Archive for January, 2015

Play Miniature Golf in the Library

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015



February 7

10 am – 3 pm

Play 18 hole miniature golf through the Library!  4 person team competition, contests and new course designs will make this year’s event better than ever!

Golf: $5 Person  * $20 Family  * $3 ISU Student with ID

Lunch: Bratwurst $4 * Hotdogs $3 * (each includes chips and drink)

For more information, click here.

To sign up, call 282-2997, or 282-3248.

BOOK SALE February 7 & 8

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Books of all types will be available to purchase at the annual sale held in the Library’s first floor student lounge.  Special inventory includes education and historic medical books.

Saturday, Feb. 7th, 10 am – 4 pm

** For Best Selection **

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 10 am – 3 pm

**For Best Price!  Save 50% **

Library Open Until Midnight Starting Jan.26

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Starting this week, the Library building hours extend to midnight, Sunday – Thursday.  We are open until 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

General Hours

Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – Midnight

Staff News

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

From the Department of English and Philosophy Bulletin for January 23, 2015:

Phil Homan, PhD student, has been accepted to participate in the graduate seminar on “Animals in Transdisciplinary Environmental History,” which will take place in Läänemaa, Estonia in May. For the seminar, Phil will present a paper on “The Equine Middle Passage of the Trans-Atlantic Horse Trade: Western American Horses for the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 1899-1902.”

Philip A. Homan is an Assoc. Professor, Instruction Librarian at ISU’s Eli M. Oboler Library.

Congratulations Phil!

“Teaching Literature Book Award” Announced

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy announces a new, national prize for the best book-length work on teaching literature at the college level.

The “Teaching Literature Book Award” is the first and only prize that recognizes books specifically about teaching literature to post-secondary students. The nationally juried prize is conferred biennially by the faculty in the Ph.D. Program in English and the Teaching of English at Idaho State University.

Nominations for the inaugural 2015 competition are due March 15.

Jessica Winston, ISU English professor and director of graduate studies, said that the department developed the award to encourage and recognize excellence in research about teaching literature.

“The ISU faculty values good teaching, and our ISU English Master of Arts and Ph.D. programs emphasize both literary research and pedagogical training,” Winston said. “Moreover, our Ph.D. program has a distinctive mission, which is to train students for teaching careers at two- and four-year schools, especially at community colleges.”

“In our teaching of undergraduates and graduate students, our faculty benefits a lot from foundational and new publications on pedagogy,” continued Winston. “One day it occurred to us that we should do more to promote and acknowledge pedagogical publication.”

“Although numerous books, book series and general and specialized journals, such as Pedagogy or This Rough Magic, focus on teaching, Winston said, “We realized that there was no award specifically for books about teaching literature.”

Department Chair Jennifer Eastman Attebery added that the award is an excellent fit for the department’s focus on college pedagogy.

“We are very excited to launch the award this year at the same time that we move forward with fundraising for a permanent book award endowment,” Attebery said.

The award is housed in the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University, but it is juried by a national committee of professors with strong credentials in literary studies and pedagogy. The 2015 committee includes Steven Lynn, University of South Carolina, author of “Samuel Johnson after Deconstruction,” “Texts and Contexts” and “Literature: Reading and Writing with Critical Strategies”; Tanya Agathocleous, Hunter College, CUNY, author of “Urban Realism and the Cosmopolitan Imagination” and “Teaching Literature: A Companion”; and Jennifer Holberg, Calvin College, founding co-editor of the journal Pedagogy.

The prize winner will receive a certificate, a cash prize of $1,000, and an invitation to give a public lecture and teaching workshop at ISU’s Pocatello campus.

More information about eligibility, nominations and donating to the endowment fund is available under the “prizes and scholarships” link at

Source: ISU Headlines / Posted January 5, 2015

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Up and Running

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Request it.

Track it.

Get it.

ILLiad Interlibrary Loan, our new interlibrary loan system, is here!  ILLiad Interlibrary Loan allows  you to submit requests directly from most of our databases.  You will also be able to monitor the status of requests in real-time, as well as receive instant notification when items arrive.  Copy requests will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad Account.

Free registration is required.  You will be prompted to register when placing your first request.  For more information, click here.  From the Library webpage, locate >> Services, then click on >> Interlibrary Loan.

Questions?  Call the Reference Desk, (208) 282-3152.

Library Blood Drive January 21st

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

You Can Make a Difference

The Library is holding a blood drive this Wednesday, January 21st, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Please stop by the Circulation department to sign up, or call 282-3248 to schedule your appointment.

Learn more about the American Red Cross.  These are a few of the facts from their site:

  • Approximately 5.6 million blood donations are collected by the Red Cross each year.
  • Roughly 3.3 million generous volunteer blood donors roo up a sleeve each year.
  • More than 8 million  transfusable blood products are distributed each year thanks to the generous donations.
  • Patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers around the country receive Red Cross blood products.

Please pass on the gift of life and participate!

Library Closed January 17-19

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Library Closed This Weekend

The Library will be closed January 17-19 (Sat. – Mon.) for Idaho Human Rights Holiday.

Idaho Human Rights Day is observed on January 19, 2015. Idaho Human Rights Day is a State holiday recognized only in the US state of Idaho. It was created on January 16, 2006 by then Governor and former United States Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. The holiday is celebrated simultaneously each year on the same day as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The full name of this holiday in the state of Idaho is Martin Luther King, Jr. – Idaho Human Rights Day.

United States Code. Title 36. Observances and Ceremonies

Libguide Spotlight: English

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Check out our English Libguides to locate the resources you are going to need!

To locate all of our subject Libguides from the Library webpage, locate>> Find & Explore and click on >> Research Guides.

New Resources

Monday, January 12th, 2015

With recent funding, we have been able to add some new resources!

The Dance in Video collection now includes volume II which nearly doubles the amount of content on that platform. Classical Scores Library also now includes volume II. Both volumes I & II of each collection is now available integrated with their respective volume I so both volumes are searched together.

We have also added CRCnetBase: General Engineering ebooks. This collection includes searchable access to over 220 eBooks covering topics in general engineering as well as crossing into other related areas.

These are all currently available on the alphabetic databases page as well as Libguides under Research Guides.  Records for all three will appear in the OPAC soon.

Please call us at the Reference Desk, 282-3152, or use our Ask a Librarian service if you have research questions or have trouble accessing any of our resources.

Welcome to the 2015 Spring Semester!