Archive for May, 2013

New Whiteboards

Friday, May 24th, 2013

New whiteboards have been installed in the 2nd floor study rooms!

Brad, Alex and Joe worked pretty quickly but we managed to get a few pictures of the last board going up!

And it’s level!

The Library offers four study rooms  and all are equipped with whiteboards now!  There are three on the second floor and one on the first floor, for use by two or more University-affiliated patrons. Rooms may be reserved for two one-hour blocks per person, up to one week in advance. Reservations can be made in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone at (208) 282-3248.

Memorial Day Holiday Hours

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Memorial Day Holiday: May 25 – 27

Saturday – Monday                 CLOSED

ISU’s Computing Systems down 6 pm Thurs, May 23 – 7 am Fri, May 24

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


ITS is performing important maintenance to ISU’s computing systems from 6 pm Thursday, May 23 through 7 am. Friday, May 24.

BengalWeb and Banner systems, including Banner auxiliary systems and Argos reports will not be available during that time.

While BengalWeb will not be available, the following can be accessed through direct links:

Moodle –

Google Apps –

Questions? Contact the IT Service Desk at or (208) 282-HELP (4357)

From ISU News & Notes Online, May 20, 2013.

General Library Hours: May 20 – Aug 25

Monday, May 20th, 2013


General Library Hours: May 20 – August 25

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Northwest Historical Postcards Collection

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The Digital Initiatives department at the University of Idaho announces the release of the Northwest Historical Postcards Collection.

This digital collection of over 800 postcards comes from the historical photograph collections of the University of Idaho Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The postcards range in date from the 1890s to the 1980s and depict a great deal of the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada.

From hand colored images of Mount Rainier to the historic streets of early Moscow, Idaho, the Northwest Historical Postcards Collection displays unique and engaging images of people and places in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Northwest. Portraying locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia and Alberta, the collection offers a glimpse at the historical and cultural development of the western states, with rare depictions of turn-of-the-century buildings, thriving mining towns that later became ghost towns, and Mount St. Helens before the eruption.

Users can scroll through the entire collection via the index page; hovering on an image will provide more information, and, in many cases, a view of the postcard’s back as well. Users can also browse by location, subject, and via a Google map. The advanced search feature on the table page should also be useful for users looking for specific images. The postcards were digitized and described by Annie Gaines in 2012-2013.

The History of the Postcard

Postcards originated in Europe in the late nineteenth century as an inexpensive means of communication, and the cards quickly became popular in America. In the early twentieth century, the U.S. Post Office permitted the use of a divided back card, allowing for both a message and mailing address to be on one side making it possible for the entire front of the card to be used for an image. Since then, millions of color and black and white postcards have been mailed to family and friends across the country.

Information in this entry from the post published 5/6/13, by Devin Becker, Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Idaho, on libidaho listserve.

Intersession Hours May 11 – 19

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Library Intersession Hours:


Monday – Friday    7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday                    CLOSED

Sunday                       CLOSED


ProQuest History Vault

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Fascinating primary records are at your finger tips in ProQuest’s newest resource, ProQuest History Vault.

“For the first time ever, ProQuest is introducing primary source materials from its University Publications of America (UPA) Collection in a digital format. ProQuest History Vault unlocks the wealth of archival materials with a single search. Researchers can access letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and much more from a single interface.”

Click here to go to the Trial Databases page and check out this amazing resource!

The Library Trial runs through May 31, 2013.


May is National Bike Month!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!

Locally, Portneuf Valley Bike to Work Month is in full swing.  Curb your car!  Bike, Bus, Walk or Carpool!

This is some of the information from their web page (click here):

The City of Pocatello have proclaimed May 2013 to be Bike to Work Month Read More …

The City of Chubbuck has proclaimed May 2013 Bike to Work Month.  Read more …

Bike to Work Employee Challenge grand prize announced.  Read more …

Registration for Bike to Work 2013 has started

Dress Up Your Bike for the 2013 Bike Parade May 17



All Materials Due May 10

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Just a few reminders for finals week May 6 – 10, 2013:

All Materials are Due May 10.

The Library hours  are:

May 6 – 9, Mon – Thurs 7:15 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
May 10, Fri 7:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 11 & 12, Sat & Sun CLOSED

Free hot beverages available in the student lounge this week!