Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2007 - It Was a Very Good Year


It’s been a very good year. In spite of the city coming to a stand-still because of ice on Dec. 15 and 17, the Grand Opening for the first building on the permanent campus took place on Jan. 16, the first day of classes for the spring semester. Students and dignitaries from around the city and the state were here to celebrate the beginning of a new stage in the life of the future UNT at Dallas. Throughout the next several months, visitors would come to see the new campus and the transformation from a business park atmosphere to the beginnings of a real college campus. During the summer and fall, the surrounding grounds were improved significantly with the addition of grass, ornamental trees, plants, and banners. We continue to get positive feedback from our students and our visitors.

Major changes took place for the library. With the placement of the only computer lab on the 3rd floor and the library on the 1st floor, the library staff was not longer providing the staffing that we had done for 7 years in our previous facility. Even before moving to this location, we knew that we would need to take library services outside our 4 walls. We instituted a “Roving Librarian” program where we sent one of our library student assistants with a laptop to the 3rd floor during the busiest times of the week (4:00-8:00, Monday-Thursday) to be available to assist students with their research. The program has grown in popularity as students have understood that there is someone available near the lab computers to help them. The IT staff has now provided a desk top computer for the Roving Librarian, so the laptop is no longer necessary.

The library has been designated as “the quiet study space” in the building because of the level of noise throughout the building. It’s impossible to keep it completely quiet because of the instruction that often takes place at the library service desk. We have 2 group study rooms inside the library and, although they are enclosed, they are not sound proof. We do try to keep students fairly quiet as they work together, but there’s still some level of noise.

One of our main services continues to be “Library Instruction,” both in-class and one-on-one. Our virtual library, while not a traditional library, is a full service library. It’s absolutely necessary that we teach our students and faculty how to access the thousands of resources that are available to them. Our faculty members are our greatest cheerleaders! With their constant help and encouragement, we do whatever it takes to help their students be successful in their studies.

Many other activities go on “behind the scenes.” We’re here to serve you as you work to accomplish your educational goals. Come visit us in the Library on the first floor or our “rovers” at the 3rd floor service desk.

Our goal is not customer service – it’s OUTRAGEOUS CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Your Library staff: Librarians Leora Kemp and Cindy Batman
Library student assistants: Ryan, Jack, John, Cassandra, Larry, Mandie,
Anna, and Beth

Leora Kemp, Library Dept. Head

Monday, December 17, 2007


Hello all! Our schedule is going to be a little different from usual. Since we are in the holiday season, we have special hours. They are as follows:

December 17-21: Open 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

December 22-January 1: CLOSED

January 2-4: Open 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

January 7-11: Open 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

January 12: Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

January 14: Open regular semester hours.

Also, there are links attached to a calendar view of our hours during the semester break.

Have a wonderful holiday break!




Holidays + New Materials = Fun Times!

Just in time for the holidays, the library has received new materials! We have a brand new novel titled “When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963” by Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer George Phenix, and Wes Wise. This book describes all the different facets of news and media in front of the camera and behind the scenes. It covers all kinds of material from radio to criminals, it is definitely a good read. Next we have a new book of American poetry! It is titled “A Time In Eternity” and the poet is David Galler. We have also received a new book by John C. Cothran called “A Search of African American Life, Achievement, and Culture”. It has over 1,800 facts, questions and answers and over 400 photographs and illustrations. It covers topics ranging from art, children, military history and sports. In addition to the books, we have a new edition of the periodical Dimensions of Early Childhood. It is volume 35, Number 3 and in the issue it discusses Brazelton infant and toddler touchpoints, professional development, emotional intelligence, infants on the move and many more topics!

For all of you psychology majors out there, we have the latest edition to Current Psychotherapies. It is the eighth edition, edited by Raymond J. Corsini and Danny Wedding. This book is used quite often in today’s top counseling, psychology, and social work programs. It is the ideal resource to help you not only excel in the course but also to learn, compare, and apply the major systems of psychotherapy in a way that will be meaningful in your own practice. Also new to the library are new editions of Hoover’s MasterList of U.S. Companies. This comprehensive selection of the 10,000 most important companies in America includes: 5,704 publicly traded companies, including all companies on the New York, American, and NASDAQ Global and Global Select Market exchanges, plus a selection of over-the-counter stocks; 2,536 private companies, partnerships, and mutual companies; 1,667 subsidiaries and business segments of large corporations; and 103 associations, foundations, cooperatives, universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Two more novels that we are now in possession of are titled "The Communication Coach" by Janet Sue Rush and "The Lucky Bastard Club" by Roy Fisher. Don't those sound very interesting and enticing? Come into the library to see what they are all about!

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Feature: Reviews by UNT Dallas Campus Faculty and Staff

We want to share with you reviews of books and other resources that are written by our own UNT Dallas Campus community members. This idea came from Greg Tomlin, our Director of Marketing, News and Information. It is therefore appropriate that we begin with a review he recently did about: "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - And Doesn’t."

Further information: http://www.worldcat.org/ (Borrow the book from a library near you; don't have a card for that library? Get your FREE TexShare card from the Dallas Campus Library to borrow materials from participating libraries throughout Texas.)
http://www.amazon.com/ (Buy the book from Amazon; of course, you can buy it from other book outlets or the publisher.)

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Stephen Prothero, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - And Doesn’t. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007. 296 pp. $24.95. Hardcover.

America is the most religious nation on earth, but American citizens - even the most pious - know almost nothing about religion, Stephen Prothero contends in this novel examination of the decline of familial and public religious education in the United States.

A nominal Anglican and chair of the religion department at Boston University, Prothero calls religion "the most volatile constituent of culture" and the greatest force for good (and evil) in the world. And with the world becoming more religious, contrary to the early secularization theory of Prothero’s sociologist colleague Peter Berger, the author argues that American ignorance of religion is not merely a spiritual problem - it is a civic problem that can lead to tragic consequences.

Prothero claims that America never acquiesced to the secular paradigm, despite the secularists’ call for a "naked public square," and today religious language appears in virtually every inauguration speech, State of the Union address, public policy squabble in Congress, and in every discussion of military-foreign policy. Religion is a factor in the abortion debate, in discussions about illegal immigration and even in inquiries about the qualifications of Supreme Court nominees. It makes sense then, Prothero writes, to know something specifically about the Christian faith, but also about other religions as well.

One of the most valuable contributions in Prothero’s work is an appended dictionary of essential terms and concepts within the four major religions in America (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism) and their related sects. The dictionary also provides definitions of theological concepts (such as "inerrant" and "dispensational premillennialism") and terms related to expressions of faith in the political realm (such as "Moral Majority"). The four major religions in America receive significant attention, but the bulk of terms are drawn from Catholic, Protestant and Free Church Christianity.

Prothero’s central thesis about why America has become starkly ignorant of religion may startle some readers; he provides no indictment of activist judges who abolished prayer in school or struck down public displays of the Ten Commandments. Instead, Prothero posits that it was "the nation’s most fervent people of faith who steered us down the road to religious illiteracy."
In this sense, Prothero’s observation is not entirely new. Norte Dame historian Mark Noll probed the problem of a lack of critical thinking among evangelicals in his book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. There, Noll, addressing the question of why evangelicals seemed reluctant to engage culture, suggested that the "scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind." Prothero’s approach, on the other hand, is different. More than merely lamenting religious ignorance or intellectual inaction, he provides explanation for why there is a lack of religious learning among Christians and among the culture at large.

In the Colonial era, when Americans were largely a people of the Book, knowledge of the Bible permeated every aspect of life. Children were named for biblical characters, towns were named for biblical sites such as Jericho and Bethlehem, and sayings from the four Gospels surfaced in the rhetoric of the Revolution. Even Thomas Jefferson - regarded by many ministers as an American Absalom - believed that knowledge of the Bible was of paramount importance. And so learning during the period was never divorced from biblical inquests. Religious teachings were expressed in the New England Primer, where words such as"damnify," "holiness," "beatitude," "benediction," "fornication" and "abomination" appeared. Noah Webster’s The American Spelling Book and even the popular McGuffey readers, the products of a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian minister, laid the groundwork in public education for religious literacy. The reader and other educational books contained basic treatises about man’s Fall into sin, his need for redemption, and about the person and work of Christ.

But by the early 19th century, when the great influx of European immigration began, Prothero writes that the "acids of non-denominationalism were starting to erode religious content." Add to that the fact that Roman Catholics became the largest percentage of the population by the end of the 19th century, and Protestants had little hope that there could be a common school with a common Judeo-Christian religion. Because the citizens of the new nation (Catholic and Protestant) needed to live together amicably, sectarian theology was emphasized less in education in favor of morality. On moral issues, after all, most Catholics and Protestants could agree.

With America on her way to non-sectarian (read non-Roman Catholic), less doctrinal, and more emotional religion in the form of pure moralism, Americans found themselves far from the ideal, perhaps even somewhere East of Eden, within a century.

The fall into religious illiteracy is amply documented by Prothero. However, lest the problem be seen as the result of Protestant responses to Roman Catholicism, Prothero cites the subversion of the Puritan intellect by the emotional excesses of the Second Great Awakening as another principle reason for the decline of religious knowledge in America. Baptists and Methodists, he claims, made much sport of criticizing the old Mainline denominations for their emphases on doctrine, and instead advocated experiencing a "religion of the heart." Among these groups preaching changed, with many ministers (who had never seen the inside of the academy) practicing more storytelling than doctrinal exposition. This lack of doctrinal preaching ironically contributed to Evangelical’s ignorance about the core tenets of evangelical religion.

In 1954, Prothero writes, virtually no American could name the founder of another religion besides Christianity. Ignorance of the religion of many new Americans from India, China, and Africa, however, was more understandable than ignorance of the basic Judeo-Christian tradition. Today, as evidenced by the classes he teaches and a simple religion quiz given to each student, Prothero finds near nothing of the Protestant character of American life remaining. Students cannot name the four Gospels, the Ten Commandments, the twelve disciples or even a single beatitude.

Admittedly, Prothero does not believe that America can return to its Protestant paradise, characterized best by New England Primer and McGuffey’s readers. But he does believe that redemption of some sort is available by the reintroduction of religious education in public schools. This measure, most often debunked by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union as unconstitutional, is in fact constitutional, the author believes. In the same case that outlawed devotional Bible reading in schools (Abington v. Schempp) in 1963, the Supreme Court approved the academic study of religion.

Just how to accomplish this without violating the separation of church and state or without descending inevitably into sectarian instruction is a more thorny question, which Prothero attempts to answer. Since the Bible and Christianity are essential to understanding American civic life and political history, students should have the opportunity of electively studying the Book, he writes. In conjunction with the course on the Bible, a separate course on world religions could provide insight into the five pillars of Islam, the content of the Hindu vedas, and the four noble truths of Buddhism. In short, Prothero advocates the reinstatement of a fourth "R" in American education so students will be exposed to reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion.
Liberals will reject Prothero’s suggestion out of hand in favor of a continued, though failed, program of secularization in public schools. Conservatives are likely to laud Prothero’s proposal for its effort to educate a religiously illiterate people. But they are likely to reject it for the same reason, raising questions about who is best qualified to teach religion to the young and impressionable. Would most evangelical Christians be comforted by the thought of a conservative Muslim teaching the tenets of Christianity or the doctrines of the Bible? An affirmative answer is as unlikely from the Evangelical as it would be from a Muslim whose children would be instructed about the Quran by a Southern Baptist. Prothero’s work is nonetheless of immense importance for the history of American religion.

Dr. Gregory Tomlin
Director of Marketing, News and Information
University of North Texas
Dallas Campus
7300 Houston School Road
Dallas, Texas 75241
(972) 780-3615 (Direct)
(972) 780-3606 (Fax)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

IRS Forms

Are you getting ready to file your taxes and don't know where to get the forms? Do you want to make sure everything is in order before you file?

Check out the official website for the Internal Revenue Service. A link to the site is located on this blog under the helpful links section which is on the right. Just click on IRS Forms. On their site you can access all the forms you need whether you are filing for yourself, your business, a non-profit organization or some other entity.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

New Materials

The Library has gotten a slew of new books. Check these out and we hope that one piques your interest.

Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide. American Psychological Association, Washington D.C. This is a workbook for APA style and it is especially directed towards students. This book facilitates “learning instead of memorization by including hands-on learning tools” such as exercises and test. This user-friendly workbook is written to allow you to work at your own pace. A great resource for those who wish to have a better understanding of APA style.

Dynamic Dallas: An Illustrated History. Heritage Media Corp. Carlsbad, CA. This book is an illustrated history of Dallas. This volume seeks to give another view of Dallas by presenting often forgotten history to combat the many stereotypes that abound (somewhere in the world the television show Dallas is in syndication).

The Communication Coach: Business Communication Tips from the Pros. Jeffrey Tobe, Monroeville, PA. Communication is very important in business but how do we communicate effectively in a climate of information overload? In this book business leaders give advice about different aspects of business communication.

The Criminal Justice Student Writer’s Manual Prentice Hall, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ. This writer’s manual is designed to help the student with two things: 1) improve writing ability, and 2) begin working to improve research skills in the criminal justice field. This text is primarily written for the beginning student but also has areas for experienced criminal justice students. A historical orientation goes along with a overview of the criminal justice system. This is a great reference source not only for students but for instructor’s who need guidance in the types papers to assign their students.

The Criminal Justice Student Writer’s Manual 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ. This updated edition features the same goals as the previous version which is teaching criminal justice students to write clearly. This edition does not include an historical overiew.

Library Hours: Winter 2007-2008

During the holidays the Library will have limited hours.

If you plan to use the Library during the Christmas and New Year's break, make sure to stop by the Library and pick up a Winter 2007-2008 calendar. They are available at the circulation desk and have a complete listing of all our hours and closures planned for December and January.
We also have Spring 2008 calendars available if you're planning ahead.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Fall Library Newsletter!!

The library has published the Fall 2007 edition of our Virtual Library Newsletter!! The newsletter include information about our new faculty, library staff members, interesting facts, calendars, and a feature article by the librarians. Check out the following link for news from your virtual library!!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Free your books!

You've probably heard us mention the Paperback Book Exchange that we have here on campus (if you haven't, read this Library Blog Post to learn more).

For those of you that have donated or picked-up a book, have you ever thought, "Gee, I wonder where this book has been?" or "Gee, I wonder where this book will go?" Well, before you drop off that book at the exchange, register it at bookcrossing.com!

bookcrossing.com is a website dedicated to a global book exchange. All you do is register the book, tell where you are going to leave it, and then check back periodically to see where it has gone.

There are many other things you can do at bookcrossing: rate books, discuss them with other users, or hunt down a new book to read! When someone "releases" a book, it has the status of being "in the wild" and someone else can hunt it down, read it, and then release it somewhere else.

You can look for books by title, author, and subject, or you can look for books released by specific members or even what books are currently "in the wild" near you! Dallas, for example, as of today has 13 books listed and they are in such varied places as DFW airport, the American Airlines Center, a Starbucks, a Sonic restaurant, and even an Ace Hardware location!

Check it out! Who knows what you might find.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Guess What?? New Materials!!

I know you want to score higher on your MAT test, but do you know how you can? I do. The "Master the Miller Analogies Test 19th edition" can definitely make you get a better score. This study guide offers tips on how to recognize and solve common analogy questions. It gives detailed answer explanations for every question. It lists the top ten ways to raise your MAT score and has a review of some of the most difficult subject areas, such as mythology, math, and nations of the world. Also included on the CD-ROM are two full-length timed practice tests in addition to the eight tests in the book.

We also have an updated version of Chase's Calendar of Events. This resource has 193 countries listed with their major holidays and festivals. It is organized by calendar day and it also has a CD-ROM.

If you are interested in these new books...come to the library to see what they are all about!

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

With December come productions of the famous Nutcracker Ballet. For some families, it's become a traditional part of their Christmas season celebrations. Many young girls who are taking ballet lessons dream of dancing the part of Clara. For those among us who collect items of all kinds, nutcrackers make an ideal item for such collections. One nutcracker collector who has a large collection decided to open a museum to display the items. Visit their website at:

"You will be amazed and delighted when you tour the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, and discover the ingenuity of man in his quest to develop the perfect instrument to open the hard shell of a nut. Beginning with nutting stones from the Archaic period, a visitor will see a 2000 year old Roman nutcracker, delicately carved 16th and 17th century figures, and brightly painted modern day creations. There are nutcrackers of many different woods, iron, brass, bronze, porcelain, and even ivory. There are boxed sets of nutcrackers and nut picks that graced the tables of Victorian times, lifelike animals, mechanical designs to crack even the black walnut, and nutcrackers to make you laugh in amusement.

"Displaying well over 5,000 nutcrackers originating from over 40 countries, the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is a definitely a place you will want to visit."

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Materials 11/27/07

Everyone loves new books! Look what we've just received:

How to Develop a Professional Portfolio-A Manual for Teachers
This versatile and practical book helps pre- and in-service teachers create teaching portolios to be used effectively in interviews and throughout their teaching careers.

Kaplan TExES Texas Examination of Educator Standards 2nd Edition
This book offers powerful, practical tools to help you score higher. It has four full length practice tests with detailed answer explanations. There are hundreds of practice questions and a glossary of important terms. It can show you how to create your own person study plan and it is proven to raise your test scores!

These books will definitely be beneficial to you...and all you have to do is come into the campus library!

Before you forward that email . . .

On a regular basis, I receive emails warning me about various scams, dangers, new laws, urban legends, etc. I'm sure you have, too. They sound so real that we often pass them along to family, friends, and co-workers without a second thought. Several years ago, a colleague at another library introduced me to Snopes and suggested I "check it out" first before forwarding such messages. I've pretty much gotten it down now, and am training others to do the same. If you're not familiar with this site, take a look: http://message.snopes.com/index.php and pass it along to others. The latest one I received was from my youngest brother, who now checks Snopes regularly before forwarding. This particular one involved an email he received regarding Sears voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called-up reservist employees for up to two years. Here's the Snopes link--see for yourself how it works. http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Monday, November 19, 2007

Who needs help with studying for the MAT??

Hey everyone...we've just received a new and improved Kaplan study guide for the Miller Analogies Test. It offers 7 full-length practice tests and detailed answer explanations. It has topic-specific study lists and proven test-taking strategies. It also has more than 1,000 terms you need to know in vocabulary, history, social science, arts, literature, math, and science. Please come in to get help with boosting those test scores!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

It's the holidays and we've received an early Christmas present!!

New materials for everyone!! We have just received so many new books and study guides that they are sure to satisfy your book hunger! Here is a list of all of our new 'gifts' for you and an annotated bibliography.

College Money Handbook 2008. Peterson’s, a Nelnet Company. Gives you the information to research the undergraduate financial aid awarded at more than 2,000 colleges and universities-including types of aid, percentages of students applying for and receiving aid, and average aid packages. You can compare costs, aid packages, graduates’ average indebtedness, and more with the College Costs At-a-Glance chart. You can also get expert college funding advice, including tips on filing your FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE.

How To Prepare For The TExES. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. Hauppauge, New York. This text reviews standards, knowledge, and skills components of all level of the TExES Professional Practices and Responsibilities Exam. It suggests web sites and printed resources for added test preparation and explains details of teacher certification in Texas. It explains who must take the TExES and why. It also offers eight diagnostic and practice tests for all grade levels and the questions are answered and explained.

Passing the Principal TExES Exam. Corwin Press, Inc. Thousand Oaks, California. This text includes test-taking tips and strategies and a sample test with answers. Also, it has real-life examples to vividly illustrate applications of each competency. It offers a straight-forward discussion of core concepts with a comprehensive list of additional resources and a step-by-step strategic plan for preparation during the weeks, days, and hours before the test. This is a well-organized, easy-to-read format, and the author motivates, inspires, and affirms all school leaders’ quest to foster excellence and “change the world, one school at a time.”

2001 A Texas Folklore Odyssey. University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. This book relates stories about all the different people and activities that take place in Texas. Everything from cooking Spam to the Alamo and baseball stories are available here.

Contested Policy. University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. This novel covers the rise and fall of federal bilingual education in the United States from 1960-2001.

Teaching as Community Property, Essays on Higher Education. Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint, San Francisco, CA. This text is divided into three parts, learning, the profession of teaching, and practices and policies of teaching. It includes sources and an index.

Where I Come From. University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. This is a collection of the best stories that were published in The Dallas Morning News that recorded the lives of ordinary people in North Texas. They talked about their lives, their pasts, and how they became who they became.

A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy. University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. This text gives the history of Baptists in Texas. It talks about B. H. Carroll, Hayden, and all the problems that they have faced.

Warriors and Scholars: A Modern War Reader. University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. It covers wars from the Soviet Union War to the Cold War to the War on Terrorism. There are maps and an index.

Special Needs, Special Horses. University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. This is an ideal book for people that are interested in learning about equine assisted activities or therapeutic riding. The author fulfills an informational and educational need that has existed for a long time in the equestrian industry.

If any of these sound interesting...and I know you are just dying to read about how many different ways people can cook spam, come on in and check them out!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Faculty Feature: Jesse Senderson

Jesse Senderson is a full-time professor for the Criminal Justice department, teaching an array courses every semester. With 35 years of experience in the criminal justice field, he pairs wisdom with anecdotes in the classroom, ensuring that his students are not only educated but entertained as well. Besides, if the professor doesn’t find the material interesting, why should the students?

Lucky for his students, Senderson is passionate about criminal justice and education. After graduating from University of Arkansas with a degree in history and political science, then serving as a combat medic in the army for two years, he began his criminal justice career as a probation officer for the state of Arkansas. It wasn’t long before Senderson moved to Southern Illinois where he became the first formally appointed probation officer in Alexander County. By 1983, he had returned to his home state of Alabama, joined the police force, and been promoted to Detective. Even as a minority in a largely white police force, Senderson managed to find comfort in the camaraderie of his fellow officers after an informal induction that involved drinking a few beers in the cemetery over Hank Williams’ grave. Serving as an officer during the protests in 1984, he couldn’t help but acknowledge the irony that in 20 years’ time he had gone from a protesting student (in the civil rights protests at Selma in 1965) to a police officer controlling a protesting crowd. In 1985, after moving to Texas at his wife’s request, Senderson took a position as an adult probation officer in Dallas. He was promoted to supervisor by 1989, just in time to instill the brand new electronic monitoring system on his 400+ criminal clients. It wouldn’t be long before his client base would change drastically.

UNT approached Senderson in 1991 about becoming an adjunct professor. Only a year later they offered him a full-time position. After 20 years serving the public as a police officer, Senderson and his wife were ready for him to take a less stressful and less dangerous role in the community. So, he accepted the position and began working as an educator full time. However, community service was in his soul and as a result, he became the Associate Director of the Center for Public Service. In this role, he helped to get seed money to begin a project at Wynnewood Village in Dallas; the plan was to create a sustainable community that would rejuvenate its businesses and the spirits of its inhabitants. The project was a success in Senderson’s eyes, with its positive effects still visible today, several years after government funding ended.

In Senderson’s office visitors will find a picture of the statue of Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee, Alabama. The bronze depiction of Washington presents him lifting a cloth, the veil of ignorance, from a slave’s eyes. Senderson finds inspiration in this artistic representation of education: lifting the blinding cover of ignorance to show the light of education. For Senderson, education is about exposure and exploring the world outside one’s own, finding wisdom beyond personal blindfolds. While he finds great joy in his family and his grandchildren, it is obvious that Senderson also delights in his opportunity to provide the light of education to all students who enter his classroom.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Paperback Book Exchange

Most of you have seen the paperback book rack near the Campus Cafe. The Library sponsors a FREE paperback book exchange using the rack for donated books. We rely on our students, faculty and staff to supply gently-used paperback books (please, only those which will fit into the rack). If someone takes a book, we ask that they bring one (or more) to replace it. There is no cost--and no record keeping--just a constant supply of books.

If you have books you would like to donate, please bring them and add them to the rack. If the rack is full, you may bring the extras to the library for storage and we will re-stock.

Thanks to all of you who have participated. Help us get the word out.

Leora Kemp, UNT Dallas Campus Librarian

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Faculty Feature: Dr. Tanisha Guy

Dr. Tanisha Guy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education here at UNT Dallas Campus.

She grew up on the south side of Chicago where she was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Guy. She likes variety in her life so she has lived in several cities since graduating high school. The first city she moved to was New Orleans where she lived for seven years. While there she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Dillard University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish and then she earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University of New Orleans.

After leaving New Orleans, she moved back to Chicago for a short time before deciding to move to Boston and then on to San Antonio. It was in San Antonio, where she lived for several years, that she earned her doctorate. Dr. Guy’s PhD is from Saint Mary’s University and is in Counselor Education and Supervision with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy. She lived in Chicago again for a little while before making the move to Dallas.

Dr. Guy came to UNT because of the outstanding reputation of the UNT Counseling and Higher Education program. She had admired the professors and department for several years. After watching the University grow from afar, she became interested in becoming a part of UNT Dallas Campus. Last semester, when the opportunity arose she didn’t hesitate before taking advantage of it. She was even more interested in the job because it meant relocating from Chicago to Dallas and, while she thinks Chicago is wonderful, she appreciates the much warmer winters we have down here.

She likes that UNT Dallas Campus offers so many things. She was attracted to the fact that it is in a transitional period. And after joining the faculty has discovered how warm and inviting the campus is to both staff and students. She strongly believes in education and supports UNT Dallas Campus’ commitment to promoting higher education in the Southern Region of Dallas. Here at UNT she teaches four classes and is involved in educating and supervising future licensed professional counselors and school counselors.

Dr. Guy has been involved in a lot of volunteer work. One organization she has worked with since 2000 is Big Brother Big Sister. She has also volunteered as a mentor for several professional organizations and with a rape crisis hotline.

One thing Dr. Guy would like to make everyone aware of is that UNT Dallas Campus has a clinic that provides FREE confidential counseling for children, adolescents, adults, or couples who are students, staff, or even just members of the community. She also welcomes anyone who is considering entering the Counseling profession to stop by her office so she can discuss the program in further detail.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New Study Guide

Hey guys! Know of anyone studying for the GRE? Are you trying to get the heads up on this test? Well if you are, or know someone that is, come to the Dallas Campus Library because we have the newest edition of the Kaplan GRE study guide. It includes two full-length practice tests, over 300 additional practice questions, and students can personalize their own study plan and progress report! It has powerful, practical tools to help you score higher! Come on in and exceed your own expectations!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Funny Librarian Comic

This comic came from the website: http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20071027

It was published on: October 27, 2007

It was created by: Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November!

If we were in England right now, we would be watching illegal fireworks from the pub window. Why, you ask? It is November 5th! The day that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament and usurp the Protestant ruling powers! In 1605, Fawkes along with a team of English Roman Catholic conspirators, concocted the Gunpowder Plot to kill King James I and the Protestant aristocracy by blowing up the houses of Parliament. While the plan was foiled and Fawkes consequently arrested, tortured, and hanged, the plot and Fawkes live on as revered legends. Had it been successful, the plot could have been one of the most devastating and violent blows to a majority ruling party. And for that, modern Brits stand up, light some fireworks, and give a hearty toast to the man that almost killed the king.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”

Check out http://www.parliament.uk/gunpowderplot/adults_index.htm for more information about Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Gee, Mr. Peabody! It's the Wayback Machine!

Some of you might remember Mr. Peabody, the bow-tie wearing dog, and Sherman, Mr. Peabody's "pet-boy" assistant, from the old Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon. These two characters would use the WABAC machine (refereed to as the "Wayback" machine) to go back in time and see historical events as they happened.

Obviously, we don't have the capability for creating machines that travel through time (nor can we create bow tie wearing talking dogs, but that's another problem), but we DO have the capability to travel back in time as far as the internet is concerned.

Over at The Internet Archive (www.archive.org), this non-profit group has set up what is basically an internet historical library and archive. Available for access are things such as "snapshots" of web sites as they were in the past, software, audio and visual files (like old movies), and various texts.

One of the key components is "The Wayback Machine" which allows users to enter a URL address and see archived snapshots of the site going back several years. This is a handy tool if you ever run into the problem of having a website with info you need that appears to have been taken down. Throw the address in the "Wayback Machine" and see if a there is an archived entry!

The Internet Archive, in case you were wondering about credentials, is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and has official recognition as a library in the state of California.

Best of all, it's free!

Friday, November 2, 2007

New Books

We have two new resources in our Print Reference Collection. They are:

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. This is the official publication of the Modern Language Association governing the MLA documentation style. It covers every aspect of writing research papers from beginning to end. This 6th edition was expanded and revised and includes the latest information on documenting online research. (LB 2369 .G53 2003 c. 7) 11/2/07

Texas Almanac 2008-2009. Dallas, TX: Dallas Morning News, 2008. This almanac is self-described as “the source for all things Texan since 1857”. It contains maps, pictures, articles, tables, lists, and more pertaining to the state of Texas and its people, animals, cities, counties, and everything in between. (AY 311 .D3 T5 2009-09 c.3) 11/2/07

Come take a look at these and our other fabulous resources!

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Collection of Play Therapy for Children DVDs

The library has recently received a MILLION DVDs for your viewing pleasure! Ok, so maybe not that many, but we do have a lot more that deal with play therapy for children. Dr. Garry Landreth, Dr. Clark Moustakas, and Dr. Viola Brody have all contributed to this fast-growing field of children’s therapy with their insight and interviews in their DVDs. The DVD collection includes: Touching the Inner World of Children Through Play Therapy, Reflections on Relationship Play Therapy, Relationship Play Therapy: A Clinical Session, Developmental Play Therapy: A Clinical Session, Toys & Materials for Play Therapy, The Play Therapist’s Language of Change: Rehearsing Children’s Creative Capacities, Understanding Play Behavior and Themes in Play Therapy, Choices, Cookies, & Kids: A Creative Approach to Discipline, and Therapeutic Limit Setting in Play Therapy: Purpose, Areas and ACT Model. If these interest you or maybe they could help you out on your next research paper, come into the library and we’ll set you up so you can watch them on our HUGE plasma, flat-screened TV. Oh yeah…that’s the good stuff!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

What is NaNoWriMo?

Copied directly from the website:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2006, we had over 79,000 participants. Nearly 13,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups begin October 1, 2007. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused? Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Study for the GRE Verbal…and help save humanity!

The purpose of FreeRice.com is simple: eradicate world hunger and improve vocabularies. It presents visitors with a multiple choice question involving a word and asks them to choose the correction definition for that word. Right answers donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme. You don’t have to pay a cent—the rice is paid for by the site’s advertisers, but the questions do become more difficult as your rice grains pile up.

For those of you planning to attend graduate school, this site offers a fantastic way to build your vocabulary for the Verbal section of the Graduate Record Examination (known as the GRE), a standardized test that many programs require along with your admission materials. Helping wipe out hunger is, obviously, an added bonus.

So better yourself and your fellow man! And if you want to learn more, visit Poverty.com, the sister site of FreeRice.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Texas League of Women Voters Guide

Early voting runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2; Election Day is Nov. 6.

The Texas League of Women Voters guide to the 16 state propositions (constitution amendments) that are on the ballot is available as a pdf file at www.lwvtexas.org. They show the language that will be on the ballot, explain the reason for the item, state the arguments for and against, and leave the decision making to you.

Halloween Facts

Halloween is a great excuse to put on a costume, act afool, and eat way too much candy. It is also a great time to look back at the ways world cultures have blended to create our modern holidays and celebrations. Did you know that many of the Halloween traditions Americans celebrate today began with the Celtics when they celebrated Samhain (sow-en), the change from Summer to Fall? The modern jack o'lantern stems from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a man that manage to escape the fiery grips of the devil and earned an eternity of wandering the earth with nothing but an ember burning in a turnip to light his way.

For more infomration on the roots of Halloween, go to http://people.howstuffworks.com/halloween.htm.

Source: http://www.lii.org

Friday, October 19, 2007

World News

For a great way to read your newspapers electronically, check out PressDisplay.com. Newspapers from around the world are available in their full format, pictures and all, with great searching, zooming, and reading options.
Access it through the UNT Libraries Homepage under Electronic Resources, Find E-Newspapers.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Meet Dr. Teaff...the Fisherman?!

Dr. Tracy Teaff has lived her entire life in Texas. She was born in Abilene, raised in Waco, and has always had a calling to be a special education teacher. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from East Texas State University which is now called Texas A&M Commerce. That is also where she received her school counseling and special education counseling certification. She then decided to get her PhD in Leadership in Behavioral Disorders, and she achieved this goal with help from the University of North Texas.

When people get their doctorates it’s because they want to teach higher education, but Dr. Teaff wanted to share her education with all people. She gave it some thought and decided that she was not yet ready to take the leap into higher education and went to public schools to teach and better prepare herself for her career in higher education. She was working in Arlington ISD when the job at UNT Dallas Campus opened; she thought it would be the perfect time to make the switch because she felt “strongly about training and preparing special educators”.

I posed the question to Dr. Teaff, “What is an aspect of the university that you like the most?” Her immediate response was the students. She really understands that her students are not just students, but they are mothers, fathers, and have many other roles that they are juggling all the while trying to get their degree. She realizes that many of them are first generation students and knows that they appreciate the opportunities they are given to receive such a great education. Dr. Teaff also appreciates the staff and faculty here because they are all so close and eager to work with one another to better serve the students.

When asked to give comments about the virtual library, she had nothing but good things to say. She loves how the staff is always ready to offer help with research and everyday services like keeping reserves for her classes. She loves the “accessibility and the ability to find anything and everything that I might need for my students and myself” and encourages everyone to learn about the resources we offer. She thought that not having many books would be debilitating, but she soon realized that it is not an issue because we have access to anything anyone might need.

Although Dr. Teaff spends a lot of time teaching, she does have other interests. She loves to fish and owns her own bass boat. She loves riding around in her pick-up truck, and even has a tattoo! She also enjoys a good football game. That interest most likely spawned from her father who was a football coach. An outside source told me that her father was not just any football coach, but a legend…maybe you could ask her about it?
To give you guys a hint about her Father "the legend" the library owns three books that he wrote. If you are interested in checking them out, they are on display on the Major of the Month-Teacher Education shelves.

Faculty Features: Dr. Constance Lacy

With the steady growth of UNT Dallas Campus Library, it may soon happen that the campus is so large that we are not able to get to know all of the wonderful faculty. To remedy this situation we are highlighting our faculty with short bios. This time around we are highlighting Dr. Constance Lacy of the Human Services Department. Many are already familiar with this energetic professor's professional life but may not know about her past.

Dr. Lacy was born in Eastland, TX and was the youngest of five children. All the siblings were encouraged to pursue a higher education by their mother. Dr. Lacy attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth and soon after graduating she attended the University of North Texas to major in social work. She left after a semester to get married and raise a family. Though Dr. Lacy always intended to pursue social work she truly became passionate when a several years after leaving UNT she worked for Dallas Can Academy as an Intake Coordinator. In this position, she performed social work duties along with counseling with the students and their parents. During this time she attended Eastland College, where she received an Associate degree as an Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Her mentors encouraged her to go further and thus she went back to UNT where she received a Bachelor's in Social Work. Along the way she met great professors and other mentors who recognized her potential and encouraged her to go further in her studies. Through the Ronald E. McNair TRIO program, which targets academically strong, African-American females, who are first generation college students and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which targets students who wish to pursue their Ph.D in a service-oriented field, she received her Master's and Ph.D in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Interesting Fact: During high school Dr.Lacy attended Trimble Technical High School part-time to obtain her cosmetology license.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Make 'em say "Ommmm..."

If you’re slammed with schoolwork and feel like Fall Break won’t arrive any time within the next decade, call time-out and get your digital tranquility fix courtesy of these online meditation rooms. Bliss out as pretty pictures and soothing sounds provide the perfect antidote to a white-knuckle semester. Want your serenity to go? Download your favorite meditation rooms directly to your iPod.

Thanks for the free Zen, Lime.com!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Roald Dahl

Hey all you Teachers in Training! The Major of the Month is Education so we've been searching the web for some unique resources just for you.

Check out the fun and fantastical website devoted to the author Roald Dahl who wrote several children's books, the most famous of which is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is even a section of the website devoted to teachers!

To begin the fun just click here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

World Freedom Atlas

For all of you who are teaching, studying, or are just interested in the Social Sciences, check out the World Freedom Atlas at http://freedom.indiemaps.com/

What is it? Great question!

The World Freedom Atlas was orginally a project created by Zachary Johnson for a graduate level Geography class at the University of Wisconsin.

It is an interactive map that measures freedom, democracy, human rights and governments around the world. The map covers the years 1990-2006. You can check one of the dozens of criteria on the menu to the left and then scroll over each country and check their rating.

By the way...this site was found through www.StumbleUpon.com, the virtues of which were enumerated in a previous blog. If you like what you see at the World Freedom Atlas, check out StumbleUpon.com so you can find other similar websites.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October is all about Teacher Education!

The major the UNT Dallas Campus Library is sponsoring for the month of October is Teacher Education. We have developed a fresh display that has many books that could guide you, teacher-to-be, to becoming the best educator you can possible be. One of them includes a book titled Education-Opposing Viewpoints. This book caught my eye because people say I could argue with a fencepost, so obviously I am interested in differing views. Some of the subjects that are covered in this book are; the viability of homeschooling, if bilingual education is beneficial, and if schools should or should not teach moral values. This is very fascinating because it gives arguments for both sides. There is also a book titled Becoming a Teacher in Texas that dedicates sixteen chapters to helping you pass the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET). It also gives you practice questions to ease your anxiety about the test! There are many other resourceful books that can guide you through your studies such as the Education Sourcebook, Requirements for Certification, and The Almanac of American Education…and if we don’t have something you are looking for, we’ll definitely find it for you!


To all of you anxious patrons that were waiting for the new editions to the Congressional Quarterly Almanac Plus and the Business Plans Handbook...wait no longer! They have arrived and they are better than ever! The first book, the Almanac Plus, is volume number LXII, and boy does it have a ton of information! This almanac contains governmental issues as well as house and senate votes by party, bill and member of Congress. Each bill is abstracted in a one paragraph synopsis of the legislation for ease of use...and you know you want to come in here and use it. Our next book up for grabs is the Business Plans Handbook, volume 13. It offers examples of how to approach, structure, and compose one's own business plans. Not only that, this volume offers 20 sample plans that will guide you to your perfect business! Don't wait any longer, come in here and see what they are about!

Candidate Match Game

I can't guarantee this really gives you the best candidate match for your answers, but it might cause you to do more research on each one and his/her public stances.

• Candidate Match Game - USA Today


Answer these questions about your own stance on a variety of issues, and
the program will tell you which Republican or Democratic candidate best
matches your views.

From: Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Award Finalists have been announced and can be found at http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2007.html. So, when fall (finally) comes and you want a good book to curl up with on a chilly afternoon, this is a great list to choose from.

Source: http://papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/10/the-nba-shortlist/

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Librarians and…Fantasy Football?

If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’re no doubt pleased by the team’s miraculous comeback against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. However, if you play fantasy football and Tony Romo is your starting quarterback, you’re probably not too happy about his atrocious stat line in the same game (5 INTs, 1 lost fumble). You might not be alone: an estimated 15 to 20 million people play fantasy football (Source: ESPN). Now, even librarians are getting in the game. An academic librarian at the University of Colorado-Boulder has a blog called The Fantasy Football Librarian . The blog, which is updated frequently, offers analysis, a compendium of online resources and informative links, as well as live chat if you need a virtual shoulder to cry on. Obviously, there’s a slight Denver Broncos bias (hey, at least the FFL isn't an Eagles fan), but don’t let that keep you away from one of the best fantasy resources on the net.

Why would librarians be interested in fantasy football, you ask? Think about it: the same qualities that help win the league crown—good preparation, the ability to evaluate multiple (and often contradictory) sources of information, the flexibility to adapt to change, and the willingness to explore every angle—also make for effective research. So if your season—whether it’s football or academic—needs turning around, you know what to do: ask a librarian!

C is for Cookie, That's Good Enough for Me!

Many of us grew up with the classic Sesame Street, in a time when it was okay for Cookie Monster to eat nothing but cookies. Those were simpler days when the blue crazy-eyed muppet could be satisfied with only one letter of the alphabet. Now, things have changed. This YouTube video is a tribute to those simpler days and to librarians everywhere who experience Muppets for patrons...

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Road Atlas 2008

Hello all library users!! If you are interested in exploring the North American continent we have what you need. Rand McNally's road atlas will get you where you need to be and show you all the hotspots on your way there. It has handy travel information on map pages, and fun getaway ideas on every map! It informs you of five terrific driving trips with all the best attractions, shops, and places to eat. It also shows you who to call and where to find out information about certain roads that will be under construction. Come check it out and start planning your next amazing vacation!

Stumbling Upon Good Information

Has it been awhile since you stumbled upon something new and interesting on the internet?

Are you certain there is wonderful information lurking out there on the web that you just can't seem to find through all your searching?

Don't give up! Try StumbleUpon!

StumbleUpon is a toolbar you can add to your browser that sends to you websites based on your interests. It also lets you give feedback on whether you like the site or not.

To get it, just go to www.stumbleupon.com. Register for an account and tell stumbleupon.com what your interests are. After the toolbar is added to your browser, you just click the "Stumble" button to begin finding fun and interesting websites.

Whether you like what you find or not, let them know by giving the site a thumbs up or thumbs down. From your ratings they can refine what they give you as you "Stumble".

There are other features included such as blogs and comments about the websites. But you don't have to participate in all of it to start stumbling on some great new information.

But BEWARE: you might get addicted!!

Fed Blogging

Blogging is so cool even federal agencies are picking up on the trend. Check out http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/News/blog.shtml to find a list of active and archived government blogs.

Source: http://www.library.gsu.edu/news/index.asp?view=details&ID=13866&typeID=68

Unlocking the iPhone

The Apple iPhone has caused quite a stir in the pockets of Americans. The latest stirring has been about the rights of the owners versus the rights of Apple to restrict what users do with their iPhones. More specifically, Apple would like to put an abrupt stop to the tampering of iPhones so that carriers other than AT&T can be used, in addition to the dozens of programs created by non-Apple entities. Unfortunately for Apple, our free trade market does not offer protection from competition. According to Tim Wu at Slate.com, "Part of the copyright code, Section 1201 of the famous Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, makes it illegal to break digital locks to get at copyrighted works. But that doesn't make unlockers criminals. The reason is an explicit exemption for personal unlocking issued by the librarian of Congress in 2006. As the librarian wrote, the locks "are used by wireless carriers to limit the ability of subscribers to switch to other carriers, a business decision that has nothing whatsoever to do with the interests protected by copyright." http://www.slate.com/id/2175304
It's a sticky situation and one that won't be cleaned up quickly. When it comes to copyrights, capitalism, and the capabilities of code-cracking citizens, things can get a little bit convoluted. Crikey.

Source: www.slate.com

Friday, October 5, 2007

Why should libraries care about this year's Ig awards?

Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Australia won this year's Ig Nobel prize for literature with her study of the word "the" and the various problems it causes for anyone trying to index things. In a report for the journal the Indexer, she said that taking the "the" into account was useful in many situations: "In the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for example, each 'the' is as important as the others. If we sort on the initial 'the' (as well as the following ones in their turn), then we are according each of the articles equal importance."
But she conceded that a blanket rule to incorporate 'the' into indexes often led to long lists of titles starting with the word, making specific entries harder to find. A particular problem, Dr Abrahams added, was indexing the rock band the The.

The IG Nobel Awards

Anyone who watches the Discovery Channel knows that science can be fun (i.e. Mythbusters). The Ig Nobel Award, created by The Annals of Improbable Research Magazine, awards science with a sense of humor. This year the award were held at Harvard University and reportedly as "rowdy" as expected. If anyone deserves a cocktail and a trophy, it is the group of scientists who bothered to find a link between wrinkled sheets and mammal flesh.

Source: http://www.cnn.com

Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Book for Teachers!!

We have a new teacher resource that has just been added to our print reference collection.

The Arts as Meaning Makers: Integrating Literature and the Arts Throughout the Curriculum. Cornett, Claudia E. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998. This book is an introduction to integrating the arts and literature into curriculum for teachers or those studying to be a teacher. It provides strategies and information about several different aspects of art and literature including the visual arts, drama, and music. There are many resources and helpful hints throughout the text.

Come check it out!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Green Magic

It makes me sad that avocados get a bad wrap for being unhealthy. The truth is "the avocado can be a helpful part of a successful weight-management program." It is loaded with healthy fats (nothing like the kind that make our french fries crispy) and "its rich supply of vitamins and minerals also makes the diet more wholesome and satisfying and thus more conducive to overall health." Not to mention, they are darn tasty.
Next time you see yourself reaching for the mayonnaise to spread on that turkey sandwich, grab an avocado instead. Your heart, waist, and taste buds will thank you.

Check out http://whatscookingamerica.net/avacado.htm for loads of fun facts about avocados.

Source: Librarians' Internet Index

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Misadventures in Toner

We aren't sure how long we've been without, but it's certainly becoming an adventure.... Our library printer, as I'm sure many of you know, is the only color printer on campus that our students have access to.

Due to the usual overwhelming schedule that occurs at the beginning of a semester, we allowed our inventory of ink to run low and then run out! As soon as this problem was recognized (i.e. as soon as our printer stopped working for lack of cyan ink), we submitted a supply order. See, even librarians have their imperfections!

Ink cartridges finally arrived today, after about a week of going without color printing, and we all got very excited!

Until we realized the toner was for an HP 4600 and we're running a 4700.

How long will this continue? How long will we be forced to print monochromatically? How long must we go without Cyan Ink?
We'll get back to you on that one.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Research Guides

Did you know that the Library has put together Research Guides to help you in your studies?

Our newest Research Guide is on Grant Writing and Fundraising. In this guide we have collected the best online resources as well as the print materials available in our reference collection. Among the websites in the guide are tutorials, government resources, articles, and tip sheets. These sources can help you throughout the grantwriting process from planning to writing to submission of the proposal. Some of the sites even offer information in Spanish and other languages.

This and all the other Research Guides are available on the UNT Dallas Campus Library Website.

To check out this resource, click on this link: http://www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/librarysg.htm

More Than a Virtual Library

"Curious Expeditions has attempted to gather together the world's most beautiful libraries for you starting with our own pictures of Strahov. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do."


Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

Thursday, September 27, 2007

New library staff member!!

Hi everyone! My name is Beth Wallace and I just started working at UNTDC library. I want to tell you a little about myself. I began my master’s degree in library science at UNT this fall. I graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station this past May with a B.A. in English. I decided to become a librarian after evaluating all the things I love in life. When I realized that reading, researching, and people were among my top favorite things, I knew being a librarian would make my career a joyful one. This is my first library job and I am very excited and eager to learn about the faculty and students at UNTDC. I do not know what type of library I would like to work in after I graduate, but I know working here will give me the resources I need for any library job I am interested in. Stop in any time and say hi!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Expanding the Collection, One Book at a Time

We've added another book to our reference collection! It looks like a must-read, too!

Interviewing for Solutions, 3rd Edition. De Jong, Peter and Berg, Insoo Kim. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2008. This book features a unique, solutions-oriented approach to the basics of interviewing in helping professions. The author’s approach is to view clients as competent, helps them realize the changes they want, and builds on what the client is already doing well. There are several examples and research lacing the book to support this method of interviewing. (Call # HV 43 .D45 2008) 9/26/07

Stop in and take a peek at its pages soon!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Global Education Figures

Education systems across the world for have been searching for comparitive data in order to provide programs for their respective populations. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published the 2007 edition of Education at a Glance, which "enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a rich, comparable and up-to-date array of indicators on the performance of education systems." (http://www.oecd.org/document/30/0,3343,en_2649_201185_39251550_1_1_1_1,00.html#summary)

Check it out and learn something about learning across the globe.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Material at the Virtual Library!

Our reference collection continues to grow and we are delighted to present to you the newest titles. The Virtual Library invites you to come check out our collection at any time!

The Accidental Webmaster. Still, Julie M. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2003. This book offers tips and techniques for many issues an individual who has not been trained as a webmaster may encounter. This is an excellent resource for anyone or any organization that would like to establish and maintain a successful website. (Call #TK 5105.888 .S744 2003 c.3) 9/19/07

Young Children. Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Vol. 62, No. 5. September 2007. Contains articles and useful resources relating to topics on learning and children. (journal) 9/19/07

Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools: 72nd Edition, 2007-2008. Kaye, Elizabeth A. Ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007. This book offers complete and current listings of the requirements for certification of a wide range of educational professionals at the elementary and secondary levels. (Call #LB 1771 .W61 72nd ed. 2007/08 c.2) 9/19/07

The Grants Register 2008: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide 26th Edition. The Grants Register. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. This book covers grants in sixty-two countries with information on more than 4,000 awards, including the full contact details for more than 1,200 awarding bodies. It contains information for postgraduate and professional funding. It is a very comprehensive guide. (Call #LB 2338 .G7 2008 c.2) 9/19/07

Come see us soon, for all your reference needs!

Monday, September 17, 2007


According to a study by Duke University, the stigma of cheating seems to have disappeared in American high schools and colleges. With nearly 90% of high school students surveyed admitting to some form of cheating, it is clear that there has been a huge misstep in the honor system amongst students and teachers. From divvying up homework to sneaking a peak at a neighbor's test paper, cheating has a broad definition that varies from student to student. Many say that it is the only way to stay afloat, that the fear of falling behind outweighs the fear of being caught.
What do you consider cheating? Do you think cheating is harmful to the average American student? How could the cheating problem be cured?

Source: http://keptup.typepad.com/academic/2007/09/according-to-th.html

Living Cities Census Series

The Living Cities Census Series provides an easy-to-search resource for America's demographic, social, economic, and housing data. The information comes from the US Census Bureau and covers over 100 key indicators in America's 100 largest cities.
Go to http://livingcities.brookings.edu/ to learn more about your favorite cities, as well as read articles about America's urban growth trends, projections, and plans for the future.

Source: http://www.library.gsu.edu/news/index.asp?view=details&ID=13745&typeID=69

Friday, September 14, 2007

Library Laughs IV

Peer-Reviewed How-To

We've all seen them, read them, and searched for them: Peer-reviewed journals. Ever wonder what it takes to get published in one? The University of Colorado has created a website dedicated to teaching interested parties about the process of publication while guiding them through a series of lessons focused on improving their chances of writing something up to par.

Check out the site to get a feel for the extensive process necessary to create highly-respected academic journals. Then, you can begin your own journey towards becoming a published expert!

Source: http://www.library.gsu.edu/news/index.asp?view=details&ID=13703&typeID=70

Monday, September 10, 2007

Early Education Links

Looking for some fresh resources on early education? Librarians Internet Index has added several new education links to its site.
Remember that previous post encouraging you to pick up a book and read? Here is a great list to choose from, the Man Booker's shortlist for 2007:
“Darkmans,” by Nicola Barker.
“The Gathering,” by Anne Enright
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” by Mohsin Hamid
“Mister Pip,” by Lloyd Jones
“On Chesil Beach,” by Ian McEwan
“Animal’s People,” by Indra Sinha

The winner of the Booker prize will be announced October 16. Also, check out http://www.themanbookerprize.com/ for a some great topic reading, plus an opportunity to debate the 2007 shortlist and make your arguments for who wasn't included.

Source: http://papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/the-booker-cut/

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New Media Materials

The UNT Dallas Campus Library has received another item for its growing media collection:

The film discusses women in the workforce, feminism and the feminist dictionary, and recent legislative changes promoted by women.

Come by soon and take a look!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Music Television and Poetry?

MtvU has elected John Asbury as their poet laureate. In an effort to "whet an appetite" for poetry amongst college students, Asbury's work will be presented on the college-centric network during commerical breaks. Mtv U is also hosting a poetry contest and the winner will have a book published by Harper Collins as a part of the National Poetry Series. Sounds like a pretty good reason to pick up a pen and tune in to your muses.
Check out http://www.mtvu.com/ for contest details.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/books/27laur.html?ex=1345867200&en=210664d49c6f654c&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Friday, August 24, 2007

American Readers, or Lack Thereof

The AP published an interesting (read:disheartening) article about the dwindling numbers of American readers. According to their studies, 1 in 4 adults did not read a single book in 2006. Check out the full article and get inspired to pick up a good book. Or a bad book. Just pick up a book and read it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

new library materials

The following materials have been added to the ever-growing collection of the UNT Dallas Campus Library.

  • Lexis Nexis Corporate Affiliations International Public and Private Companies. Lexis Nexis. Vol. VII and VIII. 2007. This is an update to the existing copy in our collection by this name. (Call# HG 4057.A217 2007 v.7-8 c.2) 8/22/07
  • Lexis Nexis Corporate Affiliations US Companies. Lexis Nexis. Vol. V and VI. 2007. This is an update to the existing copy in our collection by this name. (Call# HG 4057.A217 2007 v.5-6 c.2) 8/22/07
  • Lexis Nexis Corporate Affliliations Master Index. Lexis Nexis. Vol. I and II. 2007. This is an index of the information contained in the other eight volumes of this series. (Call# HG 4057.A217 2007 v.1-2 c.2) 8/22/07
  • Lexis Nexis Corporate Affiliations U.S. Public Companies. Vol. III and IV. 2007. This is an index of companies in the U.S. companies their subsidiaries, divisions and affiliates. It is a useful resource for tracking down what companies are owned by whom and what their relationships are to other companies. (Call# HG 4057.A217 2007 v.3-4 c.2) 8/22/07

Monday, August 20, 2007

Library of Laughs Part III

Anyone who has visited Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency knows that it is full of various styles of literary entertainment. We found Scott Douglas' "Dispatches from a Public Librarian" quite relevant and very funny. This particular dispatch details the rules of a Parisian library during the 14th century. Be sure to thank your local congressman for the absence of poison in modern libraries.

(Disptach 8/14/06)
When I first began these dispatches, I hinted that perhaps there might be observations about other libraries. Thus far I have done a bad job of this. Until now. Not long ago I came across a copy of the rules for a Paris library circa 1300. If you have always been curious about what libraries were like in Paris circa 1300, time-travel with me and read these rules of library conduct, which, if nothing else, will make you appreciate modern libraries a little more:
1. Robes and caps required.
2. No children or illiterates admitted.
3. Respectable learned men may enter if introduced by a member; their "valets" must remain outside.
4. Each member keeps his own key and loans it to no one.
5. Neither fire nor light permitted at any time.
6. No books issued without the permission of the society.
7. A book should be laid upon a desk only after the dust has been removed.
8. No writing in or other abuse of a book.
9. Whether writing or reading, no bothering of others by talking or walking.
10. Maximum silence, as would be appropriate to premises "sacred and august."
11. Condemned books are available to professors of theology only-for use in line of duty only.
12. The professor is not to read such works for curiosity, lest he be poisoned.
13. Violators of that restraint are to be reprimanded.


New Material

The Dallas Campus library has added a new edition to its shelves. Come in today and check out our ever-expanding collection!

The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac, 52nd Edition (Call #Z 731 .B6 52nd ed. 2007 c.2)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Staff Member

Anna Wright Hithersay
Student Assistant
I grew up in the North Dallas area. I received my BA in History from UNT in 2004 and entered the SLIS program in 2005. I grew up loving libraries and am very excited to be moving toward a career as a librarian. Around the same time I started in the SLIS program I also began to volunteer at our church library. I eventually took over as the Ministry Leader there and I love to work in that library. I’ve had the opportunity to do just about everything in that library and it’s been a great learning experience. I also work as the Database Manager for a wholesale distributor in Dallas. I got married to my husband Jason in October 2006 and we live in Lewisville with our kitten Cora Munro.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

New Library Staff Member

Cassandra Mackie
I’m a Fort Worth native. I have a B.A. in art from Austin College (Sherman, TX). I developed a great passion for art and along the way for libraries (surprisingly, this happened after working 4 years at my college library). Being an underemployed college graduate makes you appreciate all the resources that libraries have to offer. I began the SLIS program in Fall of 2005 and have been working in libraries since college (Fort Worth Public Library and currently TCU Library). I live in Fort Worth with my husband Amon-Ra and our puppy Ginger.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

New Print Materials

The Dallas Campus library has added a two new books to its shelves. Come in today and check out our ever-expanding collection!

The College Board Scholarship Handbook 2008. New York, NY: The College Board, 2008. This book includes information on college expenditures and how to pay for them through scholarships. Further it includes how to avoid scholarship scams, a scholarship application planner, and frequently asked questions. It also provides other information such as grants available by state. (Call #: JK 1010 .P63 2008 c.2) 8/8/07

Hawkings, David and Brian Nutting, Eds. CQ’s Politics in America 2008, The 110th Congress. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2007. This book provides information about state statistics, maps, and biographies of governors, U.S. Senators, and U.S. Representatives. It also provides information about Representatives from American territories, member statistics, campaign finance, committees, seniority, and pronunciation. (Call #JK 1010 .P65 2008 c.2) 8/8/07

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New Staff Member! Part II

John Lamberth

I’m a native of Fort Worth & Arlington and received my B.S. from TCU. After nearly 10 years of not being able to decide what I wanted to do, I started in the SLIS program in January of 2006 after realizing that many of my hobbies are related to librarianship. I’m particularly drawn to cataloging, digitization, and rare books. Currently, I live near Burleson with my wife, Leigh, and two silly dogs, Bergkamp and Maisie.