Archive for 2013

Library Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Interim Session: December 21 – January 12

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Holiday Closures: December 24 – January 1

Tuesday – Wednesday CLOSED

Therapy at the Library!

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Therapy Dogs that is!

Reduce your stress at the Library!  Besides complimentary hot beverages, we are hosting the Heart to Heart pet therapy program  Monday and Tuesday of Finals week.  They are bringing 4 therapy teams with their dogs for ISU students to enjoy.

Mon. Dec. 16th, 11 am – 1 pm

Tues. Dec. 17th, 1 – 3 pm

They will be in the Library Student Lounge on the first floor.

Study at the Library

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Need some last minute cramming time?  We’ve got some great places to work and study here in the Library! 

And we’re open until 1 am, Sunday – Thursday!  (Fri. 7 am – 7 pm, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm)

Study room 1 D on the first floor is equipped with a whiteboard, a computer, projector, and DVD/CD player where you can practice your presentations.  Study rooms on the 2nd floor are equipped with whiteboards to accomodate study groups as well.  These rooms are reserved for 2 hrs at a time at the Circulation desk (282-3248).

If you need a super quiet place to review your notes, there is a quiet study room on the 3rd floor. You do not need to reserve this room.

And remember we have complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and tea available in the student lounge through the end of Finals week.

Good luck with your finals!


Free Hot Beverages During Closed Week and Finals Week

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Stay Awake, Study and Stay Warm!  The Library is once again offering free coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the student lounge during closed and finals weeks!

We’ll be open until 1 am through the week during both closed and finals week.  Click here to review the complete building schedule for Saturdays and Sundays.

And remember our Cite a Source page (under Help & FAQ on our homepage) for quick citation format reviews.

Good luck with your tests everyone!

Electronic Books

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

You won’t see them sitting on our shelves, but our collection hosts a number of electronic books and finding them has never been easier!  Go to the Library catalog at  Enter a quick search, keyword, author, title, etc.  Then click the Limit button, select eBook [no US documents].   Your results list will show only eBooks.

If you have trouble connecting to any of our electronic resources, please call us at the Reference Desk, 282-3152.  You can also use the Ask a Librarian form (link found at the top of our homepage), or fill out our Report a Database, or Electronic Journal Problem that you access from the top of the Resources by Subject page.

In the News: Libraries Without Books

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The Bexar County Biblio Tech Library hosts an invisible collection of e-books and audiobooks. Visitors download an app to their readers (or use one of the library’s readers) to read titles for up to 14 days. This all-digital public library opened this last September in Bexar County, Texas and offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county.

Patrons use the 3M Cloud Library app and link to their library card.  The app includes a countdown of days a reader has to finish a book.

There are 48 computer stations, 600 e-readers, in addition to laptops and tablets. People  also come for kids’ story time and regular computer classes.

Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: November 23 – 30

Sat & Sun  Nov. 23 & 24 CLOSED
Mon – Wed  Nov. 25 – 27 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thurs – Sat Nov. 28 – 30 CLOSED


Opera Week November 14 – 17

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Exquisite costumes from past Theatre Department productions and rare opera recordings are some of the items to be seen in the “Opera Week” display created by Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley and Trent Clegg.  A second case displays beautiful  books and recordings  from our collection along with information about the Metropolitan Opera.  The display cases are in the New Books area on the first floor of the Library.

ISU’s Opera Week begins with the performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro by Opera Idaho on  Nov. 14.  One of the greatest operas ever written, “The Marriage of Figaro” is billed as a witty, yet profound tale of love, revenge and forgiveness set in the late 18th century. On Nov. 16, ISU will  host the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions.  The Department of Music has four students who will compete to advance to the regional auditions.  Opera Week concludes on Nov. 17 as  Thomas Muraco from the Manhattan School of Music conducts a master class of ISU music majors.  Admission to the master class with Muraco is free.

For more information about Opera Week click here, and for ticket information to these events click here.


The School of Performing Arts “Opera Week” display will be up through November.  For Library hours click here.

A World of Photography

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The Library is pleased to present the Fine Art Photographic Prints of Linda Groom.  Travel to India, Tanzania, Greece, Syria, Turkey, Mexico, and view the beauty of  the surrounding areas of Yellowstone and Buckskin.

From the artist: “I’m fascinated by texture and context, and I try to convey that in my photography. Life is tactile. It has a feeling to it. We experience life through our senses, and I try to capture images that convey the specific constellation of sense appeals in the moment.”

Experience and enjoy the photography of Linda Groom through the end of January 2014.  The exhibit is located on the first floor next to the Reference Desk.  To learn more about Linda and her work click here.

For complete Library hours click here.  Please note Thanksgiving,  Christmas, and interim session hours.

Philip Homan Presents

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Associate Professor Philip A. Homan presented two invited programs at the 2013 Wild West History Association Roundup in Boise on July 11. Sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, the slide presentations, entitled “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company” and “Powder Face: The Horse That Robbed the Winnemucca Bank,” narrated the career of the Idaho Horse Queen.  Wilkins ran the largest herd of horses owned by one family in the American West. She also made the largest horse sale in the West, supplying over ten percent of all the horses sent from the United States to South Africa for the Boer War from 1899 to 1902, according to statistics from the British Remount Department.

The biweekly roundup of over 500 horses on her range in Owyhee County for that sale provided the perfect cover for the robbery of the general store in the remote Idaho ranching community of Three Creek in September 1900 for provisions for the getaway from the holdup of the First National Bank in Winnemucca, Nevada, by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Wilkins’s saddle horse was also stolen to use in the bank holdup. After the holdup, the horse was given to a boy near Winnemucca by Cassidy.  Homan’s peer-reviewed article “The Sundance Kid Didn’t Do It-The Winnemucca Bank Robbery Confession and the Three Creek Store: A Review of the Evidence” was published in the October issue of the WWHA’s Journal.   Homan provides evidence that the Sundance Kid’s confession of the robbery of the Three Creek store and the Winnemucca bank, discovered in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, newspaper by a British scholar in the British Library-the truth of which current research on Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and the Winnemucca bank robbery has taken for granted-is a forgery.

The WWHA was formed in 2008 by the merger of the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association, founded in 1990, with the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History, founded in 1974 at Utah State University in part by the family of Butch Cassidy and the boy to whom Cassidy gave Wilkins’s horse. With international membership, the WWHA is the premier scholarly association for the preservation of the history of the Wild Bunch and other outlaws.

From: News & Notes Online Nov.4, 2013, v.29, no.36