Friday, February 29, 2008

Video On Demand @ UNT Libraries

The Media Library recently added over 50 PBS programs to the UNT Libraries’ Video On Demand system, bringing the total number of licensed online films to 74. These online films can be viewed by all current UNT students, faculty and staff. Some collection highlights include:

* Ken Burn’s Jazz series

* Do You Speak American? language series

* Ghosts of Rwanda

* The Sixties

* Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century


Online films can be found in the library catalog by performing a Subject search for Online Media.

To access the Video On Demand system directly, visit https://libhelix.library.unt.edu/login.cfm

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Register to Vote

This election season is heated and we haven't reached the general election, which is evidenced by the lack of voter registration cards in the library. If you have ever contemplated registering to vote and have put it off, now is the time to act. It is too late to register to vote for the March 4th Primary (the deadline was February 4th) but you have plenty of time to register for November's general election. Again the library is here for your information needs. The link below takes you to the Texas Secretary of State webpage which has a downloadable voter registration application. The only catch is that you have to pay for postage yourself.

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml

Free access to fulll text books at Bartleby.com!!


Have you ever wanted to read one of the classics but didn't want to pay for the book? Have you ever wanted online access to authoritative reference sources? If so, then Bartleby.com is the website for you! Bartleby.com offers free access to full text books and other works including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and reference. Some of the resources included on this website include Roget's Thesaurus, The American Heritage Dictionary, and Oxford's Complete Plays of Shakespeare. This website can prove invaluable to students who need to complete reading assignments for classes but do not want to purchase the books, or to students who need fast access to reference materials. Check out http://www.bartleby.com/ for more information!

New Books

Hoover's Handbook of American Business 2008: Profiles of 750 Major U.S. Companies

This updated edition, 18th edition to be specific, gives company profiles on the largest and most influential companies in the Unites States. Hoover’s Handbook aims to have the most complete source of basic corporate information available to the general public. It is part of four-title series that gives an overview of the world of business.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Librarians Volunteer for the EYH Program

This past weekend the UNTDC Library participated in a program called Expanding Your Horizons. This program is a career exploration conference offered to middle school girls, and has special programs for parents and teachers. The students participating have the chance to learn about careers in fields such as architecture, forensic art, veterinary medicine and library information systems. Cedar Valley College hosts the program and offers a breakfast to the girls and afterwards they receive a yummy subway sandwich! Since the library is a huge advocate of computer science and technology, we were asked to come up with a program to give the girls a little sample of what really goes into being a librarian.

Our program was titled “Scooby Doo, Nancy Drew, and YOU!” because of all the mysteries and unique questions that librarians receive. The students got a crash course in internet searching and were handed a scavenger hunt where they had to find the proper websites associated with the questions to find the answers. After they finished that, they moved on to a game we all know about…BINGO! This form of Bingo is different; it is called Library Lingo Bingo. A definition is read aloud and if the student knows the answer to it, they can cover the appropriate square. If they won the game, they received a prize of UNT Dallas Campus water bottles. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the activities and had lots of questions about our virtual library. At the end of the program they evaluated us; and I snuck a peak at what they had to say…they loved it! They learned a lot about librarianship and how the computer assists greatly in doing research!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Reading is Fun!

I know we are in the heart of the semester...midterms are right around the corner and you're starting to stress out. One sure way to relax, pick up a good book. There is this awesome website out there, especially if you are an avid reader, called goodreads.com. This site allows you to read others' recommendations, post the books you've already read, post books you want to read, and just keep up with book news. It is a social networking site that lets you meet people that have the same interests as you. Not only is it fun to meet new people that enjoy reading, but its main purpose is to keep track of your lists of books, so you don't accidentally throw the list away while you're cleaning out your car or purse! It offers many more programs...you can form a book club or post your own writings. Check it out at http://www.goodreads.com/.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Some interesting websites

One of the good things about going through old email is coming across Internet links that you didn't have time to look at when you first received it. Here are some I thought others might be interested in as well.

The Story of Stuff
Check out the online flash video "The Story of Stuff."
http://www.storyofstuff.com/
"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in
our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is
hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced,
fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption
patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge
number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to
create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something,
it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the
stuff in your life forever." (from the The Story of Stuff web page)
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Interesting new search engine
Ms. Dewey
http://www.msdewey.com/

Not necessarily the most flattering to librarians!
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Internet No Substitute for Libraries
[September 04, 2007]
TMC.net
http://callcenterinfo.tmcnet.com/news/2007/09/04/2908843.htm

"In his new book, 'Fool's Gold: Why the Internet Is No Substitute For A Library,' Herring highlights the problems with the Internet and makes a case for the continued need for traditional libraries

"The decline in reading among young people is enormous.You have this situation where people aren't reading anymore. Then, you have this major purveyor of information ... in the Web that encourages a "snatch-and-grab" mentality. It encourages not spending much time reflecting; it encourages grabbing what you need when you need it and not paying any attention to what's in it or what it's about."

A follow-up link to the statement above can be found at:

To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence
http://www.arts.gov/research/ToRead.pdf

This 2007 report from the National Endowment for the Arts "suggests how powerfully reading transforms the lives of individuals--whatever their social circumstances.
...The cold statistics confirm something that most readers know but have mostly been reluctant to declare as fact--books change lives for the better. " (p.6)

Happy reading!

Leora Kemp, Dallas Campus Librarian

New Books!

The following books were just added to the UNTDC Library Reference Collection:

A History of the City of Desoto, Texas, 1847-1989. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. This is a history of Desoto written by the citizens of Desoto and compiled by the Desoto Friends of the Library History Book Committee. It contains stories of Desoto families and pictures. (F 394 .D45 H57 1989) 2/15/2008

The Suicide Lawyers: Exposing Lethal Secrets. C.C. Risenhoover. Kiamichi House: Ashland, OH. This book is about the view Dallas-based lawyers, Skip Simpson and Michael D. Stacy have of suicide. It is their goal to study suicide from the viewpoint of a lawyer in order to prevent it. (HV 6548 .U5 R57 2004) 2/15/2008

More Give to Live: How Giving Can Change Your Life. Douglas M. Lawson, Ph.D. ALTI Publishing: La Jolla, CA. This book looks at the benefits of giving at both a personal and a global level. (BF 637 .H4 L382 2003) 2/15/2008

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, v. 42, 2008. Blaise Cronin, ed. Information Today, Inc.: Medford, NJ. This edition covers topics of interest in the Information Science and Technology profession. It was published in cooperation with the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). (Z 699 .A1 v.42 2008) 2/15/2008

From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By. Robin Roberts. Hyperion: New York. This book lists seven important rules it is important to remember for a good and successful life. (BF 637 .S8 R5785 2007) 2/15/2008

February Faculty Feature - Dr. Steve Farmer


For this month’s faculty feature, we interviewed Dr. Steve Farmer, one of the professors in the Counseling Department at UNT Dallas Campus. He opened up about his educational and professional background, how he came to the UNT Dallas Campus, what he does in his free time, and some important advice for students.

Dr. Farmer grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO and received his bachelor’s degree in English from Concordia University, a small Lutheran university in the located in the cornfields of Nebraska. Afterwards, he moved back to St. Louis and attended Concordia Seminary so he could become a Lutheran pastor. While a student at Concordia, he was able to spend a year at Westfield House in Cambridge, England and one year interning in San Antonio, TX. After graduating from the seminary in 1994, he served as a pastor in the Lutheran church in Harlingen, TX for 5 years. He decided to become a counselor and moved to San Antonio to study at St. Mary’s University where he received is M.A. in 2001, and his Ph.D. in 2004, both in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Dr. Farmer worked as a case manager for elementary and high school students at the non-profit agency, Communities in Schools of San Antonio while working on his Ph.D. He provided counseling and referral services for the students and their families. He also worked at La Paz Community Health Center in San Antonio where he provided individual and group therapy and supervision of clinical services for adults with mental illness as a counselor and later as the Program Coordinator.

Dr. Farmer began teaching counseling as an adjunct professor in the Counseling Department of the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005. He enjoyed this job and decided to look for a full-time teaching position in a graduate Counseling program. This search brought him to the UNT Dallas Campus in the summer of 2007 and he began teaching here in the fall. Dr. Farmer says that he is “very impressed with the mission of the campus to bring an excellent higher education institution to Dallas.” And he is excited to be a part of the Counseling Department at this campus. He enjoys the diversity of the Dallas Campus and thinks that it contributes to making the Dallas Campus a true university which he defines as “a place where knowledge and research can be shared, ideas can be exchanged, and perspectives can be expanded.”

In his free time, Dr. Farmer enjoys running. Last year, on his 40th birthday, he ran in the Austin marathon. And to celebrate his 41st birthday on February 17th, he plans to run in Austin again. But this time it will only be the half-marathon because his knee isn’t ready for the full marathon this year.

Dr. Farmer’s advice to the students at the UNT Dallas Campus is to be a critical thinker. He warns that the amount of information we encounter every day is overwhelming and requires thoughtful digestion. He says that “the many voices competing for our attention often simplify their messages into rhetoric that is often meaningless and inaccurate.” And he encourages students to take time to listen, research and ask critical questions and also to “trust in the capacity of your own mind to sort through the issues and make and informed opinion.”

Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Tuesday (not Fat Tuesday)

Tomorrow is an important Tuesday. Yes, it's Mardi Gras, but that's not necessarily the most significant event happening on February 5, 2008.

As promised, here is another election update. This time it's a guide to help you decipher what exactly will be going on tomorrow, a day that is often called Super Tuesday. This guide includes what states will be voting and a history of how each state has voted in the recent past as well as information about the candidates and their standings in the polls.

Texas will not be voting in tomorrow's primaries, but the results are still very significant to Texans.

Is Super Tuesday more important than Fat Tuesday? Well, that's up to you.

Click on the link to go to the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/02/supertuesday.guide/index.html#27