Archive for February, 2015

March Library Workshops: COMM 1101

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Learn to support your arguments! 

Locate important, relevant resources and statistics to make your presentation more powerful! 

Look at the schedule below and be sure to sign up in advance. An attendance sheet will be passed around at each workshop and then sent back to the COMM instructors.  All classes will meet in Room 212 on the second floor of the Library.

March 11, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 am

March 12, Thursday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

March 14, Saturday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

March 16, Monday, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

March 17, Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:30 am

March 18, Wednesday, 11:00 – 12:30 pm

March 19, Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

To sign up for a workshop:
Call: 282-3152
Or Visit: The Reference Desk on the main floor of the library.

* Openings are limited!  *  Sign up as soon as possible! *

Library Staff News

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Sandra Shropshire, Jenny Semenza and Regina Koury’s invited paper has been accepted for publication in “Knowledge management in libraries and organizations: theory, techniques and case studies” volume by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

Aims and Scope:  The management of knowledge created in an organization not only enables reuse of knowledge, but also adds value to the organization itself. Preventing duplication of intellectual effort, it saves economic and human resources, leading to the creation of new information. This book gathers the wisdom of knowledge managers and researchers in the context of the library and will be a valuable reference source for all libraries.

Knowledge Management in Libraries and Organizations: Theory, Techniques and Case Studies / Ed. by Bultrini, Leda / Sempéré, Julien / MCCallum, Sally.  Series: IFLA Publications 173.

To be published: October 2016 / ISBN:978-3-11-041310-6 / DE GRUYTER SAUR

Fair Use Week 2015, Feb. 23 – 27

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

It’s time to step back and appreciate the importance of the Fair Use doctrine in copyright law.

Copyright is a set of exclusive legal rights granted to the creators of works that allows them to control the copying, reuse, redistribution, creation of derivatives, and performance of their works. While copyright allows creators to benefit from their works, particularly financially, it also has some important limitations that benefit the public, including term limits and the public domain.

Fair Use is one of these important legal limitations, and it allows for the use of copyrighted materials without permission under certain circumstances.  It is an interpretation of one’s use of copyrighted material, where the benefits of use outweigh the exclusive rights of the copyright holder. Fair Use is an important public benefit; the reuse of existing cultural and scientific materials is an integral part of creating new works, conducting new research, teaching, and engaging in discourse. As Kenneth Crews notes in his post to kick off Fair Use Week at Harvard University, “Fair use is an essential complement to the rights of owners, and it completes the circle of creative incentives.”

Learn more!

Read the rest of this Scholarly Communications post* by Rebecca Reznik-Zellen.

Go to: Fair Use Week website

*February 23, 2015 / Rebecca Reznik-Zellen / Head, Research and Scholarly Communication Services / Lamar Soutter Library / University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Artist Reception

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lou Pirro . . . Patterns in the Void

“I am amazed by the creations of nature and culture both.  My intent is to create an object or experience that engenders that feeling and mystery.”  Lou Pirro

Please join us for the opening reception at the Library of artist Lou Pirro’s recent series, Patterns in the Void on Tuesday, February 24, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  Meet the artist and explore how his art incorporates paint and a process that renders results that can parallel both scientific and cultural imagery, draws from both Old World and Expressionist sources and Hubble, MRI and Landsat photography.

The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit runs through April 30th and is open to the public during regular Library hours.

SciFinder Enhancement: PatentPak

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

What is PatentPak?

Because scientists spend a lot of their time rounding up and pinpointing chemistry in patents, time is their most valuable resource. Researchers can now save valuable time using PatentPakTM , a robust new patent workflow solution available in SciFinder®

Designed to radically reduce time spent acquiring and searching through multiple patents to find vital chemistry, PatentPak saves users up to half the time they spend researching patents by providing instant access to hard-to-find chemistry in patents and patent families in languages users know.

Only PatentPak offers all of the following:

  • Instant access to searchable full-text patents from major patent offices around the world
  • Patent family coverage in multiple languages
  • Substance location mapping
  • Secure and confidential patent research
  • Daily updates
  • Interactive viewer with built-in SciFinder search functionality

All without leaving your current SciFinder session!

Find SciFinder from the Library homepage by clicking on >>Library Quick Links, then on >>Databases – Alphabetic.  Note: one-time user account (ISU ID number and last name) must be activated.

Source: Craig W. Stephens / SciFinder

2014 Tax Forms Available

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Library has a limited supply of the following forms in print:

  • 1040
  • 1040A
  • 1040EZ
  • Idaho Individual Income Tax
  • Idaho Grocery Credit Refund

Print Instruction Form booklets are not available but all forms are available online at:

You will also find AARP publications at our Tax Display, including the 2015 Tax Aide Sites where you can find out where free tax-preparations are available, and the AARP Foundation TAX-AIDE tri-fold handout.

Our Tax Display is located on the first floor of the Library next to the Circulation Desk.

Library Staff News

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Health Sciences Librarian Ruiling Guo Defends Doctoral Dissertation

Ruiling Guo, MPH, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Health Sciences Librarian at the Idaho Health Sciences Library of the Eli M. Oboler Library, has just successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Prediction of Intention to Use Evidence-Based Management among Healthcare Administrators in the United States” for the Doctor of Health Administration degree at Central Michigan University (CMU), Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Guo has published in the allied health and evidence-based medicine/practice, as well as health library and information science, literatures with both numerous members of ISU’s health-profession and sport-science faculties and international health researchers.

CMU’s cutting edge, research- and practice-based DHA program prepares individuals with the theoretical foundations, critical analytic and applied skills, and practical expertise to be effective healthcare leaders.

Guo earned her MPH at ISU in 2011.

Her thesis was published in Journal of Community Health in 2014.

J Community Health (2014) 39:712–718
DOI 10.1007/s10900-013-9816-4

Congratulations Ruiling!

New Exhibit in the Library

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Library is pleased to present Patterns in the Void: Paintings by Lou Pirro.

Let Nature paint your pictures, and Culture interpret them… an Art of Questions can be both an inkblot and a mirror.  — Lou Pirro

Over the last 33 years, Lou has worked as a muralist, art director, illustrator, educator, and fine artist, showing in galleries in the Northeast and Intermountain West.  The exhibit runs from February 2 through April 30, 2015 and is located in the 1st floor Art Space of the Oboler Library at ISU and open to the public during regular Library hours.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Tuesday, February 24, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

Library Closed Monday, February 16, Presidents’ Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Library will be closed Monday, February 16, in honor of Presidents’ Day 2015.

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Trial Database: Human Rights Studies Online

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The Library has been given a one year trial to a new database Human Rights Studies Online from Alexander Street.

Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types.

The collection is growing to include 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that give voice to the countless victims of human rights crimes in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

To locate this resource from the Library webpage, find >> Find & Explore, click on >> Research Guides, then click on >> Trial Databases.

It will be available until 12/18/2015.