Archive for September, 2014

Research Guides

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The Library webpage link  Find Resources by Subject has changed to Research Guides.  Only the name has changed! You still use this link to discover the important resources in your discipline by accessing our Libguides.

Stop by the Reference Desk and let us help you with your research!

Price of Education

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The average annual price (including tuition, fees, room, and board) for a public four-year, in-state college education in the United States was $17,474 in 2012–13. The equivalent for a private four-year institution was $35,074 or about double the cost. The most expensive state for public education was New Hampshire at $24,705. The least costly state was Utah at $12,076. The highest average for private colleges was $49,871 in Massachusetts. Idaho had the lowest average cost for private colleges at $11,544.

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Table 330.20, “Average undergraduate tuition and fees and room and board rates charged for full-time students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by control and level of institution and state or jurisdiction: 2011–12 and 2012–13,” Digest of Education Statistics 2013, (retrieved August 13, 2014).

From College & Research Libraries News Fast Facts, Sep.2014 / Gary Pattillo.

Marquez Book News

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books Go Digital

The writings of the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez are soon to make their leap from page to screen. Publisher Vintage Books has announced its plans to release nine of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s works as English-language e-books for the first time. The crop of e-books, which includes Love in the Time of Cholera, will be published on Oct. 15. Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude will not be included in the release, though; The Associated Press reports that rights to the English-language version are held by HarperCollins.

Banned Books Week Wrap-Up

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week  – the annual celebration of the freedom to read — and the defiance of censorship — began on Sept. 21. and wraps up this weekend. Here’s a brief reading list to help you get your footing in this year’s world of banned books:

  • The American Library Association has a fascinating list of the 10 most challenged books for each year of the 21st century so far, coupled with the reasons why they were challenged.
  • If you prefer pictures to plain numbers, The Huffington Post drew up some lovely infographics on the state of challenged books today — including which authors tend to be dogged most by challenges.
  • One of those challenged authors, Sherman Alexie, offered a defense of his most famous — and most controversial — novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, in an old Wall Street Journal article that’s worth another look.
  • One of the most banned books of the past two decades may surprise you. And NPR’s Rebecca Hersher dives into its history.

Source: NPR

Looking Back

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Library staff have had fun looking at the ISU yearbooks we have for sale for Homecoming this week.  They are on the first floor lobby.  Dates range from 1923 through the 1976/77.  The fashions.  The hairstyles.  The cars.  Other changes came up in our conversations.  Some of us on staff remember the transitions from typewriters and card catalogs to OPACs – online public access computers- it started in the early 1980s and we’ve been trying to keep up with technology ever since!

It was interesting to come across the article, The 1940s: a time of trial and triumph by Jill Sodt in the September 2014 issue of American College & Research Libraries News this week:

During this decade, academic libraries were evolving from centers of print. Libraries were starting to include audiovisual aids, music listening labs, remedial reading education, and instruction for students on how to use the library. More publications were being converted to microfilm in order to preserve print copies and provide better access for researchers.

Public services were expanding to provide more assistance to students, faculty, and researchers beyond checking out books, including finding ways to assist academic faculty by developing collections related to particular subject areas and providing library services in nontraditional settings, like the college dormitory.

Today we have Moodle, YouTube and JSTOR.  Our newest resource, OneSearch searches across many of the Library’s resources at one time, allowing for one quick, fairly comprehensive search.  Results can include books, magazine, journal, newspaper articles, videos, government documents, ebooks, audio and more.  Take a few moments between classes and let us show you how to use OneSearch along with our LibGuides and A-Z Journal List.  Learn about the Library of Congress Classification system and browse your subject area.  Reserve a study room, or relax and read a newspaper or the latest issue of Time magazine in our Current Display area.

And don’t forget to enter your poem in our Banned Book Title Poetry contest.  Entry deadline is September 27th!

ISU Yearbooks

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Friends of Oboler Library are selling surplus copies of the ISU yearbook Wickiup for Homecoming this week while supplies last.

Available copies of the Wickiup, Idaho State University’s Yearbook, range from 1923 to 1976/77 and are priced at $ 25.00 each. Purchases can be made at the Eli M. Oboler Library Circulation Desk.

Proceeds go toward enhancing the Library collection.

Library & SE Idaho Public Health Dept Receive Award

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Idaho State University Health Sciences Library and the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department have received an award of $30,000 for a Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014 from the National Library of Medicine.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, made the award to Ruiling Guo, associate professor and health sciences librarian at ISU Health Sciences Library, Darin Letzring, public health preparedness program manager and Rhonda D’Amico, healthcare preparedness program liaison at Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department for their innovative proposal.

This award will allow the project investigators:

1) to conduct an information needs assessment among under-served hospital emergency preparedness professionals in rural Southeast Idaho; and

2) to provide a training program for these professionals to gain knowledge and skills in searching disaster health information efficiently to support Southeast Idaho emergency preparedness and response efforts.

“This will be an exciting outreach project for partnering organizations to increase collaborations and information acquisition and access,” Guo said. “The investigators would like to thank ISU Office of Research, Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department, and hospital partners for their support during the application.”These awards are very competitive – ISU received one of only four awards across the country that was granted by the NLM in 2014.

Posted September 16, 2014, ISU Headlines

Banned Book Poetry Contest

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Write a Poem – Enter the Contest – Win a $25 Gift Card!

The Library is sponsoring this event as part of its celebration of Banned Books Week Sept. 21 – 27, 2014.  Entries will be accepted from Sept. 15 -  27, 2014.


  • Choose your category!
    • Category 1: You need to use the complete book title(s).
    • Category 2: You may use words from the book title(s) in any order.
  • The poem can be haiku, limerick, sonnet, unrhymed, rhymed, ballad, lyric, or free verse. Anything goes!
  • It should include three or more banned book titles.
  • You may use other words to create your poem.

Finding Banned Book Titles

Check out the Banned Book Resource Guide at the reserves desk of the library.
Banned Books Week top ten challenged books list of 2012
Banned and Challenged Classics
Frequently Challenged Books by ALA:
List of books banned by governments
Other banned book sites/lists may be used; please include URL or citation in your submission.

Poetry Submission

Please include:

  • Title of poem
  • The poem
  • Your name
  • List of titles used
  • Preferred contact method: Phone or Email
  • Source of banned book titles

Enter Your Poem

  • Drop your poem off at the circulation desk in the library or submit by email at
  • Deadline for entry into the contest is midnight September 27, 2014
  • Winners will be announced on September 30, 2014


Winner of the $25 Gift Card will be determined by a panel of judges. Winning poetry and the committee’s favorites will be displayed.

Disclaimer: Entry of poem into contest gives permission to the Library to use the poem in future displays and Library publications.

Banned Books Week Sep.21-27, 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Get Ready to Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Enter the Library’s Banned Book Poetry Contest
For rules and contest submission information go to

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out these title lists of books that were challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in that year as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom.


Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2013-2014 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2012-2013 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2011-2012 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2004-2005 (PDF)

Special Collections Fundraiser

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Special Collections Department at ISU’s Eli Oboler Library, along with Pinyon Jay Press and Friends of Oboler Library, will be holding a fundraising event on Sept. 26

The Special Collections Department at ISU’s Eli Oboler Library, along with Pinyon Jay Press and Friends of Oboler Library, will be holding a fundraising event on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at 315 South Lincoln Ave. in Pocatello. The purpose of this inaugural event is to raise funds to purchase two handmade books produced by renowned book artist Mary Risala Laird, founder of Quelquefois Press and teacher at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Laird has produced many award-winning books, sought by collectors and libraries all over the world. After purchase, the books will be on display in Oboler Library, along with names of donors whose generosity made this purchase possible.

Light refreshments will be served. All contributors – of any amount – will be automatically entered in a drawing. Prizes include letterpress broadsides, letterpress keepsakes, hand-cut quills, and personalized lessons in cutting and writing with quills. For more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, head of Special Collections at