Archive for 2014

Library Closed Dec.24 – Jan.1, 2015

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014


We’ll see you next year!

Library Interim Hours Dec.20-Jan.1

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Interim Session: December 20 – January 11

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

Holiday Closure: December 24 – January 1

Wednesday – Thursday CLOSED


Library Closed This Weekend Dec. 20-21

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

But we will open December 22 – 23, Monday and Tuesday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Library will be closed from December 24 – January 1, 2015.

Yes, we will be open January 2, 2015, Friday, from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm! Click here for complete Interim Hours.

Marquez’s Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Just months after Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s passing, the works of the late Colombian writer have found their resting place. The University of Texas, Austin has announced that the Harry Ransom Center, the school’s humanities research library, has acquired the Nobel winner’s archive.

The newly won trove is anything but insubstantial. Among the documents going to the library, original manuscripts of such classics as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera stand paired with more curious remnants of Garcia Marquez’s writing life, like his Smith Corona typewriters and more than 40 photo albums. Rounding out the archive are his drafts, annotations, unpublished works and some 2,000 letters to other literary luminaries like Milan Kundera and Graham Greene.

“This acquisition marks an important extension of the Center’s literary holdings,” Stephen Enniss, director of the Harry Ransom Center, said in a press release. “Garcia Marquez has had as important an influence on the novel of the second half of the 20th century as James Joyce had on the first half.”

In some ways, the acquisition is fitting. Nearly five linear feet worth of Joyce’s documents also rest at the Harry Ransom Center, along with those of some of Garcia Marquez’s other influences, such as Jorge Luis Borges and William Faulkner. In other ways, though, the location proves a bit ironic: For years, Garcia Marquez was banned from traveling in the U.S., partly for his involvement with the Communist Party and his friendship with Fidel Castro. The travel ban wasn’t lifted until 1995.

Head to The New York Times for a peek at some notable documents from the archive.


  / Colin Dwyer

Free Coffee, Cocoa & Tea at the Library!

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

To help you get through the next 2 weeks (closed and finals weeks), we have free coffee, cocoa and tea available in the student lounge along with a few extra study hours.

Research help is available at the Reference Desk 282-3152 (1st floor), Health Science Library 282-4686 (3rd floor) and Special Collections Department 282-3249 (basement).  And don’t forget our online Ask a Librarian is a convenient way to connect to our research specialists.

Library building hours are extended as follows:

Closed & Final Exam Weeks: Dec 8 – Dec 19

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday (12th) 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday (19th) 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Interlibrary Loan Suspension

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Interlibrary loan processing will be temporarily suspended Dec. 19 – Jan. 6 while we make the switch to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan.  While we will continue to process pending requests, no new requests will be accepted during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Special Collections & Archives Hours

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Reminder from Special Collections and Archives:

We will be closed December 16, 2014 – January 4, 2015
January 5 – 9, 2015: open by appointment only

Beginning January 12, 2015: Spring semester hours: Monday – Thursday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. with the following exceptions:

March 23 – 27: by appointment only
May 25 – 27: closed for faculty professional development

All other times beyond what is noted: by appointment only

Interlibrary Loan News: ILLiad Coming in January

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

We are changing our Interlibrary Loan request system to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan, which will allow  you to submit requests directly from most of our databases.  No more filling our forms for each request!  You will also be able to more easily track the status of your requests.  Registration is required.

Please Note!  Interlibrary loan processing will be temporarily suspennded Dec. 19 – Jan. 6 while we make the switch to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

To locate more information and the status of the ILLiad installation, go to the Library webpage, find the heading  >>Services, click on  >>Interlibrary Loan, then click on the  >>ILLiad Info orange tab.

2014 National Outdoor Book Awards Winners Announced

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program.  It is a non-profit, educational program, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing.  Each fall in early November, the NOBA Foundation announces the winners of the categories making up the program, including History, Literature, Children, Nature, Natural History, Instructional, Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Design, and Outdoor Classic.

We’re excited to let you know that these titles are all on order and will be in our collection for you to check out!

Outdoor Literature Winner 
Small Feet, Big Land:  Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska.  By Erin McKittrick.

Natural History Literature Winner
The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World.  By Julian Hoffman.

History / Biography Winner
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.  By Ben Montgomery.

Classic Award Winner 
Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire.  By Nicholas Howe.

Nature & The Environment Winner
(Also tied for first place in the Design & Artistic Merit category).  Life on the Rocks:  A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat.  Written and photographed by Bruce L. Smith.

Honorable Mention
Feathers: A Beautiful Look at a Bird’s Most Unique Feature.  By Stan Tekiela.

Design & Artistic Merit Winner
Salt:  Coastal and Flats Fishing.  Photographs by Andy Anderson.  Essays by Tom Rosenbauer.

Children’s Category Winner
Good Morning Loon.  By Elizabeth S. Varnai.  Illustrated by Kate Hartley.

Outdoor Adventure Guidebook Category Winner
Chattahoochee River User’s Guide. By Joe Cook.

Nature Guidebook Winner
The Warbler Guide.  By Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle.

Instructional Winner 
Training for the New Alpinism:  A Manual for the Climber as Athlete.  By Steve House and Scott Johnston.

Honorable Mention 
Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel.  By Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo.  Paintings by James Prosek.

Work of Significance 
Fieldbook: Scouting’s Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure.  By Robert Birkby.

Learn more about the National Outdoor Book Awards and read the complete reviews of the 2014 winners as well as previous year’s winners by going to the NOBA website.

Source: ISU Headlines, posted Nov.13, 2014.

ISU Scholarly and Creative Works Exhibited in Library

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The Oboler Library display area on the first floor is featuring the 2013 ISU authors of written and creative works recently honored at a reception held in the Performing Arts Center.

To view copies of the publications please see the Circulation desk weekdays, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  They will make copies for you.  You can also check out the books in the various display cases.

While you’re in the 1st floor area, view the stunning oil paintings of our visiting artist Scott Berger. In our main display case, Archivist Ellen Ryan has created The Art of the Book: Selections from ISU’s Book Arts Collection. The display Hidden Histories: Stories of Asian Pacific Americans in Idaho is part of the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” currently showing at the Idaho Museum of Natural History until summer 2015.

Take a break between classes and explore what ISU researchers published and composed, along with the performance pieces they produced in 2013!


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