Archive for March, 2015

Veterans History Project

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) today launches “Please Write Often: Wartime Correspondence,” the latest installment of the Experiencing War website series. The presentation examines 18 digitized, correspondence-based collections found in the VHP archive. The veterans in this installment represent a wide variety of branches, service locations and military roles and span the entirety of VHP’s collecting scope from World War One to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

“Please Write Oftentakes a close look at the practice of sending and receiving letters during wartime, easing the pain and loneliness of military members and their loved ones separated for long periods of time. Writing letters is often their only way to share intimate feelings, exciting news and the sometimes drab details of daily living.

The highlighted collections contain letters exchanged between sweethearts, spouses and parents and children. Many unique stories of war are found in these personal documents, including that of Robert Barber, who wrote to his mother with graphic descriptions of what he experienced during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, and James Sorenson, a 45-year-old father of four who requested a discharge due to his age and rank – and was instead sent to the Philippines during World War II.

“Before letter-writing became an art form lost to technology that now allows for two-way communication at warp speed without the need for pen, paper or postage, service members and those back home relied upon letters delivered during wartime to keep in touch,” said Veterans History Project Director Robert Patrick. “These letters are priceless. They provide vivid descriptions of the foreign places in which military members found themselves and reveal their most personal thoughts and emotions under the stress of separation and war.”


Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. For more information, visit or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to advance the knowledge and creativity of the American people through its collections, programs and services. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

March 19, 2015 / Contact: Megan Harris (202) 707-8205, Lisa Taylor (202) 707-2333
Website:“Please Write Often: Wartime Correspondence”

Library Construction Work Continues

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Library will re-open this Sunday, March 29 with regular semester building hours after being closed spring break.

General Library Hours Spring Semester 2015

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Midnight

Please excuse our mess and noise as carpeting and shelving work continues in the Library.  If you need a book located in a construction zone please ask for help at the circulation desk and the item will be retrieved for you.

Visit the Library’s website or the Idaho State University Library Facebook page for more information.

Library Closed Spring Break

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The Library will be closed during spring break for construction, Saturday, March 21 through Saturday, March 28.

Workers will begin repairing the Library’s terrazzo flooring in the front stairwell and entrance and securing shelving for earthquake safety. 

Although the Library building will be closed, the website, databases, and OneSearch will be available. Reference librarians will be happy to answer questions via email at “Ask a Librarian” or by phone at 208/282-3152 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Regular Library building hours resume on Sunday, March 29:

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Midnight

In the coming months, the Library will also be replacing the carpet on the first and second floors, upgrading the third floor reading room, and replacing furniture.  Visit our Idaho State University Library Facebook page, or the Library’s website for construction updates.

Research News: Academic Impact of Libraries

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

“University and college libraries often seek ways to demonstrate their impact for the academic community.” Results from a two-year study that analyzed library use against grade point averages of students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln “found that undergraduates with a GPA above the mean university GPA used the library more than those with a GPA below the mean. There was a correlation between greater use of the library and increases in GPA between the two years—that is, as one grew, so did the other.”

DeeAnn Allison, “Measuring the Academic Impact of Libraries,”  Libraries and the Academy, vol. 15, no. 1 (2015): 29–40.

Source: Fast Facts / Gary Pattillo - College & Research Libraries News, March 2015.

Routledge Handbooks Online Trial

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

Key Features:

  • All chapters are accompanied by an abstract and rich metadata that make searching and research more efficient and effective
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find exactly the material they need across the Handbooks’ and Companions’ multiple subject areas
  • Peer-reviewed content ensures quality of research
  • Over 11,000 chapters from 320+ volumes available at launch
  • Expansive coverage of 18 subject areas including Sociology, Linguistics, Education, and Asian Studies
  • Unique areas of interest include Security Studies, Tourism, Hospitality, and Events Management
  • Content available as HTML and PDF
  • Full text DOIs

Routledge Handbooks Online is available until 3/15/15.  Go to the Library webpage, click on >>Research Guides, and go to >>Trial Databases.

Database Trial: DARE Dictionary

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Discover the full panoply of American regional words, phrases, and pronunciations with The Dictionary of American Regional English.  The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.

DARE is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of our language, documenting words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. Widely viewed as the American equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary, DARE represents the full panoply of American regional vocabulary—from Adam’s housecat to Zydeco. Contradicting the popular notion that American English has become homogenized, DARE demonstrates that our language still has distinct and delightful local character.

Explore Dare Dictionary!  Go to the Library’s webpage, click on >>Research Guides, then on >> Trial Databases.

Trial runs until 3/24/2015.

GPO Is Now The Government Publishing Office

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

An agency whose mission has been producing, publishing, and recording our Nation’s history has made some history of its own.

Section 1301 of H.R. 83, the legislation providing consolidated and further continuing appropriations for FY 2015 that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, changes the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.

Publishing reflects the increasingly prominent role that GPO plays in providing access to Government information in digital formats through the agency’s Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks, and related technologies. The information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond only print and GPO has transformed itself to meet its customers’ needs.

GPO opened its doors on March 4, 1861, the same day Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office as President of the United States. Since that day, GPO employees have produced our country’s most important documents such as the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation, The Warren Commission Report, The 9-11 Commission Report, the U.S. passport, the Federal Budget, and all Congressional materials.

FDLP: Published: December 17 2014

ISU Library Blood Drive March 4

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015




9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

To schedule your appointment call Circulation: (208) 282-3248

For more information contact: Sonia Norden (208) 317-3192

Sponsored by ISU College of Pharmacy / 1-800-RED CROSS / 1-800-733-2767

Trial Database: PolicyMap

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

PolicyMap is a US-National web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities.  With easy-to-use menus, PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level.

It is used in the social sciences, urban studies and regional planning, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration and policy, public health, political science, education, environmental studies, business and finance, economics, statistics and geography, among other areas.

PolicyMap is produced by The Reinvestment Fund, a national leader in the financing of neighborhood revitalization. 

It is available through 3/10/15.