Thursday, July 31, 2008

Newer Items In The Library

Young Children. Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Vol. 63, No. 4. July 2008. Contains articles and useful resources relating to topics on learning and children. (journal) 07/31/08

Bogart, Dave, ed. The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac 2008, 53rd ed. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2008. This is an annual report that includes information on changes within the library and book industry within the past year. This edition includes special reports on restrictive changes in governmental dissemination of information, the development of “electronic government,” library portals, digital rights management, and recruitment and retention of library staff. Also included are reports from federal agencies, including federal libraries, national associations and organizations, and international associations; legislation, funding, and grants; library/information science education, placement, and salaries; research and statistics; reference information; and a directory of organizations related to both the library and book trade worlds.

(Z 731 .B6 53rd ed. 2008 c. 2) 07/31/08.

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Library Materials!

The library has added lots of new items to the collection! Be sure to stop in and see us!_________________________________________________________________________________
American Psychological Association. APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007. This guide provides information on how to cite electronic resources in APA format.
PN 171 .F56 A63 2007 c.10)
American Psychological Association. APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007. This guide provides information on how to cite electronic resources in APA format.
PN 171 .F56 A63 2007 c.6)
Lang, James M. Life on the Tenure Track. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. In this fast paced and lively account, Lang asks the questions that confront every new faculty member: Will my students like me? Will my teaching schedule allow me time to do research and write? Is anyone still awake on the back row? Lang shares his moments of confusion, frustration, even elation- as well as his insights into the lives and working conditions of faculty in higher education today. Engaging and accessible, Life on the Tenure Track will delight and enlighten faculty, graduate students, and administrators alike.
(Call # LB 2836 .L36 2005 c.2)
Lang, James M. On Course: a Week-by-week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Cambridge, England: H arvard University Press, 2008. You go into teaching with high hopes: to inspire students, to motivate them to learn, to help them love your subject. Then you find yourself facing a crowd of expectant faces on the first day of the first semester, and you think “Now what do I do?” Practical and lively, On Course is full of experience-tested, research-based advice for graduate students and new teaching faculty. It provides a range of innovative and traditional strategies that work well without requiring extensive preparation or long grading sessions when you’re trying to meet your own demanding research and service requirements. What do you put on the syllabus? How do you balance lectures with group assignments or discussions—and how do you get a dialogue going when the students won’t participate? What grading system is fairest and most efficient for your class? Should you post lecture notes on a website? How do you prevent cheating, and what do you do if it occurs? How can you help the student with serious personal problems without becoming overly involved? And what do you do about the student who won’t turn off his cell phone? Packed with anecdotes and concrete suggestions, this book will keep both inexperienced and veteran teachers on course as they navigate the calms and storms of classroom life.
(Call # LB 2331 .L245 2008 c.2)

Ward, Diane Marie. The Complete RFID Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2007. A manual and DVD is included to assist the user with assessing, implementing, and managing radio frequency identification technologies in libraries.
(Call # Z 699.75 .W37 2007 c.3 )

Ragains, Patrick, ed. Information Literacy Instruction That Works. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2006. This book seeks to give the reader a solid understanding of bibliographic instruction techniques. The author presents practical ways to plan develop, market, deliver, and access training. The book also balances theory with research and includes sensible suggestions, time-saving tips, and useful materials. Also included in this text are: sample assignments, brochures, lesson plans, tutorials, evaluation forms, and bibliographies.
(Call # ZA 3075 .I537 2006 c.2)

Roberts, Tim S. Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems and Solutions. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2008. This book describes the legal and ethical issues surrounding plagiarism, the tools and techniques available to combat the spreading of this problem, and real-life situational examples to further the understanding of the scholars, practitioners, educators, and instructional designers who will find that this book is an invaluable resource.(Call # PN 167 .S78 2008 c.2)
Gregory, Vicki L. and Ardis Hanson. Selecting and Managing Electronic Resources. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2006. This book discusses the following related to electronic collections: collection development policies, the selection criteria and process, budgeting and acquisitions, organization and access to electronic resources, and evaluation and assessment of electronic resources.
(Call # Z 692 .C65 G74 2006 c.2)
Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago,IL: University of Chicago Press, 2003. This guide provides information on how to cite sources for magazines, newsletters, corporate reports, proposals, electronic publications, Web sites, and other non-book and non-print documents. This text also reviews guidelines on how to edit manuscripts, and a section on grammar and punctuation has also been added to this edition.
(Call # Z 253 .U69 2003 c.9)
Kaplan. GRE Comprehensive Program. New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2008. This book assists students with preparing for the GRE exam. 1 full length practices tests is included in the book. Also another full-length test is available online, which allows the reader to take an exam that simulates the actual GRE computer based test.
(Call #
LB 2367.4 .G726 2009 c.2)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New search interface for EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost 2.0 support

EBSCO Publishing is offering FAQs, screenshots, free webinars, help sheets, and user guides for its new interface, EBSCOhost 2.0. New features include a simpler search screen, previews by mouseover, new result lists, and a new search history capability....EBSCO Publishing

One of the most-demonstrated collections of journals at the Dallas Campus, EBSCOhost has a totally new look. Even your library staff will have to become re-acquainted with this excellent resource.

Leora Kemp, Librarian

World’s oldest Bible goes online

More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time on July 24. High-resolution images from the Codex Sinaiticus, which contains the oldest complete New Testament, as well as notes on the work made over centuries, will appear on the Codex Sinaiticus Project website as a first step towards publishing the entire manuscript by next July....Reuters, July 21

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Blog about Blogs!

We love blogging! Are you are Blogger? Would you like to become a blogger but don’t know where to find a quality blog? The Internet Public Library ( has a webpage devoted to blogging resources. They even organize it into categories. Are you an educator? If so, you might be interested in the list of Education Blogs. Do you like sharing business advice? Then look at the Business and Economics blogs. There are many more categories!
We would also love hearing about your favorite blogging sites. If you would like to share your favorite blog spot you can reply to this post.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Socially awkward? Hit the books.

A group of Toronto researchers have compiled a body of evidence showing that bookworms have exceptionally strong people skills. Their years of research—summed up in an article by Keith Oatley in the June 28 issue of New Scientist—has shown that readers of narrative fiction scored higher on tests of empathy and social acumen than those who read nonfiction texts. And follow-up research showed that reading fiction may help fine-tune these skills: People assigned to read a New Yorker short story did better on social reasoning tests than those who read an essay from the same magazine....Toronto Globe and Mail, July 10

. . . read the whole story. . .

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate of the U.S.

From: INSIDE HIGHER ED July 17, 2008 Daily Update

Kay Ryan, a prize-winning poet who teaches remedial English at the College of Marin, will today be named poet laureate of the United States, The New York Times reported. The article includes links to some of her writing.

The New York Times

Ms. Ryan likes to take familiar images and clich√©s and reincarnate them in a wholly original form. “The Other Shoe” reads:

Oh if it were
only the other
shoe hanging
in space before
joining its mate.

She has published six books of poetry and her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books.

One of her first duties as poet laureate is an appearance at the National Book Festival on Sept. 27 on the National Mall in Washington. More formally she will kick off the Library of Congress’s annual literary series on Oct. 16 by reading her own work. The library doesn’t require much of its laureates, although in recent years many have undertaken projects to broaden poetry’s reach to children and adults. Ms. Ryan has no definite plans, but said she might like to “celebrate the Library of Congress,” adding “maybe I’ll issue library cards to everyone.”

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Digital Collections – Art, History, and More!

Have you ever wanted to go to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the National Archives in D.C? Are you a teacher who would like to take virtual fieldtrips with your class? Do you have an Art or Music Appreciation Class? Or do you just like to explore interesting websites? If so there are many online exhibits and information available out there for free. I have profiled a few notable ones below:

The National Archives Experience’s Digital Vaults ( holds over a billion records of American history. Users can browse, search, view, learn the historical importance and even zoom to examine photographs, documents, paintings, engravings, and more. The more you click the more tiles appear. A handy navigational tool on the right side of the screen allows users to change the date; dragging it up is like moving back in history, where as dragging it down is like coming closer to present time. It is so fun just to play around on this website. I have spent hours there.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Collection Database ( contains 51,507 images and descriptions of art from around the world. Mediums represented include literature, paintings, sculpture, modern art, and more.

UNT Libraries Digital Collections ( UNT along with many other public and private universities have created digital collections for free to the public. Just take a look there is a lot to entertain. From World War Posters to the Cyber Cemetery (the place where old websites go) these collections span the decades. Each entry includes a digital image and a historical description.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Library Student Assistant

My name is Yinka Sole. I am originally from Nigeria in Africa, but I became a Texan in September, 2005. I am a wonderful wife to Michael and a mother of four (4) children: three boys and one girl. I finally adopted my daughter on December, 2006. So I have three teenagers and my baby is in fifth grade. I am very outspoken and ready to learn. I learn mostly from younger generations because I recognize how quickly they notice and adapt to change. Change is constant but never easy to accept, so to help me adapt to change, I learn from the ones that are always exited about change. I look forward to having my dream job, which is to be a school librarian soon. The special thing about me is that I love children.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

NPR not just for nerds

Do you like to listen to the radio? Do you like unbiased news and entertainment talk shows? If so, then NPR might just be for you.

From NPR website (
What is NPR?NPR (National Public Radio) is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 860 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations. Each NPR Member Station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local programming. With original online content and audio streaming, offers hourly newscasts, special features and ten years of archived audio and information. NPR produces and distributes more than 130 hours of original programming each week, and local NPR stations also broadcast many programs which are produced by stations and other radio networks.

DFW Local NPR Radio Station: KERA FM 90.1

Monday, July 7, 2008

New Library Materials

Klein, Woody., All the Presidents’ Spokesmen: Spinning the News, White House Press Secretaries from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2008.

Chronicles the story of the evolution of the symbiotic relationship between the presidential press secretaries and reporters who covered White House news during the terms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt through George W. Bush. Author Woody Klein has been both a reporter (for the Washington Post and the New York World-Telegram & Sun) and a press secretary himself to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, who ran for president in 1972. The book reveals how the presidential press secretaries' role has evolved from old-fashioned public relations into a smooth-working system of releasing news and responding to reporters' questions at daily briefings by portraying the president in the best possible light. Klein ferrets out fresh, anecdotal information and includes interviews with nationally known personalities--including former White House press secretaries and notable journalists who have covered the White House.
(Call# E 176.47 .K58 2008 c.2)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Net Library eBook of the Month: Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions

by Wendy Doniger; Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

Net Library, an eBook database, is located on the electronic resources page ( This month it is offering a free book of the month for UNT Dallas Students, the Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions. “Prepared by the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster, with the assistance of hundreds of scholars and experts, this authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date book answers your questions as well as exposes you to the concepts, movements, people, and events associated with living and ancient religions, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism” (net Library). This resource includes educational articles, records and illustrations, which provide a deeper understanding of the religions that shape our world.