Archive for February, 2014

COMM 1101 Workshops Coming in March

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014



Attention Speech Classes!

Learn how to support your arguments!

Openings are limited, sign up  as soon as possible.

Attendance sheets will be passed around.





Mar. 5th

2:00 – 3:30 pm







Mar. 6th

3:00 – 4:30 pm







Mar. 8th

12:00 – 1:30 pm







Mar. 10th

2:00 – 3:30 pm







Mat. 11th

1:00 – 2:30 pm







Mar. 12rh

12:30 – 2:00 pm






To sign-up for a class:


Call: 282-3152

or Visit the Reference Desk on the main floor of the Library

Literary Reference Center

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Another great literary research source from EBSCO is Literary Reference Center.

This is a comprehensive full-text database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames.

This resource combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.  The full text for over 25,000 summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles and essays of literary criticism, 140,000 author biographies (including 14,300 in-depth bios), 350 literary journals, 530,000 book reviews, 50,000 classic and contemporary poems, 13,500 classic and contemporary short stories, 4.000 author interviews, 7,500 classic texts, and several literary encyclopedias.

Explore and discover what this resource can do for you!

New Expanded Literature e-Resources

Monday, February 24th, 2014

We have recently added two new/expanded e-resources to our collection that are now available:

The Literature Resource Center from Gale is a literature reference database featuring up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers from all time periods and from around the world in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more. Literature Resource Center also contains Contemporary Authors Online; Contemporary Literary Criticism Select; and Dictionary of Literary Biography Online.

And Gale Virtual Reference Library has been expanded with 1,800 more titles than before. These titles are searchable within the catalog or directly though the link on the databases page.

Take a look at both of these resources and get to know the new content. Let us know if you have any access issues or questions.

New Artist: Roy Reynolds

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Roy Reynolds studied art at the University of Idaho and the Art Center School in Los Angeles.  He returned to Idaho and spent years as a cowboy and sometimes artist, and worked on the side as art director for singer/ songwriter Carole King.

Reynolds gave up the cowboy life to work as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Idaho National Laboratory for 26 years.  After retiring, he found a studio and started to paint and sculpt full time.  Reynolds is intrigued by the region’s landscape, people, and architecture that serve as inspiration for much of his art.

Asked about his style of painting, Reynolds said, “If I knew what I was doing, it wouldn’t be worth doing.  It would be mechanical.  What I like about painting are the surprises that happen.  Lots of times I struggle, but at other times, I’m pleasantly surprised at what happens.  Those magical moments are what keep me painting.” 

Reynolds was featured with Larry Blackwood at the two-man exhibit The River Remembers at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in 2007.  His 32 painting from the exhibit are on permanent display at the O.E. Bell Building in Idaho Falls.  Many of Reynolds’ bronze sculptures that immortalize figures at the West are on permanent display at the downtown Bank of Idaho in Idaho Falls.

Reynolds’ work is on display February 1 through April 30.  The art exhibit is located on the first floor of the Library in the gallery near the Reference Desk and is open for viewing all of the hours the Library is open.  Other displays in this area include Black History Month, Idaho Library Association Book Award winners, Martin Luther King Jr., The Idaho Museum of Natural History 30 Year Anniversary and Nelson Mandela.


Library Closed Monday February 17th

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The Library will be closed Presidents’ Day, February 17th.

Free Tax Preparation

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

WHAT: ISU College of Business Student volunteers are providing FREE federal and state tax return preparations through the Internal Revenue Service VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.

WHEN: Every Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm through March 20th (the Thursday before Spring Break).  They only accept walk-ins only and the latest accepted at 8 pm.

WHERE: Rendezvous Lab, Room 213 (northeast corner of building).


  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • International students
  • Those who have gross income of $52,000 or less
  • And whose only source of income sources include: wages, scholarships, interest, dividends, simple self-employment, simple pensions, unemployment insurance, social security or small miscellaneous items (e.g. gambling winnings)

For more information email

The VITA program at Idaho State University is a partnership between the IRS and Beta Alpha Psi.

Tax Forms

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

We’ve got the print Idaho and Federal forms you’ll need.  The forms are in stands in the sitting area near the Circulation desk.

You can also go to these websites and print the forms you need:



Presidents’ Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Some of us think we’re observing George Washington’s Birthday, some of us think we’re celebrating the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (two formerly separate holidays smushed into one), and some of us think we’re honoring the memory of all U.S. presidents past and present.

Which is it?

Confusion arose in 1968 with the passage of a piece of legislation known as Uniform Holidays Bill, intended to create more three-day weekends for federal employees by moving the observance of three existing federal holidays (Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day) from fixed calendar dates to designated Mondays, and by establishing Columbus Day, also to be observed on a Monday, as a new federal holiday.  (Subsequent legislation enacted several years later eventually restored the observance of Veterans Day to November 11.)  Under this act, from 1971 onwards the observance date of Washington’s Birthday would be relocated from February 22 to the third Monday in February.  Oddly enough, this change guaranteed that Washington’s Birthday would never again be celebrated on his “actual” birthday of February 22, as the third Monday in February cannot fall any later than February 21.

So the date of observance of Washington’s Birthday might have been tinkered with a bit, but the holiday was still undeniably “Washington’s Birthday.”  So what happened to Lincoln’s Birthday?  And whence came “Presidents’ Day”?



Tuesday, February 11th, 2014


Tuesday  $2.00


Wednesday  $1.00

Philip Homan to Present at International Symposium

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Eli M. Oboler Library Associate Professor Philip Homan’s paper about the Idaho Horse Queen, “‘Miss Wilkins’s Big Sale’: Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, and Western American Horses for the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 1899-1902,” has been accepted for the Galloping History International Symposium at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, April 16-19, 2014. A rancher in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County, Idaho, Wilkins was the only woman at the turn of the 20th century whose sole occupation was horse dealing. Her influence was global.

Homan is currently studying Wilkins’s unprecedented sale of 8,000 horses for South Africa’s Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902, said to be the largest horse sale in the West, as a case study in an overlooked episode in the history of the Atlantic world-the transport of horses from the American West to South Africa for the war, one of the largest transports of animals in history, and Wilkins’s unique role in the equine Middle Passage of the trans-Atlantic horse trade.

The international symposium is sponsored by the Bilkent University Department of History and the Bilkent Historical Society to feature the most recent scholarly research worldwide on horses and equine culture in Ottoman, European, and American History. Papers will be in Turkish or English.