November 22, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
Libraries have always been known as institutions of learning. At Idaho State University, the Eli M. Oboler library is no exception.
With its more than 1 million volumes, 242 computers not counting a student computer lab, and more than 40 staff dedicated to assisting students, faculty and other researchers who come through the doors, the Oboler library is a premier research and learning center.
The library's namesake, Eli M. Oboler, was nationally known for his dedication to libraries and learning, and was a staunch defender of intellectual freedom. He helped found the Idaho Library Association, and was active in the American Library Association. The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Round Table created an award in his honor.
Oboler would be proud of the library we have created today. The Oboler library is considered a "selective depository" for government publications, and keeps publications for the community to review in the spirit of open government.
Along with traditional references in book form, the library also has an extensive list of subscriptions to online sources, and academic material that can be difficult to find elsewhere.
Libraries exist on the principle that knowledge and information should be accessible to all, and the Oboler library is no different. The community is always welcome at the Oboler library, whether to do research in the library, use a computer or even to check out materials with a Community Borrowers card.
The library also sponsors open workshops, helping people with research techniques using the latest technology. While the workshops are student-centered, all are invited to attend.
Located inside the Oboler library is the Idaho Health Sciences Library, which offers answers to brief questions, and print and online research materials available for more in-depth research. The Health Sciences Library is a tool not only for Idaho State University students and faculty, but for physicians, health care professionals and the community.
We always welcome the community to come to our campus and see what we have to offer. The Oboler library is just one of many tools we have available that benefit not only our students and faculty, but anyone with a desire to learn.
The library is open year-round, and has extended hours during the academic year. Stop by and pay a visit. It's a great way to learn something new.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University