Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Library Materials

New Materials have arrived at the UNT DC Library!

Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian’s Guide to the Tools and Techniques. Steven Bell and John Shank. American Library Association. Chicago, IL. 2007. Designed for Librarians working in an academic setting, this book seeks to inform academic librarians on new methods and approaches for “blending,” or integrating, into the education process. The authors use several scenarios, case studies, and profiles to illustrate the successes of “blended librarians.”

(Call# Z 682.4 .C63 B4 2007 c.2)

Journey to Infinity: A Collection of Poetry. Jacqueline Garrett-Spencer. Publish America, Baltimore. 2006. A book of poetry centered around the journey of life.

(Call# PS3607 .A772 J68 2006)

Magazines for Libraries. Bill Katz and Cheryl LaGuardia. Bowker, New Jersey. 2006. For the general reader and school, junior college, college, university and public libraries who are interested in an annotation of the best publications for all serial collections since 1969.

(Call# Z6941 .K2 2005)

Encyclopedia of Associations. Thomson and Gale. A guide to more than 22,000 national and international organizations.

(Call# HS 17 .E5 43rd ed. v.1 pt. 1-3, v.2)

Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations. Thomson and Gale, 2005. A guide to more than 29,000 international non-profit membership organizations including multinational and binational groups, and national organizations based outside the United States.

(Call# HS 17 .E52 42nd ed. 2005 pt. 1-3)

Apollo 13. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, and more, star in this film about the remarkable story of the Apollo 13 space flight.

(DVD 8646)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Win a Free iPod!!!

Attention students: Win a FREE iPod Touch!!!

Here's your chance to win a free iPod Touch, or one of four Best Buy Gift Cards.

All you have to do is fill out the LibQual+ Survey at . The survey is available from April 14 - May 5, so hurry and fill it out. This survey is only for undergraduate or graduate students of UNT and UNTDC.

This is also a great opportunity to give some feedback about your experience with the UNT libraries.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please ask the UNTDC Library staff or check out one of the posters around campus .


Monday, April 14, 2008

Is that a poem in your pocket?

This post, from book blog The Millions, announces that this Thursday, April 17th, 2008,
is the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day. To celebrate, carry around one of your favorite poems in - you guessed it - your pocket, and share it with anyone who will listen.

Sounds like a good idea to us! For ideas, check out the Literature Network or If you're too high-tech to a poem in your pocket, you can always download an mp3 of one of the hundreds of classic public domain poems available at Librivox.

New Library Materials

New Materials have arrived at the UNT DC Library!!

Current Biography Yearbook. 2007 with 2001-2007 index.
(Call # CT100.C8 2007 c.2) (index)

Million Dollar Directory: America's Leading Public and Private Companies 2008 Ed. Parsippany, New Jersey: Dun and Bradstreet Publisher.
Provides extensive coverage of public and private companies, easy cross-referencing, primary and secondary lines of business, and the names and titles of key decision makers compiled from the Dun and Bradstreet database, telephone interviews, and annual reports. The publication includes Series Alphabetical sections, Cross-Reference Industrial Classification, and Cross-Reference Geographical titles.
(Call#HF 5035 .M531 2008 v.1-5 c.2)

Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2001.
Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich presents undercover journalism at its best as she enters the workforce as a minimum wage worker to see if she can really get by in America on a full-time, minimum wage income. She takes several different jobs, from house-cleaner, to waitress, to Wal-Mart Associate, in several different states with results that may surprise you.
(Call#HD4918 .E375 2001 c.2)

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America. Arianna Huffington. Crown Publishers, New York, 2003.
Nationally syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington's writes this "scathing" account of corporations and their affect on America. Using rapier wit and "sulfurous satire," as Publisher's Weekly describes her, she levels her authorial aim at everything from CEO's, to US Drug Companies, to the Bush administration as she demonstrates how their greed, corruption and political hypocrisy have all contributed in undermining democracy.
(Call#HV6769 H84 2003 c.3)

Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate. Glassick, Huber, and Maeroff. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco California, 1997.
Continuing the research of Scholarship Reconsidered, this book takes a closer look at scholarship by opening up, again, the relationship of teaching and research for faculty at colleges and universities and focusing on the issue of quality for the two disciplines as they are dually necessary and required of most professors. Special consideration in Scholarship Assessed is given for documentation and assessment of the research begun from Scholarship Reconsidered.
(Call# LB2331 .G63 1997 c.3)

Book of Lists. Dallas Business Journal, Dallas, TX, 2008.
This is a quick reference guide to companies grouped by their similarities and rankings.
(Call# HF5065.T4 B612 2008 c.2)

National Library Week Celebrates 50th Anniversary

CHICAGO — Communities across the country will celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers by offering special programs and services during National Library Week, April 13-19, [2008].

This year, National Library Week marks its 50th anniversary with the theme “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library®.” All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

This year’s National Library Week honorary chair is the beloved entertainer and author Julie Andrews, known for her roles in such classic movies as “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” and such books as Thanks to You—Wisdom from Mother and Child and The Great American Mousical. In her role as chair, Andrews has produced a series of television and radio Public Service Announcements for National Library Week.

National Library Week events include the celebration of National Library Workers Day on April 15; Support Teen Literature Day on April 17, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA; Gaming@ your library, a series of special gaming programs and events, on April 18; and the release of the 2007 State of America’s Libraries (SAL) report on April 14. In addition to National Library Week, many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the ALA.

Launched in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. For more information on National Library Week, please visit the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at

From the ALA website:

Quotable facts about Texas academic libraries:

★ Texas college and university
librarians answer an average of
71,601 reference questions in a
typical week. That’s more answers
than people living in Galveston.
★ College libraries receive only
about 4 cents of every dollar spent
on higher education.
★ In a typical week, more than
1.2 million students and faculty
visit Texas college and university

Did You Know?

★ Texans make more than 100
million visits to libraries each
year—that’s enough attendance
to fill the Ballpark in Arlington
to capacity for the next 2,100
home games.
★ Texas libraries spent an average
of about $18 per capita for public
library service in 2003. For a
family of four, that’s library service
for a year for only about $72. It
would cost $130 for the same
family to attend Six Flags Over
Texas for one day.
★ In 2005, library services received
$32 million less in state funds
than in 2002.



UNT Dallas Campus students, faculty, and staff have access to electronic materials as well as print and media housed in libraries on the Denton Campus. Among those are:

*Books and bound journals accessible through the catalog: 1,754,856
*Government documents: 420,088
*Electronic subscriptions: 24,544
*Electronic databases: 365

*Expenditures for electronic materials: $3,697,856
(Your library fees at work!)

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

Monday, April 7, 2008

And the Pulitzer Prize goes to...

The 2008 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and two of this year's winners are worthy of your attention.

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction, arguably the most notable of the Pulitzers, was won by Junot Diaz for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Diaz is a very methodical writer of Caribbean descent who has only published one other book, 1996's Drown, a collection of short stories considered by many to be a modern masterpiece. In Oscar Wao, Diaz builds on the unforgettable talent for voice he displayed in his shorter works to tell the tale of Oscar, a lovelorn, overweight, geek-boy whose family has suffered for decades under a hex (or fuku) placed on them by Raphael Trujillo, the dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961. The book is at once the coolest--by virtue of Diaz's dazzling command of street vernacular and Spanglish--novel ever to win the Pulitzer, as well as--by virtue of Oscar's obsession with, among many other things, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, and anime--the absolute geekiest. It is testament to Diaz's genius as a storyteller that he so completely masters both these worlds. Very highly recommended.

Also of note is the special citation awarded to Bob Dylan "for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." Almost since his career began, Dylan has been viewed as rock music's poet laureate. For evidence of his lyrical gifts, look no further than this 1976 performance of his song "Idiot Wind," which was written in the wake of Dylan's bitter divorce from his first wife. No punk song could begin to match the rage and hurt that Dylan's lacerating lyrics convey, and the fact that he is able to sustain these emotions for almost ten full minutes makes it all the more remarkable.

The complete list of Pulitzer Prize winners is available here.

The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch

Have you seen or heard Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture"? No? Then you don't know what a gem you've missed.

Here's what this weekend's Parade Magazine had to say. "At many colleges, professors are asked to give a 'last lecture.' In this talk, they ruminate on what matters most to them. As they speak, audiences mull the same question: What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"

This Carnegie Mellon University professor is dying of pancreatic cancer. He is married and has three young children. His lecture was meant as a legacy for his children, but over 6 million people have viewed it online.

Here are some links to learn about this remarkable man: - Randy's home page - The complete lecture on YouTube - Wikipedia entry - Carnegie Mellon University entry

Randy's advice to all of us:

*Always have fun
*Dream BIG
*Ask for what you want
*Dare to take a risk
*Look for the best in everybody
*Make time for what matters
*Let kids be themselves

Leora Kemp, Librarian, UNT Dallas Campus

Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Finding" Information is Hard To Do

As a library assistant, I have the responsibilty to help students and teachers with their research needs. The students in particular have wildy different levels of experience in doing research, but they have all have one thing in common: they use Internet search engines (i.e., Google, Yahoo, etc.) first when beginning research projects. This post is not about how search engines are horrible, I use Google everyday, but about a much a deeper issue brought up in the Pew Internet & American Life Project a study about search engine users. The conclusions of that study was that:
1.Internet users are very positive about their online search experiences.
2.Most searchers use search engines conservatively.
3.Most searchers are naïve about search engines and search results.
4.nternet users turn to search engines for both important and trivial questions.
5.Men are more intense and savvy searchers than women.
6.Young users are more avid, committed, and trusting searchers than older users.

This is also paralled in a study done by Jacob Nielsen. The basic idea of his study is that users have gotten better at using search engines, but when their first efforts fail searchers are really bad at finding relevant information. I began thinking about how well we search when I read a recent blog post that more eloquently talks about both studies from an academic librarian's point of view. What type of internet searcher are you?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New Library Materials!

The following materials have been added to our ever-growing permanent collection here at the UNT Dallas Campus library. Stop by the library for more information!

Letters to the Next President: What We Can Do About the Real Crisis in Public Education. Teacher's College, Columbia University, 2004. A thoughtful compilation of letters from a diverse group of parents, students, teachers, public figures and elected officials to the "next President" that offer straightforward suggestions concerning public education in America.

(Call#LA 217.2 L48 2004 c.2)

Team Work and Group Dynamics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999. A combination of research and case examples, this text provides readers a chance to learn valuable theory of group processes and develop a detailed image of how teams work. Blending theory and practice in areas such as team design, team social processes, and team effectiveness, readers will learn how teams function in actual work organizations.

(Call#HD66.S747 1999 c.2)

Leading People Through Disasters. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2006. This action guide prepares readers for handling disasters of all kinds; everything from floods, fires, and hurricanes, to workplace violence, or the sudden arrest of a CEO. This text will help a reader learn how to stay focussed during a crisis and support the people who keep the business running.

(Call#HD49. M384 2006 c.2)

Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1990. This text offers insight into the relationship between college and university professors and their tenure. It draws into question the practice of a reward system that pushes professors into preoccupation with research and publication that consequently distracts them from teaching.

(Call#LA227.3.B694 1990 c.2)

How Biased Are You? Discovery Channel University, Discovery Communications, 2001. This film explores the history of and practice of racism, as well as the subtle demonstrations of racism in modern life in everyday behavior. Issues are explored via hidden-footage, interviews with racism victims, and more.

(Call#DVD 8524R)