Archive for May, 2014

2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines by June Pinnell-Stephens is the recipient of the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award.

The award will be presented to Pinnell-Stephens at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas at the IFRT reception on Saturday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee was honored to choose this slim but powerful title for its practical relevance as a guide. Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines not only details step by step methods on how to combat the censors, it also outlines in clear language  how and why intellectual freedom is a singularly important matter facing all 21st century libraries. Citing U.S. court cases for protection of intellectual freedom rights in libraries, Pinnell-Stephens clearly defines and answers questions critically important to librarians, as well as providing sample forms and policy documents that can be utilized.

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.  The award was named for Eli M. Oboler, the extensively published Idaho State University librarian known as a “champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression.”  The award has been offered biennially since 1986.

During his 31 years as ISU’s head librarian (the position eventually became “University Librarian and Dean”) he planned two library buildings. The current home of the library was completed in 1977 and named in his honor shortly before his death in 1983.

Learn more about the remarkable Eli M. Oboler and click here.

Article source: Shumeca Pickett,  March 12, 2014,

Choice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

This year, Choice magazine marks a milestone of true significance: 50 years of publication. The premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources in higher education, Choice is a publication of ACRL. Launched in 1964 out of office space at Wesleyan University’s Olin Library under the leadership of founding editor Richard K. Gardner, Choice originated as “a monthly current book selection guide to aid colleges and junior colleges in strengthening their library collections with the best of academic materials.”

Over the years, Choice has remained committed to this vital collection development service, expanding coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably a vast array of new digital and Internet resources. With Choice and Choice Reviews Online (CRO), the contribution to the academic library community has grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights including bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and other notable features.

David Free, “From the Field,” May 2014, College & Research Libraries News.

Reading Comprehension

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Time spent online was expected to top five hours per day in 2013 for U.S. adults. That is up from three hours in 2010. This may affect how we read for in-depth comprehension. We spend more time scanning, searching for key words, and scrolling than we do reading linearly. It may be affecting our ability to comprehend long sentences with multiple clauses, such as those found in novels and other long textual pieces.
Michael S. Rosenwald, “Serious Reading Takes a Hit from Online Scanning and Skimming, Researchers Say,” April 6, 2014, The Washington Post.

Trial Databases

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Summer Library Hours

Monday, May 19th, 2014

General Library Hours: May 19 – August 24

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

Memorial Day Holiday: May 24 – May 26

Saturday – Monday CLOSED

Library Closed this Weekend

Friday, May 9th, 2014


The semester is over and Library hours have changed!

Interim Session: May 10 – May 18

Monday – Friday 7 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED
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Statesman “Holy Grail” Extra Edition!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

1865 Idaho Statesman announcing Abraham Lincolns assassination joins the collection of the State Archives.

The only known remaining copy of an April 25, 1865 Idaho Statesman issue is back home in Idaho. After learning of its existence and availability for purchase, former Idaho Attorney General and Lincoln expert David Leroy didn’t hesitate to use his credit card to purchase the one-of-a-kind newspaper. The paper will be placed on display in the Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho exhibit at the State Archives and was unveiled on Friday, April 25, 2014, exactly 149 years after the news of Lincoln’s death reached Idaho.

Source: Histor-e Newsletter from the Idaho State Historical Society.  Click here to sign-up to this newsletter.

Interim Session Hours May 10-18

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Interim Session: May 10 – May 18

Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday C L O S E D
   * All Library Materials Are Due Friday, May 9 *

ARTificer² Reception Tonight 7-8:30 pm

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the Juliet & Danielle Feige art show, ARTificer² at the Eli M. Oboler Library, Thursday (this evening!), May 8, 7 – 8:30 pm.

Come and meet the artists, enjoy some light refreshments and experience this unique mother/daughter collection of paintings, sculpture and book art!

ARTificer² will be on display through the month of July.

Library Exhibits News

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Take a few minutes between finals, get a free cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and wander the Library to see what’s on display!

1st Floor

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Learn about the drug thalidomide, The Heroine in a Lab Coat, Frances Oldham Kelsey, and current research of Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner.





The National Poetry Month display,





and current events display, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, are also on the first floor of the Library.





2nd Floor

Life & Times of a Railroad Town: Pocatello 1900 – 1950

Exhibit created by Matthew H. Shurgert, CPI Student Intern, Special Collections.





Celebrate the Humanities Through Art & Literature

The imagery and songs of spring are yours to enjoy in display case #7.

3rd Floor

The Golf history and facts display will get you ready for your game this summer!




And important Health Care information and handouts are available in the Health Science area.