Monday, June 30, 2008

New Library Student Assistant

Hi, my name is Jessica Graves. I grew up in Winnsboro, Louisiana in cotton country and currently reside in Bedford, Texas. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a B.A. in English Literature. While working in a writing center, I realized my favorite task was assisting college students with research. In 2008, I entered the UNT SLIS program with the goal of advancing my skills and ultimately acquiring a position in the library field. I am excited to start work at UNT Dallas and look forward to serving faculty and students. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, fishing, movies and spending time with friends and family.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Materials at UNTDC Library

Bryant, Clifton D., and Dennis L. Peck. 21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook. 21st century reference series (Thousand Oaks, Calif.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2007.

21st Century Sociology is a two volume, concise overview of modern sociology. Focuses on the body of knowledge acquired in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as documents the general orientation of the modern and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry. This resource includes assessments of specialty fields of sociology, an examination of the history of sociological inquiry, and discussions of traditional sub-fields of sociology, evolving sub-fields, and peripheral sub-disciplines.
(Call# HM585 .A13 2007 v.1 c.2 and HM585 .A13 2007 v.2 c.2)

"Other" Useful Search Engines for College Students

100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of

By Laura Milligan

Though the general Google site is often touted as the number one search engine online, college students sometimes need more specific tools to help them uncover quality information on the Web that they can use for class projects, research papers, and even job and apartment searches. This list features a huge variety of search engines that can be useful to students, including tools that find photos, sound effects, summer internships, health and medical information, reference guides, and a lot more.

Here are some examples:

FindSounds: Web workers and procrastinating students can use this search to find sound effects in all kinds of file formats, channels and resolutions.

Google Local: Many don’t realize that this popular site is also a search engine. Find local businesses and addresses here.

BizRate: Compare prices of clothing items, household appliances, gifts, accessories, technology and more when you use this search engine. Entrepreneurs and business students can browse categories like software, startup, transportation, jobs, office management, real estate and health care to "quickly find anything for [their] business" and find a job.

Librarian’s Internet Index: This site brings together "websites you can trust," on subjects like media, law, communications, consumer research, health and more.

Radio-Locator: Search for over 10,000 different radio stations and 2,500 web streams from radio stations all over the world.

PubMed: This search tool is sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Picsearch: Use Picsearch when you need to add images to a project or presentation.

Internship Programs: Look for internships after you log on to this "internship search engine."

Happy searching!

Leora Kemp, Librarian, UNT Dallas Campus

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Materials at UNTDC Library

Diane Ender. The ... Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Directory: A Medical Community Guide. Dallas, Tex: American Medical Sales School, 1992. This directory provides names of doctors and/or clinics, address, and phone number for 10,000 doctors in 82 specialties. The magazine also provides articles on health issues, including articles written by specialists.
(Call # R712.A2 D35 2007 c.2)

Guardino, Mary, Ali DeGerome, and Laurel Katz. The pain of depression a journey through the darkness. Staten Island, N.Y.: Freedom from Fear, 2007. This video orgionaly broadcast on PBS tells the story of everyday people who suffer with depression. The film also examines depression’s impact on family, friends, and communities. Experts discuss research and theories of depression, symptoms, and possible treatments.
(Call # DVD 8578 c.2)

June's Faculty Feature Interview: Dr. Georgetta Johnson

“I enjoy teaching teachers who aspire to become public school administrators.” said Dr. Georgetta Johnson. Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.

Dr. Johnson received all three of her degrees, BA in English and Journalism, MS Counseling, and Ed. D. in Educational Administration from Texas Southern University in Houston. Her career has included being a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and a principal in Houston ISD and a high school principal in Dallas ISD. She is proud to share her knowledge, successes, and experiences of her professional career with her graduate students.

Her professional accomplishments include being a member of HISD Superintendent’s Intergroup Relations team and Board of Directors of I Have a Dream (Houston), and attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Summer Principals’ Leadership Institute. Dr. Johnson served as President of the Houston School Counselors’ Association, was awarded Outstanding Educator by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Bridge Builders Award from the National Association of Business and Professional Women – Dallas Metropolitan Chapter.

Her personal life is just as accomplished with three successful daughters. Kimberly is a teacher, Shawn is a captain and orthopedic surgeon in the Army; and Shannan is a graduate film student. She describes her daughters as the “shining stars in my life.” In her limited spare time she enjoys golf, gardening, and reading (romance novels).

Dr. Johnson says she looks forward to “seeing the enrollment at this university grow rapidly to reach its goal and potential as a standalone university with thousands of full time students.”

When asked what she would say to UNT Dallas students Dr. Johnson said:

“I am so pleased that students at this university are taking advantage of this door that has opened in our community. This fact speaks volumes for the potential for success for these students in the near future. I know they will stay focused and vigilant in their quest. A good education, which will be received at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus, is the paramount accomplishment that one can achieve.”

The Library is Going Green!

"Waste make Hulk ANGRY!"

Want to save on gas? Don't drive all the way to campus if you need to do research. The UNT Dallas Library makes this easy by providing online access to most of our resources. You can access them from home by logging in through the Library Services Electronic Resources page on the UNT Website.

If you are having trouble finding the resources you need, don't waste time and energy endlessly searching. Come to the library and ask one of the friendly assistants to help you find what you are looking for(Or call if you don't want to use gas to get here). When you can't find the proper resources for your research, and you don't ask for help, the librarians get angry! You won't like us when we are angry!

Friday, June 13, 2008

FLAG DAY - June 14

The History Of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Materials at UNTDC Library

United Nations Development Programme. Human Development Report 2006: Beyond Scarcity : Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Water is a natural resource that both sustains and makes us vulnerable. This single volume text is the United Nations investigation of the causes, consequences, and the social and economic forces of global water shortages. The current deepening global water crisis has far reaching effects on human development. This report contradicts the myth that the global water crisis is the result of scarcity. It argues that inequality, power, and poverty are central causes of the 21st Century global water crisis.

United Nations Development Programme. Human Development Report 2007/2008: Fighting Climate Change : Human Solidarity in a Divided World. New York: United Nations Development Programme, 2007. Scientific evidence, economics, and human consciousness are all motives to curb the effects of climate change. This report states that governments are reacting to global climate change with the urgency required of the threat. It lays out the evidence for the call to live within our global carbon budget within the next ten years. The effects of this global climate change will destroy opportunities and reinforce inequalities. Special contributors to this report include Michael Bloomberg, Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva of Brazil, Sunita Narain, Amartya Sen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sheila Watt-Cloutier.

Hartzell, Gary N. Building Influence for the School Librarian. Professional growth series. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Pub, 1994. The author of this book aims to inform school librarians about the significance control can play in the school library and provides instructions for building a power base. The author concentrates this influence with the school principle, but also expands suggestions to subtends, teachers, and the community.

Hill, Ann, and Julieta Dias Fisher. Tooting Your Own Horn: Web-Based Public Relations for the 21st Century Librarian. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Pub, 2002. The authors aim to provide public relations programs for librarians through a library home page. This book includes a manual for creating a home page, innovative ideas, and an overview of public relations.

Fountain, Joanna F. Subject Headings for School and Public Libraries: An LCSH/Sears Companion. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited, 2001. Assist in applying Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and SEARS subject headings most frequently used in library media centers and public libraries. Cross-references and MARC codes are included for thousands of the 30,000 headings listed.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Do you have difficulties with GTD? (I know I do!)

If you are a procrastinator or find you have difficulties planning out your projects and papers, check out some of the links from this site. There are blogs with tips for study habits, organization and many other helpful hints for undergraduate and graduate students to start Getting Things Done!

Here is a link to a online test generator. It helps you create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer, and true false questions all on the same test. These are useful study devices in addition to being helpful to educators. There are also programs to make flash cards.

Attention J.K Rowling Fans!

This is a link to the Commencement Address of J.K Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series, presented at Harvard University. Her address was titled, "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” and was delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. Click on the title above to view and enjoy!

Video On Demand @ the UNT Libraries

News from the Denton Campus Media Library:

The UNT Libraries’ Video On Demand collection allows UNT students, faculty and staff to access educational media online. The collection currently includes quality programs from educational distributers such as PBS, Films for the Sciences and Humanities, Ambrose Video and more. Contact the Digital Media Librarian by email ( or by phone at (940) 565-4832 for additional information or assistance.

Search the Library Catalog
· Video On Demand materials can be found though the UNT Library Catalog ( by performing a Subject search for “online media.”

View the Program Online

· Once an item has been choosen, select the title to access the full record.
· Click on “Connect to UNT Libraries’ Video On Demand”.
· Users are sent to the UNT Libraries’ Video On Demand System.
· Login with your EUID and password to view the program.

MORE programs are coming this summer. WATCH for them!

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Friday, June 6, 2008

Today in History - June 6

D-Day the 6th of June : Normandy 1944

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Americans received word that three years of concerted war efforts had finally culminated in D-Day -- military jargon for the undisclosed time of a planned British and American action.

During the night, over 5,300 ships and 11,000 planes had crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy. The goal of every soldier and civilian involved in that effort was to drive the German military back to Berlin by opening a western front in Europe.

General Dwight David Eisenhower was in command of the invasion, which was code-named Operation Overlord.

More information at Today in History, June 6, 1944.

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes -- Gasp! -- Wiki

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Wired campus
June 6, 2008

Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes -- Gasp! -- Wiki

Long a standard reference source for scholarship, largely because of its tightly controlled editing, the Encyclopaedia Britannica announced this week it was throwing open its elegantly-bound covers to the masses.

It will allow the "user community" (in the words of the encyclopedia's blog) to contribute their own articles, which will be clearly marked and run alongside the edited reference pieces.


At Britannica, "readers and users will also be invited into an online community where they can work and publish at Britannica's site under their own names," the encyclopedia's blog explains.

But it's not a complete free-for-all. The voice of Britannica adds that the core encyclopedia itself "will continue to be edited according to the most rigorous standards and will bear the imprimatur 'Britannica Checked' to distinguish it from material on the site for which Britannica editors are not responsible."-Josh Fischman.

Leora Kemp, Librarian