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: 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.

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:

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 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 (, 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!