Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shakespeare in the Park

2008 Fall Preview

Coming This October:


Directed by SD Artistic Associate René Moreno

October 1 – 5 & 8 – 11, 8:00pm at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre
October 15 – 19*, 8:00pm at Addison Circle Park- Sponsored by The Town of Addison
October 24 – 25, 8:00pm at The University of North Texas, Denton
Octover 26, 2:30pm at The University of North Texas, Denton

"If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

Greed and prejudice tell the story of The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare's suspenseful, dark comedy. In Venice, Bassanio asks the merchant Antonio for a loan which Antonio must borrow from the moneylender Shylock. While Antonio is facing certain death, he must rely on his friends to save him from Shylock's revengeful demand of "a pound of flesh."

Children 12 and under are always free!

Bring a group of 10 or more friends...

And receive a discounted ticket price and special reserved seating!

For more information please visit us online

or call 214-559-2778!


To read the play online, go to Project Gutenberg and search the catalog:

Leora Kemp, Librarian, UNT Dallas Campus

Now THAT'S a Home Library!

Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker's Library

Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker's library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. . . .

Wearing a huge can-you-believe-it grin is the collection's impresario, the 52-year-old Internet entrepreneur and founder of Walker Digital — a think tank churning out ideas and patents, it's best-known for its lucrative "I started an R&D lab and have been an entrepreneur. So I have a big affinity for the human imagination," he says. "About a dozen years ago, my collection got so big that I said, 'It's time to build a room, a library, that would be about human imagination.'"

[Click on the link above for more awesome pictures!]

Leora Kemp, Librarian

Monday, September 22, 2008

Want to Check Out a Banned Book?

UNT Titles on the 2008 Banned Book List

The Kite Runner by Hosseini, Khaled; New York : Riverhead Books, 2003.

The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule.

Call # (PS3608.O525 K58 2003)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; New York : Chelsea House Publishers, c1996.

"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come.

Call # (PR6015.U9 B65 1998); Also available as an e-book through UNT NetLibrary.

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera; translated from the French by Aaron Asher; New York: Harper Perennial, 1996.

In one of the finer modern ironies of the life-imitates-art sort, the country that Kundera seemed to be writing about when he talked about Czechoslovakia is, thanks to the latest political redefinitions, no longer precisely there. This kind of disappearance and reappearance is, partly, what Kundera explores in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. In this polymorphous work -- now a novel, now autobiography, now a philosophical treatise -- Kundera discusses life, music, sex, philosophy, literature and politics in ways that are rarely politically correct, never classifiable but always original, entertaining and definitely brilliant.

Call #( PG5039.21.U6 K613 1996)

UNT Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

Sept. 27-Oct. 4 – Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (BBW) will be celebrated September 27–October 4, 2008. Observed since 1982, this annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Every year, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas polls all Texas school districts to compile the list of the banned books in the state. In partnership with TLA, the ACLU of Texas promotes the Banned Books report to inform the public of statewide challenges to reading materials.

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

Faculty Interview- Scott A. Ames

“Learning is a 'participator sport', not a 'spectator sport'. As engagement in the classroom increases, so does understanding and retention. I seek to partner with my students to create an interesting and useful learning environment” said Scott A. Ames, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator at the UNT Dallas Campus.

Scott A. Ames earned a bachelor's of science degree and an MBA from Michigan State University. Before coming to the UNT Dallas Campus to establish a new program in logistics and supply chain management, he served as an executive lecturer at the UNT flagship in Denton, the University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, and North Lake College of the Dallas County Community College District. In addition to his commitment to the classroom, for the past 25 years Ames has been the owner and principal of his own logistics consulting firm. His wide range of industry experience enables him to effectively blend textbook theory with hands-on practice for an exciting learning experience.

Mr. Ames stated that his vision for the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program is that the program will be “a cornerstone of the success of our University”.

When asked what he would say to students, Mr. Ames said, “Our University is a banquet of choices and opportunities. Prepare well for the future success that can be yours!”

New Library Student Assistant


My name is James Harrison and I am a new UNT Dallas Library Student Assistant. I graduated from UNT earlier this year with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. I'm in my second semester of the Library and Information Sciences program, which has brought me here to the UNT Dallas Library. When I'm not working I like to play basketball, watch sports, and work on cars. Also, I am incredibly awesome.

Europeana: digital paintings, books, films and archives

Another digital library soon to be added to an ever-growing number of online repositories.

From the website:

Europeana – the European digital library, museum and archive – is a 2-year project that began in July 2007. It will produce a prototype website giving users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers. The prototype will be launched in November 2008 by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

The digital content will be selected from that which is already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. The prototype aims to have representative content from all four of these cultural heritage domains, and also to have a broad range of content from across Europe.

The interface will be multilingual. Initially, this may mean that it is available in French, English and German, but the intention is to develop the number of languages available following the launch.

Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Materials!

Financial aid for veterans, military personnel, and their dependents (2006-2008) Redwood City, Calif. : Reference Service Press, 2006 Veterans, military personnel, and their dependents make up more than one third of America's population. Each year, public and private agencies set aside billions of dollars in financial aid for these groups (including the spouses, children, grandchildren, and dependent parents of veterans and military personnel). If you have ties to the military, how do you get your share? Schlachter and Weber answer this question in the 2006-2008 edition of Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Dependents. (UB 403 .F47 2006-08 c.2) 09/17/08

Evaluating the impact of your library. Sharon Markless and David Streatfield.

London : Facet, 2006. This book addresses a major issue for library and information service managers - assessing the impact of services. All types of libraries and information services have traditionally collected a range of performance information that can tell managers something about the efficiency of those services. What is now required is better information about the effectiveness of services, i.e. about the impact of services on users, including remote ones. The core chapters of this book take the reader through a rigorously-tested process model for impact assessment backed by tools and examples to equip managers with all that they need to address their own service impact questions. Chapters include evidence, impact, planning, objectives and success criteria, activities and process indicators, collecting evidence, benchmarking, and more. (Z 678.85 .M37 2006 c.2) 09/17/08

Getting played : African American girls, urban inequality, and gendered violence / Jody Miller ; foreword by Ruth D. Peterson. New York : New York University Press, c2008. Much has been written about the challenges that face urban African American young men, but less is said about the harsh realities for African American young women in disadvantaged communities. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and even gang rape are not uncommon experiences. In Getting Played, sociologist Jody Miller presents a compelling picture of this dire social problem and explores how inextricably, and tragically, linked violence is to their daily lives in poor urban neighborhoods. (HV 6250.4 .W65 M522 2008 c.2) 09/17/08

Creating your library brand : communicating your relevance and value to your patrons / Elisabeth Doucett. Chicago : American Library Association, 2008. From McDonald's arches to Nike's swoosh, logos are part of the everyday landscape.
Branding is one part of the marketing process that focuses on developing a laser-clear message and the means to communicate that message to the intended audience. In the new media mix, libraries need to stand up and effectively communicate their benefits as a preferred provider of information and entertainment resources. By following the step-by-step guidance of Doucett, branding pro turned librarian, libraries can begin to develop branding that makes a difference. (Z 716.3 .D68 2008 c.3)

Faculty Interview- Dr. Lauralee Thompson

Originally from Seattle, Washington Dr. Lauralee Thompson now calls Dallas home. Dr. Thompson has lived in many parts of the U.S. during her career, but was drawn to Texas to be near family and to be a part of a university that is growing before her. When asked about what she looks forward to most at UNT Dallas, Dr. Thompson began to speak about how amazing it is to see this campus grow right in front of her.

She received her PhD from the University of Michigan, specializing in medical sociology and social psychology. This is her first full-time academic appointment, but worked many years doing quantitative research for Consumer Reports, as well as a time working for the United Nations between her masters and PhD. Education is a high priority for Dr. Thompson, who feels that earning her PhD was one of her mast satisfying accomplishments. I asked Dr. Thompson if she had any advice to give the UNT Dallas students, to which she replied, “I’ll give the same advice I gave to my son when he went to college. No one gives you an education, you take it. Take everything you get, this is your opportunity.” It was a great pleasure to get to know Dr. Thompson, as it is apparent that she is very passionate about UNT Dallas and its students, whose perspectives and class discussions she looks forward to in class.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Materials Help to Study for PPR/TExES Test

Worried about how you will pass the TExES test? There is a cost free alternative to expensive test preparation books for this test. Come to the UNT Dallas Library and check out the following materials:

Hall, Ann, McCall, Carolyn, and Linda Burkhardt. Kaplan TExES has a complete review of all PPR domains.

(Call # LB1763.T4H35 2006)

Crocker, Betty and Frances Van Tassell. Barron’s How to prepare for the TExES reviews all levels of the PPR exam and provides a list of suggested web sites (p. 429) for studying the PPR competencies.

(Call # LB1772.T4V36 2004)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15th- October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15th- October 15th

Started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week, Hispanic Heritage Month was created by President Ronald Reagan and enacted into law August 17, 1988. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th through October 15th. September 15th was chosen because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate the anniversary of their independence on this day. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days within the month of September and Día de la Raza, or Columbus Day is celebrated October 12th, falling within Hispanic Heritage Month.

A Few Important Works by Mexican and Mexican-American Authors available in the UNT Collection:

The Underdogs

Azuela, Mariano, 1873-1952

Available through NetLibrary

The labyrinth of solitude: life and thought in Mexico

Paz, Octavio, 1914-1998

Call Number: F1210 .P313 (Denton Campus)

The death of Artemio Cruz

Fuentes, Carlos.

Call Number: PQ7297.F793 M813 1991 (Denton Campus)

Rain of gold

Villaseñor, Victor.

Call Number: PS3572.I384 Z469 1991 (Denton Campus)

y no se lo tragó la tierra. English & Spanish

Rivera, Tomás, 1935-

Call Number: PQ7079.2.R5 Y213 1987 (Denton Campus)

-Materials at the Denton campus library are available to UNT- Dallas campus students, please come by and our team will be happy to assist you in obtaining these or any other materials that you may need. As a UNT- Dallas campus student you may also have materials mailed directly to you at no charge through the Distance Learning Request Form.

Interesting Links:

Library of Congress National Hispanic Heritage Month Page

U.S Census Bureau Facts for Features, Hispanic Heritage Month

National Register of Historic Places- Hispanic Heritage Month

Biographical Information about Cesar Chavez

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Library has New Material

The Grants Register 2009: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide 27th Edition. The Grants Register. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The most authoritative and comprehensive guide available to postgraduate grants and professional funding worldwide. For over twenty years The Grants Register has been the leading source for up to date information on the availability of, and eligibility for, postgraduate and professional awards. With details of over 4,200 awards, The Grants Register 2009 is more extensive than any comparable publication. Each entry has been verified by the awarding bodies concerned ensuring that every piece of information is accurate. As all information is updated annually, each edition also provides the most current details available today.

(Call #LB 2338 .G7 2009 c.2) 9/03/08