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Our mission is to help you use the Library's resources to find the information you need. The Reference Desk is your first stop for assistance in learning what resources (books, journals, media.) are available and how to use them. The reference staff can answer general and specific questions, locate materials, and refer you to print, online and electronic resources. We are also available to help you search and use the Internet and its assortment of resources.


There are several different reference collections in the library including: General, U.S. Government Documents, Idaho Government Documents, Health Sciences, Special Collections and Law. For more information please check out our Reference Collections page.

Mailing Address
Idaho State University
Eli M. Oboler Library
Reference Department
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8089
Pocatello, ID 83209-8089
Street Address
Eli M. Oboler Library (Building 50)
850 South 9th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho



The reference desk is staffed during regular business hours; during spring and fall semesters we are also available some evening and weekend hours. Please check out our Hours Page for details.


Our reference desk is located on the ground floor of the Library across from the reference computers.



Staff Directory

Jenny Lynne Semenza
Associate University Librarian for Public Services/Building Manager
(208) 282-2581
Subject interests and expertise: Geology, Physics, Hard Sciences, Education, Physical Education, and Dance. More. . .

Kristi Austin
Reference Librarian
(208) 282-4073
Subject interests and expertise: Music, Theatre & Dance, Nursing, Public Health, History of the Book, Literature. More. . .

Philip A. Homan
Instruction Librarian
(208) 282-3047
Subject interests and expertise: Economics, English, Religion, Idaho History, Family History/Genealogy, Human Resource Training & Development, and Biblical Languages. More. . .

Spencer Jardine
Instructor/Reference Librarian
(208) 282-5609
Subject interests and expertise: History, Art, Music, Architecture, Spanish, Literature, History of the Book, Higher Education, and Classics. More. . .

Cheryl Sebold
Reference Associate
(208) 282-3246
Subject interests and expertise: Anthropology, Literature, Sociology, and Social Work. More. . .


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209