Archive for January, 2014

Blood Drive Results

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

From our Administration Office:

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our recent blood drive! We had 35 donors present, 5 were deferred, so we donated 30 pints of blood. 

The Red Cross district appreciates it all.  They are down in collections this winter due to colds, flu, cold weather. A big thanks to Library staff for help with set-up and take-down, staffing the check-in and refreshment tables as well as being donors.  The American Red Cross estimates 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Extended Hours Begin Jan.27

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Library extended hours begin Monday, January 27.

General Hours:

Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

New Reference Staff

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Meet our 2 newest Librarians Ellen Ryan, and Chris Kowalczyk now cross-training on our Reference Desk this semester.

Ellen is our Head of Special Collections and Archives and comes from Southeast Missouri State University.  She is experienced directing historic preservation, as well as digitization projects and is experienced consulting on numerous museum and archives projects.

Chris is our Electronic Resources Librarian from Shasta College Library in California.  His professional interests include improving access to information through innovative interfaces and providing user friendly access to information.

Welcome Ellen and Chris!  They are ready to help you with your research !

 The Reference Desk is staffed these hours for Spring 2014 Semester:

Monday – Thursday 07:30 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Friday 07:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 03:00 p.m.
Sunday 01:00 p.m. – 07:00 p.m.

Can’t make it to the Library? 

  • Call us at (208) 282-3152
  • Use our Ask a Librarian Service  (Click here)Find this resource link on the Library Homepage under Help & FAQ.

Congratulations Beth!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Our Documents Librarian (Mary) Beth Downing was awarded the ISU Cares Initiative, December Spot Award for Outstanding Customer Service.  Laura Judkins from the Office of Human Resources surprised Beth during her Wednesday shift this week at the 1st floor Reference Desk and awarded her her certificate and ISU Credit Union gift card.   Laura noted in her nomination (Laura wrote Beth’s winning nomination) of how Beth walked her through the process of where to begin and conduct comprehensive research, evaluate resources and identify the resource formats we have available.  Beth shared her expertise and  made sure Laura understood how to use the amazing resources we have access to.


Blood Drive January 22

Friday, January 17th, 2014

WHERE:  Idaho State University Library

WHEN:   January 22, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Call the Circulation Desk at (208) 282-3152 and schedule your appointment!


Factoid from American Red Cross Learn About Blood webpage.

Nothing to Celebrate on “Public Domain Day” 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The first day of the year is also the day when published works enter the public domain after their copyrights expire. Unfortunately, Public Domain Day 2014 is not a happy one, according to the book mavens at Duke University.

“Not a single published work” is entering the public domain in 2014, Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain said on its website. “Once again, we will have nothing to celebrate this January 1st….In fact, in the United States, no publication will enter the public domain until 2019.”

In Canada, by contrast, works by Robert Frost, W.E.B. Du Bois, C.S. Lewis, Sylvia Plath and even Aldous Huxley entered the public domain on Jan. 1. In the U.S., the books “On the Road,” “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Cat in the Hat,” the musical “West Side Story” and the song “All Shook Up” would be entering the public domain this year — but for a 1998 law that increased copyright to 95 years or more for works published after 1923.

“The result is a copyright system that’s impossible to defend on economic or policy grounds,” Jeff John Roberts writes today on the technology website Gigaom. “While copyright itself is a good thing — it helps artists and writers make a living — the repeated posthumous term extensions make no sense.” Laws extending copyright “benefit the likes of the Walt Disney corporation” but “deprive everyone else of raw material for new stories and chill creativity with the threat of lawsuits,” Roberts writes.

Duke included a brief summary of major films from 2012 and 2013 that drew from works in the public domain: “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Anna Karenina,” “Coriolanus,” “Wrath of the Titans,” “Les Misérables” and “Snow White and the Huntsman. Those films drew, respectively, from the works of L. Frank Baum, classic Norse mythology, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, classic Greek mythology, Victor Hugo and the Brothers Grimm.,0,2807061.story#ixzz2qKKmcShA

Library Spring Semester 2014 Hours

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Library Hours
Jan. 13 – Jan. 26

Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Extended Library Hours Resume Monday Jan. 27


Monday, January 13th, 2014

We’ve expanded our access to the Gale Virtual Reference Library!  This online collection of eBooks now comprises over 2,000 titles in dozens of subject areas from some of the best publishers, including reference titles from Macmillan, Charles Scribner’s Sons, St.James Press, Greenhaven Press, Lucent Books, and many more.  Your can access GVRL through our database page by clicking here.

Or click on one of the topics below and browse these fantastic resources!


Library Closed This Weekend

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Library will be closed this weekend, January 11-12.

We’ll see you on Monday!  The building will open at 7:00 a.m.


Have a great spring semester everyone!

LexisNexis Academic

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

From the LexisNexis Academic & Library Team:

We’ve been busy doing a bit of our own research on how to improve LexisNexis® Academic to make it even better for librarians, teaching faculty and students.
The results are in, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of the newly redesigned LexisNexis Academic interface on December 23rd.

Now there’s no doubt how or where to get your research started.  Just type search terms into LexisNexis Academic’s simplified, single-search box for a complete set of results sorted by relevance and date. You’ll find everything you want with one-step search capability in the red box.

We’re excited about LexisNexis Academic’s new interface.  Take time to explore the new Curriculum-Based Research Guides on the following topics:

  • Common Legal Assignments
  • Common News Assignments
  • Common Business Assignments
  • Common Political Science Assignments
  • Common Writing 101/Freshman Forum Assignments