Tuesday, December 22, 2009







Happy Holidays

from UNT Dallas Library

Saturday, November 21, 2009

UNT Debuts the John F. Kennedy Dallas Police Department Collection

On November 22, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, in the Dealey Plaza of Dallas, Texas.

The city has kept records of what the city was like before and after that day as well as a collection of the evidence gathered by the police department ever since. Unfortunately, the archive was only available from the City Secretary's website on the city website and the only method of searching the archive was looking through the rather long inventory list. That is, until the University of North Texas decided to sort, catalog and repost the collection as part of The Portal to Texas History online archive. The John F. Kennedy Dallas Police Department Collection is now fully searchable and easier to locate just in time for the 46th anniversary of the assassination.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New books on the shelves

The shelves of the UNT Dallas library are once again refreshed with new books on a variety of topics. Here's what's new:
TENURE AND PROMOTION
The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research and Service, Seldin, P. and Miller, J.E. 2009, Jossey-Bass. This book lists 21 examples of portfolios used to achieve promotion and tenure, as well as lists a step-by-step approach to creating a portfolio of your own.
The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, Seldin, P., 2004, Anker. How do you document teaching performance? Peter Seldin shows how portfolios are used at seven institutions of higher learning to make hiring and retention decisions.
SOCIAL SERVICES
The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning, Stoecker, R. and Tryon, E.A., eds., 2009, Temple University Press. This collection of essays describes how service learners can best be selected, trained and put to use in community groups.
BUSINESS
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, Mezrich, B., 2009, Doubleday. A partly fictionalized account of how Mark Zukerberg developed the highly popular Facebook while a student at Harvard. Zukerberg did not agree to be interviewed for the book, but his friends and enemies weigh-in.
DIVERSITY
On Being Different: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the North American Mainstream, Kottak, C.P. and Kozaitis, K.A., 2008, McGraw Hill. This book analyzes the culture from the perspective of race, religion, gender sexual orientation and age.
EDUCATION
The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, Bonk, C.J., 2009, Jossey-Bass. E-books, open source software, electronic collaboration and various other digital learning tools and techniques are covered.
POLITICS
The Almanac of American Politics 2010, Barone, M. and Cohen, R., 2009, National Journal Group. Who are the women and minorities in Congress? Which Congressional representatives have switched parties? What's up with district demographics? You can learn the answers to those questions and more from this almanac that describes each senator and representative sent to Washington, D.C.

New Smiles at the Library


A new, full-time team is joining the UNT Dallas library to help you with your research needs.
Brenda Robertson, on the left in the photograph, is a librarian who comes to us from Amigos Library Services. She brings experience in researching, grant writing and instructing online courses. April Barker, library specialist, comes to us from the Paul Quinn library. A third librarian will be joining the team soon.
Please come by and welcome the new team. And remember, for all your information needs ASK A LIBRARIAN.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Books Help With Job, Scholarship Search



Several new books at the UNT Dallas library offer guidance on financing college and finding jobs.

  • Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders, Enlow, W. and Krannich, R. (2006), Impact Publications. The employment issues of ex-offenders are covered, and advice on how to surmount barriers is given.

  • Government Job Finder, Lauber, D., ed. (1997), Planning/Communications. More than 1,800 sources of job openings for 17 million jobs in local, state and federal government are included.

  • Guide to America's Federal Jobs: A Complete Directory of U.S. Government Career Opportunities, Maxwell, B. and JIST, eds. (2005). Find listings and tips on finding openings in this guide.

  • Job Searches Beyond the Big Cities, Fuller, S., (2008), Inquiza Communications. Read about tips on how to search for jobs in medium-to-small towns.

  • Overcoming Barriers to Employment Series, Krannich, R. and C., (2006), Impact Publications. This book describes more than 100 employment barriers that can prevent people from finding good jobs or or advancing in their careers.

  • Scholarship Handbook 2010, The College Board, ed. (2009). This handbook provides facts about more than 1.7 million awards, including scholarships, internships and loan programs offered to undergraduates by foundations, charitable organizations and state and federal government agencies.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Write a novel in November


It's time again for NaNoWriMo, the annual National Novel Writing Month that encourages folks to write 175-page, 50,000 word novels by midnight Nov. 30
"Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved," according to the group's website.
Participants have permission not to worry about mistakes, agonize over quality or fuss about details. The point is to get people to write, and once they start, who knows where the stories or their efforts will take them?
More than 120,000 people gave it a try last year.
Don't procrastinate! Visit the website http://www.nanowrimo.org/ for more information, pep talks and advice.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New and vast online source for quick research



What if you could have a library of 435 reference books at your fingertips?
You can. The multi-disciplinary Credo Reference electronic database allows you to search the full-text of more than 3 million entries in encyclopedias, dictionaries, guides, handbooks and more.
Here is just a sampling of titles available: The Handbook of Aging & Social Science, World of Criminal Justice encyclopedia, Dictionary of Human Resources & Personnel, and Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education & Care.

Those, and 431 other titles, are available by opening the UNT Dallas website and clicking on library services and then clicking on electronic resources. You'll see an alphabet on the screen. Click on the "C" and scroll down to Credo Reference.

From Credo, you can save the articles and then e-mail them to yourself, print them, or send them to your RefWorks account. Students will like the fact that the APA citation style appears at the bottom of each article.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Organize information with Google Reader


Google Reader is one easy way to organize your online reading.
How so? Google Reader displays the headlines of favorite websites and blogs. Instead of surfing 10 websites, you can display all 10 websites' headlines on one page. Just click on the headline and you are taken to the article.
Google Reader is free of charge and easy to set up. Head over to google.com/reader. Click on "Add subscripton" and type in the web address of your favorite site.
Click the star icon on items you particularly like and they will be saved in a separate folder. You can further organize your favorite articles by adding tags, or descriptive words that let you organize articles by subject. You can share articles to your own blog or you can share articles with other selected Google Reader users, making this a good tool for collaborative learning on the web.
Illustration courtesy of dannysullivan via flickr's Creative Commons attribution license

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October is National Information Literacy Month

Information Literacy
President Barack Obama declared October to be National Information Literacy Awareness Month. He states that the ability to seek, find, and interpret information can be applied to everyone including fields in education, technical, financial, medical, etc. President Obama believes that everyone has the opportunity to be information literate.

Information Literacy is the understanding and use of a set of abilities that enables a person to recognize when information is needed. This understanding allows individuals to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. In regard to information literacy, a person can evaluate, organize, access and use information from different sources. An information literate person will know how to define and investigate a subject in addition to selecting appropriate terms that will be used for expressing a subject or concept. Information Literacy is having a better understanding of where and how to find information. It gives individuals the ability to judge whether the information is reliable or not.

By having an enormous amount of information, regardless of coming from the television, radio networks or online resources, information literacy is important so that a person can determine what amount of information is needed, how to access the information successfully, and how to seriously evaluate the information and its sources. Furthermore, individuals can effectively use information as a way of accomplishing a specific purpose. Information Literacy gives a person the opportunity to identify, retrieve and apply relevant information for studying, teaching and researching.


Websites to visit for more on information literacy:
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/instruction/faculty/literacy/about.html
http://libguides.uky.edu/infolit
http://www.uri.edu/library/instruction-services/infolitplan.html
http://prezi.com/3gzlas5fejr2
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cup/library/instruct/literacy
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/infolit/overview/intro/index.cfm
http://www.deakin.edu.au/library/findout/information_literacy.php
http://www.philau.edu/infolit/why_students.htm
http://www.libraryinstruction.com/info-lit.htm
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/instruct/literacy.htm
http://www.libraryinstruction.com/parents.html
http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/infolit.html
http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/LIBRARY/HHCL_New_Web/Teach_Learn_what_infolit.htm http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/info_literacy/
http://www.informationliteracy.org/
http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/sep09/Birdsong.shtml
http://infolit.org/
http://skil.standford.edu/intro/research.html


For Educators: Here are some lesson plans that you can use to teach information literacy to your students:
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Information_Literacy
http://www.libraryinstruction.com/lessons.html
http://www.csulb.edu/~lfarmer/infolitwebstyle.htm

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Texas Constitutional Amendment Election Nov 3rd


There is a Texas Constitutional Amendment Election coming up on November 3, 2009. We would like to encourage you to get informed on the issues and make your voice heard. Off year elections are notorious for low voter turnouts. So if you don’t want to wake up on November 4th and say “How did that pass?” then you need to get involved.

There are some Major Issues That Affect You Such as :

PROPERTY TAXES • PUBLIC BEACHES• VETERANS • PRIVATE PROPERTY • COUNTY LAND

The deadline to register is October 5, 2009.

Important Dates: http://www.lwvdallas.org/election_info.html

Explanations of Amendments:

http://www.lwvtexas.org/2009VG/2009CAVG%5bFINAL%5d.pdf

For help with registering to vote, stop by any the UNTD Library, your local public library, or visit http://www.dalcoelections.org/

for additional information or http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Dr. Samuel Oberstein came to UNT Dallas in August 2009 as one of the newest members of the faculty. He is a senior lecturer in the areas of health services management, risk management and insurance, and human resources management.

Sam obtained his BBA in Accounting from Baruch College and began work as an IRS agent. Sam’s experience in health services management began thirty years ago when, based on his experience in auditing health care and other types of organizations, he made the switch from the IRS to studying and working in the fields of public health and health administration. In particular, Sam pursued specialization in the areas of health insurance and managed care. He then further developed his expertise through studies and work in the fields of risk management and insurance, employee benefits, and human resources management.

Sam has two masters degrees: a Masters in Public Health and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations both from the University of Minnesota. His PhD, also from the University of Minnesota, was done through the Department of Administrative Pharmacy in conjunction with his PhD dissertation funded and supervised through the Department of Finance and Insurance. Sam also has earned the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, and Health Insurance Associate.

Sam developed extensive business experience as well as teaching and program directing experience in the various states in which he has lived, including New York, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Texas. Sam had a particularly enjoyable time when he worked under a federal grant for the Sisters of Providence in Montana where he had the opportunity to work with diverse groups including the Native American population. During his previous stay in Dallas in the nineties, Dr. Oberstein was elected the president of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.

In his spare time, Sam participates in both religious and community activities. He is a very dedicated orthodox affiliated Jewish man with a love for serving people. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and swimming. He even used to take part in an ice skating team that performed in public exhibitions.

Dr. Oberstein looks forward to bringing out the best in everyone he serves and helping students to become proactive in their academic and career goals. Sam gave three excellent pieces of advice for any reader, student or faculty: “Good character comes first and respect should be earned”; “No matter where you go, there you are; therefore bloom where you are planted”; and “Smile often: That way the wrinkles you develop as you age will turn into a permanent smile.”

The library staff thanks Sam for giving us such a wonderful interview to present to the students, faculty and staff.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

National Hispanic Heritage Month


September 15 is the first day of a month-long observance of the contributions of Hispanics to the culture of the United States. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from mid-September to mid-October to coincide with the anniversaries of independence for many Latin American countries.
A National Hispanic Heritage Month website sponsored by the Library of Congress and other government sponsors can be found at http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/. There you can:
• read about the newest Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor,
• find out about Hispanic war veterans,
• get lesson plans on Hispanic heritage,
• browse through a gallery of Hispanic contributions to art, music and more,
• study the holdings of the Spanish Colonial Research Center , as well as much more!

Photo of boys in fiesta costumes, Taos, N.M., July 1940, courtesy of the Library of Congress

Thursday, September 10, 2009

UNITED STATES PATRIOT DAY & CONSTITUTION DAY



Patriot Day is observed on September 11th.

Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our country.

On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.

Patriot Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Day http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/patriot-day http://www.readwritethink.org/calendar/calendar_day.asp?id=291 http://www.surfnetkids.com/related/September+11+Patriot+Day/patriot_day/

Other Sept. observances: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:September_observances

Constitution Day: Sept. 17: http://constitutionday.cc/ http://edsitement.neh.gov/ConstitutionDay/constitution_index2.html http://www.western.edu/academics/library/constitution-day-2009.html http://www.yaliberty.org/september17

http://www.loc.gov/fedsearch/metasearch/?cclquery=constitution+day#query=(constitution day)&filter=pz:id=lcweb|ammem|catalog|ppoc|thomas http://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/constitution-day.php

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/special_events/constitution_day/

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sopranos Movie?

Hey Sopranos fans! Were you irked by the sudden ending of the final episodes of The Sopranos on HBO? The New York Daily News suggests that there is serious talk of adapting a script to be used on the "big screen." Is there a better ending for our favorite Sopranos characters? Don't trust the gossip of your library. Check out the article at

Sopranos Movie Rumor

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Not Your Stereotypical Librarian

Forget the image of a librarian as a bespectacled cardigan-wearing shusher . Librarians are much more interesting than that, with some going on to be award-winning writers, political leaders, FBI directors and even comic book superheroes. Check out this list of 10 Surprising Former Librarians.

If that isn’t enough to alter your opinion of librarians, check out these Modified and Bellydancing Librarians.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Library Has New Materials

Neil Howe, William Strauss, Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus, 2003, ISBN 1-57858-033-1.Who are the Millennials? They are anyone born in or after 1982. Where are they now? They are going to college; and their generation is experiencing a different educational atmosphere than their academic predecessors. Strauss and Howe, the co-authors of several books, are back to reinforce their ideas of the prevalent issues facing the millennial student, concepts such as: helicopter parents, money worries, a rise in cheating, peer pressure, drug abuse and sex. They even offer a special section on excess parental involvement and how to maintain a healthy balance of interest and perspective. LB 2342.92 .H69 2007. 7/17/2009

Goldsworthy, A. (2009). How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. The author provides an excellent discussion and narrative of the disintegration of the power of the Roman Empire from the period Marcus Aurelius to Justinian times. The main thesis is that the strength of the Empire was bruised by the instability and issues of the corrupt Emperors and administrators combined with civil warring rather than the involvement of barbarian tribes and the Sassanid Persian Empire. Overall, it is a fascinating and well researched book that could be used for comparative insight into modern times. DG 311.G65 2009 c.2. 7/17/2009.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pong, Fireworks, and the Mona Lisa

Have you seen the Extreme Shepherding viral video? Did you know that this video was created by The Viral Factory as an ad for Samsung? Read more about it at Ads of the World and Culture Buzz.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

2.5 Million Free eBooks: Worldbook eBook Fair

Word from Michael Hart, the Founder of Project Gutenberg, that once again this year the World e-Book Fair will take place from July 4th-August 4th. This is the 4th year of the annual book fair. It starts on July 4th to celebrate the 38th anniversary of Project Gutenberg which began on July 4th, 1971.

Once the event begins you’ll find FREE access to over 2.5 million full text eBooks that you can download to your computer. Some titles can also be downloaded and read on certain types mobile phones.

http://worldebookfair.org/Collections.htm

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Making Headlines: Better World Books

This CNN article features Better World Books, a company that sells used library and university books, then donates a portion of the profit to libraries and literacy programs around the world.

One-To-One Patent Question & Answer Sessions

WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm &
Saturday, September 19 , 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE: Dallas Public Library
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young St., 6th floor
Dallas, TX 75201

TO REGISTER CALL: (214) 670-1468

WEBSITE: http://dallaslibrary.org/CGI/workshop.htm

Instructor: Bob Wise, Patent Attorney*

Join the Dallas Public Library for informal sessions answering general questions on patents, patent searching and the application process. Sign up for individual one-on-one 20-minute slots on the dates listed above.

Robert Wise is a registered patent attorney here in Dallas. A former U.S. Patent Office examiner with over 25 years of experience in the intellectual property field, he is a member of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and many other legal organizations. He is also an active member of the Texas Inventors Association, donating time to helping individual inventors begin and understand the patent process

This service is provided as a general guide to the U.S. patent process, laws and sources of further of information. Information discussed via this forum will not create an agent-client/attorney-client relationship, nor is it a substitute for professional advice regarding a specific transaction or the laws of a particular jurisdiction.
*Bob Wise – Registration #29,602

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fourth of July Celebrations

Do you think that the standard parade, barbecue, and fireworks are the only way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Much more unique festivities, some outdated and others still thriving, are held on Independence Day, including hot dog eating contests, fat man races, bath tub races, and greased pig races (where contestants chase greased pigs, attempting to catch one).




Bonus: The Library of Congress Today in History for the Fourth of July provides a short history on the celebration of the holiday.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flu Prevention Methods

Below is a transcript of a video by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services and the Commissioner of Health for the State of Texas, talking about important flu prevention methods.

The video and transcript can be found here:
http://governor.state.tx.us/video/interviews/12305/
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/swineflu/video_transcript.shtm

Dr. David Lakey
Flu Prevention Methods Video Transcript

April 29, 2009

Hello, my name is David Lakey and I'm the Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services and the Commissioner of Health for the State of Texas.

We wanted to share with you some basic principles you can utilize to protect your health. Obviously, there is a lot of concern out there related to what we hear in the media with this new swine flu, but we want to put that in perspective, and again give you some tools to use to protect your health.

Every year we have seasonal influenza. We’re used to that. We take our shots to help protect us, and seasonal influenza is dying out this part of the year. Unfortunately, there is this new strain, and our hope is like the seasonal influenza it will also go away, but we can’t count on that. So we need to do things to protect our health.

There are very simple tools you can use to protect your health. First, flu is spread when we cough on each other. When we cough on our hand and we touch our mouth and touch our eyes, we can spread the disease. So it’s very important right now that if you are coughing, to cover your mouth and cover your nose.

It’s also very important to wash your hands. We spread diseases by our hands. If you don’t wash your hands, you can pass on germs or pick up germs and then touch your eye or mouth and you can become infected.

It’s also very important that we stay home when we are sick. A lot of us go to work no matter what condition we're in. This is not the time to do that. If you're sick you need to stay home. It’s not time to go for your perfect attendance record at school. It's not time to worry about sick leave. If you are sick, you need to stay home. If you don’t, you could spread this to other individuals.

It’s also very important that you understand that throughout the state of Texas, we're taking some specific measures to prevent the spread of this disease into your community. In communities where we have identified swine flu, we're asking the communities to do specific steps. We're asking them – at certain times when they have the disease in their schools – to close their schools. We're asking them to implement their Pandemic Influenza Plan so we are ready, and the community is ready, for whatever comes their way. We're working with health care providers throughout the state so they know what they need to do in order to protect your health.

Again, I appreciate your time. Again, I advise you to do those basic precautions to protect your health, wash your hands, cover mouth when you cough, cover your sneeze, and if you are sick you need to stay home.

Thank you.


Source: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/swineflu/video_transcript.shtm

For more information on the H1N1 Flu refer to the Texas Department of State Health Services at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/swineflu/

04:05:06 07-08-09

At 5 minutes and 6 seconds after 4 am, on the 8th of July, of this year, the time and date will be:

04:05:06 07-08-09

This will not happen again until the year 3009!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day


Mother's Day was established as a national observance in 1914, but it took a while to get a special day designated for dear ol' Dad.
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge suggested that dads deserved a national holiday. It wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson set the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, in 1972, President Richard Nixon created Father's Day as a national observance.
Father's Day falls on June 21 this year. Read more about the history of Father's Day at http://www.history.com/content/fathersday/history-of-father-s-day, plus check out its section on famous TV dads.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Plain Talk About Flag Day


Flag Day is June 14, a date that honors the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress approved the design of the new nation's flag.

The "Today in History" page of the American Memory project of the Library of Congress offers Flag Day illustrations, links, facts and stories, including the following conversation overheard long ago and published in "American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940":
"Why ain't you got your flag out?" says Mr. Richmond, entering the gas
station in which he spends much of his time these days. "You know today is
flag day, don't you?"

"I guess the boss forgot to buy a flag,
George," says Mr. Davis, the
station attendant. "And even if we had one, we
ain't got no place to put it."

Mr. Richmond: "That's a fine state of
affairs, that is. Here they are
tryin' to bring home to you people the fact
that you're livin' in one of the few
countries where you can draw a free
breath and you don't even know it. You're
supposed to have flags out all
this week. Don't you know that? This is flag day
and this is flag week.
Where's your patriotism?"

Mr. Davis: "What the h*** are you hollerin'
about, George? You're always
runnin' the country down. They can't do
anything to suit you. You're worryin'
about taxes and future generations and
all like that. Where's your
patriotism?"

Mr. Richmond: "Well, that's
different. A man got a right to criticize.
That's free speech. Don't mean I
ain't patriotic."

Learn more about Flag Day and many other aspects of Americana at
American Memory, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html.

Illustration from the WPA Federal Art Project, 1939, from American Memory.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Search Engine Called Bing

Microsoft held a big party at Seattle's Space Needle (above) this week for the launch of its new search engine Bing, but only the number of users in upcoming weeks will dictate if Bing is a success.
Bing is a more beautiful search environment. Its home page features stunning photography. Its search result pages aren't nearly as cluttered as Google's.
Microsoft calls its new search engine a "decision engine" because people need to sift through so much information to make good decisions and Bing is designed to help.
We took Bing for a spin, with Google in the passenger seat. We searched on "UNT Dallas" on Bing and on Google.
The results were only slightly different.
Bing brought back more "how-to" results: A search result on how to log on to Blackboard Vista, a result on Eagle Connect mail, that sort of thing.
Interestingly, there was not one search result for Wikipedia on Bing's first page, while, per usual Wikipedia was one of Google's top finds.
Bing claims it returned 1,670,000 items on UNT Dallas, while Google said it hit 509,000. Not that it matters. Both search engines return 10 hits a page and most people don't bother to read through more than the first two pages of results, if that.
Give Bing a try and let us know what you think. It's at www.bing.com.
Space Needle photo from the Bing launch party used with permission from www.arteworks.biz via flickr.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

65th Anniversary of D-Day


June 6th marks the 65th anniversary of D-Day. On this day in 1944 166,000 Allied troops landed on a 50 mile stretch of beach in Normandy, France. Although 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, 100,000 troops were able to march across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler.

Source: http://www.army.mil/d-day/

General Dwight D. Eisenhower made a speech just before the invasion, below is this speech:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Source: http://www.army.mil/d-day/message.html

To start the invasion paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines to prepare for the beach assault. Of the men of the 101st Division who landed, only 1/6 arrived at their destination point. The 82nd also suffered great losses. Both Divisions reorganized themselves into improvised squads and successfully fought on.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/sfeature/sf_paratrooper.html

A controversy arose at the official French D-Day commemoration when the Queen of England was not invited. The Queen of England is the only reigning monarch to have served in WWII. The French government acknowledged this, but stated that the Normandy invasion was "primarily a Franco-American" affair. The Royal Family will be represented by The Prince of Wales.

Source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2009/06/03/prince-charles-to-attend-65th-anniversary-of-d-day-86908-21410824/

For further information:

http://www.army.mil/d-day/

http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/library/Divisions/Government/DDay.html

http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/normandy/nor-pam.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/sfeature/sf_paratrooper.html

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2009/06/03/prince-charles-to-attend-65th-anniversary-of-d-day-86908-21410824/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/5393626/France-admits-not-inviting-the-Queen-to-65th-D-Day-anniversary.html

The UNT Library system holds many resources regarding D-Day and related topics, examples include:

The bloody battle for Tilly : Normandy, 1944 / Ken Tout. D756.5.C15 T68 2000

The battle for Normandy [by] Eversley Belfield and H. Essame. 940.54 B411b

Anatomy of a battle [by] Kenneth Macksey. Illus. by Patrick Hargreaves. D756.5.N6 M23 1974

The Americans at Normandy : the summer of 1944-- the American war from the Normandy beaches to Falaise / John C. McManus. D761 .M328 2004

Please feel free to come by or contact us at the Dallas Campus Library and we will be happy to assist you with these or any other library materials.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May is Mental Health Month

Help promote mental health wellness this month by participating in spreading awareness towards the issues and debates surrounding mental health!

There are many Web resources devoted to mental health and awareness regarding mental health. Mental Health America is a nonprofit organization devoted to "helping people live mentally healthier lives." nmha.org

Take some time this month to explore some of these issues and share your insight with friends and family. You may create a postive outcome with someone as a result of your well-placed remarks.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Using education to reach out to others

In his speech at the Arizona State University commencement President Barack Obama encouraged students to use their education to reach out to others and give to the community. In his speech he challenged:

With a degree from this university, you have everything you need to get started. Did you study business? Why not help our struggling non-profits find better, more effective ways to serve folks in need. Nursing? Understaffed clinics and hospitals across this country are desperate for your help. Education? Teach in a high-need school; give a chance to kids we can't afford to give up on - prepare them to compete for any job anywhere in the world. Engineering? Help us lead a green revolution, developing new sources of clean energy that will power our economy and preserve our planet.



Below is a list of films that are based on, or inspired by educators who did just that. They taught and inspired high needs and at risk youth. Included are the call numbers to access these materials through the UNT library resources, as well as bibliographic information on books written by, or about these educators. Our library has access to each of these materials through the UNT library collection, or other resources, such as interlibrary loan and the TexShare program.

Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/13/obama-asu-speech-full-tex_n_203287.html

The Films

Music of the Heart
Based on: Roberta Guaspari
UNT Library Call #: DVD 109

In director Wes Craven's inspiring Oscar-nominated drama -- which is based on a true story -- violinist and single mother Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep) struggles to convince the administration at an East Harlem high school to let her establish a music program. Having won that battle, Roberta nonetheless continues to face an uphill climb as budget cuts threaten her determined and deeply felt efforts to bring the arts to underprivileged kids.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Music_of_the_Heart/27449326?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=1668375409_0_0


Dangerous Minds
Based on: LouAnne Johnson
This film available through interlibrary loan or TexSare card

In this blackboard-jungle drama, Michelle Pfeiffer plays Louanne Johnson, an erstwhile lady leatherneck turned teacher who squares off against a classroom of impudent, inner-city teens. The students' bullying tactics nearly drive Johnson out the first day, but she radically changes her lesson plan to include bribery and browbeating (despite objections from the prissy principal) in an effort to teach the class that learning is its own reward.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Dangerous_Minds/418308?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=667822030_0_0

Bibliography:

Johnson, L. (1992). My posse don't do homework. New York: St. Martin's.
UNT Call #: PS3560.O38 D3 1993

Johnson, L. (2005). Teaching outside the box: How to grab your students by their brains. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
UNT Call #: LB1025.3 .J6395 2005


Stand and Deliver
Based on: Jaime Escalante
UNT Library Call #: DVD 4339

Anyone who's ever been in a classroom will be touched by this moving, mostly-true story of famed East L.A. math teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos), who finds himself in a classroom of rebellious remedial-math students. He stuns fellow faculty members with his plans to teach AP Calculus, and even more when the mostly Hispanic teens (including Lou Diamond Phillips as Angel Guzman) overcome the odds and eventually go the distance.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Stand_and_Deliver/994957?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=297013684_0_0

Bibliography:

Mathews, J. (1988). Escalante: The best teacher in America. New York: Holt.
UNT Call #: LD7501.L73 M37 1988


Knights of the South Bronx
Based on: Richard Mason
This film is available through interlibrary loan or Texshare card

Ted Danson stars as Richard Mason, who turns to teaching after getting the ax for blowing the whistle on his corporate employer. Assigned to a class of fourth graders at a tough urban school, Mason finds himself struggling to connect with his cynical students -- until he hits on the idea of teaching them the game of chess. Kate Vernon plays Mason's wife in this inspiring made-for-TV drama based on a true story.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Knights_of_the_South_Bronx/70081045?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=136841256_0_0


Freedom Writers
Based on: Erin Gruwell
UNT Library Call #: DVD 7192

Hilary Swank stars as a young teacher who inspires her at-risk students in this moving drama based on true events. Erin Gruwell (Swank) assigns her class an ambitious project: While studying works such as The Diary of Anne Frank, the kids keep journals about their troubled lives, applying history's lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair that threatens their futures. Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey co-star.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Freedom_Writers/70053462?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=523247408_0_0

Bibliography:

Freedom Writers, & Gruwell, E. (2006). The Freedom Writers diary: How a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them. New York: Broadway Books.
UNT Call #: HQ796 .F76355 2006


The Ron Clark Story
Based on: Ron Clark
This film is available through interlibrary loan or TexShare card

Idealistic young teacher Ron Clark (Matthew Perry, in an Emmy-nominated role) is full of hope as he leaves the familiarity of his hometown for New York City's provocative and volatile inner-city public school system. Clark's fearless devotion and fresh approach to learning is his key to unlocking the chains of ignorance that bind his students. Randa Haines directs this Emmy-nominated biographical drama based on the inspiring true life of the innovative educator.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Ron_Clark_Story/70058937?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=689383703_0_0

Bibliography:

Clark, R. (2004). The essential 55: An award-winning educator's rules for discovering the successful student in every child. New York: Hyperion.

Clark, R. (2004). The excellent 11: Qualities teachers and parents use to motivate, inspire and educate children. New York: Hyperion.


To Sir, with Love
Based on: E. R. Braithwaite
UNT Library Call #: DVD 809

Sidney Poitier stars as Mark Thackeray, an engineer by training who reluctantly takes a teaching job in a working-class London high school. His unruly students (played by an impressive group of unknowns) assume they'll easily gain the upper hand. Poitier, of course, has other ideas. Eventually he wins the students over, changing their lives -- and his -- in the process.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/To_Sir_with_Love/26440577?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=1922724506_0_0

Bibliography:
Braithwaite, E. R. (1960). To Sir, with love. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.


Coach Carter
Based on: Kenneth Carter
This film is available through interlibrary loan or TexShare card

Samuel L. Jackson plays the titular, controversial coach, a hardliner who firmly believes that scholarship and a sense of ethics go hand in hand with excellence on the basketball court. A man of his convictions, Coach Carter benches his undefeated team of high schoolers when they turn in poor academic grades (much to the chagrin of the players' parents and many of his fellow teachers). Co-stars Ashanti. Thomas Carter directs.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Coach_Carter/70019004?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=648029856_0_0


Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story
Based on: Marilyn Gambrell

Millions are sent to jail every year. But what about the children they leave behind?
Texas parole officer Marilyn Gambrell has reached a breaking point. Tired of watching her clients end up back in jail while their kids are neglected and abused, she decides to quit her job and start working with the people who need her most: the kids of prison inmates.
With the help of colleague Perry Beasley, Gambrell creates No More Victims, a support group for teens whose parents are incarcerated. But when the duo enters Smiley High, one of Houston's toughest high schools, they'll have to deal with a limited budget, skeptical faculty and super hostile students. The do-gooder duo have only one year to prove that they can make a difference in the lives of students everyone else has quit on.

Source:
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/fighting-odds-marilyn-gambrell-story/about

Bibliography:
Teachers - Marilyn Gambrell mentors teens with family in prison. (2003). People Weekly. 129.


Lean on Me
Based on: Joe Clark
This film is available through interlibrary loan or TexShare card

When Principal Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the line to give kids a chance.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Lean_on_Me/691179?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=1086275775_0_0

Bibliography:

Clark, J., & Picard, J. (1989). Laying down the law: Joe Clark's strategy for saving our schools. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Gateway.


The Miracle Worker
Based on: Anne Sullivan
UNT Library Call #: DVD 700

A bout with scarlet fever has rendered Helen Keller (Patty Duke) blind, deaf and mute. When her parents can no longer cope with the feral girl's tantrums, they call in novice but innovative teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft). Though Helen perceives sign language as a finger game, Annie's unflagging tutelage ultimately awakens in her charge the concept of words. Oscars deservedly went to Bancroft (Best Actress) and Duke (Supporting Actress).

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Miracle_Worker/60004246?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=1693279469_0_0


Conrack
Based on: Pat Conroy
UNT Library Call #: MV 9999

Like many works written by Pat Conroy, The Water Is Wide - the inspiration for Conrack - is autobiographical. Conroy's character, played by Jon Voight, decides to be a teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on an island off the coast of South Carolina. The island is accessible only by boat, and everyone who lives on the island is black. The school is woefully neglected by school administrators on the mainland, and Conroy (called "Conrack" by his students) shakes up the administration by demanding that they treat his students equally to the white students on the mainland. Conrack is shocked to learn that the students on the island haven't been taught what country they live in and what the name is of the huge ocean that surrounds their island. He and the students all learn a lot more than they thought possible.

Source:
http://powertolearn.com/spotlights/black_history_month_2004/conrack.html

Bibliography:
Conroy, P. (1972). The water is wide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
UNT Library Call #: LC2852.Y3 C6


Take the Lead
Based on: Pierre Dulaine
This film is available through interlibrary loan or TexShare card

When a former professional dancer (Antonio Banderas) offers his skills to the New York public school system, his traditional methods clash with his students' hip-hop sensibilities, but by combining the two techniques -- and learning to work together -- the class creates a style uniquely their own. Alfre Woodard co-stars in this inspiring dance drama based on the real-life experiences of instructor Pierre Dulane.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Take_the_Lead/70044380?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=1775528404_0_0


Radio
Based on: Harold Jones
UNT Library Call #: DVD 3202

A small-town high school football coach (Ed Harris) befriends an illiterate, developmentally disabled man (Cuba Gooding Jr.) nicknamed "Radio," who has always been the target of jokes and teasing. Although their friendship raises eyebrows at first, Radio's growth under the coach's guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk. Based on the true story of the life of James Robert Kennedy.

Source:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Radio/60031265?lnkce=seRtLn&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=343938176_0_0

Friday, May 15, 2009

King Tut!


The library has a new addition… King Tut! 26 UNT Dallas Campus students recreated King Tut and other artifacts from ancient Egypt as part of their project in Dr. Rhonda Vincent’s Methods of Social Studies and Geography class. The students presented this “mini-museum” to Bowie Elementary School students. Please stop by the Dallas Campus library and take a look at part of this wonderful project.

http://www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/news/mini_museum.htm

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May


Cinco De Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican peasant militia, commanded by General Ignacio Zaragoza, over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla, Mexico in 1862. May 5th is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities, and although Cinco De Mayo is mostly a regional holiday, it is also celebrated in other parts of Mexico and many U.S. border towns, as well as U.S. cities with significant Mexican populations. In order to celebrate the concepts of freedom liberty, and friendship, celebrations include: singing, native dancing, eating, costumes,fireworks, and a variety of different types of entertainment.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Faculty Interview: Dr. June Azua

Dr. June Azua teaches Bilingual Education at UNT Dallas. She also teaches graduate level Education Administration electives that relate to linguistics or cultural diversity. Dr. Azua is from a little town in the Panhandle called Locknee Texas. Her Ph.D is in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in bilingual education from Texas A&M, master’s is in reading and supervision with an emphasis in bilingual education from Texas Woman's University and her bachelor’s is in elementary education specializing in bilingual education with a kindergarten endorsement. Dr. Azua began her education focusing on art, but decided that she wanted to combine her interest in language studies with her interest in teaching. In her spare time Dr. Azua reads, and loves spending time outdoors.
Dr. Azua looks forward to the students at UNT Dallas. She enjoys their diverse backgrounds and experiences. She likes to get to know her students views, and appreciates the diversity within the field of education. Her advice to UNT Dallas campus students is to recognize the resources available in the southern sector. She explained that there are many resources for students to gain experiences in this region.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

When Google lets you down…

Google is great for simple searches, but depending on your search needs, it may not be the best place to search. Of course you already know that the library and it's electronic resources are the best places to search for academic information. But, what about searches outside of school that don’t seem to be effective with Google?
Good news, there are other search engines out there, and not just Yahoo! and Ask.com. There are plenty of specialized search engines that allow you to search only items that meet the criteria of the engine. Many of these specialized engines allow you to search the deep web, the part of the web that a general indexer such as Google may not be able to reach. For example, some of these search engines focus on searching chat rooms, blog posts, rss feeds, audio, video, or people.

Next time you are disappointed with Google's results, check out these websites for more options:

List of some specialized search engines

Summary of which search engine best fits your type of search

100 tools and tips to searching the web

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mind your business!


Million Dollar Directory, America’s Leading Public & Private Companies (2009), by Dun and Bradstreet staff, Chester Valley, Pa.: Dun and Bradstreet, Corp.

This five-volume directory outlines the top 160,000 U.S. businesses. Why refer to it? The set is designed to help users identify key decision makers, assess a company’s buying power or determine whether a company is publicly owned.
Each listing in three alphabetically arranged directories includes annual sales volume, employment, company officers and boards of directors, and other basic information. The fourth and fifth volumes help users find businesses by state and city or by industry.
The directory is a handy tool for job seekers, as well as businesses who want to analyze the competition.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Postal Service Mailing Services Prices to Change on May 11

Annual Pricing Review Results in 2¢ Increase in First-Class Mail Stamps

WASHINGTON — The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11.

Customers can continue to mail letters at today’s prices by purchasing the Forever Stamp before May 11. Forever Stamps were developed to help consumers ease the transition during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will be 44 cents.
The new prices are available at usps.com/prices.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just in time for Earth Day and National Library Week

Since National Library Week just wrapped up on Sunday and today is Earth Day, it seems appropriate to discuss resources to guide you in saving the planet. After all, the desire to save the planet is only the first step. Now you need the knowledge of how to do it, and who better to help than librarians.

If you don’t know where to start, you can go to Green Maven, a green search engine, directing you to sites that focus on all things sustainable and green.

If you want to start by changing the way you impact the environment, many sites can provide news, blogs, and tips to help you live green. The Green Guide, National Geographic’s guide to greening your life, The Daily Green, the consumer’s guide to the green revolution, and the Sierra Club Green Tips Library are all good places to start.

To make a bigger impact and get involved socially and politically, you will need resources to learn what to do and how to do it. Connexions Resource Center contains articles, books, and films to guide you. For those with an interest specifically in toxic waste, the Basil Action Network Library provides access to letters, speeches, editorials, articles, legal filings, and legislation on toxic waste.

If you really want to get involved, you can find volunteer opportunities at Idealist.org or find a career in renewable energy by searching Green Jobs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Read all about it!



New books in at the UNT Dallas Campus library in April include works on how university officials can:
• Use information technologies
• Retain students
• Merge university information services
• Understand more about the “neomillennial” generation of students.
There’s even a book that lets you look up information on the richest people in the world.

Books: Business and Government

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, by U.S. Army Gen. Henry M. Robert, et al, 2000. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press.
This 10th edition of parliamentary procedures includes new rules for virtual meetings via e-mail, teleconferences or video-conferences. In fact, you wouldn’t be out of order if you wanted to refer to this volume online at www.robertsrules.com.

Hoover’s Handbook of World Business, Profiles of Major Global Enterprises, 2009, Austin, Texas: SycamoreProductions.
Which are the top marketing organizations in the world? Or the top petroleum refining companies? Rankings such as those are included along with 300 profiles of international companies. Along with companies’ histories, the profiles include financial reports, names of executives, locations and main business competitors. The listings also include Forbes’ rankings of richest people and Fortune’s rankings of the most admired companies.

Books: High Tech Meets Higher Ed

Online Social Networking on Campus, Understanding What Matters in Student Culture by Ana M. Martínez Alemán and Katherine Lynk Wartman, 2009, New York and London: Routledge.
This academic look at Facebook, My Space, Twitter and other social networking sites is written as a guide for college faculty and administrators who wish to offer guidance and to better understand how the “neomillennial “generation communicates. Among the topics discussed in this work are the ethics of social networking, including issues of social propriety, self-disclosure and acceptable behavior.

The Tower and The Cloud, Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, Editor Richard N. Katz, 2008, Boulder, Colo. and Washington, D.C: Educause.
This collection of essays is designed to answer the question: What is the impact of information technology on higher education? The Tower and The Cloud addresses the changes in scholarly publishing, teaching and learning techniques, accountability, global reach and competitiveness.

Books: Library and Information Science

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, by Peggy Johnson, Second Edition, 2009, Chicago: American Library Association.
The fundamentals of creating and maintaining a library collection are covered in this work by the associate librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Johnson details how to evaluate a collection, how to write a collection development policy and how to create a budget, along with other topics.

Convergence and Collaboration of Campus Information Services, edited by Peter Hernon and Ronald R. Powell, 2008, Westport, Conn. And London: Libraries Unlimited.
A variety of authors discuss how academic libraries can converge with other university services and how those libraries can collaborate with other departments to get information to faculty and students. Examples of convergence and collaboration include writing centers, centers for teaching excellence and university presses.


Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers
, by Theresa Chmara, 2009, Chicago: American Library Association.
An easy-to-read guide to the main issues libraries face in keeping patron records confidential and private. It’s in this book that you’ll find answers to questions covering computer use, records retention, First Amendment rights and more. The author clearly explains the complex legal issues.

Books: Education

What Will I Learn in College?, What You Need to Know Now to Get Ready for College Success, by Robert Shoenberg, 2008, Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
A 24-page guidebook breezes through basic steps on how to prepare for and what to expect from college.

Teaching Unprepared Students, Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education by Kathleen F. Gabriel, 2008, Sterling, Va.: Stylus Publishing.
This 129-page book sets down guidelines on how to retain college and university students who are at-risk of dropping out. Gabriel discusses how to identify students who are not prepared for higher education and how to set classroom policies to work with them. She also discusses learning styles.

Programs that save money on ink and paper!

THINK GREEN 3/7/2009
By Kim Komando -
Programs save money on ink and paper

We’re all learning to save money in new and exciting ways. What could be more fun? Nothing, I say. So, I’m here with more ways to keep cash in your wallet!

OK, lots of things are more fun than saving money. Take printing for example. You can print documents, Web pages, presentations and much more. And then you can fold all of them into paper airplanes.

Unfortunately, printing isn’t free. You have to use lots of ink and paper. And ink, especially, is not cheap. Luckily, you can use your printer and cut costs. You can do a lot with proper settings. And these programs will help, too.

GreenPrint

This program will help you print only what you want. Sometimes you only need a few pages of a document or site. Why print the whole thing? Highlight unwanted pages and remove them. GreenPrint will calculate how many pages and dollars you’ve saved.

Smart Web Printing

Printing off the Web can waste a lot of paper. You end up printing navigation, pictures and ads. With this program, you can select a specific part of the page. You can even make selections from several sites. And then you can print them on a single piece of paper.

Ecofont

The font you use for writing documents also matters. Different fonts use different amounts of space and ink. Ecofont claims to use 20-percent less ink than similar fonts. It does this by aping Swiss cheese. The letters are full of holes. It’s pretty neat.

Cost: Free

Links:

GreenPrint - www.komando.com/downloads

Smart Web Printing - www.komando.com/downloads

Ecofont – www.ecofont.eu

System: Windows XP and Vista, Mac OS X
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Taxes, Tacos, and Ice Cream

Looking to reward yourself after finally filing your taxes? If you had to fork over some money to the IRS, you might be interested in a free (or discounted) reward. Free tax day offerings this year include a Cinnabon bite, ice cream from Maggie Moo's, and a taco from Taco Del Mar. Check out these websites to see lists of other discount and free tax day offers:

Restaurants offer free food, discounts on tax day
18 Deals that offer some tax dat relief
Tax day: Free, cheap or easy eats

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools Fun

To celebrate April Fools Day, check out Google's new email service, Gmail Autopilot.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New at the Dallas Campus library


“The service provided by most companies is mediocre at best, atrocious at worst,’ say Dennis Snow and Teri Yanovitch, authors of Unleashing Excellence, The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service published in 2003 by DC Press of Sanford, Fla. The authors both have experience working with The Walt Disney World Company.
Unleashing Excellence offers a step-by-step guide on how to begin programs to improve customer service and change employee behavior. The 193-page book is full of lists of “action steps,” as well as sample agendas, surveys and forms that can be used to promote a better image for a business.

Fact-filled profiles of 900 of the nation’s largest businesses are held within the pages of Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2009, Profiles of Major U.S. Private Enterprises, published by Hoover’s Business Press of Austin. Entries for each business include summaries of the business and its products, as much as five years of financial information, as well as lists of executives and company contact information. Entries often include lists of competing businesses.

How do you best assess the effectiveness of university advising programs? What should you be aware of while advising students of color and international students? Those are among the 29 topics on the history, the current trends and the future of advising in a university environment in Academic Advising, A Comprehensive Handbook, Second Edition, by Virginia N. Gordon, Wesley R. Habley and Thomas J. Grites and Associates, published by Jossey-Bass of San Francisco, Calif. in 2008.

People, people who need people...


Do you want to know more about Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular young adult Twilight series? Or perhaps you are more interested in Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
Those are just three of at least 175 people you can meet in the Dallas Campus library.
Their stories are part of the profiles of living leaders who are included in Current Biography Yearbook 2008. Current Biography, now in the library, is complied by the well-respected reference publisher, The H.R. Wilson Company, New York and Dublin.
People profiled in Current Biography hail from the worlds of business, the arts, science, politics, sports, entertainment, activism and journalism.
Wilson describes the 626-page collection as “objective, accurate and well-documented biographical articles.”
Current Biography also has 79 pages of obituaries as well as an index that guides users to profiles written in other issues of the annual Current Biography.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Dallas Today!

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is just in from her trip to Mexico discussing the country’s drug violence and border security issues. She is scheduled to speak at around 3:00 pm at the Dallas Women's Museum located at 3800 Parry Avenue Dallas, TX 75226 . She is participating in honoring Women's History Month. Joining her will be Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Gloria Campos from WFAA-TV will moderate. Last year she won the popular vote in the Texas presidential primary, and this is her first trip to Dallas since assuming the role of Secretary of State for the Obama administration .

Library Has New Materials!

Blumberg, Phyllis (2009). Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Practical Guide for Faculty. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass . This book provides a step-by-step plan for changing courses from teacher-centered to learner-centered models, which in research has been shown to be more engaging for students. The book not only acts as a guide, but it also contains several self-assessments and worksheets that are based upon theories created by Maryellen Weimer's and her approaches to Learner-Centered Teaching. It is designed to help teachers, instructors and faculty transform their teaching methods to improve student learning. LB 2331.B55 2009 c.2

Seldin, Peter (2004). The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. This book is a guide for those looking to create a teaching portfolio. It contains new information on web-based electronic teaching portfolios and also 22 sample teaching portfolios derived from many different disciplines. Other contents include: strategies, helpful answers, field tested suggestions, etc. LB 2333.S46 2004

Cook, D, & Sittler, R (Eds.). (2008). Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors. Chicago, Illinois: ALA. Provides case-studies using instructional methodologies derived from credible pedagogical theory. It shows new approaches to teaching. It helps those with little to no teaching experience enhance their instruction skills. Every section is rooted in educational and library literature. Z 711.25.C65 P73 2008

Seldin, P, & Miller, J (2009). The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. This book focuses on academic portfolios for faculty evaluation and development. They discuss some of the key issues, red flags, and benchmarks for developing academic portfolios. It presents 18 portfolio models from 16 different academic disciplines. LB 1029.P67 S45 2009 c.2

Gordon, Virginia (2006). Career Advising: An Academic Advisor's Guide. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. This book is a resource for academic advisors to help students with the educational choices and career decisions. It highlights how academic advisors are in a position to guide students in their decisions and to help them understand the relationships between their academic and career choices. It helps advisors to become more effective in their jobs as counselors. LB 2343.G636 2006 c.2

Friday, March 13, 2009

St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break



Get Ready for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17th!

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday observing and honoring the death, as the legend proclaims, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, circa 492. It is also the occasion where many Americans celebrate all things ‘Irish’ with parades and festivals. In Dallas you can participate in many events, including the: 30th annual 2009 Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m.

Also, remember that next week is and Spring Break from March 16th-20th! The Library will be closed Monday the 16th, and open Tuesday the 17th-Friday the 20th from 9am-6pm. Saturday the 21st the library will resume normal hours.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Meet Dr. April Fehler


What is the message sociology professor Dr. April Fehler most wants her students to receive?

“They have the power to change their world by the choices that they make,” Fehler says. “They want to make a difference in their communities and I am here to empower them to do that.”

Her students plan to go on to teach, to be activists, to work in law enforcement, corrections, government or social service work.

Dr. Fehler’s specialties are mental health, managed care and health care policy. She brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work. She started out earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Texas, Arlington, and quickly realized that psychology includes not just the psyche, but also the surrounding cultural and political influences.

She went on to earn master’s degrees in sociology from UT, Arlington, and in public administration from the University of North Texas. Her doctorate is in political economy from UNT. She studied at the Dallas Campus.

Dr. Fehler, has been teaching sociology for 10 years. She started as an adjunct instructor at UNT , Dallas Campus, in spring 2007 and began teaching sociology here in 2008.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month

Not so long ago in the United States past, research and discussion about women’s inclusion in history was absent from the general public consciousness. Thanks to the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County, California, in 1978, “Women’s History Week” was born. Eventually, after much interest and public response combined with the efforts of hard working women and men, by 1987, the National Women’s History Project had proposed to Congress to designate the entire month of March for women’s history.

Ways you can promote and participate in honoring women's history:

1. Attend a free lecture on the history of race and gender in the West by Dr. Sarah J. Deutsch, dean of social sciences at Duke University, on March 6, at 4pm at UNT in Denton .

2. Visit the Internet Public Library's Women's History resources at http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/soc50.90.90/.

3. Visit the National Women's History Project. Go to: http://www.nwhp.org/ to see how Women are the Vanguards of Saving the Planet!

4. Visit the Library of Congress to see all of the fascinating historical information on women’s involvement in Unites States history, at http://womenshistorymonth.gov/.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Library Has New Materials

Martana, Texas Women: Trailblazers, Shining Stars & Cowgirls. Dallas, TX: Red Bandana Publishing, 2003. The author is a sixth-generation Texan, has combined a book of successful Texas women to showcase their leadership, stories of success, and what it took to get there. It provides personal interviews and photographic displays. call# F 385 .M37 2003

Newell, Charldean. Managing Local Government Cases in Effectiveness. Washington D.C: ICMA Press, 2008. The text provides actual cases and ties them into the teachings of The Effective Local Government Manager, 3rd Edition. It shows how to deal with important decisions about supervision, hiring, economic development, staff misconduct, and problem analysis in a politic environment. call# JS 331 .M27 2008

Hawkins, Gerald S. Stonehenge Uncovered. New York: Doubleday, 1965. This book was written several decades ago, but until Hawkins discoveries, many theories surrounded the monument, but today even though it is argued, Hawkins has shed light on Stonehenge’s potential past. The author is a Professor of Astronomy and concluded that Stonehenge was a sophisticated astronomical observatory designed to predict eclipses. call #DA 142 .H3 c.3

Mitchell, Gregory R. Cost Analysis and Activity-Based Costing for Government. 6. Chicago, IL: Government Finance Officers Association, 2004. This book is designed to show the reader the importance of cost analysis to prevent overspending in the government. It covers such topics as: the fundamentals of analysis, using cost analysis in government decisions, activity based costing and cost cutting. call#HJ 9816. M53 2004 c.2

Woodward, Jeannette. Creating a Customer Driven Academic Library. Chicago, IL: ALA, 2009. This is a comprehensive manual for librarians and their libraries in staying current in today's high-tech world where the value and services provided by libraries are unknown by the majority of the population. This book describes the necessities of keeping an up to date library for managers. call# Z 675 .U5 W78 2009 c.3

Zubizarreta, John. The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning. San Francisco: Anker, 2004.The learning portfolio helps educators evaluate traditional measures of student achievement. It offers many samples of electronic portfolios and a review reflective practice in student learning. Includes: revised sample assignment sheets, guidelines, criteria, evaluation rubrics, and other material for developing print and electronic portfolios. call# LB 1029 .P67 Z82 2004 c.2

Ashbrook, Alexandra. Street Law's classroom guide to Mock Trials and Moot Courts. New York: McGrawhill, 2005. This is a guide that helps guide teachers in how to instruct students in how to prepare to conduct mock trials and moot courts in the classrooms. It contains several lesson plans to prepare students as well as all of the information one needs to conduct nine mock trials and six moot courts. call# KF281.A2 A84 2005

Galbraith, John Kenneth. A Tenured Professor. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. This is Galbraith’s latest novel and comedic parable of academia. It follows the story of a Harvard professor named Montgomery Marvin who is an economist, and has studied the aspects of refrigerator pricing. He designs an approach to economics that he calls the Index of Irrational Expectations. He asserts that there is no limit to human error when associated with greed. Marvin and his wife are about to take his theory to practice in real life. His test is intertwined with the life as a Harvard academic and the accompanying manners and the behaviors that are deemed necessary. call# PS3557.A4113 T46 2001

Deneef, A. Leigh, and Craufurd D. Goodwin. The Academic's Handbook. 3rd. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. This book is a resource for current and future academics, as it addresses everything a new academic needs to know about the profession. It provides necessary and practical knowledge including information about the job market, university politics, funding, publishing, and issues facing women and minorities. It is geared towards recent Ph.D. graduates, but it is also useful for graduate students and those who have already entered the field.
call# LB 1778.2 .A24 2007 c.2

The Almanac of American Education: 2008. 2008 edition. White Plains, MD: Bernan Press. Contains statistics about education issues from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Education Association, ACT, and the College Board. Information is divided up by counties, states and geographic regions. call # LA217.2 .A45 2009

Hoover’s Handbook of American Business 2009: Profiles of 750 Major U.S. Companies. Hoover’s Inc.: Austin, TX. This updated edition, 19th 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. call# HG 4057 .A28617 2009 v.1 c.2

Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998-2009 v.26-37:1 (Southern Early Childhood Association)