Archive for October, 2013

ISU Alumni News

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Active members of the ISU Alumni Association may present their Alumni card at the Library Circulation Desk to receive a free Community Borrower Card. Community Borrower Cards are issued by circulation staff and books can be checked out the same day.

ISU Alumni Association members who have indicated on their Alumni membership application that they wish to have remote access to selected Library databases will receive their Community Borrower Cards through the mail. The borrower card number serves as the ISU ID Number when logging in to the Alumni Member Accessible — Resources. These online resources are available for personal/non-commercial use.

Please contact Cheryl Sebold if you have questions about these new services!

Ruiling Guo Recognized

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) recently awarded Ruiling Guo, Health Sciences Librarian/Associate Professor, a distinguished member for her professional accomplishment and academic achievement. The Medical Library Association established the Academy more than sixty years ago to recognize individual health information professionals. “The Academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession.”

Congratulations Ruiling!

A Library of Infamy

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Please join us on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Administrative Suite for the presentation: A Library of Infamy: Introduction to the James Aho Collection of Extremist Material.   From our Head of Special Collections, Ellen Ryan,  “This  is an opportunity to present the collection to the public, promote its use and hopefully generate some meaningful dialogue on the subject.”   This collection, created by Aho, consists mostly of secondary sources (clippings, pamphlets, books) pertaining to right wing extremist propaganda, ideology, and case studies, and brings them together in one location.

James Aho, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, along with Ellen Ryan and Kelsi Linsenmann, Career Path Internship student will lead the discussion.  A reception will follow the presentation.

This is also the first event scheduled in the Idaho State University’s Committee for the Study of Violence, Conflict, and War in Society, Department of Art, and Eli M. Oboler Library series of presentations and exhibits titled, Experienceing Conflict: A Series.   Click HERE for the events schedule.

American Museum of Natural History Scientific Publications

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The online repository of The American Museum of Natural History Scientific Publications includes full-text, PDFs of current and back issues of AMNH scientific series:

American Museum Motivates

Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History

Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History

Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History 

You can limit your search scope and select a specific community or collection,  or you can search the entire repository using a simple keyword  or an advanced search.

Find this amazing resource on our webpage under:  Library Quick Links / Databases-Alphabetic,  on the Resources by Subject / Anthropology subject page, or click on this link:

“The series covers diverse areas of the world and emphasizes ethnography, prehistory/archaeology, and nonhuman paleontology. Users may browse by author, title, or date of publication, and search by a single word or number …” –Choice


Article from this month’s issue of Writing on the Stall.

Evening Session Added to COMM 1101 Workshop Schedule

Monday, October 14th, 2013

COMM 1101 students have an additional session “Learn to Support Your Arguments!” being offered in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. 

Workshops start this week:

Mon. Oct.14th 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Tues. Oct.15th 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Wed.  Oct.16th noon – 1:30 pm

Thu. Oct.17th 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fri. Oct.18th noon – 1:30 pm

Sat. Oct.19th 10:00 – 11:30 am

Tues. Oct.22 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Wed. Oct. 23rd 6:00 – 7:30 pm


To sign up for a class: call: 282-3152, email:, or visit the Reference Desk on the main floor of the Library.  Remember, an attendance sheet will be passed around at each workshop and then sent back to your COMM 1101 instructors.

All classes will meet in Library Room 212 (second floor)

Open Graduate Library Workshops Oct. 22 – 23

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Are you a graduate student? 

Are you conducting comprehensive research for your paper, thesis or dissertation?

  • Do you know which databases you should be using?
  • How to enhance your search strategies?
  • Is your literature review thorough and complete?
  • Are you able to locate full-text articles?
  • What if the article you need isn’t available as full-text?
  • Are you managing and keeping your citations organized?

Are you struggling with any of these issues?  Then head to the Library next week!

Tues. Oct. 22,  3-4:30 pm

Wed. Oct. 23,  3-4:30 pm

Library Lab Room 212

You’ll learn about our new subject page resources, the latest in citation tracking software, and more importantly, get some one-on-one assistance from our research specialists.

We also have tutorials available.  Click HERE to check them out!

Please contact Spencer Jardine for more information, or call 282-5609.

Resource Spotlight: eHRAF Updates

Friday, October 11th, 2013

We are pleased to announce enhanced eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases. These unique online resources contain information on ethnographies and archaeological traditions.  New layouts and designs include:

Streamlined Searching

Advanced Search with easy-to-use menus for choosing cultures and subjects

Refined culture results by factors including subsistence types, sample type, and number of matches

A Learning Center with teaching and research information

eHRAF World Cultures is a web-based multicultural database for scholars, researchers, teachers, and students with an interest in cultural diversity. With over 350,000 pages of information on all aspects of social and cultural life and a unique classification and retrieval system, It serves as an excellent teaching and research tool for cross-cultural studies. As of April 2003, there is information on 127 cultures from around the world.

eHRAF Archaeology is a cross-cultural database containing descriptive information on archaeological traditions of the world and is modeled after the eHRAF World Cultures. It is a unique because each archaeological tradition contains a variety of source documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been indexed and organized according to HRAF’s comprehensive tradition and subject classification systems: the Outline of Archaeological Traditions (OAT), and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). These retrieval systems extend search capability well beyond keyword searching thus allowing for precise tradition and subject retrieval, even in a foreign language.  The eHRAF Archaeology database provides researchers and students access to archaeological materials for comparative studies within and across regions.

The eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases are produced by Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University.

HRAF is a not-for-profit membership consortium of over 300 educational and research institutions in 30 countries. The mission of  HRAF is to encourage and facilitate worldwide and other comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture.


Banned Books Poetry Contest Winner

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The Library is pleased to announce the winner of the $25 gift certificate from Amazon.  Amanda S. P. wrote the winning poem using 10 banned book titles.


I See a Great Jungle

I see a great jungle.
I see a nest of flies.
An animal, called Sun
His choice, like clockwork:
A slaughterhouse.

I see my beloved
A lord though cuckoo.
He rises with Gatsby
Never orange, he never knew.

Now I see big Sophie.
Five years on the farm
She flew.

We are never three,
never one.


Time for Speech COMM 1101 Workshops

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

 We’ll see you there!


Impact of Federal Government Shutdown on Libraries

Friday, October 4th, 2013

From the American Library Association Washington Office:

While the ALA Washington Office remains up and running, the shutdown will have a noticeable impact on library services across the country. To name a few:

•The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is closed and will be unable to disperse grants and funds to libraries as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

•U.S. Census websites and collection surveys will be unavailable until the government is funded.

•The Government Printing Office (GPO) is closed. will not be updated during the shutdown. Federal Register services will continue in a limited capacity

.The Library of Congress will be closed to the public and researchers for the duration of the shutdown