Week web site.

Please celebrate the 30th anniversary of the freedom to read!