Archive for April, 2015

New Art Exhibit: The Snow Apple Collection

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library is pleased to present the art exhibit “The Snow Apple Collection” by Helen Farrell and Stacy Beazer-Rogers May 4-July 31 in the art exhibit area on the Library’s first floor.

The Library will host a reception for the artists and their work on Tuesday, May 5, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Participants can meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshment during ISU finals week.

Both Beazer-Rogers and Farrell said they are enjoying the exploration of various nooks and crannies at the edge of the frontier of the visual arts at the beginning of the 21st century. Though both work independently and often come at problems from different directions, they have often been surprised and pleased to find that they are working on similar problems or issues, according to the artists. Based on these similarities and differences, they have developed “The Snow Apple Collection.”

The art exhibit may be viewed at any time the Library is open.  For more information please contact Kristi Austin at the Oboler Library (208) 282-4073.

The Oboler Library is located on the corner of 9th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, at 850 S. 9th Avenue in Pocatello.

Academic Library Trends and Statistics

Monday, April 27th, 2015

From: College & Research Libraries News / News from the Field / April 2015.

ACRL announces the publication of the 2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.

In the past three years, 62.6% of the libraries surveyed reported repurposing space. Space was most often repurposed for group study, student success areas (writing/tutoring centers), quiet study space, technology learning spaces, and more seating.

On the topic of repurposing . . .

The ISU Library moved the Arthur P. Oliver Law Library to the 3rd floor creating collaborative learning space on the first floor.  We’re currently selecting furniture. The Roger B. Humberger Reading Room is under construction on the 3rd floor and we are investigating technology upgrades to our quiet study room and group study rooms.

And check out our new carpet!  The student lounge is finished. Public areas and staff offices are scheduled.

2nd floor carpeting is on-going.  Remember,  QH – Z classified materials are only available by staff retrieval between 5 – 6 pm weeknights.

My Favorite Book Drawing Submissions Due

Friday, April 24th, 2015

As part of National Library Week (April 12-18), the Library is hosting our annual “My Favorite Book Drawing“. Four winners will be drawn on April 28, to receive a $25 gift certificate to  Submit your entry using the link above, or fill-out an entry form and leave it in the drop box at one of our service counters.

Submissions will be accepted April 12-25, so don’t miss out!

Free Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Starting Monday, April 27, the Library is again serving free hot coffee, tea and cocoa during Closed Week and Finals Week.  And we’ve extended our building hours as follows:

Closed & Final Exam Week Hours: April 27 – May 7

Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday  May 8 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.  May 9 – 10 CLOSED

College Students Prefer Print?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

From: Fast Facts / College & Research Libraries News / April 2015

A fall 2014 “survey found students spent an average of $320 to get 5.3 textbooks. Eighty-seven percent of these were print books. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.”

Michael S. Rosenwald, “Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right,” The Washington Post, February 22, 2015, (retrieved March 2, 2015).

Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair April 18

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The 2015 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair seeks to present information, resources, services, and products that promote healthier, more ecologically sound lifestyles, as well as educate attendees about the environmental impacts of widespread consumer actions and choices.

Nearly 100 businesses, agencies, and organizations will be providing activities, information, and goods for sale that make it easy to be green. Come enjoy great music, food, and hands-on activities at this popular community festival.

The fair is FREE and has something for everyone—just ask one of the over 5,000 attendees from last year. Bring your friends and family and enjoy dozens of hands-on activities, pick up green goodies, listen to great live music, and enjoy a free Idaho baked potato, hot dog, or freeze-dried ice cream. This community event is sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and local government agencies.

Our Health Science Librarians Ruiling and Loretta will be representing the National Library of Medicine’s Tox Town website, an excellent source of information about toxic substances around the home, farm, and city.  (Rumor has it that they will have chocolate at their booth)

See you there!

More New Trials

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Some great new trial subscriptions have been set up.  Research On!

British Periodicals (until 05-13-2015)
Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports (until 05-13-2015)
The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H Jacobs (until 05-13-2015)
Historical Statistical Abstracts 1970-2012 (until 05-13-2015)
Human Rights Studies Online  (until 12-18-2015)
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index (until 05-13-2015)
Nursing Assessment in Video  (until 06-09-2015)
Nursing Assistant Education in Video  (until 06-09-2015)
Nursing Education in Video  (until 06-09-2015)
Play Index (H.W. Wilson) (until 07-05-2015)

New Health Sciences Database Trials

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Get Ready-


Try out our new Trial Databases!

These databases are available until 6/09/15.

Nursing Education in Video: Second Edition

Description: Nursing Education in Video is the most comprehensive, functional collection of nursing videos available today. It gives faculty and students anywhere-anytime access to the complete collection of Medcom’s highly regarded training videos—over 400 titles.

Nursing Assessment in Video:

Description: Nursing Assessment in Video is an online database that provides anywhere, anytime access to the best-selling assessment series of training videos from Medcom Inc., acclaimed provider of nursing education programs worldwide. Each title features leading industry experts providing hands-on demonstrations and step-by-step instructions in key assessment areas. And because all content was produced since 2012, users can depend on the collection to deliver the most accurate, up-to-date information available.

Nursing Assistant Education in Video:

Overview: Video is the ideal training medium for this highly practical profession. It gives nursing assistants in-training and those professionals seeking to brush up on their skills an easy way to observe highly technical procedures and complex patient interactions before practicing in a clinical setting.

Construction Zone Book Retrieval

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The second floor book stacks, QH – Z are currently blocked off by tenting for the earthquake bracing, new carpet project.

If  you need a book from this call number area please fill out a call-slip at the Circulation Desk.

  • Circulation will retrieve books between 5:00 – 6:00 pm daily.
  • An email will be sent to your account about availability.
  • If the item cannot be retrieved from the construction chaos then the email will include a notice about Interlibrary Loan.

Remember to check with the Reference Desk for help locating additional resources for your research. Stop by, call us at (208) 282-3152, or fill out the convenient Ask a Librarian email form.

National Library Week April 12 – 18

Monday, April 13th, 2015

National Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 with the theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Celebrate with us and enter our annual “My Favorite Book Drawing”.  Four winners will be drawn on April 28 to receive a $25 gift certificate to

Click here to submit your entry online, or stop by the Library to fill one out.

Submissions will be accepted April 12 – 25 with the drawing held on Tuesday, April 28 for the prizes.

Additional Information:

  • The gift cards are sponsored by Friends of Oboler Library
  • Become a Friend of the Oboler Library today: Membership Page
  • “My Favorite Book” submissions will be put on display in the Oboler Library and shared on the ISU Libraries Facebook page
    (:Like the Facebook page today. :)
  • National Library Week, April 12th – April 18th

Contact the Reference Desk if you have any questions: