Archive for November, 2015

2015 National Outdoor Book Award Winners

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The winners of this year’s 2015 National Outdoor Book Awards have been announced. The annual awards program recognizes the best in outdoor writing and publishing.  Sponsors of the program include the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

History/Biography. Winner. “Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave.” By Sean Prentiss. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

Outdoor Literature (Fiction). Winner. “Jimmy Bluefeather: A Novel.” By Kim Heacox. Alaska Northwest Books. Portland, OR.

Outdoor Literature (Non Fiction). Winner. “Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience and Renewal in the Arctic Wild.” By Jennifer Kingsley. Greystone Books, Vancouver.

Outdoor Literature (Non Fiction). Winner. “The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre.” By Kelly Cordes. Patagonia Books, Ventura, CA.

Classic. Winner. “Wahb: The Biography of a Grizzly.” By Ernest Thompson Seton. Edited by Jeremy M. Johnston and Charles R. Preston. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK.

Nature and the Environment. Winner. “The House of Owls.” By Tony Angell. Yale University Press, New Haven.

Nature and the Environment. Honorable Mention. “The Bee: A Natural History.” By Noah Wilson-Rich. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Nature and the Environment. Honorable Mention. “The Passenger Pigeon.” By Errol Fuller. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Natural History Literature. “The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us.” By Diane Ackerman. W. W. Norton & Company, New York.

Natural History Literature. Honorable Mention. “H is for Hawk.” By Helen Macdonald. Grove Press, New York.

Design and Artistic Merit. Winner. “The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen.” Photography by Thomas Mangelsen. Text by Todd Wilkinson. Rizzoli, New York.

Children’s Books. Winner. “This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon.” By Nancy Plain. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks. Winner. “Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.” By Tim Palmer. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, OR.

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks. Honorable Mention. “Muir Valley Pocket Guide.” By Rick Weber. Friends of Muir Valley, Inc., Rogers, KT.

Nature Guidebooks. Winner. “Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Pacific.” By Kate Wynne. Illustrated by Garth Mix. Alaska Sea Grant – University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK.

Nature Guidebooks. Honorable Mention. “Beetles of North America.” By Arthur V. Evans. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Instructional. Winner. “NOLS River Rescue Guide.” By Nate Ostis. Stackpole Books. Mechanicsburg, PA.

New Reference Books

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Take a look at our newest Reference Collection dictionaries, encyclopedias, and guides. Find them in the New Books display area until the end of the semester!

Biographical dictionary of Chinese women / editors-in-chief, Lily Xiao Hong Lee and A.D. Stefanowska ; assisted by Sue Wiles.

HQ 1767.5 A3 B56 1998

The Cambridge Wagner encyclopedia / edited by Nicholas Vazsonyi

ML 410 W1 C36 2013

The concise encyclopedia of statistics / Yadolah Dodge.

HA 17 D63 2008

Digital paper : a manual for research and writing with library and internet materials / Andrew Abbott.

LB 1047.3 A22 2014

Encyclopedia of language development / Patricia J. Brooks, editor, College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of City University of New York ; Vera Kempe, editor, Abertay University.

P 118 E523 2014

Encyclopedia of medieval philosophy : philosophy between 500 and 1500 / Henrik Lagerlund (ed.).

B 721 E53 2011

Encyclopedia of psychology and religion / David A. Leeming, editor.

BL 53 E43 2014

Encyclopedia of the history of astronomy and astrophysics / David Leverington.

QB 15 L39 2013

Find it in the Talmud : an encyclopedia of Jewish ethics and conduct : thousands of Talmudic subjects, stories & expressions / Mordechai (Martin) Judovits.

BM 500.5 J83 2014

Historical dictionary of the “dirty wars” / David Kohut, Olga Vilella.

F 2849.2 K64 2010

Mercenaries : a guide to private armies and private military companies / Alan Axelrod. 

U 240 A95 2014

Music in the social and behavioral sciences : an encyclopedia / William Forde Thompson, Macquarie University, editor ; Alexandra Lamont, Keele University, Richard Parncutt,

ML 102 P79 M87 2014

Sociology of work : an encyclopedia / Vicki Smith, editor, University of California, Davis.

HD 6955 S648 2013

The Westminster dictionary of theological terms / Donald K. McKim.

BR 95 M378 2014

Library Hours

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

Sat. & Sun. Nov. 21 & 22 CLOSED
Mon. – Wed. Nov. 23 – 25 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs. – Sat. Nov. 26 – 28 CLOSED

Regular Library building hours resume Sunday, Nov. 29.

Local News Resource

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Idaho State Journal Archives offers full-text digital copies of all Idaho State Journal newspapers published since 1999.  This database is therefore ideal for Pocatello students looking to track down an article from their youth, or for those wishing to conduct research on 21st century history and culture in Eastern Idaho.  This database allows the user to either select an exact date or date range, or search within all clippings, articles, pictures, or advertisements.  Access to this resource is only available on the Pocatello Campus.

Faculty Showcase Works Available

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

If you are interested in reading the book chapters, journal articles and selections of creative works published in 2014 that were featured at the Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works, they are available at the Library’s first floor service counter.  Books are making their way back into the stacks so ask for assistance locating them!

The University has earned a research-high Carnegie designation, and this program acknowledges those faculty responsible for ISU’s research success.  The works are arranged by college, and department. Take a few moments and see what ISU’s authors and creators have published and performed!

This annual event is sponsored by ISU Library, Office for Research and Friends of Oboler Library. This year’s reception included remarks from Jennifer Attebery, 2015 Outstanding Researcher and Colden Baxter, Distinguished Researcher and included a performance by Keum Hwa Cha, assistant professor, violin and concertmaster.

Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Join us and celebrate the diversity and success of ISU’s faculty, researchers and creative artists!

Idaho State University’s Faculty Showcase of Scholarly and Creative Works will be held tonight, November 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wood River Room, Pond Student Union.

This is a reception and recognition program for ISU authors and creators of works published or performed in 2014.

This event is sponsored by ISU Library, Office for Research and friends of Oboler Library. The program will include recognition of these authors, creators and remarks from Jennifer Attebery, 2015 Outstanding Researcher and Colden Baxter, Distinguished Researcher. Additionally, the program will include a performance by Keum Hwa Cha, assistant professor, violin and concertmaster.

Books, book chapters, journal articles and selections of creative works by ISU’s accomplished faculty will be on display. The University has earned a research-high Carnegie designation, and this event acknowledges those faculty responsible for ISU’s research success.

World Bank Data

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

July 1, 2015, marked the five-year anniversary of the World Bank’s Policy on Access to Information and its Open Data Initiative, which provide a portal of open, free data gathered by the World Bank Group. It now includes free access to more than 18,000 social, economic, population, and development indicators for 218 countries, regions, and groups of countries with a data catalog of more than 1,160 data sets, tables, databases, reports, and other resources.

Researchers may access time series data at “DataBank,” and create their own profile to save, share, or embed graphics and customize and download their own spreadsheets.

The Microdata Library contains data sets based on surveys of households, businesses, and more produced by the World Bank and other international organizations.

World Bank Data includes survey questionnaires, descriptions of study designs and reports, as well as the raw data.  This site is an excellent hub for global data covering a wide range of topics and includes educational data, climate change and environmental information, agriculture and economic information, measures of poverty, health, gender equity, and more. It is well organized, relatively simple to navigate, and provides many visualization tools and apps.

World Bank Data.Access:

Source: College & Research Libraries News. Internet Reviews, September 2015.   Sue Wortman University of Michigan,

Our Newest eBooks

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Our newest eBooks cover literacy, U.S. LGBT history, along with sports/politics, and more.  These resources are available in OneSearch as well as the Library catalog.  Note that there is single user access when retrieving these titles.  Research on!

The art and science of personality development / Dan P. McAdams

Chasing literacy: reading and writing in an age of acceleration / Daniel Keller

Debating single-sex education: separate and equal? / edited by Frances R. Spielhagen

Developing quantitative literacy skills in history and the social sciences : a web-based common core standards approach / Kathleen W. Craven

Fixing truancy now: inviting students back to class / Jonathan W. Shute and Bruce S. Cooper

A framework for understanding poverty: a cognitive approach / Ruby K. Payne

Del otro lado: literacy and migration across the U.S.-Mexico border / Susan V. Meyers

The music and literacy connection / Dee Hansen, Elaine Barnstorf and Gayle M. Stuber

The NFL: critical and cultural perspectives / Thomas P. Oates and Zack Furness

The pitfalls of reform: its incompatibility with actual improvement / John Tanner

Playing tough: the world of sports and politics / Roger L. Abrams

Powerful teacher learning: what the theatre arts teach about collaboration / David Allen

Schools and public health: past, present, future / Michael Gard and Carolyn Plum

Sociocultural issues in physical education: case studies for teachers / Sara B. Flory, Amy Tischler and Stephen Sanders

Steroids and doping in sports: a reference handbook / David E. Newton

Student dress codes and the first amendment: legal challenges on policy issues / Richard Fossey and Todd A. Demitchell

Thinking about thinking: metacognition for music learning / Carol W. Benton

Trusting teachers with school success: what happens when teachers call the shots / Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager

U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender history / edited by Leila J. Buff and Susan K. Freeman

Unlocking the moviemaking mind: tales of voice, vision, and video from K-12 classrooms / Michael Schoonmaker and John M. Wolf

The values of American teachers: how teachers’ values help stabilize unsteady democracy / Robert Slater

America’s News

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Need newspaper stories?  America’s News (NewsBank) searches news stories from 1978 to-the-present.  Select from 55 states and territories and 2,375 sources.  Save research time and focus on region, city, decade, era, presidential era as well as date. And check out some of the unique source types available:

Blog (123 Sources)
College/University Newspaper (43 Sources)
Magazine (24 Sources)
Newspaper (1,743 Sources)
Newswire (54 Sources)
Video (58 Sources)
Web-Only Source (330 Sources)

New Resource: Health Policy Reference Center

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Health Policy Reference Center (EBSCO) is our newest comprehensive, full-text database, that covers all aspects of health policy and related issues.  This resource offers indexing from more than 420 full-text publications, including journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications, and also features tens of thousands of additional highly relevant articles, selected from thousands of industry publications.

Subjects include:

  • Health Care Access & Delivery
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Financing & Economics
  • Health Care Planning
  •  Health Care Quality
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Law
  • Health Services Research
  • Long Term Care
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Medical & Health Care Ethics
  • Public Health
  • Social Medicine

This is the resource for anyone involved in the study of health policy and the health care system.  Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then on >>Databases – Alphabetic.