Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Say It Like Obama"

New at the library is the book Say It Like Obama: The Power of Speaking with Purpose and Vision by Shelly Leanne.
This book is about the art of persuasion, the power of presentation, and the most effective techniques of communication. From building strong arguments and facing tough issues to inspiring a team or workforce to new levels of innovation and productivity, Say It Like Obama gives you the tools you can use to instill positive change at every level of your organization.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Say-Like-Obama-Speaking-Purpose/dp/007161589X
(PN 4129.15.L42 2009 c.3)

Also new: Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Vol. 43. This volume includes articles published on the subjects of the history of the information science profession, availability of materials and the access and use of materials, the organization and retrieval of information, and the logistics of space usage in modern libraries. (Call # Z 699 .A1 A65 v. 43 2009 c.2)

Auburn University's Foy Info Desk

Ever heard of Auburn University's Foy Info Desk?

The Foy Info Desk is a free service provided by Auburn University that aims to answer any and all of your questions! The Info Desk gets hundreds of questions a day from all over the world, ranging from strange and quirky to factual and informative.

Here's the number 334-844-4244. Check out the title above to watch a video of the Info Desk in action!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

25 Things About The Dallas Campus Virtual Library

1. The staff at the library is not virtual. We walk. We talk. We know a thing or two about Academic Search Complete.

2. A virtual library covers virtually everything, almost.

3. Our neo-library looks nothing like the control deck of the Starship Enterprise, but just because we look ordinary doesn’t mean we can’t help take you to amazing places.

4. We have comfortable chairs.

5. Napping is great in the library, but snoring is not allowed. We promise not to tell.

6. We have movies – if your professor says so-- but no popcorn.

7. You may think all librarians are little old ladies wearing buns and wire rim glasses. In fact, the staff at the desk are graduate students in library science and only one of them is anywhere near little old ladyhood.

8. A library action figure actually exists. We don't take it out to play with in the lawn or anything. It's just there, in an office.

9. Fights have been known to break out between student assistants over the proper Dewey Decimal order, but, so far, weapons have not been brandished.

10. Even when we are closed, we are open. Log on to www.unt.edu/unt-dallas, click on library services, and visit the library in your pajamas.

11. After you’ve retrieved 77,481 peer-reviewed journal articles, you’ll be REALLY glad to know we can help you narrow the results.

12. The student assistant librarians NEVER GET TIRED OF EBSCOHOST (true fact, guys)

13. Tornado sirens? The two library study rooms are recommended shelters.

14. No one can find you if you work at the desk in the corner.

15. That thing you pass through when you walk in the library door? It’s nothing like airport security. You can keep your shoes on.

16. No, we cannot accept first-born children as collateral for borrowing a lap top. Student ID and a driver’s license are fine.

17. The library has been used as a training ground for police dogs.

18. We have a copy machine and we know how to use it, usually. Actually, the new copy machine is smarter than all of us put together. We can’t wait to get it up and running. We think it might write our papers for us, but we aren’t sure.

19. The desks are pretty darn big.

20. A typewriter. We have one. Really.

21. The student assistant librarians cannot, repeat not, accept tips.

22. The staff are guides, kinda like scouts of the old West, except we don’t do the horse thing, and a few other of those scout things either. Like, stampedes. We don’t do those.

23. No one has ever taken the Austin Powers video from the free video exchange. It’s been there about two years.

24. We have the best collection of encyclopedias in the southeast corner of the campus.

25. And we are proud of it!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Celebration of Presidents

Hear the voice of Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg praise Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is Feb. 12. Take a Presidential trivia quiz. Hear about why one man thinks President's Day (February 16 this year) should be re-named in honor of George Washington's birthday.
National Public Radio (NPR) offers these audio stories at the following link:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Books trump television for entertainment

By: Tracy Everbach
North Texas Daily
Posted: 2/5/09

When I was a child, back in the 1970s, my parents did not allow me to watch television. Well, actually, they let me choose one show a week to watch. The rest of the time I had to entertain myself.

Books became my best friends and primary entertainment. I raced through the "Nancy Drew" and "Little House on the Prairie" series, excited to read what would happen next to Nancy or Laura. Their spirit of adventure and curiosity inspired my own. At the local library, I would check out four or five books each week, launching into tales of black stallions, diving dolphins and girls from historic times. "Little Women," with its writer heroine, seemed to outline my life's path.

In high school, we read the classics. The Bronte sisters and Jane Austen taught me about love and romance. Throughout college and later, I grew to revere contemporary writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Russo, Ann Tyler, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates.

My love for books continued. I can't imagine living through the '80s without reading Tom Wolfe's biting satire, "Bonfire of the Vanities," or the '90s without Don DeLillo's "Underworld." I have been a member of various book groups since the mid-'90s, reading at least one book per month, more on vacations. Over the recent winter break, I fed my mind with four wonderful novels (I highly recommend "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski).

For these reasons and others, I am distressed that many college students do not read for pleasure. A majority of students read what they have to for classes, but rarely pick up a book to relish good writing or lose themselves in a wonderful story. I understand their lives are consumed with school, work, clubs and organizations, internships, parties, video games and yes, television.

My life has been busy as well, but I always have found time to read. Maybe my parents did me a favor, even though I can't make all the pop culture references my peers do about '70s TV. (Yeah, I did sneak over to friends' houses a few times to watch "The Partridge Family.")

At NT in my journalism writing and reporting classes, I force students to read one book and write a review. They choose from a list I provide. Usually, they thank me at the end of the semester for making them read. (It also gives them an answer to that job interview question, "What's your favorite book?")

Until last semester, I had never run into a student who did not read at all. She was brutally honest. "I don't read," she told me. "I have never read a book all the way through in my life."

It astounded me that a student could graduate from high school, study in college and never have read a book. Also, this student did not strike me as someone who lacked intelligence.

She chose "There Are No Children Here," a non-fiction account of two boys' lives in a horrific Chicago housing project. Alex Kotlowitz, the author, is a journalist who spent two years researching the boys' plight.

The day came for the student to present her reading in class. I held my breath. I didn't know what she would say. She held up the book and blurted out, "This is the best book I have ever read, and the only book I have ever finished."

I am not a sentimental person, but I nearly cried. Perhaps this woman, so deprived of the written word, would go on to learn more of the world through the pleasure of reading. That day, I was glad I became a teacher.

Tracy Everbach is a journalism professor and faculty adviser to the North Texas Daily and ntdaily.com. She may be reached at everbach@unt.edu.

Thanks to the author for her permission to post this article.

Leora Kemp, UNT Dallas Campus Librarian

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009! The Year of Science!!

Did you know that 2009 is the Year of Science?

It will be a national year long celebration of "How we know what we know." There are many special anniversaries of important discoveries and publications that have improved and changed how we know the things we know, such as, the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 400th anniversary of the publication of Johannes Kepler's first two laws of interplanetary motion.

The celebration is intended to "engage the public in science and improve public understanding about how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are." http://www.yearofscience2009.org/about/how-to-celebrate.html

There are monthly themes for all of 2009. The theme for February is Evolution!

The COPUS network (Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science), which consists of many scientific, university, and other societies that wish to promote the appreciation of science, invites the participation of pretty much any group that wishes to join in the celebration and put on local events to promote the celebration of science.

Visit the Year of Science 2009 Website to register your organization and find out what other exciting events will be happening in your area this year!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl Ads

Did you miss the Super Bowl?

Better yet, did you miss the commercials?

There are several sites that link or show all the ads that occurred during the intermissions of the Super Bowl (personally, I was disappointed in this year's ads). There are a few memorable moments.

Check them out through this link or by clicking on the above title! Super Bowl Commercials