Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Meet the New Materials!

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life. Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins. Johns Hopkins Press Health Book: Baltimore, MD, 2006.

Revised in 2006 for its twenty-fifth anniversary, this best-selling book is the "bible" for families caring for people with Alzheimer disease, offering comfort and support to millions worldwide. In addition to the practical and compassionate guidance this volume offers, the fourth edition is the only edition currently available that includes new information on medical research and the delivery of care. The new edition includes: -new information on diagnostic evaluation -resources for families and adult children who care for people with dementia -updated legal and financial information -the latest information on nursing homes and other communal living arrangements -new information on research, medications, and the biological causes and effects of dementia.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Ultimate Student Resource List

Whatever your status, you must visit this site. It has a lot of useful links for everyone, but especially for students. Thanks to Larry Phillips (part-time student assistant at the UNTDC library and part-time librarian at Cedar Valley College) for sharing this link.

"It’s back to school time, yet again. In the spirit of the season, I decided to gather together the best tools, websites, and advice I know of to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. Since I know you’re broke, it’s all free!"

  • 10 Free Applications Every Student Needs
  • 11 Online Tools Students Should Check Out
  • 15 Websites for Students (Aside from Lifehack)
  • 30 Pieces of Advice for Students from
  • 7 Online Research Resources [but DON'T forget UNT's online electronic resources! - Librarian's note.]
  • Lifehack Your Money
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Leora Kemp, Librarian, UNT Dallas Campus

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

No Country for Old Materials, So here are some NEW ONES!

Look at these recently added items:

Roundtable Viewpoints: Educational Leadership. McGraw-Hill Higher Education: Boston. This volume offers varying perspectives on important issues and provides readers with coverage of topics to form their own opinion or to support their research. This reader is designed to address a number of different issues regarding educational leadership. This book also features an introduction to each issue; a summary/overview; highlights; critical thinking; challenge questions; and additional reading and/or websites.

Best Southwest Bookfest Short Stories, 2006. Today Newspapers: DeSoto, TX. The Best Southwest Bookfest Short Story Contest is open to all high school age writers in the cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, and Midlothian. The top winners are gathered here in this collection.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Literary Cravings Subsided on Subways

Bibliophiles, beware: the following photo may lead to excessive drooling.
Vending machines stocked with books have been popping up all over Europe, whetting the appetite of traveling American readers for several years. One vending machine producer, A Novel Idea, has told bloggers to expect to see their machines make a state side debut soon. So, start saving your pocket change and keep your eyes peeled for these contraptions filled with literary delights!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Start your year off right with NEW MATERIALS!

Take a look at three new items for your educational pleasure!

Young Children. Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Vol. 63, No. 1. January 2008. Young Children is an award winning peer reviewed journal published bi-monthly by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Young Children issues are organized around topical clusters that devote special attention to issues in the field of early childhood education. The practitioner based nature of Young Children makes it unique among journals and its award winning status testifies to its excellence.

The latest edition of the Higher Education Directory lists contact information for colleges and universities. Alphabetical by state. It contains standardized profiles on 4,485 institutions giving detailed information on highest offering, accreditations, date established, enrollment, IRS status and more.

Mastering APA Style: Instructor’s Resource Guide. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC. Mastering APA Style is the only instructional module prepared under the guidance of the American Psychological Association and designed to conform in every way with the style components set out in the fifth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Textbook Chaos

Buying textbooks each semester can be a daunting task and not just because of the crowds at the bookstore. The cost of textbooks is enough to make you rethink a second mortgage. In fact, it has been reported by the Government Accountability Office that college textbook prices rose at twice the rate of annual inflation over the last two decades. Some universities are creating programs that rent textbooks out to their students, lowering the costs by as much as 90%. Check out "Book rentals on lots of wish lists" for more details on universities utilizing such programs as well as a list of tips on how you can save yourself money and maybe even a little stress when it comes time for you to buy your books this semester.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Let’s Get To Know Dr. Barbara Altman!

Dr. Altman was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to San Antonio when she was in the 7th grade. Although that is a huge change she loves Texas and considers it her home. She has lived in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. She lived in Boston to complete her Ph.D. but quickly came back to her home state!

She has received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and a master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT Austin. Her doctorate is in Organizational Behavior and Management Policy from the School of Management at Boston University…all of these degrees eventually lead her to UNTDC!

When she was close to finishing her doctoral studies in Boston her husband had a career opportunity in Dallas and so they moved back for him. After relocating and having her second child she started contacting universities about open teaching positions. The University of North Texas in Denton was the best fit for her and the timing was perfect because the professor who taught the Business Ethics class was retiring. She started at UNT Denton as an adjunct professor, then after finishing her dissertation her new title became Executive Lecturer and she worked part-time. She remained in that situation for four years all the while working as a Senior Research Associate for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and raising two very young children!! Although she was very busy, her time was flexible so that she could enjoy her work and her children! When she heard about the job opportunity at the UNT Dallas Campus she was ecstatic and really wanted to become one of the “pioneer” faculty. She started full-time in 2004 and has been here ever since!

When asked what she likes the most about the university she has many answers. First of all, she is very committed to the campus’ mission of starting a superb service and citizenship-focused university in the southern part of Dallas. She realizes that this is a once in a lifetime chance to be an entrepreneur in academia and really wants to take hold of the university’s strong ideals and run with it. Here, she says, not only is she a professor, but she has continued her education by learning about starting and running a university.

Her thoughts about the UNTDC Library are also awesome and unique in that she understands and appreciates the library being virtual and the active role the librarians take with the students. She states that they work with the students to develop their research and critical thinking skills and that is consistent with the school’s mission and values: that the students learn how to use their skills they have learned here and apply them when they have graduated.

When Dr. Altman is not working, she loves being active in her community. She is a Past President of the Board of Trustees of Levine Academy, the Preschool through 8th grade private school that her son graduated from last year and her daughter is still in 5th grade. She is on the Board of the Pearce Area Band Club, where her son is a freshman. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation Education Department and on the Board of the Congregation Shearith Israel Sisterhood. Very very busy indeed. When her plate is clean of things to do, she likes to travel, watch movies, or just hang out with her husband Arthur and her two children Gabe and Blair. She also loves dogs and has two that she rescued named Nick and Sandy.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Have you ever opened a library book and discovered something a previous person left inside? Perhaps a love note, or a grocery list, or even something that just doesn't seem to make much sense? Did you save it because you found it interesting?
If you've ever done this or even if this sounds interesting, there is a website for you! is a site that collects items people have "found." Notes in library books, posted messages that seem out of the ordinary, lost pictures, love letters blowing down the street... these are the treasures that people send in to Found Magazine.

Every day the site posts a new "find" and includes any information the person who found the item included when it was sent in. It's a fascinating look into little corners of unknown people's lives. Sometimes the finds are funny, sometimes they can be sad, sometimes they are just weird, but they are always interesting.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Another Search Engine

I'm sure you've been holding your breath to see what will be new and exciting this year on the Internet. And here it is--another search engine! As you might expect from a librarian, I was drawn to the Books heading where I discovered a Harry Potter wiki. It's a good thing I don't spend much time reading more than just enough to see if it's worth passing along--I could spend my whole day reading nothing but wiki postings.

First an article for you to read...,141087-c,searchengines/article.html

New Wikia Search Engine Now Live

Search Wikia, the widely awaited search engine from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, made its official debut today.

Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service
Monday, January 07, 2008 6:00 AM PST

Search Wikia, the widely awaited search engine from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is slated to make its official debut on Monday, with the bet that an open-source, community-driven effort can disrupt and reshape this Google-dominated market.
However, people who give the search engine a test drive on Monday shouldn't expect a Google killer, because they will be looking at a project that is at a very early stage and will need participation from volunteers to grow and be refined, Wales said.
"I don't know how long it will take to reach industry-standard quality search results, but I'd say at least two years," he said.
Then on to the real thing...

Link to Search Wikia:
Let us know how you like it.

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year, New Books

We're starting off the new year, with even more new books for our Reference Collection. These are the new titles that will be available at the UNT Dallas Campus Library.

The Texas Bluebonnet. Jean Andrews. University of Texas Press: Austin, TX. This is an expanded edition of the original book. It includes legends and stories, information on growing bluebonnets, driving routes, and beautiful pictures. (SB 413 .L88 A53 1993 c.2) 1/3/08

Dallas: The Making of a Modern City. Patricia Evridge Hill. University of Texas Press: Austin, TX. This book takes a look at what happened in Dallas before it rose to prominence that made it the powerful city that it has become. (F 394 .D2157 H35 1996 c.3) 1/3/08

Lone Star Justice. Robert Marshall Utley. Oxford University Press. This book takes a look at the first generation of Texas Rangers and finds that they were neither as bad or as good as the stories say. (F 391 .U9 2002 c.2) 1/3/08

Making the Most of College. Richard J. Light. Harvard University Press, Cambridge: MA. This book is the result of interviews with 1600 Harvard students over 10 years about their views of college. (LD 2160 .L54 2001 c.2) 1/3/08

Becoming the Obvious Choice. Bryan Dodge and David Cottrell. Cornerstone Leadership Institute: Dallas, TX. This book offers tips on how to be successful in getting a job. (HF 5386 .D63 2001) 1/3/08

Harder than Hardscrabble. University of Texas Press: Austin, TX. This book is a collection of oral histories taken about life on farms that were on the outskirts of the hill country in Texas. It includes recollections of the farms themselves, the crops and finances, and community life. (F 394 .F6365 H37 2003 c.2) 1/3/08

Happy New (Election) Year!

Happy New Year!

As everyone knows, 2008 will be an election year from almost first to last. The Democratic caucus in Iowa is tonight and the drama will unfold all year until we know the final vote in early November - and that's only if all the counting goes well. The election process here in the U.S. is far from simple and straightforward.

For example, ever wonder what exactly a caucus is? Check out this article from that explains what you always wanted to know about the Democratic Caucus in Iowa.

And keep checking our blog this year for continued updates about informative articles regarding the election process.